It was a great week! VMworld in San Francisco delivered a lot of product announcements, news, nice articles, cool pictures and a lot of video. Jeremy and Eric have done a great job on VMworldTV, see their last video below.
And from us at VMGuru.nl, goodbye San Francisco and aquí vamos a Barcelona! See you all again at VMworld Europe 2012.
Today we where handed a VMworld blanket for the lunch picnic. A lot of people including me where tormented to get the blanket in its original shape again. Unfolding is easy, but how to fold it? After being told by another dutch guy what the trick is to get the blanket in its original shape, we decided to do a little instruction cartoon for it. This is how you fold it:
HyTrust Secondary Approval Preventing Major Disaster
On Monday I had a great meeting with Eric Chiu, founder and president, of HyTrust.
We talked about the power administrators have in a virtual world nowadays. More and more data centers are turned into virtual datacenters (vDC) and are being automated too the max. So basically an organization gives any administrator a gun pointed at the heart of the organization. One person could harm a company BIG time from one pane of glass!
Fortunately we can do something against that now by doing a Secondary Approval like they have in the military to prevent accidental or malicious launch of nuclear weapons by a single individual. Eric continued: “Without proper controls in place, the expansion of virtualization will continue to grow, but we will see, in parallel, security and compliance concerns will increase rapidly.”
The HyTrust Appliance is not a physical piece of hardware. It’s a VMware vSphere compatible virtual appliance that’s deployed right alongside the rest of the virtual infrastructure. It can be deployed on the same hypervisor that it is actively protecting. HyTrust can ensure that certain workloads are only permitted to boot up on specific hosts or specific clusters, which is critical for compliance with PCI-DSS, HIPO or ISO27000/1. Through a partnership with Intel, HyTrust can verify the integrity of the physical hardware of the host to ensure that the underlying platform is fully trusted. Through its unique ability to label virtual objects and then apply policies to those labels, HyTrust Appliance offers flexibility and control that’s unmatched.
One of the most useful new features in VMware vSphere 5.1 is Enhanced vMotion. This new features enables customers to vMotion virtual machines to other hosts without the use of a shared storage solution. Check out the VMworld TV video below and watch a demo at the VMware Storage/vMotion booth.
VMworld TV made a nice summary about Day 2 with all the highlights on a fast paced day with lots of news flying around. From the Keynote where Paul Maritz handed over the CEO title to Pat Gelsinger, announced the offical ditching of vRAM and unveiled the vCloud suite to an overview of the latest news and a view of the Solutions Exchange. Finalized with a chance to win a 4 bay Drobo device by following VMworldTV on Twiter and/or Facebook.
It has only been two hours from the end of an action packed General session, opening VMworld 2012, but the pinnacle for me was certainly the announcement leading to the ‘Post vRAM era’.
Almost one year ago VMware introduced their controversial and much hated vRAM licensing model, which after customer complaints changed shortly after introduction to up the vRAM limits. Now one year later, shortly before the first vRAM reports should come rolling out of your vCenter servers, VMware discontinues it and returns to the CPU-based licensing model it used prior to launching vSphere 5.
This will definitely take the wind out of sails for Microsoft and Citrix because they used they vTax, as they called it, to lure VMware customers to the other side.
At first sight this might seem a small meaningless announcement but I think this has great impact on customers, partners, VMware and the competition.
First on stage is VMware’s Chief Marketing Officer Rick Jackson. He thanks the:
10,000 joining the live keynote online;
VMUG members in the audience.
After this Paul Maritz gets on stage for his presentation on the IT Transformation as the Enabler of Business Transformation.
Paul starts with the changes in IT which we are facing now and he defines the drivers of change. It is a top to bottom transformation,starting with infrastructure, through applications to the access layer.
Paul explains that virtualized workloads have expanded from 25% of Intel servers in 2008 to 60% of servers now. He states that we are very far along on a 50 year journey to automate paper-based information. But in the comming year the transformation will be as ground breaking as the 50 years before.
Microsoft SQL 2012 Licensing in a VMware environment – Part One
More and more Microsoft SQL Servers are being deployed virtually in a VMware environment, but how can you license them correctly?
Microsoft changed their licensing again on April 1st, 2012. With the general availability of SQL Server 2012, the changes around SQL licensing are live.
Some highlights are:
There are three main editions now:
The Web edition is now only available for Service Providers through the SPLA license agreement.
Per CPU licensing is no more. You have two types of licensing only:
Microsoft chose this way because virtualization is on its way to 100%, server hardware gets more powerful over time, doubling cores every 18 months. Also companies demand more flexibility with workloads traveling between private and public clouds.
Furthermore Microsoft tries to simplify and make licensing more predictable for customers with evolving infrastructures.
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