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VMworld keynote Dr. Stephen Herrod - desktop virtualization

Dr. Stephen Herrod kicked off today’s VMworld keynote with VMware View, and for me, that made desktop virtualization the theme of my day.

I’ve been thinking about VDI technology off and on for a couple of years. I’ve always thought about VDI running a desktop workload in a VM on a server, but I never really thought about that same image running in a type 1 hypervisor on a client device. I can see now how that’s a great way to complete the spectrum of client virtualization.

As cool as VDI and client computing looks, I consistently hear how difficult it is to get it right. That’s why there seems to be a lot of guarded optimism about the new VDI reference architecture HP announced yesterday. This is the best way I’ve seen to put lots of backend performance and reliability without sacrificing scalability and flexibility. A big component of this is the LeftHand Networks technology that provides high performance shared storage across literally hundreds of hot-plug drives without the cost and complexity of Fibre Channel – addressing at once three of the biggest traditional challenges to VDI. Add to that Virtual Connect Flex-10 with the ability to dynamically reallocate network bandwidth, and now many of the networking challenges are now history.

I am especially optimistic about client virtualization as something that can accelerate corporate migrations to Windows 7. Let’s hope that transition goes smoothly!

Doug Strain

VMworld, and the buzz seems to never abate

Today marked my sixth year to attend VMworld, and the buzz seems to never abate. Even though this year wasn’t marked by any big VMware announcements, customers continue to like what VMware is delivering. Customers vote with their feet, and there were plenty of feet all over VMworld. Even though the reported attendance figures were down about 1,000 from last year, it was hard to tell – the lines were if anything longer than last year, and the traffic I saw in the HP booth didn’t even slow down to go to sessions.

This VMworld marked for HP the first time when both EDS and LeftHand Networks were really integrated into the HP presence – I think that was one explanation for the heavy traffic in the HP booth. By that, not only did customers want to come to HP for all of the products and services we now have, but it also meant we had about half the booth space that HP, EDS, and LeftHand Networks had combined last year.

A great proof point of the integration was the HP Platinum session where, while Ann Livermore was speaking, I had four levels of my management all in the same room (probably the first time in my HP career!). While I’m sure most of you couldn’t care less about that, I hope if you attended you were as impressed as I was that after Ann left the stage, Mark Potter (representing HP’s hardware, especially everything blades) shared the stage with Rob Taylor of EDS. That was punctuated by a demo featuring LeftHand Networks technology that I’m sure left other storage vendors very worried.

I’ve left out the HP announcements today – they generated lots of excitement today among the people who came to the HP booth, but I’m going to be more interested to see if that is sustainable. I’ll let you know tomorrow what I find out.

Doug Strain 9/1/2009

Labels: VMworld 2009

First two days at VMworld 2009

It’s been busy, but, very productive two days at VMworld 2009 event.  The VMworld exhibition floor at Moscone Center, San Francisco, was packed with more than 12,000 attendees. A lot of virtualization enthusiasts, customers, hardware vendors, ISVs and service providers are learning, collaborating and sharing best practices about virtualization solutions and services.


I have been spending most of my time at HP ProLiant G6 booth where we are demonstrating the complete line of G6 (Generation 6) ProLiant server.  Many customers and partners stopped by to learn more about the new generation of the ProLiant servers.  Many customers were interested in the DL785 G6 and its record-breaking virtualization performance announced earlier today. DL785 G6 is being demonstrated at the HP ProLiant G6 booth as well as the AMD booth.


The first two days of VMworld action is captured in the photo slide-show pointed from the blog A picture tour of HP at VMworld 2009 .


Come by AMD’s Masters of Virtualization Theater in the AMD booth #1408 today evening (Wednesday, September 2nd) at 5:00pm and hear me talk how to Consolidate, Virtualize and Save Some Green.  Listen and learn and you’ll have a chance to win a Free ATI FirePro v3700!


Looking forward to the rest of the VMWorld event.

HP announcements at VMworld - Insight Control for vCenter and VDI architecture for VMware View

Tuesday brought the opening sessions for VMware & HP, first out of the gates in the morning at VMworld. The buzz at the Moscone Center was strong all day, the HP booth humming high.

Here are the HP announcement highlights from the morning Super Sessions:

Insight Control suite for VMware vCenter:

The first product of its kind, HP Insight Control suite for VMware vCenter delivers powerful HP hardware management capabilities directly into the vCenter management console.  This exciting new product enables virtualization administrators to remediate both Virtual guest and host issues directly from the vCenter console.

Virtual desktop infrastructure:

Virtual desktop infrastructure is a server-based computing model that gives users a PC desktop experience, while securing all applications, management and processing in the data center. The HP Virtual Desktop Reference Architecture for VMware View specifically addresses the performance bottlenecks and management complexities of other offerings. Customers can test the solution in select HP solution centers worldwide.

We will post the videos from this morning once they are published.

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