Feb 05 2015

vSphere 6.0 Link-O-Rama


Your complete guide to all the essential vSphere 6.0 links from all over the VMware universe. Bookmark this page and keep checking back as it will continue to grow as new links are added everyday.

Introducing VMware vSphere 6 – The Foundation for Hybrid Cloud (VMware News Release)
VMware Launches New Generation of Enterprise Storage — Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes to Enable Mass Adoption of Software-Defined Storage (VMware News Release)
vSphere 6 Hands-On Labs (VMware)
vSphere 6 Feature Walkthroughs (VMware)

VMware What’s New Links

What’s New in the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New: VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6.0? (VMware Tech Paper)
VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.0 Technical Overview (VMware Tech Paper)
VMware vSphere Replication 6.0 Technical Overview (VMware Tech Paper)
What’s New in vSphere 6 (VMware TV)

Availability (HA/DRS/FT) Links

vSphere 6: Multi-Processor Fault Tolerance (SMP-FT) (Cloud Fix)
Quick Look at VMware vSphere 6.0: Fault Tolerance (Global Knowledge)
vSphere 6 Availability Enhancements (Great White Tech)
vSphere 6 Fault Tolerance highlights and improvements (Running-System)
VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Multi-CPU Fault Tolerance (FT) (TechHead)
vSphere 6.0 blog – Fault Tolerance (VCDX56)
VMware vSphere 6 – The new FT feature (vInfrastructure)
VMware vSphere 6 – Availability (vInfrastructure Blog)
What’s new in vSphere 6.0 – Fault Tolerance Quick Peek (Virtual Pharaohs)
VMware vSphere 6 – Fault Tolerance (FT) Multi-Processor (Virtual-IT)
VMware HA: What’s New in vSphere 6? (Virtualization Practive)
How to configure SMP-FT using Nested ESXi in vSphere 6? (Virtually Ghetto)
Whats new in VMware Fault Tolerance 6.0 (VirtuallyLG)
Multiple vCPU Fault Tolerance on vSphere 6.0 (VM Bulletin)
What’s new in vSphere 6 Availability (VM Guru)
What’s new for HA in vSphere 6.0? (Yellow Bricks)

Documentation Links

VMware vSphere 6 Documentation (VMware)
VMware vSphere 6.0 Release Notes (VMware)
Configuration Maximums for VMware vSphere 6.0 (VMware)
VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes (VMware)
Hardware and Guest Operating System Compatibility Guides (VMware)

Download Links

vSphere Download Page (VMware)

ESXi Links

Installing ESXi 6.0 with NVIDIA Card Gives Fatal Error 10: Out of Resources (elgwhoppo’s vNotebook)
Realtek NIC on vSphere 6 (VDI Cloud)
ESXi 6.0 works OOTB for Apple Mac Mini & Mac Pro (Virtually Ghetto)
How to configure an All-Flash VSAN 6.0 Configuration using Nested ESXi? (Virtually Ghetto)
Updated VSAN 6.0 Nested ESXi OVF Templates for 64 Nodes, All-Flash Array & Fault Domain Testing (Virtually Ghetto)
Back to basics – Configuring the ESXi management interface via DCUI (VirtXpert)

General Links

Summary of What’s New in vSphere 6 (vSphere-land)
Top 6 Features of vSphere 6 (Blue Shift Blog)
vSphere 6: New features! (CloudFix)
What’s new in vSphere 6! (Default Reasoning)
What’s new in vSphere 6.0 (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 1: Introduction (Derek Seaman)
New Features in vSphere 6 (Eck Tech)
vSphere 6 Features – New Config Maximums, Long Distance vMotion and FT for 4vCPUs (ESX Virtualization)
What’s new in vSphere 6? (IvoBeerens)
VMware vSphere 6.0 Release Revolution for Mobile Cloud Era (Long White Clouds)
vSphere 6 – What’s New (Mind Judo)
What’s new & cool in vSphere 6? (NerdKnobs)
What’s new in vSphere 6 (Features and Enhancements) (Running-System)
The new features of vSphere 6 (SnowVM Blog)
VMware announces vSphere V6 and associated virtualization technologies (Storage I/O Blog)
vSphere 6.0 Announced (The IT Hollow)
9 Things You’ll Love About vSphere 6.0 (The Lone Sysadmin)
What’s new in VMware vSphere 6? (The Virtual World of Marc O’Polo)
vSphere 6.0 whats new (The Virtualist)
Getting my mitts on the vSphere 6 bits including ESXi and vCSA, already enhancing my home lab (TinkerTry)
vSphere 6.0 – Feature List (VCDX133)
vSphere 6.0 notable features (vCrumbs)
VMware vSphere 6: Most important annoucements summarized (Viktorious)
vSphere 6 enhancements – Let’s take a look (Vipin V.K.)
vSphere 6 – epic on every level (Virtual Geek)
vSphere 6.0 What excites me (Virtual Me)
VMware reveals vSphere 6 ! (Virtualization & Cloud Computing)
vSphere 6.0 Launch: What’s in it for Service Providers (Virtualization Is Life!)
What new features are in vSphere 6.0 (VirtuallyLG)
VMware vSphere 6.0 is here! (Virtualization Team)
vSphere 6 – It’s here and it saves you time! (VM Techy)
vSphere 6.0 -Difference between vSphere 5.0, 5.1, 5.5 and vSphere 6.0 (VMware Arena)
New VMware vSphere 6 Training Courses (VMware Education and Certification Blog)
VMware launches vSphere 6 – What’s in ESXi 6.0 for free license and white box users? (VMware Front Experience)
Announcing vSphere 6: Virtualize Applications with Confidence (VMware vSphere Blog)
What’s New with vSphere Data Protection 6.0 and vSphere Replication 6.0 (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 6 – Clarifying the misinformation (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 6.0 Announced! (vNetWise)
Reading between the lines: A great disturbance in the Force (vNinja)
What’s new in vSphere 6.0 (vPirate)
What’s New in vSphere 6 (Vroom Blog)
vSphere 6.0 (vTerkel)
VMware Embraces NFS 4.1, Supports Multipathing and Kerberos Authentication (Wahl Network)
Controlling a Virtual Data Center with vSphere 6 Policies, Profiles, and Tags (Wahl Network)
VMware vSphere 6 released (Wojcieh.net)
What’s New in vSphere 6.0: Finally Announced (at last!) (WoodITWork)
vSphere 6.0 finally announced! (Yellow Bricks)

Installing & Upgrading Links

vSphere Upgrade Saga: Planning for vSphere 6.0 (AstroArch)
vSphere 6: Upgrade Considerations (Ather Beg’s Useful Thoughts)
vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 1: Introduction (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 2: Platform Services Controller (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 3: Certificate Management (Derek Seaman)
vSphere 6.0 Install Pt. 4: vCenter Upgrade Best Practices (Derek Seaman)
How to Install VMware VCSA 6.0 (ESX Virtualization)
VMware: Back to the basics – Installing ESXi 6.0 (jorgedelacruz.es)
My vSphere 6 Upgrade Experience (Notes From MWhite)
ESXi 6 Installation (Tayfun Deger)
VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Installation (Tayfun Deger)
Sneak Preview – Build your own vSphere 6 home datacenter in about an hour (TinkerTry)
vSphere 6.0 Basics – Part 1 – ESXi Install (VCDX133)
vSphere 6.0 Basics – Part 2 – vSphere Client Install (VCDX133)
vSphere 6.0 Basics – Part 3 – vCenter Server Appliance Install (VCDX133)
vSphere 6.0 Basics – Part 4 – Installing vCenter Server with Windows Server 2012 R2 (VCDX133)
vSphere 6.0 Basics – Part 5 – Installing vSphere Update Manager (VCDX133)
vSphere 6.0 Basics – Part 6 – Installing vSphere Authentication Proxy (VCDX133)
VMware vSphere 6 – Installation (vInfrastructure)
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 Guided Installer Walkthrough (Virten.net)
VMware vCenter 6 Installation Steps (Virtualization Team)
Deploying vSphere 6.0 – ESXi Installation – Part 1 (virtualizemydc.ca)
Deploying vSphere 6.0 – vCenter Server Installation – Part 2 (virtualizemydc.ca)
Deploying vSphere 6.0 – vCenter Server Appliance Installation – Part 3 (virtualizemydc.ca)
Deploying vSphere 6.0 – Platform Services Controller – Part 4 (virtualizemydc.ca)
Upgrading to vSphere 6: Part 1 – How & What to plan for (Virtually Everywhere)
Upgrading to vSphere 6: Part 2- Upgrading a simple install (Virtually Everywhere)
Back to basics – Installing VMware ESXi 6 (VirtXpert)
VMware: Install VMware vCenter Server 6.0.0 (VM Pros)
[Guide] How to install VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 in VMware Workstation 10 on Windows 8.1 (VMware and Me)
[Guide] Install ESXi 6.0 on VMware Workstation 11 (VMware and Me)
[Guide] How to Install vSphere Update Manager 6.0 on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 step by step (VMware and Me)
[Guide] How to Install VMware vCenter Server 6.0 on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 step by step  (VMware and Me)

Knowledgebase Articles Links

Important Information before upgrading to vSphere 6.0 (2110293)
Update sequence for vSphere 6.0 and its compatible VMware products (2109760)
Product offerings for vSphere 6.x (2109507)
List of unsupported features in VMware vSphere Client 6.0.x (2109808)
List of recommended topologies for vSphere 6.0.x (2108548)
End of Availability (EOA) of AppHA in vSphere 6.0 (2108249)
Cross vCenter vMotion requirements in VMware vSphere 6.0 (2106952)
Long Distance vMotion requirements in VMware vSphere 6.0 (2106949)
The Managed Object Browser is disabled by default in vSphere 6.0 (2108405)

Licensing Links

VMware vSphere with Operations Management and VMware vSphere Licensing, Pricing and Packaging (VMware)

Networking Links

What’s new in vSphere 6 Networking (Tayfun Deger)
What’s new in vSphere 6 Networking (VMGuru)
What’s New in vSphere 6.0: Networking (WoodITWork)

News/Analyst Links

With vSphere 6, VMware Gives Its Server Virtualization Cash Cow A Makeover (CRN)
VMware PEX: VMware Introduces VSAN 6, Takes Wrapper Off VVOLs (CRN)
VIDEO – VMware’s new wares: vSphere 6, VSAN 6, new unified platform (IT Wire)
VMware vSphere 6 Revealed (ServerWatch)
VMware vSphere 6 meets expectations, but little more (Tech Target)
VMware’s VSAN 6: All-flash option, more snaps, no data reduction (Tech Target)
vSphere 6.0 is BADASS. Not that I’ve played with it or anything. Ahem (The Register)
The joy of six: VMware ecstatic after finally emitting new vSphere (The Register)
Six-starved storage bods rush to support vSphere and VVOLs (The Register)
VMware announces vSphere 6.0 (Virtualization.info)
VMware announces Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes (Virtualization.info)
VMware Unveils vSphere 6 (Virtualization Review)
With vSphere 6, VMware Gets Another Solid Hit (Virtualization Review)
Breaking Down vSphere 6 (Virtualization Review)

OpenStack Links

A first look into VMware Integrated #OpenStack (VIO) (Juanma’s Blog)
VMware vSphere 6 Attacks Red Hat: VMware Integrated OpenStack (Virtualization Practice)
VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) Is Here! (vMiss.net)

Performance Links

How We Achieved 2 Million Transactions With All-Flash VSAN 6.0 (SanDisk IT Blog)
VMware vSphere 6 and Oracle Database Scalability Study (VMware Tech Paper)
Performance Evaluation of Network I/O Control in VMware vSphere 6 (VMware Tech Paper)
Virtualized Hadoop Performance with VMware vSphere 6 on High-Performance Servers Performance Study (VMware Tech Paper)

Scalability Links

VMware vSphere 6 – Scalability (Come Lo Feci)
VMware vSphere 6 : What’s New – Maximums (TechHead)
vSphere 6.0 blog – Configuration maximums (VCDX56)
VMware vSphere 6 – Scalability (vInfrastructure Blog)
VMware vSphere 6.0 Configuration Maximums (Virten.net)
What’s new in vSphere 6 Scalability (VM Guru)
vSphere 6.0 – New Configuration Maximums (VMware Arena)

Scripting/CLI/API Links

PowerCLI is now a Module! (Jonathan Medd’s Blog)
New vSphere 6.0 APIs for VSAN, VVOLs, NFS v4.1 & more! (Virtually Ghetto)
Handy new vSphere 6.0 APIs to be aware of (Virtually Ghetto)
Ultimate automation guide to deploying VCSA 6.0 Part 0 (Virtually Ghetto)
Increasing disk capacity simplified with VCSA 6.0 using LVM autogrow (Virtually Ghetto)
vimtop: esxtop for the VCSA 6.0 (Virtually Ghetto)
How to change/deploy VCSA 6.0 with default bash shell vs appliancesh? (Virtually Ghetto)

Security Links

ESXi 6.0 Security and Password Complexity Changes (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 6.0 Hardening Guide – Overview of coming changes (VMware vSphere Blog)

Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Links

What is new in VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.0 (UP2V)

Storage Links

vSphere 6: mClock scheduler & reservations (Cloud Fix)
vSphere 6.0 Storage Features Part 1: NFS v4.1 (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 6.0 Storage Features Part 2: Storage DRS and SIOC (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 6.0 Storage Features Part 3: MSCS Improvements (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 6.0 Storage Features Part 4: VMFS, VOMA and VAAI (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 6 Features – Mark or Tag local disk as SSD disk (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 6 NFS4.1 does not include parallel striping! (Hans DeLeenheer)
vSphere 6: NFS 4.1 Finally Has a Use? (Stephen Foskett)
VMware SDS vision (vInfrastructure)
What’s new in vSphere 6 Storage (VM Guru)
vSphere 6.0 – NFS 4.1 supported with Kerberos Authentication and Multipathing (VMware Arena)
What’s New in vSphere 6.0: NFS Client (WoodITWork)
What is new for Storage DRS in vSphere 6.0? (Yellow Bricks)

vCenter Server Links

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Deployment Guide (VMware Tech Paper)
vSphere 6: Platform Services Controller (PSC): Design Decisions (Ather Beg’s Useful Thoughts)
What’s new in vSphere 6 – Content Library (Default Reasoning)
vCenter Appliance (vCSA) 6.0 – New & Improved (Emad Younis)
vSphere 6 Features – vCenter Server 6 Details, (VCSA and Windows) (ESX Virtualization)
What’s new in vSphere 6.0 – Content Library (Go Virtual)
What’s new in the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6.0 (IvoBeerens)
Installing the new vCenter 6.0 Appliance (NerdKnobs)
Managing vCenter 6 and the PSC Services (Nick Marshall)
VMware’s promise that Windows vCenter can be migrated to vCenter Server Appliance arrives with VCS to VCSA Converter (TinkerTry)
vSphere 6.0 blog – Multi Site Content Library (VCDX56)
vSphere 6.0 blog – vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) (VCDX56)
VMware vCenter Server 6 design (vInfrastructure)
VMware vCenter Server 6 adds more cloud features (vInfrastructure)
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (vCSA) Enhancements (Virten.net)
How to add AD Authentication in vCenter 6.0 (Platform Service Controller) (Virten.net)
How to Join AD Domain in vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (vCSA) (Virten.net)
vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) 6 limitations removed (Virtualization Team)
What’s new in vSphere 6 vCenter Server (VM Guru)
[Guide] How to Configure VMware vCenter 6.0 Single Sign On (VMware and Me)
vSphere 6.0 – What’s New in vCenter Server 6.0 (VMware Arena)
vCenter Server 6 Deployment Topologies and High Availability (VMware vSphere Blog)
Why vCenter Server Appliance(vCSA) 6.0 is Uber Awesome (vPirate)
vSphere 6.0 features : Content Library (vPirate)
Content Library Provides Snazzy New Home for Templates, ISO Images, and More (Wahl Network)
What’s New in vSphere 6.0: Enhanced Linked Mode (WoodITWork)

Virtual Machine Links

vSphere 6.0 blog – Virtual Machine Virtual Hardware (vHW 11) (VCDX56)

Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) Links

Click here for VVOLs link page

vMotion Links

vSphere 6: vMotion enhancements (Cloud Fix)
What is new for vMotion in vSphere 6.0? (Tayfun Deger)
VMware vSphere 6.0 vMotion Enhancements (Virten.net)
vMotion Evolves into vDistance (Virtualization Practice)
Duplicate MAC Address concerns with xVC-vMotion in vSphere 6.0 (Virtually Ghetto)
What’s new in vSphere 6 vMotion Enhancements (VM Guru)
What is new for vMotion in vSphere 6.0? (Yellow Bricks)

VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) Links

vSphere 6: VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA): Design Decisions (Ather Beg’s Useful Thoughts)
vSphere 6 Certificate Lifecycle Management (MyVirtuaLife.Net)
VMware Certificate Authority overview and using VMCA Root Certificates in a browser (VMware vSphere Blog)
What’s New in vSphere 6.0: Certificate Management (WoodITWork)

VSAN Links

What’s New with VSAN in vSphere 6 (vSphere-land)
A brief overview of new Virtual SAN 6.0 features and functionality (Cormac Hogan)
vSphere 6 Features – VSAN 6.0 Technical Details (ESX Virtualization)
Virtual SAN 6.0 (Jason Gaudreau)
Virtual SAN 6 Rack Awareness – Software Defined Self Healing with Failure Domains (Live Virtually)
VMware Virtual SAN 6.0: All-Flash Configuration (Punching Clouds)
VMware VSAN 6.0 Overview (Storage Review)
VMware announces Virtual SAN 6.0 (UP2V)
VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 (vBrainstorm)
Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.0: What’s New (Viktorious)
VMware Virtual SAN 6.0 (vInfrastructure)
NexentaConnect: the unified storage for VMware VSAN (vInfrastructure)
Breaking Down VMware VSAN 6 (Virtualization Review)
Home Labs made easier with VSAN 6.0 + USB Disks (Virtually Ghetto)
VMware Virtual SAN 6.0: Bootstorm Demonstration (VMware vSphere Blog)
What is new for Virtual SAN 6.0? (Yellow Bricks)
Virtual SAN and ESXTOP in vSphere 6.0 (Yellow Bricks)

vSphere Data Protection

Protecting vCenter Server with vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 6.0 (VMware vSphere Blog)

vSphere Replication

vSphere Replication 6.0 Compression (VMware vSphere Blog)

vSphere Web Client Links

vSphere 6 Features – vSphere Client (FAT and Web Client) (ESX Virtualization)
vSphere 6 Web Client: Yes, Let’s go there… (Great White Technologies)
Features and Enhancements of the new vSphere 6 Web Client (Running-System)
VMware vSphere 6 – Client (vInfrastructure)
VMware vSphere 6.0 Web Client Enhancements (Virten.net)
vSphere 6.0 What’s New – Improved and Faster vSphere Web Client (VMware Arena)
vSphere 6.0 – vSphere Client is Still Alive with vSphere 6.0 !!! (VMware Arena)
vSphere 6 Web Client (VMware vSphere Blog)
vSphere 6.0 Web Client: Still Flash, But Vastly Better User Experience (Wahl Network)

Feb 02 2015

What’s New with VSAN in vSphere 6

VSAN in vSphere 6 reminds me of Steve Austin, the Bionic Man:

“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster.”


The version of VSAN goes from 1.0 in vSphere 5.5, to VSAN 6.0 which is in line with the new version of vSphere. I’m sure VMware did this to avoid confusion and ensure people didn’t think of it as a separate product from vSphere. This big jump from 1.0 to 6.0 is warranted though as there is a ton of new features and enhancements under the covers that greatly improve the usability, scalability and availability of VSAN and make it a truly enterprise worthy storage array. Here a summary of the big things that are new with VSAN in vSphere 6:

Two deployment modes, Hybrid or All-Flash

SSD’s are no longer just used for read caching and write buffering, they can now be used as primary storage as well in an All-Flash mode. The traditional model of magnetic hard disks and SSD’s is now referred to as Hybrid Mode. In Hybrid mode the SSDs function only as a read cache and write buffer as they did in vSphere 5.5, persistent data cannot be written to the SSD tier in Hybrid Mode.





All-Flash VSAN

No more spinning disk requirement, VMware is now an All-Flash vendor as SSD’s can be used to store persistent data. In this mode SSDs are still used for caching if you want to use different SSD classes for storages tiers. All-Flash VSAN supports a new more cost-effective all-flash 2-tier model that uses write-intensive, higher grade flash-based devices (i.e. SLC) for 100% of all write buffering and lower cost read-intensive flash-based devices (i.e. MLC or TLC) for data persistent.




Faster and bigger VSAN clusters

In vSphere 6 the number of hosts per cluster has increased from 32 to 64 (2x), the number of IOPS per host has increased from 20K to 100K (5x), the number of VMs per host has increased from 100 to 200 (2x) and the number of VMs per cluster has increased from 3200 to 6000. In addition the maximum supported virtual disk size has increased from 2TB to 62TB.


Enterprise performance & scale

In vSphere 5.5 VMware had outlined specific use cases for VSAN which included just about everything but Tier-1 apps. Now with the increase in IOPS from an All-Flash configuration and increased scaling up to 64 nodes VMware has now declared VSAN ready for Tier-1 enterprise apps.


New file system

VSAN in vSphere 5.5 used a modified file-system based on VMFS with the locking mechanisms removed that was called VMFS-L. Now in vSphere 6 they are using a whole new file system called VSAN FS that is optimized for the VSAN architecture. The upgrade to the new file system is optional but you’ll want to do it so you don’t miss out on some of the new features and scalability that VSAN has. It was reported a while back that this would be disruptive which would make it a royal pain to do but VMware claims there is now an online migration from VMFS-L to VSAN FS.


Network improvements

On the network side VSAN now supports Layer 3 network configurations, apparently this was frequently requested. VSAN also now supports Jumbo Frames that may give a tiny boost in performance and also help reduce CPU overhead in larger deployments. VSAN also support both Standard & Distributed vSwitches but vDS is recommended so you can leverage Network I/O Control.


High Density Attached Storage

This new hardware support allows for denser VSAN nodes using external JBOD disk and also opens the door for using blade servers as hosts that were previously not good candidates for VSAN due to limited internal disk. The support for this will be tightly controlled by VMware’s HCL for VSAN.


New vsanSparse VMDK type

This new VMDK type was created to address efficiency concerns with snapshots and clones that were previously based on the traditional redo VM snapshot. This new highly efficient VMDK type takes advantage of the new VSAN FS writing and extended caching capabilities to deliver much better performance. VMware claims that this put VSAN snapshots on par with native SAN snapshots.


Improved Disk/Disk Group Evacuation

Replacing a disk in vSphere 5.5 was a pain as you had to put a host in maintenance mode prior to doing it. Now in vSphere 6 you have the ability to evacuate data from individual disks and disk groups to make the process much less disruptive.


New Disk Serviceability

vSphere 6 makes it easier to map out physical disks in a VSAN node by introducing a new disk serviceability feature that will allow you to view individual disk from within the vSphere client. There is also more interaction with disk hardware as you can now turn disk lights on and off so you can make sure you are yanking the correct drive while replacing it. You can also now specifically tag disks as SSD and local disk that might otherwise not be recognized correctly.


New Resynchronization Dashboard

A new Resynchronization Dashboard in the vSphere Client allows you to monitor the status of VMs and objects that might be resyncing due to policy changes, failures, etc. It provides you information on the bytes left to sync and the approximate time that it will finish.


Better Fault Domains

You can now define Fault Domains to group multiples host within a cluster that ensure VM replicas are spread across defined Fault Domains. This new ability helps improve resiliency and helps protect against specific failure scenarios that might be highly disruptive to VSAN such as a rack, network or power failure.




New 3rd Party File Services

This new ability allows 3rd parties to add additional capabilities and services on top of VSAN to provide value-added services. The one that is being featured with this is called File Services with NexentaConnect which essentially adds additional protocol support (SMB, NFS) to VSAN. This allows VSAN to be leveraged beyond the vSphere hosts in a cluster by any server in a data center that can use those protocols.


PowerCLI cmdlets

In vSphere 5.5 VMware developed unofficial support for VSAN using PowerCLI through one of their Flings. Now in vSphere 6 these are officially integrated and supported along with some new cmdlets.


VSAN Health Services

No VMware isn’t branching out into healthcare, VSAN Health Services provides in-depth health information on VSAN subsystems and their dependencies so you can better stay on top of the health of your VSAN environment and call a doctor when it needs it.



Feb 02 2015

Summary of What’s New in vSphere 6


vSphere 6 is the newest major release of vSphere since vSphere 5.5 and with any major release it comes packed with lots of new and enhanced features along with increased scalability. While the vSphere 6 release is very storage focused with big improvements to VSAN and the launch of the VVOLs architecture there are still plenty of other things that make this an exciting release. The following is a summary of some of the big things that are new in vSphere 6, I’ll be doing additional posts that focus specifically on VSAN and VVOLs. Note while vSphere 6 has now been formally announced, it will not GA and be publicly available until March.

The Monster Host is born

We’ve had monster VMs in the past that could be sized ridiculously large, now we’re getting monster hosts as well. In vSphere 5.5 the maximum supported host memory was 4TB, in vSphere 6 that jumps up to 12TB. In vSphere 5.5 the maximum supported # of logical (physical) CPUs per host was 320 CPUs, in vSphere 6 that increases to 480 CPUs. Finally the maximum number of VMs per host increases from 512 in vSphere 5.5 to 1000 VMs per host in vSphere 6. While this is greatly increased I’m not sure there are many people brave enough to put that many VMs on a single host, imagine the fun of HA having to handle that many when a host fails.


vSphere clusters get twice as big

It’s not just host maximums that are increasing in vSphere 6, cluster sizes are increasing as well. vSphere 5.5 supported only 32 hosts and 4000 VMs per cluster, vSphere 6 doubles that to 64 hosts and 8000 VMs in a cluster. Note the host maximums don’t line up with the cluster maximums, 64 hosts x 1000 VMs per host equals 64000 VMs, the 8000 VMs is a limitation of vCenter Server not of the ESXi hosts.

VMs get a little bigger as well

In vSphere 5.5 a VM could be configured with up to 64 vCPUs, in vSphere 6.0 that has doubled do 128 vCPUs. It’s crazy to think a VM would ever need that many but if you have a super mega threaded application that could use them you now have more. I thought serial ports were basically dead these days but apparently there are VMs that need a lot of them as they also increased the number of serial ports that you can assign to a VM from 4 to 32. You can also remove serial and parallel ports from a VM if you don’t want them at all.


Fault Tolerance is finally ready for prime time

The Fault Tolerance (FT) feature that was first introduced in vSphere 4 which provides the best protection of VMs by preventing any downtime in case of a host failure has always been limited to supporting a single vCPU. This prevented anyone that has an application that might require multiple vCPUs from using FT. Supporting more than one vCPU is not as simple as you might think as the 2 VMs running on separate hosts need to be kept in complete lockstep and synchronized for FT to work. VMware has spent a lot of time trying to engineer this and has teased multi-CPU FT support at VMworld sessions the last few years. Now in vSphere 6 they finally deliver it with support up to 4 vCPUs.


VMware also changed the design of how Fault Tolerance is implemented. Previously FT worked by having 2 VMs on separate hosts, one as a primary and the other as a secondary but both VMs relied on a single virtual disk that resides on shared storage. Presumably it was done this way as keeping two virtual disks (VMDK) in perfect sync may have slowed down the VM and impacted performance. In vSphere 6 this has changed with each VM having their own virtual disk that can be located on different datastores. This change probably helped VMware overcome the lack of snapshot support in previous versions.


In addition they have also improved some of the limitations that FT had, Eager Zeroed Thick (EZT) virtual disks are no longer required, any virtual disk type can now be used. In addition another big limitation has also been eliminated, previously you could not take VM snapshots of a FT enabled VM. While this may not sound like too big a deal remember most VM backup solutions have to take a snapshot before backing up a VM to halt writes to the virtual disk so it can be backed up. Not having support for snapshots meant you had to do it the old fashioned way using a backup agent running inside the guest OS, something that not all modern VM-only backup solutions do not support. So now you can finally backups Ft enabled VMs more easily, in addition you can also use the vSphere APIs for Data Protection with FT.

v6-new6One other thing to note about FT, it only supports a VM running on VMFS, VSAN and VVOLs is not supported. Below is a full comparison of feature support of FT on vSphere 5.5 and vSphere 6.


vMotion anything, anywhere, anytime

A lot of new enhancements have been made to vMotion to greatly increase the range and capabilities of moving a VM around in your virtual infrastructure. First off you can now vMotion a VM between vSwitches, this includes moving between different types of virtual switches. So a VM can be moved from a Standard vSwitch to a Distributed vSwitch without changing its IP address and without network disruption.


vMotion has always been restricted to moving a VM from host to host on the same vCenter Server. Now with vSphere 6 those walls come tumbling down and you can vMotion a VM from a host on one vCenter Server to another host on a different vCenter server. This does not require common shared storage between the hosts and vCenter Servers and is intended to eliminate the traditional distance boundaries of vMotion allowing you to move VMs either between local data centers, across regional data centers or even across continental data centers.




Another vMotion enhancement has to do with latency requirements which have long dictated how far you can vMotion a VM. In vSphere 5.5 the maximum vMotion latency was 10ms which is typical of metropolitan distances (<100 miles). Now in vSphere 6 that goes way up to 100ms so you can move VMs much greater distances more in line with cross-continental distances. Some use cases for this include disaster avoidance (i.e. hurricane inbound), permanent migrations and multi-site load balancing. This really opens up the door for implementing new BC/DR possibilities.


If that wasn’t enough vMotion also has increased network flexibility, as vMotion now has it’s very own TCP/IP stack and can cross layer 3 network boundaries.


Yes your beloved vSphere Client is still here

Your classic Windows-based C# vSphere Client is still around, VMware hasn’t managed to kill it off yet as much as they want to. Despite it still being around, it doesn’t support any new vSphere features or functionality since vSphere 5.1 so you might only want to use it for nostalgia sake. I foresee this as the last major release of vSphere that includes it so you better get used to the vSphere Web Client. In vSphere 6 the vSphere can be used for things like Direct Access to hosts, VUM remediation or if you’re still pissed at the Web Client. They did add read only support for virtual hardware versions 10 and 11 in vSphere 6.


The vSphere Web Client gets a lot better (and faster)

This might help change your mind about using the vSphere Web Client, there have been tons of complaints about speed and performance of it impacting usability and overall concerns with things just not being as good as they were in the class vSphere Client. Apparently VMware has heard all your griping and is finally listening as they have spent significant effort in this release of improving the performance and usability of the vSphere Web Client. Performance improvements include: improved login time, faster right click menu load and faster performance charts. Usability improvements include: recent Tasks moved to bottom (a big gripe before), flattened right click menus and deep lateral linking. The improvements are quite impressive as shown in following slide and should finally help convince admins to ditch the classic vSphere Client. One thing to note is that the Web Client does not support HTML5 yet, VMware has focused on making it better and will move to HTML5 in a later release of vSphere.



The vCenter Server Appliance gets super-sized

Deploying and maintaining vCenter Server has always been a pain; you have to deal with Windows, the vCenter Server application, certificates, permissions, databases etc. The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) eliminates most of that and makes deploying and upgrading vCenter Server simple and easy. The one big limitation with it though has been its lack of scalability, now in vSphere 6 the VCSA fully scales to the same limits that the vCenter Server on Windows scales to. As a result it now supports 1,000 hosts, 10,000 VMs and linked mode.


Speaking of vCenter Server Linked Mode it gets some improvements and better support as well.


vCenter Server authentication finally gets less complicate

A new Platform Services Controller groups together Single Sign-on, Licensing and the Certificate Authority (Root CA). It comes in 2 deployment models, an embedded model that is installed alongside vCenter Server and is intended for smaller sites with less than 2 SSO integrated solutions or an external model that can be deployed independently of vCenter Server.


vCenter Server Certificate Lifecycle Management is your new keymaster

Dealing with security certificates has always been a royal pain in the butt in vSphere. VMware is trying to ease that pain and make it easier with 2 new solutions for complete certificate lifecycle management. The VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA) is the solution that signs and provisions certificates to vCenter Server and ESXi hosts. The VMware Endpoint Certificate Service (VECS) then stores all certificates and private keys for vCenter Server, all ESXi host certificates are stored locally on each host.






Networking does get a little bit of love also

This release is mostly dominated by storage and vCenter improvements but Network I/O Control gets some new stuff with the ability to reserve network bandwidth to guarantee service levels as outlined below.



Jan 25 2015

How to implement good security in a virtual environment without sacrificing performance

We live in a world were security is very top of mind and companies and individuals are going to great lengths to protect their valuable data and assets. One of the trade-offs of having good security is that it tends to be very intrusive, this is just the nature of the job though, you have to examine and keep a very close eye on things to be able to effectively protect them. If you aren’t looking for anything then you’re not going to find anything until it’s too late.

In a computing environment this means you have to have special security applications running in the background to monitor for any malicious behavior or applications that might harm your files and data. This of course requires computing resources that add overhead to your computer which can take away resources and slow down the applications that you use. In a virtual environment this effect is amplified even more, because resources are shared by many VMs, the combined effect of all those VMs trying to protect themselves can really impact performance and steal away your valuable resources.

As a result of this performance vs security dilemma you need to ensure that you use good security products that are designed to to protect virtual environments with minimal impact on performance. To achieve this you need as small a security footprint as possible inside a VM, centralized security management and monitoring along with security tools that can integrate with vSphere using the vShield security APIs as shown below:


To help with you understand this better Bitdefender has published a white paper entitled “Newest Data Center Dilemma:
Security vs. Performance” that highlights the following:

  • Traditional IT security solutions rely on agents, which are not designed to operate in today’s complex virtual environments
  • The agent-based approach to security diminishes the business value of virtualization and complicates management
  • Virtualized data centers require a centralized approach that eliminates the need for agents on every VM

The paper helps you understand the challenges with security in a virtual environment, Bitdefender has also published a white paper entitled “Securing the virtual infrastructure without impacting performance” which demonstrates the impact that traditional A/V tools can have in a virtual environment compared to security tools that are optimized for virtualization. An example of the performance impact that they found is shown below:


Most notable is the impact that traditional A/V tools have on CPU which is pretty significant. To help provide the best security in your virtual environment with minimal performance impact I encourage you to give this papers a read and also check out their security tool designed specifically for virtualization, Gravity Zone: Security of Virtualized Environments. Based on competitive performance testing run with Login Virtual Session Indexer, (Login VSI), GravityZone – SVE has the lowest impact on applications running in virtualized environments, when compared to other virtualization security solutions. The net result of this is overall improved performance, increased resource availability and and better ROI on your investment in virtualization.


Jan 20 2015

A don’t miss live whiteboard virtualization show: Veeam R&D Inside Out with Gostev

Veeam is one of those companies that really tries hard to innovate and listens and responds to their customers needs and feedback. I’ve written in detail on what makes them special in this post about VeeamOn. If you know Veeam and use their products you’ve probably heard about the legendary Gostev who leads their product management team and takes the time to work with individual customers to make sure they are happy and also listens to their suggestions for improving Veeam’s products. So if he’s giving a live whiteboard session you’re going to want to be there, well turns out he is and the details are below so make sure and sign up for it:



Attend a LIVE whiteboard virtualization show on Jan. 22 and hear Anton Gostev discuss the past, present and future of Veeam technology. Anton will reveal exactly how the entire product lifecycle works behind the scenes, including Veeam’s R&D, product management, quality control and support processes. Whether you are an end user or a Veeam ProPartner, this information will definitely help you interact more efficiently with the “non-sales” side of Veeam!

This session is built around live Q&A, so don’t miss your chance to ask questions* and get answers on the air at this live show.


January 22  NA @ 10 a.m. ET   EMEA @ 4 p.m. CET


So you can learn the answers to the following:

  • How does Veeam innovate?
  • Why is “roadmap” a banned word at Veeam?
  • How does Veeam receive and work with your feedback?
  • Why is it important to “keep pushing” in Veeam forums?
  • What is the dark magic in the feature selection process?


Register here: http://go.veeam.com/veeam-whiteboard.html

Jan 19 2015

Last call for blog-o-hol before Top vBlog 2015 voting begins


I’ve added lots of new blogs to my vLaunchpad but I’m sure there are some that I’ve missed. Every year I get emails from bloggers after the voting starts wanting to be added but once it starts its too late as it messes up the ballot. I’ve also archived a bunch of blogs that have not blogged in over a year in a special section, those archived blogs still have good content so I haven’t removed them but since they are not active they will not be on the Top vBlog ballot.

So if you’re not listed on the vLaunchpad, here’s your last chance to get listed. Please use this form and give me your name, blog name, blog URL, twitter URL & RSS URL. I have received a bunch of entries after I updated it a few months ago that I need to add, so if you haven’t submitted your blog here’s your last chance to do it so you don’t miss out on the cool commemorative coin that the top 50 blogs will receive. So hurry on up so the voting can begin, the nominations for voting categories will be opening up very soon.

Jan 19 2015

Toss your VMs into the clouds and easily get them back again with Boomerang

Not everyone wants to run their production VMs off premise in a public cloud but there are definitely some situations where leveraging cloud based virtualization for some specific scenarios makes a lot of sense. Let’s look at a few scenarios where you might consider moving some VMs to a public cloud infrastructure and a great solution from Unitrends called Boomerang that can make the transition from private data center to public cloud and back again simple and painless.

Upgrades and migrations

Upgrading your virtual environment to a new version of vSphere can be both disruptive and stressful. As a VMware administrator I was both excited and fearful when it came time to upgrade to newer versions. Excited to start enjoying all the new features and enhancements but scared to death that something might break in a big way as a result of the upgrade. I’ll even admit I’ve stayed on older versions of vSphere way too long just because I didn’t want to go through the hassle and disruptions of an upgrade.

My preferred upgrade method to major new vSphere releases is to setup a new environment running the latest version of vSphere and then once I am sure that everything is running smooth in the new environment migrate VMs from the old environment to it. This method also provides you with an easy fallback method in case you have issues with your new environment. To do this though means you have to have new or spare hardware available which can be a showstopper unless you are close to a multi-year hardware refresh cycle.

Having a short-term off-site virtual environment available allows you to move your VMs off your existing hosts while you perform upgrades and then move them back once your upgraded virtual environment is ready.

Backup and recovery

One of the big reasons that companies are still using tape backups today is for off-premise storage of backed up VMs. You can’t afford to have your virtual environment and backups of it all in one location as a single disaster could take out both and leave you without any recovery options. Many companies have also moved to disk-based backup targets which provides more recovery options and faster recovery, replication  is also widely used to provide duplicate copies of critical VMs.

Doing backup and replication to an off-premise public cloud has many advantages including having your virtual environment and backup environment physically separated by distance, no ongoing capex or opex costs for a backup environment and less administration. You also get the benefits of having disk-based backups and having them off-premise so you can easily recover if something happens at your primary site. This is especially beneficial to smaller companies that may not be able to afford the cost of implementing a backup infrastructure and may not have the expertise or time to manage it.

Short term demand increase

If you work in retail you almost always have to deal with seasonal demand peaks which your virtual environment may not have adequate resources to handle effectively. Unless you don’t care about money, short term demand increases are a challenge for every company. To be able to meet these big spikes you have to size your virtual environment way larger then it needs to be to meet your typical everyday workload demands. If you do this you are just wasting money as the rest of the time you have too many physical resources just sitting there not being used.

The whole purpose of virtualization is to be efficient with physical resources and maximize resource usage. Sizing to met short term peaks goes against the goals of virtualization. However you can’t afford to not be able to handle those peaks though and a great solution is to expand your environment when needed to the public cloud. That way your virtual environment can temporarily grow to a public cloud when it needs to accommodate heavy demand without having to buy and maintain all that extra equipment that you may only need for 30 days out of the year. This method is referred to as “cloudbursting”.

All these scenarios require a method of getting your VMs from your private data center to a public cloud and back again, preferably in a way that is easy and cost-effective. To help with this Unitrends recently announced Boomerang which enables virtualization administrators to simply and affordably move VMs from a vSphere environment to Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud.


How it works is you deploy a Unitrends Boomerang virtual appliance in your vSphere environment and then sign-up for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. Amazon has a Free Tier available that allows you to try out AWS for free for 12 months. In addition they provide a resource usage based pricing model so you are not paying for hardware that you don’t need or use. Once Boomerang is installed you setup a Protection Group in your vSphere environment which defines which VMs you want to replicate to AWS, you can then configure an automated backup and ongoing synchronization schedule.

Once you setup a Protection Group you simply click ‘Replicate’ which will kick off an efficient replication process of your VMs within your Protection Group to AWS storage. This process typically takes 15-20 minutes for an 8GB sized VM. When the replication process is complete, you can click the ‘Deploy’ button to spin up (or power up) the VM into a running EC2 instance. Once you are happy with the newly deployed instance in AWS, you can power down your original VM at your leisure, thus completing the migration process.

When you want to bring VMs back you can “CopyBack” deployed instances inside AWS back into your vSphere environment by simply clicking the “Copy Back” button next to the “Deployed Instance” in the Boomerang Management Dashboard.

To use Boomerang, it simply costs $29.95 to protect each VM per month, or if you pay annually it’s only $19.95 for each VM per month. The first VM you protect is for free forever. Unitrends also supports a free 30 days trial for unlimited VMs, couple that with the AWS Free Trial and it costs you next to nothing to try out Boomerang and extend your virtual environment into the clouds. To find out more check out the vmboomerang website.


Jan 08 2015

Sneak peek at Top vBlog 2015 blogger prize

This year I thought I would do something different and designed a custom commemorative coin that each of the top 50 bloggers will receive. The coin is 2″ in size and has a diamond cut edge on it, you can see some sample coins cut the same way here. I had wanted to do separate coins for Top 10, Top 25 and Top 50 but that would of required paying for a separate die mold for each which gets costly. So instead I put Top 50 on the coin and am using different metal finishes to signify this. The Top 10 will get a Shiny Gold coin, 11-25 will get a Antique Silver coin and 26-50 will get a Antique Copper coin.

Of course all this is made possible by Infinio who is the official sponsor for Top vBlog 2015, stay tuned for more info as things will be starting up soon. Make sure you don’t miss out on any info related to the contest by subscribing via email using my sidebar widget to be notified of any new posts from vSphere-land. You can check out the coin design proofs below.

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Jan 07 2015

The annual VMUG Virtual Event is coming to a PC near you

The VMUG organization is having their annual VMUG virtual event on Tuesday, Feb. 17th which you can attend in your pajamas if you so desire. I know the virtual events don’t compare to the physical ones but I thought they actually did a good job executing it last year and it was definitely worth checking out. Much of the success of those types of events resides in the platform used, I think it worked well last year as it was very interactive and had a lot to explore and see as well as being able to check out vendor sponsors, chat with attendees and listen to sessions whenever you have the time.


As an added bonus they have Chris Wolf, VMware’s Chief Technology Officer in the Americas scheduled to deliver the keynote which should be great. So be sure and register for the event, if you register by tomorrow you have a chance to win a cool quadcopter drone.

The physical VMUG season kicks off soon as well here in the US, you can view the calender of 2015 VMUG User Conferences here.

Jan 06 2015

You can now signup for VMware’s BIG event on Feb. 2nd


Still no word about what it’s all about though but I’m sure you can figure it out from this other post I did on it. The banner for the event says Live and Online but the link only takes you to the Online registration page. No word on the Live part and who can attend it but the event does correspond with PEX and is timed (1:00pm PST) a few hours before the Welcome Reception (5:00pm PST) so maybe they will broadcast it from Moscone West. Also not sure what the 28 Days of February event is all about either, coincidentally VMware just did a blog post today on “28 Days Later, Physical to Cloud … Done” Technically though if they start on 2/2 and with February having only 28 days it will only be a 27 days event.

As far as being the biggest launch in VMware’s history, I’d argue that the vSphere 5 launch was bigger as it had much more new and enhanced features in it. You can sign-up for the online event by clicking the above image.

Dec 31 2014

Something big is about to happen…


according to VMware, they posted this banner on their website a week or so ago hinting at a big announcement coming soon. Hmmm, I wonder what that could be? If one had to make a guess I would suspect a new vSphere version which is overdue. The date corresponds with VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) which runs from 2/2 to 2/5 this year, there are no keynotes on Monday (2/2), just the Welcome Reception which opens at 5:00pm. Being that PEX is only a partner audience I suspect VMware will hold a separate online event earlier that day so customers can hear all about whatever big thing they are announcing. They did this with the release of vSphere 5 (banner below) which was a small event broadcast live at the Terra Galley in SF at which I was one of a handful of bloggers that VMware invited to.


I still have the solid metal keepsake that they gave out to us at the vSphere 6 event.


One thing to note is that all of VMware’s recent new vSphere version launches have occurred at VMworld, and PEX has always been pretty un-exciting so hopefully this will spice it up. It also breaks VMware’s traditional one year release cycle of new vSphere major releases as I outlined in this post on VMware’s ever shortening release cycle for hypervisor versions. I suspect that the new VVOLs storage architecture took more effort to perfect than anticipated which may have caused the delay. Whatever they are announcing though I’ll guess you’ll have to wait a few more days until they officially let the cat out of the bag. I’ll be at PEX so I’ll be reporting on whatever they announce and show off at the event.

Dec 31 2014

The Top 100 VMware/virtualization people you MUST follow on Twitter

My last post triggered my memory that a few years ago (5 actually, my doesn’t time fly) I put together a list of the top 100 people to follow that were influential with VMware and virtualization technologies. It’s been quite a while since I updated that list (5 years!), so I thought I would bring it up to date by removing some people an adding new ones based on who I think are good people to follow these days.

Putting together these types of lists is always difficult, I try and research a bit to see who is fairly active on Twitter and tweets about VMware & virtualization stuff a good amount of time. It is entirely possible I missed some people though (I’m sure I did) that should be on the list, it wasn’t easy to limit it to 100 as there are tons of great people that tweet about VMware & virtualization but I did the best I could. So I apologize in advance if I missed someone that I probably should of included.

So without further ado, click the image below to see my Twitter list of the Top 100 VMware/virtualization people you MUST follow on Twitter.


Dec 30 2014

Top Twitter Influencers To Follow for Virtualization


I was contacted by the folks at Techopedia a few weeks ago and notified that they had added me to their Twitter list for Top Influencers for Virtualization. Not sure what the qualifications were or why they picked me but I’m thrilled to have been recognized by them. They also asked me if I had any recommendations for other people to add to the list so I gave them some names of the top bloggers in the community. While there are certainly a lot of worthy people on the list I’m not sure I agree with all of them (there certainly a lot of good people missing), for instance one person on the list hasn’t tweeted in over 2 years. So if you’re looking for virtualization people to follow on Twitter be sure and check the list out and start following the people on it.

Dec 29 2014

A new vChat so epic it was a year in the making

It’s been a while (over a year!) since David, Simon and I have gotten together and done a vChat podcast for various reasons but we finally managed to get together and record a new one. In this new episode #36 we chat about virtualization and other topics such as vSphere home labs, how to stay up to date on virtualization news, HP MicroServers, Apple Mac Minis, Dr. Who and what we plan to chat about in the future (might be another year, ha)! So click the video below and enjoy.


Dec 22 2014

Yes Veeam and Nutanix will be at PEX this year

Last year at VMware’s annual Partner Exchange (PEX) conference, VMware told both Veeam and Nutanix that they were not welcome there. Both companies had planned on being there already and did show up anyway and had a presence outside of the Moscone to engage with attendees. This year it looks like VMware has had a change of heart and both companies will be there. I noticed this when I was submitting a sponsor session submission and both companies were listed in the sponsor selection, they are also listed in the PEX Content Catalog (yeah Rick Vanover will be there).

PEX2015-small-circleWhy did VMware do this last year? It could be that they felt threatened by them and VMware wanted partners to focus on VMware’s offerings instead. To single them out doesn’t make a lot of sense though as almost every other vendor competes with VMware these days as well. About the only vendors left that do not compete with VMware in some way are SuperMicro and Seagate who sell hardware solutions only that are server-based and cannot be virtualized.

Why the change of heart this year? Could be that they don’t want to call attention to them and cause a Streisand Effect and thereby giving them even more exposure. Also PEX has mainly be a mostly VMware show in the past, however this year VMware is limiting partner activities at PEX by cutting down on the Solutions Exchange hours to only Monday from 5:00-7:00 and Tuesday/Wednesday from 11:00-3:30. There are also only 14 sponsor sessions versus 153 VMware only sessions.

Regardless of why, it should be a good show as we finally have a PEX that will be aligned with a major vSphere product launch. I’ll be there again this year and if you’re going as well I hope to see you there.

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