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  • Talk about objective of the webex, customer challenges around basic understanding of VS4, and how we want follow up for deeper technical dive
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  • In terms of absolute numbers, with ESX 3.5, we address the performance requirements of a large section of workloads today. In 2009, we will now have the ability to accommodate some of the largest workloads out there. We’ll support VMs with up to 8 Virtual CPUs (8-way SMP) These VMs can be assigned up to 255GB of RAM We can sustain 40Gb/s of network I/O, and We can push up to 200,000 I/O operations per second! There aren’t a lot of workloads out there today that come close to limits we will handle. Our goal? There should not be a single workload out there which isn’t a great candidate for virtualization. We think we’re pretty close today. In 2009 we hope we’ll have achieved this goal. Peak means peak hours: 7 am – 7 PM
  • VMware Fault Tolerance is a component of VMware vSphere™ that ensures continuous availability for virtual machines against hardware failures. VMware FT creates virtual machine “pairs” that run in lock step - essentially mirroring the execution state of a VM. To the external world they appear as one instance (one IP address, one application) – but they are fully redundant instances. In the event of an unexpected hardware failure that causes the active, primary VM to fail – a secondary, formerly passive VM immediately picks up where the primary left off, and continues to run, uninterrupted, and without any loss of network connections or transactions. This technology will also work across any application & any OS without modifications, without scripting, and provides a much more cost-effective way of running mission critical workloads than fault-tolerant hardware dedicated entirely to individual applications. At VMware, we say that “virtual is better than physical” very frequently, and our advanced development work on providing continuous availability for VMs – to enable VMs to keep executing, completely uninterrupted by unexpected hardware failures - is one of the great examples of why this is true. We have taken technology implemented with very complex custom hardware and delivered it for commodity x86 hardware. We believe this technology, and all of the other business continuity benefits of virtualization will drive more and more mission critical workloads into virtual machines because they can enable HIGHER levels of availability, at a fraction of the cost & complexity of physical solutions. DETAILS ( use only as needed) Limitations of FT initially: dependent on shared storage, Uniprocessor VMs only. Additional overhead also associated with this type of solution. Overall performance impact still TBD, but you can expect more CPU & memory resources will be required to run the 2 nd VM, and applications may experience small amounts of added latency. In spite of initial limitations, longer term trends are in our favor: FT will take advantage of hardware assisted virtualization in CPUs, more and more CPU cores becoming available to offload overhead, and high-speed network improvements like 10gigE to reduce latencies…
  • vCenter Data Recovery is a new tool in for VMware vSphere™ users that provides complete data protection for your virtual machines. Note that it is appropriate for smaller environments (100 VMs or less). - It’s a disk-based solution that’s easy to use and fast to backup and restore. - It’s built on the VCB API and is fully integrated with vCenter management to enable centralized and efficient scheduling of backup jobs using an intuitive workflow. Step 1: Backing up your virtual machines is a snap – - First you schedule your backups directly through the vCenter interface. - Snapshots are taken at your scheduled intervals and written to near-line storage (local or shared). - After the first full VM backup, subsequent backups are incremental to save time and disk space. - vCenter Data Recovery also uses disk de-duplication to further reduce the disk space required for backup storage. Step 2: The toughest part of the backup process is recovering your apps and data. vCenter Data Recovery makes this process quick and easy – - When a VM goes down, you go to vCenter and quickly access the directory of backup VMs and files. - Select which ones you want to recover (individual files or complete VM) and restore in seconds/minutes - Your applications and data are back up and running!
  • VMware vShield Zones, a new security service for VMware’s Cloud OS, vSphere, ensures strict compliance with security policies and industry regulations for user data as customers adopt cloud computing with virtual environments for increased efficiency and flexibility. Previously, compliance required diverting network traffic to external physical appliances resulting in disconnected ‘islands’ of infrastructure. With VMware vShield Zones, customers can now create logical zones in the virtual datacenter that span all of the shared physical resources, and each zone represents a distinct level of trust and confidentiality. This allows businesses to comply with corporate security policies and regulations on data privacy while still running applications efficiently on shared computing resource pools.   Traditional security products, such as firewall appliances, require that all network activity pass through a handful of fixed physical locations in order to be monitored.   Virtualized applications, in contrast can be migrated between physical hosts for higher resource efficiency and improved uptime. Therefore, companies virtualizing security sensitive applications faced the choice of either leveraging virtualization capabilities such as live migration for optimal load balancing and availability, or enforcing strict security compliance. To solve that dilemma, most customers ended up dividing their virtual environments into smaller, less efficient clusters for areas such as their Internet-facing demilitarized zones (DMZ’s) or consumer credit data processing systems subject to Payment Card Industry regulations. VMware vShield Zones enables customers to create security zones within enterprises or in multi-tenant cloud infrastructures, where security policies are enforced even as virtual machines dynamically migrate between hardware devices. Deployed as a virtual appliance and integrated into vCenter Server, vShield Zones makes it easy to centrally manage and enforce compliance with security policies across large pools of servers and virtual machines. Built-in auditing capabilities make compliance straightforward and verifiable.  
  • vCenter host profiles simplify and standardize ESX host configuration. This feature in vCenter Server 4.0 allows the creation of a “golden profile” from an existing host and using this as a template to configure other hosts Host profiles can be associated with other hosts/clusters and compliance to these profiles can be monitored and enforced automatically This is a powerful capability – especially when used in conjunction with the vNetwork Distributed Switch, reducing considerably the time spent in making sure of ESX host configurations In large scale environments, when ESX hosts are being added every day or every hour, standardizing the storage, network and security configurations of these hosts becomes really important. Managing change can also be complex especially when the same change needs to be applied to many hosts (example – array goes through firmware upgrade, and multipathing settings need to be changed across all hosts in a cluster) The Host Profiles feature allows you to export configuration settings from a gold reference host and save them as a portable set of policies, called a host profile. You can then use this profile to quickly configure other hosts in the datacenter. Configuring hosts using this method drastically reduces the setup time of new hosts: 10’s of steps reduced to a single click. Host profiles also eliminate the need for specialized scripts to configure hosts. Additionally, vCenter uses the profile as a configuration baseline, so you can monitor for changes to the configuration, detect discrepancies and fix them. Host profiles eliminate per-host, manual, or UI-based host configuration and efficiently maintain configuration consistency and correctness across the entire datacenter.
  • New licensing consists of two new customer-facing interfaces: vCenter license reports and administration License portal Key theme: simplification! Better match between how we sell and how we license Compliance: easy to overdeploy, but also easier to detect overdeployment Flex licensing is replaced by simple license keys Each vSphere host is assigned only 1 single license key for the entire “bundle” (e.g., Enterprise) rather than a separate license for each feature Same license key can be shared by many vSphere hosts, subject to the key’s maximum CPU count New centralized license key administration in vCenter No separate license server to manage or monitor – license administration is a native vCenter feature vCenter can be used to assign license keys to vSphere hosts via a simple UI Centralized vCenter report on all hosts and license keys in inventory enables easy monitoring of license state and compliance New license portal provides more accurate view of entitlement License keys linked to purchase history, including upgrades and license recombinations (i.e., division/combination of license quantities into more/fewer keys) Contract administration self-service allows addition and removal of license admins and support admins with access to specific licenses

VEO (Virtual Ecosystem Optimization) VEO (Virtual Ecosystem Optimization) Presentation Transcript

  • A “for dummies” WebEx on what you get, what it does, and how to license. Matthew Cavanagh Principal Consultant PAR4 Technology Group [email_address] Dennis Maneikis Account Manager PAR4 Technology Group [email_address] Tom Crowe IT Manager Wyche, Burgess, Freeman & Parham, PA [email_address] VmWare vSphere4
  • Par4 Overview
    • New England and tri-state provider of virtualization and cloud services
    • VMWare premier and VAC partner, concentrated Virtualization focus.
    • Purchased Flytrap Technologies in November 2009
    • Offices in Amesbury, Ma, Tolland, CT, and Willimantic, CT.
    • Carrier grade datacenter providing Cloud services, hosted DR, data replication, desktop, and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) with 24/7 NOC
    • Provider of virtual ecosystem products, support, maintenance, training, and managed services
    • Member of VMWare’s VS4 Beta program
    • Customer verticals include enterprise, financial, tech, manufacturing, SLED, legal and healtchare
    • Partnered with most leading virtual ecosystem hardware and software manufacturers
  • VS4 – Launch Highlights
    • Released May 21 st , all VI3 sku’s are now discontinued with the exception of existing quotes created before the launch date.
    • VS4 licenses CAN be downgraded to VI3 licenses
    • VMWare’s first major release since VI3 which contains a major OS revision (ESX 4.0) – presented as the first “cloud operating system”.
        • Improvements to VMware High Availability (HA), VMware VMotion, VMware Storage VMotion, VMware Update Manager, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS)
    • Includes a number of additional components to enhance functionality and deliver greater efficiency, control, and flexibility.
  • What’s New?
        • VMware ESX 3.5 VMware ESX 4.0
        • VMware ESXi 3.5 VMware ESXi 4.0
        • vCenter Server 2.5 VCenter Server 4.0
    • Out with the old
      • Foundation immediate end-of-availability
      • Most A la carte offerings are eliminated
      • Switch to one processor licensing
    • In with the new
      • vSphere Essentials editions for small and remote offices
      • vSphere Standard at a new, lower price point
      • vSphere Advanced for high availability at a mid-range price point
      • vSphere Enterprise Plus at a new top price point
  • Added ESX Features
    • VMWare FT (Fault Tolerance)
      • Provides application continuous availability via vLockstep
    • VMWare Data Recovery
      • Disk based backup and recovery via vCenter, includes de-dup
    • VMWare vShield Zones
      • Allows you to segment users and data from the network to enforce security policies
    • VMWare vNetwork Distributed Switch (VDS)
      • Centrally control cluster level networking beyond per host configurations
    • VMWare Host Profiles
      • Apply known validated network, storage, and security settings to ESX hosts
    • VMWare Thin Provisioning
      • Allows over-allocation of storage capacity for increased storage utilization, enhanced application uptime, and simplified storage capacity management.
  • Added ESX Features
    • iSCSI
      • 10GbE support & network performance improvements
    • DPM no longer Experimental
    • Live changes to VMs:
      • Add memory, cpu on the fly
    • Simplified Licensing
    • Performance Improvements
  • vSphere 4 Editions: Core Platform Update Manager High Availability STANDARD ENTERPRISE PLUS License (1 CPU) SnS (Gold/Plat) $795 $275 / 325 $2,245 $471 / 561 VMware ESXi OR VMware ESX 4-way vSMP VC Agent 6 Physical Cores / CPU 256 GB Physical Memory VMotion ™ High Availability VMware ESXi OR VMware ESX 4-way vSMP VC Agent 12 Physical Cores / CPU 256 GB Physical Memory ADVANCED Fault Tolerance Data Recovery vShield Zones VMotion ™ High Availability VMware ESXi OR VMware ESX 8-way vSMP VC Agent 12 Physical Cores / CPU No License Memory Limit Fault Tolerance Data Recovery vShield Zones Distributed Switch DRS / DPM Storage VMotion Host Profiles $3,495 $734 / $874 High availability products for protecting critical production applications Basic consolidation of a lab or small environment Large scale management of critical production applications $2,875 $604 / 719 VMotion ™ High Availability VMware ESXi OR VMware ESX 4-way vSMP VC Agent 6 Physical Cores / CPU 256 GB Physical Memory ENTERPRISE Fault Tolerance Data Recovery vShield Zones DRS / DPM Storage VMotion Update Manager Update Manager Update Manager Note: US list pricing in USD – International pricing may vary Thin Provisioning Thin Provisioning Thin Provisioning Thin Provisioning VCB / vStorage APIs VCB / vStorage APIs VCB / vStorage APIs VCB / vStorage APIs Hot Add Hot Add Hot Add
  • VS4 Essentials (non-core formerly foundation)
      • All inclusive packages:
        • Licenses for 3 physical servers (up to 2 processors each)
        • License for central management server
      • Packages cannot be decoupled or combined; components cannot be used with other vSphere editions
    ESSENTIALS ($995) VMware ESXi OR VMware ESX 4-way vSMP vCenter Server for Essentials (up to 3 servers) ESSENTIALS PLUS ($2,995) VMware ESXi OR VMware ESX 4-way vSMP vCenter Server for Essentials (up to 3 servers) VC Agent VC Agent Update Manager High Availability Data Recovery 6 CPUS x 6 CPUS x 6 CPUS x 1 x x 6 CPUS x 6 CPUS x 6 CPUS x 1 x 6 CPUS x 6 CPUS x 6 CPUS Update Manager 6 CPUS x vCenter Server for Essentials
  • VSphere4 Editions
  • Upgrade Paths and Licensing (highlights)
    • Linear upgrades for customers with active support are free and automatically loaded to your online portal (not emailed). Customers retain both licenses but cannot run both.
    • VI3 Enterprise can be upgraded to vSphere4 Enterprise at no charge.
    • Previously purchased edition upgrades (e.g. Standard to Enterprise) and “a la carte” feature licenses (e.g. Vmotion) will be combined into single license keys. Where eligible quantities do not match, this will result in “unfulfillable” left-over license components
    • Existing unlimited ELA customers will require an addendum
    • Special discounts available until 12/15 explained further on next slide.
  • Upgrade Paths and Licensing (highlights)
    • 50% PROMO:
      • VS4 Standard to Advanced = $795 per proc (50% savings)
      • VS4 Enterprise to Enterprise plus = $295 per proc (50% savings)
    • NEXUS PROMO:
      • VS4 Enterprise Plus with Cisco Nexus 1000V = $3995 (regular $4190)
      • VS4 Enterprise to Enterprise plus upgrade with Nexus 1000V = $795 (regular $1380)
    • Promotion available for existing VI3 customers through December 15, 2009
    • VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3)
    • 6 x 2 CPU VI3 Enterprise
    • X $5750 / 2 CPU license
    • $34,500
    • VMware vSphere 4
    • 12 x 1 CPU vSphere 4 Enterprise
    • X $2875 / 1 CPU license
    • $34,500
    Pricing Model
      • vSphere moves to a one CPU pricing model
      • Example: Enterprise licenses for 3 four-socket servers, 12 processors total
  • Should I Upgrade? Cost savings from enhanced efficiency Increased operational control Deeper integration with existing infrastructure
  • Should I upgrade? …or wait
  • Summary
    • We have covered some major highlights of this release
      • Several other features have been added (e.g. vApp) that warrant further discussion
    • There are many more details to review before you upgrade
      • Planning & Scheduling your Upgrade
      • Determining your licensing path
      • Determine how you can leverage the new vSphere features
    • Now that you know the basics, please contact PAR4 to discuss the next steps.
  • Thanks for joining us! For further information or to request an appointment discuss VS4, the Virtual Ecosystem, and/or Cloud Computing, please contact: Dennis Maneikis [email_address] (207)221-6786 Q&A
  • % of Applications Application Performance Requirements 95% of applications < 100 at peak < 2.4Mbits/s < 4 GB at peak 1 to 2 CPUs Performance Improvements ESX 3.5 100,000 9 Gb/s 64 GB per VM 4 VCPUs ESX 4.0 200,000+ 40 Gb/s 255 GB per VM 8 VCPUs
  • Assumptions: 50 out of 100 servers can be powered down for 8 hrs/day on weekdays and 16 hrs/day on weekends. Total power consumption per server ( operating power + cooling power) = 1130.625 watts/hr Cost of energy = $ 0.0813 per kWH (source: Energy Information Administration) DPM: No longer Experimental
      • Virtual machine disks consume only the amount of physical space in use
        • Virtual machine sees full logical disk size at all times
        • Full reporting and alerting on allocation and consumption
      • Significantly improve storage utilization
      • Eliminate need to over-provision virtual disks
      • Reduce storage costs by up to 50%
    vStorage Thin Provisioning ESX Datastore Virtual Disks 20GB 40GB 20GB 20GB 20GB 100GB Thick Thin Thin 40GB 100GB OS APP OS APP OS APP 60GB
      • Aggregated datacenter level virtual networking
      • Simplified setup and change
      • Easy troubleshooting, monitoring and debugging
      • Enables transparent third party management of virtual environments
    VMware vSphere™ vNetwork Distributed Switch vSwitch vSwitch vSwitch Cisco Nexus 1000V Distributed Switch OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP
      • Single identical VMs running in lockstep on separate hosts
      • Zero downtime, zero data loss failover for all virtual machines in case of hardware failures
      • Zero downtime, zero data loss
      • No complex clustering or specialized hardware required
      • Single common mechanism for all applications and OS-es
    VMware vSphere™ Fault Tolerance OS APP OS APP OS APP
  • Hardware Failure Tolerance Application Coverage Unprotected Automated Restart Continuous 0% 10% 100% with VMware HA Fault Tolerance VMware FT
      • Agent-less, disk-based backup and recovery of your VMs
      • VM or file level restore
      • Incremental backups and data de-dupe to save disk space
      • Quick, simple and complete data protection for your VMs
      • Centralized Management through VirtualCenter
      • Cost Effective Storage Management
    De-duplicated Storage ESX Data Recovery OS APP OS APP OS APP
      • Self-learning, self-configuring firewall Service
      • VMotion and network-configuration aware trust zones
      • Dynamic firewall policy using application protocol awareness
      • Dynamic security capacity using infrastructure vServices
      • Security policies auto-adapt to network reconfiguration or upgrades
    VMware vSphere™ vShield Zones OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP OS APP
      • Scalable virtual machines
      • Hot add of
        • CPU
        • Memory
      • Hot add and remove
        • S torage devices
        • Network devices
      • Hot Extend virtual disks
      • Zero downtime scale out of virtual machines
    64 GB 4 CPUs 255 GB 8 CPUs OS APP
      • Simplified setup and change management for ESX hosts
      • Easy detection of non-compliance with standard configurations
      • Automated remediation
    Cluster Reference Host Host Profiles
    • Simple license keys instead of flex
        • 1 license per edition
        • 1 key for many hosts
    • New centralized license key administration in vCenter
        • No separate license server to manage or monitor
        • Centralized host and license monitoring through vCenter enabling easy compliance
    • New license portal provides more accurate view of entitlement
    Simplified Licensing
      • VI3 License Activation Is Failure-prone
        • Too many steps and “context changes” Customers have many opportunities to get confused or take “wrong turns”
        • License files are the result of a long, multi-step portal transaction
        • Complexity illustrated: 40 pages in VI3 admin/install guide devoted to licensing
      • A Dramatically Simpler Process In VI4
        • A short and easy activation process was the single most important design requirement
        • License keys are sent in email and can be copied directly into the product – no portal activation step required
        • No separate license server means no additional installation, configuration or monitoring is required
    10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
      • Receive activation code in email
      • Go to license portal
      • Generate new license file
      • Select license qualities to activate
      • Install license server if needed
      • Re-read license file to server
      • Product activated
      • Choose server or host-based file
      • Download or email license file
      • Upload license file
      • Configure licensing in VC/ESX UI
    3 2 1 0
      • Receive license keys in email
      • Enter license key into VC UI
      • Assign license key to ESX hosts
      • Product activated
      • Hot Virtual Disk Extend
      • Expand virtual disks online
      • Respond quickly to growing requirements without downtime
      • VMFS Volume Grow
      • Expand VMFS Volume on the same LUN it was created
      • Facilitate adding more virtual machines to an existing volume
      • Facilitate data growth for the virtual machines
      • Increase flexibility to simplify capacity planning
    ESX Datastore Virtual Disks 20GB 100GB LUN Extend 10G of virtual disk Add new virtual disk VMFS Volume Grow to grow the datastore Extend 8G of virtual disk 20GB No change to datastore VMFS Volume Grow to grow the datastore 40GB Growing Storage & Disks OS APP OS APP OS APP