Virtualization – A Year in Review with Eric Siebert


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Please join vExpert Eric Siebert for a 2012 retrospective on the virtualization market in our webcast. We’ll discuss all of the major developments including the changes at VMware (both in the executive ranks and in licensing strategy), the acceleration of VDI, and much more!

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Virtualization – A Year in Review with Eric Siebert

  1. 1. 2012 VMware & Virtualization Year In Review© 2012 SOLARWINDS WORLDWIDE, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 1
  2. 2. About the speaker» Eric Siebert  25+ years experience in the IT industry  4 time VMware® vExpert  Author of 2 books on virtualization  Top virtualization blogger» Follow me on Twitter @ericsiebert» Visit my website: 2
  3. 3. Who we are SolarWinds provides IT management software that is powerful, easy-to-use and affordable Company background Timeline 1999 Founded in Tulsa, OK 2005 Professional Investment 2006 Hired Management Team 2009 IPO (NYSE:SWI) Headquarters Austin, Texas; over 500 employees worldwide Customers Over 95,000 – from SMB to Fortune 500- SLIDE 3 -MODIFY THIS FOOTER: VIEW -> HEADER & FOOTER 3
  4. 4. Agenda» Review what happened with VMware & virtualization in 2012  New product announcements  Future product & feature announcements  The Monster VM got bigger and stronger  VMworld keeps growing  vRAM licensing change and vCloud Suites  The software-defined data center vision  VMware’s future is mostly cloudy  Wrap-up 4
  5. 5. VMware Event Timeline 2012» 2012 overall was a fairly quiet year for VMware  Jan. – VMware Solution Exchange opens it doors  May – VMware View 5.1 released  July – VMware acquires DynamicOps and Nicira  July – VMware announces Paul Maritz replaced by Pat Gelsinger from EMC  Aug. – VMworld 2012 in San Francisco – 21,000 attendees  Aug. – VMware announce new licensing changes  Sept. – vSphere 5.1/SRM/vCloud Suite 5.1 released  Oct. – VMworld 2012 EMEA in Barcelona – 7,000 attendees  Nov. – vCenter Operations 5.6 released 5
  6. 6. 2012 VMware product releases» VMware moves to a yearly release model for vSphere with .0 & .1 releases» vSphere 5.1 released – incremental upgrade (Sept)» View 5.1 released (May) – note vSphere 5.1 does not support View 5.1, ESXi patch or vSphere 5.1.0a required» vCloud Director 5.1 released – upgrade from 1.5 (Sept)» vShield rolled into vCloud Director (App & Edge) and into vSphere (Endpoint) (Sept)» vSphere Data Protection replaces vSphere Data Recovery (Sept)» Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.1 released (Sept)» vCenter Operations Manager 5.6 released (Nov) 6
  7. 7. What’s New in vSphere 5.1» Incremental upgrade to vCenter and ESXi» New SE Sparse virtual disk (VDI)» No downtime VMware Tools upgrade» vShield Endpoint now packaged with vSphere» Now able to vMotion without shared storage» New vDS network features – LACP, SR-IOV, Health Check…» vSphere Replication no longer limited to SRM» vSphere Data Recovery replaced by vSphere Data Protection» Fully featured web client to replace vSphere Client» New vCenter Server Single Sign-On» Storage DRS integration with vCloud Director 7
  8. 8. The Monster VM gets bigger in 2012» VM maximum configurations get bigger with vSphere 5.1» VM scalability has come a long way since ESX 1.0» Any workload can be virtualized now 8
  9. 9. Future Product Announcements» VMware has become more open about future product releases and features» New VMware Horizon Mobile Suite for End User Computing previewed at VMworld» New storage features for next vSphere release also previewed at VMworld» Other tech previews were demonstrated at VMworld» New features often get added early as experimental so customers can preview them before officially supported 9
  10. 10. Focus on VDI & Mobile Computing» VMware has long been the king at server virtualization» VMware has been the underdog in client virtualization» Server virtualization is done, client is next» Client virtualization is much more difficult though» VMware’s focus is on the person and not the device» User experience should be the same regardless of the device they use» Apps and data should follow the user around from device to device» Big focus on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or how VMware phrases it Spend Your Own Money (SYOM) 10
  11. 11. Focus on VDI & Mobile Computing» VMware’s Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP) vision appears to be dead» New focus on native apps running on phones & tablets and VDI clients, security is a big concern» New VDI vision is called Horizon Suite which combines:  Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, ThinApp, Horizon Application Manager and Horizon Mobile» Beta for Horizon Suite is Q4 2012» VMware demoed seamless desktop OS upgrade» VMware also showed off iOS Workspace feature which is a collection of apps, services and security policies 11
  12. 12. Storage Futures» VMware showed off a technology preview of their future storage architecture for vSphere» There are 3 main components to it:  Virtual Volumes  Virtual SAN  Virtual Flash» Major change and a radically different architecture compared to what it is today 12
  13. 13. Storage Futures – Virtual Volumes» Virtual Volumes (vVols) - new architecture for shared storage» No LUN or mount points assigned to datastores anymore» VMDK objects will be managed natively on storage array» Protocol endpoint is a single I/O channel between host and storage array» Storage containers are logical entities that describe physical allocation of space» Uses vendor providers which are array plugins to communicate policies and access to storage containers» Uses VASA as a transport mechanism» Will require new Storage APIs 13
  14. 14. Storage Futures – Virtual Flash & SAN» Virtual Flash (vFlash) is a host-based SSD tier presented as a service to speed-up storage I/O» Will be presented as a new type of resource pool» Two deployment models  Transparent caching in data path controlled by hypervisor  Per VM caching that is controlled by VMs» Virtual SAN (vSAN) turns DAS into SAN across multiple hosts» Similar to current vSphere VSA model but will be built natively into the hypervisor instead of a appliance» Targeted at specific use-cases such as VDI, big data or distributed computing environments 14
  15. 15. SolarWinds Storage Manager» SolarWinds Storage Manager helps you keep a sharp eye on the performance and capacity of your end-to-end physical and virtual storage infrastructure—from VM to spindle  Monitors storage performance & isolates hotspots in your multi- vendor SAN fabric  Maps virtual machines to physical storage  Automates storage capacity planning & reporting  Simplifies analysis of storage usage & reclamation of storage space  Easy to download, deploy, & use – start monitoring your storage infrastructure in less than an hour» Give your storage the attention that it demands 15
  16. 16. SolarWinds Storage Manager 16
  17. 17. VMworld continues to grow» First VMworld held in San Diego in 2004 with 1,400 attendees» VMworld 2012 held in San Francisco with 21,000 attendees» Growth is a testament to the increased popularity of virtualization and VMware’s dominance» May peak soon as Hyper-V becomes more widely adopted 17
  18. 18. VMworld 2012 Overview» Theme was Right Here, Right Now – what does it mean?  “This is the time to enter the new cloud era. We are ready. The technology is here. And partners are in place.”» Very heavy focus on VMware’s cloud vision» More focus on cloud products, less focus on core products» Transition from Paul Maritz to Pat Gelsinger was made» No major product releases this time around» Focus was on what’s cooking and coming in the future» Cloud & Software Defined Data Center is the vision» Announcements included 5.1 product releases, licensing changes and mobile computing previews 18
  19. 19. vRAM Licensing Change» Controversial Virtual RAM (vRAM) licensing model that VMware introduced in vSphere 5.0 is gone» In addition to CPU socket based licensing, VMware wanted to implement a tax for vRAM usage by VMs» Big uproar from customers over this» vSphere licensing is only CPU socket based again» Why? VMware probably felt the heat from Microsoft with new Windows Server 2012/Hyper-V 3.0 release» Microsoft continues to beat VMware over the head on cost 19
  20. 20. Cloud Suite Licensing Changes» vSphere licensed only by CPU socket» Per VM licensing of companion products is gone» vSphere now sold in vCloud Suite bundles» Current Enterprise + licenses can upgrade to vCloud Standard for free» Still can purchase vSphere and other products separately 20
  21. 21. Software Defined Data Center» VMware defines a Software Defined Data Center as:  A software-defined datacenter is where all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this datacenter is entirely automated by software. 21
  22. 22. Software Defined Data Center» Compute, storage, networking, security, and availability services are pooled, aggregated, and delivered as software, and managed by intelligent, policy-driven software.» Today compute and memory resources are fully virtualized but network and storage resources are largely physical» vSwitches are dumb switches and most of the intelligence is in the physical switch» Same with storage, there are some storage features in vSphere but physical SANs have more intelligence & features» VMware wants to bring that intelligence and management fully into vSphere and dumb down the hardware 22
  23. 23. Software Defined Data Center» How will they fulfill the SDDC vision?» Network  Cisco Nexus 1000v delivers more network intelligence to virtual layer, but….it’s not VMware’s technology  Acquisition of software defined networking startup Nicira will provide this so they can build it into their core product along with vShield» Storage  Building more storage intelligence and features into vSphere to turn physical storage into JBODs.  Already mimicking storage array features with Storage DRS, Storage vMotion and Thin Provisioning  New architecture with Virtual Volumes, Virtual SAN and Virtual Flash fill provide this 23
  24. 24. Management Needs Continue to Grow in 2012» Virtual environments becoming increasingly complex» Makes management much more difficult, this is magnified by scale» VMware really pushing vCenter Operations Manager to complement vCenter Server» vCOPs is now bundled into the cloud suites» vCOPS is aimed at the high-end large scale virtual environments» VMware is trying to add to vSphere what 3rd party products have been providing for years 24
  25. 25. SolarWinds Virtualization Manager» Much more affordable alternative to vCOPs» SolarWinds Virtualization Manager provides:  Real-time dashboards simplify forecasting, detection, & troubleshooting of capacity bottlenecks  Identifies VM sprawl, helps you reclaim & optimize space, & reduces licensing costs  Tracks VM & host configurations over time & identifies drift from your "gold standard“  All the functionality & more of other leading virtualization management tools – at a fraction of the cost» Best of VMworld winner in Virtualization Management category for 2011 25
  26. 26. SolarWinds Virtualization Manager 26
  27. 27. Wrap-up & Summary» 2012 was a fairly quiet year for VMware, expect next year to be much more exciting» The future is mostly cloudy, get ready for it» VMware showed off a lot of future direction and technology» Will take some time to develop and get to the Software Defined Data Center vision, expect more in 2013» Big things coming for VDI once VMware finally delivers» The future of storage looks radically different» Licensing changes again, read up on it so you understand it» Management is where it’s at, don’t forget it» Be sure and check out the great products from SolarWinds 27