The first formal day of VMworld was extremely busy as expected. I kicked it off by meeting with the EMC CTO for RecoverPoint & vPlex – Assaf Natanzon. He gave me some great insights into their upcoming announcement and I was very impressed. That blog post will be published tomorrow after the formal announcement is made by EMC.
I followed up that meeting with a couple of sessions – beginning with STO2197 – Storage DRS (SDRS): Deep dive and Best Practices. It was presented by Luis Useche & Mustafa Uysal and while there was some really good content I believe it could have gotten more technical for our benefit. Regardless, I came out with some new understanding so I am pleased that I was able to learn something new.
SDRS is conceptualized in the same way as DRS which is today used for compute. You can have automatic migration of workloads based on storage performance – but this is not just related to array performance but overall the end to end storage performance. SDRS now integrates with array based replication and vSphere replication so it is finally replication aware that can avoid catastrophic issues while VM’s migrate to other datastores. Together with Storage IO control and a better usage of mClock SDRS controls congestion thresholds, placement of VMs, facilitates out of space avoidance and plenty more. Watch out for the functionality as it takes better shape in vSphere 6.0 which is in beta right now.
I followed up that session with STO2554 – Zooming in on VVOl’s but it ended up in a vendor talk from HP rather than the discussion about the VVOL technology. So I headed out to the ‘Meet the Expert’ area and met with an Expert who focusses on SQL performance optimization – specifically spoke about AAG in SQL 2012 and cluster alternatives etc.
Right after that I had one more session lined up – INF1420 Extreme Performance Series – Virtualized Memory Management and I found that session to be highly useful. I have put out a detailed blog post on this session so please feel free to check it out.
I had a quick conversation with Veeam after this session and was taken to a photoshoot for their Veeam ON conference. It felt great to be part of it but I had to get back right away for my VMUG booth shift. All the VMUG leaders are taking turns to man the booth so please stop by the VMUG booth in Solutions Pavilion and say hello. Note that tomorrow (Tuesday) is Green Out day so don’t forget to wear your VMUG T-shirts and show your support.
Finally, moved to the Solutions Pavilion talking to vendors about their technologies, discussing some use cases etc which I plan to do tomorrow as well.
I ended the day with two social events – VMUG Leader reception and the EMC XtremeIO reception which were both great. I had been tired of walking all day so I retired early today but am looking forward to another busy day tomorrow.
Check out more update on my blog tomorrow and feel free to drop a line.