At VMworld this year, VMware has been busy announcing a vast array of new products centered around the recent launch of VMware’s flagship virtualization platform – vSphere 5. Project AppBlast is one of those announcements that while still technically still under development, promises to change the landscape for application virtualization and seemless access across any platform that supports an HTML 5 web browser. Set to be coupled with VMware’s new View 5 virtual desktop and application virtualization offering, AppBlast is centered around the provisioning and delivery of applications. The real news here is that this will include traditional desktop (Windows) based applications giving users on-demand access to virtually any application on the market today. After seeing a very impressive demo (footage below), I was excited at the prospect of anything from Microsoft Office to streaming media content can be delivered using this new framework. What’s so exciting about this technology is that we’re seeing an actual delivery of transparent and cross-platform support for what could amount to tens, if not hundreds of thousands of traditional desktop applications to anything from an iPad, to Linux, to Windows.
VMworld this year is all about the number 5. vSphere 5 is the latest platform from VMware and in keeping with their generational numbering scheme, VMware’s View 5 is the latest desktop virtualization offering from the leading virtualization technology company. So in keeping with VMware’s pace, I wanted to take a moment to highlight what I think are the 5 most important new features in the View 5 suite:
VMware’s ever expanding portfolio is bringing another offering to the table. This time in the form of a new file sharing application currently dubbed Project Octopus. Riding on the heels of the recent announcement of VMware’s View 5 suite and VMware’s dedicated mission to boldly lead the industry into the post-PC era, Project Octopus is built to provide users access to files from any (yes, any) device and share them with people inside or outside of their respective organization. Before I go any further, I know what you’re thinking. This has already been done. Several times and by several other companies. But what makes Project Octopus so appealing isn’t that it’s necessarily grounding breaking tech. It’s that it’s set to be integrated into VMware’s larger ambitions around Horizon.
EMC announced on Monday, May 9th at EMC World 2011 that they have developed a new technology coined tentatively "Project Lightning." You're probably reading this and wondering, "what is it exactly?" Well in a nutshell EMC's new storage offering is flash-based cache on a PCIe card that goes directly into your servers. The local SSD memory works in tandem with VNX and VMAX arrays to cache disk I/O at the server while allowing less intensive I/O to pass through to the array itself where EMC's FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) takes up the task to commit data to additional SSD and SAS drives. The concept is as simple as it is graceful - keep heavy I/O closer to the CPU bus…
So I received a call from a client today… After the usual pleasantries, they went on to discuss a problem they were having and asked if I had a solution. Well, the short summary of the discussion was that they were using VMware's thin disk format on a VM and after deleting a large amount of file data, they were looking to reclaim the disk space on the datastore. Being somewhat savvy, they noticed a couple of things after deleting the data. Here's a quick rundown of their findings and actions:
I work with several clients and one of the things that I hear consistently is the desire to find ways to help automate their day to day administration tasks. To this end, I usually end up asking if they've looked into VMware vSphere CLI or vSphere PowerCLI. Moreover, the latter has helped me tremendously over the past year or so and I'm constantly finding new ways to help streamline my own administration tasks inside of vSphere. Although VMware has taken great leaps and bounds to ensure that their management and automation offerings are being revised and upgraded lately, I still find that you can't beat a nice, clean script from time to time.
VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, CA - all the hype this year is around VMware's vCloud Director, and with good reason. This new technology will enable vCloud Service Providers to deploy true federated cloud services to organizations looking to augment their environments with cloud-based services.
In Part 1 of Exchange 2010 on vSphere 4, Best Practices, we looked into the sizing requirements relative to our Client Access, Hub Transport, and Mailbox server roles. For this entry, we'll take a look at our vSphere 4 environment and apply VMware and Microsoft support Best Practices to our ESX cluster. Keep in mind that these configurations have been tailored in order to apply to all use cases inside of a VMware environment so whether your goal is to support 50 users on a single Exchange 2010 Virtual Machine, or 50,000 users across several ESX clusters, the same measures should be applied to your VMs and host servers.