Well I am on my way back from VMworld 2009, which was held in San Francisco, to New York and am glad that I attended!! There were lots of people, about 11,000, and constant buzz – it was definitely an IT “industry event”.
Big theme --- Deliver IT As A Service (similar to Amazon EC2)
Significant time was spent in the General & Break Out sessions on the new features of vSphere (with the new integration of storage, power, switches, etc.) Some very good reasons to upgrade from VI3 etc. --- increased performance & functionality.
The stage was set for controversy when both Microsoft & Citrix were restricted to very small 10x10 booths and could not bring in any servers or workstations – only PowerPoint slides. They could not show any non-VMware based software – No HyperV, No Xenserver, No XenDesktop – basically No, No, No :-).
I attended the VMware partner meeting on Monday afternoon – they reviewed the overall company strategy and gave more specifics on vSphere and cloud talk (start with internal clouds, prepare for external clouds, move a little into the cloud, and then try to get out of cloud and then have a similar experience whichever cloud you are on. Hoping I can get on Cloud 9 soon. Overall message > vSphere technology is far ahead of HyperV and XenServer. Stay with vSphere and all is good.
Next Presentation was focused on View -- helping the end user deal with his end device (his desktop, his laptop, his iPhone etc.) The presentations discussed the new View (kind of a catchy phrase) and mentioned their main competitor in this space >> Citrix!!! A few examples were given of how Terminal Server/XenApp does not work as well as View. No discussion of how View compares to XenDesktop. It is apparent that the new View has been improved, especially with the planned PC over IP protocol, as opposed to RDP. View certainly warrants looking at and based on client requirements, let me repeat, based on client requirements, we need to understand the best solution for the client. Interesting link at www.vmware.com/go/costperappcalc.
VMware has organized their solutions into competencies for the partner community: Datacenter, Desktop, Development & Test, and Cloud Services. A partner needs to begin with Datacenter and then can add any of the other three. Additional intellectual property on Partner Central & Partner University. Also discussed was the concept of a VPractice leader (virtual practice), who would insure that the virtualization technologies products that clients buy, would be delivered using proven professional services best practices.
Spent time looking at many technology companies and, in particular, met with the Presidents of Appsense & Wyse. From a strategy standpoint, these two companies are also working to make their solution work with XenDesktop (or XenApp) and View. Appsense’s Environment Manager has picked up significant traction and is scalable and repeatable for many environments. Wyse continues to improve the endpoint devices and the end user experience. These two technologies are poised for growth!! Also checked out and met with LiquidWare (how do I know which desktops are good candidates for virtualization, and now that I am using desktop virtualization – what is happening).
Discussed the upcoming Xen Client (hypervisor for the laptop, PC, etc) with Simon Crosby. Getting poised for BYOP (bring your own PC). I can have two, or more, environments on my PC – personal version where what I do is my business, all my traffic goes out to the internet – and a “secure & managed” corporate version which lets me run my corporate applications by just clicking an icon. At that point I am sent to either an XA or XD environment etc.
Everyone I spoke to is working on their desktop strategy and the compelling event now is the coming of Win7. How will I migrate my end users to Win7, solve lots of the current issues with the current physical desktop model and “delight” the end user experience? I am confident that Jacques BenSimon’s, IPM’s CTO, forthcoming article, It’s A Jungle Out There, will help many clients crystallize and begin to document their customized desktop strategy and then “vigorously” test the new technology in a Pre-Production environment.
It‘s a great time to be in the thick of things and as always “If It’s Virtually Possible, We Do it!!