Wrapup on Backup from VMworld 2015

It's taken me a while to catch up after VMworld, but I did want to share some observations on what was interesting at the show from a data protection perspective. Thankfully, nearly gone are the days of asking “How do I get a good backup of my VMs?

Topics: Data Protection VMworld VMworld 2015 VM-backup-recovery

VMworld 2015 Had Some Great Marketing

There was some great marketing execution at VMworld 2015.

As a sequel to my blog last year that “Event Marketing Doesn’t Get Enough Credit,” here is my tip of the hat to some of the unsung heroes of tradeshows: the events planners and marketing leaders that ensure that the technology experts and sales folks have compelling venues and leave a strong impression on the attendees, who are hyper-stimulated for four straight days. 

Topics: Veeam Zerto VMworld marketing CommVault Simplivity industry events VMworld 2015 Rubrik

VMworld 2015 - A multi-platform world & the role of NSX

This is my second VMworld 2015 observations blog. The first one is here.

Not one, but two products

When people discuss NSX, they consider it to be closely tied to vSphere. It’s actually not, and VMware is actively embracing a multi-platform world. Let’s not forget that there are two NSX products – NSX for vSphere (currently at version 6.2) and NSX for Multi-Hypervisor (4.2.4). It was stated that there 20% NSX deployments are on OpenStack. This is in reference to OpenStack based on a GNU/Linux foundation such as KVM and Open vSwitch as opposed to VMware Integrated OpenStack, so this is a good start for multi-platform support.

NSX’s origins are from VMware’s acquisition of Nicira, which had an OpenStack based Nicira Network Virtualization Platform (NVP), so they had existing assets to leverage. Customers are realizing that they are one of the few vendors that offers deep support for multiple platforms. There are important differences between the two products (NSX-V & NSX-MH), so customers note them and should ask that they get rationalized on the long-term.

People ask me how this compares with SDN systems like Cisco ACI. ACI primarily resides in the networking layer, so by nature, is multi-platform since the core parts of the system reside outside the realm of the server and hypervisor and are implemented in the switches and controllers. However, additional software like the APIC Driver enables the translation of cloud management platform settings (such as OpenStack configurations) into ACI.

Topics: Networking VMworld 2015

VMworld 2015 - Networking Observations

I attended VMworld in San Francisco last week, and I want to offer my observations from the context of networking.


What is NSX good for - classic use cases and security 

VMware continued to talk about NSX, which of course received a lot of attention. They continued to emphasize the security use cases (micro segmentation) for NSX, but a surprising observation was that just as many customers (about 40%) used NSX for network virtualization (primarily provisioning and configuration) as they did for security. Although one can argue that one needs to set up standard network virtualization before they embark on NSX-based security, it’s good to hear that the original, classic use case that drove SDN is one of the top use cases of NSX. Other networking vendors also advocate network segment-based security, such as Juniper’s AppSecure for SRX (for micro perimeterization), or Nuage Networks’ Virtualized Services Platform (VSP), and security firms such as Illumio which (taking one step further down the unit-prefix ladder) has nano-segmentation in its Adaptive Security Platform (ASP). I can’t wait for pico-segmentation.

Topics: Networking VMworld 2015

How VMware Plans to Land Mobile Applications

A significant part of any enterprise mobility strategy begins with mobile apps that are designed, developed, and deployed in the cloud. Developers are consuming these services from the cloud and not letting IT stand in their way. However, every time a mobile application lands on the public cloud, it adds a potential risk to VMware's long term business model, since it is an application that is more likely to not be running on VMware infrastructure and has likely landed on Amazon AWS, Miicrosoft Azure, or some other developer-friendly and mobile-app-friendly cloud platform.

But, if you are VMware, you want the mobile application to start development on the VMware platform and you want the application to run in production on the VMware stack. So here is the premise of their value prop to businesses and a clear message that they are reinforcing at VMworld 2015.

Topics: Cloud Computing Enterprise Mobility VMworld 2015

VMware DRaaS Announcements are a Good Thing!

Today, VMware announced enhancements to both its vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. In both cases, VMware is essentially asking, “Why just BaaS when you can DRaaS?” 

Topics: Jason Buffington VMworld disaster recovery BCDR BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) VMworld 2015

VMworld 2015 Prelude: 4 Ways to Secure Agility

The last time I attended VMworld, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) was the cool new kid on the block and tools to control VM sprawl were getting a lot of looks on the show floor. Fast forward a few years to next week’s event and the complexion of the data center is under a fundamental shift best characterized by agility, the core business benefit of cloud computing and software-defined infrastructure. I return to VMworld with a keen interest in understanding how VMware, and its ecosystem of partners, are working to secure today’s agile data center and hearing from customers on how the way they view the cloud computing paradigm affects their cybersecurity posture.

Topics: Cybersecurity VMworld 2015