The first session of the day was A Technical Deep Dive into VMware Integrated OpenStack (MGT7751) with Pete Cruz and Santhosh Sundaraman.
The session started with Pete Cruz providing an overview of what VIO was and how the VMware story fits it. Personally I have kept well clear of OpenStack in my career (and after this session it isn’t a start of a new direction). With component names like Keystone, Horizon, Nova, Neutron and Heat I started to wonder if I was being told about a new Gladiators TV show or a even a new Marvel Avengers team rather than Openstack!
Santosh then took over and explained the minimum foot print for VIO is for 3 VMware Clusters (Management, Edge and Compute) each with at least 3 networks (Transport, Management and API) and fourth (External) if you want your OpenStack VMs to get to the outside world and 11 Virtual Machine Components! That’s definitely not a small deployment!
Santosh then gave a step by step walk through of the deployment of VIO and how it has been simplified in the latest version.
I’ll admit I got lost in this session, I should’ve taken the NSX Deep-Dive instead!
The second session for today was NSX – The Network Bridge to the Multi-Cloud Future (NET9384) with Guido Appenzeller, Scott Lowe and Mukesh Hira.
Guido started by introducing the concept of Software Independence from Hardware including abstracting the Network from the physical hardware and how the configuration of the network hardware has not changed significantly over the last 20 years. He then went on to talk about NSX and high multiple Overlay Networks, using.
He then went on to talk about The Evolution of the Application and Cloud Native Apps (CNA) (Micro-services and Containers) and how the auto-scaling of the basic building blocks of a CNA works. After a quick stop through the question: Do we still need a Hypervisor? Guido moved onto the App-Level vs Enterprise-Level networking and how this is potentially different for Micro-services but how NSX can still be used for CNA (Docker) based workloads.
Scott Lowe then gave a demo covering NSX, Kubernetes, Pivotal and Docker.
Then Mukesh Hira gave a quick demo on NSX + SaaS using AWS.
Guido then finished the session with a talk on Cloud Networking which is where a company doesn’t own the network devices but wants to control and secure access of the users who connect to it. According to VMware, Clouds are the new Silo’s and the Cloud-Cloud Architecture concept with NSX will help break down the walls in-between the silo’s. Its clear that the future is bright and the future is the Multi-Vendor Hybrid Cloud connected and secured with NSX, one cloud at any time, consumed on any device.
After a very brief walk around the Solution Exchange it was time to head to the next session, The Edge is Still Bleeding: A face-melting technical smorgasbord of all things Converged, Hyper-Converged, Cloud Native & Software Defined (SDDC9462-SPO) with Tom O’Reilly from Dell EMC.
In this Session, Tom stepped us through the Dell EMC offerings (including the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud) around Hyper Converged and Converged infrastructure, touching on the new/improved VxRail and VxRack solutions.
The next session, one of my favourites of the day was Software-Defined Storage at VMware Primer (STO7650) with Duncan Epping (@DuncanYB) and Lee Dilworth (@leedilworth). In this session, Duncan introduced VMware Virtual SAN at a high level and then handed over the Lee Dilworth to talk about VMware Virtual Volumes.
The final session of the day was Managing Microsoft Azure with the vRealize Suite (MGT8770) with Juanjo Carmena Ayuso (Microsoft) and Helen Michaud (VMware).
This session was the one I was most looking forward to because it has some real relevance with one of my current customers.
The session started with Helen giving an overview of the Hyrbid Cloud and then Juanjo talked about how Microsoft Azure is making Microsoft more Open and Flexible than ever before.
Helen then took back the reins and started to talk more about VMware vRealize Automation before the demonstrations started.
Unfortunately, not only was the session less than half full, the session it self lacked any real content. I expected to get a deep understanding of how best to manage Microsoft Azure with the vRealize Suite (i.e. vRealize Automation, Log Insight and Operations Manager). What I got was a pre-recorded demo of how to create Azure endpoints in vRA and how to create a Blueprint in the vRealize Automation Converged Blueprint Designer. Not what I expected at all… this was the most disappointing session of the week for me.