Following on from the awesome keynote, I skipped my planned session (VMware Cloud Foundation on Public Clouds) and headed on over to (probably) the most over subscribed session of VMworld, VMware Cloud on AWS (#INF7849) with Alex Jauch (@ajauch) and, the one and only, Frank Denneman (@FrankDenneman) where it was clear that Frank was finally glad to be able to talk about what he’d been working on recently!
The session gave a brief but mind-blowing overview of what we can expect from VMware’s new partnership with AWS. Which is basically being able to run your VMware Private Cloud workloads (inc vSAN, NSX and ESXi) within AWS data centers delivered on custom yet dedicated bare metal AWS hardware with the ability to auto-scale without the need for the prolonged procurement. Public Cloud workloads can be still run on AWS (other Public Cloud Vendors are available) It was almost too good to be true and i was waiting for one of the presenters to say, “Fooled You!” but it never happened. The only downside is that we have to wait until mid-late 2017 to be able to start doing this. When questioned, Frank was quick to quash any notion of this production/offering replacing the vCloud Air Network partner program because the VMware Partners include value add services. This is a #GameChanger.
Whilst still trying to get my head around what i’d just heard, I went to my next session which was the Virtual SAN: Introducing the Best HCI Platform for Containers and Cloud-Native Applications (#STO8256) this session was a bit of a blur to me as my head was still spinning from the previous session but it covered the basics of how frickin #Awesome vSAN is as a basis for a Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Platform .
Following a spot of lunch (with the now normal associated queue length) I attended the vRealize Automation and NSX Design Experts Panel (#MGT99220) hosted by Jad El-Zein (@virtualjad).
This was a good session where Jad let the audience ask the questions of the panel rather than have some prescribed questions that he’d come up with (with a little help).
The last session of the day for me was Container Orchestration and Network Virtualisation (#NET7935) with Yves Fauser and Sai Chaitanya.
The session started by providing an overview of Cloud Native Applications, Containers and Network Virtualisation concepts (including vSphere Integrated Containers, Photon and Microsegmentation).
I decided to skip the last session of the day (vRealize Automation and NSX Design Best Practices) and instead headed to the solution exchange to take better look around.
Finally I headed to drop my bag off before heading back to the main hall for the VMware Customer Appreciation Party!