VMworld 2007 – Day 4 and wrap-up


It’s like a rock concert in here! – Joe, talking about the Keynote
Ladies and Gentlemen. Put your hands together for the “Sultan of Networking”, the “King of Ping”, John “Full Duplex” Chambers! – Scott

The above quote made me laugh hysterically. Thanks Scott for setting the expectations for the keynote address for Day 3. VMware also premiered the winners of the “Become Virtually Famous” video contest, which I’ve embedded above. It’s totally awesome.

So, at the final day of VMworld, and the previous three days were top-notch. Thursday’s schedule was pretty light.

  • 10am – 11am | Technology Preview: Storage vMotion
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | Tips for Troubleshooting VMware ESX 3.x Faults
  • 12:45pm – 2:00pm | Solutions Exchange

Again, to translate:

  • 10am – 11am | How to move your servers from one SAN to another without downtime…in the future!
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | What to do if ESX Server crashes…besides panic.
  • 12:45pm – 2:00pm | Vendors, giveaways, and marketing materials…oh my!

Originally, I wasn’t really planning on going to the Solutions Exchange. But, Mike went buck-wild and gave his business card and information to all the vendors the day before, and you know what? He won a 4GB iPhone for his trouble! I was a little jealous, so I felt like I had to at least give it a try to see if there was anything I could win. And also, after seeing the dozen or so t-shirts that Mike ended up with, I wanted a few of them for myself. I am a sucker for a geeky vendor t-shirt.

I didn’t end up winning anything, but I did discover at least one vendor who has a product that is interesting. 3par has a storage solution that seems to be the next thing. They have a product that arranged 40 disks in a single enclosure, 10 across and 4 deep, rather than 10 or 16 disks in a single enclosure, only one deep, as typical for the SAN Storage enclosures that I’m used to.

They’re support model is similar to NetApp, in that the device “phones home” and automatically initiates a service call if there is a hardware failure. Also, their “Thin Provisioning” model allows you to over-subscribe your storage, so that you can allocate two 1TB LUNs, and if they are only actually using 0.5TB, you can accommodate that with only 1TB of physical storage. They are on my radar now for our solution.

One thing I made sure to mention to them, though, was what to do with “end-of-life” equipment. One of my pain-points with our storage arrays now is that we have these cabinets of disks that we aren’t sure what to do with now that they’re “obsolete”. (Special thanks to Mike for bringing this product/vendor to my attention!)

I should mention that yesterday’s presentation by The Green Grid was particular satisfying. They have a well-thought-out plan for how to gain better Data Center efficiencies. A couple of their short-term goals include getting more members as part of the Green Grid, but also coming up with a common language when talking about Green DataCenters. For example, I might talk about kVA/square-foot while another colleague/institution might speak to BTU/rack-unit. They want us all on the same page of the dictionary, which makes a lot of sense.

Once all that geekery was done, Scott, Mike, Boyfriend and I had some dinner at In-n-Out, down on Fisherman’s Wharf, and then meandered up to Ghiardelli Square and had some of their delicious chocolate. In word, delectable!

VMworld 2007 was totally awesome, and I’m really grateful to be given the opportunity to participate and learn. Extra special thanks to all the presenters, and to Scott and Mike for making it that much more enjoyable!


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