VMworld 2018 – Day 1

extVMworld 2018 conference is upon us.  Like last year, I’m unable to attend the conference but I wanted to do a quick recap anyone else from home missed out.  Here are a few of the key takeaways from today’s Day 1 event.

vSphere Platinum

vSphere Platinum was announced which includes AppDefense and vSphere 6.7 Update 1.

AppDefense

This is a new edition to the overall licensing model.  This new license gives you access to VMware AppDefense, which was showcased in last year VMworld2017.  AppDefense uses machine learning and watches the behavior of the application and creates a baseline or a “known good” state.  If the application moves outside of this baseline, then the application VM is marked outside of this “known good” state and is quarantined off using NSX and Micro-Segmentation.  The administrator is alerted and action can be taken.

vSphere 6.7 Update 1 (release later this year)

Fully featured HTML5 vSphere Client! Hip Hip – Hooray! No more installing Adobe Flash to run vSphere.  How awesome is that!  It was annoying having to flip back and forth between the two interfaces, especially when you start learning the HTML5 and have clean and fast it was.

There’s also a supported upgrade path going from vSphere 6.5 U2 to vSphere 6.7 U1.

Speaking of upgrades, 6.7 U1 also includes the vCenter Server Converge Tool (located on the VCSA ISO).  This tool will allow you to migrate off external Platform Services Controller (PSC) over to the embedded PSC.  Hopefully this will mean less complexity and not having to deal with load balancers.

Other improvements include enhancements for HCI and vSAN, Content Library and vMotion for NVIDIA Quadro vDWS support.

Running AWS RDS on VMware

AWS CEO Any Jassy was on stage announcing you can deploy AWS RDS on VMware.  This gives VMware the ability to run and manage relational databases.  You can define a custom availability zone in AWS and point it to an on-premises vSphere cluster.  Developers can use the same AWS Console, AWS SDK or AWS API and the systems administrator and continue using VMware vSphere.  Supports database frameworks include Microsoft SQL, Oralce, PostgreSQL, MySQL and MariaDB.

This will be in limited tech preview, so more detail will be released.

CloudWatch Buy

VMware announced that is has purchased the anaylitcs and monitoring cloud company, CloudWatch.  CloudWatch has given its 3,000 global customer base the ability to look into their cloud operations cost across multiple public clouds including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. CloudWatch has helped analyze and manage cloud cost, usage and performance.  VMware plans to role this in with other services like Secure State and Wavefront.

ARM Processors

During the Day 1 keynote, VMware teased about being able to run ESXi on an ARM processor.  These processors are normally found in edge computing devices like routers and IoT like devices.  Some place where there’s limited power and you need low powered devices running a lower powered operating system. VMware has never been in the mix because it requires x86 architecture which means Intel or AMD.  This new chip architecture allows VMware to expand their reach as well as give manufacturers another option.

No release date was given.

Other Mentions

  • VMware Cloud on AWS in additional regions.
  • Project Concord is an open source project around blockchain
  • vSAN 6.7 Update 1 has more PowerCLI  cmdlets, efficient guest OS TRIM/UNMAP commands to reclaim space
  • Project Dimension combines VMware Cloud Foundation in a hyperconverged form factor operated by VMware.

 

Thoughts

Running RDS on an on-premises clustered vSphere environment seems like the biggest news to me.  Running stateless workloads, like web servers, should be built so you can run them in any public cloud.  If one dies, no big deal, spin up another one.  There wasn’t any static data on that web server any way.  Now, moving your businesses critical data that sits inside a database, takes some real considerations when you’re moving it, if on-premises or to the cloud.

Once the business has moved the crown jewels into a public cloud, they are probably going to stick with them for awhile.  It’s a great move from AWS providing the ability to run one of their most popular services, RDS, in the cloud or on-premsis for a number of reasons.  The private data center is the next market AWS wants, because it’s where all the data is located.  Businesses spend a lot of time protecting their intellectual property it will not release it easily.  AWS figures, if the businesses won’t come to use, we’ll go to them.  VMware is very popular among system administrators, look at the 25,000 attendees at VMworld.  Cozy up to VMware and use these internal advocates to help sell businesses to use a RDS while using a product they feel comfortable with.  Developers also win because it’ll be a service they can continue to use.

CloudWatch was a good purchase.  As companies start to expand services further into the public cloud, the bill will keep going up.  Manually trying to figure out why a month was higher over another month can be very difficult at times.  Having a tool that will help ease this pain was a good move.

Lastly, I can’t wait to run ESXi on my home router or Raspberry Pi.  It’s one of the few devices I keep plugged in, tucked away.  How convenient will it be to be able to run multiple VMs on our routers!

 

Sources:
VMware Blog: Platinum
The Register
vSphere 6.7 Update 1
Amazon RDS on VMware
CloudWatch
vSAN 6.7 U1

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