VMworld 2018

VMworld 2018 US Day Two

Can’t believe I’m still alive after such an amazing day one at VMworld 2018… We closed off day one with an epic party from AWS and Rubrik at Hakkasan with performances by RUN-DMC and The Roots! Rubrik and AWS have again raised the bar for VMworld parties and I’m already looking forward to next year!

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But back to business, VMworld Day Two!

The General Session on Tuesday was led by Sanjay Poonen and he had an interesting guest namely Malala Yousafza. She is the youngest Nobel Prize winner and her story and message to support education for girls and women is inspiring. You can watch the replay of the General Session here, I’m not 100% sure if the whole interview with Malala was recorded.

After the General Session, I was able to attend some breakout sessions I had scheduled. When all the recordings are online I’ll update this post with the links to the recordings of the sessions.

Unfortunately, in the evening I was not able to attend the vExpert party due to some other engagements which was a shame because I heard some good stories!

Again I’ve gathered some announcements made on the second day which you can find below! I’ll update the page as more and more information will be released.

VMworld 2018 US Day Two Announcements

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VMworld 2018 US Day One

Oh yes, the time has come for the first official day of VMworld 2018 US!

Yesterday we’ve already kicked off with a VCDX Town Hall session where even Pat Gelsinger and Michael Dell made a guest appearance! During this VCDX Town Hall session the latest announcements to the VCDX program where discussed. Unfortunately, I’m not able to share these announcements yet but they will be soon made public so stay tuned.

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The first day started as usual with the General Session Keynote where CEO Pat Gelsinger took the stage, he started talking about 20 years of VMware and showed how far VMware has come. The keynote featured a number of previews and demonstrations like:

  • RDS on VMware: VMware demonstrated how Amazon Web Service’s RDS service will run on VMware in a private data center, thus offering developers a familiar RDS functionality available on VMware in a private data center or at the Edge.
  • Project Dimension: A VMware technology preview that will extend VMware Cloud to the data center, branch offices and the edge. Project Dimension will combine VMware Cloud Foundation, in a hyperconverged form factor, with VMware Cloud managed service to deliver an SDDC infrastructure as an end-to-end service, operated by VMware. Project Dimension will dramatically simplify operational complexity and cost and offers built-in security and isolation, allowing customers to focus on innovating and differentiating their businesses.
  • Project Magna: Project Magna will make possible a self-driving data center based on machine learning. It is focused on applying reinforcement learning to a data center environment to drive greater performance and efficiencies. The demonstration illustrated how Project Magna can learn and understand application behavior to the point that it can model, test, and then reconfigure the network to a make it more optimal to improve performance. Project Magna relies on artificial intelligence algorithms to help connect the dots across huge data sets and gain deep insights across applications and the stack from application code, to software to hardware infrastructure, to public cloud and the edge.
  • Virtualization on 64-bit ARM for Edge: VMware demonstrated ESXi on 64-bit ARM running on a windmill farm at the Edge. VMware sees an opportunity to work with selected embedded OEMs to scope and explore opportunities for focused, ARM-enabled offering at the edge.
  • Project Concord: VMware demonstrated a highly scalable, energy-efficient decentralized trust infrastructure for digital consensus and smart contract execution. Project Concord may be used to power distributed trust infrastructures, including blockchains. As a leader in enterprise-grade distributed management and security products, VMware is poised to help enterprises harness blockchain technology in a dramatically efficient manner to advance their business goals. Project Concord is available immediately as an open source project.

I’ve gathered most of the major announcements made on the first day which you can find below! I’ll update the page as more and more information will be released.

VMworld 2018 US Day One Announcements

VMworld 2018 Las Vegas

Here we go again! VMworld 2018 Las Vegas is starting in just a few days! Vegas Baby!

VMworld 2018 Las Vegas

VMworld is the tech conference everyone from customers to partners dealing with VMware technology. Team ITQ has a presence at VMworld in the form of Johan van Amersfoort, Laurens van Duijn and Wesley Geelhoed and yours truly. And we are bringing a bunch of cool stickers with us as well!

Just find us lingering around at the VM Village or Bloggers Area or hit us up on twitter to collect yours!

VMworld 2018 Las Vegas Sessions

Here is a selection from the session I’m really looking forward to:

[VIN2410BU] Nerds with Appliances: vCenter Server Migration

William Lam & Emad Younis

The VMware vCenter Server deprecation for Windows has been announced, and the vCenter Server Appliance is the future. Don’t fear: Migrating your management from a vCenter Server on Windows to a vCenter Server Appliance does not have be complicated. This session will cover native tools provided by VMware to help guide you toward a successful migration from a vCenter Server on Windows to a vCenter Server Appliance. You will learn about the migration process, get best practices, learn tips and tricks, and see some automation magic to guide you through your transition from Windows to the appliance.

[VIN2256BU] Tech Preview: The Road to a Declarative Compute Control Plane

Maarten Wiggers & Frank Denneman

Declarative control planes are becoming increasingly popular in the industry. Instead of explicitly defining configurations, declarative control planes tell the architecture what the desired state should be. The desired state could be high priority, or keep particular VMs or containers separate. Within the software-defined data center (SDDC), VMware vSphere offers two declarative control planes: one for networking and one for storage. However, there is no declarative control plane for compute yet. Compute policy provides a framework to allow our customers the flexibility and control of VM placement and resourcing decisions based on the user’s encompassing application needs. In this session, you will learn about the capabilities introduced in the VMware Cloud SDDC as a path to achieve that goal.

[CNA2755BU] Architecting PKS for Production: Lessons Learned from PKS Deployments

Romain Decker & Suman Sharma

Are you curious about how customers are leveraging Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and VMware NSX-T to design and deploy a Kubernetes solution on VMware vSphere? In this session, you will get a deep dive into PKS within the context of real-world customer deployment scenarios. The speakers will share the lessons learned from their successful PKS and NSX-T deployments, and show you how to architect PKS for a production environment. Come and learn about the do’s, don’ts, and best practices. After this session, you will be better equipped to deploy and manage enterprise-grade Kubernetes in your infrastructure and use NSX-T to bridge the gap in network and security for container workloads.

[VIN2650BU] Designing for the Unexpected: Delivering IT on a Boat with VMware Horizon

Mark Brookfield & Katarina Wagnerova

This session will discuss some of the key requirements of delivering an IT infrastructure on a boat for a maritime expedition.
You will find out how using VMware’s end-user computing solution enabled the science team to deliver complex applications that map the archeology of the Black Sea.
Find out about the requirements, constraints, and risks, plus the decisions taken to overcome them, making it possible to conduct one of the largest multidisciplinary maritime archaeology projects ever attempted.

[VIN1738BU] vSphere Host Resources Deep Dive: Part 3

Frank Denneman & Niels Hagoort

While this session focuses on upper levels/overlay services (software-defined data center, VMware NSX), proper host design and management still remain the foundation of success. With these new overlay services, we are presented with a new consumer of host resources. Ironically, it’s the attention to these abstraction layers that returns us to focusing on individual host components. This talk goes into details of CPU and memory configuration. It also zooms in on how virtual networking influences VM configuration and host design. Learn about a collection of forgotten or unknown command line tools that provide you unparalleled insight of the behavior of resource consumers (VMs) and providers (hosts). This info contributes to optimal scaling decisions and allows you to right-size your virtual data center to achieve consistent performance.

VMworld 2018 Las Vegas Links

Some must read blog posts about VMworld 2018:

And finally some other handy links for VMworld 2018 Las Vegas:


I hope to see you in Vegas to chat about whatever (even non-VMware related stuff 😉 ), just say hi if you see me or hit me up on twitter @vMBaggum.