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This meeting was Dell sponsored and focused on VDI and the capabilities Dell can offer. We also had a very special guest! We had the honor to have Eric Gales (VP and GM of VMware Canada) come out to the event and talk with us, and then he had a Q and A session.
First of all Eric got up and did a quick overview of VMware and himself, and left the floor opened for questions. Below I am going to list the questions he was asked and provide the answers he provided in a reduce format. Disclaimer: **** Below is my understanding of his responses ****
Q: Does VMware have Cloud Availability in Canada
A: VMware does offer Cloud Availability within Canada but it is not VMware owned, it is third-party. In time VMware plans to open up their own offering for a public Cloud, but they plan to do this within USA first, and then move it to other locales.
Q: Can you go into a High Level overview of SDDC
A: In a nutshell the SDDC is taking everything that VMware is already famous for, and implementing that across the entire datacenter, and giving you the ability to use your CapEX in a more efficient matter while lowering your OpEx, but not just for your Servers everything from your Switches, Load Balancers, Proxies, Firewalls, Routers, Storage…… and whatever else you can dream of running in the datacenter. One of the main reasons they can now move all the datacenter constructs to Software is because almost everything runs the x86 architecture. This will not happen overnight, and will take time to get up to speed, but VMware is helping drive the future of the Datacenter.
Q: How is VMware positing themselves against Citrix related to Virtual Applications?
A: Not once did he say anything against Citrix. He basically said that ends users want to be able to access their data on any device they please. The End-User experience however is one of the most important things, not all data needs to be accessed in the same way, and this is where Horizon Suite comes into play by allowing the end user access in many different ways; Virtual Application, Virtual Desktop, SAAS, Data, or even XenApp published applications with a portal connection within Horizon Workspaces. The VMware solution reduces the complexity of the setup for the Administrators. This is bringing the ability to not manage the endpoint, and just worry about giving the end user the ability to get to access to information from any device and any where.
Q: How is the third-party support for the SDDC related to Networking?
A: As long as the Third-party vendor supports the x86 architecture they can run it with VMware. VMware will offer solutions that you can also use, with their purchase of Nicira they are ahead of the game. In the vSphere suite over the next 18 months thing will start to appear that will provide these solutions. In some setups you may have no choice but to use a hardware solution to provide the service, however VMware is working with these vendors to utilize API’s to plug into the VMware Software layer.
Q: What should Canada expect from the organizational changes at VMware?
A: The biggest challenges for businesses moving into Canada are the size of the country, and the two languages. Canada should expect to see much better resources that will be able to get to know the customers better. VMware will then be able to understand the Business needs with these customers, which allows them to provide solutions that fit.
Q: What do you think the biggest challenges are for VMware in the next year?
A: Translating the vision of the SDDC into reality, every business wants to spread their CapEX further, and reduce the overall OpEX, and provide end users with their information everywhere, but every environment is different and will take different steps to get towards that vision.
Eric made us all think about the SDDC, and what the Horizon Suite can bring to our Organizations. Below I am just going to provide a little overview of the Horizon Suite, and the idea of the SDDC.
The main purpose of the Horizon Suite is to empower IT and users with advantages that move the business forward. It provides a lower TCO of existing PC’s and applications, while providing a robust and reliable end-user computing on any device securely, while allowing centralized management of physical and virtual desktops keeping to business polices.
The pieces that make up the Horizon Suite are the following. Click on the links to head to the VMware Site and get all the information.
Horizon View: This product was formerly known as “View” it’s main purpose is to simplify desktop and application management.
Horizon Mirage: A layered image management solution that separates the PC in logical layers which are owned and managed by either IT or the end user.
Horizon Workspace: Combine applications and data into a single enterprise-class workspace. Provides simpler, centralized, policy-based management for the Administrator, and gives freedom of mobility to the End-User.
Software Defined Datacenter
SDDC is where all compute, storage, networking, security, and availability services are pooled, aggregated, and delivered as software. In very simply terms everything will run in Software! We all know how VMware helped change the role of a system administration, now they are trying to do the same with the entire datacenter, I think we will all enjoy the journey.
Head over to VMware site to see more on the vision of the SDDC
Products to help build the SDDC
First off Dell was up with Geoffrey Bruce and Jerry Landry with the Wsye group. Geoff started the presentation with Mega trends driving IT today; Location based services, social media, mobility, mass consumerization, and big data. Which lead into introducing “Dell cloud client computing” which empowers the IT Department to allow the end user to use any device, from anywhere.
With Dell cloud client computing your users can access data from Thin/Zero Clients, cloud PCs, personal computers, mobile clients, smartphones, tablets, and virtual machines. You can define user types such as task workers, office workers, power workers, or mobile workers. Then apply profiles to those users that will grant access to applications, peripherals, and content. Lastly you can identify the solution the user will use to access their data it could be presentation, VDI, cloud PC, Shared, or Web based.
Next up was Jerry, he talked about Wsye hardware. You have three types of Wsye hardware; flexible thin clients, dedicated zero clients, and familiar cloud PCs. His main focus was on the dedicated zero clients, which includes the P25 and P45. These devices are designed for VMware View and based off the PCoIP hardware tehnology.
Top 3 Benefits
- Hardware zero client is the most secure endpoint available suitable for government, defense, healthcare, finance and other secure-sector deployments
- Highest performance client endpoint for virtual desktop and remote workstation deployments
- Easy to manage and quick to deploy with no OS malware protection or patches required
All your Wsye clients can be managed from a central location. Below is a product overview for management. This management comes built in with the Dell cloud client management.
If you would like to learn more about Dell cloud client computing.
Dell vStart and ASM
The last presenter of the day was Jeff Davey with Dell, he talked about Dell vStart, and Dell Active System Manager 7.0 (ASM)
Dell vStart gives you a pre-integrated solution for any size business, Dell helps take the risk out of sizing your virtual deployment.
Dell vStart 200, 100 and 50:
- Multiple high-performance Dell PowerEdge™ servers to host virtual machines
- A Dell PowerEdge server dedicated to managing your virtual environment
- A Dell iSCSI storage area network
- Dell PowerConnect™ switches
- Innovative Dell power distribution and rack hardware
Dell vStart 1000:
- Dell Compellent™ SAN storage
- Dell Force10™ 10GB networking
- Dell’s 12th-generation PowerEdge blade servers
- Configurations for either Microsoft® Hyper-V™ or VMware® vSphere™
- Scalability from 8- to 32-blade configurations
Your vStart rack is installed in your data center by our expert technicians, who make sure your vStart installation is ready to receive your virtual machines.
To learn more about ASM 7 have a look at the following link ASM
To learn more about vStart have a look at the following link vStart