The day started with the keynote by Carl with lots of coverages on cloud computing and what that means for VMware partners. Backed by virtualization, cloud computing brings in efficiency, agility and freedom of choice to the cloud adopters. It’s interesting to see that even CostcoConnection has an article about “computing in the cloud.”
After the keynote, I went to the self paced lab and then the Exhibit Hall. That is the most fun part for me to be in a VMware conference. I can see how our partners use our technologies and product, how they use our SDKs/APIs, what more they want from us in terms of partner enablement. You don’t normally see so many demos in time and have deep conversations face to face.
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I spent more than an hour before Savvis booth with their Lead Cloud Solution Architect Priya Ketkar. He showed me a demo how to create VPDC (virtual private data center) with drag-and-drop user interface. You can not only create standalone virtual machines but also multiple virtual machines in different tiers. These virtual machines can be configured with NAT and load balancing.
He also introduced me how private clouds on customer’s side inside firewall and public cloud on their side can be seamlessly integrated with VPN, like OpenVPN which can run on ESX or VMware Player. This is very important for the private clouds to “borrow” into public clouds and still maintain the security requirements. Really enjoyed the conversation.
In the afternoon, I bumped into Scott Herrod and several other folks, and chatted about their ongoing projects. All very interesting technical challenges in different use cases using the management APIs. I will blog some of these challenges and solutions in deep later on.
When I got tired with standing up in the Exhibit Hall, I went on to the self paced lab again to see if anything I can help. I found many of my colleagues there and the lab was going pretty smoothly. So I decided to take a lab by myself. I chose VMware DVS and Cisco Nexus 1000 lab. Having heard about the Nexus 1000 for a while, I finally got a chance to try it by myself.
It worths mentioning these self paced labs. They are absolutely cool. My colleague got me a seat and signed in with my 4 digit event number, then I was on my own. At every seat, there are two computer screens– one for instruction material, and the other for the lab console. The cool thing is that on the up right corner of the manual, there is a small window showing time remaining and a “request help” button which according to my colleague once clicked sends a message to a mobile phone in the hands of an instructor. Isn’t that cool? My lab went well so I didn’t get a chance to use it. Maybe I should have given it a try.:-)
There are several other self-paced labs like vCloud API, vSphere API, PowerCLI, etc, good for anyone who wants to know more about automation, integration, or building applications. The labs are more than APIs, also cover products. Highly recommended for everyone! If you haven’t tried one of these, you should.