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VI Java API Community Meetup?

April 5th, 2011 10 comments

By this May, the open source VI Java API will turn 3 year old. While there is a big community out there, we haven’t organized any event for people to meet each other in person.

I think now is a good time to do so. How about a meet up in the silicon valley around May 25(Update: 18 as new date) which is a Wednesday?

Agenda

  1. 6:30PM-7PM. Reception and Networking.

VMware PEX 2011 – Day Four

February 11th, 2011 2 comments

Today is the last day of VMware Partner Exchange 2011. I am now sitting at Orlando airport writing this post. It will be a long way heading back to Silicon Valley.

My presentation today is about security from API perspective. It’s mainly not about the security best practices or guidelines as captured in the vSphere security hardening guidelines, but about how to automate the checking and hardening process. I introduced the security model in vSphere and the techniques and samples on patching up vulnerabilities with vSphere API.

Although vSphere API is very powerful,

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VMware PEX 2011 – Day Three

February 10th, 2011 No comments

Today’s meeting started by Dale Irvin who told several jokes before he introduced Carl Eschenbach, co-president of customer operations. Karl reiterated what he said before to partners, “you are not extension of our salesforce, you are our salesforce.” He reviewed four quarters in 2010 with breakdown numbers, and thanked partners for growing VMware business.

Among the top 15 partners who won awards are F5 as technology innovator of the year; and Siemens as vertical application partner of the year. Representatives from these companies got on stage with Karl for a photo. In 2010, partners got $300K opportunity on every $20K VMware sales, an increase from 11 times year before to 15 times.

Moving on, Karl went over the awards VMware got, from people to channel programs and products. He then showed a chart with four squares, on which companies like VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and other technology vendors are listed. VMware is the only company in the top right square with technical leadership. “We’re almost out of chart. They kept us in.” Karl joked.

In the second half,

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VMware PEX 2011 – Day Two

February 9th, 2011 No comments

This is the official day one of the conference. The most important part is of course the keynote in the moring. The following is based on my notes therefore may not accurate.

VMware CEO Paul Maritz kicked it off by reiterating the huge success last year with $2.9B revenue as 41% year-over-year increase, and $45B ecosystem around VMware technologies. He gave a big thank-you to all the partners for that.

Paul moved on by asking, “what customer want?” His answers is “enable greater business agility while becoming more efficient.” He emphasized that infrastructure is to support applications, and discussed the evolution from existing enterprise app, to new enterprise app, and to SaaS. He concluded his keynote saying “working down the road ahead can be better.”

After Paul came on stage Dale Irvin, who is a “professional summarizer” (a specialized comedic speaker?). He recapped what Paul just talked about and made small jokes. He did pretty much the same for each of the following keynote speakers therefore one “don’t need to take note and just listen to him.” To paraphrase him, you don’t need to attend PEX but read my blog. :-)

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VMware PEX 2011 – Day One

February 8th, 2011 No comments

Today is the first day of VMware Partner Exchange 2011 in Orlando. It’s again at DisneyWorld as two years ago. Unlike last time, the conference hotel Coronado is too far for me to walk over. As a result, I have to take bus back and forth. Other than this small inconvenience, DisneyWorld is really a pleasant place for conference.

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How to Be a Smart IT Customer?

January 5th, 2011 No comments

This is the last note I took from LISA 2010 conference. It’s a great talk by Loren Jan Wilson drawing his experience with vendors while working at a super computer center.

The super computer, Intrepid, consists of 40,960 nodes on 40 racks. Each node has 4 core CPU. Of all the nodes, 640 nodes are dedicated for I/O. There is no local storage at each node. The super computer links to a very large tape library for archiving.

While operating the super computer, the speaker had some issues with high-speed network switches, e.g. 6% random port death, 15% quad port flaky but never fail 100%. To complicate the issue, there is no log and CLI for troubleshooting, but Web interface.

I believe the trouble the speaker faced before is not a single case in the industry, and never be. As long as you have to buy equipment/software from vendors, there will be issues one way or the other. A great thing the speaker did is to summarize and share the tips on how a customer should work with an IT vendor for a successful IT project.

I find these tips are very helpful, and think customers and vendors should all know about them as listed below:

Join Me at Partner Exchange 2011

December 22nd, 2010 2 comments

VMware Partner Exchange takes place twice a year. One happens at the same time/location with VMworld US; the other in places like Las Vegas, Orlando. It’s a dedicated conference to educating and enabling partners for success with VMware. It has merged with Technology Exchange where you can find many technical presentations. I have been speaking at TechnologyExchange since I joined VMware in 2007. Here is the related articles I wrote earlier.

The coming ParterExchange will be in Orlando FL from Feb 7 to 11. Please join us to hear VMware’s plans for the coming year, learn of new technologies and partner programs, and understand the training roadmap. Here is the content catalog with all the sessions. Don’t forget the famous hands-on labs throughout the week. I will talk about securing vSphere infrastructure with vSphere API.

Gadget Talk: What Are the Newest and Most Innovative Gadgets?

December 9th, 2010 No comments

I attended SDForum emerging technology SIG meeting on Wednesday night I. It’s about cool gadgets by award winning tech journalist and entrepreneur Fred Davis, who was part of Weird, CNET, Ask Jeeves, Ziff-Davis publishing on PC Magazine, PC Week, MacUser, A+. The following are gadgets Fred talked about in his presentation. It’s based on my note which may not be accurate. Hopefully it gives ideas what to buy for the holidays.

  1. iPod Touch. It’s like an iPhone but no phone support. You can use Skype with WIFI however. Price: $189 with 8G
  2. iPod Nano. Small music player with price about $139.
  3. iPod Shuffle. Smallest music player in the iPod family. Price: $49
  4. iPad. This is hottest consumer devices that created a record on fastest adoption. Price: $499
  5. iPad keyboard/wireless keyboard.
  6. Kindle Wifi 3G. It’s an e-book reader from Amazon. Compared with other readers or general purpose devices, it comes with no color but best selection of books and digital right management. $189
  7. MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot. It uses Verizon 3G to provide wireless connection to 5 WIFI enabled devices. Price: $269 and could be cheaper with iPad bundle.
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LISA 2010 Conference

November 14th, 2010 No comments

Later last week I attended 24th LISA conference by USENIX at San Jose Convention Center. The name LISA stands for Large Installation System Administration. It’s a great conference focusing on technology, training, and professional development for system administrators.

I am not a system administrator, but wanted to know more about system administration in general because of devops movement. So I attended many technical sessions covering from storage, networking, release engineering, cloud computing, social network website management, to career development as a system admin. I will blog some of these sessions I attended based on my notes.

Cloud Computing Expo 2010 Silicon Valley

November 3rd, 2010 No comments

The Cloud Computing Expo takes place in the Santa Clara Convention Center from this Monday to Thursday. This twice-a-year event attracted thousands of attendees. Thanks to the invitation from Jeremy Geelan, I went to conference checking out several sessions and the exhibitions.

I found many familiar companies in the exhibition, from Oracle, Microsoft, VMware, and many other companies. Unlike VMworld, I don’t find many IHVs in the show. The ISVs demoed their products with strong focuses on Cloud. Microsoft for example demoed its Windows Azure family of services; VMware demoed its vCloud Director. I even found IBM booth which was much smaller than I expected. It turned out to be its recently acquired CastIron part.

Here are several companies I found interesting technologies from my trip:

DoubleCloud Named Top 50 Blogs on Cloud Computing

September 22nd, 2010 4 comments

I am glad to learn that I have been recently named as top 50 bloggers on cloud computing by Cloud Computing Journal. Check out here for all my cloud related articles.

Thanks all for making this happen! The momentum will continue…

Google made Instantiations free

September 18th, 2010 No comments

Following my prediction in a previous blog, Google just made the tools from its recently acquired Instantiations free to all developers/testers. Besides goodwills to the developer community, this move makes GWT a serious competitor to Adobe Flex, Microsoft Silverlight for Rich Internet Applications.

You can give these tools a try while developing and testing Web applications, or Java GUI applications:

  • GWT Designer
    “a powerful set of Eclipse-based development tools that enables Java developers to quickly create Ajax web applications using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT).”

vSphere Java API at VMworld 2010

September 6th, 2010 No comments

Last week was a super busy week for all the people involved in VMworld 2010 in San Francisco. Because I spent two hours driving to Moscone Center and back home, I didn’t write any blog after getting back totally exhausted. Now it’s time to get back to it.

I believe there are many blogs/news on VMworld in general. Let me get down to a much narrow part: VMware Sponsored open source vSphere Java API at VMworld 2010.

Thanks to the community, my presentation on vSphere API Best Practice went very well. It’s based on the top 10 best practices blog (part 1, part 2) I wrote early this year, with real world experiences shared with partner engagements. Two copies of my book were given away at the end of the presentation. Thanks to Pablo Roesch for getting the books!

After the presentation, I was invited to check out new products built on top of vSphere Java API. I cannot disclose all of them here because some are not yet on the poweredby page. Here are several companies I can publicly talk about:

Eclipse Day at GooglePlex: A Brief Trip Report

August 27th, 2010 No comments

I attended Eclipse Day at Google headquarter today. It’s a great event packed with several great talks.

Mobile application is for sure a hot topic these days. There were several talks on mobile application development like Android Tools for Eclipse by Xavier Ducrohet from Google, Eclipse Sequoyah for Android App Developers by Eric Cloninger from Motorola, Tools for Mobile Web by Paul Beusterien from Symbian Foundation, and EMF for GWT by Ed Merks from Cloudsmith.

While sitting in the talk on Instantiations Eclipse Tools, I learned that Google bought the company 3 weeks ago. I expect Google will soon make WindowsBuilder, a famous WYSIWYG GUI authoring tool, free for GWT users, therefore further drive the adoption of GWT in competition with Flex, SilverLight.

Why Hyperic Chose VI Java API for vSphere Integration?

August 11th, 2010 No comments

VMware SpringSource released Hyperic 4.4 last week. According to Charles Lee, co-founder of Hyperic, one key feature is “enhanced management of VMware virtualized environments through integration with VMware vCenter.” I am glad vSphere(VI) Java API (a.k.a. vijava) has contributed to the success of the product.

Here is part of Charles’s blog Hyperic Broadens vSphere Support through vCenter APIs in Version 4.4 explaining the rationale behind the choice:

VMware Technology Exchange for Developers at VMworld 2010

July 28th, 2010 No comments

VMware TechExchange will take place in San Francisco in the same location of VMworld 2010 from August 30 to September 1st. If you want to learn VMware technologies especially APIs/SDKs including Spring framework, Zimbra, and etc., you should join us. I will present best practices on using VMware vSphere APIs. Hopefully we will GA the vSphere(VI) Java API 2.1 by then.

To convince your boss, please read the blog Pablo just wrote:

  1. vSphere 4.1 APIs has some significant improvements, specifically around the Property Collector and AD authentication. We will have sessions to update you on what has changed, provide best practices when using them and hear from our engineers who have hands on experience working with our APIs.  See our latest sessions added
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ComputerWorld: Best Places to Work in IT 2010

June 24th, 2010 4 comments

ComputerWorld just released its 17th annual report Best Places to Work in IT 2010. The criteria used for the selection include diversity, career development, retention, benefits and training. It does not include cutting edge technology though. I think that is pretty important but hard to measure and compare at the same time.

The top 100 companies come from different industries ranging from technology vendors like SAS, salesforce.com, to the customers. The list does not cover companies from other parts of the world. I am sure many companies from Europe, Canada, etc. would have made the list otherwise.

Ready for the list?

Slides From The Cloud Club March Meetup

April 2nd, 2010 No comments

Almost forget to report last Cloud Club meet-up which took place at Santa Clara Convention Center on the night of March 16. The meet-up was conveniently co-located with the CloudConnect 2010 Conference.

We had several great speakers from companies like Makara, Engine Yard, Heroku, Appirio, etc. As you can guess from the speakers’ company profiles, the theme of the meet-up was about PaaS. Each speaker had about 20 minutes to introduce their technologies.

Winners of the VMware Script-O-Mania Contest: Who, What, How and Why?

April 1st, 2010 No comments

The winners of the VMware Script-O-Mania contest was announced today by Pablo Roesch at VMware Developer Blog. Congratulations to Alan, William and Arnim who won the first three awards!

I just took some time to read these scripts even though PowerShell and Perl are not for me. Here I give you a brief introduction of the scripts, what vSphere APIs they used directly or indirectly, and why they topped the contest. Because vSphere API is based on Web Services, you can port the scripts to other languages like Java, .Net, whatever you feel comfortable with. If you want to port any of them using vSphere Java API, I am more than happy to include your contribution.

Note that the following comments are strictly my own opinions.

1. Who Created that VM ? – by Alan Renouf using PowerCLI

A script to add information back into the vSphere client, this script which is designed to run once a day (or more) as a scheduled task, will add a custom attribute to each VM with the creator and date created of that VM. A script to add information back into the vSphere client, this script which is designed to run once a day (or more) as a scheduled task, will add a custom attribute to each VM with the creator and date created of that VM.

Steve’s Comments:

Nice integration with the vSphere Client, making you almost doubt why it wasn’t there in the first place. Additional one liner scripts provide nice answers to the questions like who created the most VMs, how many VMs were created each month.

VMWorld 2010: Call for Papers and Pre-registration

March 25th, 2010 No comments

The world’s largest conference in virtualization industry VMWorld  is coming. It will take place in San Francisco August 30 to September 2, and in Copenhagen October 12 -14. There will be about 170 unique sessions in the US and 130 unique sessions in EMEA; this includes sessions from VMware employees, customers, sponsors, virtualization vendors and industry specialists.

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