VMworld 2020 DAY 2 is now in the books and a fellow co-worker did this fantastic write up. I cannot take not credit for this post expect reformatting it to be posted on my blog.
Here is your recap of day 2 of VMworld 2020. The links to vmworld sessions will require your vmworld registration username and password to view. Your account will also enable you to catch up on over 900+ sessions on-demand on our VMworld platform through Thursday, October 8th and afterwards when our sessions move to our VMworld On-Demand Video Library.
VMworld 2020 Day 2: The Challenges Facing Our Time
- Fireside Chat: The Extraordinary Events of 2020
We started out with an inspiring conversation with Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, and NYC Business News Anchor, Hope King. The two dived into broad issues such as the pandemic and social justice as well as their thoughts about the cloud industry, and VMware’s commitment to be a force for good. If you missed this inspiring discussion, there are a few more opportunities to catch it on the Vision & Innovation channel before it goes on-demand.
Hear More From Our CEO’s Fireside Chat With Hope King [VI3353]
Breaking News: Extended Access to Complimentary Premium Digital Training
Did you hear the news today during Sumit Dhawan’s session, Our Customer Commitment: Working Together to Maximize Your Value, at VMworld? In case you missed it, to continue enabling our customers to grow their skills and better face current IT challenges, we are extending complimentary access to premium digital training.
View this FAQ for more details about this special offer and how to get complimentary access to the VMware Customer Connect Learning™ Premium Subscription for a full year (from date of enrollment). With 24/7 access to training delivered by top VMware experts and Certified Instructors, Connect Learning (previously VMware Learning Zone) is your single source for digital training from VMware. In addition to the content available with the Basic Subscription (over 1,300 training videos and 65 free eLearning courses), the Premium Subscription* includes access to valuable content such as:
- Advanced troubleshooting, configuration, and solution-oriented best practice videos
- 12 Exam Preps (over 650 videos)
- NEW – VMware Certified Technical Associate training content
Demo Zones, Hands-on Labs and Odyssey, and Throwdown Videos
We had insightful discussions and learnings from the VMware and Sponsor Demo Zones and hands-on labs interactive simulations. Showcasing 130+ VMware product demos and 100+ joint solutions with our 51 sponsors. And of course, our beloved hands-on labs with over 9,500+ labs delivered with Automate your VMware Cloud on AWS holding the top spot. We hope you had a chance to check out the Command Center too.
New Hands On Labs have been released see here
EUC Product News
VMworld 2020: All of Our EUC Announcements, Themes & Everything Else You Need to Know
This morning in our Digital Workspace Showcase Keynote. We had a lot of news to cover in a short amount of time, but rest assured that we have plenty of breakout sessions, blog posts and demos detailing all our announcements in depth.
More importantly, I would like to say how grateful all of us at VMware are for the opportunity to help so many of our customers through the changing work environment this year. We have learned many lessons in the process, and we have seen again and again the value of a flexible, modern
- Lessons learned about the role of a digital workspace platform
- Employee engagement
- IT Modernization
- Zero Trust Security
Four Reasons Horizon is the Choice for Modern and Secure Hybrid-Cloud VDI & Apps: Updates From VMworld 2020 Introducing Workspace Security VDI
We are excited to announce the general availability of Workspace Security VDI, which delivers an intrinsically secure virtual desktop and application solution that has been designed and fully tested by a single vendor. By combining Horizon and VMware Carbon Black Cloud into a single, unified solution, Workspace Security VDI consolidates multiple endpoint security capabilities such as threat identification and prevention, endpoint detection and response, auditing capabilities and the ability to investigate data breaches into a cohesive solution.
VMware Horizon Now Runs on Microsoft Azure VMware Solution
Microsoft recently announced the general availability of Azure VMware Solution (AVS) – a hosted service from Microsoft based on VMware Cloud Foundation that gives our customers the ability to extend the power of Horizon and vSphere to Azure. As a result, you can move on-premises Horizon deployments to Azure as part of a cloud migration, or transform your Horizon environment into an elastic hybrid and multi-cloud desktop virtualization platform that can help you conquer the challenges of today’s fluctuating workplace. Quickly provision and scale Horizon virtual desktop and application workloads leveraging key technologies such as Instant Clones and Blast Extreme protocol. To learn more, read this blog.
Simplified, Modernized Management with (More) Services From the Cloud
The Horizon Control Plane simplifies management with services that connect entitlement and management layers across Horizon pods in different data centers and clouds. The newly integrated Universal Broker delivers a global entitlement layer that intelligently provisions end users to their personal desktop or app in any connected pod or cloud based on availability or proximity to provide the best possible user experience. Image and application management is also simplified with services that can be used across pods and clouds – create an image or app package once and distribute to Horizon deployments as needed. These features, coupled with real-time performance monitoring and end-to-end security, unlock key hybrid and multi-cloud use cases such as work from home, business continuity, real-time bursting, disaster recovery and high availability which simplify and optimize your cloud investment.
Horizon 8: Unleashing the Power of Secure Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Deployments with a Modern Platform
Made available in August this year, Horizon 8 delivers a modern platform for virtual desktop and app delivery across the hybrid cloud, from the market leaders in SDDC and digital workspaces. The release delivered expanded support for hybrid and multi-cloud architectures that allow organizations to scale flexibly across public and private clouds such as VMware Cloud on AWS and Microsoft Azure – now also with support for Google Cloud, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, as well as Azure VMware Solution. Full support for new RESTful APIs help automate rich capabilities and orchestrate services on the Horizon platform, modernizing services and processes with speed, providing endless possibilities to enhance and streamline their Horizon environment. The list goes on – read the launch blog for more detailed information.
Reimagining Security for Today’s Future Ready Workforce
We unveiled earlier today VMware’s new security solutions and our Future Ready Workforce Solutions as they are a true testament to our unique approach to the future of work. Founded on an intrinsic security approach that builds security into every control plane– from network, endpoint, cloud, identity all the way to workload, VMware turns each of these vectors into points of security control, significantly reducing the attack surface. Furthermore, it unifies these threat vectors in the context of apps and data across any app, any cloud, and any device in an industry first approach to increase the level of security for today’s distributed workforce.
Holistic Vision for the Future of Work
This powerful rethink, substantiated through our Future Ready Workforce Solutions, is designed to meet the needs of today’s distributed workforce. During this pandemic, the scale of employees working from home has pushed network capacities, security at the edge and good digital
workspace experiences to the limit. VMware has been able to address these fundamental needs by leveraging key elements of SD-WAN network services and security through Secure Access Services Edge (SASE), Endpoint Security and Digital Workspace. These technologies work together to
deliver any application from any cloud onto any device, so organizations can unlock the value of this holistic approach – enabling powerful workforce experiences, end to end zero trust security controls, and simplified management, no matter where one is working.
Future Ready Workforce Solutions: Reaping the Rewards
End to End Zero Trust Security: As the perimeter of an organization has now extended to the home, VMware Future Ready Workforce solutions are uniquely positioned to deliver end to end Zero Trust security. Organizations can build trust in devices that are accessing enterprise data with Workspace ONE UEM, better secure them with Carbon Black Endpoint solutions and use it to drive dynamic conditional access decisions to validate user identity as well. Least privilege capabilities that start from devices or virtual sessions with Unified Access Gateway (UAG) and extend to the network with NSX micro-segmentation enable a user session to be protected. And now with our VMware SASE Platform, we have a convergent infrastructure that offers end to end Zero Trust security enabling any user access to any app from any device.
VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery – On Demand DRaaS
Overview of VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery, an easy- to-use cloud-based DRaaS solution. It combines efficient cloud storage with simple SaaS-based management for IT resiliency at scale. Customers benefit from consistent, familiar VMware operations across production and DR sites, a pay-when-you-need-failover capacity model for DR resources, and instant power-on capabilities for fast recovery.
VMworld Announcements From The Office Of The CTO
A Deep Dive into the Tanzu Service Mesh Autoscaling VMworld 2020 Keynote Demo
The demo shows ACME Inc., a cloud native application, working as expected under normal traffic conditions, and without autoscaling, however, once traffic rapidly increases, the application starts to perform poorly. A quick inspection of the application determines that autoscaling is not configured on the application, therefore in order to remediate, an administrator installs autoscaling YAML to help activate TSM autoscaling at runtime without needing to redeploy the application. Immediately after the autoscaling is turned on, microservices instances are being scaled and the latency is back to normal levels. The demo then shows that when traffic subsides, the TSM autoscaler starts to descale the microservice instances without causing latency or performance issues. Finally, the demo finishes with a quick sneak into the Service Level Objectives (SLO) feature of TSM.
The rest of this post walks through how to set up process in 5 step process.
Key highlights of the demo:
- Ability to configure autoscaling functionality without intrusion to application logic.
- Visualize the ACME cloud native application from within TSM.
- Inspect performance charts of how each microservice is scaling.
Behind the Scenes of the Folding@home Demo at VMworld 2020 Keynote
The VMware Folding@home appliance project I started with Team VMware #52737. Since the release of our Fling, we have seen over 42,000 downloads, and watched our Team VMware FAH community grow to over 1000 users. When Chris Wolf asked if I could demo Folding@home in the VMware CTO general session keynote at VMworld, I knew it needed to be cool! This is the Office of the CTO, after all. While fighting diseases like COVID-19, Cancer, and Alzheimer’s as citizen scientists is very cool into itself (or very hot if you are next to your folding computer!), many of us have been deploying appliances to ESXi for over a decade, and it does not make for a fascinating demo.
Demo Challenge #1: Make it easy to be a Force for Good at the click of a button with vRA
Demo Challenge #2: Deploy and Manage the VMware Appliance for Folding@home on VMware Cloud on AWS
Demo Challenge #3: Securely manage Folding@home Clients running in the cloud from my couch!
You can learn more about the Folding@home project with Dr. Gregory Bowman, Director of Folding@home, in the VMworld on-demand session “Citizen Philanthropy in Action: Folding@home” [OCTO2230].
A Deeper Dive into Bitfusion Device Plugin for GPU Sharing on Kubernetes
Machine Learning (ML) applications are increasingly being embraced by organizations to accelerate business growth. As the scale of the ML applications grows, IT infrastructure has challenges to meet the requirements of ML workloads. Infrastructure must be flexible to allow ML developers’ work to be productive through cloud native platforms like Kubernetes. Nowadays, more businesses are leveraging Kubernetes to deploy and manage their ML workloads.
Bitfusion allows more applications to gain access to shared GPUs via the network
Kubernetes usually consists of a cluster of worker nodes that can have a ML workload scheduled to any of its worker nodes. Many ML application use cases need hardware accelerators such as GPU, requiring each worker node to have at least one accelerator installed locally. These accelerators, like GPU, are an expensive infrastructure. Fortunately, VMware vSphere 7 comes with a feature called Bitfusion, which can create pools of hardware accelerators. Different nodes across the network can share GPUs in a pool. vSphere Bitfusion increases the utilization of GPUs, and eliminates the need for local hardware accelerators of every node.
Extending capabilities to Kubernetes, making it easy for any Kubernetes pod to gain access to remote GPUs
Kubernetes provides a device plugin framework for the developer to advertise system hardware resource to the kubelet. The Office of the CTO, Cloud Native Lab at China R&D created a device plugin that monitors Bitfusion GPU resources and properly allocates the GPU resource to Kubernetes’ workloads (i.e. pods). Since device plugins are a standard approach for Kubernetes to customize hardware resources, the plugin supports Kubernetes advanced features such as resource quota and ensures the plugin is fully aligned with the Kubernetes ecosystem.
The Bitfusion device plugin implements Kubernetes’ device plugin framework and updates the kubelet periodically about the available Bitfusion GPU resources. The information collected is then used when Kubernetes schedules workloads with GPU requirements. The Bitfusion device plugin can be installed as a DaemonSet of Kubernetes so that every worker node can have a running copy of the device plugin to report GPU resources from the Bitfusion pool.
VMworld Industry News
Lumen Teams with VMware to Expand Edge Compute Capabilities for the 4th Industrial Revolution
Lumen Technologies (NYSE: LUMN) and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) are announcing a significant collaboration covering edge compute, networking, and security. VMware and Lumen Technologies, or simply Lumen, are taking their current partnership further with the agreement for Lumen to deliver edge services using integrated VMware technologies. This collaboration will help enterprises expand across data center, cloud and edge, moving business applications that require low latency and efficient localization closer to digital interactions. At VMworld, Lumen and VMware will be presenting:
This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200929005451/en/
- How Lumen can migrate and manage workloads across a range of VMware technologies.
- Lumen’s edge computing solutions, and how enterprise customers can rely on a consistent experience across a range of hybrid cloud venues, including the VMware Cloud.
- Lumen’s portfolio of solutions built on and integrated with the VMware Cloud Foundation, allowing companies to deploy business innovations with single-digit millisecond latency to over 2,200 public data centers and more than 170,000 on-fiber enterprise locations across the globe.
- Lumen is a VMware Principal Partner and is VMware Cloud Verified.
- Lumen Private Cloud on VMware Cloud Foundation™ is Lumen’s managed private cloud service, built on VMware Cloud Foundation, available in 100+ of Lumen edge computing locations.
- Lumen provides fiber-based networking connectivity and managed solutions, with a service portfolio that spans content delivery, cybersecurity, and cloud collaboration.
VMware and NVIDIA to Enable Next-Gen Hybrid Cloud Architecture and Bring AI to Every Enterprise
VMware and NVIDIA today announced a broad partnership to deliver both an end-to-end enterprise platform for AI and a new architecture for data center, cloud and edge that uses NVIDIA® DPUs (data processing units) to support existing and next-generation applications.
Through this collaboration, the rich set of AI software available on the NVIDIA NGCTM hub will be integrated into VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Tanzu. This will help accelerate AI adoption, enabling enterprises to extend existing infrastructure for AI, manage all applications with a single set of operations, and deploy AI-ready infrastructure where the data resides, across the data center, cloud and edge.
Additionally, as part of Project Monterey separately announced today, the companies will partner to deliver an architecture for the hybrid cloud based on SmartNIC technology, including NVIDIA’s programmable NVIDIA BlueField®-2. The combination of VMware Cloud Foundation and NVIDIA BlueField-2 will offer next-generation infrastructure that is purpose-built for the demands of AI, machine learning, high-throughput and data-centric apps. It will also deliver expanded application acceleration beyond AI to all enterprise workloads and provide an extra layer of security through a new architecture that offloads critical data center services from the CPU to SmartNICs and programmable DPUs.
“We are partnering with NVIDIA to bring AI to every enterprise; a true democratization of one of the most powerful technologies,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware. “We’re also collaborating to define a new architecture for the hybrid cloud—one purpose built to support the needs and demands of the next generation of applications. Together, we’re positioned to help every enterprise accelerate their use of breakthrough applications to drive their business.”
“AI and machine learning have quickly expanded from research labs to data centers in companies across virtually every industry and geography,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “NVIDIA and VMware will help customers transform every enterprise data center into an accelerated AI supercomputer. NVIDIA DPUs will give companies the ability to build secure, programmable, software-defined data centers that can accelerate all enterprise applications at exceptional value.”
- UCSF Advances Healthcare with NVIDIA and VMware
- Enterprise-Ready Platform for AI
- Delivering New Hybrid Cloud Architecture for Next Gen Apps
- Early Access for Visionary Enterprises
Partner News From VMworld 2020
Dell Technologies Innovations Advance Management, Automation and Protection of VMware Environments
Story Highlights – New HCI, cloud, storage and data protection integration with latest VMware releases help customers innovate across edge locations, data centers and hybrid clouds
- Dell Technologies Cloud Platform and Dell EMC VxRail now support VMware vSphere with Tanzu and the latest VMware Cloud Foundation, vSphere, and vSAN releases, offering an easy path to Kubernetes adoption while delivering enhancements for traditional workloads
- Dell EMC PowerMax storage replication, now integrated with VMware vVols, simplifies management and improves access to mission-critical applications
- Dell EMC ObjectScale, built on VMware Cloud Foundation, allows developers to provision cloud-scale storage for modern applications
- Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager advancements include industry-first protection for VMware Cloud Foundation infrastructure layers and Kubernetes environments
- VMware Cloud on Dell EMC empowers organizations to support their remote workforce through VMware Horizon, security and compliance certifications
Druva Achieves VMware Ready Certification for VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud on Dell EMC
Druva Inc., the leader in Cloud Data Protection and Management, today announced it has been certified as VMware Ready for VMware Cloud. This new certification, unveiled at VMworld 2020, recognizes Druva as a validated and tested solution to protect, backup, and recover VMware Cloud
on AWS environments as well as a broader VMware Cloud portfolio: VMware Cloud on Dell EMC and VMware Cloud on AWS. Regardless of where customers run their VMware infrastructure, they can now have confidence that their data is comprehensively protected and always available with Druva Cloud Platform.
Kenna Security Delivers Risk-Based Vulnerability Management for New VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload Protection Solution
Kenna Security, the enterprise leader in risk-based vulnerability management, and VMware Carbon Black, a leader in cloud-native next-generation endpoint security, are partnering to power the vulnerability assessment and risk scoring capabilities of Carbon Black Cloud WorkloadTM. As a result of this partnership, enterprises running VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload will be able to efficiently and effectively prioritize critical vulnerabilities and reduce risk to their servers and workloads.
By leveraging Kenna Security capabilities, VMware Carbon Black is able to provide an elegant solution to a long-standing challenge in enterprise cybersecurity. Many organizations have the capacity to patch only a fraction of the vulnerabilities threatening their environments. Additionally, traditional scanning is often too cumbersome for the large number of endpoints in their environment. Although not all vulnerabilities pose a proven risk of weaponization, the challenge for organizations is identifying which vulnerabilities to focus on. With the inclusion of Kenna’s vulnerability assessment capabilities, VMware Carbon Black Cloud Workload is able to efficiently focus resources on the specific critical vulnerabilities facing each organization.
Ordr Announces Integration with VMware for Campus and Data Center Device Visibility Made Simple
Ordr, a leader in security for enterprise IoT and unmanaged devices, today announced the integration of Ordr Systems Control Engine (SCE) with VMware NSX-T and VMware NSX Intelligence to provide organizations with comprehensive IoT visibility, accelerated data center microsegmentation, and enhanced day-two operations capabilities.
Ordr SCE and NSX-T provide ongoing programmatic synchronization from Ordr to VMware NSX for profile objects and the respective device IP addresses they contain. With the ability to share detailed campus-related device type data points with NSX, organizations now see which types of campus devices are communicating with the data center. Coupled with NSX Intelligence, organizations gain powerful visualization of how these Ordr-defined campus group objects are communicating to various virtual machines (VMs) within the data center.
“The combination of Ordr with VMware NSX and NSX Intelligence gives organizations the ability to understand how campus and branch devices communicate with data center workloads, quickly identify unmanaged campus devices, and use those insights to streamline NSX policy generation for VMs,” said Iain Leiter, Senior Technical Solutions Architect, Ordr. “Organizations will also be able to minimize the business impact of firewall changes by visualizing allowed or blocked campus traffic.”
Pensando Partners with VMware on Project Monterey to Co-Develop Next-generation Infrastructure Platform
Today at VMworld® 2020, Pensando Systems announced it is collaborating with VMware, Inc. on Project Monterey to co-develop a platform to support the requirements of modern applications. VMware will leverage the Pensando Distributed Services Platform to deliver industry leading performance and latency, zero-trust security, and simplified operations to VMware Cloud Foundation deployments in virtualized, containerized and bare metal environments.
“Customers around the globe rely on VMware Cloud Foundation to deploy and manage modern applications across multiple environments,” said Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “Together with Pensando, we are building the next generation of more secure and agile infrastructure, leveraging the new breed of accelerators exemplified by the Pensando Distributed Services Platform, to support the evolving requirements of these applications. The work between VMware and Pensando on Project Monterey will help mutual customers benefit substantially from increased performance, enhanced security and a consistent operating model.”
Pure Storage Expands Design Partnership with VMware, Delivering Enhanced Solutions to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud
Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG), the IT pioneer that delivers storage as-a-service in a multi-cloud world, announced a spectrum of enhancements to its hybrid cloud solutions across the VMware portfolio, enabling any enterprise to focus on innovation rather than infrastructure. New solution enhancements from Pure help enterprises maximize their VMware investments, delivering agility and efficiency for modern applications across on-premises and cloud environments. Customers will have improved availability of their data services, enabling them to meet demanding Service-level Agreements (SLAs).
- vSphere Virtual Volumes as principal storage for VMware Cloud Foundation.
- VMware and Pure enable vSphere Virtual Volumes as Principal storage for VMware Cloud Foundation. Customers can now realize the value of Pure Storage and vSphere Virtual Volumes natively within VMware Cloud Foundation. FlashStack™ delivers the performance, availability, and economics required for a VMware Cloud Foundation hybrid cloud in a single architecture, with the simplicity of integrated application to infrastructure management.
- Support for vSphere Virtual Volumes storage with Site Recovery Manager.
- Modern data protection is a critical component for any VMware deployment including those leveraging vSphere Virtual Volumes on Pure. For VMware infrastructure, VMware Site Recovery Manager provides an enterprise solution for automated disaster recovery. As the leader in vSphere Virtual Volumes storage, Pure co-engineered the integration of vSphere Virtual Volumes with SRM. This allows enterprises to consume vSphere Virtual Volumes on Pure while protecting their mission critical applications from disaster.
- VMware Tanzu and container integration. Pure is a VMware Design Partner for the Cloud Native Storage and vSphere Virtual Volumes programs, providing persistent storage that enables true hybrid cloud mobility for containers running on VMware. Cloud Native Storage and vSphere Virtual Volumes enable workloads in Kubernetes environments to utilize Pure FlashArray™ as CSI-compliant persistent storage, bringing world-class all-flash performance and data services to containerized applications in addition to VMware vSphere environments.
- NVMe-oF with vSphere 7. Pure is VMware’s Design Partner for modern data fabric support on vSphere. With vSphere 7, VMware and Pure have worked to provide native end-to-end support for NVMe over Fabrics (NVME-oF) using Pure’s DirectFlash® Fabric. NVMe is a revolution in the storage world, providing lower latency and higher throughput than legacy SCSI devices. This capability unleashes the raw performance of the Pure FlashArray and maximizes performance density in the data center. Mutual customers can enjoy a modern data experience that maximizes the performance and consolidation of critical applications, VMs, and containers.
Rackspace Technology™ (NASDAQ: RXT), a leading end-to-end multicloud technology solutions company, today announced it has strengthened its strategic alliance with VMware by expanding its managed services across VMware-based multicloud solutions. Rackspace Technology now includes support for Azure VMware Solution, Google Cloud VMware Engine, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP), and VMware Tanzu.
By expanding its portfolio of VMware multicloud solutions, Rackspace Technology is working to give customers the greatest choice in integrating VMware-based private clouds into multicloud solutions. A few key benefits:
- Through managed services for the key hyperscalers, customers can accelerate their move to the cloud by extending their VMware environments to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud.
- Rackspace Technology becomes the first MSP partner of VMware Cloud on Dell EMC where a new Cloud Center of Excellence (COE) has been established to provide mutual customers the ideal cloud service. This important milestone validates the attraction of this local cloud service.
- By providing managed services for Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP), customers benefit from a hyper-converged infrastructure based on Dell VxRail and designed specifically for VMware-based software-defined data centers. This managed solution will help to reduce costs and the operational burden of running a private cloud. Rackspace Technology is one of Dell Technologies largest global DTCP certified partners. Organizations can develop, test, and run cloud native applications alongside legacy applications on a single platform.
- Delivering managed services for VMware Tanzu provides a cohesive and nimble platform to support customers’ ongoing digital transformations.