vSphere Kubernetes Hot Take

Keith Townsend got to hear from VMware at Tech Field Day, where they packed a lot of information into a four hour session. Part of the presentation that surprised him was the Kubernetes integration into vSphere. This didn’t take the approach that Keith had thought when it was originally announced. Instead it comes as an extension of VMware Cloud Foundation, providing the ability to run a SDDC reference design across any environment. His biggest question with this is using VSAN as the management platform for Kubernetes. It’s an intriguing breakdown of the presentation, and Keith can’t wait to get some more focused deep dive sessions from VMware soon.


Paradigm Shift of Dev to Storage Ops

Chin-Fah Heoh considers how the advent of containers and Kubernetes have moved storage and DevOps closer than ever. In his mind, the Container Storage Interface commonly used in the industry cannot scale nearly as well in the cloud like object storage, which is clearly where container storage needs to go in the future. At Storage Field Day, he heard how MinIO is looking to bridge the divide between Dev and Ops with their Kubernetes friendly high performance object storage platform. He then looks at how VMware is adapting to the times with Project Pacific, which includes Cloud Native Storage and has chosen MinIO as the resident object storage provider. It’s a key integration for a high performance scalable storage solution.


Networking Field Day

It was great to have VMware present at our most recent Networking Field Day. At the event, they provided updates on a number of vital networking solutions within their portfolio. This included updates to NSX to provide improved networking and security for containers, which at scale can be challenging to manage otherwise. Check out their video demo of NSX container networking for Red Hat OpenShift 4.3 for more specifics. They also dived into NSX Advanced Load Balancer which is based on tech acquired with Avi Networks, and did several sessions on NSX analytical and intelligence capabilities. Much like NSX itself, their presentation covered a lot of ground, so be sure to watch the videos to get caught up on their latest.


VMware to Acquire Nyansa for WAN Network Analytics

VMware recently announced it intends to buy Nyansa for an undisclosed sum. We’ve had both companies present at Field Day events, and we can’t wait to see what they can create together post-acquisition. In this post, Seeking Alpha’s Donovan Jones looks at the financial impact of the deal, and how the move is part of VMware’s strategy to provide enterprises with an end-to-end solution as they demand integrated and simplified capabilities in an increasingly complex environment. Be sure to check out our video coverage of both companies to get up to speed on the tech so you can judge for yourself.


Really Late Company Christmas Shopping

As he packed for Cisco Live Barcelona, our own Tom Hollingsworth noticed something of a post-Christmas shopping spree among tech companies this year. VMware VeloCloud bought Nyansa, Arista is buying Big Switch Networks, and Tom thinks more is on the way. What’s behind this Q1 shopping spree? Tom isn’t sure!


VMware Project Pacific at Tech Field Day Extra 2019

One of the major announcements to come out of VMworld US 2019 was Project Pacific. At Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019, the delegates got an architectural overview of VMware’s rearchitecting of vSphere to integrate Kubernetes. In this post, Brandon Graves digs into the presentation and the implications for the future.


VMware Is Delivering Pipelines to the Cloud With CAS

Anyone who thinks that VMware is still all about vSphere hasn’t been paying attention over the last few years. From what Ken Nalbone saw at Tech Field Day, VMware understands that developers are driving much of the innovation in enterprise IT and is invested in helping operations and infrastructure teams deliver the experience that will drive innovation.


The Power of Policy Made Simple With NSX Manager

Creative Technologist, Chris Grundemann, shares what he learned during his experience at Future:NET 2019 and ties it into what VMware showed at Networking Field Day.


VMware’s Cloud in 300-Words

Keith Townsend returned to the VMware campus to hear Dell Technologies share their vision of VMware on Dell Technologies Cloud during Cloud Field Day. He recorded a great “hot take” video directly after the event, be sure to check it out. He was impressed by the quality of the conversation and the willingness of Dell to be flexible in the discussion.


CFD6 VMware API Questions

Larry Smith Jr is no stranger to Field Day events, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t love having him as a delegate at Cloud Field Day earlier this year. He brings his typical technical acumen and insight into this post, asking some key question on what he saw from VMware at the event. To date, Larry has not been a fan of VMware API implementation and documentation. Be sure sure to check out his post to see if this presentation changed his mind.


Architecture, Governance and Multi-Cloud: Takeaways From TFDx at VMworld

Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld had a lot of great technical deep dive content. There was also a great Cloud Roundtable discussion, which we were fortunate to have Adam Post participate in. Be sure to check out this post with his takeaways from the talk.


Cloud Is Hard. Kubernetes Won’t Save You

Public cloud providers and enterprise IT vendors alike position Kubernetes as the control plane for cloud-native applications. They promise an application environment that will run on any public or private cloud, reducing cloud lock-in and enabling hybrid and multi-cloud designs. Drew Conry-Murray breaks down the promise and challenge of Kubernetes in this post, inspired from the VMworld Cloud Roundtable.


VMworld Cloud Roundtable Discussion

At VMworld, Christopher Kusek participated in a roundtable discussion with some fellow visionaries of Cloud Architecture. They discussed the past, present, and future of Cloud Architecture and Infrastructure. This conversation highlighted a bright future for cloud, multi-cloud, security, and containers.


The Unconscious Choice for Multi-Cloud

Ownership of application and cloud architecture is constantly shifting and is becoming a shared responsibility of business, operations, developers, architects, and security. If you don’t guide the process of cloud consumption within your organization, you’ll end up with a disjointed multi-cloud. In other words: many different disconnected islands, each with incomplete, badly implemented, unaudited security and compliance standards. Joep Piscaer digs into the details in this piece.


Making Sense of Your Multiple Clouds: 5 Takeaways From VMworld

Dell Technologies presented at Tech Field Day Extra a t VMworld US 2019. In this post, they break down their multi-cloud takeaways from the larger show, and how they used these to inform their presentation to the Tech Field Day delegates.


Project Pacific at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld 2019

Kit Colbert with VMware shared a blog post about the company’s perspective presenting at Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019. They did a deep dive on Project Specific, the company’s rearchitecture of vSphere to integrate Kubernetes. The Tech Field Day Extra delegates got to hear about the architectural decisions VMware made for this project, and learned about a lot of the technical specifics. Be sure to check out the presentation video for all the specifics.


Mission: Project Pacific

At VMworld US 2019, VMware showed off Project Pacific, their integration of Kubernetes into vSphere. Al Rasheed was at the event, and attending VMware’s Tech Field Day Extra presentation there, where they got into a technical deep dive on Project Pacific. Be sure to check out his thoughts on this exciting move by the virtualization giant.


VMware Entering the IT Infrastructure Composability Game

Enrico Signoretti found VMworld US 2019 to be full of fascinating announcements. It showed VMware making serious inroads into composability for virtualized servers, with the ability to now virtualize GPUs over the network. Enrico sees this working similar to how VMware treats NVMe storage resources in vSphere and VSAN. He doesn’t see this completely disrupting the current composable infrastructure market, but its an important step for VMware. Be sure to check out all the video from Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld US 2019 for all the technical deep dives on this!


VMware Project Pacific – First Impressions

VMware announced their plan to integrate container management into vSphere with Project Pacific at VMworld US 2019. Chris Evans got to hear more details about the thought behind the project during VMware’s Tech Field Day Extra presentations at the event. Be sure to check out his blog post with more thoughts on this ambitious effort.


Random Short Take #21

Dan Frith shares another of his great lists of “short takes” on the news. This includes mention of the upcoming Pure Accelerate conference in Austin, which will include a Tech Field Day session, as well as coverage of the Commvault/Hedvig acquisition and VMworld’s Project Pacific launch.