Review of VMworld 2016 in Barcelona

The EMEA edition of VMworld in Barcelona is a wrap. This edition of VMworld is in my honest opinion one of the best until so far. And in this post I will explain why. VMware Cloud on AWS Anyone who missed the great announcement around the partnership between VMware and Amazon has either lived in a cave or is still using floppy drives on a daily basis. VMware Cloud on AWS is a new service that let’s you integrate your local VMware vSphere infrastructure with the vSphere infrastructure on AWS, but fully transparently. More about this game changing technology can…

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VMworld 2016, What’s new in EUC?

Yep, again a great week full of announcements, networking, technical sessions, parties and fun with the ITQ team. VMworld 2016, the Barcelona Edition is yet again a blast! Last Friday I attended a Citrix Usergroup event in the Netherlands. Lot’s of great community people and speakers. One of those speakers was Shawn Bass, the CTO for VMware’s EUC products. After his session about¬†the VMware ecosystem and his vision around the Digital Workspace, I spoke to him about VMworld. I asked him if he was excited about VMworld and his answer was “I have been working on a great new EUC…

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VMworld 2016 Must-sees

This year I was one of the lucky ones to being able to attend both VMworld events. In this post you can read my review on the Las Vegas edition of VMworld. The post you are reading now is dedicated to a list of sessions that in my opinion are must-sees at the Barcelona edition of VMworld 2016. Also, it will be a great chance of seeing me in Barcelona as well.. ūüôā The Power of Two: EUC with NSX [PAR3707] Tom Vallons and Mark Sindlinger talk about stuff they are good at: EUC and NSX. Session description: This session…

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Cloud Pod Architecture with F5 LTM or NSX

In 2014, VMware announced a new feature in Horizon 6 called Cloud Pod Architecture. This feature can make sure that you can run Horizon based VDI/Remote Apps from multiple data centers and that the maximum number of desktops can exceed 10,000 per Horizon implementation (by setting up multiple POD’s with 10,000 desktops each). To use this feature, it is a best practice to set up load balancing as well. And in case of geographically separated data centers, a load balancer with support for a Global Traffic Manager as well. F5 has such a module next to their Local Traffic Manager…

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Review of VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas

2016 is a year full of highlights with stuff like the EUC Champion program and my road to VCDX. And the VMworld conference in Las Vegas is also¬†one of them.¬†This post is my review of this year’s US version of VMworld and I would like to explain why it’s one of my¬†highlights. This year’s VMworld US Edition was held in the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas due to maintenance in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. ¬†And Las Vegas alone is quite something. I’ve been there before at the 2012 VMware Partner Exchange, but back then I wasn’t really…

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VMworld 2016: What’s new in Horizon 7.0.2?

One of the two best weeks of the year is in progress. VMworld 2016 and this year’s US version is located in Las Vegas. traditionally, a lot of announcements were made around new features and new products. Let’s find out what’s new in Horizon 7.0.2. Blast Extreme Support for over 60 thin/zero clients by Dell, HP, Igel, 10ZIG, Fujitsu and Atrust Grid GPU support for nVIDIA Grid K1, K2, M6, M10 and M60 cards including H.264 encoder option for lower CPU consumption and increased scalability (less latency, 4K support and 6-13% better FPS). Bandwidth Optimization and controls (for stuff as…

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The road to VCDX, Part 4: Discipline

Wow, again it has been a few weeks after the last post around my journey in becoming VCDX-DTM. And what a past few weeks it were. If anyone told me it was this hard, I would probably laughed at them. Since the last blog I learned something about myself I didn’t think I had: Discipline. Let’s get back in time a few weeks. My design got roasted big time. But what do you do when you fall down? Of course, you get up again. And that’s what I did. I had one major goal: Submit on the 25th of August,…

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VMware announces AirWatch Express

Today, VMware announced a new version of the Mobile Device Management Suite called AirWatch Express.¬† AirWatch Express is a more admin-friendly, less complicated version of AirWatch that mainly focusses on SMB and Telco customers. AirWatch Express will be available for only $2,50 per User per Month and contains a couple of new cool features that are hopefully coming to the normal AirWatch Suite as well. Simplified Console The first thing that is new, is a simplified console. And it’s simplified for a couple of reasons. First of all, AirWatch¬†Express has less functionality. Second of all, blueprints are introduced which consolidates…

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The road to VCDX, Part 3: Get challenged!

So, it has been a while since the last post around the road to achieving the VCDX certification. There are a couple of reasons for that of which I will explain some of them in this post. The main reason for my absence is that I have been working quite hard to write my design. And that has been a great challenge (and still is). The project that I have been working on in 2015 (on which my design is based) was a VMware Professional Services based project. This means that the documentation that I had to use for that…

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