VMworld 2011 Copenhagen – Day 4.

The last and final day of VMworld has arrived. This time the session started a bit later probably because of the party the day before 😉 Anyway, after a good night sleep and quick breakfast I went off to the Bella Center. Here are the sessions that I attended:

  • VSP2447: Understanding Virtualized Memory Performance Management. “Have you ever wondered how VMware ESXi decides which virtual machines to reclaim memory from? Do you know the best way to tell when your host’s memory is at capacity? What about how to tell when a virtual machine is starving for memory resources and experiencing poor performance? This session will guide you through the complicated world of virtualized memory performance management, explaining the concept of entitlement, how it’s computed and how it affects memory allocation and reclamation. We will help you better understand how memory usage patterns and interactions on the ESXi Server host can affect VMware vSphere memory metrics. Finally, we will present performance data and use that to reinforce best practices around memory management to keep your datacenter running smoothly and efficiently.
  • VSP2894: Virtual Distributed Switch Best Practices. “This session will provide best practices for using distributed virtual switch and insights on how to take advantage of its features, including network I/O control, load-based teaming and new VMware vSphere 5.0 features. We will also discuss blade- and rack-server converged I/O deployments.
  • VSP1823: VMware Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler. “VMware Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler technology enables automated management of virtual disks across storage devices, thus eliminating the tedious task of managing space and I/O load across a group of storage devices. Storage DRS technology provides intelligent initial placement and dynamic load balancing by using VMware Storage vMotion to manage virtual disks between datastores. In addition, affinity and anti-affinity rules support ensures expressive business rules are respected by Storage DRS at all times. Datastore maintenance mode further increases operational efficiencies. Storage DRS extends and works with the popular VMware vSphere storage I/O control feature to provide end-to-end resource management for storage. Storage DRS is analogous to VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler, which uses VMware vMotion® for CPU and memory load balancing. This session will provide a historical background of the problem space in storage management and explain how Storage DRS solves the major operational inefficiencies. We will also provide a roadmap and solicit feedback on further improvements.

In between the sessions I ran into the Monster VM! 🙂

And so this concludes the VMware VMworld 2011. It was an awesome event. I have attended interesting sessions, met a lot of new people and enjoyed the time I spend on the Hand-on Labs. Thanks VMware, it was awesome!

The next European VMworld will be held in Barcelona. Till then!

One more thing, don’t miss the Dutch VMUG meeting on 9 December in NBC Nieuwegein.


– Marek.Z

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