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Register now for VMware Cloud on AWS Technical Deep Dive Session

I noticed that our technical deep dive session on VMware Cloud on AWS was added to the content catalog of VMworld. In this session, Ray Budavari and I will cover the VMware Cloud on AWS infrastructure in detail.

For the first time, we are allowed to uncover details about the host configuration, the vSAN infrastructure and of course network topology. We explore advanced features such as Elastic DRS and Autoremediation HA. The last 15 minutes of our session allows you to ask questions about VMC. Please register if you don’t want to miss this session. Both Ray and I have a full schedule, therefore we are unable to schedule a repeat of this session during VMworld US.

Session details:
VMware Cloud on AWS: A Technical Deep Dive [LHC2384BU]
Frank Denneman, Senior Staff Architect, VMware
Ray Budavari, Senior Staff Technical Product Manager, VMware

Tuesday, Aug 29, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session Type: Breakout Session
Track: Integrate Public Clouds
Integrate Public Clouds: Leverage Hybrid Clouds
Product and Topics: NSX, vCenter, vSAN, vSphere
Technical Level: Technical – Advanced
Session Hashtag: #LHC2384BU

VMware Cloud on AWS – Predictable Capacity Provisioning

In preparation for the VMworld Session LHC2971BU – Managing Your Hybrid Cloud with VMware Cloud on AWS which I’m co-presenting with Emad Younis, I asked the following question on Twitter:

And the number of answers were overwhelming. The stories were a bit underwhelming. Funny to see that we strive to automate every single step in the process. Guys like Alan, Luc, and William help the community to create scripted installs and configuration of the ESXi host. Creating a consistent, human-error free, rapid process. Shaving off valuable time of the time-consuming server provisioning process. Some organizations incorporate the vRealize suite to create a consistent user experience for the entire IT services portfolio. Interestingly enough, the overall lead time seems mostly impacted by internal acquisition processes. To give a few examples:

And the list goes on and on. In most organizations, the procurement process is rigid, well-defined process. However, the lead time of the acquisition process is either unpredictable and inconsistent. The overall message is that it cripples the agility of the IT organization.

IT organizations need to react fast to the business needs. Resource management of current workload is difficult enough, figuring out what to expect in the upcoming months is challenging. Unfortunately, the introduction of new workload does not follow a linear demand curve. To cater the (possible) future needs of the customer, the order is either doubled in size, or onboarding of new workloads is gated. Either impacting the bottom-line of the company or the ability to facilitate IT services properly.

In essence, the CAPEX element of server resource acquisition massively impacts or hinders the execution ability of the IT organization. Strategizing CAPEX\OPEX is not a part of the core focus of many admins and architects, it does affect their means of execution. As demonstrated by the many tweets. With VMware Cloud on AWS, the host resource acquisition process shifts from CAPEX to OPEX. Removing the inconsistent and unpredictable procurement process, allowing for a faster, consistent and predictable method of providing compute, storage and networking resources.

VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) makes my resource-management heart beat faster. By leveraging the AWS operation model, the SDDC cluster running on the AWS infrastructure is resizable by a click of a button. Right-click on the cluster and select resize.

Just select the number of hosts you want to add and within moments you will get new dedicated physical hardware added to your cluster. Ready to provide the resources your new workloads require. Resize means you can remove the resources as well, which in result your costs will go down as well.

Due to the combined fleet management of AWS and VMC, the new ESXi hosts are fully configured and ready to welcome new workload. All VMkernel and logical networks are automatically configured and made available. The vSAN datastore is automatically expanded with the host-local NVMe flash devices provided by the new hosts. DRS detects the new physical resources and automatically rebalances the cluster, provided the most optimal resource availability.

Elastic DRS and Autoremedation HA allows for an automatize method or adding and removing dedicated hardware resources, but these topics will be covered in a different article.

From a resource management perspective, a mindset shift will happen. VMC allows you to reduce the time spent on infrastructure configuration and management and allows you to focus more on resource consumption. What cluster configuration is required in the upcoming months? What is my burst strategy?

Unfortunately, I can’t go into detail as the service is not released yet. VMworld boasts an exciting line up of VMware Cloud on AWS sessions. I will be hosting a meet the expert on resource management at both VMworlds, sign up if you want to talk more about this exciting new technology

Kindle Ebook Host Deep Dive Available

Funny enough I’ve just published an article announcing the major milestone of 4000 hard copies sold within the first month of release. I just received confirmation that the Kindle e-book version is available at the Amazon Kindle Store. It is scheduled to appear on various Amazon sites. Please check out your local Amazon for the best offer.

Amazon US
Amazon DE
Amazon NL
Amazon UK
Amazon India

The most popular e-book version of the cluster deep dive was Kindle, and therefore we focused on getting the Kindle e-book out as fast as possible. The professionals of Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing created an awesome e-book version. Go check it out.

Host Deep Dive First Major Milestone

Exactly one month ago Niels and I published the VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Deep Dive and it is a major success. Within 30 days we sold over 4000 copies of the book. Building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts remains a strong focus point for the virtual community.

The attention for the book is overwhelming. The hashtag #HostDeepDive felt like it was trending. Tweets from around the world letting us know the book arrived, from Brasil to New Zealand.

The book seems to be a beloved companion during the summer holiday. Christian Mohn and Erik Bussink engaged in a competition to provide us the best vacation shot possible.


Brad Tompkins of the VMUG organization joined the party by giving away twenty copies to the audience of the Indy VMUG last week.

Amazon awarded the book with many accolades, being the number one book in the network section and at one point it was in the top 25 of computer books overall. Quite an achievement! The absolute fantastic reviews help a lot. Thank you all for submitting a review!
Due to the popularity of the book, Amazon offered us help with creating an ebook version of the book. They put their professional team to work two weeks ago, and we expect to have it online soon.

Stay tuned!

Virtually Speaking Podcast: Host Deep Dive

Last Friday I had the honor to join Pete Flecha a.k.a. Pedro Arrow and John Nicholson on their always fantastic podcast Virtually Speaking. Together with Niels we talked about what it takes to write a book such as the VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive. Thanks John and Pete for having me on again. Check it out.

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