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E2EVC 2015 Berlin Day 1

From 12 to 14 June E2EVC Berlin was held. In flew in right on time from the nice airport Rotterdam. As usual I’m blogging my experiences of this event. Let’s start with my experiences day one of E2EVC Berlin.

We started with a great humorous opening by Alex, which started a bit late, including his legend game remember the names. Great story and fits fine in the welcome e-mail. The first actual presentation was by Eugene Kalayev (ControlUp) with the session All things new and cool from ControlUp. The guys are showing the improvements/enhancements made to their ControlUp product, like hypervisor monitoring, live screenshot of the end user sessions, logon duration, mobile app, script based actions, multiple registry comparison, reporting and more. Good to see that the product still is enhanced with a lot of nice features. I really like their vision behind the product and to do things different than other suppliers in this market.




Second session was Mick Glover with Citrix Synergy 2015 announcements. Mick talked through the announcement mainly on upcoming XenDesktop/XenApp Feature Packs (both 6.5 as 7.6), X1 (StoreFront 3.0) and Workspace Cloud. As CTPs we were asked on stage, so I could not write up more about this session.

Next session was by Aidan Finn and Benedict Berger What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V. Aidan starts with the current status (TPv2, available since early May), Aidan guesses that the release will be at May 9th (start of Inginite). Bennedict started with explaining Nano Server for the cloud (headless installation of Windows Server, no UI), followed by Containers (natively developed via partnership with Docker): deploy services in containers. Containers can be deployed with VMs. Aidan continued with Microsoft Azure stack (Azure portal stack on Windows Server 2016, Azure functionalities can be used to Hyper-V/on premises. Next Security (Host Resource Protection, Secure boot for Linux, Shielded Virtual Machines) was the next topic of Benedict. Aidan continued with storage topics like Hyper-V replicate hot-add VHDX, Distributed storage QoS and Storage Spaces Direct), where Aidan focused most on Storage Space Direct including the two possibilities: converged/disaggregated and hyper-converged. Benedict and Aidan also mentioned enhancements on availability, agility (adjust static RAM assignments dynamic, rolling cluster upgrades) and administration (PowerShell direct, integration component updates via Windows Update).

Next was David Gaunt with What’s new from Nutanix. David started with explaining where Nutanix is coming from and how it’s working and the charasteristics of the product (cluster self-heals, data is protected at all times, zero downtime for updates/explansion, hypervisor is unchanged, and all features are software based. Daved continued with the vision of Nutanix told at the .Next Conference this week (make cloud, virtualization and storage invisible), followed by the more detailed information about the announcements (Prism, Acropolis, Nutanix, Storage Only nodes, Scale Out File Server, Flash Pinning, iSCSI support for Exchange, Next-Gen Storage Optimizations). David did quick a demo showing Acropolis. David ended with mentioning and describing the Nutanix Community Edition.

After a nice lunch we continued with Helge Klein with his presentation about his UberAgent product. Helge started with the different architecture structures of Splunk and UberAgent, followed by a demo of UberAgent based on logon duration. Helge also showed some features available in the current beta, which will become available in Q3 2015, like the process startup and duration bar.

Next session I attended was Why would you choose RDS over VDI by Benny Tritsch and Sinisa Sokolic. Sinisa opened with some humorous history in the SBC world, Benny followed with challenges in the remoting space. User Experience, Performance and complexity are still the big challenges currently. Benny also discussed why people would like to use VDI (user dedicated machine, isolated environment per user, manageability, CPU acceleration, where some are not the case (it’s cheaper, it’s less complex), followed by the RDSH arguments (standardization, fewer OS to manage, higher density, cheaper, multi device usage, known technology). Next topic were the base architectures of MS, Citrix and VMware and their similarities. Benny and Sinisa discussed the results of project VRC about reasons to use RDSH or VDI. They also discussed that we need to deliver a Desktop or Applications, nice to hear arguments out of the audience. Also a nice topic about delivering 2000 Desktops VMs/RDSH in 20 minutes. Next topic was layering, biggest disadvantage according to Sinisa is that layering cannot be automated at this moment. Some recommandations they provided are automate process, use application virtualization or layering, simplify technology components, check latency on your networks, do not forget printing, check user’s multimedia requirements and more. Last topic was about Future RDS Improvements in Windows Server 2016: OpenGL OpenCL, Directx 12, Server VM Support (GPU accelerated sings user RDSH VM), RDSH desktop experience pack, Gen2 VM support on Hyper-V, RDGW load balancing simplifications, pen remoting for tablets.

Shawn Bass session about What’s new in VMware was the next session I attended. Shawn is mentioning the client driver redirection feature that is available in the last version 6.1.1 just like HTML access, serial port redirection, smart cards enhancements using other endpoints (iOS, Android, Mac, Linux), enhancements in Chromebook client, Linux Desktops including 3D graphics. Project Enzo was the next topic Shawn was covering. He started with the objectives: simplified desktop setup, unbelievable fast scaling (2000 desktop under 20 minutes), zero down tiem upgrade, public/private/hybrd cloud flexibility, desktops that cost less. GA will be 2H2015. Enzo will be built on on REVO RAIL ecosystem first. Projec Enzo Key components are: Enzo Control Plane, Enzo Smart Node and Enzo Ready Infrastructure. Also hyperconverged products are in scope for upcoming versions. Shawn dived into those components and described those into more detail (check the slides, impossible to keep up blogging this part). All components are 100% Linux Tech stack, also the Access Point. Enzo is initially focused on greenfield deployments and focused on both the CAPEX and OPEX.

Last session was by SMS Passcode guys David Hall and Gunnar Hermansen. David logically opened with a nice speech. As a guest speaker they asked Andrew Morgan to share his experiences and vision about SMS Passcode. I cannot agree more with Andrew’s story and vision. He also touched some disadvantages of using RSA or Vasco. Andrew also provided some good tips to do a staged migration (bind policy and set priority). Also the self service password reset function of SMS Passcode is mentioned by Andrew. Gunnar continued with Secure Device Provisioning feature (country and organization the device belongs). The session ended with a quick glance of the new features in the upcoming version 8 (RD Web 2012R2 support, RD GW support.

At last it is time to have some food and drink at Helge’s Uberparty.