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E2EVC Hamburg 2012 Day 1

On the 2nd of November 2012 E2EV (aka PubForum) started with the keynote of Alex starting with the history of the PubForum/E2EVC, the agenda en house rules.

The first session is Citrix Synergy 2012 Barcelona Update by Ralph Stocker. They started with the hightlights of XenServer 6.1(live storage vmotion, batch conversion of VMware VMs), followed by XenClient Enterprise (TP 4.5 at this moment).

All new features were slightly touched (Windows 8 support, support latest ultrabooks and 3rd generation CPU, 7 language support, VLAN tagging, Netscaler support, Dual Monitors in dock support and improved hypervisor boot time). Next topic was the Microsoft support covering 80% growth of XenDesktop on Hyper-V and Windows Server2012  enhancements. Also the Receiver for Windows 8 is mentioned. Next they continued with products likes GoToMeeting with the enhancments on the iPad and ShareFile StorageZones (on premise enterprise storage support) and on-demand sync for XenDesktop). The session continued with demos showing the HMTL5 client , native iPad applications via the CloudGateway and ShareFile integration. He also mentioned the new IOS applications @Workmail and @Workweb and described how they can be used and managed (available within CloudGateway Enterprise).


Next we continued with Project Excalibur (XenApp/XenDesktop.Next) with the following key components (Simplified Service Management, HDX Re-invented including HDX EdgeSight). Also Project Merlin is described shortly as based on Cloudstack and Cloud services. The session ended with one more thing, just as on Synergy with the announcement of the Cisco partnership and what this means exactly. This is not fully integrated yet, expected in a couple of months.

After lunch we continued with Sasa Masic and Michael Ruefli with what's new in VMware vSphere 5.1. Sasa started with the license changes (vRam limit removed) and mentioning that the 32 GB limit for ESXi is still available. The vGPU is only for VMware View product. Next topic was the vSphere Distributed Switch features like vDS Health Check (VLAN, MTU,Teaming), vDS configuration backup and recovery, Port Mirroring and NetFlow enhancements. Also Elastic Ports are mentioned, which arranges that there are network ports available (even if all configured ports are in use).    Next vShield endpoint is described and some fallbacks are mentioned, followed by Data Protection and Replikation (block level, limited to virtual appliances). Michael continued with zero downtime upgrade of VMTools. They mentioned the differences between autodeploy, stateless install only in 5.0. In 5.1 there is also Stateless Caching and Statefull Install. Michael mentioned that new features are only available in the vSphere Web Client. Sasa mentioned the free vCenter Operations Manager Foundation (available from vSphere standard). 

Next was Introducing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 by Carsten Rachfal and Didier Van Hoye. The started with the hardware supported (320LPs, 4 TB, 64nodes cluster scale up to 4000 VMs, 1TB per VM). Other features mentioned Live Storage Migration, Virtual Fiber Channel, Support for File Based Storage on SMB3.0 and new VHDX format, live VHD Merge, live New Parent). Availability enhancements are Windows NIC Teaming, Continously Available File Server, Guest Clustering via Fiber Channel for HA, Major Failover Cluster Enhancements (check the slidedeck for all features). Good questions and discussions about the Hyper-V App Monitoring. Next Didier discussed the redundancy options (Windows Hardware Error Architecture, live migration for planned downtime, failover cluster for unplanned downtime, multi channel SMB, storage multi-path IO, network load balancing/fail over via Windows NIC Teaming, hyper-v app monitoring, vm guest cluster, vm guest teaming of SR-IOV NICs, hyper-v replica, CSV 2.0 integration). They also mentioned   the Hyper-V server stand-alone version. Last topic was networking (open extensible virtual switch, advanced networking, network QoS, Network Metering, CVMQ, SR-IOV network support). 

Next there was a session by Whiptail about their product. The session started with the history of Whiptail and the facts users are getting annoyed of a slow performance. Then the solutions are discussed PCI Express Card (Atlantis), Hybrid Array (HDD/SSD), High Capacity Arry, High Performance Array (Whiptail). Next the available products were discussed, I defnitly have a lack of knowlege of storage to describe this part. 
Iain Brighton continued with User Environment Manager Heavyweight Bout Round #2. Iain mentioned the UEM Smackdown of PQR, but it does not provide the anwer which products suites the organization. Ian mentioned that at serveral products already teh featureset has changed or products have been released (UE-V). Ian is mentioning some charasteristics of the companies in the market (AppSense and RES) and his view of the current strategy of the companies  (comparing apples with oranges). Next Ian explains in which way AppSense and RES are applying User Virtualization, followed by scalability and architecture. Good overview on the technical layer of the products. Iain continued with application security and again explain the differences between the way the products acts on this aspect. Trigger, conditions and actions for apps, whas the next topic. According to Ian User Insight RES is easier mainly because they are using one console. Last topic was perfomance management where Ian is explaining the differences of lowering process priority agains throttling. 

Also Alex presented this time discussing Windows Server 2012 and more specific the RDP8 protocol. He shows during a real time demo some new features like RemoteFX of WAN and USB Redirection. It was a brief overview of the enhancements, which was logically. 

The day ended with a discussion round table focussing on resource assingment. Some good techincal information was shared about current assigned vCPUs and more.