What impressed me the most? I don't know were to start. When you look at the future the Datacenters will become automated. vClouds will be used by everyone, big and small businesses. All the manual work done nowadays will be automated. Installing hosts, configuring swithes, deploying VM's, creating secure networks for organizations using the same datacenter, all actions are automized. Repairing is old-school, automatically replacing is faster and therefor more efficient. And the datacenter lights will be turned on just once a week to replace some physical parts.
Around 2014 we'll have phsical hosts capable of having 2 physical CPU's with each 16 cores, 300GB of RAM and running around 320 VM's. Company's running 200 virtual servers only need two physical hosts.
When you look at new products VMware anounced the intelligent vCenter Operations 5.0 tool for monitoring datacenters, this promises to be a great tool. Operations relies on third party tools to deliver the monitoring results. I had some talks with the vCenter Operations developpers and guess what: 360° Viewpoint is fully compatible!
Other newly announced products Applblast, Horizon and Octopus will make a world of change: deploying the same software and sharing files anywhere, anytime, anyplace. And independent of the device and platform you are using. Run Microsoft's Office from an iPad, MAC, Linux and Android device and share your files within seconds with your collegues on the other side of the world.
Another great product: VMware Go. It makes an assessment of your physical hosts in your network, determines which host is most appropiate to install the VMware hypervisor on, then it replaces the current OS with the VMware hypervisor and installs back the original Operating System and Apps as a VM on this hypervisor. Incredible. Really cool for small and mid-size business. Even the Borg will be impressed with this assimilation technology.
The break-sessions gave me a lot of insight into (Virtual) Memory Management, DRS, HA, vStorage, Storage vMotion, automating ESXi deployment, vSphere best practices, and the list goes on. Also the caveats of stretched clusters and DR and Disaster Prevention were very interesting.
And I came in 4th with the NetApp Cycling race, 1/100 of a second behind #3 and 8/100 of #2. The winner got a week of training on Mallorca with the pro's, I missed it by 0.9 seconds. I shifted wrong.. damn.
Conclusion: exiting times are waiting us! The cloud is yours.