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Big Data Technical Breakout Sessions and Related Events at VMworld 2017

There are manyinteresting technical breakout sessions and other discussions on virtualizing big data being given at the VMworld events this year. To give you a time-ordered roadmap to all of these sessions, here is the list we have built along with their times and dates of delivery. Check in at the event itself for the rooms in which these will be held We will look forward to seeing you there!

VMworld USA- Mandalay Bay-Las Vegas

Sunday, 27th August 2017

[VIRT1971QU] Virtualizing Big Data: Quick Talk: 2:00-2:30pm

This short session gives an overview of the other technical sessions that will be held in the main conference on the following days.

Monday, 28th August 2017

[SER3052BU] How VMware vSphere and NVIDIA GPUs Accelerate Your Organization: 1:00-2:00pm

Big data analytics and machine learning are shown here as two workloads that can exploit the power of GPUs in the datacenter as they emerge into popular use.

[MMC3164BU] How Data Science is Transforming Operations: Introduction to Wavefront byVMware: 2:00-3:00pm

Companies are re-thinking how they monitor and manage their systems, The data science techniques that WaveFront customers like Box, Lyft, Workday and Groupon use will be explored in this talk.

[VIRT1400BU] Real-World Customer Architecture for Big Data on VMware: 2:30-3:30pm

A VMware customer speaks about the technical details of the company’s deployment of Hadoop on vSphere

[FUT2634PU] Big Data for the 99% (of Enterprises): 3:30–4:30pm

A team from VMware’s Office of the CTO shows their work in providing a “spreadsheet for big data” that gives convenience at scale, contrasting with the infrastructures that many companies look to first

[STO3192BU] Deploying Big Data on HCI Powered by VSAN : 4:00-5:00pm

Deployment scenarios, best practices and results from various tests using VSAN as the basis for big data deployments are described in this very interesting talk.

[VIRT1351BU] New Architectures for Virtualizing Spark and Big Data Workloads : 5:30-6:30pm

This talk looks into the viability of using different file systems to the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and explores a set ofalternative storage mechanisms for that data. These are becoming more common as big data matures on virtualization technology.

Tuesday, 29th August 2017

Lenovo Theater Presentation: 12:00 -12:15pm – at the Lenovo booth on Exhibitor Floor

[FUT2020BU] Wringing Maximum Performance from vSphere for Extremely Demanding Workloads and Customers: 12:30-1:30pm

In this Office of the CTO (VMware) session,the speakerswill share details of worktheyhave done in three extremely performance-critical situations.They will talk about tuning and configuring VMWare ESXi to run a very latency-sensitive financial application, for example.

[VIRT1997BU] Machine Learning and Deep Learning on VMware vSphere: GPUs are Invading the Software-Defined Data Center: 5:30 -6:30pm

As Graphical Processing Units spread further inside the data center, this talk examines their use for virtualizing workloads other than VDI, such as for big data and analytics - and shows how best to make your decisions about using the technologies together.

[VIRT2274GU] Group Discussion on Virtualizing Big Data and Machine Learning : 5:30-6:30pm

This session is a chance for you to bring up your hot topics, opinions and questions about big data and machine learning in a virtualization context.

Wednesday, 30th August 2017

[LDT2800PU] Harnessing the Power of Data in a Virtual World: 9:30 – 10:30am

A groupof VMware’s own experts in processing data to get business value from it will speak about their experiences and lessons learned in doing so here.

[MTE4789VIRT] Meet the Experts Session : 11:15am-12:00pm – Table 7

This is an opportunity to meet with VMware’s big data people in a small group context. Booking your time-slot ahead of the meeting is advised here.

Thursday, 31st August 2017

[VIRT1445BU] Extreme Performance Series: Fast Virtualized Hadoop and Spark on All-Flash Disks : 10:30-11:30am

Using vSphere 6.5 and the latest Intel hardware, VMware’s performance engineering lead on big data shows further evidence of the high performance and flexibility you can achieve by virtualizing your big data deployments. This is always a very popular talk at VMworld, so come early!

VMworld Europe - Gran Fira - Barcelona

Monday, 11thSeptember 2017

[VIRT1971QE] Virtualizing Big Data: Quick Talk: 1:00-1:30pm

Gives an overview of other technical sessions that will be held in the main conference breakout sessions.

Tuesday,12thSeptember2017

[VIRT1351BE] New Architectures for Virtualizing Spark and Big Data Workloads Virtualizing Big Data: Quick Talk: 2:00-3:00pm

This talk looks into the viability of using different file systems to the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and explores a set ofalternative storage mechanisms for that data. These are becoming more common as big data matures on virtualization technology.

[MMC3164BE] How Data Science is Transforming Operations: Introduction to Wavefront byVMware: 2:00-3:00pm

Companies are re-thinking how they monitor and manage their systems, The data science techniques that WaveFront customers like Box, Lyft, Workday and Groupon use will be explored in this talk.

Wednesday,13thSeptember2017

[VIRT1445BE] Extreme Performance Series: Fast Virtualized Hadoop and Spark on All-Flash Disks: 5:00-6:00pm

Using vSphere 6.5 and the latest Intel hardware, VMware’s performance engineering lead on big data shows further evidence of the high performance and flexibility you can achieve by virtualizing your big data deployments. This is always a very popular talk at VMworld, so do sign upearly for it!

Thursday,14thSeptember2017

[FUT2020BE] Wringing Maximum Performance from vSphere for Extremely Demanding Workloads and Customers: 10:30-11:30am

In this Office of the CTO (VMware) session, the speakerswill share details of work theyhave done in three extremely performance-critical situations. They will talk about tuning and configuring VMWare ESXi to run a very latency-sensitive financial application, for example.

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What to expect from HCIBench 1.6.2

You may have noticed that we just had vSphere 6.5 update 1 released. In this release, VMware has introduced a new feature called vSAN Performance Diagnostics. This feature allows you to customize a certain time range in the past, select a goal from &#rsquo;Max IOPS&#rdquo;, &#rsquo;Max Throughput&#rdquo; and &#rsquo;Min Latency&#rdquo;, and click Show results button,

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Learn about vSphere 6.5 at VMworld

Ever since VMware released vSphere 6.5 late last year, the response from customers has been overwhelming positive. Customers have been especially excited by features such as enterprise-grade vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA), built-in encryption features, and a modern API set. Now that people have learned about these new capabilities, we decided for this year’s VMworld to present breakout sessions that focus more on the operation aspects of vSphere 6.5, such as architecture, deployment, and planning your upgrade. Of course, we still have a wide range of sessions covering such staple topics such as performance, troubleshooting, operations management, the new HTML5-based vSphere Client, PowerCLI, and more.

To help you plan your VMworld, we’ve put together a page that organizes all vSphere related sessions into topic areas and orders them by technical level. By consulting the VMworld 2017 vSphere course catalog, you’ll be able to find the sessions that are of interest to you and add them to your schedule. The list also includes Group Discussions, which are a great way to learn how your peers are using vSphere and provide feedback directly to product developers. We’ve also include both VMworld US and VMworld Europe sessions in the same list.

For quick reference, you can find this catalog at blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/vmworld.

We look forward to seeing you, whether in Las Vegas or Barcelona!

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Manage Capacity and Utilization with vRealize Operations 6.6 Dashboards

I hope you enjoyed my last post around running production operations with out of the box dashboards with vRealize Operations Manager 6.6. While that post was focused on providing you a visibility into your environments, with this post we will drill down into the specific topic of Capacity Management in a Cloud Environment.

While I have worked with most of the roles within an IT organization, I believe the most trivial role is of person managing Capacity of a virtual environment. This role requires one to be on their feet at all the times to ensure they are able to get answers to complex problems that revolve around capacity managment. I tend to divide these complex problems into 5 simple categories:

 

1- How much Capacity do I have?

2- How is it being utilized?

3- How much Capacity is left?

4- When will I run out of Capacity?, and

5- When do I need to trigger the next purchase?

 

While the above questions sound simple, when you apply them to a Software Defined Datacenter, they become extremely complex. The complexity is primarily due to the fact that you are sharing physical resources using the hypervisor between multiple operating systems and applications riding on top of virtual machines. While the focus seems to be capacity, another major dimension which one needs to tak care of is Performance. The above mentioned role is also responsible for ensuring that all the virtual machines which are running in this environment are being Served Well. It is essential that the Capacity owner strikes a balance between Performance and Capacity which makes this problem harder to solve.

WithvRealize Operations 6.6we try to answer these questions with the use of out-of-the box dashboards. It was important that all this valuable IP was easily accessible through a centralized console which acts as an anchor for user of vRealize Operations Manager. In order to achieve this, we introuduced a“Getting Started”dashboard which would step you through some useful categories and use cases.

 

Today we will have a look at the second category which is calledCapacity and Utilization. Here is how this categoryshows up on the Getting Started Page:

As mentioned before, Capacity and Utilization category caters to the teams responsible for tracking the utilization of the provisioned capacity in there virtual infrastructure. The dashboards within this category allow you to take capacity procurement decisions, reduce wastage through reclamation, and track usage trends to avoid performance problems due to capacity shortfalls.

Key questions these dashboards help you answer are :

  • How much capacity I have, how much is used and what are the usage trends for a specific vCenter, datacenter or cluster?
  • How much Disk, vCPU or Memory I can reclaim from large VMs in my environment to reduce wastage & improve performance?
  • Which clusters have the highest resource demands?
  • Which hosts are being heavily utilized and why?
  • Which datastores are running out of disk space and who are the top consumers?
  • How is the storage capacity & utilization of my vSAN environment along with savings achieved by enabling deduplication and compression?

 

Let us look at each of these dashboard and I will provide a summary of what these dashboards can do for you along with a quick view of the dashboard:

 

Capacity Overview

The Capacity Overview Dashboard provides you a summary of the total physical capacity available across all your environments being monitored by vRealize Operations Manager. The dashboard provides a summary of CPU, Memory and Storage Capacity provisioned along with the resource reclamation opportunities available in those environments.

Since capacity decisions are mostly tied to logical resource groups, this dashboard allow you to assess Capacity and Utilization at each resource group level such as vCenter, Datacenter, Custom Datacenter or vSphere Cluster. You can quickly select an object and view it’s total capacity and used capacity to understand the current capacity situation. Capacity planning requires you to have visibility into the historical trends and future forecasts, hence the trend views within the dashboard provide you this information to predict how soon you will run out of capacity.

If you plan to report the current capacity situation to others within your organization, you can simply expand the Cluster Capacity Details view on this dashboard and export this as a report for sharing purposes.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Capacity Reclaimable

The Capacity Reclaimable Dashboard provides you a quick view of resource reclamation opportunities within your virtual infrastructure. This dashboard is focused on improving the efficiency of your environment by reducing the wastage of resources. While this wastage is usually caused by idle or powered off virtual machines another biggest contributor to this wastage is oversized virtual machines.

This dashboard allows you to select an environment and quickly view the amount of capacity which can be reclaimed from the environment in form of reclaimable CPU, Memory and Disk Space.

You can start with the view which lists down all the virtual machines running on old snapshots or are powered off. These VMs provide you the opportunity of reclaiming storage by deleting the old snapshots on them or by deleting the unwanted virtual machines. You can take these action right from this view by using the actions framework available within vRealize Operations Manager.

The dashboard provides you recommended best practices around reclaiming CPU and Memory from large virtual machines in your environment. Since large and oversized virtual machines can increase contention between VMs, you can use the phased approach of using aggressive or conservative reclamation techniques to right size your virtual machines.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

vSAN Capacity Overview

The vSAN Capacity Overview dashboard provides an overview of vSAN storage capacity along with savings achieved by enabling dedupe and compression across all your vSAN clusters.

The dashboard allows you to answer key questions around capacity management such as total provisioned capacity, current and historical utilization trends and future procurement requirements. You can view things like capacity remaining, time remaining and storage reclamation opportunities to take effective capacity management decisions.

The dashboard also focuses on how vSAN is using the disk capacity by showing you a distribution of utilization amongst vSAN disks. You can view these details either as an aggregate or at individual cluster level.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Datastore Utilization

The Datastore Utilization dashboard is a quick and easy way to identify storage provisioning and utilization patterns in a virtual infrastructure. It is a best practice to have standard datastore sizes to ensure you can easily manage storage in your virtual environments. The heatmap on this dashboard plots each and every datastore monitored by vRealize Operations Manager and groups them by clusters.

The utilization pattern of these datastores is depicted by colors, where grey represent an underutilized datastore, red represents a datastore running out of disk space and green represents an optimally used datastore.

By selecting a datastore, you can see the past utilization trend and forecasted usage. The view within the dashboard will list all the virtual machines running on the selected datastore and provide you with the opportunity to reclaim storage used by large virtual machines snapshots or powered off VMs.

You can use the vRealize Operations Manager action framework to quickly reclaim resources by deleting the snapshots or unwanted powered off VMs.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Cluster Utilization

The Cluster Utilization dashboard allows you to identify the vSphere clusters that are being heavily consumed from a CPU, memory, disk, and network perspective. High or unexpected resource usage on clusters may result in performance bottlenecks. Using this dashboard you can quickly identify the clusters which are struggling to keep up with the virtual machine demand.

On selecting a cluster with high CPU, Memory, Disk or Network demand, the dashboard provides you with the list of ESXi hosts that are participating in the given cluster. If you notice imbalance between how the hosts within the selected clusters are being used, you might have an opportunity to balance the hosts by moving virtual machines within the cluster.

In situations where the cluster demand has been historically chronic virtual machines should be moved out of these clusters to avoid potential performance issues using Workload Balance. If such patterns are observed on all the clusters in a given environment, it indicates that new capacity might be required to cater to the increase in demand.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Heavy Hitter VMs

The Heavy Hitter VMs dashboard helps you identify virtual machines which are consistently consuming high amount of resources from your virtual infrastructure. In heavily overprovisioned environments, this might create resource bottlenecks resulting in potential performance issues.

With the use of this dashboard you can easily identify the resource utilization trends of each of your vSphere clusters. Along with the utilization trends, you are also provided with a list of Virtual Machines within those clusters based on their resource demands from CPU, Memory, Disk and Network within your environment. The views also analyze the workload pattern of these VMs over the past week to identify heavy hitter VMs which might be running a sustained heavy workload (measured over a day), or bursty workloads (measure using peak demand).

You can export the list of offenders using these views and take appropriate actions to distribute this demand and reduce potential bottlenecks.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

Host Utilization

The Host Utilization dashboard allows you to identify the hosts that are being heavily consumed from a CPU, memory, disk, and network perspective. High or unexpected resource usage on hosts may result in performance bottlenecks. Using this dashboard you can quickly identify the hosts which are struggling to keep up with the virtual machine demand. The dashboard also provides you with the list of top 10 virtual machines to easily identify the source of this unexpected demand and take appropriate actions.

Since the demand of resources fluctuates over a period of time, the dashboard allows you to look at demand patterns over the last 24 hours to identify hosts which might have a chronic history of high demand. If such cases virtual machines should be moved out of these hosts to avoid potential performance issues. If such patterns are observed on all the hosts of a given cluster, it indicates that new capacity might be required to cater to the increase in demand.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

 

VM Utilization

The VM Utilization Dashboard helps the VI Administrator to capture the utilization trends of any virtual machine in their environment. The primary use case is to list down the key properties of a virtual machine and the resource utilization trends for a specific time period and share the same with the VM/Application owners.

The VM/Application owners often want to look at the resource utilization trends at specific time periods where they are expecting high load on applications. Activities like, batch jobs, backup schedules, load testing etc. could be a few examples. The application owners want to ensure that VMs are not consuming 100% of the provisioned resources during these periods as that could lead to resource contention within applications causing performance issues.

To see this dashboard in actionclick here

Hope this post will give you insights on how each of these dashboards can help you manage capacity and performance and ensure that you have answer to those difficult questions at the back of you hand. Stay tuned for more information on other categories.

 

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Big Data Video – Benefits of Virtualizing Big Data on vSphere

We often get questions from people who are new to big data about the reasons for virtualizing these newer infrastructures and applications. People are also interested in knowing the benefits you can gain from doing so. This video provides a set of answers to those questions. Summarizing the main points discussed in the video, the benefits you get when you decide to virtualize your big data infrastructure are:

(a) higher flexibility of management

(b) rapid provisioning of clusters through cloning

(c) freedom from dedicating groups of hardware to individual clusters

(d) performance that can equal that of native deployment and

(e) isolation of your workloads by grouping your virtual machines with resource pool boundaries.

Of course, virtualizing your big data workload also makes it ready for the cloud, as virtualization is the key technology underlying private or public clouds. The video concentrates on Spark as one example of a big data environment, but these principles apply to all distributed platforms, Hadoop and others, that support big data and analytics.

The video shows an outline architecture for a Spark-based system, which is growing very rapidly in the Hadoop market - and gives a short recipe for virtualizing that architecture. You can learn much more about this subject by going to the VMware Big Data site

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DRS Lens – A new UI dashboard for DRS

DRS Lens provides an alternative UI for a DRS enabled cluster. It gives a simple, yet powerful interface to monitor the cluster real time and provide useful analyses to the users. TheUI is comprised ofdifferent dashboards in the form of tabs for each cluster being monitored.

Cluster Balance

Dashboardshowing the variations in the cluster balance metric plotted over time with DRS runs. This shows how DRS reacts to and tries to clear cluster imbalance every time it runs.

VM Happiness

This dashboard shows VM happiness for the first time in a UI. This chart shows the summary of total VMs in the cluster that are happy and those that are unhappy based on the user defined thresholds. Users can then select individual VMs to view performance metrics related to its happiness, like CPU ready time and memory swapIn rate.

vMotions

This dashboard provides a summary of vMotions that happened in the cluster over time. For each DRS run period, there will be a breakdown of vMotions as DRS-initiated and user-initiated. This helps users see how actively DRS has been working to resolve cluster imbalance. It also helps to see if there are vMotions outside of DRS control, which may be affecting cluster balance.

Operations

This dashboard tracks different operations (tasks, in vCenter Server) that happened in the cluster, over time. Users can correlate information about tasks from this dashboard against DRS load balancing and its effects from the other dashboards.

 

Users can download DRS Lens from VMware flings website.

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July 19th: Getting More Out of vRealize to Monitor Multiple Clouds

Be the multiple clouds hero and manage your entire IT infrastructure proactively. We are continuing our “Getting More Out of VMware vRealize” series with this special webinar on July 19th!

How often does your team run into storage issues, slow applications, network latency or growing multi-clouds? To ensure that your infrastructure platform is available when developers need it, join this special webinar on July 19 and learn how to manage operations across physical, virtual, and multiple cloudsenvironments so you can respond quickly to performance and management issues.

Why Should You Attend?

  • You want to do your job well, which is serving your end-users. Your goal is to ensure the IaaS platform delivers the SLA levels of performance and availability that you promise
  • You need to troubleshoot fast, and see problems before they become serious
  • If you cannot troubleshoot the root cause, at least you need to prove that it is not caused by your IaaS platform
  • Your IaaS platform is healthy, your storage, network, server, hypervisors are all doing well. However, storage is not working and it is impacting your CEO desktop. You want to see all. How each IT resource performs, and how is related to one another.

Join this specialwebinar “Get More Out of VMware: Improve Your Skills From Monitoring Virtual Machines to Multi-Clouds. Be the Hero!”

Date: July 19th 2017

Duration: 90 minutes

Time: 9:30 am PST

Audience: IT Admins, Operations and Capacity teams

What Will You Learn?

  • Proactive performance monitoring, alert management and predictive analytics
  • Cross-cloud visibility spanning heterogeneous on-premises and public cloud resource consumption
  • Accurate, timely cloud cost and capacity management, modeling, and forecasting
  • Automated workload balancing to proactively optimize application and infrastructure performance
  • Native operations management for hyper-converge infrastructure solutions powered by VMware VSAN
  • Moreover, learn best practices to upgrade your existing vSphere licenses as well as getting ready to manage multi-clouds

Be the hero for multi-clouds and present these new capabilities to your team. Our subject matter experts will be on hand to answer your questions during the webinar. Look forward to speaking with you soon!

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The Extreme Performance Series at VMworld 2017

I&#rsquo;m excited to announce that the &#rsquo;Extreme Performance Series&#rdquo; is back for its 5th year, and with 7 additional sessions, it’s our largest year ever! These sessions are created and presented by VMware&#rsquo;s best and most distinguished performance engineers, principals, architects and gurus. You do not want to miss these advanced sessions.

Sessions and Group Discussion

Spread across four different VMworld tracks, you’ll find these sessions chalk full of performance details that you won’t get anywhere else. They’ll also be recorded so if the sessions you want to see aren’tbeing hosted in your region, you’ll still get access to it.

See the VMworldcatalog for a more detailed abstract and list of speakers!

Session ID LAS BCN Title
SER1504BU vCenter Performance Deep Dive
SER1756PU X Customers Share vCenter War Stories
SER2734BU X Extreme Performance Series: Byte Addressable Non-Volatile Memory in vSphere
SER2849BU Extreme Performance Series: Predictive DRS - Performance and Best Practices
SER1494BU X Encrypted vMotion in vSphere 6.5: Architecture, Performance, and Futures
SER2724BU Extreme Performance Series: Performance Best Practices
SER2723BU X Extreme Performance Series: Benchmarking 101
SER2343BE Extreme Performance Series: vSphere Compute & Memory Schedulers
STO1515BU X Extreme Performance Series: vSAN Performance Troubleshooting
STO3189GU X Group Discussion: vSAN Performance Tips
VIRT1445BU Extreme Performance Series: Fast Virtualized Hadoop and Spark on All-Flash Disks
VIRT1397BU Extreme Performance Series: Optimize & Increase Performance of Mission/Business Critical Architectures Using VMware NSX and vRNI
VIRT2550BU X Reducing Latency in Enterprise Applications Caused by Hairpinning with VMware NSX
VIRT1052BU Extreme Performance Series: Monster VM Database Performance
VIRT1983BU X Making the Complicated Simple: Cycle Stealing from the VDI Estate for Financial Modeling and Simulation
VIRT1997BU X Machine Learning and Deep Learning on VMware vSphere: GPUs are invading the SDDC
VIRT2368GU X Group Discussion: Maximum Performance with Mark Achtemichuk
FUT2020BU Wringing Maximum Performance from vSphere for Extremely Demanding Workloads and Customers
FUT2761BU X Sharing High Performance Interconnects across Multiple VMs: Machine Learning and Scientific Computing Use-cases


TAM Customer Day

For our customers that are part of the TAM program, Performance will be represented with a unique performance breakout and specialist roundtables the Sunday before VMworld.

Bootcamps

New this year for VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, we will be offering a pre-VMworld bootcamp focused on vSphere platform performance.

vSphere Advanced Performance Design, Configuration and Troubleshooting

The VMware vSphere Advanced Performance Bootcamp provides the most advanced technical performance oriented training available about vSphere performance design, tuning and troubleshooting. VMware Certified Design Expert Mark Achtemichuk and a team of VMware Performance Engineers will cover a broad range of topics that cover all resource dimensions including the ESXi scheduler, memory management, storage and network optimization. Attendees will learn how to identify the location of performance issues, diagnose their root cause and remediate a wide variety of performance conundrums using the many techniques practiced by the most seasoned vSphere veterans and other VMware experts.

Ask The Experts

This program allows you to book some one-on-one time with various highly skilled VMware professionals. Performance experts will be available to sit down and talk with, as well as challenge them with your most difficult questions. This is a great forum to get specific questions answered or to explore your particular environment.

Hands On Labs

Lastly, don&#rsquo;t miss the new Performance focused Hands-On-Labs.

  • HOL-1804-01-SDC vSphere 6.5 Performance Diagnostics and Benchmarking

This Performance lab is always extremely popular and has been rebuilt to include topics such as using benchmark tools like DVD Store and Weathervane, rightsizing your virtual machines, how power policy affect performance and basic troubleshooting of CPU, MEM, storage and Network dimensions. With over 5 hours of content, you&#rsquo;ll need to take this lab several times.

  • HOL-1804-02-CHG vSphere Challenge Lab

This challenge format lab, in which you take the lead and diagnose and fix various vSphere issues, includes new scenarios around vNUMA, Latency Sensitivity, Poor Performance and Resource Pools. This is great way to experience some off the most common performance issues and how to resolve them in a fun and prescriptive way.

2017 will be a banner year for the Extreme Performance Series and we look forward to you joining us! Look out for a few surprises such as, draws for Frank & Niels new Host Resource Deep Dive Book (https://twitter.com/hostdeepdive), performance stickers and I&#rsquo;m told Melvin the Monster VM will even make some appearances

See you at VMworld 2017.

@vmMarkA #xPerfSeriesPerfBootcamp

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The Extreme Performance Series at VMworld 2017

I&#rsquo;m excited to announce that the &#rsquo;Extreme Performance Series&#rdquo; is back for its 5th year, and with 7 additional sessions, it’s our largest year ever! These sessions are created and presented by VMware&#rsquo;s best and most distinguished performance engineers, principals, architects and gurus. You do not want to miss these advanced sessions.

Sessions and Group Discussion

Spread across four different VMworld tracks, you’ll find these sessions chalk full of performance details that you won’t get anywhere else. They’ll also be recorded so if the sessions you want to see aren’tbeing hosted in your region, you’ll still get access to it.

See the VMworldcatalog for a more detailed abstract and list of speakers!

Session ID LAS BCN Title
SER1504BU vCenter Performance Deep Dive
SER1756PU X Customers Share vCenter War Stories
SER2734BU X Extreme Performance Series: Byte Addressable Non-Volatile Memory in vSphere
SER2849BU Extreme Performance Series: Predictive DRS - Performance and Best Practices
SER1494BU X Encrypted vMotion in vSphere 6.5: Architecture, Performance, and Futures
SER2724BU Extreme Performance Series: Performance Best Practices
SER2723BU X Extreme Performance Series: Benchmarking 101
SER2343BE Extreme Performance Series: vSphere Compute & Memory Schedulers
STO1515BU X Extreme Performance Series: vSAN Performance Troubleshooting
STO3189GU X Group Discussion: vSAN Performance Tips
VIRT1445BU Extreme Performance Series: Fast Virtualized Hadoop and Spark on All-Flash Disks
VIRT1397BU Extreme Performance Series: Optimize & Increase Performance of Mission/Business Critical Architectures Using VMware NSX and vRNI
VIRT2550BU X Reducing Latency in Enterprise Applications Caused by Hairpinning with VMware NSX
VIRT1052BU Extreme Performance Series: Monster VM Database Performance
VIRT1983BU X Making the Complicated Simple: Cycle Stealing from the VDI Estate for Financial Modeling and Simulation
VIRT1997BU X Machine Learning and Deep Learning on VMware vSphere: GPUs are invading the SDDC
VIRT2368GU X Group Discussion: Maximum Performance with Mark Achtemichuk
FUT2020BU Wringing Maximum Performance from vSphere for Extremely Demanding Workloads and Customers
FUT2761BU X Sharing High Performance Interconnects across Multiple VMs: Machine Learning and Scientific Computing Use-cases


TAM Customer Day

For our customers that are part of the TAM program, Performance will be represented with a unique performance breakout and specialist roundtables the Sunday before VMworld.

Bootcamps

New this year for VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, we will be offering a pre-VMworld bootcamp focused on vSphere platform performance.

vSphere Advanced Performance Design, Configuration and Troubleshooting

The VMware vSphere Advanced Performance Bootcamp provides the most advanced technical performance oriented training available about vSphere performance design, tuning and troubleshooting. VMware Certified Design Expert Mark Achtemichuk and a team of VMware Performance Engineers will cover a broad range of topics that cover all resource dimensions including the ESXi scheduler, memory management, storage and network optimization. Attendees will learn how to identify the location of performance issues, diagnose their root cause and remediate a wide variety of performance conundrums using the many techniques practiced by the most seasoned vSphere veterans and other VMware experts.

Ask The Experts

This program allows you to book some one-on-one time with various highly skilled VMware professionals. Performance experts will be available to sit down and talk with, as well as challenge them with your most difficult questions. This is a great forum to get specific questions answered or to explore your particular environment.

Hands On Labs

Lastly, don&#rsquo;t miss the new Performance focused Hands-On-Labs.

  • HOL-1804-01-SDC vSphere 6.5 Performance Diagnostics and Benchmarking

This Performance lab is always extremely popular and has been rebuilt to include topics such as using benchmark tools like DVD Store and Weathervane, rightsizing your virtual machines, how power policy affect performance and basic troubleshooting of CPU, MEM, storage and Network dimensions. With over 5 hours of content, you&#rsquo;ll need to take this lab several times.

  • HOL-1804-02-CHG vSphere Challenge Lab

This challenge format lab, in which you take the lead and diagnose and fix various vSphere issues, includes new scenarios around vNUMA, Latency Sensitivity, Poor Performance and Resource Pools. This is great way to experience some off the most common performance issues and how to resolve them in a fun and prescriptive way.

2017 will be a banner year for the Extreme Performance Series and we look forward to you joining us! Look out for a few surprises such as, draws for Frank & Niels new Host Resource Deep Dive Book (https://twitter.com/hostdeepdive), performance stickers and I&#rsquo;m told Melvin the Monster VM will even make some appearances

See you at VMworld 2017.

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Introducing VMmark3: A highly flexible and easily deployed benchmark for vSphere environments

VMmark 3.0, VMware&#rsquo;s multi-host virtualization benchmark is generally available here. VMmark3 is a free cluster-level benchmark that measures the performance, scalability, and power of virtualization platforms.

VMmark3 leverages much of previous VMmark generations&#rsquo; technologies and design. It continues to utilize a unique tile-based heterogeneous workload application design. It also deploys the platform-level workloads found in VMmark2 such as vMotion, Storage vMotion, and Clone & Deploy. In addition to incorporating new and updated application workloads and infrastructure operations, VMmark3 also introduces a new fully automated provisioning service that greatly reduces deployment complexity and time.

Figure 1: VMmark3

The VMmark3 Benchmark:

  • Allows accurate and reliable benchmarking of virtual data center performance and power consumption of host and storage components.
  • Allows heterogeneous workload comparisons between different virtualization platforms.
  • Allows the analysis of changes in hardware, software, and configuration within virtualization environments.

VMmark3 Application Workloads:

  • DVDstore3: The third generation DVDstore benchmark is a complete online e-commerce test application with a back-end database component, a web application tier, and driver programs. The application simulates users logging into a web server and browsing a catalog of products using basic queries. VMmark3 utilizes DVDstore3 with 4 virtual machines, 3 Apache web-tier VMs and 1 MySQL database VM. One of the web servers delivers a constant load to the database, while the other two deliver a cyclical load to generate a bursty profile.
  • Weathervane: This is a highly scalable web application that contains a variety of support services working with a core application that simulates an online auction. Each VMmark3 tile contains two independent instances of the Weathervane Auction application, one static and one elastic, for a sum of 14 VMs (8 static and 6 elastic). The elastic workload mimics self-scaling applications by periodically adding and removing an application server and web server throughout the benchmark run.
  • Standby: The standby server mimics a heartbeat server.

VMmark3 Infrastructure Operations:

  • vMotion: This infrastructure operation live migrates one of the Weathervane Auction RabbitMQ VMs in a round-robin fashion to simulate modern sysadmin operations.
  • Storage vMotion: For this operation, one of the Standby VMs is migrated to a user-specified maintenance partition and then, after a period of rest, returns to the original location.
  • XvMotion: This operation simultaneously moves one of the DS3WebA VMs to an alternate host and maintenance partition. Similar to Storage vMotion, after a period of rest, the VM will return to its original location.
  • Automated Load Balancing (DRS): VMmark requires that DRS be enabled and running to ensure typical rebalancing operations occur within the environment under test.

VMmark3 Provisioning Service:

  • VMmark3 features a highly-automated setup and tile-creation process that makes benchmark deployment fast and easy, with little to no manual intervention. The entire process is seeded from a single OVA and can be utilized in an unattended mode for tile0 to N.VMmark3 uses CentOS-based free or open-source software throughout, eliminating the need for purchasing additional software licenses.

 

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