VMworld 2013: Why this one is important

Rick Vanover thinks that this VMworld is going to usher in some new ideas and technology that will significantly change the world of the data center for server admins.

This year's VMworld marks a serious transition in my eyes. The best part: it's not about the cloud debate. While that's not settled, the next topic is upon us. Convergence and software-defined infrastructure services will clearly be a focus going forward.

Since I started virtualizing production data center workloads with ESX in 2007 and GSX before that, I effectively self-taught myself. I'm sure many of you can relate. I found that ESX, ESXi, vCenter, etc., were very comfortable for me as a "server admin" at the time. Sure, I learned a lot about storage along the way. I learned even more about storage bottlenecks. But that's beyond the point.

Today, virtualization isn't like it used to be. In the context of VMworld; we'll be immersed next week with the workings and benefits of the VMware Software Defined Datacenter. This is effectively a tighter connection of the pieces that are parts of the modern data center.

There are many reasons why this is important. It can fundamentally shift everything from staff training requirements to the purchase patterns for networking and storage. There are a lot of technologies in play, but I'm not sure what the future will hold. As progressive as I may seem to be at time, I'm a little bit conservative in my IT practice. Take cloud discussions of recent years — my approach is that the cloud still has infrastructure and it still needs management and protection (credit

So, with VMworld upon us now, we all need to take good notes of the key changes, product features, and requirements for our virtualization practice going forward. Even at the end of this series (it's repeated in Barcelona in October), I'm convinced the picture won't be entirely clear to the end user. So what questions do you have? Let's discuss.

About Rick Vanover

Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

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