Big Updates with Turbonomic 6.4 – vSAN/HCI and Horizon VDI

The Turbonomic team has been working hard on some excellent features in the most recent Turbonomic 6.4 release. As a long-time VMware vExpert and advocate for the virtualization community, I’m especially excited about two very slick additions for VMware vSAN and VMware Horizon VDI which I’ve been testing out and loving the results!

We have a lot to share at the VMworld event which I’ll be attending and if you aren’t able to join me there in San Francisco, I have a great team presenting in Barcelona, plus you can always check out the Turbonomic Resources page for videos, blogs, and other updates.

VMware vSAN and VMware HCI

There is little doubt that Hyperconverged infrastructure is becoming much more widely used. vSAN introduces some great new deployment patterns and also changes the way that you need to plan how to build and operate in order to get the best out of HCI and the vSAN distributed storage platform.  I’m writing this as I wait to board a flight to VMworld 2019 so there will be lots to talk about there as we share the new Turbonomic 6.4 release and also hear about the news and updates from VMware.

Real-time optimization for applications is now enhanced by fully feature-aware analytics from VMware vSAN including compression, deduplication, and the redundancy/resiliency settings.  This means that when decision are made by Turbonomic about where to place and how to scale VMs, containers, and applications, there is additional understanding of the actual capabilities and capacity of vSAN that are helping to drive the decision.

This also means that planning for growth includes the performance and capacity that is feature-aware.  When you run plans to model how a host replacement, or scenarios of how you may scale or migrate workloads, you are getting the actual infrastructure and application scale decisions based on the available performance/capacity plus full understanding of the raw storage and host configurations needed to deliver it.

Here is a quick highlight of the vSAN/HCI features in Turbonomic 6.4 (yes…that’s my crazy voice in there)

VMware Horizon VDI

Is it the year of VDI finally?! Based on how I’ve been seeing things in some super exciting customer deployments, yes it certainly is. One of the really cool examples is a company with their entire workforce on VDI…and it’s not a small company. The old school issue of managing “boot storms” is at a whole different level when you have worldwide employees across every time zone and all running on centralized Horizon infrastructure distributed across a few data centers for resiliency and latency reduction.

The use-case that Turbonomic is solving is that when users login and run, the actual consumption of resources is continuously analyzed for real-time, maximums, average, and historical patterns in order to decide how they should scale their VDI instance and where it should be placed based on the underlying infrastructure hosting the Horizon desktop pools.

Turbonomic will tell you where to place the user, how to size their desktop, and can even automate the changes in a service window and even tracks the user logout trigger so that Horizon admins can let their Horizon user entitlements be driven for better performance and efficiency by Turbonomic. That also extends into the scaling and growth planning which is done using the same analytics engine. Super cool!

Here’s a quick highlight reel of the feature:

Much more to come!

Here is a quick end-to-end list of the significant updates of the release which also includes a ton of really great updates for Microsoft Azure, the introduction of what are now rebranded as right-time actions, a big set of updates for Kubernetes, and much more!  Congratulations to the Turbonomic engineering team and a great release and let me know if you want any more details as I’m happy to jump in and help folks get to know more about the platform!




VMworld 2019 – vCoffee Community Bean Exchange

Got beans?  Want beans?  Coming to VMworld 2019 in San Francisco?  Welcome to the #vCoffee Community Bean Exchange group!

How does vCoffee Community Bean Exchange Work?

Find a local roaster or some of your very favorite beans.  Package up one or two single pound bags of whole bean coffee and bring them to VMworld with you in San Francisco.  Everyone who fills out the form below (that’s the important part) will be a part of the exchange.  Our crew (aka DiscoPosse and anyone willing to help) will mix and match the caffeinated goodness and prepare pickup packages for folks to take back to their home coffee brewing stations.

Can’t see the form? Just click here: https://discopos.se/VMworldCommunityCoffeeExchange2019

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Big thanks to Cody Bunch and a bunch of folks who formalized this in 2017.  During the 2018 event we had a total of 44 pounds of coffee exchanged!

Support the Tech Community – Get a great mug!

This year also features the first time we are providing a chance to pick up some devilishly good swag thanks to the team at Diabolical Coffee!  Drop on over to the Custom Ink page and order your limited run Diabolical Coffee tumbler which is being offered for the until July 23rd in order to make sure you get yours in time for VMworld.  Mugs ship directly to your home which is even easier!

UPDATE JULY 29:  We made the print run and hopefully all of our supporters will receive their mugs before VMworld.  I will have some with me at the event for anyone who missed getting them in the initial outreach.  Thank you to this amazing community for all of your support!

Where to Bring your Beans

Bean drop off and pick up will be at the Turbonomic booth in the expo hall.  Beans must be dropped off by midday Tuesday and pickup can begin on Wednesday.  Join in the fun and I can’t wait to see everyone in person at the event!  Logistics email will be sent out prior to and during VMworld which is why it’s super important that you fill out the form to be included in the communications.

Can’t see the form? Just click here: https://discopos.se/VMworldCommunityCoffeeExchange2019

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Free eBook – Managing Kubernetes Performance at Scale

I’m super proud to share that my team has worked with O’Reilly to create a great little ebook that you can download for free (yay!!).  Eva Tuczai, who works on our Advanced Engineering team working with large-scale production container deployments at some of the most complex and interesting environments.  Asena Hertz works with me on the Marketing team leading our container and cloud-native work with Product Marketing and working directly with customers and engineers to advance the intelligent, performant, and successful adoption of Kubernetes and containerized platforms.

You’re just a click away from downloading the free ebook and I highly encourage you to read up on how to think and architect for at-scale deployments BEFORE they scale!  This is a must read for any virtualization or containerization engineer.  If you have any questions or want to dig further into this and other Kubernetes topic, please do leave a comment on the post and I’m happy to jump in to help out in any way I can.

Big thanks to Eva, Asena, and my entire team for putting this together.  If you’re going to Kubecon in spring 2019 then you will be able to get a print copy at the Turbonomic booth so make sure you keep watching the website for event updates.

Download the free book today here: https://turbonomic.com/kubernetes-at-scale or by clicking on the image above.  Thanks for supporting the open source movement!




Cisco Workload Optimization Manager 2.2 Released!

The Turbonomic and Cisco teams have released our next Cisco Workload Optimization Manager platform with the most recent update to version 2.2, packed with much more cloudy goodness and also with the addition of new targets and more features in the cloud for both planning and real-time optimization.

One of my favorite parts of building out what I love to call the Cisco Stack is that the integration from the application (Cisco AppDynamics), down to the containers (Cisco Container Platform), into the virtualization layer (VMware, Hyper-V, OpenStack), and down to the metal (Cisco UCS, Cisco HyperFlex) including the network (Cisco Nexus, Cisco ACI, Cisco Tetration).

What’s Inside CWOM 2.2?

Big updates in this one also include cloud pricing enhancements, custom pricing (any cloud), Azure CSP rate cards, and the ability to do future planning for reserved capacity purchases on AWS which is not available in any platform to-date.

The release aligns with Turbonomic version 6.3 for the feature set so you can get a quick view of what’s inside the latest in my sizzle reel here:

You can visit the main solution page here: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/servers-unified-computing/workload-optimization-manager/index.html

Full User Guide for CWOM 2.2 here: https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/ucs-workload-optimization-mgr/user-guide/2-2/cisco-ucs-wom-user-guide-2-2.pdf

Download the latest edition here: https://software.cisco.com/download/home/286321574/type/286317011/release/2.2.0

Full list of Turbonomic and Cisco partner resources here: https://resources.turbonomic.com/cisco