Open Source at VMworld—from Keynotes to Hackathons

Open source—it’s everywhere! From Tuesday’s VMworld keynote announcement of VMware’s Platinum Membership in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to the afternoon theater presentation on Project Weathervane, VMware’s commitment to open source is more evident than ever. Dirk Hohndel, VP and Chief Open Source Officer, said it best in his breakout session:

“(Open Source is) at the core of everything we do.”

That couldn’t be any more true with the newly announced VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS). VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS) is based on the open source project Kubo. Kubo—Kubernetes on BOSH—is another great example of the power of open source innovation across company boundaries. Google, the inventor of Kubernetes, and Pivotal, the BOSH project lead, joined the two projects to form Kubo. As Hohndel asserted in his breakout session on Monday:

“…there isn’t a single VMware product that doesn’t have open source code.”

PKS is no different.

Open source extends much further than the keystone, familiar projects. The incredible variety and number of component projects demonstrate just how vibrant and essential the open source community is within our industry.

VMworld attendees could find open source in nearly every venue: booth demos, Hands-On Labs, breakout sessions, expert discussions and more. The VMTN Community theater featured talks on several VMware-originated open source projects, including Harbor (enterprise container registry) and Weathervane, an open source benchmarking tool.

The annual VMworld Hackathon gave attendees the opportunity to play with Clarity, Harbor and the VMware vSphere Automation SDKs—all VMware-originated open source projects.

Want to learn more? Visit our github page to browse the many VMware open source projects and join in. It’s the community that makes a project hum.

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Thinking of Big Data or HPC? vSphere Scale-Out Can Help.

Today, VMware is excited to introduce vSphere Scale-Out, a new addition to the vSphere product line.  vSphere Scale-Out is a solution that packages all the core vSphere features required for Big Data and High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads at an attractive price point.

vSphere Scale-Out will be licensed specially for Big Data and HPC workloads and sold in packs of 8 CPUs.  Key features included in the vSphere Scale-Out edition include ESXi Hypervisor, vMotion, Storage vMotion, Host Profiles, Auto Deploy, Distributed Switch and more.

By virtualizing Big Data and HPC workloads with vSphere Scale-Out, customers can benefit from:

Increased Flexibility and Agility

The line of business wants results fast.  However, physical environments don’t facilitate the desired flexibility or agility due to the slow nature of infrastructure procurement and setup, as well as the complexity of Day-2 operations.  It could take months to obtain the required servers, install and configure them, and setup the Big Data or HPC environments. And this is just the initial lab deployment.  When it comes time to start a new experiment or increase the environment size, the entire process needs to be repeated.

Contrast the physical environment with one that is virtualized.  IT can rapidly provision infrastructure for their line of business with the centralized management and configuration capabilities available with vSphere Scale-Out.  The line of business can get infrastructure on-demand via virtual machines from their IT department.  This is especially important as the IT department is serving an increasingly diverse set of internal customers who have differing software infrastructure requirements. Virtual environments provide the line of business both the flexibility and agility they need to get results faster.

Increased Operational Efficiency

vSphere Scale-Out enables business efficiency while reducing operational expenses for Big Data and HPC workloads. vSphere Scale-Out offers centralized configuration and management capabilities to minimize setup and configuration times.  vSphere Scale-Out also simplifies Day-2 operations. Ongoing provisioning and maintenance of infrastructure can be extremely time consuming.  Manually configuring a few servers may seem bearable, but doing so for hundreds or even thousands of servers is an overwhelming burden. With vSphere Host Profiles and Auto Deploy, administrators can create a host configuration file once and then use it for setup of multiple vSphere hosts, eliminating the need for specialized scripts or manual configuration. vSphere Distributed Switch offers similar centralized administration capabilities but for virtual networking environments.  With vSphere Distributed Switch, setting up hundreds of virtual switches can be done in the same amount of time as just a few virtual switches. All of these capabilities enable administrators to dramatically simplify the ongoing support for Big Data and HPC clusters.

Another area where operational efficiencies can be achieved is with workload mobility.  There are times when maintenance must be performed on physical servers.  In a physical environment, scheduled downtime would have to occur resulting in lost productivity.  In a virtual environment, planned downtime can be eliminated.  vSphere vMotion offers live migration capabilities that enable workloads to be moved from one host to another with zero downtime.  Users don’t even realize a migration of the workload is occurring.  This results in elimination of downtime and greater operational efficiencies.


Reduced Complexity for Big Data and HPC Environments

Another challenge of Big Data and HPC workloads is the complexity involved with setting up the environment itself.

vSphere Scale-Out offers a less complex approach for Big Data and HPC environments.  First, it utilizes the same vSphere tools that IT admins are already familiar with so there is no steep learning curve to overcome.  Furthermore, specific tasks on physical servers, such as workload migration, becomes extremely simple through live migration capabilities with vSphere Scale-Out.  The centralized server and network management capabilities in vSphere also dramatically reduce complexity, especially when scaling out a cluster.  Finally, vSphere is recognized as an extensively deployed virtualization platform across verticals and geographies. vSphere has a broad ecosystem of OEM partners, who offer a wide choice of server and systems hardware. VMware’s ISV partners bring value-added services such as backup, security analysis, firewall, and Day-2 operations management.  VMware also collaborates with technology partners to produce joint certification and reference architectures for Big Data workloads.

Increased Data Governance and Control of Sensitive Customer Information

vSphere Scale-Out provides security isolation that prevents VMs from seeing other VM’s data in the same cluster. Each VM is restricted to access only the virtual disk files that have been designated for it and no other. The result is that users from different groups are able to run jobs on the same cluster without fear that their data will be compromised.  In addition to VM security isolation, the ESXi hypervisor gives guests low privileges by default. It is designed not to trust any privileged operations that the guest tries to perform. This means that compromised VMs, even with root access, are extremely unlikely to do damage to other VMs in the cluster.  This results in increased VM and host security for your customers and their data.

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Get answers to your vSphere questions at VMworld US 2017

The Cloud Platform Business Unit is making our final preparations for VMworld US 2017, and we are coming to Vegas with so much to share with you. We’re especially excited to talk with you about the importance of upgrading to vSphere 6.5, and the technical possibilities that are opened up with this version of vSphere.

This post is an attempt to pull together information about all the activities we have planned for VMworld US into one location. We’ll see you soon!

Sessions at VMworld US 2017

  • The master list of our sessions, broken up by category, has its own page on the vSphere blog.
  • Here are our last-minute session suggestions for you:
    • Tuesday, 1:00 PM:
      • Session number: SER1361BU
      • Title: Security Operations for VMware vSphere with VMware vRealize Log Insight
      • Presenters: Mike Foley, Edward Haletky
      • Why attend? You need to understand configuration drift, service and user access. See how vSphere 6.5 logging helps make this possible.
    • Tuesday, 2:30 PM:
      • Session number: SER2413BU
      • Title: NVMe: What Is It? An Interface? A Protocol? A New Drive Technology? An Industry Revolution?
      • Presenters: Sudhanshu (Suds) Jain, Sudhanshu Jain, Adrian Marinescu
      • Why attend? You need to understand NVMe, and what VMware has been doing from the beginning to help you take advantage of it in your environment.
    • Tuesday, 5:30 PM
      • Session number: SER1912BU
      • Title: VMware Open-Source SDKs: From Getting Started to Web App in One Hour
      • Presenters: Alan Renouf, Steve Trefethen
      • Why attend? You want to know more about VMware software development kits (SDKs), and want to walk out of the session knowing how to use SDKs to build a web app!

Kick off VMworld with an upgrade to 6.5 technical workshop

On Sunday, August 27, we are offering two 3-hour deep dive workshops to help answer your questions about upgrading to vSphere 6.5. The first session is from 9AM – 12PM. Bring your upgrade scenario, and Emad Younis and Adam Eckerle will walk you through the recommended upgrade path that you should take.

The second session is from 1PM – 4PM. VMware Solutions Architects and System Engineers will answer your questions about upgrading to vSphere 6.5.

You must register to attend, and there is still space left! Sign up here.

Come see us in the VMworld US 2017 booth!

We’ll have experts in our booth to talk about all things vSphere. Have a question? Here are the times we’ll be in the booth:

  • Sun Aug 27: 5:00PM – 7:30PM
  • Mon Aug 28: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Tue Aug 29: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Wed Aug 30: 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Here are some of the things we’ll be talking about:

  • Simplified vSphere Administration
    • vCenter Server Appliance and HA
    • vSphere Lifecycle Management
    • REST-based APIs
    • HTML 5 vSphere Client
    • vSphere Upgrades
  • Comprehensive vSphere Security at Scale
    • At-Rest and In-Motion Encryption
    • Secure Chain of Trust
    • Audit Quality Loggig
  • Proactive Data Center Management
    • Proactive HA
    • DRS / Intelligent Workload Placement
    • Predictive DRS
  • New Workloads
    • vSphere Scale-Out
    • Tech Preview: Persistent Memory
    • Tech Preview: vGPU
    • Tech Preview: RDMA
  • vSphere Upgrades
    • How to Upgrade
    • VCSA Migration Tool
    • Topology Planning Tool

Help us design the VMware Cloud on AWS experience

Have you ever wanted to help VMware design how a product works? You can do that at VMworld! The VMware Cloud on AWS User Experience team is looking for design partner. Get the chance to have your voice heard on how this new product works. You’ll be required to sign an NDA. Details and sign-up information in this blog post.

Get a free evaluation of your environment in the SDDC lounge

Need personalized guidance about your VMware implantation? We’ve brought back the SDDC Lounge for VMworld US 2017. Head over to the lounge and our experts will help you analyze your environment to understand what steps you can take to make it even better. The lounge will be in the Four Seasons Hotel, Desert Willow Room. It will be open Sunday from 1 -5, and Monday and Tuesday from 11 – 5.

SDDC Lounge VMworld

Bring your hardest questions to our experts

Our experts will be in the Meet the Expert area. If you have a particularly hard question, make sure to plan to visit them.

Day Table Time Session Expert
Sun 4 1:00 – 2:00 MTE4728-SER Abhijith Prabhudev
Sun 4 2:00 – 3:00 MTE4717-SER Mark Achtemichuk
Sun 4 3:00 -4:00 MTE4719-SER Adam Eckerle
Mon 4 11:15 – 12:00 MTE4717-SER Mark Achtemichuk
Mon 4 12:15 – 1:00 MTE4720-SER Frank Denneman
Mon 4 1:15 – 2:00 MTE4729-SER Emad Younis
Mon 4 2:15 – 3:00 MTE4724-SER William Lam
Mon 4 3:15 – 4:00 MTE4716-SER Mike Foley
Mon 7 3:15 – 4:00 MTE4726-SER Vishwa Srikaanth
Mon 4 4:15 – 4:00 MTE4718-SER Eric Gray
Mon 4 5:15 – 6:00 MTE4722-SER Kyle Ruddy
Tues 4 11:15 – 12:00 MTE4716-SER Mike Foley
Tues 4 12:15 – 1:00 MTE4721-SER Kyle Ruddy
Tues 4 1:15 – 2:00 MTE4718-SER Eric Gray
Tues 4 2:15 – 3:00 MTE4723-SER Alan Renouf
Tues 4 3:15 – 4:00 MTE4719-SER Adam Eckerle
Wed 7 9:15 – 4:00 MTE4729-SER Emad Younis
Wed 4 9:15 – 10:00 MTE4719-SER Adam Eckerle
Wed 4 10:15 – 11:00 MTE4720-SER Frank Denneman
Wed 4 11:15 – 12:00 MTE4724-SER William Lam
Wed 4 12:15 – 1:00 MTE4725-SER Ravi Soundararajan
Wed 4 1:15 – 2:00 MTE4723-SER Alan Renouf
Wed 4 2:15 – 3:00 MTE4721-SER Kyle Ruddy
Wed 4 3:15 – 4:00 MTE4727-SER Dennis Lu
Wed 4 4:15 – 4:00 MTE4716-SER Mike Foley
Thurs 7 10:45 – 11:30 MTE4729-SER Emad Younis
Thurs 4 10:45 – 11:30 MTE4718-SER Eric Gray
Thurs 4 11:45 – 12:30 MTE4721-SER Kyle Ruddy
Thurs 4 12:45 – 1:30 MTE4720-SER Frank Denneman
Thurs 4 1:45 – 2:30 MTE4723-SER Alan Renouf


Get your hands dirty in a hands-on lab

Try out the new features of vSphere 6.5 in a hands-on lab. Here are the HOLs that are specific to vSphere:

  • HOL-1804-01-SDC: [vSphere 6.5] Performance Diagnostics and Benchmarking
  • HOL-1804-02-CHG: [vSphere 6.5] Challenge Lab
  • HOL-1811-01-SDC: [vSphere v6.5] What’s New
  • HOL-1811-02-SDC: [vSphere with Operations Management] Getting Started
  • HOL-1811-03-SDC: [vSphere with Operations Management] Advanced Topics
  • HOL-1811-04-SDC: [vSphere Security] Getting Started
  • HOL-1811-05-SDC: [vSphere Automation] PowerCLI
  • HOL-1811-06-SDC: [vSphere Automation and Development] API and SDK
  • HOL-1811-07-SDC: [vSphere HTML Client SDK] Build a Plugin
  • HOL-1830-01-CAN: [PhotonOS and Container Basics] Getting Started
  • HOL-1830-02-CAN: [vSphere Integrated Containers] Getting Started
  • HOL-1831-01-CAN: [vSphere Integrated Containers Kubernetes] Advanced Topics
  • HOL-1810-01-SDC: Virtualization 101


Be part of a hackathon

Hack with others to build new ways to use VMware solutions! This is available in Las Vegas and Barcelona, and you must sign up via the session builder. This blog post has all the details on signing up and preparing for the hackathon.


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VMware plans to deprecate vmkLinux APIs and associated driver ecosystem

VMware plans to deprecate the vmkLinux APIs and associated driver ecosystem with the next numbered release (not an update release) of VMware vSphere.  The next version of vSphere will be the terminal release for which vmkLinux APIs and its associated driver ecosystem will be available.

VMware vSphere leverages a vast vSphere driver ecosystem to run various I/O stacks like networking and storage on server platforms.  This ecosystem is built out with technologies from many I/O partners. To better address the need to build software-defined infrastructure (SDI) based on vSphere, VMware introduced the vSphere kernel native API and associated native I/O driver ecosystem back in vSphere 5.5. Since then VMware has consistently worked with a broad set of OEM and I/O partners to build best of breed solutions on the new interface. For example, in vSphere 6.5 we introduced additional support for many devices and drivers, and we plan to continue that work in future releases of vSphere.

Top 5 Benefits of Native Driver Model:

  1. Reduced time spent at interrupt level (to an absolute minimum); reduces processing when accessing shared resources. Less time spent in waiting for the resources.
  2. Ability to leverage the scheduler to move as many cycles as possible into the scheduler’s realm. e.g. task completion handling is moved to a high priority kernel under scheduler’s control.
  3. The native driver model has been designed to be compatible with kernel preemption.
  4. Better support, management and debugging capabilities
    • Enables long term binary compatibility.
    • A single point-device manager manages the hierarchical device objects inside kernel for a given physical device.
    • The native driver API enables the flexibility to develop debugging tools for ESXi more naturally and effectively.
  5. Improved performance and CPU savings.

VMware’s “native” vSphere driver ecosystem has already been adapted by the majority of I/O vendors and used in a vast number of customer deployments from vSphere 6.0 onwards. VMware plans to continue to broaden its ecosystem based on the native driver model to address market needs. After the deprecation of vmkLinux, the vSphere kernel native API will be the only interface to integrate drivers with vSphere. Most customers won’t need to do anything as they adapt to the vSphere release after deprecation since most of the current and all future hardware will be compatible with the “native” vSphere driver ecosystem. For a small percentage of hardware, which are based on very old I/O technologies, it is possible that future vSphere releases may not be compatible after deprecation.

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Goodbye, vSphere Web Client!

VMware plans to deprecate the Flash-based vSphere Web Client with the next numbered release (not update release) of vSphere.  The next version of vSphere will be the terminal release for which vSphere Web Client will be available.

The vSphere GUIs, including the vSphere Web Client and HTML5-based vSphere Client, are tools that are used every day by IT to manage the operation of their virtual data center.  VMware is constantly striving to make these tools performant and easy to use.  However, with the vSphere Web Client, customers were frustrated because it was based on Flash technology that resulted in less than ideal performance and constant update requirements.   Additionally, Adobe has recently announced plans to deprecate Flash.

It has always been VMware’s intention to eventually replace the vSphere Web Client with a modern GUI administration tool.  The HTML5-based vSphere Client is that worthy successor.  The vSphere Client was introduced first in the Fling, then supported with vSphere 6.5 and has now been in customer hands for 1.5 years and production tested for over 9 months.  Since its introduction, the vSphere Client has received overwhelmingly positive responses from the vSphere community and customer base.  Customers have said things like:

“Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank … for creating this [vSphere Client] interface, my god it is nice to use :-)”

“If VMware can hold its various teams to the high standard set by the [vSphere Client], it should have nothing to worry about for years to come.”

With the recently released vSphere 6.5 Update 1, the vSphere Client got even better and is now able to support most of the frequently performed operations.  With each iteration of the vSphere Client additional improvements and functionality are being added.  By the time the vSphere Web Client is deprecated, the vSphere Client will be full featured but with significantly better responsiveness and usability.    You will not be left with an incomplete toolset!

The vSphere Client will be the primary GUI administration tool for vSphere environments starting in the next release.  Customers should start transitioning over to the vSphere Client if they have not already done so as the vSphere Web Client will no longer be available after the next vSphere release.

We post this blog now to give customers a fair warning and ample time to prepare for the eventual vSphere Web Client deprecation. This also gives customers a chance to express their concerns both online and at VMworld.  At VMworld, customers will have many opportunities to learn more about the vSphere Client in various breakout sessions, labs, and of course by speaking with the experts in the Solutions Exchange.

Some key sessions at VMworld 2017 are listed below:

vSphere Clients Roadmap: HTML5 Client, Host Client, and Web Client
Technical – Intermediate [US: SER1411BU | EU: SER1411BE]
vSphere Client (HTML5) has been growing and evolving in public view, quickly incorporating customer feedback and adding functionality.

Discussion of vSphere Web Client (HTML5) and the Transition Experience
Technical – Intermediate [US: SER1792GU | EU: SER1792GE]
Group Discussion Come provide feedback directly to the product management team on the VMware vSphere Web Client (HTML5) released in VMware vSphere 6.5, which has also been released weekly in Fling form.

Acting as One: Plug in to vSphere
Technical – Advanced [US Only: SER3101PU]
Panel Discussion If you have ever wondered how to deploy and update multiple solutions with the VMware vSphere client, test custom solutions without having to set up complex infrastructures, transition from flex to HTML plug-ins, or run plug-ins without affecting vSphere client performance, you’ll want to hear from our panel of developers, who are working to provide a seamless experience for solutions integrating with the new vSphere HTML client.

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Farewell, vCenter Server for Windows

VMware plans to deprecate vCenter Server for Windows with the next numbered release (not update release) of vSphere.  The next version of vSphere will be the terminal release for which vCenter Server for Windows will be available.

Why Is VMware deprecating vCenter Server for Windows?

VMware is consistently striving to simplify data center administration and lifecycle management for IT.  One way to achieve this goal is by simplifying the deployment of vCenter Server, the centralized management platform for vSphere environments.

The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) was first introduced with the release of vSphere 5.0 and has since evolved to become the definitive deployment model for vCenter Server.  For a while now, VMware has been publicizing the benefits of the appliance deployment model over its Windows counterpart. With vSphere 6.5 and subsequently vSphere 6.5 Update 1, the VCSA has become the fundamental building block of a vSphere environment.

VCSA-exclusive capabilities such as file-based backup and restore, unified update and patching, native vCenter High Availability, and a significant performance advantage mean that the VCSA has become the platform of choice for vCenter Server.  Additionally, due to the integrated nature of appliance packaging, VMware is able to both better optimize and innovate vCenter Server at an accelerated pace.  Finally, with the VCSA, VMware can provide support for the entire vCenter Server stack including the vCenter Server application, the underlying operating system (Photon OS), and the database (vPostgres). By doing so, VMware can ensure that customers can focus on what matters most while having a single source for updates, security patches, and support.  The VCSA model is simply a better model for vCenter Server deployment and lifecycle management.

Now is as good of a time as ever to move to vSphere 6.5.  The 6.5 versions of vSphere and VCSA have now been production tested for over 9 months.  Customers have had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the VCSA and expressed how much better it is compared to its counterpart, vCenter Server for Windows.  Customers like Brandon Lovelace of Santa Barbara City College state that “the vCenter Server Appliance really simplifies management and updates”.   Nilan Shakya of CenturyLink says that “VCSA has allowed CenturyLink Cloud to simplify and automate the provisioning and maintenance of [their] VMware based public cloud offering.  The deployment, patching, and upgrading of 130 globally distributed vCenters would be a management nightmare without VCSA.”

Packaging applications as appliances simplifies deployment and operations, letting customers focus more on workloads and applications rather than the infrastructure. Maintenance tasks and downtime are minimized because there are no longer dependencies on monthly patch cycles with a general-purpose operating system. Customers who have not yet migrated to the VCSA should start planning their migrations as soon as possible as the next numbered release of vSphere will be the terminal release for vCenter Server for Windows.   vCenter Server for Windows will not be available after the next release.

Help with the migration

We post this blog now to give customers a fair warning and ample time to prepare for the eventual vCenter Server for Windows deprecation. This also gives customers a chance to express their concerns both online and at VMworld.  At VMworld, customers will have many opportunities to learn more about the VCSA in various breakout sessions, labs, and of course by speaking with the experts in the Solutions Exchange.  There is also a migration tool to help with the migration from vCenter Server for Windows to the VCSA during your next upgrade cycle. Note that even after deprecation, the standard support policies will apply.

We would like your feedback on any issues blocking you from migrating to the vCenter Server Appliance. Please take some time and fill out the following survey to help us understand any concerns or issues you may have with the vCenter Server Appliance.

Some key sessions at VMworld 2017 are listed below:

Migrate to the vCenter Server Appliance You Should
Technical – Intermediate [US: SER2958BU | EU: SER2958BE]
This session will cover the available options for migrating from a VMware vCenter Server for Windows to VMware vCenter Server Appliance.

What’s New in vCenter
Technical – Intermediate [US: SER2779BU | EU: SER2779BE]
Join to us to learn about the exciting new features in VMware vCenter. We’ll discuss and demo enhancements to vCenter Server Appliance, vCenter availability options, and streamlined deployment and update capabilities. 

Monitoring and Managing vCenter Server Appliance
Technical – Introductory [US: SER3145GU | EU: SER3145GE]
Group Discussion VMware vCenter Server Appliance is a preconfigured virtual appliance with operating system, database, and the vCenter Server application bundled together.

Meet the vCenter Server Experts Panel
Technical – Intermediate [US Only: SER1440PU]
Panel Discussion Curious about the deepest, darkest secrets of VMware vCenter Server? Attend this panel discussion with vCenter experts and engage in an open Q&A with some candid stories of the vCenter Server evolution.

Customers Share VMware vCenter War Stories
Technical – Intermediate [US Only: SER1756PU]
Panel Discussion In this panel session (moderated by a product manager) is to exchange enterprise customers will share “war stories” about VMware vCenter performance (Boeing is confirmed, and others are pending).

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Open Source Global Relay Borathon: Fostering Open Source at VMware

Open source HackathonTo continue promoting an active internal open source community, VMware’s Open Source Program Office hosted the first annual Open Source Global Relay Borathon.

A Borathon is VMware’s take on a hackathon. The event presents an opportunity for our community to get back to their creative roots
and work collaboratively to build flings, features, proof-of-concepts, hacks or new workflows. According to legend, the Borathon originates from when VMware moved from CVS to perforce, and the new repository had an island theme: Bora Bora. We wanted the name of our hackathon to be representative of our historical roots, thus the Borathon was born.

Open Source Global Relay Borathon

August 15-16, the 24-hour Open Source Global Relay Borathon was a bit of a shift from the normal Borathon. The goal was to contribute and give back to the open source community by working with open software unaffiliated with VMware. Nine teams of six members or less worked on nine ideas based on a new or existing open source projects. Teams not only worked on original projects, but were comprised of members from around the world; each team had to span across a minimum of nine time zones.

“From the interactions and the presentations that I saw, the teams let me glimpse into their preparation work, they worked like well-oiled machines. They were able to communicate across and within countries while overcoming language differences, cultural and gender differences in order to convey what they have done, what was left to do, what worked and what did not work.”

—Lauren Britton, VMware senior open source manager and event orchestrator

The following projects finished first and second respectively based on the five judges’ scorecards:

  1. GitHub Project Matcher
    • Led by Tom Scanlan
  2. Exim support for Cerbot, the official Let’s Encrypt client
    • Led by Zachary Shepherd

By the end of the 24 hours, Tom’s winning team had compiled 93 text files, 88 unique files and 1836 lines of code!

Teams were judged on design, documentation, applicability and teamwork at the end of the Borathon.

“Each team presented a cohesive front to showcase an immense amount of prep work, coding, and presentation skills while under a huge time constraint and dealing with time zone challenges.  It was also very refreshing to see how credit was given to each member of the teams for the work they had done further showing the importance of each piece and without all the pieces you don’t have a whole, no matter how small the piece may seem,” Lauren said.

Deemed a huge success, Lauren and her team will hold the Open Source Borathon Global Relay on a bi-annual basis moving forward.

Fostering Open Source Collaboration at VMware

The Open Source Borathon became a microcosm of the open source community at large. The teams were largely made up of members who never met, but were passionate about creating and giving back to the community.

“I came up with the idea, and it was interesting enough to get the team formed up organically.  I didn’t pick anyone out, they were all volunteers that reached out just due to the project idea,” explained Tom Scanlan, team lead of the first-place finishers.

Tom’s team decided to donate their $1,000 charitable grant to the Wikimedia Foundation, operators of Wikipedia. “I proposed Wikipedia because it is a great way to lay some learning foundations anywhere internet connectivity exists. Access to education is very important. Wikipedia opens the door for billions of people to grow beyond basic education that may or may not otherwise be available,” Tom said.

The teams will continue to tweak and tinker with their projects internally before submitting for approvals in the coming months. You can check VMware’s GitHub page for our latest open source projects from around the company.

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The VMware Certified Big Cloud Fabric Plug-in for vSphere Web Client / HTML5 Client Plug-in Solution by Big Switch

Big Cloud Fabric plug-in for vSphere Web Client and vSphere HTML5 Client is an important part of the Big Cloud Fabric integrated solution with VMware vSphere, that adds additional benefits for provisioning and visibility specifically for vSphere VM administrators. This plug-in is the industry’s first SDN fabric solution to be certified under the VMware-Ready SDDC Management and Orchestration program. The plug-in provides a unified view of Big Cloud Fabric configuration corresponding to multiple vCenters that are connected to a single or multiple BCF pods. It allows to easily take a virtual machine and map its virtual network configuration to what is provisioned on the physical fabric. Big Cloud Fabric path trace capability is extended to the plug-in in order to provide end to end communication path visibility between 2 VMs or VMkernels. Finally, BCF layer 3 gateway can be configured from plug-in for routing between vSphere port groups.

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BENEFITS:  What are the benefits of Big Cloud Fabric for vSphere and its Plug-in?

  • BCF is the first SDN-based open networking switching fabric that supports the industry-leading VMware vSphere server virtualization environment to provide network connectivity for ESXi hosts
  • The BCF Controller acts as a single pane of glass for network admins to get VM-level visibility across the entire fabric. 
  • Centralized controller reduces management consoles by over 60:1, streamlining configuration, and enabling rapid innovation
  • The operational benefits offered by the solution and the Capex savings from Open networking hardware enables 40% overall TCO savings compared to traditional solutions.
  • The BCF integration with vSphere along with the plug-in provides enhanced visibility and physical network deployment simplification for VM admins

For more information, visit VSX:

VIDEO: Watch it in Action – Big Cloud Fabric Plug-in for vSphere Web Client / HTML5 Client Plug-in Solution by Big Switch

Video Link:

If you are at VMworld-Las Vegas, come and take a closer look at the Big Cloud Fabric Plug-in for vSphere.  


[SER2790BU] Journey to a vSphere HTML Client Ecosystem: Deep Dive with Big Switch Networks 

Thursday, Aug 31, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Bala Ramachandran, Director, Product Management, Big Switch Networks
Yiting Jin, Product Line Manager , VMware


One of the strengths of VMware is the power of its ecosystem of partners. VMware is accelerating its development of the vSphere HTML client. Come to this session to hear from the vSphere client team and from Big Switch Networks, a partner who has developed the Big Cloud Fabric plugin for the vSphere HTML client. We will discuss how the plugin enables network automation and visibility, the use cases targeted, and Big Switch’s experience developing with the new vSphere HTML SDK. We will also discuss upcoming advancements and direction of the vSphere client SDK, certification, and give you a chance to share your thoughts on extending the capabilities of the vSphere platform.

VMWARE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM: VMware’s Web Client Plug-in Certification Program

Many companies are building and certifying their plug-in.  We have seen a surge in HTML 5 plugins being certified in 2017. Through VMware certification program, partners can ensure a better end user experience and have the trusted VMware brand behind their plug-in.  Look for new partner web client plug-in certifications in 2017!   Thanks to all of our partners for supporting the VMware vSphere web client plug-in certification and partner program.  

For more information, view the links below:

VMware’s Solution Exchange (VSX):

vCenter website for vSphere web client plug-ins:

Social Media Channels: vSphere YouTube Channel: VMwarevSphere and Twitter: @VMwarevSphere  #H5plugin

vSphere Fling for developing plug-ins:

VMware Clarity – Plug-in development tool:

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Do you remember your #v1stTime?

This year I attended several events, and I wanted to know one thing: do you remember the first time you ever saw or used VMware – your #v1stTime? When I asked people to tell me about their #v1stTime, there were a couple of common scenarios that everyone remembered. They lit up remembering the first time they created a virtual machine with GSX (remember that?) to run applications without needing a server. Many other people vividly remember when they saw vMotion for the first time – it was such a new idea it seemed incredible that it could even work!

VMware changed our industry.

For many of us who remember the beginnings of the virtualization revolution, VMware has changed our careers. Our industry is again at a cross-roads, and vSphere is poised to play a big role in the future of hybrid cloud and next-gen apps. vSphere is the foundation for the next phase. What do you think we’ll be remembering in another ten years?

What was your #v1stTime?

Here are a few of my favorite #v1stTime moments. You can see all of the videos on the vSphere YouTube channel. If you’ll be at VMworld (Las Vegas or Barcelona), I’d love to record yours! If you can’t make it this year, let us know about your #v1stTime in the comments.


EMC’s CTO John Roese talks about VMware’s virtualization software being reliable.

Rawlinson Rivera, CTO at Cohesity, talks about the role VMware played in recovering from 9/11.


Rodrigo Gazzaneo (with Dell EMC’s Executive Briefing Center) talks about how he used VMware to help customers migrate NT domains to Active Directory.


Simon Seagrave (Dell EMC’s “demo guy”) talks about moving workloads to GSX.

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