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by on Jul.07, 2010, under Storage

Silverlight UK User Group [July 2010] Agenda

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Some may lament Englandˇ¦s exit from the World Cup 2010 Finals, but it means thereˇ¦s less distraction to trying all the latest technologies, open APIs and devices this summerˇK. namely Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight 4, Windows Phone 7, Bing (Maps too), Silverlight Pivot, IIS Express, Razor, WebMatrixˇK. oh and those other hyped up devices such as the iPad and iPhone4.

If youˇ¦ve read my previous July Update, itsˇ¦ been a bit tough securing speakers throughout the World Cup 2010 Finals and summer holiday season, thus itˇ¦s thanks to Ian Blackburn and Richard Griffin for providing some Windows Phone 7 subject matter.. and potentially showing off a couple of real devices. oooooh!

Meeting details are below:

Date: Wednesday 21st July 2010
Time: Registration @ 18:00, Kick off @18:30 ˇV please don’t be late! Till about 21:00
Where: EMC Consulting, (formerly Conchango), 
Notcutt House, 36 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9EU.

Registration is required, space will be limited, so please register by sending us an

Registered attendees will be notified with any final details by Monday 19th July.



Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

ˇ§Windows Phone 7 is nearly here ˇV now what?ˇ¨
with Ian Blackburn from bbits and Richard Griffin, Expression Blend MVP (freelance)

WP7 is almost upon us, and, as we know, it uses Silverlight (and XNA) as itˇ¦s platform.  Thatˇ¦s pretty exciting on the surface but I am sure many of you will want to know what can it really do, what are the limitations and what are the opportunities?  Ian Blackburn, ably assisted by Rich Griffin, and (hopefully) a real WP7 device or two, will explore the developer and designer opportunities from both a commercial and a personal (i.e. App store) perspective. We will aim to give you a rounded and honest opinion of this exciting and growing area of our industry, and see how it stacks up against Android and iOS 4ˇK


Most of our user group are Tweetˇ¦ers, so if thereˇ¦s anything you want to share amongst the group, then check out our Twitter hashtag or user accounts:







Please register and I hope to see you there!


About Ian Blackburn


Ian Blackburn is founder and director of bbits who offer specialized .net training, development and consultancy in the UK.  Ian has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from small start-up companies, to blue-chip companies, and prestigious institutions such as the House of Lords.  Ian has authored numerous articles and books and is available for technical consultancies and presentations worldwide. | | 


About Richard Griffin


Richard Griffin is an independent freelance consultant, specialising in XAML based technologies (Surface, WPF and Silverlight) to build innovative user experiences for the next generation of applications. He is a regular speaker at Mix, TechEd Europe where he continues his quest to educate Designers and Developers on how to work better together. You can find him hanging out on the Expression Blend forums or read one of his monthly articles published for the Expression Newsletter. Richard is an Expression Blend MVP, and has an interest in design and user experience but he also loves to crank out code and dig into design patterns. |



 Want to join the discussion?
The event is geared to please/interest/inform both developers and designers alike, so if you are interested in coming along then please contact either myself or Michelle Flynn (here) and we will be glad to add you to our events mailing list.

Want to present or showcase?
We are always on the lookout for presenters for future sessions – whether it be a high or low level coding walk through, a workflow perspective or showcase demo. If you think that you have a topic/presentation that ought to be shared with the community then please contact me (here) and I’ll see if I can get you scheduled in!

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VMworld 2009 – Day 2, keynote by Steve Herrod

by on Sep.02, 2009, under Storage

VMworld 2009 ˇV Day 2, keynote by Steve Herrod



Welcome to the liveblogging of the VMworld 2009 keynote, day 2.

Today’s keynote is expected to bring us a bit more technical content than yesterday. The main speaker is Dr. Stephen Herrod, VMware CTO and one of the original developers of SimOS while at Stanford. VMware engineers are expected to be joining Herrod on stage to demonstrate upcoming features and products.

Note: this is a rush transcript. Check back later for analysis.

Ready for the VMworld 2009 keynote by VMware CTO Stephen Herrod. Follow for the play-by-play.
The keynote is starting..
“Steve Herrod takes the stage. “”This is probably my favourite hour of the year.””
Focus today will be on the desktop, PCoIP, .. View is about enabling a new sort of desktop concept. User-centric rather then device centric.
+1M virtual desktops out there.
Lots of development in vSphere was geared towards hosting desktops. Tuned for Vista and Win 7 workloads.
Intel Nehalem / Xeon 5500 allows up to twice the amount of desktops per cores.
New evolutions on storage level as well. SSD disks allow much better user experiences.
The goal is to provide best user experience to all endpoints: thin, thick clients, over WAN, LAN, …
The best experience is still the local, rich, portable desktop. The same image that’s used on other endpoints can be checked in and out.
Offline replication of desktops so to speak.
PCoIP, purpose built for desktop virtualization. Development with Terradici. Coming later this year.
Vendors can create hardware accellerated clients for even better experience.
“New concept “”in this economy””: employee owned IT. Provide user with a certain budget, let them choose the hardware (Mac/PC/..) and host the”
corporate desktop through Fusion/Workstation/Player/…
For corporate-owned IT: bare-metal virtualization. Co-development with Intel. Laptop/deskop hypervisor.
Single hardware-agnostic desktop build can run on any type of x86 device.
“VMware View Demo on stage. “”A day in the life of a VMware View user.””
Windows 7 running on laptop. Showing device manager. The rich environment is running on a virtual SVGA gpu -> type 1 hypervisor.
Next demo: thin client with smooth graphics. Demo with Google Earth.
“Opening the same VM on his “”beige box”” desktop. Next: Demo with WYSE pocket client on iPhone to access the same VM.”
Next: VMware Mobile strategy. Not only use the phone as a thin client, but put a hypervisor on the phone as well.
Phones become mobile pc’s, bring along the traditional pc challenges. (security, access control, data leakage protection, ..)
Creating corporate mobile vm’s allows the same device freedom desktop virtualization allows.
Lots of app stores coming up, tied to specific types of devices, even though they’ve got the same base platform.
(As if Apple is ever going to approve a hypervisor app that can run arbitrary code…)
Peter Ciurea, Global Head of Product Development at Visa comes on stage.
Demo with development ARM-based phone. Hypervisor + Windows CE on top.
Visa app demo with alerts (every time a Visa card is swiped, the device alerts you), offers (mobile coupons, ..) and location based offers.
The Visa app was developed for Android. Android is running next to Windows CE. The OS has access to the gps functions, has smooth graphics.
Moving back to ‘big iron’. vSphere enables the software mainframe. Up to 32TB of RAM.
If you were born before ‘75 you’d call this a mainframe. If you were born after, you’d call it the Cloud. Let’s call it a giant computer.
VMotion is the foundation of this giant computer.
“This is about the 6th anniversary of the first VMotion demo. Music: “”I like to move it”” from Madagascar. You’ll never VMotion again without”
thinking about that song.
VMotion was around when Friends was still doing new episodes. The first VMworld was 10 months away. Loooong time ago.
Probably about 359 million VMotions to date. People use VMotion constantly. Saves time, money and marriages
VMotion breadth continues to grow. Storage VMotion, Network VMotion (distributed switch) and long distance VMotion.
Focus of vSphere: support all major applications (SAP, Oracle, SQL, …). Even HPC workloads are moving to virtualization.
vSphere allows better-than-physical scalability.
DRS allows higher peak capacity. Achieves 96% efficiency of ideally placed VMs. Extending DRS to include I/O.
“DPM: VMotion for global power optimization. (””Constantly defragging the datacenter””)”
Automating the datacenter through VMware AppSpeed allows better application performance guarantees.
Built into vSphere: vApp. Built on OVF. Create collections of self-wiring VMs and add SLA metadata.
Control security and compliance via VMsafe APIs. Virtualization lets you look into VMs and check every instruction.
Always-on security, users can not turn agents off.
Last thing: manage configuration integrity at scale. vCenter ConfigControl
First public demo on stage of ConfigControl. Dashboard to monitor and manage changes in IT environments.
Scenario: help desk ticket, Exchange server is down. ConfigControl sent alert that network policy was changed. Helps debug system problems.
ConfigControl interface is web-based.
ConfigControl will ship in 2010 H1.
A bit more detail of the VMworld datacenter. Running 37,248 VMs. From 25 Megawatts to 540 Kilowatts of power usage. 778 physical servers.
“For the geeks out there who didn’t know it: vSphere can host vSphere. The labs run nested ESX “”Virtual Virtual datacenters””.”
Next chapter: cloud cloud cloud.
Work being done around network connectivity between clouds, transparent storage migration, easy management and policy-enforcement.
Connectivity example: work started in Site Recovery Manager.
Policies are exchanged between multiple datacenters. IP address management is automated through vCenter.
Cisco enables long distance VMotion through Data Center Interconnect.
Datacenter extension up to 200km.
F5: BIG-IP Global Traffic manager enable slong distance VMotion.
Moving on to vCloud API to provide programmatic access to resources. Enables self-service portals, vCenter client plugins (manage VMs in
3rd party datacenters), and ISV integrations: 3rd party management, SaaS deployments, ..
vCloud API was submitted to DMTF for industry certification.
End goal: differentiated cloud offerings. (Demo cloud, High end SLA, green cloud, high performance, …)
Fourth pillar (next to View, vSphere, vCloud): vApps. Auto-pilot applications. Reason for SpringSource applications.
Automating the application development space will bring down maintenance and deployment costs.
Virtualizing hardware simplifies deployment. VMware wants to simplify development through application frameworks that work together with VMs
Virtualization-aware platform can create self-healing and self-scaling applications, that interact with hypervisor to manage hardware
building bocks.
Goal is to interface with not only Java frameworks, but also with RoR, Django, .net, PHP, …
Adrian Colyer, SpringSource CTO on stage.
Another try to explain what this all does to an audience of mainly server infrastructure folks.
And that finishes the keynote…
Thanks for following. Check back later for more news and analysis.

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Hyper9 Releases Andrew Kutz’ Virtualization Mobile Manager

by on Jun.10, 2009, under Storage

Hyper9 Releases Andrew Kutz’ Virtualization Mobile Manager



Hyper9 released yesterday a browser-based management and monitoring tool that allows Virtualization administrators to control their virtual infrastructures from a mobile device.

The Virtualization Mobile Manager (VMM), which was created by Andrew Kutz, a well-known developer in the VMware community, has been in beta for the last month, where hundreds of virtualization administrators have used the product in the field and provided positive feedback to Hyper9.

During the beta period, VMM demonstrated its ability to work with VMware Server 2, VMware Infrastructure 3, VMware vSphere 4, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer 5. The application will also work with almost any mobile device, including the Apple iPhone, Blackberry, Google Android and Windows Mobile Devices.

VMM also offers the ability to monitor host and VM performance statistics (CPU, Memory), control VMs and take action on the go – start, stop, pause, reset and disable network – all of which were important features to the beta users. Hyper9 is doing its part to make VMM a compelling offering, by giving users the ability to manage up to five VMs for free as well as special introductory pricing of $199.00 for up to 1000 VMs.


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