VMworld 2021 is right around the corner! This year we are again unable to attend in person due to COVID-19, however this still gives everyone the chance to attend as its an online event!
It is running from the 5th to the 7th October this year -
Like many, I have been marking various sessions as favourites in the catalog ready for when they can be booked. Here are a few that are on my list this year.
Firstly, Frank’s session on NUMA has been on my list for all 3 years I have been attending. For anyone who uses vSphere, this is a must.
60 Minutes of Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) 3rd Edition [MCL1853]
Session by: Frank Denneman
“Although we enrich the stack with multiple layers of abstraction, obtaining consistent performance boils down to understanding the fundamentals. This requires the admin and the architect to focus on individual host components again. In this session, we dive into the impact the Multi-chip Module (MCM) has on scheduler behavior and workload sizing. Learn the underlying configuration of a virtual machine and discover the connection between the General-Purpose Graphics Processing Unit (GPGPU) and the NUMA node. Determine how the cores-per-socket impact a virtual NUMA configuration. We will look at the impact of heterogeneous clusters on workload performance and how you can detect faux-wide virtual machine configurations. You will understand how your knowledge of NUMA concepts in your cluster can help the developer by aligning the Kubernetes nodes to the physical infrastructure with the help of VM Service.”
The next two are sessions are focused on performance. I’m personally always looking for ways to improve performance via configuration and tuning, but also ways to identify performance issues.
Extreme Performance Series: vSphere Advanced Performance Boot Camp [MCL2033]
Session by: Mark Achtemichuk & Valentin Bondzio
“The VMware vSphere Advanced Performance Boot Camp provides the most advanced technical performance-oriented training available about vSphere performance design, tuning and troubleshooting. Hosted by VMware Certified Design Expert Mark Achtemichuk, we will cover a broad range of topics on all resource dimensions, including the VMware ESXi scheduler, memory management, storage and network optimization. The student will become empowered 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 VMware internal experts. Armed with the knowledge provided in the class will allow you to confidently approach virtual performance and manage it successfully.”
Not got the Tech+ Pass? Here is an alternative session available on the General Pass - Extreme Performance Series: Performance Best Practices [MCL1635].
Deep Dive: VM Performance and Best Practices [VI2158]
“This session will provide a very detailed and technical explanation of the utilization of resources by VM, how to evaluate the performance indicators using ESXtop, and how to better architect and create solutions for performance issues.”
Having watched a couple of sessions this year by David Klee on performance tuning SQL on vSphere, this session was one of the first on my favourite list. Having supported SQL in some fashion my entire career, I am always looking to learn how to get the best performance possible.
Meet the Experts: Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server on vSphere - Stories from the Trenches [MCL1318]
Session by: Deji Akomolafe & David Klee
“Virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server (the most virtualized mission-critical application) on VMware vSphere has become the standard for SQL Server deployments around the world. As vSphere continues to be the target platform for most SQL Server workloads and, with vSphere now being available in all major public cloud infrastructures, it is a given that you will virtualize your SQL Server workloads. The degree to which you will achieve bare-metal performance is up to how well you align SQL Server with the underlying infrastructure. This session (based on more than two decades of field experience) presents the common pitfalls you need to avoid and those you need to embrace as you run (or plan) your SQL Server instances on premises or in one of the various hybrid cloud options based on vSphere available from AWS, Microsoft, Google, and more.”
Another topic I have really enjoyed getting involved in this year has been Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Packer & Terraform specifically. So this year, I was for sure going to have this session on my list.
Automation Showdown: Imperative vs Declarative [CODE2786]
Session by: Luc Dekens & Kyle Ruddy
If like me you like to see things in action, Kyle also has a Live Coding session - Live Coding: Terraforming Your vSphere Environment [CODE2755].
Both of theses session are available on the General Pass so no excuses to miss out on them!
Finally, a session on Azure VMware Solution (AVS). As I am currently studying for my Microsoft AZ-104 exam, I wanted to start exploring and learning about this offering. Perhaps you are already using Azure or O365 and want to begin looking into the options for extending your vSphere solution to the cloud? If so, this session is definitely worth looking at!
Azure VMware Solution: Deployment Deep Dive [MCL2036]
Session by: Jeremiah Megie & Steve Pantol
“In this session, we will discuss planning and deployment of Azure VMware Solution beyond the quick start. We will cover planning for network addressing, connectivity, integrating into an existing Azure hub and spoke or virtual WAN deployment, configuring monitoring and management, and establishing governance controls.”
As always, thanks for reading!