VMworld 2013 San Francisco – Wrap up: Highlights and Announcements

Today, I’d like to share a little trip report and my personal highlights from VMworld 2013 in San Francisco. Next stop: VMworld Barcelona!


10th annual VMworld Highlights

  • 23,000 attendees in San Francisco
  • more than 350 breakout sessions
  • 30 hands on labs (most popular: NSX)
  • more than 250 partners

Keynotes / General Sessions

VMworld TV

My personal list of VMworld’s most interesting announcements:

VMworld 2013 San Francisco – Wrap Up: a few impressions

I just got back from VMworld in San Francisco and want to share a little wrap up of the event on this blog. There has been a huge amount of announcements, blog articles, Youtube videos, Tweets, meet-ups and so on.

Therefore, I decided to summarize my personal favorites without going into all the details. But before I start, I’d like to share some of the photos I took during VMworld. Just click on the link below and it will take you to my Google+ album. Enjoy!



In my role as a Technical Account Manager (TAM), I get to work with highly skilled engineers and architects at our customers and partners that put VMware’s products to great use in their datacenters. And even though I am pretty used to all the positive impact these products deliver, I still enjoy seeing the long-term benefits of vSphere happening every day.

One of the examples I’d like to share today is the usage of VMware’s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). This technology has been introduced more than six years ago and still plays a key role to the core virtualization infrastructure. DRS automates the migration process vMotion to load-balance virtual machines across ESXi hosts in a vSphere Cluster.

Last year, the DRS fans and bloggers Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping even came up with a great t-shirt design for VMworld:


“Run DRS” – this is exactly what a customer of mine is doing with huge success. They were so kind to send me a screenshot of one of their vSphere clusters including the current amount of vMotion processes (initiated by DRS) that happened in the past 1.5 years:


More than 18.000 vMotions in one vSphere Cluster. In less than 1.5 years. That’s roughly 30 vMotions per day. It’s hard to imagine what the datacenter operations team would do without this. But they implemented a well-designed architecture and benefit from the flexibility of this technology every day. Do you?