VMworld 2019 US and Europe events feature many opportunities to learn about the latest in VMware vSphere server virtualization technology and operations. This page is a quick reference to the VMworld 2019 sessions and other events where customers are able to engage with VMware experts on a range of topics, as well as network with industry peers. Links to the EU sessions will be added to the coming days. You can also still access the presentations, recordings, and session information from last year here – VMworld 2018 Archive. How PowerCLI Makes vSphere Configuration Management Easy Level 300 – [US: CODE2214U] Configuration management is a key DevOps principle. PowerShell and PowerShell DSC are easy ways to make use of config management in your environment. However, there's one area that's been missing that ability: VMware. PowerCLI has introduced the key to close that gap, and it's open-sourced! The Art of Code That Writes Code Level 300 – [US: CODE2216U] REST APIs are everywhere these days. A majority of those are backed by what's known as OpenAPI (swagger) specifications. Using the vast ecosystem of OpenAPI tooling, we can generate documentation, SDKs, and even PowerShell modules.
VMware has taken another step to integrate its virtual kingdom with Amazon Web Services' world with an on-premise service that will let customers automate database provisioning and management. The package, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) on VMware is available now for customers running VMware vSphere 6.5 or later and supports Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and MySQL. Other DBs will be supported in the future, the companies said. The RDS lets customers run native RDS Database instances on a vSphere platform and manage those instances from the AWS Management Console in the cloud. It automates database provisioning, operating-system and database patching, backups, point-in-time restore and compute scaling, as well as database-instance health management, VMware said.
This article directs you to a recent webinar that VMware produced on the topic of executing distributed machine learning with TensorFlow and Horovod running on a set of VMs on multiple vSphere host servers. Many machine learning problems are tackled using a single host server today (with a collection of VMs on that host). However, when your ML model or data grows too large for one host to handle, or your GPU power happens to be dispersed across several physical host servers/VMs, then distribution is the mechanism used to tackle that scenario. The VMware webinar introduces the concepts of machine learning in general first. It then gives a short description of Horovod for distributed training and explains the importance of low latency networking between the nodes in the distributed model, based here on Mellanox RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) technology.
Machine learning (ML) has recently undergone huge progress in research and development. Importantly, the emergence of deep learning (DL) and the computing power enhancement of accelerators like GPUs have together enabled a tremendous adoption of machine learning applications. This has caused machine learning to have a broader and deeper impact on our lives in many areas like health science, finance, security, data center monitoring and intelligent systems. Hence, machine learning and deep learning workloads are also growing in the datacenters and cloud environments. To support customers with deploying ML / DL workloads on VMware vSphere, we conducted a series of performance studies on ML-based workloads using GPUs.
We are excited to share that today VMware has released vSphere 7 Update 2. It is available to download right away, both through VMware Customer Connect and from within vSphere Lifecycle Manager itself. With vSphere 7, released in April 2020, we moved vSphere to a six-month release cycle. We released vSphere 7 Update 1 in October 2020, and vSphere 7 Update 2 today. With this faster pace, you get the benefits of the latest capabilities and innovation from VMware as well as from the VMware partner and OEM ecosystem much more quickly, to meet your business needs and be future-ready. The vSphere 7 Update 2 release sure packs a big punch!