Recently, while flying on United Airlines I noticed the WiFi sign on the seat in front. I never used WiFi on planes before, so I thought it would be expensive. Imagine my surprise when it was cheap. It was probably cheap to compensate the absence of TV displays.
I immediately thought of our CDI Virtual Desktop (VDI) lab in Teterboro, NJ (USA). Would the Virtual Desktop even be usable? How will video run? I connected immediately, started recording my screen and opened my Virtual Desktop. It worked! Everything except video worked well.
My idea came because of Michael Webster, who has already tried doing this and wrote about it. I also wanted to do it in the Gunnar Berger style of protocol comparison. So, for your viewing pleasure — Virtual Desktops (VDI) on an Airplane.
This video is a demonstration of the Virtual Desktop (VDI) technology, located at CDI in Teterboro, NJ (USA) being accessed from an airplane 34,000 feet (10 km) high. Virtual Desktops allow you to use your Windows desktop from anywhere — even on satellite based WiFi. You will see PCoIP and HTML5 tests, Microsoft Word, HD video, YouTube video and vSphere client utilization.
Demonstration: Yury Magalif.
Lab Build: Chris Ruotolo.
Connecting From: Random clouds above Missouri, USA
Equipment and Software used:
Cisco C-series servers.
EMC XtremIO all flash storage array.
10Zig Apex 2800 PCoIP acceleration card with a Teradici chip.
Michael Webster’s blog article:
Gunnar Berger’s low-latency VDI comparison video:
The book has “no fluff” guidance on building VMware vSphere.
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Those at VMworld 2014 can get a printed copy in PernixData booth #1017.
I don’t yet know which one of my entries was published. Once the book is released at VMworld, I will update.
Unfortunately, this year I cannot make it to VMworld 2014, but I hope my friends will bring me a printed copy.
Thank you to the 260 people who attended my session and filled out the survey!
I am very grateful that you keep coming to hear what I have to say and hope to be back next year.
My presentation is called “TB3306 – Tips and tricks on building VMware vSphere 5.5 with BladeSystem, Virtual Connect, and HP 3PAR StoreServ storage”
Returning for the sixth year in a row, this tips-and-techniques session is for administrators and consultants who want to implement VMware ESXi 5.5 (vSphere) on HP c-Class BladeSystem, Virtual Connect, and HP 3PAR StoreServ storage. New topics will include the auto-deployment of domain configurations and Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) for bypassing vSwitches. The session will focus on real-world examples of VMware and HP best practices. For example, you will learn how to load-balance SAN paths; make Virtual Connect really “connect” to Cisco IP switches in a true active/active fashion; configure VLANs for the Virtual Connect modules and virtual switches; solve firmware and driver problems. In addition, you will receive tips on how to make sound design decisions for iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel, and boot from SAN vs. local boot. To get the most from this session, we recommend attendees have a basic understanding of VMware ESX, HP c-Class BladeSystem, and Virtual Connect.
Here are the collateral files for the session:
Use #HPtrick hashtag to chat with me on Twitter:
June 16, 2014 — Monday, 2-3 pm Eastern Standard Time (11 am – 12 pm Pacific Standard Time).
Here is the session slide deck:
Pictured here is Alexis St. Clair, who won the Nest programmable thermostat raffle. The Nest was offered by my company CDI, the sponsor of the event, along with VMware and EMC.
Twitter Chat for remaining questions:
March 12, 2014, Wednesday
2 pm to 3 pm EST
Use Hashtag #CDIVplex in your questions.
My presentation is called “Stretching VMware clusters across distances with EMC’s Vplex – the ultimate in High Availability.”
This session is for administrators and consultants looking to stretch their VMware clusters across 2 geographical sites for enhanced High Availability and Disaster Recovery. Readers will learn:
- Differences between High Availability and Disaster Recovery approaches.
- When to use VMware Stretched Clusters vs. VMware Site Recovery Manager.
- How to decrease your Recovery Time Objective across sites to under 5 minutes.
- Minimum storage, network and compute requirements for VMware Stretched Clusters.
- What is distributed storage and how it helps with VMware Stretched Clusters.
- What is EMC’s Vplex?
- How Vplex allows you to configure VMware Stretched Clusters.
- Best practices for VMware Stretched Clusters with EMC’s Vplex.
The book has to the point guidance on building VMware vSphere, without any fluff.
Get a free copy here:
Those at VMworld 2013 got a print copy.
I was surprised to learn that the submissions I considered to be my best were not picked. Instead, entries in the areas of vCenter design and vSphere cluster design were selected.
I had a chance to meet Frank Denneman at VMworld 2013 and he signed my book. Thank you Frank for wonderful advice on being Social — I am relatively new to the trade and this was a major success. I am learning from the masters.
I also met Duncan Epping, Cormac Hogan and Vaughn Stewart. Unfortunately, I could not track down Jason Nash – maybe another time.
Here is me with Duncan Epping at VMworld 2013 holding the book — star struck.