VMworld Labs: Hands-On

First off, Happy VMworld everyone! It’s finally here, so let the socialization, learning and exhaustion begin.

I had a bit of free time this morning so I decided to do a lab. I didn’t arrive early enough to get in on the preview like some others, however even after seeing their posts about it the labs floor is quite impressive. From the seats arranged so that everyone can see the projectors, to the apparent “control center” in the middle, it’s an impressive setup.

I chose lab 20…logging in was painless and provisioning of the virtual machines was extremely quick. Access was also very good, initially anyway…more on that in a bit. Progress through the lab was quick, directions were good, screen shots were accurate and quickly identified the key fields that needed to have data entry done.

Overall, I really enjoyed the lab. In the last couple of years I haven’t done very many of them simply because most of the inability to get in. This year I had zero wait, and there were a few free seats around me. The dual monitor thin clients work well and PCoIP is amazing…

On that not so subtle transition, apparently the section I was in was running off the DC cloud. For the first 75% of the lab, I couldn’t tell…in fact, if the WAN (I assume it was the WAN) hadn’t of had some issues, I would have never known. Even when things started to go south and I could tell that latency was through the roof, the session was still usable, slow, but usable. At one point the client lost connectivity, however it quickly regained and started the session exactly where I left off.

I’m incredibly impressed with the labs…it’s my first real work done on a thin client, over PCoIP using a “cloud” infrastructure. If the provisioning of virtual machines works in the private cloud like it did for me today on VMware’s lab cloud, then we have a lot to look forward to in the future!

Outstanding work as always Labs Team, thank you!

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