VMworld 2010 self pace Labs are a thing of Beauty

Posted by on August 29, 2010 in VMware, VMworld | 0 comments

The VMware self paced labs for VMworld 2010 are taking things to a new level. This setup and the amount of computing power on display here is second to nothing. Something different from the 2009 VMworld labs is that any Lab Topic cab be presented at any set of terminals. In last years labs there was different sections for each topic which led to lines and delays for popular topics. There is in the neighborhood of 480 seats for the VMworld labs. When checking in and selecting your topic it will be assigned to your badge. You can see from the image below that the setup is very impressive.

Each VMworld lab topic is based on a Pod. The lab pod’s are heavily customized installs that are based on vSphere, Lab manager wither their own Active Directory and vCenter server. To break it down they are creating nested or virtualized copies of vSphere ESX and ESXi server within VMware Lab Manager and associated products. This allows them to deploy them in just a few minutes and also have around 30 different topics stored in Lab Manager configurations waiting to be deployed for the next lab. It was discussed today that each hour they expect about 5000 virtual machines will be created and destroyed.

Your probably wondering what it takes to run all of this virtualize goodness and where is it at. Well the VMworld labs are being sources from 2 off site Data centers and 1 on site facility. The entire VMworld lab setup is going to be monitored and supported by over 100 VMware employees from the Services and Engineering groups. They will be there to make sure things are going smoothly and answer any questions that attendees might have.

Some estimated stats that VMware is throwing out what will be served up during the 4 day even.

  • Over 100,000 virtual machine will be provisioned this week.
  • Total memory for the vSphere hosts supporting the VMworld labs is 36TB
  • Each data center has 4 racks of servers and 2 racks of storage
  • 20,000 Lab set hours for the week
  • HP, Dell, EMC, Xsigo, Netapp and Cisco are providing the hardware
  • Each lab seat has a Wyse thin client

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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