E2EVC 2014 Barcelona – day 2

In the next couple days i will share what happens at the E2E virtualization conference in Barcelona.

This blog is about day 2 of the E2EVC.

The day started with a presentation about the HP Moonshot presented by Carl Webster (@carlwebster)
The HP moonshot is new technology from HP and it’s like having about 180 physical client machines in a box.
A client will have the power and feeling of a thick client, but the hardware is not on his desk but somewhere else.
Carl told us about the hospital he put on the HP moonshot, and how doctors came to say how great experience they have, and never will go back to there thick client again.
Imagine the experience for the client, but the manageability that it will give having all located in the datacenter. it’s a win-win situation.

The next presentation was about Atlantis ILIO with there new VM teleport feature.
Jim Moyle (@jimmoyle) and Remko Weijnen (@remkoweijnen) gave a technical overview and showed how “crazy fast”  this new technique is.
The teleporting feature is called Atlantis USX and you can find information about it on this website.

After the session about Atlantis, Remko Weijnen and Thomas Poppelgaard (@_poppelgaard) gave us a very cool presentation a problem Thomas had with a customer. Thomas told us about a customer where he had problems with the Google Earth application on his XenApp servers.
The problem with Google Earth is that you can’t start it a second time on the same server with a different user.
Thomas had a problem and called Remko to ask some assistance with the problem.
After some time Remko found out that the application used global objects and no local objects.
So Remko wrote a cool script that will capture all global object calls from the program and turn them into local objects.
After starting the script, the script will start Google Earth and fix the problem so every other user on the same XenApp server can use this program.
This was very very nice from our former PepperByte colleague Remko.

Next session was about Sharefile usability and manageability presented by our colleague Esther Barthel (@virtuEs_it), Martijn Hulsman (@MartijnHS) and Rink Spies (@Rink76).
Esther and Martijn told us about how you can use sharefile, whether you use a mobile client or a desktop client.
How you can use the sync functions and the functions that are available on the different clients.
Rink gave a demo about a software client that was created especially for sharefile and give you a faster and more stable way to manage your sharefile environment.
A big announcement was the software client that they created was made publicly available thru the website www.sf-guru.com for free.!
You can download the Sharefile passphrase recovery tool from the same website.

After lunch we had another great session from a colleague, and this time Marco Hokke (@makoho) who workes for Denamik.
He gave a presentation about the current version of LoadGen and how you can create a perfect load test on your environment without any needed installation onto the servers. Any similar software need agents on the servers, so you don’t really have a good report, because of the extra software installation. LoadGen can create very slick reports about the time a program starts, you can let the LoadBots to slowly increase the amount of sessions to the environment to determine the maximum load for your environment.
After that Marco gave us a presentation and demo about the new features he’s working on, how newer version allow people without programming skills to easily create a LoadGen and how you can analyse the data from a LoadGen and create very nice reports from any perspective.

We had a session from Helge Klein (@helgeklein) about the Windows Explorer and the effects of Folder Redirection.
He gave some practical tips and example on how they tested several ways of using Folder Redirection and how the Windows Explorer isn’t always telling you the truth about what you would expect. He showed us some of these examples, where he showed a folder name with Explorer and the same folder had a different name when he used powershell. (kinda weird).

The next session was about ThinIO, where Andrew Morgan (@andyjmorgan) and David Coombes (@dave_coombes) presented how easily ThinIO can be implemented and how it will reduce IOPS, decreases I/O throughput to the disk and improves end user experience by increasing I/O throughput from an application perspective. you can find more information about it at there website.

The last thing with did that day was a great Barcelona City Sightseeing bus tour.
What an amazing city!