Its been a while since I blogged, mainly because as I focused more on my day job, had a new baby and generally got really busy, I was unable to find the time to share my thoughts on the subjects I was working on, life got in the way!
As of the start of this year however I changed roles at VMware and am now helping to lead the strategy for Cross Reality (XR), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) or as the industry has started to call it (and I quite like)… Spatial Computing. Of course I may have dabbled in this area before at VMware ;).
As its easier to blog about what you are working with on a day to day basis I am hoping to start blogging more on these subjects, helping others to learn as I also learn more.
At VMware we are seeing many of our customers already starting to use Spatial Computing to solve certain use cases for the enterprise. Im excited about how this technology will evolve in the future, how VMware will help our customers and what the industry will achieve as a whole.
I of course will keep the history of posts on automation and will continue to keep one eye on whats going on there, maybe even find time to create a few posts when things interest me in this area.
I thank you for continuing to stay interested in the areas I follow and hope you will find this area as interesting as I do, and if you are a VMware customer who has interesting Spatial Computing use cases then don’t be shy, reach out to me and let me know how we can potentially help you!
It gives me great pleasure to announce a new open source project from VMware called VMware VR Datacenter Experience, this is an immersive experience that allows you to put on your virtual reality headset and take yourself into a virtual management environment where you will be able to control your vSphere Environment with the wave of a hand or click of a button.
The VMware VR Datacenter Experience allows you to use a HTC Vive headset to enter a virtual datacenter where a virtual representation of each of your hosts is created by integration with the vSphere 6.5 REST API, once these are created the VM’s are dropped onto these hosts, one for each VM currently registered with the host. In this environment you are able to teleport yourself to each of these hosts and interact with the VMs.
You can pick them up to find out more information about their configuration:
You can even drop them into a trashcan to remove them from your datacenter:
We even extended it to work with VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) where you could literally throw (vMotion) your VM’s from your On-Premises datacenter into VMC.
Showing you the 2D pictures of this virtual reality environment really does not do it justice, you need to try it to believe it!
At VMware we have internal Hackathon’s where we are able to take a couple of days away from our day job to work on projects which we think are interesting and could provide valuable to VMware, this is a great initiative that fosters
innovation, personally I love working for a company that provides this level of free thinking! Together with William Lam, Yateendra Kulkarni, Vinod Pai and Steve Trefethen, I put a team together and we set out to work on what a VMware Datacenter would look like in Virtual Reality.
I should mention at this point that none of us had developed for VR before, in fact we had never even used the IDE (Unity) before, that was fun! After a couple of days we were pleased when we managed to produce a single host and VMs on that host all by calling the vSphere 6.5 REST API.
After this and some internal marketing and some spare time hacking away at the project we came up with something pretty cool that later allowed me to realize one of my bucket list items and present on the main VMworld Keynote stage with Pat Gelsinger (VMware CEO).
If you didn’t get a chance to watch the VMworld Barcelona Keynote then please do take 5 minutes out of your time to watch the demo below that shows the full remit of what we expanded this project to work with.
Where Can I Get this?
The initial project is now available and ready for you to download, it has been cut down to its basics so we can build on it and ensure the code we are adding and the functionality is based around user input.
Normally when I create blogs and use the word “virtual” it of course refers to the awesome virtualization technology invented by VMware, this post however is a little different but still just as awesome!
The virtual word that I speak of in this post refers not just to virtual machines but also to virtual reality. Having purchased a HTC Vive earlier this year and being totally inthralled by virtual reality (VR), I started to wonder what an enterprise world would look like if we all had VR headsets, how would we control todays applications in a VR world?
I don’t want to give away too much information just now as the excitement will be at VMworld and on stage, lets just say that managing your virtual infrastructure has never been so much fun, here is a teaser for now:
Want to win a HTC Vive and Alienware laptop?
This year at VMworld I will be presenting an awesome demo on stage with the following members of the VMware executive leadership team and VPs: