After a wake-up call that got to me way too early, I was ready-and-waiting for the keynote on the second day. With a funny Blue Man Group-like intro, they got my attention, and I woke up somewhat.

Stephen Herrod took the stage for a hopefully more technical talk. He’s talking about View, RTO Virtual Profiles in combination with ThinApp. Nothing new, but it gave me enough time to fire up The Flip for his next demo. He went on about PCoIP over the WAN, and how it will continue to rock our world. Wait, what? Maybe VMware should do an actual demo of the product first, before including it in the bullshitmarketingbingo. No wait, they’re “Shipping this Year!!!!”… Right. Steve went into ByoPC again, he explained to us why we need two identities on one laptop. He did show an Intel laptop loaded only with a small type 1 client hypervisor, so without a general purpose OS. The VMware View client was preloaded. But wait, there actually was a demo! They showed PCoIP over the WAN, LAN and through a mobile device.

Like they showed us in Cannes at VMworld Europe ’09, they did a little demo of the Mobile Virtualization Platform, showing Windows CE and Android running at the same time. Coupling MVP with management, telling us to manage the phone as a thin client, and manage your datacenter from that thin client. This hooks into the vMA nicely.

In the VMworld ’09 datacenter, 776 servers power all VMworld’s needs for labs. They’re running all labs as virtual ESX servers on those 776 servers. As we all know, this is no new functionality, but it is good to hear about it from VMware. I’d like to see them doing VMotion of vESX machines while VMotioning a nested VM. And see all 30K+ VM’s VMotion at once. That’s sure to stress the heck out of the equipment!

Steve’s introducing VMware’s interest in long distance VMotion to enable greater flexibility, for ‘follow the sun/moon’ scenario’s (keep VM’s close to employees or keep VM’s in cheap power areas) and better Disaster Recovery. Some examples (by Cisco and F5) of current long distance VMotions were given, but none were actually doing any long distance or were of any importance.

As many talked about yesterday, the acquisition of SpringSource is enabling VMware to extent the use of vApps. With vApps, application frameworks simplify the different layers within a set of VM’s. The OS, middleware and framework are being pulled apart and made available, where the frameworks can communicate with the lower layer (i.e. the framework inside the VM can talk to the vSphere environment). So what else is new?