My VMworld 2014 #STO2996-SPO #STO3162 #TEX1985

vmworld-2014-active-banner-v4I am extremely excited about this year’s VMworld. I’m participating is some really great sessions, and the Essential VSAN book which Duncan Epping and I have been working on for the past 7-8 months should be available too.

STO2996-SPO – The vExpert Storage Game Show 8/25/14 (Monday) 12:30 PM

This is a Pure Storage sponsored session, but it should be a lot of fun. Duncan, Rawlinson Rivera and myself on the VMware/VSAN team will be pitted against a team from Pure Storage led by Vaughn Stewart to see who knows the most about each others technology. I think this is a great concept, as the audience will not only get to learn about VSAN and Pure Storage’s all flash array (AFA) offerings, but I think it will also be a lot of fun.

STO3162 – Virtual Volumes (VVols) with Nimble Storage 8/26/14 (Tuesday) 2:00 PM

This is another session I am very excited about. We have been talking about Virtual Volumes (VVols) for a number of years now here at VMware (and at VMworld), but this year is going to be different. We are jointly delivering multiple VVol sessions with our storage partners, and I was delighted to be asked to co-present with our partner, Nimble Storage. I’ll be giving you the overview of VVols from a VMware perspective (including some of the architectural aspects), and Nimble will be talking about their implementation and what improvements they see with VVols.

Essential Virtual SAN Book Launch/Signing 8/27/14 (Wednesday) 2:00 PM

VMware Press has asked Duncan and myself to do a book signing for our new Essential Virtual SAN (VSAN) book at VMworld. I believe these are normally held at the VMware Press book store, so if you are thinking about picking up a book on VSAN, drop by and say hello at this time. We’d be delighted to meet you.

TEX1985 – Lessons Learnt from a VSAN POC 8/28/14 (Thursday) 10:30 AM

This is one I’m really looking forward to. My good pal over at Trend Micro, Arsenio Mateo, has been busy implementing various proof-of-concepts (POC) with VSAN. We’ve had a few conversations about design and best practices, as well as gotchas over the past number of months. When the request for VMworld sessions came around earlier this year, I submitted this under ‘Lessons Learned from a Real Life VSAN POC at Trend Micro’ and was pleasantly surprised when it was selected. In this session, Arsenio and I will go through various design considerations that they had to go through for their particular use cases and also highlight potential gotchas when/if you plan to do a VSAN POC of your own. Here is a good overview of the session from Michael Thompson of VMware Alliances:

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