See you at VMworld 2018 (Barcelona)

The content catalog has just gone live with the schedule of break-out sessions for VMworld 2018 in Barcelona. All three sessions that I presented in Las Vegas are also scheduled for the European event. I’m fortunate that I have a chance to co-present with my good friends and colleagues, Christos Karamanolis, Duncan Epping and Paudie O’Riordan. I hope you can make it along to one of these sessions if the topic is of interest.

vSAN – An ideal Storage Platform for Kubernetes controlled Cloud Native Applications with Christos Karamanolis [HCI1338BE] – Tuesday, Nov 6, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Hall 8.0, Room 36

This first session is an interesting one. We already have many customers running cloud native, next-gen apps on top of vSAN. We will talk about some of these initially, but mainly we will focus on some of the challenges and considerations around doing this today. We will then focus on what is coming down the line to make this somewhat easier and more seamless. If you’re interested in the future of HCI and vSAN and considering running container based workloads (orchestrated by Kubernetes) on top of vSAN, then this should be a very interesting session for you.

The Power of Storage Policy Based Management with Duncan Epping [HCI1270BE] – Wednesday, Nov 7, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Hall 8.0, Room 19

In this session, Duncan and I will delve deep into the simplicity and benefits of Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM for short). SPBM is the glue that allows vSAN, Virtual Volumes (VVols), IO Filters (VAIO), and vSphere Cloud Provider in Kubernetes (for creating persistent volumes for containers) to consume storage with specific data services on a per VM or even VMDK basis. We have lots of demos and will explain how this feature is key to our Software Defined Storage vision at VMware. If you’re looking to understand some of the benefits of vSAN or VVols over traditional storage, this might be the session for you.

Optimizing vSAN for Performance with Paudie O’Riordan [HCI1246BE] – Wednesday, Nov 7, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Hall 8.0, Room 22

This last session is based on quite a bit of research that Paudie and I carried out earlier this year. A common question from our customers continues to be around getting vSAN optimized for performance, especially during a proof of concept/benchmark. We will cover the basics of prepping vSAN for a benchmark, and then take you though a sample setup and test run using HCIBench, a benchmarking tool designed for scale-out HCI solutions, and based on the Oracle vdBench tool. We will then show you some of the different results we achieved when adding extra disk groups, stripes, etc. More importantly, this session will call out any gotchas you might encounter, based on what we have seen in the field. Basically, it will prepare you for a successful performance benchmark on vSAN.

See you there.