DCI #8 EMC Backup & Recovery with Alex Almeida

Data Center Insiders Podcast - Alex Almeida EMCAlex Almeida is the Senior Technical Manager from EMC’s Backup & Recovery Systems Division, and a backup guy from way-back.  With the recent big announcements from EMC around most of its backup and recovery products I thought this would be an excellent time to get Alex on the podcast to talk through some of the new features and enhancements from the announcement.

We also cover the topics of how EMC has stayed ahead of the curve regarding backup and recover over the years, along with the increasing trend and benefits in moving the ability to backup and restore at the application level, and empowering end users and application administrators.

The importance of backup and recovery has traditionally been overlooked by many in the industry, though luckily this has changed in recent years, and with the introduction of many exciting new backup and recovery technologies on the market has made this area a far cry from the days of old where working with backups were just plain boring and uncool.

DCI #7 Data Center Insiders Podcast with Chad Sakac

Chad Sakac - Data Center Insiders PodcastIn this episode of the Data Center Insiders podcast I speak with the one and only Virtual Geek, Chad Sakac.  As always I enjoy my conversations with Chad and his excellent knowledge of technology and the IT industry on the whole.

We cover a wide range of topics including:

- Life after creating the vSpecialist organization: Chad talks about his new role as EMC’s Senior Vice President of the Global SEs, and the challenges in scaling the concept of a “Tribe”.

- Software Defined x:  Chad runs through his take on the current state of play around the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), and the various aspects and considerations for some of the software defined components/devices.

- Lab time excellent! I find out what Chad is running in his famous home lab these days

- And finally, will we see any more Chad’s Worlds webcasts or live events?

Thanks to Chad for spending the time out of his hectic schedule, and don’t forget to check out his Virtual Geek blog here.

DCI #6 ‘Social Media in IT & EMC’ with Matthew Brender

In this episode of the Data Center Insiders podcast I am joined by EMC Senior Social Engagement Manager, Matthew Brender (Twitter: @mjbrender).  In the podcast we cover the topics of what Matthew’s role entails, EMC Elect, what does “Social Engagement” mean and finally what is the best approach to ensure success, acceptance, and importantly, how companies should look at adding value in the world of social media.

Matthew Brender - EMC Senior Social Engagement ManagerWith social media playing an important part in the support, marketing and services areas of global industry, with IT being no exception, there is an increasing emphasis these days for businesses to embrace social media, to take part and use it as a means to effectively engage with new and existing customers.  I found my discussion with Matthew provided real insight into some of the social media and customer engagement challenges facing IT vendors.

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DCI #5 ‘EMC VMAX Cloud Edition’ with Matthew Yeager

VMAX Cloud Edition - podcastIn this episode of the Data Center Insiders podcast I speak with Matthew Yeager,  EMC VMAX Cloud Edition Team Lead (EMEA), about the recent EMC VMAX Cloud Edition storage offering.  We discuss what the VMAX Cloud Edition is, it’s high level functionality, how it differs from the standard EMC VMAX, it’s use cases and where the VMAX Cloud Edition is positioned in the market.

This is an exciting new product in the EMC portfolio that is responding to the storage offerings from Public Storage Cloud providers, and to also provide customers with a simpler method to administrator and present out their storage.

Data Center Insiders Podcast*Note: This podcast was recorded just prior to EMC World this year (2013), and I ran out of time to edit and post it beforehand, so there are a couple of references to the show coming up.

EMC ProSphere – Try, Learn & Download for Free

EMC ProSphere 1.7Following up on my recent post here which provides links to download your own free copy of the EMC VNX or Celerra Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA), here is another EMC product to download and try for free in your own lab environment.   EMC ProSphere is a Cloud storage management solution that monitors and analyzes storage services in a virtualization infrastructure.   

Through using ProSphere you can gain a detailed insight into the following areas of your storage:

  • Capacity: Easily view capacity is being consumed on your storage.
  • Issue Detection: Identify conditions that require your attention.
  • Performance: View the performance trends of your storage.
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Sound Good? Where can you download my own free copy of  EMC ProSphere?

Before we move on to the download links I should point out that the only catch with this free downloadable version of EMC ProSphere is that it doesn’t come with any “Official” EMC support, although there is a healthy ProSphere community that can be found at this EMC ECN Community site where you’ll usually find someone who can assist you with any questions.

Download Link:  The latest EMC ProSphere download can always be found at the “EMC ProSphere: Play-Learn-Try” page here.

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Installing & Configuring EMC ProSphere

So once you’ve downloaded the relevant ProSphere files?  Well, the good news is that there are a couple of easy to follow  guides that will have you up and running with EMC ProSphere in no time.

Other Useful Links

  • Check out these other useful ProSphere related links:
  • Virtual Geek – EMC ProSphere 1.5 – Play, Learn,Try!
  • Official EMC ProSphere site

EMC Solutions for VMware Webinars–January 2013

EMC webinar - Jan 2013Happy New Year to you all !  To kick things off here are a handful of VMware centric EMC webinars for January 2013.  I have the privilege of kicking things off for the year with a webinar on the topic of; “The Value of VMware integration” – for more details see below.  Signing up and attending these webinars is completely FREE and you can do so by clicking on the webinar titles below.  Hope to see you there!

The Value of VMware Integration

10 January 2013
Simon Seagrave (@Kiwi_Si), Technical Solutions Consultant for Cloud, EMC
EMC and VMware enable the most efficient and flexible infrastructure and management solutions for virtualization and hybrid cloud environments. This is a must-see session for anyone wanting to hear about and experience the latest integrated technologies from EMC and VMware, and also what future innovations are being developed.

Proactive Storage Management with EMC Storage Analytics for VNX

17 January 2013
Roxane Mody (@roxanemody), Senior Marketing Manager, EMC
Wei Chen, Corporate Systems Engineer, EMC
The EMC Storage Analytics for VNX Suite delivers actionable performance analysis and proactively facilitates problem resolution of performance and capacity issues for EMC VNX systems in virtual environments. This tool is a joint solution built upon VMware’s vCenter Operations Manager solution as a foundation to provide analytics for the storage domain. The resulting solution helps both virtual and storage administrators to pinpoint the problem, diagnose it and take action to fix the problem.

EMC Avamar and Data Domain for Vblock Data Protection

24 January 2013
Chandra Jacobs, Senior Marketing Associate, EMC
Jason Buffington, Senior Analyst Data Protection, Enterprise Strategy Group
Learn about the newest data protection capabilities for the VCE Vblock System, powered by EMC Avamar and Data Domain. Industry analyst firm ESG, will provide insight into virtualization trends, backup and recovery for converged infrastructure, and market perspectives.

Continuous Operations Best Practices: VPLEX for VMware

31 January 2013
Ashish Palekar (@logicalblock), Engineering Manager, EMC
Paul Danahy, Strategy and Operations Manager, EMC
As businesses deploy datacenters that are more virtualized than ever before, they have started to look at VMware vSphere for their mission-critical environments. Combined with active/active storage offered by EMC VPLEX and the ability to extend or “stretch” their environments over distance, customers now have the opportunity to deploy an environment that offers higher availability than has traditionally been possible.

DCI #4 ‘The State of Backup Technology’ with Mark Twomey

In this episode of the Data Center Insiders podcast, Brian & Simon are joined by Mark Twomey (EMC Office of the CTO, Backup & Recovery) to discuss the current state of Backups in relation to the mass of data now produced, Virtualization & Cloud Computing.

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DCI #3 ‘VCE’ with Jeramiah Dooley

VCE PodcastIn this episode of the Data Center Insiders podcast, Brian and Simon are joined by Jeramiah Dooley (VCE Office of the CTO) to discuss things Vblock, VCE and Converged Infrastructure.  Want to find out more with what and where VCE are doing in the industry at present?  Then this is the episode for you.

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EMC Elect – New EMC Individual Recognition Programme

EMC ElectYou’ve probably heard of the VMware vExpert and Microsoft MVP programmes which recognise those people who have contributed and gone above and beyond in assisting others and providing additional value to these particular communities.  Those who have been awarded such titles for the year become a member of a relatively small group who can use this title and associated logo on their blogs, email signatures or business cards.  Along with being able to use the title for the year there are usually other benefits to be had such as access to NDA and roadmap information, auto-enrollment into product beta programmes and special attention from the vendor when attending the larger vendor events.

The individuals who provide their time free of charge to contribute to these communities, often helping others in the process, are of significant benefit to a vendor as they provide an “independent” (ie: not an employee of the vendor)voice which can lend more credibility to the information they give and the informal support eco-system around the vendor’s products or services.

What is EMC Elect?

EMC Elect Recognition TitleEMC has always had a healthy community base around its various products though it has always been lacking a recognition programme and associated title for those who provide extra value and go out of their way to help others with their EMC products.  Well, the good news is that there is now such a programme similar to that of the VMware vExpert and Microsoft MVP – it is called EMC Elect.

To be bestowed with the ‘EMC Elect’ title EMC are looking for people who meet one or more of the following criteria:

Engagement - Members are those engaging here on the ECN, on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and in person at events.
Commitment – Being a part of the EMC conversation day in and day out, offering thoughtful feedback and staying optimistic in your language.
Leadership – The kind of people who take every opportunity to engage with their peers and represent others as part of the community

As with other vendor community recognition programmes there are a number of benefits to be had by being awarded the title, here are some examples as outlined in the EMC Elect FAQ here:

  • Award certificate and gift
  • Public recognition in the EMC Elect directory
  • EMC Elect logo to display on website or email signature
  • Access to a private EMC Elect community with exclusive content
  • Access to exclusive online events and other opportunities to participate in activities
  • Prioritization in upcoming Beta and external reviews of Roadmaps and User Experience
  • Direct feedback mechanisms into all participating EMC product teams

Other potential benefits include:

  • VIP treatment at Tier 1 events
  • Educational Discounts

Some pretty good reasons to be an EMC Elect I think you’ll agree.

How do I become EMC Elect?

You can be awarded the EMC Elect title by “being active and sharing their EMC knowledge and experiences with others. This could be online — answering questions on the EMC Communities, running a blog — or it could be offline, for example by helping organize or speaking at EMC User Groups or other local events.”

You can be nominated for consideration to receive the award by your peers or you can nominate yourself.  If you feel you have provided value and contributed to the EMC Community then don’t be shy, nominate yourself as someone else may not do it for you.

Simply use the online EMC Elect nomination form here to nominate a peer or yourself.

When is the nomination cut-off date?

Get your nominations in for EMC Elect 2013 by 15th December 2012.

Good luck to all of you who are nominated!

What is VMware Cloud Foundry?

During VMworld 2012 we met up with Andy Piper from the VMware Cloud Foundry Developer Relations Team.  In a series of videos Andy takes us through a high level overview on what Cloud Foundry is, where it fits into the Cloud Computing space and also speaks with a some VMware partners whose products and service offerings work with and compliment Cloud Foundry.

This is a useful series of videos if you’ve perhaps heard of Cloud Foundry and wanted to find out more about it and how it could provide your business with a more effective way to develop and move your applications to the Cloud.