EMC ProSphere – Try, Learn & Download for Free
Following 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.
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.
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.
-vTexan – How to install EMC ProSphere
-vTexan – How to collect VMware info in ProSphere
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
Happy New Year to you all ! To kick things off here are a handful of VMware centric EMC webinars. 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
Simon Seagrave, 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
Roxane Mody , 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
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
Ashish Palekar , 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.
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.
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
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.
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.