#17 – EMC vVNX with Rahul Pradhan & Phil Triede

EMC vVNXSimulated EMC Celerra and VNX instances have been around for a few years now, and has provided many with the ability to become familiar with web based Unisphere management interface and how to setup and configure a Celerra and/or VNX instance.  These simulators have their limitations, and as the name suggests, are just simulators.

EMC have now released the real-deal, with an available to download, and free, fully virtualized VNX storage appliance, called the vVNX.

The vVNX has the features and functionality found it’s physical VNX counterpart, with the exception of FAST storage tiering in the current available version, and is FREE to download, install and run in your own vSphere based lab environment.

There has never been a better time to get hands on time with EMC’s highly popular unified (ie: block and file) storage offering, with it (as already mentioned) being free to download, and there being no time limitations on the use of your copy of the vVNX.

The only catch is that this currently available vVNX Community edition doesn’t come with any official EMC support and is not intended for production use, but that said, there is a very active moderated EMC community (which can be found here) that can offer non-official guidance and support.

At VMworld San Francisco a few weeks ago, the vVNX team also announced a ‘Technology Preview’ instance of the vVNX which features VVOL functionality.  This, as with the Community Edition, is also free to download and use, and can provide you with valuable hands-on time with the new vSphere centric VVOL technology.

Rahul-vVNXPhil-vVNXIn this episode of the podcast I speak with Rahul Pradhan (Senior Manager, Product Management) and Phil Triede (CTD Midrange Marketing) about the vVNX, and discuss what is the vVNX, where it fits into EMC’s storage portfolio and what can we expect to see from this virtual appliance in the future?

If you are looking for some shared block and file virtual storage to run in your work or home vSphere lab, or perhaps just want to become familiar or kick the tyres on the vVNX then definitely check out this episode.




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#16 – EMC XtremIO with CTO, Itzik Reich

EMC XtremIO - Itzik ReichEMC XtremIO is an exciting all-flash array offering, that offers not only performance (as you’d expect from an all-flash array) and scalability, but also has exciting and cost-saving features such as de-duplication & compression.

Itzik Reich, CTO of EMC XtremIO, takes us through what XtremIO is, it’s features, how it fits into the EMC portfolio of storage products and also how it compares to other all-flash array offerings currently in the market.  He also let’s us know what we can expect from the XtremIO team in the near future.

Do you like your flash storage?  If so, then this is the episode for you!

Links Mentioned:

XtremIO Website

EMC XtremIO Page

Itzik’s Blog – well worth a look!

Itzik on Twitter

#15 – EMC ScaleIO with Jeff Thomas

EMC ScaleIO - Jeff ThomasScaleIO is at the forefront of EMC’s Software Defined Storage (SDS),  providing performance and flexibility for those businesses looking at moving towards a SDS storage model.  Jeff Thomas (JT) joins me in this episode of the Data Center Insiders Podcast to discuss what ScaleIO is, a high-level architectural overview, the benefits it brings over traditional storage appliances and how to download your own (FREE evaluation) copy of ScaleIO for use in your own lab!

EMC, along with many of its other products, are now available for easy download and install into your own lab environment.  Unlike many software evaluations that are limited in some way, most of the EMC downloads, such as the ScaleIO software, is not limited.  So there is nothing stopping you, from downloading it and getting some hands-on time with EMC ScaleIO!  Links below.

This is a longer episode of the podcast though I highly recommend you take the time to listen to it, as there is great information from JT all the way through!

Subscribe and listen via iTunes or via the player below.



Links mentioned:

EMC ScaleIO Website

EMC Software Downloads

JT’s Twitter Account

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ChadSakac_Cropped-resizedChad Sakac (aka Virtual Geek) joins me in this episode of the Data Center Insiders podcast to discuss his industry observations. We are definitely in a period of transition within the IT industry.

Meeting with many global businesses to discuss their IT strategy each week, Chad is armed with plenty of front-line and real-world feedback on how our industry is changings along with the challenges and IT opportunities being faced by many real-world companies out there.

As always it’s an entertaining, honest and educational discussion with Chad, and as any self-respecting geek should do, we get to talk general tech and what is currently sparking our interest.

Definitely worth a listen via iTunes or via the player below, or watch in technicolor on YouTube here.


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#12 – EMC VSPEX BLUE with Chad Dunn

EMC VSPEX BLUEIn this episode I speak with Chad Dunn, EMC’s Senior Director of VSPEX, about VSPEX BLUE, how hyper-converged architectures fit into the IT industry, what differentiates EMC’s EVO:RAIL based hyper-converged product, and also go into more depth on VSPEX BLUE itself.


EMC VSPEX BLUE is a scale-out reference architecture based on EMC hardware and the VMware EVO:RAIL product.  VMware EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged infrastructure product, that combines virtualized compute, storage and networking resources (including management), in to a single box, which is sold via a handful of VMware partners who install EVO:RAIL on their own branded hardware.  Put simply, VMware provide the hyper-converged software and their partners, EMC being one of them, install EVO:RAIL on their own hardware and wrap additional software and services around it.

Since the EVO:RAIL product that runs on top of the physical hardware is the same across all of the VMware partners, who are offering EVO:RAIL, there have to be ways in which each of the partners differentiate their offering from that of their competitors.

emc-vspex-blueEMC’s VSPEX BLUE does this through enhanced management into the underlying physical hardware (all from the EVO:RAIL management console), providing back and disaster recovery, along with tight integration with environment monitoring and “call home” functionality & support.  Not only that, EMC are also providing (all included in the cost) 10TB of Cloud based storage, for if and when  a business wants additional storage capacity.  Meaning you are not limited by the physical storage capacity in a single VSPEX BLUE appliance, though not that it is at all hard to add additional VSPEX BLUE appliances quickly and easily should needs arise.

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#11 – VMware EVO:RAIL with Mike Laverick

Mike Laverick Podcast VMWare EVO RAILVMware EVO:RAIL was announced by VMware at VMworld in San Francisco last year (2014).  This is a hyper-converged infrastructure product which means the components that typically make up a traditional IT infrastructure, such as server, storage and networking are consolidated down to a single physical appliance (albeit using a top-of-rack 10Gb switch for inter and external node connectivity).

There are currently nine vendors, including EMC, who have signed up to the EVO:RAIL programme, each of whom will be coming to market with their own hardware offering, on top of which the EVO:RAIL product runs.  Want to find out more?  Then definitely check out this podcast.


During this episode we cover the following key topics:

  • What is EVO:RAIL?
  • What is a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?
  • How is EVO:RAIL easy to install, configure and manage?
  • What parts of the EVO:RAIL solution does VMware provide & which components/parts do EVO partners provide in the overall solution?
  • What are some of the differentiators between EVO partner’s offerings?  eg: is it just the hardware it runs on? Also, is there the ability for them to include additional functionality/value-add to the solution at the software layer?
  • Typical/planned EVO:RAIL use cases
  • How does EVO:RAIL differ from EVO:RACK?
  • How to find out more about EVO:RAIL

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#10 – OpenStack with Kenneth Hui

OpenStack Ken HuiOpenStack is evolving and gaining traction, with many businesses  looking towards OpenStack as a potential Public Cloud platform alternative to the likes of AWS.  Though for many in the industry OpenStack is still something of an unknown frontier. To help shed some light on the topic I speak with Ken Hui (EMC’s OpenStack Cloud Solutions Business Development Manager) who helps us gain a better understanding of OpenStack, what it is and how it fits into the Cloud eco-system.


During this episode we cover the following key topics:

  • What is OpenStack?
  • How does OpenStack fit into the ‘Cloud’ picture?
  • Does OpenStack run alongside VMware vSphere or instead of?
  • How does EMC contribute to the OpenStack initiative?
  • Where is EMC’s commitment to the OpenStack initiative heading?

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#9 – Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) with Jim Sanzone

EMC Enterprise Hybrid CloudHi folks, it’s been quite a while since I last recorded a Data Centre Insiders podcast, so it was great to kick things off again and what better way than having on the show, Jim Sanzone (EMC Solutions Technical Marketing Director), to discuss Hybrid Cloud and EMC’s new Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) solution.

With Hybrid Cloud gaining more traction, and with more vendors starting to come to market with increasingly robust Hybrid Cloud offerings, this seemed like a good opportunity to find out more, and get some details around what the EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud has to offer.


In this show we discuss and cover the following:

  • What is Hybrid Cloud?
  • EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) overview
  • EHC use cases
  • How do I get EHC?
    I hope you enjoy this podcast episode as much as I did recording it, it’s great to be back, and expect more regular Data Center Insider podcasts from now on.
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#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.

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#7 – Software Defined 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.

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