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VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

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  • Take HCI to the Next Level in 20-Minutes: Performance [Episode 3] Take HCI to the Next Level in 20-Minutes: Performance [Episode 3] John Nicholson Sr. Technical Manager, VMware Recorded: Sep 20 2016 20 mins
    In this episode, we will cover the major performance aspects of Virtual SAN, including a quick overview of hybrid and all-flash architectures, storage polices that influence performance, and other good-to-know design considerations.

    Take your hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to the next level in this technical series on HCI solutions built on VMware Virtual SAN hyper-converged storage. You’ll learn how it dramatically improves space efficiency, contributing to a lower overall TCO and delivering exceptional performance and availability.

    Episode 1 - Space Efficiency: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13915/220897

    Episode 2 - Availability: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13915/220899
  • 3 Approaches to Deploying a Hyper-Converged Solution- Part 2 3 Approaches to Deploying a Hyper-Converged Solution- Part 2 Michael Haag Product Line Manager Storage and Availability VMware and Peter Keilty, VMware Recorded: Sep 14 2016 30 mins
    Although most VMware Virtual SAN design and sizing exercises are straightforward, careful planning at the outset can help you simplify things even more. In Part 1 of this two-part webcast, we covered deployment options for Virtual SAN.

    In Part 2, we’ll start with a brief recap of Part 1 before taking a deeper look into sizing and design considerations for performance vs. capacity-intensive workloads, sizing all-flash and hybrid configurations correctly, and much more.

    Topics include:

    •What to remember when selecting class of drives

    •How to select the right Ready Node for “x” number of VMs
    •Sizing when you don’t yet know workload parameters
    •Choosing between a single large disk group or multiple smaller ones

    •Basic network design considerations to keep in mind


    If you’re uncertain about how to size storage correctly in a Virtual SAN environment, this technical deep dive will help.
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  • Take HCI to the Next Level in 20-Minutes: Availability [Episode 2] Take HCI to the Next Level in 20-Minutes: Availability [Episode 2] Rawlinson Rivera Principal Architect, Office of CTO Storage and Availability, VMware Recorded: Sep 6 2016 33 mins
    Even the most demanding applications benefit from Virtual SAN enterprise-class availability. We’ll explore these mechanisms in Virtual SAN, including built-in and tunable failure tolerance, rack awareness, stretched cluster, and replication.

    Take your hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to the next level in this technical series on HCI solutions built on VMware Virtual SAN hyper-converged storage. You’ll learn how it dramatically improves space efficiency, contributing to a lower overall TCO and delivering exceptional performance and availability.

    Episode 1 - Space Efficiency: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13915/220897

    Episode 3 - Performance: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13915/220901
  • Take HCI to the Next Level in 20-Minutes: Space Efficiency [Episode 1] Take HCI to the Next Level in 20-Minutes: Space Efficiency [Episode 1] Rawlinson Rivera Principal Architect, Office of CTO Storage and Availability, VMware Recorded: Sep 1 2016 17 mins
    Take your hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to the next level in this technical series on HCI solutions built on VMware Virtual SAN hyper-converged storage. You’ll learn how it dramatically improves space efficiency, contributing to a lower overall TCO and delivering exceptional performance and availability.

    Episode 1 - Space Efficiency:
    Join us for an overview of space efficiency features in Virtual SAN and guidance on when, where, how, and why they make sense for your HCI. Topics include de-duplication, compression, and RAID 5/6 erasure coding.

    Episode 2 - Availability: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13915/220899
    Even the most demanding applications benefit from Virtual SAN enterprise-class availability. We’ll explore these mechanisms in Virtual SAN, including built-in and tunable failure tolerance, rack awareness, stretched cluster, and replication.

    Episode 3 - Performance: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13915/220901
    In this episode, we will cover the major performance aspects of Virtual SAN, including a quick overview of hybrid and all-flash architectures, storage polices that influence performance, and other good-to-know design considerations.
  • 5 Myths on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure … Busted! 5 Myths on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure … Busted! Michael Haag Product Line Manager Storage and Availability VMware Recorded: Aug 24 2016 19 mins
    As you begin evaluating hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) options, you may run into conflicting ideas about what it is and what it can do.

    In this webcast, we will debunk some common myths around HCI, discuss what’s behind these misconceptions, and clarify how the right HCI solution leads to a simpler and more efficient way to manage your resources.

    Don’t let myths distract you from what you should be considering when choosing the right HCI, which includes:

    •A proven hypervisor in an integrated HCI stack, with reliability evident in its track record and usage.

    •Broad HCI use cases, that include business-critical apps, VDI, managed hosting platforms, micro-services, and more

    •Reduced costs through the automation of manual tasks with simple, policy-based management, and a broad choice of competitive hardware platforms.

    •Fewer silos by extending existing server and virtualization infrastructures and supporting existing external storage systems
    Join us and learn how the modular architecture of HCI serves as the fundamental building block for growing into a private cloud and full SDDC.
  • 3 Approaches to Deploying a Hyper-Converged Solution- Part 1 3 Approaches to Deploying a Hyper-Converged Solution- Part 1 Michael Haag, VMware and Peter Keilty, VMware Recorded: Aug 10 2016 31 mins
    Although most VMware Virtual SAN design and sizing exercises are straightforward, careful planning at the outset can help you reduce future operations even more. In Part 1 of this two-part webinar, we’ll discuss deployment options for Virtual SAN and the advantages of each.

    We’ll start with a brief introduction to VMware Hyper-Converged Software (HCS), composed of vSphere, vCenter and Virtual SAN, and then discuss how its openness and flexibility allows it to be deployed a variety of ways to meet your specific needs:
    ♣VxRail, a turn-key HCI appliance
    ♣Virtual SAN Ready Nodes, a pre-certified hardware stack ready to run HCS
    ♣Build Your Own, complete flexibility to choose from certified components (any server that can run vSphere can be turned into an HCI solution)

    Understanding key criteria for each will help you reach the same end goal of having an HCI solution with all the ongoing benefits around cost, flexibility, and performance—no matter which option you choose.
  • Traditional Storage vs. HCI: The Storage Admin’s Perspective Traditional Storage vs. HCI: The Storage Admin’s Perspective Jase McCarty, Technical Marketing Architect VMware Recorded: Aug 3 2016 33 mins
    Are you a storage admins running business-critical workloads on vSphere? Replacing a traditional storage environment with hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions can give you a simpler, more efficient way to manage resources—and eliminate the guesswork that often leads to overprovisioning.

    Learn what HCI can do to alleviate some pressure. We’ll discuss how VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 powers HCI with a new operational model for shared storage, including features that complement high-end SANS.

    By offloading just one virtualized workload from SAN to Virtual SAN, you can save more expensive SAN or NAS for higher value workloads.

    Topics in the webcast include:

    -The advantages of VM-centric, policy-based storage
    - Avoiding frequent storage requests for transient workloads
    - Simplifying capacity planning by scaling compute and storage in tandem
    - Focusing on optimizing production workloads

    Easy to learn, and with the broadest set of consumption models, see how Virtual SAN hyper-converged storage powers radically simple HCI solutions that solve critical problems for storage admins.
  • HCI 101: Why is Hyper-Convergence the Simple Evolution of Virtualization? HCI 101: Why is Hyper-Convergence the Simple Evolution of Virtualization? Michael Haag, VMware and Pooja Virkud, VMware Recorded: Jul 28 2016 40 mins
    Today, companies are increasingly looking into HCI solutions as server virtualization becomes pervasive, the cost of server-side flash drops, and demand increases for operational efficiency without silos.

    Join us to learn about HCI trends and VMware hyper-converged software. We’ll discuss how your environment can benefit, and how you can build a simple, efficient and very cost-effective hyper-converged infrastructure—without starting from scratch.
  • IDC Test Report: The Value of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure IDC Test Report: The Value of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Eric Sheppard Research Director IDC Corp and Michael Haag Product Line Manager Storage and Availability VMware Recorded: Jul 27 2016 33 mins
    What does the current state of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) look like, and how can you evaluate its value for your business over the long-term?

    Join VMware and IDC guest speaker and analyst Eric Sheppard, as we discuss HCI solutions powered by Virtual SAN, based on IDC product testing and customer surveys.
  • Solving Common SLED Storage Challenges Solving Common SLED Storage Challenges Cameron Groves Director, Solutions Architecture Public Sector VMware Matthew DiCapua Staff System Engineer, Public Sector Recorded: Jun 21 2016 37 mins
    It’s time to move past the limitations of your legacy infrastructure, even if your budgets and resources are tight. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is the best building block for the software-defined data center—and it’s where organizations like your’s are seeing massive savings in time and costs.

    Join us for an informative webcast and learn why VMware hyper-converged software, including the radically simple Virtual SAN hyper-converged storage, makes sense as part of an HCI strategy, no matter the size of your environment and data footprint—or its performance needs..

    We’ll share success stories from your peers, highlighting how they have dramatically improved performance, reduced latency, increased VDI scale, saved capital costs and more. If you’re ready to explore the next step toward a software-defined data center, this webcast will give you a good start.

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