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VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

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  • Getting More Out of vSAN: vSAN Architecture & What’s New in 6.5 Getting More Out of vSAN: vSAN Architecture & What’s New in 6.5 Jeff Hunter, Staff Technical Marketing Architect at VMware & Vijay Ramachandran, Senior Director of Product Management Recorded: Feb 10 2017 61 mins
    This session will give you a thorough overview of vSAN’s architecture, commonly used terms, and the benefits of its unique in-kernel design. Next, we will discuss vSAN 2-node and stretched cluster configurations and use cases. The webcast will conclude with insight into the new features of vSAN 6.5 including 2-node direct-connect, automation with PowerCLI, and iSCSI access for physical servers.
  • The Rules of RAID are Changing The Rules of RAID are Changing John Nicholson, Ron Scott Adams, Marcus Pucket Recorded: Feb 10 2017 63 mins
    The Rules of RAID are Changing, co-hosted by VMware and Spiceworks

    Back in the day, rules were create for storage admins to make deciding on RAID levels easy. RAID 10 for performance. RAID 6 for bulk capacity. RAID 5 for… well… we’re not sure.

    But thanks to advances in storage technology like flash SSDs and virtual SANs, the rules of RAID are changing. Tune into this week’s On the Air, where we’ll talk about WHY these changes are meaningful and where we need to go with RAID from here. We’ll be sitting down with an IT pro from the Spiceworks Community as well as an expert from VMware.

    What we're discussing:
    How the original rules of RAID came to be... and why they may no longer apply

    How using flash can change the way you need to think about redundancy (and yes, it's affordable now)

    How per-object RAID with VSAN can lower your risk as your storage capacity grows
  • Prepare for Tomorrow's Apps: Containers and VMware vSAN Prepare for Tomorrow's Apps: Containers and VMware vSAN Michael Haag, Product Line Manager Storage and Availability VMware Recorded: Feb 10 2017 63 mins
    Technology is shifting faster than ever before with the emergence of new data center architectures, thanks to HCI, and new application architectures, thanks to cloud-native apps and containers. IT departments are faced with addressing immediate day-to-day challenges but also looking ahead to how they can embrace these emerging architectures. Luckily the virtualization revolution of the past decade means organizations are well positioned to evolve their current IT infrastructure to shift to HCI, which provides numerous advantages to cloud-native apps that have their own unique requirements that are important for IT teams to understand. VMware is focused on addressing these requirements as we continue to accelerate the evolution to HCI with vSAN. The hypervisor-integrated architecture of vSAN provides numerous benefits for cloud-native applications, whether deployed on own or as the underlying storage services to Photon Platform.

    Takeaways:
    **How HCI and new cloud-native applications are changing the approach to IT

    **What are the new requirements needed to successful run cloud-native apps and containers

    **How are HCI solutions powered by vSAN well suited to meet new requirements
  • 5 Hyper Converged Infrastructure Myths...Busted! 5 Hyper Converged Infrastructure Myths...Busted! Michael Haag, Product Line Manager Storage and Availability VMware Recorded: Feb 2 2017 20 mins
    As you start 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 of the 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, including core advantages that span any workload.

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

    —Fewer silos by evolving existing virtualization and management infrastructures that can protect existing investments in external storage systems.

    —Modular architecture serving as the fundamental building block to grow into a private cloud and full SDDC.
  • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Dummies Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for Dummies Anita Kibunguchy, Product Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability Recorded: Jan 10 2017 21 mins
    Most enterprises have IT departments struggling to keep up the needs of today’s business for speed and efficiency. They need to figure out ways to make apps run faster, make provisioning easier, provide non-disruptive and rapid scaling, all at lower cost. Legacy infrastructure and existing processes can no longer keep up the new demands of the next-generation data center. Fortunately, hyper-converged infrastructure is able to solve this problem. Join us for this webcast to understand what hyper-converged infrastructure is and how it can transform your data center. You’ll learn about:

    –The evolution of the data center
    –The benefits of a hyper-converged infrastructure
    –Real world success stories
  • Take 20 Series Episode 3: Lowering TCO with VMware vSAN Take 20 Series Episode 3: Lowering TCO with VMware vSAN Chanda Dani, Senior Director, Product Marketing Management at VMware Recorded: Dec 21 2016 21 mins
    vSAN reduces the total cost of ownership by up to 50% by eliminating traditional hardware storage costs with intelligent software-defined storage that accelerates the shift to server economics, affordable flash, and the broadest selection of x86 platforms for HCI. Join this webinar to discover how VMware vSAN can work for your business needs as we share a few case studies of businesses who have already deployed.

    Make sure to see all the episodes on this 3-part webinar series, where we will show you how VMware vSAN accommodates non-virtualized workloads with iSCSI support, eliminates the need for routers and switches in 2-node ROBO deployments, and how to save on storage costs through server side economics and greater space efficiency. We’ll also describe how a single SPBM framework delivers consistent performance and protection in mixed vSAN and VVOL environments.
  • Take 20 Series Episode 2: Deploying SPBM for Mixed Storage with VMware vSAN Take 20 Series Episode 2: Deploying SPBM for Mixed Storage with VMware vSAN Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect Office of the CTO, VMware Recorded: Dec 14 2016 28 mins
    In this 20-minute webcast, learn how to leverage the same storage policy based management (SBPM) framework across both HCI (hyperconverged infrastructure) and traditional storage. We'll also discuss vSAN and VVOLs for easy provisioning and management across mixed storage.

    Make sure to see all the episodes on this 3-part webinar series, where we will show you how VMware vSAN accommodates non-virtualized workloads with iSCSI support, eliminates the need for routers and switches in 2-node ROBO deployments, and how to save on storage costs through server side economics and greater space efficiency. We’ll also describe how a single SPBM framework delivers consistent performance and protection in mixed vSAN and VVOL environments.
  • Take 20 Series Episode 1: What's New in vSAN 6.5 Take 20 Series Episode 1: What's New in vSAN 6.5 Jase McCarty, Staff Technical Marketing Architect VMware Recorded: Dec 7 2016 15 mins
    Discover what’s new in vSAN 6.5, including iSCSI Access to support physical workloads, and the ability to connect two vSphere servers without expensive routers or switches. Speaker Jase McCarty covers what you need to know and how you can experiment with with vSAN yourself.

    Make sure to see all the episodes of this 3-part webinar series, where we will show you how VMware vSAN accommodates non-virtualized workloads with iSCSI support, eliminates the need for routers and switches in 2-node ROBO deployments, and how to save on storage costs through server side economics and greater space efficiency. We’ll also describe how a single SPBM framework delivers consistent performance and protection in mixed vSAN and VVOL environments.
  • Understanding the Availability Features of vSAN Understanding the Availability Features of vSAN Jeff Hunter, Staff Technical Marketing Architect at VMware Recorded: Nov 30 2016 48 mins
    Application uptime and resiliency to failure are key factors with any hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) storage solution. Before choosing a platform, it is important to understand its ability to recover from issues such as disk, host, and even entire site failures. This session will focus specifically on the availability features of VMware vSAN. It is a technical discussion that begins with a quick explanation of how vSAN stores virtual machine objects such as configuration (VMX) files and virtual disk (VMDK) files. Next, we will take a look at storage policy-based management (SPBM) as this is the primary method for configuring and managing the levels of resiliency for virtual machine objects. We will examine the differences between and requirements for RAID-1 mirroring and RAID-5/6 erasure coding rules in vSAN storage policies and how these rules affect the number and placement of objects. Next, we will provide technical details around vSAN fault domains and stretched clusters. The session will finish with some notes on vSAN data protection using VMware vSphere Replication and VMware vSphere Data Protection.
  • Essential vSAN Management Essential vSAN Management Junchi Zhang, Senior Product Manager, Storage and Availability & Swaroop Malangi, Director Business Intelligence Recorded: Nov 16 2016 61 mins
    vSAN provides clustered storage for virtual machines in a vSphere hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) environment. In this session, we’ll examine one of the main value proposition of vSAN: the ability to be managed simply and efficiently through native integration with vSphere and vCenter. You’ll see how you can manage and monitor vSAN operations using the familiar vCenter tools — helping reduce the number of management tools and accelerating the path to HCI. This session will also look at the flexibility vSAN offers through the included management APIs as well as how advanced tools in the VMware vRealize Suite can be used to gain additional, intelligent operations management of vSAN. New vSAN users or customers who are planning to use vSAN will benefit from the deep dive of the session.

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