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Get Smart About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure in 20-Minute Episodes - Episode 2

Overview: It’s time to get smart about hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). In three (20) minute episodes, this webcast series demonstrates how HCI solutions built on VMware vSphere hypervisor and VMware Virtual SAN™ hyper-converged storage dramatically simplify data center infrastructure while delivering exceptional performance at the lowest cost.

Episode 2:

Take a technical deep dive into VMware Hyper-Converged Software features for HCI solutions, including the flash-optimized architecture, and new capabilities like storage efficiency features and quality of service.
Recorded Mar 17 2016 23 mins
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John Nicholson, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability, VMware
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