Debunking 5 Myths around Storage and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
The rapid evolution of technology means that something difficult to manage or expensive one day, can become simple and inexpensive in a blink of an eye. This is how hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is transforming virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as VDI’s biggest challenges rapidly disappear. If you’re still hanging on to your Sony Walkman, then maybe VDI isn’t for you. For everyone else, join us to learn why VDI makes sense today.
In this business webinar we will look at five specific VDI challenges that are disappearing thanks to HCI and technology advances:
•New instant clones in Horizon 7 and their impact on storage requirements
• All-flash HCI solutions that lower costs and improve performance—without tradeoffs
•The benefits of VMware Virtual SAN over other HCI solutions and traditional storage models
RecordedMay 10 201632 mins
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Upgrading your IT operations -- even with the industry's leading virtualization platform -- is an unpredictable process. During this webcast, our technical experts will share common do's and don'ts for an easier virtualization upgrade execution for your DevOps and IT teams.
Logan Smith, Senior Systems Engineer, and Joseph Griffiths, Senior Solutions Architect
Discover top considerations around architecting the migration to vSphere 6.5 from Joseph Griffiths, Solution Architect, and Logan Smith, Systems Engineer. During this webcast, they will address specific design "How-Tos" and deep dive into architecture best practices.
vSAN continues to drive the rapid growth of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), adopted by more than 8,000 customers. One of the most popular HCI consumption models is the vSAN ReadyNode – pre-configured, tested and certified x86 servers designed for optimal HCI performance. Today, we have more than 300 pre-configured ReadyNodes listed in our vSAN Compatibility Guide, which includes certified CPUs, memory, network, I/O controllers and storage options available from our OEM partners across the globe.
While pre-configured vSAN ReadyNodes ensure excellent HCI performance, some users need the flexibility to use another capacity tier device or a different processor in their ReadyNode. In this webcast, we will explore what you can and can’t change in a pre-configured ReadyNode. We’ll also talk about Day 0 availability for ReadyNodes with the new Intel Purley server platform, and discuss:
The high level certification process conducted by our vSAN ReadyLabs
vSAN Hardware Market Segmentation
Guidelines on building your own ReadyNode with certified components
Brief review of vSAN Hardware Guidance
Adam Eckerle,Emad Younis, and Martin Yip, VMware Cloud Platform
VMware’s vSphere 6.5, the latest version of the industry leading virtualization platform, solves for the top challenges for digital transformation including: increasingly complex IT environments, new cybersecurity threats, the need to support both existing and new apps and services, and the need for continuous operations and responsiveness.
In this webcast, VMware subject matter experts will explore the key components available in the new vSphere 6.5 including: simplified experience, comprehensive built-in security, universal app platform, and proactive data center management. Plus, get insight into how vSphere can continue to support your business needs into the future. We’ll discuss:
· What’s new in vSphere 6.5 and what’s coming up
· Best practices for upgrading to vSphere 6.5
· How vSphere 6.5 is your gateway to modernizing your infrastructure so you can take advantage of VMware’s suite of products for the SDDC, including vSAN.
As more and more systems become hyper-converged, it can be hard to know where to start looking when something goes wrong. In this troubleshooting deep-dive our VMware Support engineers discussed a common approach for vSAN, potential missteps and pitfalls, and provide tips on how to approach various errors and outages you may see while using vSAN. Questions on capacity, performance, and what to do if you encounter issues are were asked during the live Q&A.
Jeff Hunter, Staff Technical Marketing Architect at VMware
This session builds on foundational understanding of high-level vSAN architecture such as disk groups, fault domains, and cache and capacity tiers. We will begin with some examples of how vSAN distributes data in the cluster to preserve data integrity and availability and how rules in a storage policy affect data component placement. Infrastructure lifecycle management commonly requires hardware maintenance, firmware upgrades, and software patches. A hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) powered by vSAN is no exception.
This session will provide technical details on how to verify the health of a vSAN cluster and remediate configuration issues. We will cover the use maintenance mode options to help ensure virtual machines remain online during planned host downtime. The session will conclude with discussion on how vSAN effectively handles the availability of data when a disk or host goes offline temporarily or permanently with little or no warning.
Learn how users are deploying their modern infrastructure and the best projects to target for your modernization project. We’ll discuss best practices for modernizing your infrastructure and results from real-world deployments. We’ll also give you the top uses cases for a modernized infrastructure, including hybrid cloud, enhancing existing applications and enabling new apps, edge computing for disaster recovery and remote offices/branch offices, and for IaaS deployments.
In this session, we will discuss – and debunk – common misconceptions that you may encounter when planning to modernize your infrastructure. We’ll examine whether ‘build-it-yourself’ modernization deliver the same results as integrated solutions, if a modern infrastructure impacts the role of IT admins, how it effects the ROI of your existing infrastructure, the readiness of a simple, modern infrastructure for enterprise workloads, and whether or not infrastructure modernization leads to vendor lock-in.
Michael Haag, Product Line Manager, VMware and Alan Hsia, Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware
In today’s digital economy, a modern infrastructure can help IT keep up with rapid changes, making it possible to deliver apps and services more reliably, provision without hassle, and scale quickly. You’ll learn about the limitations of traditional architectures, the characteristics of a modern infrastructure, the VMware approach, and customer success stories.
Come learn the technical details of the latest, innovative features in VMware vSAN 6.6 that are helping customers accelerate their path to a modern, secure infrastructure.
In this session, learn how vSAN will help your digital transformation to a fully software-defined data center for 2017 and beyond. We’ll take a deep dive into the brand-new features of just-released vSAN 6.6 which include:
- The first native HCI security, enhanced stretched clusters with local protection
- Intelligent operations
- 30% higher performance
We’ll also share the insight gained from our recently concluded vSAN beta program where the VMware IT user community tested out features and capabilities around the themes of security, protection, and management. Plus, learn how to better secure your data center, a top IT priority, and how you can accelerate your deployment of cutting edge flash technology.
Lee Caswell, VP of Product, Michael Haag, Group Manager, Vahid Fereydouny, Sr. Product Line Manager
Hear from Lee Caswell, VP of Products for storage and availability, how the latest innovations in VMware vSAN 6.6 are helping customers simplify and accelerate their digital transformation.
VMware vSAN, our award-winning software powering leading hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, continues to evolve as a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center. After Lee’s introduction, vSAN product experts will cover how vSAN enables you to seamlessly extend virtualization to secure hyper-converged storage, to reach your objectives for cost and efficiency, and to scale to tomorrow’s business needs. We’ll also share insights gained from our vSAN beta program where we focused on features and capabilities that informed vSAN 6.6, including security, protection, and management.
Join us to learn how that latest features in vSAN 6.6 can help set your storage and availability agenda in 2017 and beyond.
Business is moving faster than ever—and enterprise IT departments are struggling to keep up. Organizations need apps to run faster and more reliably, provision without the hassle, and scale on-demand while staying in budget. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) makes all of that possible. Join us for the webcast to get a closer look at HCI, and find out how it can transform your data center.
You’ll learn about:
—The evolution of the modern data center
—What HCI is and the case for a software-defined approach
—The tangible—and intangible—benefits of HCI
—How HCI works in the real world
Anita Kibunguchy, Product Marketing Manager / Matt Ronsman, Global Solutions, Nilan Shakya, Sr. Lead System Engineer
With 12.5 PB of storage deployed across 16 data centers in four continents, CenturyLink is one of the world’s largest cloud hosting and infrastructure providers. To keep up with their cloud customers’ rapidly growing demands, CenturyLink chose VMware vSAN to modernize their storage infrastructure.
In this webcast, you’ll learn how vSAN identified and met their needs, how it allowed them to leverage their existing infrastructure and how they reduced their CapEx costs by more than 50%. With vSAN, CenturyLink now has the scalability and flexibility to quickly respond to changing business needs, and a solid foundation for their hyper-converged infrastructure.
Jeff Hunter, Staff Technical Marketing Architect at VMware & Vijay Ramachandran, Senior Director of Product Management
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, 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
Michael Haag, Product Line Manager Storage and Availability VMware
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.
**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
Michael Haag, Product Line Manager Storage and Availability VMware
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.
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
Chanda Dani, Senior Director, Product Marketing Management at VMware
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.
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