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I Can’t ‘Contain’ Myself

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I blogged about this topic last week, but looking forward toward all of what will be announced at VMworld next week has made me want to revisit the subject again and make some predictions on what the show will be all about this year. I literally couldn’t (pardon the pun) ‘contain’ myself 😉 I do quite a bit of thinking around this topic every year so as to inform our Marketing team on what our messaging might look like as we approach VMworld, so I’ve been thinking about these topics for some time now…

What exactly do containers mean for the virtualization admin, storage admin or otherwise? 

Containers such as Docker and Rocket, among newer generation technologies, aim to provide abstraction much like virtual machines, but without the added effort of virtualizing an entire OS and all of the supporting drivers. A much more efficient method for application delivery, which I have blogged about before and have had conversations with colleagues, such as Scott Drummonds, about in the recent past couple of years. Around the time that CloudFoundry was first announced, we talked about what application delivery would look like without the need for an OS. Obviously it would make for a higher performance, transient, web-scale system that would deliver the application without all of the fluff required by a typical virtual machine. We didn’t know when it would happen, but definitely glimpsed the possibilities and implications in IT once this dream came true. We are starting to see the results of that now, with “containerization”. VMware is at the forefront of this innovation (along with Docker and CoreOS) with projects such as Lightwave and Photon. You will obviously see these heavily featured at the show, along with other DevOps and Microservices related topics. I see these trends as a 2nd or 3rd iteration of the cloud native apps paradigm that CloudFoundry hinted toward a few years back. Paul Maritz talked quite extensively about this during his tenure at VMware, stating something along the lines of: now that customers have realized the economic benefits of virtualization, they will start re-writing their apps for a cloud native future. This didn’t happen right away, but I believe that it’s telling that we are now seeing the results of this effort. This definitely follows with VMware’s “Ready for Any” theme for this year, I think you’ll agree.

Storage and the next wave of containerization…

As an emerging, cutting edge storage provider, we at Coho Data are also innovating around this trend as it relates to storage, especially persistent storage, which is in its nascent phase. We will not only be demoing some microservices running directly on our array, but we’ll also be talking about what the microservices future will look like in the context of storage. Think data-centric, not workload-centric, VM-centric or otherwise. We care about storing and managing data regardless of the abstraction it sits in.

This is just a taste of what we have in store. Come visit the Coho Data booth (#1713) or attend our CTO, Andy Warfield’s breakout session on the topic to learn more about what we have in-store.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Come Meet the vSamurai at VMworld

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If you’ve been following me via this blog or elsewhere on this series of tubes, you may know that I have taken on more of a customer and partner facing role in the past couple of months. This has given me the opportunity to do more of what I love, which is getting people excited as well as evangelizing what Coho Data is all about. The storage marketplace today is very crowded, with more and more start-ups on the scene on what seems like a daily basis. It’s hard for me to catch up with all that’s going on, let alone the buyers of the technology themselves. It’s not going to get any easier, until some major/sudden consolidation happens, but that’s mere speculation…

I’m looking forward to talking with members of the VMware and virtualization community, customers, partners, and anyone else that finds their way to VMworld this year. Recalling back to about a year-and-a-half ago, when I was making the decision to leave NetApp to join a company that is truly innovating in the storage market, I saw the potential that Coho has to offer. Now, I feel that a lot of the promise is being realized. This will be our 2nd VMworld and we’ll be upgrading from Silver sponsor last year to Platinum sponsor this year! We’re doubling-down on VMware and I am truly excited about what we’ll be showing and talking about this year. I’m privileged to share the details with you as we get closer to the show…

Until then, if you’d like to set-up a meeting to talk with me or another one of our other experts, head on over here.

Or if you’d just like to sign-up for a chance to win a free pass to attend the show, click below:

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Top Virtualization Blogs – 2015

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The time has come again to vote for the Top VMware & Virtualization Blogs of 2015. I was in the middle of a transition to my current role at Coho Data during the voting in 2014, so I didn’t rank last year, but this blog has placed twice in the Top 50 before. I have been sharing quite a few details on Coho this year, so I hope that warrants a vote!

I think that I was steadier with the delivery of content this year, versus last year, by blogging more frequently and with shorter articles that I hope were valuable to the readers. I, of course, still like to do an involved, in-depth blog here and there. I continue to work on the cadence and quality of my content. Thanks for your continued readership!

I would also like to mention the blog of my colleague, Forbes Guthrie (vReference), who is on the list as well. You may have seen his posts in my Twitter feed as well as my front page RSS.

Thanks for your vote!

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VMware vExpert 2015

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I am so happy to announce that I have again been honored as a vExpert for 2015. This is my 5th year as a vExpert! Many thanks to Corey Romero and the rest of the VMware Social Media & Community Team that helped determine the inductees this year. They run a great program and the process this year was quick and smooth.

At Coho Data, we have 2 vExperts so far. I’m challenging Patrick Benson and some of our other SEs to go for this honor next year. Their blogging and community efforts should be worthy of recognition. Forbes Guthrie, also made the list this year, along with me (no brainer!). I can assure you that the two of us, and the rest of our team our honored to be part of this exclusive company.

That’s it for now!

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Storage Field Day 6: Videos

I really enjoyed the Storage Field Day 6 crew taking the time to drop by Coho‘s office last week. It’s always a pleasure to see Stephen, Tom, and the delegates geek out about storage. I also got to hang with my fellow vExpert, Forbes Guthrie. I always enjoy the chance to see Andy Warfield, our founder and CTO, present. It’s a great opportunity for me (and the audience) to be educated on modern trends in storage and networking.

Without further ado, here are the embeds of the videos from last week:

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