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VMworld 2013 – Public Session Voting


The last few weeks have flown by for me. After returning from Japan to welcome warm weather here in North Carolina, now it would also seem the conference season is in full-swing! (creeps up on us every year).

A couple weeks ago, NetApp submitted abstracts for VMworld “Call for Papers”. Now the abstracts have been released for public session voting. I have two sessions in the mix this year:


Session 5400 will be lead by Chris Gebhardt, my colleague on the VMware TME team. I will co-present with him on the Horizon Workspace integrations with NetApp. Here is the abstract:

Horizon View Virtual desktop deployments have traditionally been the most difficult workloads for storage. In this session attendees will learn how seemingly insignificant design decisions can have a great impact on end-user experience and solution scalability. Attendees will learn how VMware Horizon View & Workspace storage integrations can help customers reduce the size, cost, and complexity of VMware Horizon environments. We will demonstrate how desktop administrators can take advantage of these technology integrations without changing their existing desktop management workflows. We will also cover common storage pitfalls, and how to avoid them; proper solution analysis, architecture and sizing, and design decisions.

Session 5501 will be lead by Mac Binesh, Director of Horizon Performance at VMware, with me as co-presenter. The abstract for that session is as follows:

This session will feature a technical deep dive into the architecture, deployment topologies and best practices for Horizon Workspace, from software to storage. Attendees will gain a better understanding of ways to deploy for best performance, data protection, efficiency and security. Attend this session to get a better understanding of the EUC solution and it’s enterprise file sharing capabilities as the preferred solution in the industry.

Go out there and vote today… let your voice be heard. See you all at VMworld!

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NetApp at VMworld 2012 – Demos & Solutions


It’s time to talk about some of the demos & solutions we’ll be featuring in our booth and in the Hands On Labs at VMworld this year. I worked first-hand on developing the demos for VMware Zimbra & Octopus and had a blast doing so. We have other solutions in the area of Virtualizing Business Critical Applications that I was involved with as well, in addition to many others. I’d like to personally invite my readers to drop by the booth to see what new things NetApp has in-store! Stay tuned for more details leading up to August 26th.

See you at the show…

Oracle & SAP

See how SAP running on VMware can change the way you develop, test, and train with NetApp rapid backup, restore, and cloning technology. With NetApp’s integrated data protection and fast recovery, you can confidently virtualize your SAP applications, and turn a process that takes hours or days into one that takes minutes!

VMware Site Recovery Manager

In this demo we will show automated site failover and failback using VMware Site Recovery Manager and NetApp Data ONTAP Cluster-Mode.  The demo will also show how NetApp storage efficiency technologies can be leveraged to test site recovery plans without incurring additional storage overhead and without impact to the existing production environment.  See how NetApp delivers disaster resiliency and business continuity.

VMware View

In this demo, we will show VMware View 5.1 integration with NetApp Data ONTAP through the use of VMware Composer API Integration (VCAI) to create high-performance, storage-efficient clones that allow customers to gain the benefits of using View Composer automated pools.

Microsoft Exchange & SQL

We will demonstrate the key features of NetApp SnapManager for Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server and Single Mailbox Recovery (SMBR).  The demonstration will include backups and restores (database and single mailbox).  In addition, using SMSQL we will create zero-storage-footprint database clones. Lastly we will demonstrate the integration of the SnapManager products into SnapCreator to perform all backups, restores, clones etc. from one pane.

NetApp Flash Accel

We will demonstrate how to implement the Flash Accel caching solution within the VMware vSphere infrastructure and leverage the intelligent, centralized management capabilities of VSC.  See how host-side caching can improve performance with applications, and learn about data durability, persistency and coherency considerations between host-side caching and FAS storage solutions.  Finally, discover how Flash Accel delivers host-side caching that improves the latency and I/O performance of Windows applications in VMware vSphere environments, providing greater storage efficiencies and ensuring that the right storage media is used at the right time for the right data.

VMware Zimbra & Octopus

In this demonstration, we will use NetApp storage efficiency technologies to decrease the overall solution cost for VMware Zimbra and Octopus environments. In addition to storage efficiency, we will demonstrate how NetApp uses application-aware backup, recovery, and DR technologies for Octopus and Zimbra to increase the speed of backup, recovery and disaster recovery.

VMware vCloud Director

In this demonstration, the attendee will learn how NetApp SnapCreator can enable individual tenant-based backup and recovery of a VMware vCloud Director environment in either a private cloud or service provider landscape.  In addition to backup and recovery, attendees will see how NetApp and VMware have integrated vCD and the NetApp Virtual Storage Console APIs for management and provisioning in a vCD environment to deliver greater business agility and movement to cloud architectures.

NetApp Insight Balance 4.1

OnCommand Balance 4.1 demo will highlight the new support for Cluster-Mode and physical NFS support for Solaris and Linux environments.  This brings the OnCommand Balance patented technology to a broader NetApp audience and builds on the improved analytics of 4.0 to go well beyond the virtual world.

NetApp Cluster-Mode

In this demonstration, we will highlight Data ONTAP running in Cluster-Mode and its ability to move workloads seamlessly between nodes within the storage cluster without disrupting data access.  We will also demonstrate how customers can simply add or remove cluster nodes to expand or refresh their storage infrastructure.  This is a compelling exhibition of NetApp’s delivery of an agile data infrastructure that allows businesses to go further, faster with high-performance, non-disruptive solutions.

NetApp Flash Pools

In this demonstration, we will show how NetApp Virtual Storage Tiering uses Flash Pool to enable automated storage tiering without the need to manually move data in and out of different tiers.  We will show how it improves the response time, increases IO performance, and provides storage efficiency to accelerate your business processes.

NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC)

In this demonstration, we will show how the NetApp Virtual Storage Console can be used to orchestrate common storage management tasks such as infrastructure optimization, virtual machine optimization, datastore provisioning, virtual machine cloning, and backup and restore of your virtual infrastructure.

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VMworld 2012 – Call for Papers – Public Voting

Now that the voting for breakout sessions at VMworld is now open to the public, you have the chance to make your voice heard with regard to what topics you would like to see showcased at the conference. Head on over here to start placing your votes.

While you’re at it, if you would like to hear some details about the projects I have been working on since joining NetApp last September, please vote for one or more of my sessions and I will be happy to oblige!

2068 Leveraging Nested Virtualization for a Robust Home vSphere Lab


There are many different ways to set-up a home lab to learn and discover the features of vSphere and VMware’s growing suite of products. One approach that is becoming much more desirable and possible, with increases in RAM density and higher throughput and IOPS via SSD technology, is a nested ESXi server. Nested virtualization of vSphere ESXi provides a low cost, space saving and extremely energy efficient method of setting up a home lab.

2775 How to Train Your Dragon – Getting the Most Out of Virtualized SAP


SAP is the gold standard of Business Critical Applications, serving as the core to all business processes for many organizations. SAP’s deepening integrations into operations has increased the criticality and complexity of the application, simultaneously. Many organizations are moving SAP onto VMware to increase the operational and resource efficiency of their deployments. That migration presents an opportunity to choose new infrastructure that can increase the value that you can derive from virtualizing SAP. Your new infrastructure can deliver more agile provisioning, faster system refreshes, and better data protection, all at the same time. And it can even enable rapid development and test of new business processes using real data without consuming additional storage, or disrupting production. Come to this session if you would like to learn how your infrastructure choices can help you get more out of virtualizing SAP.

2434 VMware Octopus & Mobile File Sharing and Synchronization Platforms


Dropbox is, by many accounts, the leader in the cloud storage, file sharing, and synchronization world. Users applaud its ease of use & cross-platform capabilities. VMware Octopus is a new competitor among many others in this space and addresses some of the security concerns with Dropbox. This trend presents a new category of cloud – mobile file sharing and synchronization platforms. The mobility piece is really what’s important & disruptive in this context. People want their stuff to be available wherever, whenever and on whatever device they have on hand. We have to look at this as a platform as opposed to a feature since it will enable custom applications, add-ons and a potentially huge ecosystem of third party integrations that will enhance usability and productivity for end-users.


Demand for online file-sharing is exploding. Today, the market is consolidated largely around a small number of service providers. While those solutions meet the needs of the consumer market, they do not offer a class of service that enterprises require. Service providers are looking for a solution that allows them to enter the consumer file-sharing market quickly and easily. Enterprises want a solution that will allow them to host their own file-sharing services for internal consumption. That demand has led to the introduction of a new crop of file sharing platforms. Come to this lively panel discussion to hear about emerging trends in the file sharing market.


Thanks again everyone… I look forward to seeing all of you at VMworld 2012!

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VMware vExpert 2012

vexpert_logoI am again pleased to annouce my renewed induction into the exclusive group that is the vExperts! Many thanks to John Troyer & Alex Maier and all of the VMware staff that helped determine the inductees for 2012.

Now that I am working at a vendor, NetApp, it is all the more difficult to make it into this exclusive group of experts. It just means I need to continue to elevate my game to continue helping those in the field and spread the word about VMware and its growing catalog of offerings.

I am also pleased to annouce that my teammates, Chris Gebhardt and Nick Howell made the list again this year along with me. I can assure you that the three of us, and the rest of our team have very exciting plans in store for VMworld this year. Stay tuned here for more as we slowly reveal our plans!

It has been a transitional year for me thus far, especially with an overseas move for myself and my family as well as the ins and outs of starting a new role with a new company. I am enjoying the transition so far, but still look forward to normalcy as I find my place here.

Thanks as always to my readers, colleagues and friends for you encouragement and guidance!

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VMworld Preso

Just a quick post today…

My presentation from VMworld 2011 – Las Vegas is now online at the VMworld website. If you were an attendee but didn’t get a chance to catch the session, check it out here (Track: Cloud Infrastructure: Business Continuity; Session: BCO3276 – Disaster Recovery and Site Migration with Site Recovery Manager: Customer Experiences from Around the World).

Here are the results of the session feedback:

*1.. How would you rate this session?
Poor 3.57 % (1)
Fair 0% (0)
Neutral 21.43 % (6)
Good 39.29 % (11)
Excellent 35.71 % (10)
Average: 4.04
Total Responses: 28


*2.. When compared to the session abstract, this session
Needed more technical content 28.57 % (8)
Had the right amount of technical content 67.86 % (19)
Had too much technical content 3.57 % (1)
Average: 1.75
Total Responses: 28


*3.. How would you rate the speaker(s) overall effectiveness?
Poor speaker(s) 3.57 % (1)
Below average speaker(s) 3.57 % (1)
Average speaker(s) 28.57 % (8)
Good speaker(s) 35.71 % (10)
Great speaker(s) 28.57 % (8)
Average: 3.82
Total Responses: 28


*4.. How likely are you to implement what you learned in this session?
Extremely Unlikely 0% (0)
Unlikely 7.14 % (2)
Neither Likely nor Unlikely 25 % (7)
Likely 50 % (14)
Extremely Likely 17.86 % (5)
Average: 3.79
Total Responses: 28


*5.. How likely are you to recommend this session to a friend or colleague ?
0 – Not at all likely to recommend 3.57 % (1)
1 0% (0)
2 3.57 % (1)
3 0% (0)
4 3.57 % (1)
5 7.14 % (2)
6 14.29 % (4)
7 21.43 % (6)
8 7.14 % (2)
9 17.86 % (5)
10 – Extremely likely to recommend 21.43 % (6)
Average: 7.52
Total Responses: 28


And finally the comments:


– All of the SRM sessions start with the same 20 minutes of content. Unfortunately, the customer experiences were not nearly as interesting and detailed as it could have been.
  – Good, relevant content.
  – No.
  – Very good session. Real world experience with a disaster really drives the point home on DR.

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