Today VMware announced the dates and times for sessions at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. I’m excited to be given the opportunity to host a panel of real-world IT professionals who will be discussing their experiences moving to all-flash storage.

If you’re an IT leader who wants to learn about moving vSphere from disk to flash, this session is for you.  

The simple fact is that all-flash storage is the new standard for Tier-1 virtualized workloads and IT departments globally are making the transition. But, with conflicting architectures and approaches, IT professionals are left wondering how best to approach the change.

In this session IT leaders from LinkedIn, UC Berkeley, and Skullcandy will discuss their own transition to flash, the successes and the pitfalls, and help you understand the transition from disk to flash. My personal goal for this session is to provide a true view into the disk-to-flash transition and allow these distinguished experts speak in their own words without sales pitches and vendor propaganda. I honestly believe attendees will benefit from hearing from the folks who’ve already been through the change and seen the benefits. I promise I’ll ask them some meaningful questions about business goals, virtualized applications, automation, workflows, monitoring, etc. and get solid answers that can help us all with our own deployments. If you have questions you’d like me to ask, just ping me on Twitter (@joelmckelvey) and I’ll try to include them.

Of course, I want to thank Brent Cochran (LinkedIn), Jonathon Taylor (UC Berkeley), and Brent Allen (Skullcandy) for agreeing to share their expertise. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about their deployment experiences with flash storage.


What:    Customers Unplugged: Real-World Results with VMware on Flash

Where:  VMworld San Francisco

When:   Tuesday, August 26, 3:30PM-4:30PM