VMworld Europe is right around the corner. I’m über excited to catch up with the VMware community in Barcelona. There’s a ton of development occurring in the storage realm with VMware, for those interested in attending sessions on Software-Defined Storage and Flash Storage I’d suggest you consider the two sessions…

STO3601: Accelerate vSphere with Flash Storage Technologies
Wednesday, Oct 16
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Vaughn Stewart – Chief Evangelist, Pure Storage

Flash is seen as the means to increase application performance beyond what is possible with a traditional storage array, but which technology is the best with VMware? Host-side caching? Network cache? Hybrid Storage Array? Or an all-flash array?
This session will be a discussion on multiple flash architectures spanning caching and storage architectures. We will dig into various elements required for success in areas of VM operations and storage management. You will learn about the various features and capabilities in these flash-enabled technologies and gain a better understanding about which features may be beneficial to your particular environment and needs.
We will discuss how to increase VM performance, raise VM density, and deliver consistent and predictable application results while ensuring application availability and insulating the environment from unexpected changes in workload or storage infrastructure failures.

STO5638 – Best Practices with Software Defined Storage
Wednesday, Oct 16
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Chad Sakac – EVP Cloud Computing, EMC
Vaughn Stewart – Chief Evangelist, Pure Storage

This VMware Technical Communities Session will present a technical review of a number of emerging technologies in the area of Software Defined Storage and how to successfully integrate them within a Software Defined Data Center.
Storage industry experts present this session in a vendor neutral perspective. SDS introduces a number of new technologies and operational models to storage and cloud computing teams. In order to ensure one maximizes their investment, we will present and demonstrate a number of new technologies in the areas of provision based on service levels, considerations of hard independent storage, data protection service offerings, Integration into automation and applications, and much more.
This session is much more than a technology introduction; we will actually measure, compare and contrast these technologies to ensure your success.
Previous VMware Technical Communities Session on storage from Vaughn & Chad were rated the #1 & #2 breakout sessions of VMworld 2010 & 2012 (respectively). They look to continue to deliver significant technical depth and guidance in discussing SDS. Sign up soon to ensure you don’t miss out.

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