NetApp goes HyperConverged-isch with NetApp HCI

On June 5th NetApp decided to disrupt the IT market and came out with several announcements around the Data Fabric, ONTAP 9 and finally their own HyperConverged solution. In this blogpost, I’d like to look a little bit deeper in how the HCI solution looks like and what we can expect when it is GA.
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According to IDC, the global HCI (hyper converged infrastructure) market is at $3 billion in annual revenue, and it’s expected to grow to $7 billion by 2020. NetApp HCI enables the customers to gain additional market opportunity and differentiation by selling an enterprise-scale hyper converged infrastructure into the most demanding data centers. Our IT market and industry is heading into the “Next Generation Data Center” and HCI is for sure one of the players in this area. To achieve consolidation and still maintain flexibility on the journey to the cloud customers need to look for new was on how to build their environments.

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VMworld Session Voting

Some days ago VMware opened the session voting for this years VMworld in US and EMEA.

And one of my session also made it into the voting so please take 2 minutes of time and vote for me.

Session: Availability for the Digital Transformation [1324]
How much do you rely on data and applications today? We live in the digital age and we all rely on constant access to information. With this digital transformation, businesses are seeking greater speed, agility, and faster time to market – all while reducing cost, complexity and meeting user needs for access to applications and data anytime and anywhere. Get the latest business trends and learn about the challenges when it comes down to data availability for our always-on world. To make sure data and applications are available 24/7/365 you need to have a proper DR plan with associated SLAs in place. Learn how to create such a plan and what questions need to be answered before it’s too late.

Looking forward to see u at VMworld 2017.

VMware vExpert 2017

vmw-logo-vexpert-2017-kThis week VMware announced the vExperts for 2017. And I’m glad to be listed again after 2015 and 2016. The vExpert community is growing every year and a great way to get in contact with the most valuable VMware experts on the globe.

The full list of all 2017 vExperts as well as the announcement can be found here: https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2017/02/vexpert-2017-award-announcement.html

To give you a better feeling what vExpert means please find below the official guidelines (org. can be found here: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vexpert):

Overview
The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap. The awards are for individuals, not companies, and last for one year. Employees of both customers and partners can receive the awards. In the application, we consider various community activities from the previous year as well as the current year’s (only for 2nd half applications) activities in determining who gets awards. We look to see that not only were you active but are still active in the path you chose to apply for.

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Datacenter 4.0 – A reference architecture with Cisco, NetApp and Veeam

Today’s business relies on the IT department more than ever. The Internet of Everything (IoE) now requires a fully functioning datacenter to avoid business grinding to a halt, products not reaching the market and services disappearing. It is impossible to meet all user, customer or partner expectations without a fully functioning datacenter, which is the driving force for organizations to modernize and optimize their IT resources.

An important part of this modernization is standardizing predictable, repeatable and very stable data center reference architectures.

The reference architecture defines a technology design and deployment that addresses the specific requirements of a business need. This includes the blueprint and best practices for installation and configuration, which all work together in the most optimal state. The reference architecture defines which specific technologies and products are combined and how address them in a particular use case. The reference architecture is a template solution for enterprise IT.Read More »

Join the vSphere Beta Programm

VMware is recently announced the upcoming VMware vSphere Beta Program. This program enables you to help define the direction of the most widely adopted industry-leading virtualization platform. Folks who want to participate in the program can now indicate their interest by filling out this simple form. The vSphere team will grant access to the program to selected candidates in stages. This vSphere Beta Program leverages a private Beta community to download software and share information. We will provide discussion forums, webinars, and service requests to enable you to share your feedback with us.

You can expect to download, install, and test vSphere Beta software in your environment or get invited to try new features in a VMware hosted environment. All testing is free-form and we encourage you to use our software in ways that interest you. This will provide us with valuable insight into how you use vSphere in real-world conditions and with real-world test cases, enabling us to better align our product with your business needs.

Some of the many reasons to participate in this beta opportunity:

  • Receive early access to the vSphere Beta products
  • Interact with the vSphere Beta team consisting of Product Managers, Engineers, Technical Support, and Technical Writers
  • Provide direct input on product functionality, configurability, usability, and performance
  • Provide feedback influencing future products, training, documentation, and services
  • Collaborate with other participants, learn about their use cases, and share advice and learnings

The IT is changing

Over the last couple of years a lot of things changed in the IT business. Looking back in the early 21. Century there was one vendor introducing the virtualization on commodity hardware. VMware was for sure the big horse driving this business. Since then we saw a lot of other products coming up in the market. Lot of them appeared and disappeared over the time. Right now we are facing to environments where 80-95% of all systems are running in virtual machines. More than that we’ve much more virtualization coming up in the last years. In a modern data center you can find virtualized storage as well as virtualized applications. And the network virtualization is already there already. You will find data center where the IT staff if facing to multiple depending layers of virtualization to deliver the services. Virtualization is making thing easier and more flexible for sure but on the other site it is adding a lot of complexity as well. It’s not that easy to understand all the different layers and especially not that easy to know what to do in case of and failure. That’s the reason why lot of companies are thinking about orchestration and management these days. When we look to the availability demands in these data center we see that the company are depending on their infrastructure and data more or less to 100%. At the end they need to make sure that the systems are online and accessible 24/7 and any kind of downtime is unacceptable. It is mandatory to have the right tools and design in place and you need to make sure that in case of a disaster there is somebody who can handle the tools and manage to come back online as soon as possible. That’s exactly what Veeam is thinking about and what the availability suite can deliver. Make the availability easy to focus on the core business in your data center.