2 Great Bootcamps coming up at VMware Partner Exchange – PEX 2014

SDDC3522-BC – Software-Defined Storage Technical Boot Camp

This session will be all day on Saturday 2/8/2014 starting at 8:30AM.  I will be presenting the SDDC and VSAN overview as well as the vSphere Flash Read Cache Technical Presentation.  The technical deep dive on VSAN will be presented by Wade Holmes and a few other guest speakers.  Wade has authored a couple of the Hardware Configuration guidance blogs on SSD and IO Controllers and has been feverishly testing VSAN in all sorts of configurations in preparation for product launch.  I’m excited about the technical depth that Wade will go into and know our partners will get a ton of good information out of this session.  In addition, one of our engineers, Joe Cook, has been working with a bunch of customers to implement VSAN.  He will share the processes he’s been using for Proof of Concepts as well as present how to monitor and troubleshoot VSAN.  As a bonus, he’ll share a new tool that we’ve developed to help our partners analyze customer environments in preparation for VSAN and other VMware technologies. 

3579-SPO – EMC’s Game Changing Solution Roadmaps, Resources & Partner Programs

This session will be all day Monday 2/10/2014 starting at 8:30AM.  Prior to my current position as a Software Defined Storage SE for VMware I was an EMC vSpecialist for almost 4 years.  So this session is near and dear to my heart.  I just sat through the EMC Elect PEX planning concall and saw the full agenda for this one.  Lots of great presenter’s including of course Chad Sakic, Jason Nash, Aaron Chaisson, Rob Peglar, Brian Whitman, and others.  Chad will kick things off but you’ll need to download the NDA form from the PEX schedule builder and bring the signed copy in order to get into the session.

In addition to these sessions there are of course many others.  The ones I’m most interested in are the VSAN and Software Defined Storage sessions as well as the data protection sessions.

SDDC3384 – Software-Defined Storage – The Next Phase in the Evolution of Enterprise Storage

SDDC3444 – Virtual SAN – Technical Best Practices

SDDC3445 – Virtual SAN – Sizing and Use Cases

SDDC3210 – Virtual SAN (VSAN) – Converged Storage Optimized for Virtual Environments

SDDC3221 – Virtual SAN (VSAN) and the VMware SDDC Suite: Integration and Interoperability

SDDC3521-BC – Software-Defined Storage & Virtual SAN (VSAN) – Sales Boot Camp

SDDC3506-BC – VSP-BC (Business Continuity 5.5)

SDDC3128 – Business Continuity in vSphere 5.5 – What’s New

SDDC3306 – vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Advanced – Live Demo and Technical Discussion

SDDC3316 – Qualifying, Position, Selling vSphere Data Protection (VDP) – Advanced

SDDC3350 – Capturing the BC/DR Opportunity with VMware

It looks like it’ll be a busy week.  I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

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