Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to the various EMC SE teams in the North East and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Since VSAN is now GA, its important to understand where VSAN fits in the market compared to EMC solutions.  I should point out that I’d be happy to have the same conversation with other storage vendors.  That’s the beauty of the “Federation” between EMC II, Pivotal, VMware, and RSA.  Each individual company is free to work with the competitors of the other members of the federation. But, they also want to make sure they work with each other as closely as anyone.  Kind of like when VMware opened up the API’s to vSphere and EMC made sure they were the most integrated with them… so EMC is now making sure their SE’s are the most up to date on VMware’s latest storage offerings.  VSAN is a great solution, I’m am swamped with customer requests to hear more about it, but it is not necessarily going to replace all storage solutions in a data center for all workloads.  Customers are identifying use cases that fit best for them where VSAN offeres better cost/performance/operational benefits.  The VSAN message has been well received by the EMC teams and I look forward to working closely together.

On that note, I’m attending EMC World 2014 this week.  The VMware VSAN team is setting up a Hands On Lab where you can get your hands on the technology.  Chuck Hollis has the details here:

http://chucksblog.emc.com/chucks_blog/2014/04/vsan-hands-on-at-emc-world.html

I wanted to make sure you know where to go so here’s the map to the location.

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Also, here’s a link to the Chromebooks that we’ll be using and then giving away at Wednesday night.

http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/chrome-os-devices/XE303C12-A01US

Looking forward to seeing you all there.