roloThe spring season is here, and so is the beginning of all the vendor and industry technology conference season. There is a lot of excitement in the industry today, ranging from new products, solutions, technology advancements, mergers, and acquisitions, and much more. You can expect to hear a lot of announcements and news on many of most relevant and buzzing topics in the industry today.

You can expect coverage around emerging data center hardware and software technologies and architectures ranging from:

  • Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)
  • Hyper-Converged infrastructures (HCI)
  • Hyper-Converged-Software (HCS)
  • Software-Defined Storage (SDS)
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Clouds (Hybrid, Public, Private)
  • Cloud-Native Applications (CNA) and Containers

I will be attending many of the upcoming industry and user conferences, and I will also be participating as a keynote or general breakout session speaker. I will be hosting discussions on many of the topics listed above and here are a few already scheduled events:


Event Date: April 21, 10:20 AM
Session: Virtual SAN 6.2 Technical What’s New
Category: Software Defined, Converged Infrastructure
Technical Level: Advanced
Abstract: Virtual SAN 6.2 is simple, enterprise-class, software-defined storage and is a key component of VMware Hyper-Converged Software (VMware HCS). This session covers all of the new features and capabilities introduced in the latest release and how these new features and capability impact the consumption of resources in the data center.

EMC World 2016EMC
Event Date: May 2, 3 PM, May 3, 8:30 AM
Session: VMware Virtual SAN: Enterprise-Grade Storage For Hyper-Converged Infrastructures
Category: Storage Automation & Management, Software Defined, Converged Infrastructure
Technical Level: Advanced
Abstract: This session provides detailed insights into the technical facts and value proposition of Virtual SAN as a storage platform for hyper-covered infrastructures (HCI). It covers the scalable architecture and capabilities of the platform. It focuses on the new data services such deduplication, compression, erasure coding and QoS, which are aimed at today’s enterprise use cases. The session concludes with a technology roadmap that goes beyond traditional vSphere use cases. We make the case for HCI and Virtual SAN as a platform architecture for Cloud-Native Applications.

DataCore SeminarDataCore
Event Date: May 4, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Session: Join VMware and DataCore Software for an informal but informative breakfast seminar discussing the benefits of a universal control plane and Storage Policy Based Management in a virtualized heterogeneous storage infrastructure. Learn about DataCore’s storage software abstraction with vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) support, where operational efficiency is manifested across heterogeneous storage no matter the workload characteristics and demands.

Interop Las VegasInterop
Event Date: May 4, 3 PM
Session: The Easiest Path to Hyperconvergence: Virtual SAN and VMware Hyper-Converged Software
Category: Storage Automation & Management
Technical Level: Advanced
Abstract: The ubiquitous use of server virtualization and the emergence of the cloud has increased end-user expectations for performance and responsiveness while adding pressure on IT to lower costs and increase efficiency. Join us in this session to learn how you can easily and cost-effectively extend your virtualized data center into a hyper-converged architecture using VMware’s market-leading hypervisor, vSphere, and the hyper-converged storage solution, Virtual SAN. We’ll specifically examine how Virtual SAN is helping solve traditional IT and storage challenges through a flash-optimized, high-performance architecture, unified management and the simplicity of consuming, operating and scaling infrastructure.


Interop Las VegasInterop
Event Date: May 5, 3:15 PM
Session: Tearing Down the Storage Silo: Managing Storage with Code VMware Hyper-Converged Software
Category: Storage Automation & Management
Technical Level: Advanced Panel
Abstract: As IT organizations embrace virtualization and cloud technologies to more rapidly address the business needs of their organizations the storage team is too frequently viewed as an anchor holding back progress. By shifting the day-to-day provisioning and management of storage from a the storage team to the system, or cloud, managing storage with code, rather than humans clicking through GUIs and arcane CLIs is a key to an agile infrastructure. With the storage team relieved of the drudgery of day-to-day provisioning, they can turn their appropriately paranoid minds to more strategic architectural issues such like multi-site replication or how to store the data from all those new video cameras.

If you are attending any of the conferences listed above and the topics are of interest, mark the time and date on your calendars. Feel free to stop by and say hello and potentially engage in conversations on different topics.


For future updates on Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) and other Storage and Availability technologies, as well as vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA) be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.