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vSpeaking Podcast Episode 91: vSAN Conversations

One of my favorite parts about attending VMworld is hearing from customers and partners on how they’re using VMware to simplify data center operations and management and solve real-world problems.  This episode of the Virtually Speaking Podcast is a collection of vSAN Conversations captured at VMworld 2018.

3:12 Tony Reeves, Gigacast: Tony is a vSAN customer, vExpert, blogger and podcaster extraordinaire.  We had a chance to talk with Tony about his experiences with vSAN as an admin. Tony shares some of the architectural design lessons learned from his early deployments as well as some of the benefits he’s seen from upgrading.  Be sure to check out the Gigacast podcast hosted by Britton Johnson and Tony.  They do a fantastic job of educating the SMB segment.

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 91: vSAN Conversations

11:51 Paul Hodge, Honeywell Process Solutions: Honeywell is a multi-national conglomerate of about 130,000 employees with $40 billion in revenue.  Paul Hodge is the Global Marketing Manager of the group Honeywell Process Solutions. His team builds products and software to automate various industrial plants.  In this episode, Paul shares how Honeywell is using vSAN to simplify their operations and management.

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 91: vSAN Conversations

26:25 FedEx Proof of Concept: FedEx Services, the IT and marketing arm for FedEx, is an operating area that “absolutely, positively” has to have its technology ducks in a row, according to Vijay Banga technical fellow at FedEx Services. In this segment, we hear the details of an extensive vSAN Proof of Concept led by one of VMware’s PoC Gurus, David Boone. As John mentioned there are open requisitions for the vSAN PoC team and many other vSAN positions.

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 91: vSAN Conversations

40:49 vSAN Hardware Discussion with Bhumik Patel: In this segment, John had the opportunity to chat with VMware Director of Technical Alliances Bhumik Patel They discuss how various OEM platforms address multiple workload requirements with  They also discuss the evolution of hardware solutions available for vSAN, emerging storage dense platforms, and composable architectures. Its all about finding “the right platform for the right workload”.

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 91: vSAN Conversations

49:27 Intel SSDs with James Myers: In the final segment of the week we welcome back Intel SSD guru James Myers to share the latest from Intel StorageJames showed us the new ruler form factor, squeezing a petabyte in 1U. Intel is doing some incredible work with their QLC NAND products. James gives us a quick lesson on how they continue to beat Moores law. “It’s all about TCO. We help customers put more VMs on a smaller amount of gear”  When designing your vSAN clusters use a little bit of Optane and a whole lot of NAND. “With Optane in the Caching tier and QLC NAND in the Capacity tier you get way better TCO”.  The vSAN solution with Intel Optane™ NVMe SSDs delivers a vast performance improvement in both latency and IOPS.

vSpeaking Podcast Episode 91: vSAN Conversations

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The Virtually Speaking Podcast

The Virtually Speaking Podcast is a weekly technical podcast dedicated to discussing VMware topics related to storage and availability. Each week Pete Flecha and John Nicholson bring in various subject matter experts from VMware and within the industry to discuss their respective areas of expertise. If you’re new to the Virtually Speaking Podcast check out all episodes on vSpeakingPodcast.com and follow on twitter @VirtSpeaking.