Whether you are just getting started with vSAN or want to take a deeper technical dive, our experts answer common questions and suggest best practices to maximize your storage solution in these recorded webcasts. Watch at your own pace, download the slide deck, and submit questions to the vSAN experts.

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The Future of Server Technology

When it comes to your server room or datacenter, organizations have more options than ever. If you’re planning a refresh or a new build out, where do you even know where to start?

Join us for another Expert Roundtable where vendor experts set aside their individual sales pitches to get you the advice you need. We’ll be joined by experts from VMware, Scale Computing, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise

What we’re discussing:

  • From all in one solutions to dedicated appliance, what’s right for your workload
  • Is it a fad or here to stay, what’s on it’s way out, and what may be coming?
  • Rethinking your virtual environment: In-house vs. Cloud vs. Hybrid

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Getting More Out of vSAN: Troubleshooting 

Featured Speakers: Bradley Mott, Manager, VMware Support for vSAN VMware

As systems become more hyper-converged, it can be hard to know where to start looking when something goes wrong. This first ‘Getting More Out of vSAN’ webcast of Q2 will guide you through managing and troubleshooting your vSAN deployment.

As you evolve your IT infrastructure, vSAN deployment and operations need to be as seamless as possible. Join this session to learn how you can improve your vSAN expertise.

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Modernize Your Data Center to Accelerate Digital Transformation 

Featured Speakers: Muneyb Minhazuddin, Vice President of Solutions Product Marketing 

Organizations around the world are experiencing a major shift as business goes digital. This digital transformation is reshaping the way enterprises operate, and opening the doors to new opportunities. Traditional, hardware-centric data centers can’t keep up with the faster pace. The digital economy requires a modern, software-defined data center that can securely extend to the public cloud.

In the webcast we’ll explore

  •  The business needs pressuring IT for faster delivery of IT services
  •  The case for evolving to a highly virtualized, automated, software-defined data center
  •  Use case benefits of a virtualized, automated environment

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How CenturyLink Modernized Their Infrastructure with vSAN 

Featured Speakers: Nilan Shakya. Sr. Lead System Engineer, CenturyLink Cloud; Anita Kibunguchy, Product Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability, VMware; Matt Ronsman, Global Solutions Consultant, VMware

With 12.5 PB of storage deployed across 16 data centers in four continents, CenturyLink is one of the world’s largest cloud hosting and infrastructure providers. To keep up with their cloud customers’ rapidly growing demands, CenturyLink chose VMware vSAN to modernize their storage infrastructure. In this webcast, you’ll learn why vSAN was the right solution for their needs, how it allowed them to leverage their existing infrastructure and how they reduced their CapEx costs by more than 50%. With vSAN, CenturyLink now has the scalability and flexibility to quickly respond to changing business needs, and a solid foundation for their hyper-converged infrastructure.

Radically simplify your data center and deliver low cost and high-performance Hyper-Converged Infrastructure powered by VMware® vSAN and Intel® Xeon® processors, SSDs and NICs. Watch the Replay 

Deep Dive into What’s New in vSAN 6.6 

Featured Speakers: Jase McCarty, Staff Technical Marketing Architect, Storage & Availability, VMware

Come learn the technical details of the latest, innovative features in VMware vSAN that are helping customers accelerate their path to a modern, secure infrastructure. The momentum around vSAN is just getting started! With over 7,000 customers and multiple awards, it’s clear that vSAN is the industry-leading software to power hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions.

In this session, learn how vSAN will help your digital transformation to a fully software-defined data center for 2017 and beyond. We’ll take a deep dive into the brand-new features of just-released vSAN 6.6 which include: the first native HCI security, enhanced stretched clusters with local protection, intelligent operations, and 30% higher performance. We’ll also share the insight gained from our recently concluded vSAN beta program where you, our IT user community, tested out features and capabilities around the themes of security, protection, and management. Plus, learn how to better secure your data center, a top IT priority, and how you can accelerate your deployment of cutting edge flash technology. Watch the Replay 

What’s New in vSAN 6.6 

Featured Speakers: Lee Caswell, VP Storage & Availability, VMware; Michael Haag, Group Manager, Storage & Availability, VMware; Vahid Fereydouny, Sr. Product Line Manager, Storage & Availability

The evolution to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) continues to accelerate, and vSAN is leading the charge. In this webcast, you’ll learn about the future of vSAN and how you can benefit from deploying it as a key step towards an agile, software-defined data center.

This webcast will include:

  • Latest product feature reviews
  • Valuable insights from the vSAN beta program
  • A live Q&A with vSAN experts.

Attend and learn how vSAN delivers greater protection, higher efficiency and lower costs for your hyper-converged infrastructure. Watch the Replay

Gain Visibility into Key Data Center Metrics

Featured Speaker: Pete Koehler, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability VMware

Without a clear view into critical data center metrics, efficient operation and optimization can be a daunting task. VMware’s software defined data center solutions enable you to gain visibility and control in order to increase productivity and simplify your operations. In this webcast, we’ll explore how vSAN’s integration into vCenter provides for a unified control and management plane for day to day operation and troubleshooting of an environment powered by a software defined storage (SDS) solution like vSAN. Learn some tips on how to use metrics in vCenter to better understand your workloads. Also take a look at how vRealize can take interpreting these results to the next level by providing best in class analytics of this data.  Watch the Replay

Getting Started with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Featured Speaker: Anita Kibunguchy, Product Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability VMware

Business is moving faster than ever—and enterprise IT departments are struggling to keep up. Organizations need apps to run faster and more reliably, provision without the hassle, and scale on-demand while staying in budget. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) makes all of that possible. Join us for the webcast to get a closer look at HCI, and find out how it can transform your data center. You’ll learn about: The evolution of the modern data center; What HCI is and the case for a software-defined approach; The tangible—and intangible—benefits of HCI; How HCI works in the real world.  Watch the Replay

Getting More out of vSAN: Monitoring & Troubleshooting for the vSAN Administrator 

Featured Speakers: Pete Koehler, Sr Technical Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability VMware; Swaroop Dutta, Director, Product Management, Storage & Availability VMware

In Session 4, we’ll help you understand the differences between vSAN and legacy storage monitoring and troubleshooting, and the management boundaries of vSAN based distributed storage. We’ll show you two key built-in troubleshooting resources – vSAN Health Service and vSAN Performance Service – and describe how to make these and other supplementary tools a part of your everyday vSAN operations. Finally, we’ll review how to minimize real and perceived issues by modifying your operational practices to incorporate vSAN’s simple management features including SBPM as well as host and network maintenance. Watch the Replay

Getting More out of vSAN: Sizing & Design Guidance for the vSAN Architect

Featured Speakers: Jase McCarty, Staff Technical Marketing Architect, VMware; Rakesh Radhakrishnan Nair, Group Product Manager, vSAN, VMware

In Session 3, we’ll take a look at the mechanics of vSAN and how it differs from legacy storage, and provide clear guidance on what is necessary to successfully deploy it. We’ll also discuss key factors at other layers of the HCI stack, including cluster types, host design, and sizing, which are necessary for a healthy solution. Finally, we’ll look at hybrid vs. all-flash considerations and show some of the different configuration and consumption models, including vSAN ready nodes and VxRail, that provide more flexible options when compared to legacy storage. Watch the Replay.

Getting More out of vSAN: Server & Network Hardware Design Guide

Featured Speakers: John Nicholson, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, Storage and Availability, VMware; Rakesh Radhakrishnan Nair, Group Product Manager, vSAN

Session 2 will outline the best options for server and network hardware design. For server design, we will cover form factors, how to choose the right HBA/RAID controller, all-flash vs. hybrid, CPU and memory overheads, and capacity planning. For network hardware, topics include switch performance and overall design concerns including NIOC vs. CNS. Watch the Replay

Getting More out of vSAN: vSAN Architecture & What’s New in 6.5

Featured Speakers: Jeff Hunter, Staff Technical Marketing Architect, Storage and Availability, VMware; Vijay Ramachandran, Senior Director, Product Management, Storage and Availability, VMware

Session 1 will give you a thorough overview of vSAN’s architecture, commonly used terms, and the benefits of its unique in-kernel design. Next, we will discuss vSAN 2-node and stretched cluster configurations and use cases. The webcast will conclude with insight into the new features of vSAN 6.5 including 2-node direct-connect, automation with PowerCLI, and iSCSI access for physical servers. Watch the Replay

5 Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Myths… Busted!

Featured Speakers: Michael Haag, Product Line Manager, Storage and Availability, VMware

Don’t let myths distract you from what you should be considering when choosing the right HCI! This includes a proven hypervisor in an integrated HCI stack, with reliability evident in its track record and usage. It also includes broad HCI use cases, that include business-critical apps, VDI, managed hosting platforms, microservices, and more. In this webcast, we will debunk some of the common myths around HCI, discuss what’s behind these misconceptions, and clarify how the right HCI solution leads to a simpler and more efficient way to manage your resources. Watch the Replay.

vExpert Panel Discussion: Empower Your Business with Hyper-Convergence & vSAN

Featured Speakers: Priya Shivakumar, Group Manager, Product Marketing, Storage and Availability, VMware; Greg Schulz, vExpert, Founder – Storage IO; AJ Kuftic, vExpert and VMware Architect

This enlightening vExpert roundtable discussion webcast will give you a solid understanding of HCI & vSAN, including realized benefits from hyper-convergence via vSAN, planning/implementation/troubleshooting, best practices, tools, tips & tricks, as well as real-world use cases. Watch the Replay.

Lowering TCO with VMware vSAN

Featured Speakers: Chanda Dani, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware

vSAN reduces the total cost of ownership by up to 50% by eliminating traditional hardware storage costs with intelligent software-defined storage that accelerates the shift to server economics, affordable flash, and the broadest selection of x86 platforms for HCI. Watch the Replay.

Deploying SPBM for Mixed Storage

Featured Speakers: Rawlinson Rivera

Learn how you can leverage the same storage policy based management framework across both HCI and traditional storage. Leverage vSAN and VVOLs for easy provisioning and management across mixed storage. Watch the Replay.

What’s New in vSAN 6.5

Featured Speakers: Jase McCarty, Ecosystem Development, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware

Discover what’s new in vSAN 6.5, including iSCSI Access to support physical workloads, and the ability to connect two vSphere servers without expensive routers or switches. Watch the Replay.

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure For Dummies

Featured Speakers: Anita Kibunguchy, Product Marketing Manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware

Most enterprises have IT departments struggling to keep up the needs of today’s business for speed and efficiency. They need to figure out ways to make apps run faster, make provisioning easier, provide non-disruptive and rapid scaling, all at lower cost. Legacy infrastructure and existing processes can no longer keep up the new demands of the next-generation data center. Fortunately, hyper-converged infrastructure is able to solve this problem. Join us for this webcast to understand what hyper-converged infrastructure is and how it can transform your data center. You’ll learn about the evolution of the data center, the benefits of a hyper-converged infrastructure, and real-world success stories. Watch the Replay.

Prepare for Tomorrow’s Applications: Containers and VMware vSAN

The virtualization revolution of the past decade means organizations are well-positioned to evolve their current IT infrastructure to HCI and natively integrate compute, storage, and networking functions. The hypervisor-integrated architecture of vSAN provides numerous benefits for cloud-native applications, whether deployed alone or as the underlying storage services to Photon Platform. VMware vSAN focuses on addressing the unique requirements of cloud-native apps as we continue to accelerate the evolution to HCI with vSAN Watch this webcast replay and learn how HCI and new cloud-native applications are changing the approach to IT. Watch the Replay.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Megacast

Featured Speakers: Scott Lowe, Partner, ActualTech Media, David Davis, Partner & vExpert, ActualTech Media

Get in-depth knowledge about HCI and how it can transform the data center. Watch this replay and seize a unique opportunity to compare the different hyperconvergence architectures and approaches. Watch the Replay.

Webcast Series: 3 Approaches to Deploying a Hyper-Converged Solution

Featured Speakers: Michael Haag, Product Line Manager, Storage and Availability, VMware; Peter Keilty, VCP, vExpert, SE Manager for Software Defined Storage and Hyper Converged Software

Join us for the two-part webcast series to learn how to make VMware Virtual SAN design and sizing exercises even simpler with careful planning at the outset. In Part 1 of this two-part webcast, we’ll discuss three deployment options for Virtual SAN and criteria for evaluating which one is best for you—VxRail, Virtual SAN Ready Nodes, or “Build Your Own.” In Part 2 of this webcast, we’ll take a deeper look into sizing for performance vs. capacity-intensive workloads, sizing storage correctly for all-flash and hybrid, and much more. If you’re uncertain about how to size storage correctly in a Virtual SAN environment, this technical deep dive will help. Watch the Replay.

Building a Business Case for HCI and VMware vSAN

Featured Speaker: Anita Kibunguchy, Product Marketing Manager, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware

Familiar with VMware Virtual SAN? Not sure whether it’s the right solution or whether you can justify its purchase? We’ll help you identify your infrastructure pain points so you can gain an understanding of how HCI and VSAN fits in your datacenter and helps you solve these challenges. We’ll also introduce you to practical tools like the VSAN Assesment and the TCO Calculator to help you get started with VSAN. Watch the Replay.

 VMware and Big Switch: Deploying VMware vSAN in minutes with Big Cloud Fabric

Featured Speakers: John Nicholson, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, VMware, Arkadiy Shapiro, Principal

VSAN, VMware’s hyper-converged storage solution for SDDC, is seeing accelerated adoption as part of a market trend that Gartner predicts will see 80% growth to reach $2B TAM in 2016. Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) enables deployment of VMware VSAN in minutes in comparison to complex box-by-box networking. Register for this webinar to learn how BCF’s integration with vCenter brings unique advantages to VSAN environments and provides visibility for both networking and VSAN admins. Watch the Replay.

Is Your Hyperconverged Infrastructure Held Together by Duct Tape and Hay Wire?

Featured Speakers: Lee Caswell, VP of Products, VMware, Rob Commins, VP of Marketing, Tegile

Running virtualized workloads on prem and in the Cloud?  Need to consolidate?  If your hyper-converged infrastructure is held together by duct tape and hay wire, this webinar is for you. Find out before your peers about the hottest storage technologies to be showcased at VMworld 2016. Watch the Replay.

5 Myths on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure… Busted!

Featured Speaker: Michael Haag, Product Line Manager, Storage and Availability, VMware

Are you running into conflicting ideas about your hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) options? What can it really do? In this webcast, we’ll debunk common myths around HCI and discuss what you should consider, including choosing a hypervisor that’s proven in an integrated HCI stack, with reliability evident in its track record and usage. Watch the replay.

3 Approaches to Deploying a Hyper-Converged Solution – Sizing and Design Part 1

Featured Speakers: Michael Haag, Product Line Manager, Storage and Availability, VMware and Peter Keilty, VMware OCTO

Make VMware Virtual SAN design and sizing exercises even simpler with careful planning at the outset. In Part 1 of this two-part webinar, we’ll discuss three deployment options for Virtual SAN and criteria for evaluating which one is best for you—VxRail, Virtual SAN Ready Nodes, or “Build Your Own.” Watch the replay.

Spiceworks Stream – The Rules of RAID are Changing

Featured Speakers:John Nicholson, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, VMware

The rules of RAID are changing. During this Spiceworks webcast, discuss how the original rules of RAID came to be and why they may no longer apply, as well as how per-object RAID with vSAN can lower your risk as your storage capacity grows. Watch the replay.

Traditional Storage vs. HCI: The Storage Admin’s Perspective

Featured Speaker: Jase McCarty, Ecosystem Development – Storage and Availability Technical Marketing

Enough with the complexity and overprovisioning that plagues traditional storage management! Consider the advantages of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions. For storage admins on the frontlines, offloading just one virtualized workload from SAN to Virtual SAN can save expensive SAN or NAS for higher value workloads. Find out how to lighten your load. Watch the replay.

A Primer in VMware Virtual SAN and NSX Compatibility

Featured Speaker: Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect, VMware

Can Virtual SAN and NSX co-exist on the same vSphere infrastructure? Yes! And you get all the advantages of network virtualization for hyper-converged infrastructure. Join Principal Architect Rawlinson Rivera in this technical deep dive on networking configurations and deployment—including when and how to use Layer-2 and Layer-3 network topologies. Watch the replay.

HCI and Virtual SAN: What the IDC Tests Reveal

Featured Speakers: Eric Sheppard, Research Director, IDC Cor; Michael Haag, Product Line Manager

Join VMware and IDC guest speaker and analyst Eric Sheppard, as we discuss HCI solutions powered by Virtual SAN, based on IDC product testing and customer surveys. Watch the replay.

Solving Common SLED Storage Challenges

Featured Speakers: Cameron Groves, Director, Solutions Architecture Public Sector; Matthew DiCapua, Staff System Engineer

Join us for an informative webcast and learn why VMware hyper-converged software, including the radically simple Virtual SAN hyper-converged storage, makes sense as part of an HCI strategy, no matter the size of your environment and data footprint—or its performance needs. Watch the replay.

HCI 101: Why Hyper-Convergence is the Simple Evolution of Virtualization?

Featured Speakers: Michael Haag, Product Line Marketing Manager; Pooja Virkud, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, VMware

Join us to learn about HCI trends and VMware hyper-converged software. We’ll discuss how your environment can benefit, and how you can build a simple, efficient and very cost-effective hyper-converged infrastructure.

Why Synergent Moved to HCI with Virtual SAN

Featured Speakers: Steven Hajny, Synergent; Pooja Virkud, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, VMware;

Join us to learn why Virtual SAN makes sense for the data center of today and tomorrow. You’ll hear from Synergent, a financial services company, which has been using Virtual SAN in production across a variety of applications and workloads.

Building a Business Case for Virtual SAN All-Flash

Featured Speakers: Rafael Kabesa – Senior Product Marketing Manager, Storage, VMware

Watch this session to learn how Virtual SAN delivers all-flash HCI solutions without the need to worry about cost-performance tradeoffs. We’ll discuss the economics of Virtual SAN All-Flash and how it compares to all-flash storage arrays and even other hybrid HCI appliances. We’ll also discuss what factors to consider when going all-flash and the TCO benefits of an all-flash HCI solution.

Deploying your first Virtual SAN Hyper-Converged Environment

Featured Speakers: Jase McCarty, Ecosystem Development, Technical Marketing, Storage & Availability, VMware; Michael Haag, Product Line Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability, VMware

Join our panel of product experts who work directly with Virtual SAN customers, and get some practical tips and tricks on deploying Virtual SAN. Whether it’s your first time working with Virtual SAN, or you are looking to expand your existing environment, we’ll share some of the best advice from those who have gone before you.

Virtual SAN Take 20 Series: Take HCI to the Next Level

Featured Speakers: Rawlinson Rivera, Principal Architect Storage and Availability, VMware

This series of brief webcasts demonstrates how Virtual SAN, VMware’s hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution for storage, delivers exceptional performance, availability, and space efficiency—at the lowest cost point.

Debunking 5 Myths around Storage and VDI

Featured Speakers: Michael Haag, Product Line Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability, VMware; Amyn Jivani, VMware

The rapid evolution of technology means that something difficult to manage or expensive one day, can become simple and inexpensive in a blink of an eye. This is how hyper-coverged infrastructure (HCI) is transforming virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as VDI’s biggest challenges rapidly disappear. If you’re still hanging on to your Sony Walkman, then maybe VDI isn’t for you. For everyone else, join us to learn why VDI makes sense today.

What’s New in VMware VSAN 6.2

Featured Speakers: Jose Mendoza, Veeam; Shawn Lieu, Veeam; John Nicholson, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability, VMware

VSAN 6.2 is the fourth major release of VMware Virtual SAN. Tune into VeeamLive for a discussion given by Veeam® and VMware experts on new functionality such as dedupe, compression, erasure codes, IOP limits and their implications on design and sizing. Watch to see Veeam and VMware showcase how I/O runs under the hood with these features turned on and discuss how these features allow all-flash appliances to replace 10K and 15K RPM drives from a capacity/cost basis.

Take 20 Webinar Series: Get Smart About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Featured Speakers: Michael Haag, Product Line Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability, VMware; John Nicholson, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Storage & Availability, VMware; Jase McCarty, Ecosystem Development, Technical Marketing, Storage & Availability, VMware

Get Smart About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure in these 20-minute webcasts! Learn how HCI solutions built on VMware vSphere hypervisor and VMware Virtual SAN™ hyper-converged storage dramatically simplify data center infrastructure while delivering exceptional performance at the lowest cost.

Top 2 Technologies Behind the Hottest Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Featured Speakers: Michael Haag, Group Manager Product Marketing, VMware; Kristin Hansen, Director, Solutions Marketing, Intel

We’ll look at how these new hardware and software technologies come together to help enterprise seamlessly transition to HCI during key infrastructure refresh cycles. In addition, we’ll explain the savings customers see in both operations and capital costs, and then explore specific use cases and performance to validate why HCI powered by vSAN has become the go to solution for many Fortune 500 companies.

Crash Course: Optimize, Manage, and Scale a Modern Infrastructure

Featured Speakers: Lisa Wong, Himanshu Singh, Kyle Ruddy, Anita Kibunguchy, Michael Haag, John Dias

In this four-part, webinar series, VMware experts will offer product demos, use cases, and in-depth discussions of solutions designed to modernize your infrastructure and enhance performance, boost flexibility, and cut costs by more than 50%. Join us and learn how you can deliver applications, data, and IT services with a software-defined approach that can meet – and exceed – demands.

High Availability and Disaster Recovery with vSAN Stretched Clusters and Site Recovery Manager

Featured Speaker: Jeff Hunter

Learn how a vSAN stretched cluster and vSphere HA provide resiliency against entire site failures. We will also cover the ease of integrating vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager to provide reliable, automated disaster recovery. VMware vSphere, vSAN, and Site Recovery Manager offer a complete solution to help eliminate business critical application downtime.