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Each week Pete and John bring in Subject Matter Experts to dive into various topics concerning Storage and Availability in the Software Defined Data Center.

Each week Pete and John bring in Subject Matter Experts to dive into various topics concerning Storage and Availability in the Software Defined Data Center.
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Each week Pete and John bring in Subject Matter Experts to dive into various topics concerning Storage and Availability in the Software Defined Data Center.






Episode 54: vSAN Stretched Clusters

One of the most distinguishing features of VMware vSAN is the availability of stretched cluster deployment. Stretched clusters allow vSAN customers to configure two geographically located sites, while synchronously replicating data between the two sites. This provides high availability and protection against a single site failure. Not a new concept with traditional storage.... or is it? This week Jase McCarty and Niels Hagoort join us to discuss how vSAN Stretched Cluster differentiates...


Episode 53: IT Influence

IT organizations are faced with a tantalizing array of options when it comes to hardware and software solutions. But long before anything can ever be deployed, it has to be purchased, which means at some point it had to be approved. This week Jeff Hunter and Pete Koehler join us to share some of their experiences in providing IT influence within.


Episode 51: vSAN ReadyLabs

One of the key reasons Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) powered by VMware vSAN is so successful with customers is that it gives them the choice of a wide range of supported hardware platforms and choice of the latest technologies—both of which do not simply happen by chance. This week we take a behind the scenes look at the team responsible... vSAN ReadyLabs.


Episode 50: vSAN Off-Road

vSAN ReadyNode provides the most flexible hardware options to build Hyper-Converged Infrastructure based on VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Software. However, occasionally we get the question about vSAN designs that are slightly outside the standard vSAN ReadyNode configuration. This week we invite VMware SE Manager James LeFort to go off-road with us and share some of the designs he sees in the field as well as some guidance for those considering such a path.


Episode 49: Host Resources Deep Dive

The VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive is a guide to building consistent high-performing ESXi hosts, This book was written for administrators, architects, consultants, aspiring VCDX-es and people eager to learn more about the elements that control the behavior of CPU, memory, storage and network resources. This week we discuss this new book with the authors, Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort.


Episode 47: vRealize Automation Use Cases

This week VMware released the latest version of vRealize Automation - 7.3, the next iteration of our industry-leading cloud automation platform. In a future episode we are bringing in the vRA team to walk us through this feature packed release, but thought it might be interesting to start by walking through some vRA basics and use cases. This week we invited Cody Hosterman of Pure Storage and Aaron Patten of SolidFire to share how their customers are using vRA for their cloud automation...


Episode 46: NVM Express

If you're listening to this podcast you've probably heard it said that Nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) is the future of storage. The goal is to give flash drives in a storage network the same I/O speed as one connected directly to a computer via PCIe. This week John and I bring on Flash expert Dave Edwards to walk us down the stack a bit and talk NVMe vs. SCSI, Flash endurance, Latency consistency, power loss protection, and all kinds of nerdy flash stuff (3D Crosspoint and persistent...


Episode 45: VeeamON 2017

Last week in New Orleans at VeeamON, Veeam announced their new Availability Suite v10. This is a major release that is the culmination of their vision to go from just "backup and recovery" to "always-on availability". This week John and I headed to Bourbon Street to capture the details on v10 from the Veeam Experts (Michael White, Clint Wyckoff, Michael Cade and Anthony Spiteri). We also ran into our own COO Sanjay Poonan who shared his thoughts on Veeam and the value of partnerships . Enjoy!


Episode 44: DellEMC World with Michael Dell

This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast John and I headed out to Vegas for DellEMC World to grab some great conversations with Chad Sakac, the SEV Ops crew, and Michael Dell. Enjoy!


Episode 41: vSAN 6.6 Part 2

Last week VMware announced the launch of vSAN 6.6. Even more so than previous releases, this is a feature-packed release with advanced enterprise features that make vSAN faster, more cost effective and more secure than ever before. This week on the vSpeaking Podcast we bring in Peter Koehler for Part 2 of our vSAN 6.6 coverage and walk us through some of the details of this feature packed release.


Episode 39: Disaster Recovery with GS Khalsa

This month's massive outage of Amazon Web Services’ S3 (Simple Storage Service) platform, was if nothing else a reminder to us all that we need to have Disaster Recovery plans we can count on. This week we bring in one of VMware's Disaster Recovery experts, GS Khalsa to discuss various aspects of Availability and Disaster Recovery.


Episode 38: Storage Performance

Have you ever stopped to think what if conventional wisdom on the consumption of resources is wrong? This week on the Virtually Speaking Podcast we bring in one of VMware's performance experts, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager Peter Koehler to break down some common misconceptions around storage performance and provide a deeper look into how vSAN stacks up against traditional clustered file systems.


Episode 37: Storage and Availability with Yanbing Li

A few weeks ago, VMware reported solid fourth quarter earnings of $441 million, or $1.04 a share, on revenue of $2.03 billion, up 9 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings were $1.43 a share. CEO Pat Gelsinger said VMware's fourth quarter was "one of the most balanced quarters for VMware in years." One of the key contributors to VMware's success this quarter was VMware's flagship SDS solution vSAN. This week we were fortunate enough to have Senior VP and GM of the Storage and...


Episode 35: Behind the Scenes

We get a lot of questions from listeners about the podcast setup, so John and I decided to close out 2016 with a special behind the scenes episode. This week we turn on the GoPros for a sneak peek into how we produce this thing we cll the Virtually Speaking Podcast. Watch the video of this episode Enjoy!


Episode 34: vSphere 6.5 Core Storage

This week on the vSpeaking Podcast we wrap up our vSphere 6.5 coverage with a discussion on core storage with Cody Hosterman from Pure and our second favorite Irishman, Cormac Hogan.


Episode 33: vSAN 6.5 with Jase McCarty

VMware vSAN 6.5 is the latest release of the market-leading, enterprise-class storage solution for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). vSAN 6.5 builds on the existing features introduced in 6.2 by enhancing automation, further reducing total cost of ownership (TCO), and setting the stage for next-generation cloud native applications. This week we bring in VMware Staff Technical Marketing Architect Jase McCarty to walk us through whats new in vSAN 6.5


Episode 32: VVols 2.0

Continuing our coverage of vSphere 6.5, this week we bring in VMware Product Manager Ben Meadowcroft to discuss Virtual Volumes and whats new in vSphere 6.5 aka VVol 2.0. In case you haven't heard, LUNs Suck.


Episode31: Photon OS and vSphere Integrated Containers

Continuing our coverage of vSphere 6.5, the Virtually Speaking Podcast brings in Kit Colbert to discuss the Photon Platform and our announcement of integrated Kubernetes support, vSphere Integrated Containers.


Episode 29: vSphere 6.5 Security with Mike Foley

VMware recently announced vSphere 6.5, the latest version of its industry-leading virtualization platform. This new release of vSphere features a dramatically simplified experience, comprehensive built-in security, and a universal app platform for running any app. Because there is so much to cover in vSphere 6.5 we decided to break this into a multi-part series starting with vSphere Security. This week Mike Foley joins us to cover some of the security enhancements of 6.5 including VM...


Episode 27: NetApp Insight (now with more SolidFire)

More than 5,000 attendees participated in NetApp Insight 2016 in Las Vegas to hear whats new with both NetApp and SolidFire. In addition to the 13 announcements made last week I was really interested in hearing from both NetApp and SolidFire how they thought this acquisition was going. So I brought my handy dandy microphone and captured tons of "Insight" for your listening pleasure. Enjoy.