In our last post here at the SimpliVity blog we mentioned how much we love VMUGs, and how the feeling was mutual. A follow-up post was warranted to highlight the two recent day-long VMUG User Conferences in San Diego and Silicon Valley.
San Diego – April 30th 2013
The West Coast SimpliVity team spent a very busy Tuesday, 4/30, meeting with the attendees of the San Diego VMUG End User Conference in La Jolla, California, where over 400 attendees were treated to a day full of virtualization technology presentations and discussions around the challenges, opportunities, and themes within virtualization.
One of the growing trends is infrastructure convergence, which was the focus of the SimpliVity break-out session entitled Infrastructure Convergence: Transformation or Hyped Repackaging. In this session, I described the growing interest in infrastructure convergence, and focused on the core criteria to help VMware users identify the best fit for their needs. What we’ve seen in the last couple of years is a growing recognition for the need for significant infrastructure change in the VMware environment. IT teams don’t start off looking for convergence, but rather identify the need to reduce complexity and cost while increasing the levels of data protection and data mobility. Convergence holds promise in that it purports to reduce complexity by consolidating functionality of servers, storage, and other appliances into a single entity. But true simplification relies on more than just packaging. As discussed in the breakout session, in addition to server and storage consolidation, true convergence requires:
- Simplified scale-out
- Global federated management of the infrastructure
Following the session there was a lively Q&A with audience members who had several questions about the SimpliVity OmniCube and how the platform could be utilized within their environment. The common theme of many of the questions focused on the ability to move virtual machines and their data across multiple sites in the enterprise, and the pain points associated with remote site management.
OmniCube, SimpliVity’s Hyperconverged and Globally-Federated IT infrastructure solution, offers many solutions to the pain points associated with the management of remote sites, and the movement of virtual machines between them. With the ability to globally deduplicate, compress, and optimize all virtual machine data across the enterprise, the concept of VM-centricity begins to come into focus. Global federation provides the added ability of a single point of management for all virtualized and physical infrastructure assets. Combined together this functionality can provide many of the answers to the questions asked by the audience.
Silicon Valley – May 1st 2013
The following day found the SimpliVity team in San Jose for the Silicon Valley VMUG User Conference. With a keynote by Scott Lowe, the turnout broke past the 500 mark. Being so close to VMware and many other technology-based companies gave us the opportunity to speak with a larger number of the programmers and engineers who develop the technology systems that OmniCube works with.
With over 130 visitors to our booth, we were able to provide live demonstrations of OmniCube, highlighting the ability to backup virtual machines from one data center to the other, as well as the ability to migrate virtual machines from one data center to the other. Given the large number of storage vendor companies in the area, the bulk of the questions this time were focused on OmniCube’s underlying core technology, called the Data Virtualization Platform (DVP). DVP provides the deduplication, compression, and optimization capabilities of OmniCube. Being able to provide this functionality inline once and forever, throughout the lifecycle of the data, clearly resonated with the attendees who recognize the value of reducing the data footprint and making the data mobile to align with the VMware environment and increasingly the cloud. For details on DVP, click here for a free copy of our recent technology deep dive whitepaper.
Since the DVP functionality is global to all OmniCube systems in the Federation, the amount of IO traffic between data center sites is significantly reduced, resulting in a massive reduction in IO traffic required for data transfer and replication.
And, just like the previous VMUG events, we raffled off an exotic sports car for a day. Congratulations go out to James and Victor, our respective winners in San Diego and Silicon Valley, who will get to enjoy the exotic car of their choice for a day!