All posts by Roger Lund

VMware and Storage crazy man, vExpert, MN VMUG leader

Press Release – Blue Medora Expands SelectStar to Support Microsoft Azure, Azure SQL

I received this today, and thought the press release was worth sharing. Source touchdownpr.com

 

Today Blue Medora, an IT enterprise cloud and datacenter management company, announced a new management plug-in to support Microsoft Azure and Azure SQL. The new Blue Medora SelectStar product helps DBAs have the cost and availability of multi-cloud environments while maintaining the visibility of single-stack solutions.

 

SelectStar is the first cross-platform database performance software to include infrastructure insights from the two largest public cloud providers in a single view. This performance platform delivers a normalized view of more than 95 percent of production cloud-native or on-premises databases and their underlying cloud or virtualized infrastructure, which is ideal for organizations migrating their SQL stack to the cloud to save costs, and for those who support DevOps teams that depend on cloud-native databases to deploy new applications faster.

 

The full release is copied below for reference.

 

Blue Medora Expands SelectStar to Support Microsoft Azure, Azure SQL

 

SelectStar is the first cross-platform database performance software to include infrastructure insights from the two largest public cloud providers in a single view

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI– April 27, 2017 – Blue Medora, a leading innovator in IT operational analytics (ITOA) for enterprise cloud, database and infrastructure management, today expanded its SelectStar SaaS database performance solution to support Microsoft Azure and Azure SQL databases. SelectStar for Azure provides metric-based and deep-dive monitoring for Azure native database workloads, enabling users to see query-level metrics on their Azure SQL databases.

 

Organizations are migrating production databases to the cloud for efficiency, cost and scale, but application performance and availability requirements often dictate a hybrid cloud, multi-DBMS environment. SelectStar for Azure offers a unique advantage over individualized cloud-native or on-premises proprietary solutions by enabling database administrators (DBAs) to track and optimize critical database performance and availability issues in these heterogenous environments with the same ease as a proprietary, on-prem stack.

 

The SelectStar performance platform delivers a normalized view of more than 95 percent of production cloud-native or on-premises databases and their underlying cloud or virtualized infrastructure. The platform is ideal for organizations migrating their SQL stack to the cloud to save costs, and for those who support DevOps teams that depend on cloud-native databases to deploy new applications faster.

 

“We’ve seen rapid growth in the Azure Cloud due to the increasing adoption of a multi-cloud strategy fueled by major outages and the rise of cloud-based data warehouses that were once on-prem SQL deployments” said Mike Kelly, CTO of Blue Medora and GM of SelectStar. “SelectStar’s Azure integration offers the best of both worlds, allowing DBAs to enjoy the cost and availability of multi-cloud environments while maintaining the visibility of single-stack solutions.”

 

Key benefits of SelectStar Microsoft Azure Monitoring include:

  • Query Deep Dive Dashboard: Individual query analysis in context with other database query times for benchmarking, faster troubleshooting.
  • Relationship Scaling: Key metrics about the underlying Azure infrastructure, like DTU and Elastic Pool usage to prevent throttling and oversubscription.
  • Expert Recommendations: Embedded expertise for “accidental DBAs,” built-in recommendations to proactively repair Azure SQL performance and availability issues before the system triggers an alert.
  • Dynamic Database Dashboard: A comprehensive overview of every database in an organization’s environment, including prioritized alerts and recommendations as well as current database health in one view.
  • Advanced Analytics Dashboard: Report on query by name, average wait time, current wait time and lock time, executions, warnings and errors for an individual Azure SQL instance.

 

The new SelectStar services for Azure and Azure SQL are available immediately from Blue Medora. For more information, visit www.selectstar.io/integrations/cloud.

 

Additional resources:

SelectStar Product Page on Cloud

Video: 5 Steps for Better Azure SQL Performance (for Devs and accidental DBAs)

Blog: 5 Steps to Better Azure SQL Performance

 

Source touchdownpr.com

My vSphere 6.5 Upgrade Checklist – painful : Repost

I ran across this post when reviewing VMware vSphere 6.5 upgrade best practices via google.

I like to read about others and what they experience while upgrading prior to running through a upgrade myself.

 

by Michael White

https://notesfrommwhite.net/2017/01/29/my-vsphere-6-5-upgrade-checklist-painful/

 

“Yes, this has taken me a while to get too. And it took me a while to do as well. Now that I work at Veeam, and while I have used Veeam products for many years, now I need to work my lab like a Veeam customer. vSphere 6.5 is a big deal for me, and it has a lot of new stuff in it that I am looking forward to so I have been waiting anxiously for Update 1 for Veeam that supports 6.5. It is here now but there is still one more tool of mine that is not 6.5 capable but I am tired of waiting for it. It is the VMware Infrastructure Navigator (VIN) and I find it most useful. BTW, I do this article, and then with it as a plan I do the upgrade. After that I update the article with anything I learned and then finally I publish. I will keep in this article the problems I had in case it helps someone.”

I thought it was worth the time to read.

Roger L

 

Best practices for upgrading to vCenter Server 6.5 (2147686)

Prior to upgrading vCenter to 6.5, make sure to review the best practices from VMware.

 

 

 

Best practices for upgrading to vCenter Server 6.5 (2147686)

KB: 2147686
Updated: Mar 24, 2017
Languages:
English
Product(s):
VMware vCenter Server
VMware vCenter Server Appliance
Product Version(s):
VMware vCenter Server 6.5.x
VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.x

Purpose

This article provides pre-upgrade information for vCenter Server 6.5 and related components.

Resolution

Caution:

  • Though different upgrade paths are possible and may complete successfully, VMware does not recommend some of the resulting topologies.
  • If your services are distributed across multiple machines, the upgrades must be done sequentially, not concurrently.

Deployment Models

To determine the deployment model that you want to upgrade to, see Supported and deprecated topologies for VMware vSphere 6.5 (2147672).  It is recommended to migrate off of a deprecated support topology before upgrading to vSphere 6.5.  For more information, see the Moving from a Deprecated to a Supported vCenter Server Deployment Topology Before Upgrade or Migration section of the vSphere Upgrade Guide.
Caution: Repointing vCenter Server between Sites in a vSphere Domain is no longer supported in vSphere 6.5.

Staged upgrade across multiple maintenance Windows

If you have a complex vSphere 5.x or 6.0 environment, you may prefer to upgrade your vSphere environment over the course of several maintenance windows. It is possible to upgrade the vSphere environment in stages.
These are the general order of the upgrades:
  1. Upgrade each vCenter Single Sign-On or Platform Services Controller one at a time.

    Note: For 5.5, only if vCenter Single Sign-On is installed on a separate machine than vCenter Server.

  2. Upgrade each vCenter Server one at a time.
  3. Upgrade each ESXi host one at a time.

For more information about each transition step including diagrams, see the Upgrade or Migration Order and Mixed-Version Transitional Behavior for Multiple vCenter Server Instance Deployments section in the vSphere Upgrade Guide.

vCenter Server for Windows requirements

To install vCenter Server on a Windows virtual machine or physical server, your system must meet specific hardware and software requirements.

For more information, see:

vCenter Server Appliance requirements

Before upgrading to vSphere 6.0, ensure to review the important information in these sections:

Migrating from vCenter Server for Windows to the vCenter Server Appliance

It is possible to migrate a vCenter Server installation on Windows to a vCenter Server Appliance installation while upgrading to version 6.5.
For more information, see:
  • System Requirements for Migrating vCenter Server Deployments to vCenter Server Appliance Deployments section in the vSphere Upgrade Guide.
  • Prerequisites for Migrating vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign-On, and Platform Services Controller section in the vSphere Upgrade Guide.
  • Known Limitations section in the vSphere Upgrade Guide.
Notes:
  • The vSphere Web Client 6.5 requires Adobe Flash Player 16 or later. For more information, see the vSphere Web Client Software Requirement section in the vSphere Installation and Setup Guide.

Additional Information

Roger Lund

NetApp Insight 2016 – General Session – Day 1

Today I am joining you live from NetApp Insight 2016.

This is my best attempt to keep up with the keynote as it happens, Pardon any missed content.
Roger Anderson joins us on stage after a nice media presentation, “who said data wasn’t exciting”

He talks about the value to both Customers and partners, and that they have made this event something special.

And welcomes us to #netappinsight 2016.

The conversation turns to the event, and how it is a netapp milestone, and now with feedback, less general sessions, more breakout sessions and labs than every before.

Roger Introduced George Kurian. He Talks about Digital Transformation, and that Data is the currency of the digital economy.

He goes on to talk about Netapp’s Success in Data Management in the last 20 years.

He brings up Simplify, And Modernize IT in Infrastracture , Scale and Accelerating Business Performance. Examples are SSD, Scale out, and Solidfire.

He talks about Data Silos , and how they Hinder the Data Center, and how the competition focuses on technology that hinders transformation. Netapp’s Data Fabric Enables IT’s Digital Transformation.

He goes into Transforming Netapp to serve you in the New Era of IT. by Serving more device customers with expanding technology innovation.

Next George is Addressing how customers want to buy and consume solutions by embracing the partner ecosystems.

He indicates that Netapp is the fastest Growing San vendor.

He talks about More and More Customers and Services Providers use Cloud because of Netapp Cloud Strategies.

He Introduces the 2016 Innovation Award Finalists. Mercy Technology services took the stage and talked about the success they have had with Netapp and SSD.

He leaves us with one thought. Challenge us to to make us better. And Welcome to Netapp Insight.

George introduces Joel Reich. Joel talks about yesterday’s Data Management, and how it has changed in the last 50 years.

He talks about Data, and the Power of it. Data is the new oil. The Netapp Data Fabric, is the new bank.

The solution to catching in on your new data, is data fabric.

Joe introduces the new all flash FAS AFF A700, and AFF A300. New Hybrid Models FAS9000, FAS8200, FAS 2600.

Joe Shows off the Netapp Flash Platform, with EF, AFF, And Solidfire. Next they plan a video on Solidfire.

Joe talks about Oncommand Insight and the power of Analytics.

Next they close with a demo of Snap Center, Snap Mirror, with AltaVault to the cloud. Next they backup to Storage Grid, and then Azure. Then they show how they can use Data Fabric to restore files from Amazon to your Data Center.

Next they talk about Data in Space, and NASA, and the JPL Data Center. They talk about how they use data transformation from file to object and back, with security. They use Cloud Sync, and do a demo. This allows File to Object, and back Object to file.

Cloud Sync is onthe Amazon Market Place.

 

Now Henri Richard takes the stage.

He talks about Partnerships, and Introduces Samsung. Samsung talks about trends and the 2.2 connections for each human on the planet. He is talking about the massive amount of data these devices are making.

Samsung talking about 3d NAN, 16TB SSD, and the newly announced 32TB SSD’s. They talk about Z-NAD Z-SSD.

Netapp AFF8020, and Multi-Stream , Custom Firmware for Improved NAND, Endurance.

He closes talking about the History of Samsung and Netapp Innovation.

 

Next up is Cisco. They play a video featuring Flexpod. Cisco Takes the stage, and they talk about the partnership, and flexpod. How they have 7300 flexpod customers, 1100 partners, and more.

Next they discuss the Digital Transformation, and the driving changes in IT. They detail how Application Architectures , Operational Models, and Consumption models need to change , and we are living those shifts today.

Next Cisco talks about the Data Center Strategy, and how they have making strides with a Programable infrastructure , policy driven platform. They talk about Solidfire and Flexpod, and overall customer simplicity.

Next up is Fujitsu. They talk about the Human centric innovation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Lund

How to Install git on Centos 7

I found my self needing git to pull down scripts for ansible. Thus this is how to configure git on Centos 7.

 

  1. # yum install git -y
  2. git --version
  3. You should see a version like this. Install Done!

git version

 

  1. Next lets configure it!
  2. # git config --global user.name "Your Name"
  3. # git config –global user.email “[email protected]
  4.  # git config –list
  5. You should see the following, and we are done!

configgit

  1. Lets create a new location for our git repository
  2. mkdir /git
  3. cd /git
  4. git init
  5. now lets pull down a configure we want to use.
  6. the command git clone (URL) clones a entire repository down to your server or workstation.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Sources.

How To Install Git on CentOS 7 https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-git-on-centos-7

Using Git with Github. http://blog.scottlowe.org/2015/01/26/using-git-with-github/

A Non-Programmer’s Introduction to Git http://blog.scottlowe.org/2015/01/14/non-programmer-git-intro/

credit to Scott Lowe and Josh Barnett

 

 

 

Roger L

How to Install and config Ansible on CentOS 7.

In preparation for my lab and openstack testing. I wanted to look at implementing a automation tool. I decided on ansible, as I haven’t used it, and I like a challenge. 🙂

What is ansible?

I turn to Wikipedia.

Ansible (software)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Ansible, a free-software platform for configuring and managing computers, combines multi-node software deployment, ad hoc task execution, and configuration management.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][1] It manages nodes (which must have Python 2.4 or later installed on them) over SSH or over PowerShell.[2] Modules work over JSON and standard output and can be written in any programming language. The system uses YAML to express reusable descriptions of systems.[3]

Michael DeHaan, the author of the provisioning server application Cobbler and co-author of the Func framework for remote administration, developed the platform.[4] It is included as part of the Fedora distribution of Linux, owned by Red Hat Inc., and is also available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Scientific Linux via Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) as well as for other operating systems.[5] Ansible, Inc commercially supports and sponsors Ansible[6] On 16 October, 2015, Red Hat Inc. announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ansible, Inc.[7][8]

The name “Ansible” references the fictional instantaneous hyperspace communication system (featured in Orson Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game,[9] and originally invented by Ursula K. Le Guin for her 1966 novel Rocannon’s World).”

 

 

After some research on how to install Ansible on Centos 7, I found this write up quite detailed.

 

Ansible is a free & open source Configuration and automation tool for UNIX like operating system. It is written in python and similar to Chef or Puppet but there is one difference and advantage of Ansible is that we don’t need to install any agent on the nodes. It uses SSH for making communication to its nodes.

In this article we will install and configure Ansible in CentOS 7 and will try to manage its two nodes.”

http://www.linuxtechi.com/install-and-use-ansible-in-centos-7/

 

So lets do it!

 

#1 will be putty term 1, #2 will be putty term 2.

 

  • First I like nano, #1 yum install nano -y
  • Connect with putty to the host #1
  • #1 rpm -iUvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm
  • #1 yum install ansible -y
  • #1 ansible –version
  • #1 ssh-keygen

ssh gen

copyssh

  • #1 nano /etc/ansible/hosts
  • add this at the bottom. I am calling this openstack servers.

[openstackservers]

192.168.50.200

192.168.50.201

192.168.50.202

192.168.50.203

192.168.50.204

192.168.50.205

192.168.50.206

 

  • alt x to save, y enter.
  • #1 cat /etc/ansible/hosts

openstackservers

 

  • #1 ansible -m ping 'openstackservers'
  • pingpong

 

  • Sweet. Now let’s have some fun. First I like to watch my work. Lets logs our progress in a new putty session. once your connected lets create some new directories.
  • #2 mkdir /anisble/
  • #2 mkdir /anisble/logs
  • now lets go back to the first putty session. and do the following.
  • #1 anisble -m command -a “who” ‘openstackservers’ >> /anisble/logs.log
  • then lets go back to term 2
  • #2 tail -f /anisble/logs.log
  • This will allow us to see the results on term #2 without losing our commands on term #1. lets check for updates.
  • #1 anisble -m command -a “update -y” ‘openstackservers’ >> /anisble/logs.log
  • in term #2 you will see the following.

updates

 

We are all done! See future posts about way’s to use anisble.

 

Roger Lund[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Oracle Buys Ravello Systems

Big news to anyone following Ravello Systems. Revello has agreed to be acquired by Oracle.

 

from https://www.ravellosystems.com/blog/oracle-buys-ravello-systems/

I am thrilled to share that Ravello Systems has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Oracle. The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Upon closing of the transaction, our team will join the Oracle Public Cloud (OPC) organization and our products will become part of Oracle Cloud. We believe this agreement will accelerate our ability to reach more customers, deliver more value, and enhance our technology at an accelerated pace in order to better serve you.

Thank you for your continued support. I want to emphasize that our top priority is ensuring an uninterrupted service and seamless experience for you and all of our customers and partners. Rest assured, Ravello’s service will continue “as is.” In the coming months, we will be working to continue enhancing our value to you and we are looking forward to developing new products and services enabled by this combination.

Oracle Cloud offers best-in-class services across a full suite of products in software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Ravello will join in Oracle’s IaaS mission to allow customers to run any type of workload in the cloud, accelerating Oracle’s ability to help customers quickly and simply move complex applications to the cloud without costly and time-consuming application rewrites.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone at Ravello if you have any specific questions and corporate information can be found at http://www.oracle.com/ravellosystems.

Thank you,

Rami Tamir
CEO
Ravello Systems

Huge news indeed. I hope the entire team at Ravello the best of luck at Oracle

No news on how this will impact Revello’s support of VMware products on it’s cloud offering.

 

 

Roger Lund

Install VMware tools on Centos 7

I was standing up some Centos 7 boxes in VMware vSphere. And I figured I would blog on the steps to install VMware Tools.

 

The below Steps are taken from http://partnerweb.vmware.com/GOSIG/CentOS_7.html

 

 “CentOS 7 documentation covers information on how to install the operating system in a virtual machine. For additional information about the operating system, refer to the instructions included in the installation media.

CentOS 7 documentation includes the following topics:

Installation Instructions

To install CentOS 7 in a virtual machine you can use either the standard CentOS distribution CD or the boot floppy/network method. The following installation instructions are for standard distribution CD.

Prerequisites

Before you begin, verify that the following tasks are complete:

Installation Steps

  1. Insert the CentOS 7 CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing CentOS 7.
  3. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  4. Set the storage location for installation. In the INSTALLATION SUMMARY screen, in the STORAGE session area, select INSTALLATION DESTINATION.
  5. Change the Base Environment and select Add-Ons to install. In the INSTALLATION SUMMARY screen, in the SOFTWARE session area, click SOFTWARE SELECTION.CentOS 7 includes Open VMware Tools. The default Base Environment is Minimal install, which only has basic functionality.
    • For Minimal install and Virtualization Host environments, Open VMware Tools is not available during installation.
      After CentOS 7 installation, to install Open VMware Tools, using root privileges, run the command:
      # yum install open-vm-tools
    • For other types of Base Environments, to install Open VMware Tools, select the Guest Agents Add-On.
    • If this Add-On is not listed, the Base Environment already includes Open VMware Tools and installs it by default.
  6. Click Done.
  7. Click Begin Installation to continue.
  8. Set root password and create new users, as needed, in the CONFIGURATION screen.

VMware Tools in an CentOS 7 Guest

Use the guest OS provided Open VM Tools or install VMware Tools, as needed.

Open VM Tools

Open VM Tools is the open source implementation of VMware Tools and consist of a suite of virtualization utilities that improves the functionality, administration, and management of virtual machines on VMware hypervisors. VMware recommends using the Open VM Tools redistributed by the operating system vendors. To use Open VM Tools:

  1. Add the vmhgfs Driver
    If you use the file sharing feature by using Shared Folders in VMware Workstation and Fusion, install the vmhgfs driver in the virtual machine. This driver is not included inbox in the operating system. Installing the additional vmhgfs driver does not disturb the other inbox VMware drivers or Open VMware Tools. To install this driver:

    1. Install Open VMware Tools.
    2. Install the traditional TAR Format VMware Tools that is bundled with VMware Workstation or Fusion products.
  2. Add the deployPkg Tools Plug-in
    If you are using the virtual machine as a template or if it will be protected by SRM (Site Recovery Manager), then install the deployPkg Tools plug-in. To install this plug-in:

    1. Create a file, /etc/yum.repos.d/vmware-tools.repo, with the following content:
      [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][vmware-tools]
      name = VMware Tools
      baseurl = http://packages.vmware.com/packages/rhel7/x86_64/
      enabled = 1
      gpgcheck = 1
    2. Install the package:
      $ sudo yum install open-vm-tools-deploypkg
      See knowledge base article 2075048, Installing the deployPkg plug-in in a Linux virtual machine, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2075048.

For additional information, see:

VMware Tools

For additional information on VMware Tools, see knowledge base article 1014294, General VMware Tools installation instructions, at http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1014294.

Knowledge Base Articles for CentOS 7

The following link refers to knowledge base articles on operating system specific issues. See VMware Knowledge Base for a list of known issues about the operating system.

VMware Compatibility Guide

The VMware Compatibility Guide Web site lists supported guest and host operating systems and provides related support information.”

 

 

Here we go.

 

  1. Login to the linux guest via putty.
  2. Login as root:
  3. [email protected]’s password. I entered the password.
  4. # yum install open-vm-tools -y

Then I wanted to update Centos as well.

 

  1. yum update -y
  2. shutdown -r -t now

 

Now lets look at the VM in the vSphere client.

 

 

 

 

centos7_vmware_tools_vm_selection centos7_vmware_tools_install

Now we have Running VMware Tools!

 

 

Roger L[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Deltaware Data Solutions Presents: Our First Annual Emerging Technology Summit

Exciting news! We have a even more of a amazing lineup for our ETS that is being hosted by Deltware Data Soluions. I will say that this event has been a huge undertaking for us, and that it will be the first of our Annual events around emerging technology. I ask that you please support the vendors by attending, and showing support for our event.

The event:

At Deltaware Data Solutions, we’re celebrating the new movie with a Star Wars themed Emerging Technology Summit to make sure all of our Jedi’s are ready for upcoming changes in IT. Join us for an educational forum showcasing emerging technologies and meet keynote speakers Stephen Foskett and Greg Schulz! You’ll also hear from three industry experts and visit vendor booths to meet companies with emerging technology one on one. Learn how emerging tech can make your data center environment better, faster, and ready to take on the future of IT. Attendees have a chance to win real lightsabers and R2-D2 droids so your IT environment will be ready for anything and you’ll be ready for The Force Awakens!

Keynote Speakers:

Greg Schulz – Founder of Storage IO

G-Schulz

 

Greg has been in the IT business for over four decades and has many areas of expertise ranging from services, storage, networking, and hardware & software development. He is also the author of two books, “Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking” and “The Green and Virtual Data Center”, and contributor to several other projects.

Stephen Foskett – Founder of Tech Field Day

Stephen-Foskett-TFD7

Stephen Foskett is a vendor-independent IT/business consultant to end users, managing services at companies like Contoural, Nirvanix, and now as Foskett Services. He is a contributing editor, columnist, and feature writer for industry publications, most notably Storage magazine. He often speaks at industry conferences and was awarded Microsoft MVP status in the area of File System Storage in 2008.

Guru Chahal – Vice President of Product at Avi Networks

G-Chahal

On board with the founding team since the inception of Avi Networks, Guru helped define the product, drove initial customer development, product messaging, and technical partnerships. Prior to joining Avi Networks as the Vice President of Product, Guru was an investor at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where he focused on networking, security, cloud, data analytics, and infrastructure management. Before his work with LSVP, Guru was the Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems for the Unified Computing System product line – a multi-billion dollar business for Cisco.

Guru joined the UCS team before it shipped, helped define the product strategy and roadmaps, and was ultimately instrumental in ramping UCS traction. Before his time at Cisco, Guru held operational roles at Nuova Systems (acquired by Cisco Systems), and Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB). An alumnus of Harvard Business School and Purdue University, Guru holds several patents in networking.

Scott Davis – Chief Technology Officer at Infinio

S-Davis

Scott Davis is Chief Technology Officer at Infinio, a venture-backed storage startup company where he drives product and technology strategy and was formerly CTO of VMware’s End User Computing Business Unit. He was instrumental in driving product and technology strategy spanning the breadth of VMware’s product lines and also served as VMware’s Chief Data Center/Storage Architect and Field CTO. A recognized expert in virtualization, clustering, operating systems, file systems, storage, and end-user computing technologies such as VDI, graphics protocols and mobility/EMM, Mr. Davis has held senior engineering and business management roles with both startup ventures and established industry firms. Prior to joining VMware, he was President, CTO and Founder of Virtual Iron Software, which was acquired by Oracle and became the core of OracleVM. Prieviously, he was CTO at Mangosoft, an Internet software and storage company with pioneering peer-to-peer clustering, caching and file system products.  Scott began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was Technical Director for the industry-acclaimed VAXCluster and VMS Volume Shadowing products, as well as DEC’s Windows NT clustering technology (later sold to Microsoft as the genesis of Microsoft ‘Wolfpack’ Cluster Server). Scott holds 17 US patents for clustering, storage and virtualization technologies and his products have won awards at Comdex, Demo and LinuxWorld.

Jeremiah Dooley – Principal Architect of Technology Solutions at SolidFire

J-Dooley

Jeramiah Dooley is a Principal Architect, focusing on VMware, OpenStack and SolidFire converged infrastructure solutions. He brings more than 17 years of technology and design experience to his industry efforts.

He was most recently part of the VCE Office of the CTO, working with technology executives around the world on strategies to converge and transform IT infrastructure and operations. Previously, he was the global SME for Service Provider business development, multi-tenancy and vCloud Director design as part of the Field Enablement team within the VCE Corporate Engineering Group. He also developed Service Provider and Vertical Solutions for VCE, helping customers by providing pre-tested and validated guidelines for running different applications on Vblock platforms, including Cisco Unified Communications, VMware vCloud Director, and ESRI ArcGIS Server among others.

Prior to joining VCE, Mr. Dooley was the Director of Engineering for Managed Services at Peak 10, a regional service provider based in Charlotte, NC. He directed the overall strategy, design and development of Peak 10’s Managed Services platform, which included the company’s Cloud Services, Data Protection, Managed Storage, Managed Security Device Management and BC/DR divisions. He has also held technology positions in the healthcare, legal and telecommunications fields during his career.

Event Agenda and Schedule

7:30 am – Registration begins

8:00 am – Keynote – Greg Schulz, Founder of Storage IO

          Topic: Bridging the IT Emerging Technology Gap 

8:45 am – Scott Davis, CTO at Infinio

           Topic: Disruptive Innovations in Enterprise Storage 

9:30 am – Jeremiah Dooley, Principal Architext, Technology Infrastructure at Solidfire

           Topic: Storage Architecture and Data Services: The Real Flash Revolution

10:15 am – Guru Chahal, Vice President of Product at Avi

           Topic: The network is NOT the problem! Deploy fast and debug faster with Avi

11:00 am – Open hours where attendees can visit vendor booths, attend breakout sessions, and eat lunch

  • Vendor booths open from 11 am – 2 pm
  • Lunch Served 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Breakout Sessions:
    • 11:00 am – Marco DiPasquale, Nexenta
                Topic: Data Armageddon and How Object Storage is Attempting to Address it. 
    • 11:30 am – Sirish Raghuram, Platform9
                Topic: Not-So-Extreme Makeover: Uncovering the Private Cloud Hidden in Your Existing Virtualized Infrastructure
    • 12:00 pm – Leo Leung, VP of Corporate Marketing at Scality
                Topic: Software Defined Storage: Myths and Realities
    • 12:30 pm – Krishna Subramanian, COO at Komprise
                Topic: Learn how to get infinite capacity with your storage
    • 1:00 pm – Jay Holzkamp, Micron
                Topic: Using flash effectively in a virtualized environment
    • 1:30 pm – Stephen Foskett, Founder of Tech Field Day
                Topic: The Four Horsemen of Storage System Performance

2:00 pm – Keynote Speaker – Stephen Foskett

           Topic: Out of the Lab and Into the Datacenter – Which Technologies are Ready?

3:00 pm – Wrap-Up

 

Event Time and Location 

November 10th at 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Westin Edina Galleria Hotel

3201 Galleria | Edina, Minnesota, 55435

Directions | Parking

 

Register 

 

Additional Vendors that will have booths:

Micron

Scality

Xangati

Silverpeak

Nutanix

Raritan

Nexgen

BigSwitch

Data Dynamics

Gridstore

Rubrik

Nexenta

Komprise

Platform9

Coho Data

 

VMunderground 2015

This is a shout out to the VMnderground team, the dedication and the sponsors for VMunderground 2015. Below you will see re posts of the content they have put together.

The below content is done by them, and reposed by me to help spread the word , show their efforts, and thank the sponsors. Off we go!

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Who We Are

Brian Knudtson

Brian self describes as a “community guy” and believes that the power of a passionate bunch of people is something to behold.  He currently works at SimpliVity Corp and likes to point out that “Technical” comes before “Marketing” in his title.  Being the most consistent VMware conference attendee of the group, Brian has become the de facto leader of this circus.  God help us all.  Blogs at http://www.knudt.net/vblog.  Tweets at @bknudtson.  More bio on ourFounders page (because…you know…deduplication).

Jim Millard

Jim is the team’s newest addition, proving himself as ticketing maven and content jockey during his 2013 rookie year. In his day job, he delivers enterprise solutions and support to a variety of clients—often based on one of Brian’s designs. Jim has been a member of the leadership team for the Kansas City VMUG chapter since early 2007; like Brian, he is also a six-time vExpert, and also holds multiple VCP and VCAP certifications (albeit not as many). You can find his sometime-virtualization-related blogs at http://blog.millard.org and can follow him on Twitter @millardjk

 

The Bettering of VMunderground

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Every year, we try to put together something new to improve the VMunderground experience.  In the past, it’s mostly been based around increasing the number of people we can accommodate, which has required ticketing and venue changes over the years.  Last year, we feel we found the proper venue to enable us to bring in the right number of people, with room to still grow.  To that end, we were able to eliminate the need for tickets this year.

Last year, we worked with the vBrownBag crew to add an educational component to what we provide.  Already having a large venue we simply added additional hours to the venue rental and were able to introduce Opening Acts.  This proved to be such a huge success that I ended the event realizing that we couldn’t NOT bring Opening Acts back. Fortunately, the level of success didn’t necessitate too much improvement, so you’ll see some minor tweaks, but they’ll be minor.

A common criticism of the traditional conference circuit is the overemphasis on alcohol consumption.  While most of the VMunderground crew are perfectly happy to network over a variety of alcoholic beverages, by no means is that a requirement for any of us.  I have great conversations all week at VMworld over coffee, soda and even water, so I am by no means pushing off the fun conversations for when the beer flows.  To provide better options to those who prefer (or simply cannot) partake in the “adult beverages” we have added a full smoothie bar to the menu at VMunderground.

This year, we also wanted to improve the ability for community events at both VMworld conferences to obtain sponsors, so we gathered with the teams that put on vBrownBag TechTalks, Spousetivities and vRockStar to put together a series of packages to make it easy for vendors to sponsor multiple of these events in one shot.  The feedback (and signup rate) have been very positive.  I’m proud to announce the following sponsors have chosen to take advantage of these packages and will be the first to take advantage of this opportunity:

 

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cloudphysics

Cisco

EMC Elect 2014

Infinio

Rackspace

SolidFire

VMUG

We’d like to give special thanks to these companies for truly getting and appreciating our little community. VMworld simply would not be the same without companies like these.  Give them (and all our sponsors) a special thank you before VMworld, then stop into their booths during the show to let them scan your badge and give your appreciation in person!

2015 Sponsors

Based on a crazy-committed platform of engagement, experience and excellence,Unitrends is the fastest-rising cost/value provider in the IT protection and disaster recovery industry. Our unique multi-environment arsenal of backup, archiving and disaster recovery solutions gives you the industry-leading technology you need to protect and preserve your physical, virtual, and cloud environments at the most affordable pricing available.

InfinioInfinio offers downloadable storage performance for virtual environments. Our software-only solution uses existing server resources to deliver the IOPS your virtualized applications and desktops demand — all with no new hardware, no reboots and no downtime. Learn more at www.infinio.com.

Cisco

Next-generation IT requires a new way of thinking about infrastructure. To be ready for the next set of application demands and the expectations of its uses, the unification of networking, computing, management, security, and storage is a must, all while focusing on the application and what the application requires of the infrastructure. Cisco Data Center and Application-Centric Infrastructure solutions are poised to increase operating efficiencies, simplify IT operations, and enable business agility. Cisco solutions for business applications, cloud, big data, desktop virtualization, and data center mobility help ensure that your business data is transported securely, efficiently, and flexibly across a set of optimized data center resources. To learn more, visit www.cisco.com/go/dc

onecloud-logoOneCloud Software simply and cost effectively unlocks the power of the cloud as a secure extension of your enterprise data center. Through its patented Automated Cloud Engine™ (ACE), OneCloud auto-discovery quickly and simply sets up a cost optimized replica of your data center in the cloud. The policy capability then allows you to set business driven protection guidelines for all your applications and data. The result is the automation, scalability and efficiency necessary to use a hybrid cloud for applications such as disaster recovery and business continuity. OneCloud Software, Simplifying the Cloud.

cloudphysicsAnalytics is changing the nature of IT operations, enabling companies to shift from reactive to preemptive management of their environments. CloudPhysics makes it possible for vSphere users to use data-driven analytics to preempt and eliminate operational hazards that threaten disrupt infrastructure and applications. Check out our Free Edition atwww.cloudphysics.com/get-cloudphysics.

VMUGVMUG is the largest independent customer-led VMware user group in the world, offering all the resources you need to maximize your use of VMware. Visit http://www.vmug.com and follow us on Twitter @MyVMUG to discover all that VMUG has to offer. And don’t forget to visit our booth while you’re at VMworld!

dattoDatto is an innovative provider of comprehensive backup, recovery and business continuity solutions used by thousands of managed service providers worldwide. Datto’s 140+ PB purpose-built cloud and family of software and hardware devices provide Total Data Protection everywhere business data lives. Whether your data is on-prem in a physical or virtual server, or in the cloud via SaaS applications, only Datto offers end-to-end recoverability and single-vendor accountability. Datto’s innovative technologies include Instant Virtualization, Screenshot Backup Verification™, Inverse Chain Technology™, Backup Insights™, and end-to-end encryption. All Datto solutions are supported by 24/7/365 in-house technical support and selected products offer time-based cloud data retention, for predictable billing and budget management. The Datto product line consists of the Datto SIRIS Family, Datto ALTO Family, Datto Backupify Family, Datto DNA Router, and Datto NAS.

At RackspaceRackspace, we’ll design, build, and run the best cloud for your unique needs—backed by the results-obsessed service that we call Fanatical Support®. It’s what the commodity cloud providers can’t deliver. Our managed cloud experts remove the hidden costs and headaches, so you can run your business.

The Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG) is an IT professional user group with thousands of members and is growing every day. VTUG is the only virtualization user group of its size that is platform independent providing information content and education for ESX, Hyper-V, KVM and Xen. VTUG topics cover a wide range of technologies and solutions including server virtualization, storage, cloud computing, VDI, back up and data protection, security, networking and much more. VTUG looks to its community for peer to peer education and sharing of best practices and solutions. Join for free atwww.vtug.com.

Only SolidFireSolidFire’s all-flash array is capable of powering the VMware Software Defined Data Center. VMware’s vision to drive increased VM-awareness and management granularity at the storage system layer pairs extremely well with SolidFire’s Quality of Service architecture and guaranteed performance to each VM. SolidFire is purpose-built for the Software Defined Data Center and key benefits include simplified management, end-to-end Quality of Service, and deep integration with VAAI, SIOC, VVols and VASA. Guaranteed storage performance to every application.www.solidfire.com

Founded in 2004, Pluralsight is the global leader in online learning for serious software developers, IT specialists and creative technologists. As the world’s largest curated e-learning library for professionals, the company offers instant access to more than 3,000 courses authored by top experts. With customers in more than 150 countries, Pluralsight serves as a career catalyst, delivering hands-on, practical training for the most in-demand and understaffed jobs of today. For more information visit www.pluralsight.com.

EMC Elect 2014EMC Elect is a community-driven recognition and thank you for individual’s engagement with EMC as a brand over the last calendar year. Members of this peer nominated and peer reviewed group demonstrate outstanding Engagement, Commitment, and Leadership within the online community.  Find out more about the EMC Elect and the EMC Community Network at community.emc.com.

brocade-logo-black-red-rgbBrocade® networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. Today, Brocade is extending its proven data center expertise across the entire network with future-proofed solutions built for critical initiatives such as consolidation, virtualization, and cloud computing.

Before You Go, 2015 Edition

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Here we go: the home stretch before VMworld 2015 US opens in San Francisco, CA— and that means it’s also the kick-off for Opening Acts II and VMunderground. In the short few days before, we thought we’d pass along a few items of note…

Where we’ll be

City View at the Metreon
Top Floor
135 Fourth Street, San Francisco

You can enter from either the Fourth Street or Yerba Buena Park entrances. Take the elevators or escalators up to the top floor.

VMunderground

This is an adults-only party. We will be serving alcohol, and whether you plan to consume or not, it’s the law of the land that attendees have aged 21 years. You will need to provide proof of your age with a government-issued photo ID; driver’s license or passport are acceptable examples.

Wear your name tag! It’s a great way to reconnect with friends old and new.

Doors open at 8pm. Those holding VIP passes will be admitted at 7:30pm, but if we reach capacity after the doors open, your pass won’t guarantee admittance. Fire Marshall’s rules won’t be bent, period.

Opening Acts 2015 — Panelists and Moderators

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With just over a week to go, the members of our panel sessions are being finalized; here’s who we’ve got on board…

Storage (SDS & traditional) (1pm)
Renée Lawrence, HDS (@reneehlawrence) moderator
Jase McCarty, VMware (@jasemccarty)
Gabriel Chapman, SolidFire (@bacon_is_king)
Stephen Foskett, Tech Field Day (@sfoskett)
Phoummala Schmitt, Blogger & cohost of Current Status podcast (@exchangegoddess)
Matt Cowger, EMC (@mcowger)
Calvin Zito, HP (@calvinzito)
Infrastructure (1pm)
Keith Norbie, SolidFire (@keithnorbiemoderator
J Metz, Cisco (@drjmetz)
Leah Schoeb, Intel (@vleahschoeb)
James Bowling, General Datatech (@vsential)
Eric Wright, VMturbo (@discoposse)
Hugo Phan, Atlantis Computing (@hugophan)
Stu Miniman, Wikibon (@stu)
Networking (SDN & traditional) (2pm)
Lauren Malhoit, Cisco (@malhoit) moderator
Tom Hollingsworth, Tech Field Day (@networkingnerd)
Lisa Caywood, Brocade (@realLisaC)
Ryan Hughes, Presidio (@angryjesters)
Scott Lowe, VMware (@scott_lowe)
Josh Coen, Sirius (@joshcoen)
Automation (2pm)
Tim Jabaut, BB&T (@vmcutlipmoderator
Al Renouf, VMware (@alanrenouf)
Josh Atwell, SolidFire (@josh_atwell)
Luc Dekens, Eurocontrol (@lucd22)
Jon Hildebrand, LightEdge Solutions (@snoopj123)
Smiti Sharma, EMC (@smiti_sharma)
Careers (3pm)
Damian Karlson, EMC (@sixfootdadmoderator
John Troyer, TechReckoning (@jtroyer)
Emad Younis, Tintri (@emad_younis)
Lauren Cooney, Cisco (@lcooney)
Keith Neighbors, Neighbors & Associates (@datastoragejobs)
Andy Tullo, ABS Technology Architects (@tulloat)
Data Protection (3pm)
Jim Millard, OneNeck IT Solutions (@millardjkmoderator
Chris Wahl, Rubrik (@chriswahl)
Gina Minks, Spanning (@gminks)
GS Khalsa, VMware (@gurusimran)
Tim Antonowicz, #vDB (@timantz)
Nick Howell, Cohesity (@datacenterdude)
Shannon Snowden, Zerto (@shannonsnowden)

 

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget our sponsors! Not only will they be present during the events, but they’ll be around all week at the conference. Let them know how much you enjoyed the events of the day: the more positive feedback they receive, the more likely they’ll be willing to continue supporting us.

See you on Sunday!!!

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I have offered my services (I’m at least scary looking) to help out at VMunderground this year, thus you’ll see me in a VMunderground Tshirt.

 

See you at the event.

 

 

Roger L