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I have been in IT since 1996. I am our Executive Senior Blogger with experience in VMware, Microsoft, EMC storage, Veeam and Dell servers. I love technology and love to blog about it!

How to connect with us at VMworld!

VMworld is only a little over 2 weeks away as of this post!  vBrainstorm will have 3 of our bloggers there and we want to make sure you know how to connect up with us.  All of us are active on Twitter so I will list our Twitter accounts below.  I will be doing some live broadcasts on Periscope so follow me there (rolltidega) to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.  Finally look for us in our customized VMworld 2015 polos that are being provided by some sponsors (blog posts forthcoming).  Our Twitter handles and web site will be on the back of each shirt so if you have never met us do not hesitate to come up and say hello!  We want to meet you!  Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Twitter
Shawn Cannon – @rolltidega
Roger Lund – @rogerlund
Aaron Gruber – @virtualroads

Win a full pass to VMworld 2015 – Sponsored by Veeam

Have you always wanted to attend VMworld but could not afford the conference fee?  I have good news for you!  Veeam is sponsoring a blogger contest for a chance to win a full VMworld conference pass as well as a FastPass to Veeam’s epic party at VMworld!  If you have never attended a Veeam party you have been missing out!  Here is what you have to do for a chance to win.  Leave a comment below telling your best story of why you should win the full conference pass!  It’s that easy!  The winner will be selected and announced by Veeam on July 30.  So what are you waiting for?  Comment away!!

Extra chance:  Also, Veeam will be giving away one more full conference pass to a random user who’ll answer three questions correctly at http://go.veeam.com/play-veeam-trivia.html

Tegile Systems Named Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays

Here at vBrainstorm we enjoy reporting news about the vendors in the IT space.  Tegile Systems is one of the Solid State storage vendors that we follow.  A press release was published today naming Tegile as a visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays.  Kudos to you Tegile!  The press release is below.

Tegile Systems Positioned Among the ‘Visionaries’ of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays Acknowledgement from Gartner makes Tegile the only upstart storage company to be in all-flash and general-purpose Magic Quadrants

 

Newark, Calif., June 23, 2015 – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner Inc. in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays”* report (http://pages.tegile.com/Q3_2015_Report_Gartner_Quadrant_Gartner_Magic_Quadrant_Tegile.html).  Tegile is the only upstart storage company to be named among the Visionaries in this and Gartner’s 2014 “Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays” reports.

 

The Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays represents vendors that sell into the enterprise end-user market with specific branded SSAs.  Each vendor in the Magic Quadrant is evaluated based on its ability to execute (product/service, overall visibility, sales executive/pricing, market responsiveness/record, marketing execution, customer experience and operations) and its completeness of vision (market understanding, marketing strategy, sales strategy, offering (product) strategy, business model, vertical/industry strategy, innovation and geographic strategy).

 

Gartner recognized Tegile as a Visionary for the following reasons:

  • A comprehensive portfolio of Intelligent Flash Arrays, which leverages the same hardware, software and management GUIs for all its storage arrays
  • Broad block and file protocol, which makes Tegile one of the few unified SSA offerings
  • Selectable data reduction, and detailed instrumentation and data reduction reporting on a storage pool and LUN level

 

“We are pleased to once again be recognized by Gartner analysts among the ‘Visionaries’ in their well-respected Magic Quadrant reports,” said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing at Tegile.  “Whether it is an all-flash array for Tier-1 workloads or a hybrid array that provides the performance of flash at the price of disk, Tegile has shown time and time again its ability to deliver innovative products that address operationally or financially important end-user problems at a broad scale to warrant our inclusion on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant.”

 

Tegile All-Flash Arrays make it easy and affordable to transition to a flash-centric data center. By delivering maximum performance, high density and compelling economics, the T-Series is ideal for latency-sensitive, business-critical workloads such as online transaction processing, real-time analytics, decision support and data warehousing. The T-Series portfolio enables users to start small and scale in capacity as their business grows. Organizations can start with the T3600 or T3700 to deliver a turbo-boost to legacy storage while deferring equipment replacement before moving up to the T3800 when density and capacity requirements grow.

 

About Tegile Systems

Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.

Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash™ technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.

 

vBrainstorm will be at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco!

VMworld 2015 is right around the corner in San Francisco and vBrainstorm.com will be there as an official blogger of VMworld!  What can you expect?  All the announcements made at the keynotes will be reported and summarized here.  We will be meeting with some of the vendors to report on their products.  These reports will be blog posts as well as videos.  We will also use Periscope for some live video reports so make sure you check us out there.  It should be a great week of virtual goodness and fun so stay tuned!

Shawn Cannon – vBrainstorm Blogger

VMware vSphere 6.0 is now available

Looks like VMware has made the 6.0 version of their vSphere and related product lines available today.  Here are the links to download.  Note:  These links require a My VMware account that is licensed for these products.

VMware vCloud Suite 6.0 (You can get ESXi 6.0, vCenter Server 6.0, vSphere Replication 6.0, vSphere Data Protection 6.0, vCenter Site Recovery Manager 6.0,  vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 6.0.1 and vRealize Operations Manager 6.0.1 from this link.  Virtual SAN is included with ESXi and vCenter Server downloads)

Short and simple right?

 

This is from the VMware Site.

 

VMware Announces General Availability of vSphere 6

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of VMware vSphere 6 along with a slew of other Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) products including VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Virtual SAN 6, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, VMware vCloud Suite 6, and VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6.

vSphere 6 is the latest release of the industry-leading virtualization platform and serves as the foundation of the SDDC. This is the largest ever release of vSphere and is the first major release of the flagship product in over three years.  vSphere 6 is jammed pack with features and innovations that enable users to virtualize any application, including both scale-up and scale-out applications, with confidence. New capabilities include increased scale and performance, breakthrough industry-first availability, storage efficiencies for virtual machines, and simplified management  at scale. For more details on the blockbuster features please refer to the vSphere 6 announcement.

If you are interested in learning more about vSphere 6, there are several options: