[PODCAST] #15 – EMC ScaleIO with Jeff Thomas

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ScaleIO is at the forefront of EMC’s Software Defined Storage (SDS),  providing performance and flexibility for those businesses looking at moving towards a SDS storage model.  Jeff Thomas (JT) joins me in this episode of the Data Center Insiders Podcast to discuss what ScaleIO is, a high-level architectural overview, VMware integration, the benefits it brings over traditional storage appliances and how to download your own (FREE evaluation) copy of ScaleIO for use in your own lab! … [Read more...]

[PODCAST] #14 – INDUSTRY OBSERVATIONS & TRENDS with Chad Sakac

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Chad Sakac (aka Virtual Geek) joins me in this episode of the Data Center Insiders podcast to discuss his industry observations, and the trends we are currently experiencing. Meeting with many global businesses to discuss their IT strategy each week, Chad is armed with plenty of front-line and real-world feedback on how our industry is changings along with the challenges and IT opportunities being faced by many real-world companies out there. As always it's an entertaining, honest and … [Read more...]

DCI#13 – EMC Code Project with Brian Gracely

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Community is where it’s at with the EMC Code project.  But what is the EMC Code project? I speak with Brian Gracely, Senior director of the EMC Code Project (emccode.github.io), to find out more on what the EMC Code Project is,  and how it helps EMC become more engaged, and aligned, with open communities. From the EMC Code Project’s github page it’s tagline is, “EMC believes in open source. CODE is here to share and collaborate with developers worldwide”,  and from my conversation with … [Read more...]

DCI#12 – EMC VSPEX BLUE with Chad Dunn

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In this episode I speak with Chad Dunn, EMC’s Senior Director of VSPEX, about VSPEX BLUE, how hyper-converged architectures fit into the IT industry, what differentiates EMC’s EVO:RAIL based hyper-converged product, and also go into more depth on VSPEX BLUE itself. EMC VSPEX Blue is a scale-out reference architecture based on EMC hardware and the VMware EVO:RAIL product.  VMware EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged infrastucture product, that combines virtualized compute, storage and networking … [Read more...]

EMC Software Downloads – Test Drive Today

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This is just a quick blog post to let you know that there is now a single page to visit to download trial versions of EMC product/solution software.  In the past it hasn’t been the easiest to track down a trial copy of EMCsoftware, assuming that it was actually available at all.  Though the good news is that by simply visiting this EMC Software Download link here  you can get your hands on and test-drive the latest versions of the following EMC storage, data protection and … [Read more...]

EMC VSI Plugin v6.3 for VMware vCenter Now Available!

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The latest version (v6.3) of EMC’s Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) plug-in for VMware vCenter is now available to download for free from EMC's support portal. What is a VSI plug-in? If you're running EMC storage, or are thinking of implementing some EMC storage in the future, then definitely check out my earlier blog post which runs through what the EMC VSI plugin is and the functionality and benefits that it can offer (keeping in mind this was for the pre-web based version of vCenter).  In … [Read more...]

Lenovo EMC/Iomega PX NAS Update – New Look UI

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An update (4.1.102.29716) for the Lenovo/Iomega PX range of NAS devices is now available. This update is significant as it dramatically changes the look and feel of the PX devices web management interface, along with providing the following updates: New user-friendly setup sequence walks users through configuring basic device settings and commonly used options for Business or Home profiles. Includes optional guided tour for first-time users. NAS device is automatically secured during device … [Read more...]

EMC Storage Simulators for your lab – Free!

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Fancy running your own EMC Isilon, VNX, VNXe or ViPR installation in your own lab environment, to try out, trial and/or educate yourself with?  If so, you’ve come to the right post!  Here I provide the links to virtual instance simulators that are free to download, install, configure and use – plus there are no time restrictions on any of them! There is plenty of learning and fun to be had with trying out and running these EMC storage simulators in your own lab.  I will be … [Read more...]

Get Your Own EMC Support Portal Logon in 3 Easy Steps

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This post outlines how to get your own EMC.com support portal logon account in three easy steps!  Once you have created an account and have logged on you then have access to a wealth of technical, marketing and most excitingly, EMC product simulators, Virtual Storage Appliances (VSA) and VMware Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) plugins for EMC’s various storage platforms.  Having access to the EMC support portal is more exciting than ever with EMC releasing more and more (albeit … [Read more...]