VMworld San Francisco 2013 – vBeers Coolness


Well here we are, another VMworld is almost upon us. With VMworld San Francisco, comes another opportunity to hold a vBeers Community meet up, where myself and fellow vGeeks get a chance to catch up and talk with our peers and friends,new and old. This year vBeers VMworld is back at The Chieftain Irish Bar on 5th Street (about a 5 minute walk from the Moscone) which has proven to be a great place to hold it over the past few years. For more details on when, where and how check out the … [Read more...]

EMC VNX Simulator (VSA)–How to download the latest version


How to download the latest version of the EMC VNX Simulator (VSA): Here’s a quick guide that shows you how to get hold of and download the latest EMC VNX Simulator (VSA).  For those of you who are not familiar with it, the physical EMC VNX is a unified storage appliance with both file and block storage capabilities, can contain Flash and SAS based storage, and provides connectivity either via Fiber and/or Ethernet (NAS).  It also harnesses some pretty useful and powerful technologies … [Read more...]

DCI #8 EMC Backup & Recovery with Alex Almeida


Alex Almeida is the Senior Technical Manager from EMC’s Backup & Recovery Systems Division, and a backup guy from way-back.  With the recent big announcements from EMC around most of its backup and recovery products I thought this would be an excellent time to get Alex on the podcast to talk through some of the new features and enhancements from the announcement. We also cover the topics of how EMC has stayed ahead of the curve regarding backup and recover over the years, along with the … [Read more...]

DCI #7 – Data Center Insiders Podcast with Chad Sakac


In this episode of the Data Center Insiders podcast I speak with the one and only Virtual Geek, Chad Sakac.  As always I enjoy my conversations with Chad and his excellent knowledge of technology and the IT industry on the whole. We cover a wide range of topics including: - Life after creating the vSpecialist organization: Chad talks about his new role as EMC’s Senior Vice President of the Global SEs, and the challenges in scaling the concept of a “Tribe”. - Software Defined x:  Chad … [Read more...]

Product Rebranding: Iomega – Now Lenovo EMC


The joint venture between EMC and Lenovo, which saw the Iomega range of products fall under the new LenovoEMC company, have announced a rebranding of the Iomega portfolio of products including the popular Network Attached Storage (NAS) IX and PX StorCenter devices. This is a logical move as it will closer align the branding and marketing of the Iomega products to the new LenovoEMC venture. Based on this product realignment the following is a summary of how the main Iomega NAS devices are now … [Read more...]

Big Data Storage Guide for Dummies–Free Download


Want to find out more about what the various aspects of Big Data Storage?  If so then check out this free Big Data Storage for Dummies Guide which has been sponsored by EMC.  I’ve had a read through the guide and can confirm it hits on many of the main “must know” areas around Big Data storage, and as with most Dummies Guide is entertaining and an easy read (56 pages).  Don’t be put off that it is a sponsored guide (with a nod towards EMC Isilon storage) as although there are some sections that … [Read more...]

EMC Storage Essentials Training from TrainSignal


TrainSignal have recently released a training course focused on the area of EMC Storage Essentials.  This course is taken by Joe Kelly from Varrow and is ideal for those IT Professionals wanting to gain a better understanding and learn the basics around storage.  As the title of this training course suggests, as well as learning basic storage knowledge, it also covers the EMC VNX mid-range of storage products and associated software. No prior EMC VNX product or general storage … [Read more...]

EMC VNX and Celerra Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) – Free Download Link


Fancy running a virtualized EMC VNX or Celerra instance in your own lab?  Well, good news this is totally possible and for free (*small print: Doesn’t include lab hardware and batteries not included). I’ve run a couple of webinar sessions over the past 18 months on setting up and running the EMC VNX and Celerra virtual storage appliance (VSA), and still regularly have people ask how they get their hands on a copy of these free to use VSAs.  There are a handful of EMC VNX and Celerra … [Read more...]

EMC ProSphere – Try, Learn & Download for Free


Following up on my recent post here which provides links to download your own free copy of the EMC VNX or Celerra Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA), here is another EMC product to download and try for free in your own lab environment.   EMC ProSphere is a Cloud storage management solution that monitors and analyzes storage services in a virtualization infrastructure. Through using ProSphere you can gain a detailed insight into the following areas of your storage: Capacity: Easily view … [Read more...]