EMC VFCache (nÃ©e Project Lightning) is a fairly simple offering: A server-based PCIe flash card that acts as a read cache with no integration with storage arrays or hypervisors. But EMC’s entrance into the host-based flash storage market is a powerful demonstration of the wave of disruption caused by flash-based storage and high-performance computing.
Xsigo sponsored our “Get Away to VMworld” contest, and a number of us decided to attend the announcement there of their latest Ethernet-based virtual I/O device. After the event, we circled the chairs and spoke with Camden Ford, the same Xsigo engineer that wowed the Tech Field Day 1 and Net Field Day crowds, about the new product.
Winning that contest inspired me to join the community of bloggers evangelizing VMware and find ways to give back as well. I started my own blog, vDestination.com, and quickly began writing about VMware, my experiences as well as a few contests that would help give back to the community.
The show was a little late this week, because as our friend @ioshints put it, we had a â€œcloud ladder failureâ€ on Sunday: Gregâ€™s broadband was out. But when we finally gathered â€™round the great big conference room in the sky, we did it up right. Dan was coming in loud and clear on his new Mac Book Pro, Greg reminisced about the good olâ€™ days of FDDI-to-token ring bridging, and Ethan made bold predictions about the virtualized networking future.
When we announced our “Get Away to VMworld” contest, we knew it would be popular. But we had no idea that it would spark interest from so many people! We are overwhelmed by the response, with more than 70 entries, and by the support from our friends at Symantec, Xsigo, Zetta, and Veeam. It has been so successful, many are asking us to do it again for future shows, and not just VMworld!
We’re extending and enhancing the Gestalt IT â€œGet Away to VMworldâ€ Contest thanks to two wonderful additional sponsors, Zetta and Veeam!
The annual VMworld gathering in San Francisco has become the central event for virtualization-related companies, but not everyone can attend this must-go event. So we contacted some of our favorite technology companies about sponsoring a contest to send another deserving person to the show!
This week’s Tech Field Day roundtable discussion is an audio chat on the subject of stack wars – the creation of all-in-one “stacks” of IT equipment by the major vendors. These stacks have been quite a hot topic of discussion both inside Gestalt IT and in the community as a whole.
Just as public cloud computing is beginning to catch on, the enterprise data center world has been shaken up by the biggest IT product vendors. Rather than sit back and watch their wares commoditized, companies like Cisco, EMC, HP, and now HDS are stepping up to the plate with integrated “stacks” that include server, storage, networking, and management software. The next-layer players, VMware and Microsoft in particular, are joining hands, too, eager to support these stacks. To paraphrase the wise Jedi master, Yoda, “cloudy, the future is.” So, the stack wars have begun!
The Cisco Unified Computing System or â€œUCSâ€ builds on the notion that we are currently viewing a server as being tied to the application, instead of seeing the server as a resource that allows us to run that application.