The short version of this post is…. we moved

Our new rss feed is https://media.zencast.fm/virtually-speaking-podcast/rss

What does this mean to you?

  • If you subscribed on iTunes, SoundCloud, GooglePlay, or stitcher it’s business as usual. We redirected to the new rss feed.
  • If you subscribe to a different service please use the new rss feed.  https://media.zencast.fm/virtually-speaking-podcast/rss
  • Take a peek at the new site. We’ve aggregated all show notes pages and episodes.  While you’re there be sure to subscribe.

So long SoundCloud

For those of you that hadn’t heard, SoundCloud was about to close the doors before securing the largest ever funding round securing their future.  During this period of uncertainty we decided to look at alternatives. The criteria we had was pretty simple

  • An embedded player
  • Ability to migrate our existing content catalog
  • A seamless change for our existing subscriber base

There were a few companies that met our needs, but one stood out among the rest for various reasons. Ultimately we decided to move from SoundCloud to Zencast.fm.

Hello ZenCast

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One of the new features we have with ZenCast is a dedicated page for each episode and the respective show notes and relative links. We also have a guests page that provides links to the episodes each guest has appeared on.  This should be a really helpful when trying to find a specific guest.

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The real advantage I see with this new site is the aggregation of all episodes.  We have been posting individual show notes blog posts on Virtual Blocks but using SoundCloud as the aggregate for actual episodes.  Now with the new site we’ve aggregated the episodes and all the show notes pages.

Summary

SoundCloud has been a great option for us for the past year.  Sure it had it’s limitations but worked.   That said, change is always tricky.  Hopefully this will be a welcome change and at very least non-disruptive to your podcast listening experience.  Let us know what you think.  Alright, thats the update, we hope to hear from you but until then… bye for now.

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Lets do this..

24Jul17

OK My buddy Russ Cantwell has yet again entertained and inspired me.  This time to put together a compilation of Virtually Speaking Podcast listeners who love to rock out to our intro.

Backstory:

About a year ago, shortly after joining the ranks of the VMware technical marketing team I decided to start a podcast to help me learn more about all the different products and solutions out there but also to contribute to this vCommunity that has been such an amazing source of information, not to mention networking etc.  So my buddy John Nicholson (@lost_signal) and I decided… Lets do this, and started recording.

Side Rant: If you’re new to the world of virtualization you’ll be pleased to know there is an enormous community of IT professionals who are passionate about learning and share their knowledge through blogs, podcasts, VMUGs, and sessions at various industry events.  If your’e already part of this community, you know exactly what I’m talking about, and on that note, thank you for your contributions.

Now, just over a year in, and 75K downloads we have been overwhelmed with all the positive (and appreciative of the constructive) feedback we have received.  Now I have to be honest, sure we get lots of positive comments about the content, guests, format and even audio quality, but by far the thing we hear most is how much people love the intro. Recently a vCommunity member and all around awesome guy, Russ Cantwell ()  posted the following hilarious video of his weekly drive when listening to the Virtually Speaking Podcast.

If you don’t know Russ, be sure to follow him on Twitter.  He is a brilliant guy who is beyond passionate about all technology. Also be sure to check out his SEV Ops videos. (Short Educational Videos) on YouTube.

Lets All Do this

Here’s where you come in. Just like Russ, we want to see your creative submission of you rocking out to the intro music. You can tweet the video to @vPedroArrow and @lost_Signal or email it to podcast @ vmware . com.  John and I will assemble the submissions and make a compilation video.  We will be accepting submissions up until 8-20-17 so get moving. All submissions that make the video will receive a nice Virtually Speaking Podcast care package.  Russ, you definitely made the cut 🙂

Please be safe, John and I won’t be paying your medical bills if you hurt yourself. (we also don’t advocate handling any recording equipment while driving).

 


Now that vSphere 6.5 supports array-based replication (ABR), customers are starting to configure replication in their VM Storage Policies. Before you configure your policies for replication below are a few prerequisites to check.

Note: Always check with your storage vendor for specific instructions on configuring your VASA Provider.  While very similar, each vendor I’ve configured is slightly different.

  1.  Does your VASA Provider support VASA API 3.0?  Always check with your storage vendor first to see if they offer support for VASA 3.0.  If you already have your VP registered in vSphere you can verify by doing the following:
    1. From your vCenter go to configureStorage Providers
    2. Select your VASA Provider and verify the status is online and the VASA API Version is 3.0vasa-api
  2. Be sure to create a storage component for replication.
    1. Click on VM Storage Policies
    2. Click on the Storage Policy Component tab.
    3. Click Create Storage Policy Componentspc
      • Name your SPC
      • Select Replication for the category
      • Select your VASA Provider for the Provider

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Configure VVol Replication

Now that you have registered VPs with VASA API version 3.0 or higher and you’ve successfully configured your Storage Component, all that’s left to do is create a VM Storage Policy with replication.  This is a pretty straight forward task, but it’s important to keep in mind that the options displayed in the configuration of the SPBM Storage Policies are determined by your storage Vendor.  In the example below I am creating a policy using Nimble Storage.

  1. Click on VM Storage Policies
  2. Click Create VM Storage Policy
  3. Add the desired capabilities to your policy to include a replication schedule.  In the example below I have an hourly replication policy.  This means any VM created using this policy will automatically be configured to replicate to my preconfigured target location (group-b).
  4. IMPORTANT: Click Add ComponentReplication and then your previously created Storage Component (Nimble Replication)
  5. Click NextFinish

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Summary

Adding replication to SPBM Storage Policies has been the most popular feature request since VVol 1.0  Using vSphere 6.5 and a VASA Provider certified with VASA API 3.0 you will find setting up VVol replication to be a fairly simple task.  As always there are prerequisites to consider from both VMware and your storage vendor. So now that we have preconfigured replication, how do we actually do a failover?  In my next post I will be sharing examples of VVol Disaster Recovery using PowerCLI.  Stay tuned and until then… bye for now.


vmworld2016

I can’t even believe it is already time again for VMworld. As always I can’t wait for it to be here (and I can’t wait for it to be over)  On one hand, its the largest opportunity to unite with my fellow IT brethren and sistren from all over the world yet on the other hand it also mean I need to spend months preparing speaking sessions and demos to share.  Now as we near the 30 day countdown and shift into high gear preparation mode I thought I would share a few thoughts about this year’s events.

Best VMworld Ever

Last year I said it was the Best VMworld Ever.  No I don’t intend to say that every year, but I truly believe this is going to be MY best VMworld ever.  If for no other reason, the fact that it will be my first ever VMworld as a VMware employee.  Sure that comes with a whole lot more work, but that’s OK.  I love my job, and am proud to represent the Storage and Availability Unit this year.

VIVA Las VVols Sessions

This year there are a ton of different VVol sessions at VMworld to choose from, and in case you’re wondering why that is, it’s because this is the YEAR of VVols! 🙂  Below are several VVols sessions that I am either presenting or attending this year. I hope to see you there.

STO7645 – 8/29/16 (Monday) 11:00 AM
Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive

This is going to be my favorite session, because I get to co-present with the manager of the VVol development team, Patrick Dirks.  If you don’t know Patrick let me tell you, there isn’t a person on this planet that knows more about VVols, but more than that he an awesome teacher.  IMHO this is a must attend session for anyone interested in VVols.

STO8619 – 8/31/16 (Wednesday) 4:00 PM
Transitioning to VVols: Partner Panel

This is going to be a really interesting session because of all the different storage vendors that will be participating and sharing their views on the VVol transition.  The fun part about panel sessions is you, the audience member drive the discussion topics. I love having a free flowing conversation with subject matter experts for all the key storage vendors talking about this hot topic.  Another must attend IMHO.

STO8159 -8/31/16 (Wednesday) 11:30 AM
Snapshots Suck: How VSAN and VVol fix all your operational nightmares

I’m not sure how we got this controversial title approved but hey lets do this. If you’ve ever listened to the vSpeakingPodcast with John and I than this title makes more sense.  Either way if you’ve been in the industry for any amount of time you’ve probably experienced the pains of VMFS snapshots, whether its having too many which kills your IO or just waiting hours to delete them.  The good news is both VSAN and VVols bring significant  performance gains in this area and John and I are going to break it down.

STO8144 – 8/30/16 (Tuesday) 3:30 PM
Virtual Volumes in a NetApp Environment

Regardless of what storage you use this will be an informative session on VVols. We will be discussing what VVol looks like on all storage platforms and sharing what both ONTAP and Element OS users can expect with their VAS Providers.

STO8159 – 8/30/16 (Tuesday) 12:30 PM
Deploy Scalable Private Cloud with vSphere Virtual Volumes

This session is a technical deep-dive on how using VVols with Hitachi Storage systems will solve common challenges in managing VMs, streamline the storage operations with policy-based management and improve efficiency of VM operations.

STO8422 – Thursday, Sep 01, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Volumes: Why?

In this session Ben Meadowcroft and Rajib Ghosh look at the VVol framework and how EMC is using this to deliver a new generation of VM-aware storage that puts the VMs in charge. You will learn about this revolutionary change in the way storage is delivered to VMware environments, and why this industry-wide initiative will provide you with a new, efficient and intelligent ways to use storage arrays.

vSpeakingPodcast – Road Show

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If you are a listener of the vSpeakingPodcast you might be interested to know that John and I will be recording content for a special VMworld episode.  Come find us and say hi.  We would love to interview you or at least hook you up with some swag.

See you there

Alright time to get back to work on my sessions. I hope to see you in Vegas in a few short weeks because it will be the best VMworld Ever 🙂 Bye for now..

 


Its that time of year again to cast your vote for the VMworld sessions you want to see this year. Like every year, there is no shortage of great sessions to choose from so let me add a few for your consideration.

Full disclosure: On the majority of these sessions I am either presenting, co-presenting or attending.

How to Vote

Session voting is open to everyone, but you will be required to login to your vmworld.com account. If you do not have an account, you can set one up for free here. If you are interested in voting for our sessions or any others, follow these steps:

  • Access the catalog using your VMworld account.
  • Search for a session by Session ID, title, or speaker, -OR select a track or sub-track to narrow the topics you are interested in.
  • Click on the star symbol next to the Session ID to indicate your vote (see screenshot below). You can vote on as many sessions as you’d like, but only one vote per session.

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Session 7679

Getting the Most From Your New Virtual Volume Array

Are you unsure how best to set up your new Virtual Volume (VVol)-based storage? Curious how to ensure a smooth user experience? Interested in learning about “gotchas” to avoid and best practices from specific vendors to optimize the use of their unique systems? Come to this talk by the manager of the VVol R&D team and one of VMware’s Principal Architects with extensive experience in storage and learn how to make the most of your new VVol storage. We’ll share both the technical background of the topic and the practical advice that will help you navigate this new technology like a pro.

Session 7645

Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive

Virtual Volumes (VVol) is a framework developed by VMware and partners in the storage industry to transform the way VMs are stored by enabling VM-awareness on arrays. VVols eliminate static storage constraints by removing LUNs, filesystems, and volumes, and giving the array direct visibility and understanding of the VM objects they store. This enables a flexible policy based approach to storing and managing VMs without traditional concerns about capability and capacity management bounded by LUNs on the physical infrastructure. Learn about this revolutionary change in the way storage is delivered to VMware environments, and how this industry-wide initiative will allow you an efficient and intelligent new way to use your storage arrays.

Session 8619

Transitioning to VVols: Partner Panel

As Virtual Volumes celebrates its first year we are seeing the types of customer conversations we have shifting from “Why” to “How”.  The “Why” is simple: Virtual Volumes make storage simpler, faster and smarter using policy-driven automation and improves resource utilization by enabling more flexible consumption of storage resources when needed and with greater granularity.

Session 8159

Snapshots Suck: How VSAN and VVol fix all your operational nightmares

While traditional VMFS snapshots can assist with backups, and provide quick checkpoints there are a lot of operations limits to their use. Operationally many organizations have limited the use of this technology to avoid performance problems. In addition to performance problems, snapshots can also cause capacity problems. John Nicholson and Pete Flecha will outline how new VMware snapshot offload systems in VSAN and VVOLs fix these problems. We will explain how these new technologies work and what use cases these technologies will allow.

Session 8616

Hyperconverge all the things with VSAN and Cohesity

In the post­Virtualization era, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The trend toward consolidation, convergence, and hyperconvergence continues to grow in strength, possibilities, and popularity. VMware Virtual SAN and Cohesity hyperconverged secondary storage provide a great solution to provide users with maximum performance and capacity while minimizing datacenter footprint.

Session 8073

VVol Architecture Comparison

Take a look at the key components of VVols and compare how various architectures have approached them. Storage Containers, Protocol Endpoints, Bindings and VASA Providers all can be implemented in a variety of ways. This session examines the various methods used for performance, capacity management and high availability in a VVols environment. We examine both block and NFS implementations, digging into the details of how various VVols architectures are put together.

Session 8840

Deploy Scalable Private Cloud with vSphere Virtual Volumes

A technical deep-dive on how using VMware Virtual Volumes (VVol) with Hitachi Storage systems will solve common challenges in managing VMs, streamline the storage operations with policy-based management and improve efficiency of VM operations. Hitachi introduced the VVol framework in its storage and converged platforms to enable organizations to fully realize the benefits of cloud-economics, user-control and automation. Hitachi storage policy-based management framework simplifies the VM provisioning, lifecycle management and data service delivery in private cloud deployments.

Session 8422

Virtual Volumes: Why

Ever wonder why you need VVols? VVol transforms the way VMs are stored and enables VM awareness on the array, eliminating static storage constraints and giving the array direct visibility and understanding of the VM objects. VVols can enable a flexible policy based approach to storing and managing VMs. We will look at VVol framework and how EMC is using this to deliver a new generation of VM-aware storage that puts the VMs in charge. You will learn about this revolutionary change in the way storage is delivered to VMware environments, and why this industry-wide initiative will provide you with a new, efficient and intelligent ways to use storage arrays.

Session 8144

Virtual Volumes in a NetApp Environment

Virtual Volumes (VVol) is a framework developed by VMware and partners in the storage industry to transform the way VMs are stored by enabling VM-awareness on arrays. VVols eliminate static storage constraints by removing LUNs, filesystems, and volumes, and giving the array direct visibility and understanding of the VM objects they store. This enables a flexible policy based approach to storing and managing VMs without traditional concerns about capability and capacity management bounded by LUNs on the physical infrastructure. In this session we will look at the VVol framework VMware has created, and how NetApp is using this to deliver a new generation of VM-aware storage that places the VMs in charge. SAN and NAS devices are pooled into storage containers that deliver every capability of the array (such as compression, encryption, QoS, and more) to each VM as an individual and discrete object, fully integrating with VMware’s Storage Policy Based Management interface. We will look at the policy based consumption model as well as the specific technical components of VVols that enable this functionality: Protocol Endpoints, VASA Providers, Storage Containers, virtual datastores, and more. Learn about this revolutionary change in the way storage is delivered to VMware environments, and how this industry-wide initiative will allow you an efficient and intelligent new way to use NetApp arrays.

Session 9057

vRA and VVol Perfect together

How do you achieve the holy grail of automated application lifecycle management without the headaches early adopters faced in their Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC) deployments? Cloud projects faced complex storage designs that could not scale, were difficult to manage, and didn’t deliver the right performance for the right application. Enter Hitachi Data Systems implementation of VMware Virtual Volumes (VVol), the perfect fit for infrastructure automation in conjunction with vRealize Automation Suite, the leading Cloud Management Platform today.

 

 


I had a great time podcasting with the old crew @NetApp this week.

Why Is The Internet Broken?

Welcome to the Episode 29 version of the new series called “Behind the Scenes of the NetApp Tech ONTAP Podcast.”

This week, we dragged former Tech ONTAP Podcast host Pete Flecha (aka @vPedroArrow) into the studio to talk VVols after our successful episode with SolidFire’s Aaron Patten last week.

Getting Pedro into the studio was easy – we still keep in touch with him and he was happy to come lend his expertise to the podcast. He also happens to have his own podcast that he just started up at VMware: Virtually Speaking.

I was glad to get Pedro into the studio – he was the guy who championed me to join up with the excellent podcast crew.

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Recording the Podcast

The podcast went pretty smoothly – it’s as if Pedro had done this before – but in classic Pedro Arrow fashion, we had to…

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A New Podcast

19Jan16

For those of you that know me from my previous life as a NetApp Technical Marketing Engineer and host of the Tech ONTAP Podcast, you know that I joined VMware back in November.  I am a Sr Technical Marketing Architect in the Storage and Availability Business Unit focussing on Virtual Volumes (VVol) and vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO).  (more to come on these topics in future posts)

I’ve said this before and it bears repeating, Technical Marketing is one of the best gigs in IT.  You get paid to learn cool stuff and then share it with others. This is one of the reasons I absolutely loved being part of the Tech ONTAP Podcast at NetApp. Every week I got to bring in experts on topics that interested me and pick their brains. Hopefully the end result would benefit those who listened, but selfishly it was my way of feeding my curiosity. Now that I am at VMware, there is a whole new world of things that pique my curiosity, so I decided why not launch another podcast and feed the beast.

I know there is no shortage of podcasts out there already for just about any topic you can imagine.  Personally I subscribe to at least 3.  As a member of the Storage and Availability BU at VMware, I thought it might be interesting to start by focussing on this one piece of the IT puzzle. There are so many interesting things going on just in this space I could probably spend the entire year bringing in various experts to explain the intricacies of their respective technologies.  So that’s exactly what I intend to do.

The Virtually Speaking Podcast

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I cant decide if I love or hate the name but for now its called the Virtually Speaking Podcast. John Nicholson and I will be hosting weekly episodes, bringing in SMEs from VMware and other companies to discuss various topics related to Storage and Availability.

Meet your Hosts

Pete Flecha @PedroArrow

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I am a Sr Technical Marketing Engineer at VMware focusing on Virtual Volumes and vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO). Prior to VMware I was a virtualization TME for NetApp, focussing on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. I also hosted the Tech ONTAP Podcast and have been told I have a face for radio.

John Nicholson @Lost_Signal

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John is a Sr Technical Marketing Architect at VMware focussing on VSAN.  Prior to joining VMware John was the manager of client services for Synchronet, overseeing the professional services team who deployed cutting edge virtualization, VDI, and storage solutions for customers as well as the managed services who keep these environments running smoothly.  He enjoys a deep dive into the syslog, and can telepathically sense slow and undersized storage.

What’s on Deck?

John and I will be recording our very first episode in the coming weeks in which we will introduce ourselves and share with you what you can expect in the upcoming episodes. The entire schedule hasn’t been laid out yet, but you can expect to hear episodes covering the various aspects of Virtual Volumes, VSAN, Site Recovery Manager and PowerCLI just to name a few.  If there is a topic related to VMware that you would like us to dive into by all means send us an email at podcast@vmware.com