In a previous post, I listed out the session that NetApp submitted as part of the abstract call for breakout sessions at VMWorld 2011. In that post, I shared with you what we submitted and asked you to consider going to the public voting page and help support our presence and give us the opportunity to present some ground-breaking content that would no doubt set your hair on fire.
To those of you who did just that, you have my thanks. To those of you who did not, well… Regardless, I’d appreciate the chance to talk to you at our booth or at the Hands On Labs. If you haven’t heard though, please let me congratulate Vaughn Stewart and Jack McLeod whose sessions were accepted and will be hosted at both VMWorld 2011 US and EMEA. As you start planning your learning map for VMWorld 2011, please consider attending both sessions. Here’s the quick synopsis of what you’ll learn:
Session ID: BCO2863
Session Title: How to use distance to your advantage to create a unified protection strategy
In this session, Vaughn Stewart will introduce you to unified business continuance and how you can come to grips (technically, not emotionally…well maybe both) with the fact that geography no longer drives the boundaries of the datacenter. In this session, Vaughn will introduce the concept of unifying backup and DR and how it can be implemented within datacenter deployments that are local, metro and global. The focus is on the cloud and Vaughn is set to discuss a number of business continuance strategies from partners of both VMware and NetApp where the emphasis extends beyond datacenter walls and into cloud based infrastructures in an automated and highly scalable fashion. And what unified business continuance session would be complete without discussing how you can extend the datacenter walls by 200km and still retain that same level of accessibility, high availability and protection across a stretched volume.
Why should you attend? Vaughn’s intent is to demonstrate to you how you can get both backups and disaster recovery from one single process. He’ll also show you how you can span your datacenter across multiple locations to create a metro-area datacenter cluster. Finally, this is all tied together based on VMware’s vCenter SRM to create a global strategy to deliver non-stop availability and business continuance.
At this session, Vaughn will focus on NetApp’s SnapProtect and MetroCluster technologies as well as VMware’s vCenter Site Recovery Manager.
Session ID: VSP3223
Session Title: Storage as a Service (StaaS) with vCloud Director
In this session Jack McLeod will provide a brief introduction to VMware vCloud Director (vCD) with a more detailed discussion provided on the use of vCD as a consumer of StaaS. Jack says that he intends to provide deeper discussions and demonstrations on how StaaS is architected, implemented, and delivered to vCD resulting in a storage container that holds storage-specific rules regarding provisioning and protection bound to a specific service level. This storage service catalog is akin to a service or host profile for storage and can be analyzed and monitored. In addition to these discussions, Jack intends to demonstrate NetApp’s unique plug-ins in this space, to include one for vOrchestrator used to provision storage as part of a vCloud Director workflow.
Why should you attend? Really for three reasons – if you are unsure of what StaaS is and its relationship to cloud computing, this will give you that introduction. If you know what StaaS is, but want to learn solid design strategies based on NetApp’s features, you’ll get that here. Finally, if you need both, but in the context of how this adds value to your resource consumers and how these constructs can be easily implemented and managed, the plug-in demonstration will give you that first-hand view of these technologies and constructs in action.
At this session, Jack will talk at length about NetApp’s OnCommand Suite (specifically Provisioning / Protection Manager), the Virtual Storage Console, our new Orchestrator plug-ins, and the value of unified management in these deployment initiatives.