My apologies as I wanted to get this post up about two weeks ago but never did it. We (Varrow) are hugely honored to be presenting at three different sessions at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. For a regional partner like us this is a big, big deal. I have had several people ask about our sessions so here they are:
While the vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) has been around since vSphere 4, vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 have added a number of enhancements. This session will provide a technical deep dive in to the vSphere Distributed Switch. This includes design and deployment considerations, configuration, migration steps, tuning, and troubleshooting. Special attention will be paid to migrating an existing production environment from the standard vSwitch to the vDS with no or very minimal disruption. Extended features such as Network I/O Control (NIOC), Network Resource Pools, and Load-Based Teaming (LBT) will be discussed in depth with use cases and recommendations given. Finally, methods and tools for troubleshooting network connectivity and performance problems will also be highlighted. The inclusion of accessing a live lab environment will make for a very interactive session.
In this session we will discuss the challenges that face a single physical datacenter as well as how these challenges can be resolved with SRM 5. We will explain the design that we deployed at American National Bank which did not include more expensive technologies that would have been needed to run a stretched cluster environment. American National Bank, with the assistance of their partner Varrow, has implemented their own private cloud that is not linked to any physical site. This solution saved American National Bank from long late night maintenance windows to correct facility issues, spread the load between to geographic regions, and created a DR plan that can be fully tested daily.
An introduction to SAN and NAS attached volume types within VMware. The purpose of this presentation is to help VMware and Storage administrators that are new to the virtualization scene to appreciate the implications of RAID types, drive performance, throughput and bandwidth in an easy to understand and fun way. This session will break down the differences between Network (iSCSI, NFS), and Fiber Channel storage but not be vendor specific. In addition the usage of certain drive types, what they are good for and what they are not good for will be discussed. Example production environments will be shown to include VM and Storage as a Service, archival, and application delivery.