Dell EMC is headed to Gartner Data Center and we know converged and hyper-converged solutions will be a major topic at the event. So we have collected a list of the sessions we think will be the most enlightening. We also know not everyone is able to make it out to the event. To make you feel as close to the action as we can, we are going to attend as many sessions as possible and post our takeaways. We are inviting everyone who is attending the event to do the same.
For those who can not join is in Vegas please feel free to:
Here is our list so far:
In addition to these great sessions there's also an amazing VUG Dinner Event going on Monday Night! Learn more and register here: VUG Gartner Data Center Conference Dinner Tickets, Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite .
Agenda includes cocktail and dinner networking with many CPSD Leaders, including Chad Sakac, Peter Cutts, Glenn Keels, Bob Wambach, Jon Siegal, Michael Ficociello; a fireside chat with Chad, Peter, Glenn, and VUG Member from CANSOFCOM, discussing their successful IT Transformation and what 5 Blocks and 7 Rails has enabled them to accomplish.
Just got out of The 2021 Storage Scenario: Planning for the Future While Deploying Today session. It wasn't on our original list but a huge part of it was integrated systems, specifically hyper-converged systems.The big takeaways for me were:
Do you agree disagree? if you were at the session what were your takeaways?
Solid State Array Lighting vs Hyper Converged Integrated Systems Thunder was a fun onstage competition with heavy references to Metallica's Ride the Lighting and AC-DC's Thunderstruck. Mostly this was a review of the selling point for each and not really a battle since the technologies complement each other. Some of the HCI TCO numbers I knew and others were new. Which ones did you get?
I haven't seen Matt Baker (@MattWBaker) present before so I pleasantly surprised by the very holistic approach of the Delivering the IT Tapestry of the Future session. The key takeaway here is that there are many different levels between On-Premises and Off-Premises that aren't getting as much attention. On top of that there does not seem to be a golden ratio for how much of each you should use. It is definitely dependent on your needs.
Thanks to all the 43 VUG members who helped make the Gartner dinner VUG meeting a huge success last night!
Great customer story, and memorable quote: "I don't have to orchestrate the orchestra anymore, now I get to listen to the music"
If you aren't already a member, or know someone who isn't a member yet, join at:
Definitely a fan of the Networking Matters in a Hyper-Converged World session. The big message here was that the networking teams and hyper-converged teams need to work together which was highlighted by the fact that 90% of the folks in the room were networking by show of hands.
The most encouraging part was that companies are working with partners or are integrating across owned assets to integrate these two domains. I was kind of surprised VxRack wasn't mentioned here since this is a perfect example of that integration.
I think the biggest talking points are covered on the slides below but the take away was as many complexities will come up there are things you can do to get ahead of them
Jay explained it well
To Buy or to Build: Understanding the Different Use Cases for Converged and Hyper-Converged was well worth the standing room only seats. Chad Sakac covered everything from Bundles and Validated systems to Converged infrastructure and Solutions. The message that was consistent though was that people care less and less about what the product(s) is/are and more about the business outcomes they can deliver.
I don't think I could do it justice here but thankfully Chad covered a lot of this material in his blog or you can read the recent CRN article.