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RobertoAraujo1
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Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

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Welcome to this Ask the Expert conversation. Hyper Converged Infrastructure is radically simplifying the way IT is deployed, managed and scaled. EMC is launching VSPEX BLUE a Hyper Converged Infrastructure appliance built of VMware EVO:RAIL and powered by VMware and EMC software. EMC is extending the power of EVO:RAIL with the VSPEX BLUE Manager, Marketplace and Built in support. Please join us to learn more!


Meet Your Experts:

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Product Management Director, VSPEX - EMC
Rieko Sato is a Director, Product Management responsible for the VSPEX BLUE appliance products. Prior to this role, she led strategic planning of VNX/VNXe management software. She has over twenty years of experience in identifying market and product requirements for a wide range of software and hardware products.
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Principal CI Solution Consultant - EMC
Curtis has been at EMC for 10 years in several different technical roles ranging from Field SE, DPAD SE, Partner SE, Principal Global SE as well as being one of the key members of the Emerging Technologies Team and is currently part of the EMC Worldwide Enablement team for the VSPEX family.
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VSPEX Business Devleopment, Channels Asia Pacific & Japan - EMC

Ernest is responsible VSPEX Business Development for Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) and is responsible for driving sales strategy and implementation of the VSPEX GTM framework in key countries for this theatre.
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Principal Consultant, VSPEX - EMC

Diederik is responsible as a company-wide expert for converged infrastructures, and a visible leader on his role in the acceleration of the adoption of VSPEX. Furthermore, responsible for assisting partners in creating and cultivating new business opportunities. In addition, responsible for driving qualitative and quantifiable results on VSPEX through EMC channels and business partners, and a leadership role for the development and dissemination of technical sales best practices.

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Sr Director Product Management, VSPEX - EMC

Dunn has 25 Years in the high tech business through a number of startups. He has been at EMC over 7 years now. He developed the concept for the VSPEX Reference Architecture Program in 2010. Now he's responsible for Product Management and Product Marketing for both the VSPEX Reference Architecture portfolio as well as VSPEX Blue.


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RobertoAraujo1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

Welcome to our newest ATE session on ECN. We'd like to open this discussion for replies. Let's make of this an opportunity to respectfully engage our experts with your questions, comments or ideas. Have a great experience!

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karlconnolly
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Re: Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

We've been asked when this appliance will be available?

The appliance will be GA on feb 17th.

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karlconnolly
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Re: Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

People are asking all about the game changing Market on VSPEX BLUE. What is it exactly and what products are listed in it?

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ChadD1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

Today we are offering EMC Cloud Array, RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines and VMware Data Protection for backup.  As we move forward we will be opening up the market to host other EMC software as well as software and services from our ecosystem of partners.

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brettesinclair
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Re: Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

I think as a "Version 1" this platform has a lot of potential, and I am excited by it's release.

Reading the transcript of the live event, I understand that each appliance (consisting of 4 nodes) in it's first iteration  will contribute ~ 13TB of usable datastore space to the vSphere cluster. How does this factor in resiliency against disk failures, given that there is no RAID protection for data ?

(apologies if this is more of a vsan specific question)

As far as suggestions go, I would like to be able to procure nodes with more flash and larger available capacities, although various posts seem to intimate that this is on the roadmap

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ChadD1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

Brett, rather than using RAID for protection the data is mirrored to other nodes based on a setting that the user can change, (failures to tolerate). This effectively tells VSAN for a given data store how many failures in the cluster can I tolerate. The appliance has 14.4TB of raw capacity, usable will depend on the failures that can be tolerated. (Default for general purpose workloads is 1). Rather than explain it all, Duncan Epping has an excellent description of all things VSAN on his blog. http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2013/09/16/frequently-asked-questions-virtual-san-vsan/

Of course a lot of things change in the next version of VSAN. Look for that as well as vSphere 6.0 to be supported on VSPEX Blue in 2H.

Nori_Ishitsuka
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Re: Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

Hi Expert members,

I was assigned to VSPEX BLUE Pre-Sales Engineer

So I want to learning A.S.A.P, when can I get e-Learning or Class room training?

And where can I get technical review or specific information?

Now I'm participating in Presales minor VMware.

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Rschuster1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

The same question from me.

I found a vLAB from VMware for EVO:RAIL (http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/catalogs/)

but nothing about the enhanced software from EMC.

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karlconnolly
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Re: Ask the Expert: Redefine Simplicity with VSPEX BLUE, IT that is Agile, Scalable, and Trusted

We have developed out an Enablement center for VSPEX BLUE which hosts all the content we have for partners. https://www.emc.com/auth/rpage/ec-for-vspex-blue.htm

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