Dell’s announcement last week of the VMware Cloud on Dell EMC managed service offering is a game changer for enterprise IT in the medium / large / enterprise space. VMware announced it will sell a managed service offering consisting of VMware ESX, vSAN, VXRail, and a few other components in a rack that gets delivered to customers for a monthly fee. VMware will then leverage the skills they have gained in managing customer systems via the VMware on AWS service to customers who subscribe to this on-premises data center product. This brings multiple cloud benefits to the local data center. The move recognizes that some customers prefer gear to be onsite, yet they still want the flexibility provided by the cloud subscription model.Read More
Virtual Reality was pervasive at the Dell Technologies World show. Not only was it prominently featured in the Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes, but several VR experiences could be had in the Village and in the several vendor booths in the Solutions Expo. One of the themes of this year's show was "Make it Real," and VR was shown as something that exists now and not just in the future.Read More
Now that the Dell Technologies World conference has ended, I've had a little time to reflect. This year's Dell Technologies World conference took place April 30 - May 2. It was a large show encompassing keynotes, breakout sessions, Guru sessions, Customer Meetings, Solutions Center, and so much more.Read More
DellEMC has really made it easy for current and potential customers to learn about their products. I recently began looking into Data Domain and found a free self-paced course and a free download of the Data Domain virtual appliance.
The course is called " Data Domain Fundamentals "(Course Number MR-1WP-DDFUND) and is pretty hardcore at times when it comes to speeds and feeds type of info. There are sections that discuss in great detail the model numbers, number of disks, etc. of the various devices. I recommend this course to anyone who's a server / storage admin / engineer / architect who might be taking on a Data Domain project. Application admins who use only the Data Domain Boost functionality might get overwhelmed if hardware isn't their jam.
The course estimates an hour and a half to complete, but it took me quite a bit longer. There were a few times when I went back to hear sections again, watch animations, etc. The course has excellent controls, so it's easy to jump around and go back if you think you missed something.
There's a mini exam offered towards the end of the course. From what I could tell, there's no reward nor penalty for passing or failing the quiz.
For those who learn better by doing, DellEMC makes a free Data Domain Virtual edition appliance (https://www.emc.com/products-solutions/trial-software-download/data-domain-virtual-edition.htm) available for VMware and Hyper-V virtualization platforms. There are also options to purchase the appliance in AWS and Azure.
A brief overview video of the Data Domain Virtual Edition of the can be found here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtGUQumlesA). The video is about seven minutes in length.