Presenting on “Hyper-V Innovations for the SMB” next weekend. Featuring Hyper-V Server 2012 R2.

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I am getting my presentation finished up for my session at the IT Pro Camp event at Northwest Florida State College next weekend and I am pretty stoked.

I will be looking at a virtualization solution from a cost, HA/DR/BC, and management standpoint. I will be showcasing how innovations to Hyper-V with Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 are changing the game for the SMB. Looking at VMware ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 free offering to see what value you can get out of them as an SMB. I will have a live lab demonstration with a Hyper-V 2012 R2 host cluster and will go over so many exciting features.

I will be posting my slide deck, possibly videos from the presentation, and a PDF with the details after the presentation. So check back after the October 5th!

If you are in the Northwest Florida area I hope you can make it to this free event at IT Pro Camp on October 5th.

IT Pro Camp Information and Registration

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Just getting started with VMware Virtual SAN Beta

Well so far today at lunch I was able to get started with VSAN, but I still have lots to figure out it seems. Got a few hosts and vCenter setup. Got connected with the web client. Setup a network for VSAN. Turned off HA so I could turn on VSAN on the cluster? It is showing my SSD datastore as Non-SSD. Well, I will tackle this tonight or tomorrow. Excited either way. Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 2.14.09 PM

VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 Series Walkthrough

At VMworld 2013 in some of the break-out sessions and booths presenters have been using the VMware Product Walkthrough demos that were created by VMware’s Technical Marketing team to demonstrate some new features with VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 series. It was announced today that they have been made available online for those walking to see it first hand. It is easy to do as it doesn’t require any registration or login.

You can walkthrough the new Virtual SAN feature, vSphere Data Protection, vSphere App HA, vCloud Director, vSphere Replication, and vSphere Flash Read Cache.

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Anyhow, sometimes it helps to see an overview before you dive in and learn about all of the nuts and bolts behind the scene.

Here is the link to get started:

http://vmwarewalkthroughs.com/vCloudSuite5-5/

VMworld 2013 Session on Virtual SAN at a High-Level (Video)

If you are like me and can’t make it to every tech gathering, but love to stay in the loop on cutting edge tech. Check out this VMworld session for an overview on the Virtual SAN (vSAN).

I wouldn’t rush this into production, but more and more of the datacenter is becoming software defined and will continue to lower TCO and ROI on your infrastructure. So, stay on it and move with the momentum.

VMware vSphere 5.5 Brings vSAN for Storage Replication (beta release)

One of the exciting things coming out of VMworld 2013 and the revelations about vSphere 5.5 is the Virtual SAN with continues to improve the capability of the software defined datacenter. It allows you to easily use the DAS (directly-attached storage) in your ESXi hosts to create a clustered storage pool that is replicated across the hosts, and really is best described with this picture.

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Duncan Epping from R&D at VMware wrote a good article at Yellow Bricks that I definitely recommend checking out!

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2013/08/26/introduction-vmware-vsphere-virtual-san/

For additional features and to get started check it out at VMware:

http://www.vmware.com/products/virtual-san/features.html