Highlight Reel from VMworld Barcelona

Mark Galpin

Mark Galpin

EMEA Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
As a product marketing lead based in Guildford, Surrey, I'm often seen presenting to EMC’s partners and end users at various events across Europe. I have over 20 years experience in the storage market, largely gained in the financial and legal sectors, including PaineWebber, part of UBS, and Clifford Chance, the international legal practice, where I was the storage manager for a number of years. But I've also held had product marketing stints at Quantum and previously at EMC. I'm married with two children and live in Guildford, Surrey.

EMC Booth at VMworld Barcelona

It was Barcelona’s turn to host this year’s VMworld Europe conference. Thousands of attendees descended upon this beautiful city for a week of VM education. For EMCBackup it was a particularly relevant show, as we discussed in our previous blog. On Day 1, VMware announced updates to vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.5 (VDP Advanced 5.5). The updates included some major benefits for existing EMCBackup customers, who are now able to replicate their backups to an EMC Avamar grid or choose to use a local EMC Data Domain system to consolidate all of the backups from a number of virtual VDP appliances. You can read more about the why VDP Advanced 5.5 is better with Avamar and Data Domain together here.

To be expected, there was a massive amount of social activity about these new features, therefore I have decided to summarise a selection of this activity into a Storify Blog which you can read here.

See you next year!

 

What Not to Miss at VMworld Barcelona

Mark Galpin

Mark Galpin

EMEA Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
As a product marketing lead based in Guildford, Surrey, I'm often seen presenting to EMC’s partners and end users at various events across Europe. I have over 20 years experience in the storage market, largely gained in the financial and legal sectors, including PaineWebber, part of UBS, and Clifford Chance, the international legal practice, where I was the storage manager for a number of years. But I've also held had product marketing stints at Quantum and previously at EMC. I'm married with two children and live in Guildford, Surrey.

The computer is still not 60 years old, however, around 130 years ago, Gaudi started work on the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona—we have just learnt that in 13 years time his work will *finally* be finished.  So if you are planning to visit VMworld in Europe next week and get some free time, a visit to this amazing building is not to be missed.

La Sagrada Familia

Back at VMworld, also not to be missed, is a visit to the fully finished EMC Booth (D201) located in the centre of the Solutions Exchange.

•Starting at 11am, Tuesday, 15th Aug we will be available to talk to you about how EMC Backup and Archive forms the basis of a healthy data protection architecture for software-defined data centers, mission critical applications, virtual desktop infrastructure, trusted IT and VSPEX Proven Infrastructure.

•For those who you who just keep your hands off the keyboard (you know who you are) we also have a “Hands on Lab” located at DD1 in the Solutions Exchange. Here you can put to test some of the backup solutions you will have learnt about.

Here is a quick summary of some of our other activities at the conference:

Sessions with EMC Backup and Archive Content

•You can also check out “BCO3424 – What’s New in vSphere Data Protection Advanced – VMware’s Backup and Recovery for vSphere  on Wed, Oct 15th from 2pm – 3pm.

•Also don’t miss “BCO5041 – vSphere Data Protection – What’s New and Technical Walkthrough“ on Thurs, Oct 17th from 9am – 10am.

Cross-Booth Activity

•You can hear yours truly (Mark Galpin) speak at the Cisco Booth D209 on Wed, Oct 16th at 5:30pm about how VMware Backup and Recovery helps in Cisco’s converged infrastructure architecture, namely Vblock

•And, of course you can’t forget VCE. I will also be presenting EMC Backup and Recovery for converged infrastructures, at their booth, P205.  You can catch me each day of the show at the following times: on Tue, Oct 15 at 12:15, Wed, Oct 16th, at 12:45pm and finally at 11:45am on the Thursday.

Meetups

•Go large with vSphere Data Protection Advanced and EMC Backup and Archive. Oct. 16 at 2pm at the EMC Booth D201.

•Get face to face with the VCE team to talk Vblock at the EMC Booth D201 on Oct. 17 at 11:30am.

Labs

•We also have some great VMware Hands on Labs (HOLs) in Booth DD1. Highlights include vCenter UI integration in both Avamar and NetWorker and VM Instant Access with Avamar. The labs are titled: Lab #5 – Lightning Fast VM Recovery with EMC Avamar Featuring VM Instant Access and Lab #12 – Lightning Fast VM Recovery with EMC Avamar Featuring VM Instant Access.

Finally VMworld would not be the same without a party! You will have to stop by the EMC Booth on Tuesday to get your ticket to the party on the Tuesday night.

We’ll be covering all of these events on social media so follow us on Twitter @EMCBackup for all the latest updates and news, and tweet to us and let us know how we’re doing!

Deepak Mohan and Stephen Manley in the Cube, VMworld 2013

Chandra Jacobs
I love creative and challenging projects in the emerging technology product space. I have a background in tech, innovation, and product development, especially as applied to web and mobile apps in the entrepreneurship arena, but have recently moved into marketing. In my role as a product marketer, I have gravitated toward digital marketing as well as analytics/data mining. It fits well with my techie geek bent as well as my cloud angle on The Backup Window. (Be sure to catch my posts on Innovation Station too!) Outside of work at EMC, I enjoy exploring Boston’s culinary and jazz scene (often in combination), and travel as much as I can (35 countries and counting).

EMC Backup Recovery Systems SVP of Engineering, Deepak Mohan, and CTO, Stephen Manley, chat with Dave Vellante, Founder of Wikibon, about virtualization and data protection in theCUBE, VMworld 2013.

The Path to the Cloud Includes Backup

Mark Doncov

Mark Doncov

I’ve spent most of the seven years I’ve been at EMC on backup. Currently, I work on category and solution marketing initiatives in EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems division. In short, this means I focus on the “why” for EMC Backup, not the “what”; I leave the bits and bytes to the product teams. Over the years, I’ve seen big changes in the backup world. I will be looking at these – and the even bigger ones that lie ahead - here on The Backup Window and other social channels.

As VMworld 2013 nears to a close, your head is probably spinning with new knowledge about the cloud and cloud infrastructures. How could it not, right?

And, hopefully, you’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the EMC cloud story, the three paths we offer—build your own, VSPEX and VCE Vblock Systems— and why backup is vital to all three.

3 paths to the cloud

If you deploy cloud infrastructure without thinking about backup, you’ll face some unwanted challenges. Not only is traditional backup struggling under the pressures of data growth but virtualization is stressing it too.

Left unchanged, backup can have a domino effect with your organization: Data owners (e.g., the storage, VM and app owners), seeing the old backup ways are breaking down even faster than before, will find solutions on their own. Soon, you’ll have protection silos and an “accidental” backup architecture for your new cloud environment. That means cost, complexity and risk—and that’s just what you’re working to eliminate! Forget about business acceleration.

A better approach is to address protection at the start. Because backup is built into both Vblock Systems and  VSPEX, your organization gets the performance and visibility it needs IT-wide. This eliminates silos and accidental architectures, and it will allow you to scale efficiently and simply as you grow.

So as you consider your next cloud moves, don’t forget backup. If you go with one of EMC’s three paths, you won’t.  Best of all, with EMC you’ll be able to defy one of the most common conventions in IT today– broken backup.

Simplify Now with VCE, EMC, and VMware

Jay Cuthrell

Jay Cuthrell

Jay Cuthrell is a thought leader within the Office of the CTO at VCE (A company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware, and Intel) working with service providers, systems integrators, ISVs, and media & entertainment companies to deliver converged infrastructure. He is a frequent industry speaker currently based on the West Coast of the United States. Previously, as a strategic technology consultant with cuthrell.com he worked with service providers, startup companies, and investment groups in addition to writing for ReadWrite and Telecompetitor. He has held CTO, VP, and GM roles at Digitel and NeoNova (an Azure Capital and Bridgescale Partners portfolio company) and infrastructure consulting roles working domestically and internationally for Fortune 500 clients. He also served at Scient (formerly iXL now Publicis), Nortel, Analysts International, IBM, and NCSU College of Engineering. He holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University and grew up in Beaufort, NC. His blog can be found at fudge.org

VCE BoothVMworld 2013 is in full swing. This year the VCE team is showing off multiple VCE Vblock™ Systems with experts on hand to engage and discuss how VCE is delivering simplicity in the data center with technology from VCE investors VMware, Cisco, and EMC.

Clearly, the virtualized world that VMware makes possible is why VMworld is so exciting as VMware Partners and VMware customers come together and share their stories. These stories are inspiring because many go back almost 10 years (sometimes more!) and are a testament to how instrumental VMware has become in the life cycle of today’s modern datacenter.

Of particular note is the number of occurrences of the word “replication” and “protection” and “backup” and “recovery” and “DR” and “RTO” and “RPO” if you look through the amazing agenda for VMworld 2013. Regardless of the size of a vSphere environment, attendees have sessions, panels, and peers providing deep insights into what works, what could work better, and the current state of the art in true application mobility and data protection — and where it will be in the future.

VCE Booth - VblockJust a few months ago VCE detailed updates and enhancements to Vblock Systems, VCE Vision™ Intelligent Operations software, including how VCE is enabling workload mobility and data projection using the latest generation of EMC Backup Recovery Systems enhancements for EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain. EMC’s backup and archive software are pre-tested, pre-integrated, and pre-configured on the Vblock System, which provides customers with a very speedy deployment and implementation. The integrated solution provides direct connectivity, high performance, and a single line of support for the product.

In addition to VCE experts in the VCE booth, the EMC team will be dropping by to detail the combined efforts between VCE, VMware, EMC, and Cisco to enable EMC Backup and Recovery for VCE Vblock Systems. Yesterday, Chandra Jacobs discussed Backup and Recovery Optimized for VCE Vblock Systems. She highlighted key facts about EMC’s backup and recovery – including Avamar’s Changed Block Tracking backup and restore, which only sends unique “changed” blocks across the network, allowing customers to recover 30x faster than traditional VMDK restore. Chandra will be speaking again today at 3:15 pm PDT, be sure to visit the booth to catch her presentation!

If you can’t make it to the booth, this YouTube video will give you a quick overview of how you can bring simplicity to your workloads and the protection of those workloads. In the video, Chandra explains the benefits of EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain solutions on a Vblock System, including the elimination of setting up a dedicated backup network and the reduction of network configuration.

Please come see VCE at Booth 1015 at VMworld and speak to one of our VCE team members about how VCE is working with the EMC backup and recovery team and VMware to deliver simplicity!