February 19, 2015
disclaimer: this week is so full of non-news that we decided to name the title of the show and its artwork to the Secret Windows Phone App at the very end of it.
- As Marc wasn’t with us last week he shares his thoughts on how the departure of David Scott at HP could jeopardize their whole storage vision.
- Openstack Vancouver session votings are open till February 23rd, off course Nigel is only interested in container sessions.
- VSPEX:BLUE - the reason it's partner focussed is that EMC has nothing to do with it. VSPEX means it's a blueprint architecture for VARs
- Pivotal open sourcing Greenplum & Hadoop activities
- HCI: & what about Microsoft?
M&A & Investments
And this week we have yet another Secret Windows Phone App!
[UPDATE] one of our listeners Jeff Wilson has a couple of things to say about our Microsoft HCI rants on his blog. He also took the conversation to our LinkedIN discussion group. Feel free to jump in on the conversation.
February 12, 2015
In our introductions we have 2 practical things to share:
- Our friends at GigaOM ask our listeners if they want to take a couple of minutes to fill in their Experience with Cloud and Containers survey.
- Nigel and Hans will both spend a couple of days in London for TECH.UNPLUGGED on April 22nd, following with VMUG London on the 23rd. Needless to say there will be a podcast recording at some point
Updates on vMageddon 6.0
- After their ‘biggest’ launch ever, there were probably hundreds of blogposts and tweets givens the new speeds and feeds of vSphere 6. Apparently there have been issues with false information or better said; things VMware changed between the last beta their bloggers got and current RC version. So they had to set the record straight on false information
- So VSAN 6.0 is part of vSphere 6.0. So VSAN now has support for all-flash. So they charge you 60% uplift for that !?! There is no way we can hide our disagreement on this rip-off.
- Some people in our industry have second thoughts on the value of VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) as it requires both NSX for a full deployment and at least a 50 socket deployment to get support. Blogpost from Maish Saidel-Keesing is worth reading as well
Things we didn't cover and other HCI news
- EMC released VSPEX:Blue last week, which is their version of an EVO-RAIL. The crew specifically likes that EMC has put enough effort in making sure there is added value on top of what is the same box for al other vendors. Well played EMC!
- And on a related note,HP releases their EVO-RAIL called ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO:RAIL and does exactly the opposite; no added value at all. If you don’t really really have to buy from HP, why would you? They at least are not going to give you a reason for it. Maybe because they still want to push the Lefthand VSA version?
Gabriel manages to get Hans sidetracked on a feisty rant about the true definitions of HyperConvergence. In the end this was absolutely a great discussion!
Containers & Snapshots
- Although we disagree that the new snapshot technology VMware would be introducing is technically to be compared to containers, it would probably be closing the same business gap where containers are currently used for. Definitely worth keeping an eye on this.
- In other container news, Docker released version 1.5 which adds read-only support for containers and full IPv6 support. I know there we a couple of people waiting for that to happen someday soon.
Big Data news
- So far it’s still all rumours but some things would be changing at Pivotal with their Big Data / Hadoop distro.
- Hitachi Data Systems to acquire Pentaho for over half a billion US dollar. Is HDS planning on a heist of IBM’s target market here?
Sad Trombones in storage land
- David Scott, the former CEO of 3PAR is leaving HP to go on his retirement. The whole crew likes to show their gratitude to the accomplishments of this great man in storageland. We sure hope to see more of him as an advisor to newbies in the industry.
- The saddest trombone is for the passing of Lee Johns (@storageologist). Lee was a beloved man in our community and will definitely be missed. To show our respect we will end the show with a minute of silence instead of our weekly shenanigans. Our thoughts are with Ann and the rest of the family.
Good night Lee!
February 5, 2015
Just for this once we will let Nigel have his very own Docker commercial in this introduction. Only because this week it is in fact a news item. Nigel is an author on Pluralsight and just released this week a docker deep dive
[11:43] VMware partners with Google
The Public Cloud joins the Enterprise
Datacenter. Is VMware trying to become the broker no matter what cloud you are sitting in? And what about Google, do they even care about the datacenter or are they just in it for driverless cars and curing world hunger?
[23:50] VMware PEX week announcements
Announcing the announcement to announce something that cannot be announced yet ... What’s new in vSphere6?
- Long Distance, Cross-vCenter & Cross vSwitch VMotion
- Content Library; easy to find location to put your templates or ISO files
- Virtual Volumes (VVOLS) is this the next VAAI where all storage players will have to adopt or lose ground? Or has everyone already lost excitement because it took over 2 years to bring to market?
- vSphere 6 adds support for NFS4.1. We do challenge the value of it in the market if it doesn’t even support VAAI or the new Virtual Volumes, leaving the lack of pNFS even aside for a minute. What it will bring is a lot less chatter due to the fact that NFS4 is stateful and NFS3 was stateless.
- Fault Tolerance (FT) now supports multi-vCPU which makes it finally viable for snapshots and backups as well!
- VSAN6.0 … or was it 2.0? Although we don’t like the skipping 5 product versions, we do like a lot of what’s in there. Support for All-Flash, Rack-aware failure domains, … Something Nigel liked was they changed the underlying disk format and apparently they are able to do that in a rolling upgrade (unlike XtremIO). And of course, who doesn’t like blinking lights?
- VMware Integrated Openstack (VIO) is the final part of the announcement we cover. Although it is ‘free’ for the Enterprise Plus customers to play around with, Gabriel doesn’t believe it’s of any use.
[1:01:46] Other ...
Over the top of the hour there are a couple of topics we didn’t manage to cover but were in our agenda:
- EMC announced VSPEX:BLUE, their interpretation of an EVO:RAIL solution
- EMC also announced a new VCE product with built-in NSX
- VMware picks up Immidio to complete their EUC portfolio
- Nigel and Hans will be speaking, with Enrico Signoretti, Chris Evans, Martin Glasborrow and Stephen Foskett at the first episode of a new concept event called TECH.UNPLUGGED in London on April 22nd. The event is free so join us there!