Here are two doodles that I put together during last nights #cloudtalk regarding #VMworld 2014 

I personally will be attending VMworld Barcelona and I’m hoping to be meeting as many of you there as possible. If you haven’t already registered you can find out more here or register here 

#VMworld 2014 #CloudTalk

August 11, 2014 — 2 Comments

I will be joining VMware’s Dave Hill tomorrow to co-host the VMworld CloudTalk discussion on twitter, if you haven’t joined in on a CloudTalk before check out all the information at the link below and be sure to join in live.


We want to know all about what you are looking forward to at VMworld US and EMEA, what are your tips for attending, what session are you looking forward to most and more.

I am also going to attempt to put together a number of live doodles. 

Doodle 1 – What are your tips for attending VMworld

Doodle 2 – What are the must not miss sessions for VMworld US

Let me know your thoughts tomorrow on the CloudTalk

The doodle below aims at giving you a quick overview of the different models within Nimble Storage’s range, rough performance, capacity and expansion options.

Nimble Models

We have recently had a big focus on vCHS where I work, so I decided it was time I put together a doodle of the vCHS Virtual Private Cloud Architecture.


Huge thanks to Justin Oliver from VMware for taking a look over this for me. 

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Many thanks to my colleagues Mathew May and Josh Herbert for their assistance ratifying this for me.

VMware have released Horizon Workspace 1.8.2 in the last few days, why is this important you may ask since Workspace 2.0 is now available?

Horizon Workspace is the required version of Workspace to allow you to upgrade your current infrastructure to 2.0, before completing this upgrade you should be aware that Horizon Data has been discontinued from this release in favour of the AirWatch Secure Content Locker. So if you are using Horizon Data, don’t complete the upgrade at this time and look to understand the special offers and ways to migrate data to AirWatch SCC.


Full details on the upgrade can be found here

Today is the first day of the Dell User Forum taking place in Miami Florida, unfortunately for me I’m not lucky enough to be at this one in person. But I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the bloggers briefing that took place prior to the event.

The first major announcements from today is the worldwide release of the Dell Storage SC4020, Dell bill this as them being able to offer high-end storage capabilities to mid-sized deployments. The SC4020 is an all in one SAN head and shelf, offering two controllers, running the Dell Storage Center 6.5 array software and 24 disks in a compact 2U form factor. The SC4020 is limited by scale to 120 disks but until that point should be able to keep up with its big brother the SC8000. Dell are also including its all flash technology with the SC4020 offering all flash configurations featuring SLC and MLC flash with tiering across both to suit the read and write workloads that each type of SSD favours.

Dell see the SC4020 being used in a number of use cases but particularly for mid sized customers that require more granular control over performance tuning than EqualLogic offers and it would also offer a great array for branch offices when the SC8000 is being used in HQ. I am going to be interested to see how it is priced to understand if the all flash configuration would be an affordable solution for VDI desktops and their workloads.

The Dell Storage SC4020 is planned for worldwide availability during Q3 2014

Dell Storage SC4000 Series


The second announcement and the biggest surprise for me was Dell’s announcement that they would be partnering with Nutanix to deliver the Dell XC Series of Web-Scale converged appliances. Read that as Dell and Nutanix partner to bring the Nutanix Software intelligence to Dell Hardware. I have been interested in the Nutanix proposition since their EMEA launch at BriForum 2012 and I think this is a great move for both companies. For Nutanix to get the name of one of the big players putting its name on a platform running its software is a massive vote of confidence for a start up and for Dell being able to offer its customers a forward thinking scalable platform. I’m really looking forward to the units being available working for a Dell partner this will give me even more reason to be talking and learning about the Nutanix platform.

The Dell XC Series is planned for worldwide availability during Q4 2014

Dell, Software-Defined Storage and Nutanix

Below you will see my doodles from the conference call with Bob Fine of Dell and Greg Smith of Nutanix.

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