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EMC World HOL sneak preview


Once again it’s time for EMC World; new product releases, breakout sessions, labs, networking, wandering around the show floor and of course some fun too. Breakout sessions will be recorded and those can be accessed after the conference but at least most of the hands-on labs are created just for the EMC World. So take an advantage of the ease of testing and evaluating EMC products in an isolated environment without needing to worry about messing up anything. It’s a really good opportunity to get hands on experience and see how things really work.

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Available labs

Here is the list of available labs. Bolded ones are the ones that I’ll try to take, that’ll be about 11 hours of lab time.

  • LAB01 SRM Suite – Visualize, Analyze, Optimize
  • LAB02 VNX with AppSync Lab: Simple Management, Advanced Protection
  • LAB03 EMC Software Defined Storage (SDS)
  • LAB04 Atmos Cloud Storage: Mature, Robust and Ready to Rock
  • LAB05 EMC NetWorker Backup and Recovery for Next Generation Microsoft Environments
  • LAB06 Flexible and Efficient Backup and Recovery for Microsoft SQL Always-On Availability Groups using EMC NetWorker
  • LAB07 Easier and Faster VMware Backup and Recovery with EMC Avamar For the Storage Administrator
  • LAB08 Automated Backup and Recovery for Your Software Defined Data Center with EMC Avamar
  • LAB09 Taking Backup and Archiving To New Heights with EMC SourceOne and EMC Data Domain
  • LAB10 Optimizing Backups for Oracle DBAs with EMC Data Domain and EMC Data Protection Advisor
  • LAB11 Operational and Disaster Recovery using RecoverPoint
  • LAB12 Achieving High Availability in SAP environments using VMware ESXi clusters and VPLEX
  • LAB13 VPLEX Metro with RecoverPoint: 3-site Solution for HighAvailability and Disaster Recovery
  • LAB14 Introduction to VMAX Cloud Edition
  • LAB15 Replication for the VMAX Family
  • LAB16 Performance Analyzer for the VMAX Family
  • LAB17 Introduction to the VMAX Family
  • LAB18 Storage Provisioning and Monitoring with EMC Storage Integrator (ESI 2.1) and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
  • LAB19 EMC|Isilon Compliance Mode Cluster Setup, Configuration, and Management Simplicity
  • LAB20 EMC|Isilon Enterprise Ready with OneFS 7.0 Enhancements
  • LAB21 RSA Cloud Security and Compliance
  • LAB22 VMware vSphere Integration with VNX
  • LAB23 VNX Unisphere Analyzer
  • LAB24 VNX/VNXe Storage Monitoring & Analytics For Your Business Needs
  • LAB25 VNX Data Efficiency
  • LAB26 VNXe Unisphere Administration & Snapshots
  • LAB27 EMC VSPEX Virtualized Infrastructure for End User Computing
  • LAB28 Collaborative Big Data Analysis with the Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform
  • LAB29 Manage Your vCloud Suite Applications with VMware vFabric Application
  • LAB30 Discover VMware Horizon Workspace
  • LAB31 Deploy and Operate Your Cloud with the VMware vCloud Suite

The setup

Labs are running on VCE Vblock architecture based infrastructure at EMC North Carolina data center. The storage used to serve the content is VNX and XtremeIO and of course to make it all work together vSphere 5.1 & vCD are also utilized.

There will be two screens at the front of the HOL where the live performance of the environment can be monitored. There will also be product specialists demoing and answering questions about the HOL cloud infrastructure.

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There will be 200 seats for HOL attendees.

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Location and opening hours

The labs are located on the right hand side of the EMC Village (2nd floor of the Sands Expo Hall).

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Lab opening hours:

  • Monday: 11:00AM- 9PM
  • Tuesday: 7:00AM – 6:30PM
  • Wednesday: 7:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Thursday: 7:00AM – 2PM

Doors close 30 mins before the end of each day

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Week after the EMC World


So it has been over a week since the EMC World ended. Last week went by so fast trying to catch up with all the missed e-mails and work issues that had piled up during the EMC World. 16 hour days talking tech all day kind of drained my batteries so I had to do some recharging before getting my toughts together for a blog post. I also edited and uploaded some pictures to Flickr. First I wasn’t going to take the camera with me at all because I wanted to travel light. But I did and took some nice shots.

Like I already mentioned those were long days full of good conversations and information sharing. I met lots of great people some of whom I’ve been tweeting with but never seen before and some whom I’ve never met at all. Just what I was looking for. EMC had also organized a place for meeting other bloggers: Bloggers Lounge. It was nice to sit down on cozy couches after walking around the Venetian, to have a great cup of coffee and connect with other bloggers.

Networking wasn’t all that I was looking for. In my pre-EMC World post I mentioned that I would concentrate more on the networking than I’ve had in the past conferences. But there were just so many interesting sessions that I couldn’t resist attending to. The session itself might not always give you lots of new information but you can ask questions and go talk to the speakers after the session. That’s how I get the most out of the sessions. I had several good conversations with the speakers and got the information I was looking for.

vLabs

Getting hands on experience was one of the things that I was looking forward to. There were many teasers tweeted and also posted on blogs about the vLabs while they were being put together. But it was all worth the wait. The vLabs were really nicely planned and exceuted and most importantly the labs were great. Thanks to all the vSpecialists who worked hard to make the vLabs possible.

EMC Proven Professional

EMC had a gread deal on the proven professional certifications during the EMC World: 50% off from all certification exams. First I thought it was a really good deal but it wouldn’t concern me. Then a week before the EMC World I ordered the Kindle version of the EMC ISM book and decided if I have time to read the book and feel confident with the practice test I’ll try the exam. Well I didn’t have time to read the whole book but I decided to take the test anyway. I passed and now I have the EMCISA certification. Next step will then be the Cloud Architect certification.

The fun part

There is no conference without parties and the EMC World 2011 was not and exception. Most mentionable ones were Christopher Kusek’s party at one of the suites in Cosmopolitan and storage beers / vBeers organized by Bas Raayman. Met lots of great people and of course had lots of fun too. Thank you Christopher and Bas for getting all the people together. Good times!

Chad and Wade hosted a great Chad’s World live show and with the help of the vSpecialist team they showed some cool live demos. The room was packed and the crowd was really excited. And of course there was also plenty of cold Canadian adult beverages served as I guessed. From there it was nice to head on to the EMC World party where EMC’s Barn Dogs and The Fray was performing. Relaxing atmosphere, good food and good music.

Thank you!

Big thanks to EMC and all the people who made the EMC World 2011 happen. Looking forward to the next years event.


My first EMC World


This year’s EMC World is going to be my first and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been working as a customer with EMC’s products the past 6 years and our whole storage infrastructure is built on top of their products. I got the ok to go already last year but the due date of my second child was too close so I decided not to go.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been browsing trough the conference schedule and trying to figure out what sessions to attend. There is lots and lots of good breakout sessions but the four days seems not to be enough. I always book my breakout session schedule too tight and end up not spending enough time at the exhibition and meetups. You can watch the recorded break out sessions later, but you can’t meet all the people later. So I decided to spend more time socializing and networking than I have in the past conferences.

Breakout Sessions

There will be over 500 breakout sessions available and here are some that I’m definitely interested in:

EMC Unisphere Analyzer – Hands-on Workshop

VNXe System Architecture

SQL Server on VMware – Architecting for Performance

vLabs

There will also be a 200 seat virtualized hands on vLab where you can get familiar with several EMC’s products including the new VNX and VNXe product lines. There is a group of EMC employees that have been working hard to make this happen. Big thanks to them already. I know I’m going to be spending fair amount of time in one of those 200 seats. I’m also keen to see Nicholas Weaver’s vLab stats which he’s been teasing about on Twitter this week. This guy can create some cool stuff.

Bloggers lounge

If you are a blogger and attending EMC World you need to check out the Bloggers Lounge. It is the place to meet other bloggers and maybe also do a quick post on your blog. Some bloggers that have been there for a long time might not consider me as a real blogger with my whopping 4 blog posts. But you need to start somewhere right? As a beginner I have lots of questions to other bloggers. I’m also interested to talk to the other newbie bloggers and share thoughts.

Spousetivities

Traveling with the family or spouse? Spousetivities is what you need to get your spouse involved with. Spousetivities organizes fun activities and happenings for spouses around the conference city. It was created by Scott Lowe’s wife Crystal after attending several technology conferences as a spouse and found herself bored while Scott was attending the conferences. I wish I knew about this when I travelled to VMworld -08 and -09 with my family. There are also some good deals for all EMC World attendees on Spousetivities site, so check it out.

vStogies

Apparently this meetup has taken place in the past VMworlds without my knowledge. I like good cigars and I’m not going to miss this one. Good cigars and tech talk sounds good. Follow #vStogies on Twitter for the time and place. I’ve heard there is a good cigar place in Ceasars Palace.

vBeers and storagebeers

Another good meetup organized by Bas Raayman. It is all going to be about good food, drinks and tech talk and socializing. I bet it is going to be good night!

Chad’s World

Chad’s World will be live on Wednesday night before the party and there will also be a happy hour. Wonder if they are serving “frosty cold Canadian adult beverages” there. I’ve been watching Chad’s World episodes and to be honest those are funny but also have really informative content. Getting customers involved in something like that is really awesome. Wade and Chad you rock!

Hopefully I’ll see you in EMC World. It is always nice to meet new people and share thoughts. I’m looking forward to sharing experiences about EMC products, VMware, disaster recovery and anything IT related.


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