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Understanding VMware’s new Virtual Volumes
January 13, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
What You’ll Learn:
In this webinar, attendees will learn about the architecture and operational changes associated with VMware’s Virtual Volumes. Virtual Volumes (VVols) serve as the future for providing external storage resources to virtual machines beginning in vSphere 6. This new storage framework enables more individual and granular control for all virtual disks. Virtual Volumes allow vendors to provide
differentiating capabilities, such as performance or security, through a common framework. This enables storage administrators more options for delivering services based on performance or other capabilities. Discussions will be had on the Virtual Volume architecture, the new role of the VASA provider, Storage Policy Based Management, and operational changes in Virtual Volumes.
About the Presenters:
Cloud Architect, Technology Solutions, SolidFire
Josh Atwell is a Cloud Architect for SolidFire focusing on developing VMware and automation solutions. Over the last 10+ years he has worked very hard to allow little pieces of code to do his work for him through various automation tools. Most recently Josh worked as a vArchitect for VCE where he worked with customers to architect solutions to meet their infrastructure needs. He also served as a VMware and cloud champion, as well as being selected as a technical team lead. Prior to VCE Josh worked at Cisco on the Virtualization Infrastructure Operations team where he focused on automation for VMware, Cisco UCS, and architecting Splunk for all of IT.
Josh is a contributing author to the popular Mastering vSphere series and the Devops for VMware Administrators book. He is highly involved in the virtualization community where he’s been active leading technology based user groups and the vBrownBag podcast. Josh holds a degree in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University and has maintained residence in the Raleigh, NC area.
Virtualization and Storage Architect, SolidFire
Andy focuses on storage datapath and VMware integration, bringing 23 years of operating system and storage development experience to SolidFire. Andy was the technical lead of VMware iSCSI development before joining SolidFire in 2015 to work on VVols development. Prior to VMware, Andy was a key member of Fibre Channel development for Solaris at Sun Microsystems.
Andy is active in the VMware community, contributing to the VMTN, as well as speaking at several conferences about iSCSI configuration, performance tuning, virtualization basics and VVols features. Some of these talks have been at VMworld, EMCworld, Dell Storage Forum and a handful of VMware User Groups (VMUGs). Andy has published white papers and blogs at VMware, as well as SolidFire.
Andy enjoys amateur racing with the SCCA, wines, hiking and off-roading. Find him on twitter @andybanta.