VxBlock

What's Next in Converged
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   9 months ago
#VxBlockThe Future of ConvergedHow to leverage new converged infrastructure to modernize IT
Peter Burris
How will you use private cloud and/or public cloud in your IT strategy? https://www.crowdcha...

Peter Burris
Wikibon believes choices of cloud modes will follow the data: Data locality --> cloud locality.
David Floyer
Workload characteristics are the major determinant in which cloud to use, and where to place data.
Pete Manca
will also follow workloads. some will be better on premises, others just fine in cloud.
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@dfloyer laws of the land and laws of physics. Regulations and latency. And of course the financial case.
Pete Manca
data locality, cost of ingesting data, security, and cost overall play a part in determining where to put workload.
David Floyer
For example, tt makes sense to use the right public cloud if you are exploring architecture & tools for a new system.
Peter Burris
@petemanca add compliance and IP protection and that's Wikibon's list, too.
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@petemanca and some workloads could even move around between on and off-premises infrastructure!
Stuart Miniman
at a higher level, the use of cloud will be to allow IT to respond faster to the needs of the business. Converged infrastructure led the way to move beyond silos and free resources to take on new projects.
David Floyer
... and it makes sense to put you AI inference code very, very close to where the data is created. e.g., in an IoT or robotics environment.
Pete Manca
Compliance a big factor for sure, and with new GDPR laws data protection is critical.
Mitchell Watts
Looking forward to more discussions with customers on this topic at the Dell Technologies booth at VMworld Europe!
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@dfloyer compute is transient and data has gravity! Data placement matters!
Robin Querin
Our goal in Cloud Management is to enable our customers to create policy and service elements that are trusted and actionable in all clouds. The strategy is to use the best of either Private or Public Clouds, or both, depending on the needs of the app and the business.
Peter Burris
What does the phrase “cloud experience” mean to your business? https://www.crowdcha...

David Floyer
Cloud experience is not determined by location – it is compute as a set of services that enable fungible resources, simplicity of execution, and high availability.
Dave Vellante
pay-by-the-drink, simple & fast deployment, automated management, a single throat to choke...
David Floyer
Location is determined by physics (latency), network costs, and compliance requirements.
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
"cloud experience" means easy to consume on-demand technology services, greater agility in IT operations, elasticity and flexibility
Stuart Miniman
Public cloud in general, and @awscloud specifically, has set the bar for how business should measure how IT happens. Business needs agility and doesn't want to get bogged down in managing things that aren't critical to business.
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@dvellante I liked the "single throat to choke"
Erik Radvon
Simplified infrastructure that allows end-users to do what they do best- run the business!
justin jones
the ability to use the best platform for the workload!
David Floyer
@dvellante .. and a single hand to shake!
John Furrier
it's all #SaaS all the time
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@stu "cloud experience" is also about drawing the value line between the tasks I want to consume and the value I want to build on my IT strategy
Robin Querin
Cloud is as much an operational model as it is a destination. As developers and IT organizations embrace platforms that enable that model, creating a Cloud Experience becomes the ability to proactively support demand and intelligently respond to change.
Peter Burris
Under what circumstances do you feel it’s important to bypass automation and get access to manual infrastructure configuration and management services? https://www.crowdcha...

David Floyer
The objective is never! Systems are becoming too complex for human real-time decision-making. The data needs to be there to amend policies and test in the cold light of day after thing didn’t work.
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
highly specialized applications with dependency on infrastructure will continue to exist, but as exceptions. The key is having a solid criteria to minimize them and push standardization whenever possible.
David Floyer
Automation and AI essential ingredients!
Scott Redfern
As little as possible... an orchestration layer provides solution-centric standardization that can't be controlled or managed when working at the root level within an infrastructure.

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Robin Querin
Automation is about standardization as well as speed and repeatability. I believe it is important for IT teams to challenge themselves to create workflows that leverage the platform wherever they can. Benefits of availability and trust from automation can exceed the speed payoff.
Peter Burris
What type of applications do you plan to host on private and/or public cloud as you modernize your data center? https://www.crowdcha...

Pete Manca
Mission critical, data intensive, network intensive workloads belong on premise. Cloud model is very expensive when dealing with large volumes of data and/or network.
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@petemanca the public cloud is great for experiencing and failing fast, but success can be very expensive...
David Floyer
No brainer is to put latency sensitive workloads close to key data in the data center. e.g., keep mission critical systems of record applications, CAD/CAM & video analysis applications close to data sources.
martin hayes
high risk low latency on prem.
David Hayward
Enterprises look toward private cloud on VxBlock as a platform for their highest value applications that "run" the business -- such as SAP, Oracle business apps, MS Exchange, etc. Also, they use VxBlock's integrated storage, such as Unity, for built-in public cloud tiering.
Sameer Mohile
High risk low latency apps on on-prem
Mitchell Watts
High-value, mission-critical ... on-prem.
David Floyer
Cloud is usually best for WORN data – “write once & read never”
justin jones
VxBlock runs a lot of Epic as well! Talk about mission critical...
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
@dfloyer it's also about a financial use case. Sustained and predictive workloads usually offer a better use case for Private Cloud deployment. Elastic and unpredictable workloads will benefit from Public Cloud.
Peter Burris
What are your priorities for infrastructure analytics and automation? https://www.crowdcha...

David Floyer
interoperability
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
convergence simplifies infrastructure automation and analytics with standardization
Sameer Mohile
Management and reporting is first and foremost as it gives how the infrastructure is behaving. Once you have that then we bring in analytics which tells you how the infrastructure is deviating from the normal and automation to take efficient steps to remediate the infrastructure
Sameer Mohile
and bring it to normal state
Robin Querin
Analytics informing the Automation is a key focus. We want to leverage the platform intelligence to direct automation activities. Workload Balancing, Placement, Troubleshooting, Remediation, Performance and even Cost. All these elements can be automated reflecting the analytics.
Mitchell Watts
You can proactively manage converged workload capacity & performance with VxBlock Central analytics, integrated with vROPs. #Vxblock
justin jones
Asymmetric scale means VxBlock can use analytics to grow storage or compute as needed.
Mike Somerville
the collaborative discussions at the Converged User Group meetings is also really helpful. I'm grateful the leadership at DellEMC supports it so positively.
Sameer Mohile
Look forward for more discussions about VxBlock Central at the Converged User Group at VMworld Barcelona
Peter Burris
What is your shop doing to make it easier to adopt evolving infrastructure automation technologies? https://www.crowdcha...

David Floyer
Using the same infrastructure automation technologies across as many of the multi-cloud nodes as possible. Volume improves processes!
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
standardization is the first key initiative to adopt automation at scale
Robin Querin
Take a look at vRealize Lifecycle Manager. The platform now automates the setup and maintenance of the vRealize management plane. Key value is the Marketplace where you can find and download automation artifacts directly. https://www.vmware.c...
Peter Burris
Need to make hard choices about what management and tools will go forward in the cloud strategy. Reducing older tooling increases the likelihood that more productive tools are adopted.
Scott Redfern
Adopting a framework like vRealize enables organizations to not only use the built-in capabilities, but also plug-ins from partners and develop their own workflows and automation providing longevity and extensibility to the solution.
Sameer Mohile
VxBlock Central is standardizing on Automation capabilities with VMware Orchestrator
Rodrigo Gazzaneo
IT transformation is about making hard choices indeed. Getting rid of snowflakes is never easy.
Scott Redfern
@sameer_mohile That's right we build on a great platform with our own VxBlock-centric capabilities!