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ShowNotes – The Vblock Show

March 4, 2010 - 0 Comments

Welcome to the shownotes for Vblock: Accelerating the Journey to Private Cloud.  This show will air with live Q&A on March 4 but is available for replay!


The vBlock is a pre-architected and pre-qualified environment for virtualization at scale: storage, fabric, compute, hypervisor, management and security.  The VCE (Virtual Computing Environment) coalition, (or Vmware/Cisco/EMC) some might point out is being heralded as the latest ‘accelerator’ to Private Clouds. If you are looking to get a more hands-on look at what can be done – this is the right place.


There is a tendency to write this off as a marketing announcement that has no meat behind it…but then it would not be a TechWiseTV subject now would it?  Our objective for this show is take the Unified Computing knowledge that is already well spoken for on previous episodes and spend some time mixing in the reality of what is in this for you, the customer.    Multi-company teams are moving fast on this already and lucky for us, the EMC labs that contain all the technology and testing are just around the corner.    We have a lot of questions for this one and we are ready to get our hands dirty.

Segment 1: Defining the Vblock

Steve Phillips, Uber DC Host for TechWiseTV

Steve Phillips

Chuck Hollis and the first announcement of the VCE coalition.  Great links to dissenting opinions here as well.  Nice job and good read.

Chad Sakac ‘Virtual Geek’ over at EMC keeps a great blog – he also did a series diving into these technologies.


Segment 2: Virtual Computing Environment In Action

 Hari Kannan is an engineer at the EMC Santa Clara Innovation Center, he stopped by to give us the hands on demo for working with the Virtual Computing Environment.  This is a well spent 14 minutes giving us all a very direct, hands-on look at exactly what you can expect when operating in a Vblock environment.

Hari Kannan, EMC



Segment 3: Virtualization Security

Jimmy Ray addressed much of the inherent security elements present within a Vblock but felt it was important to show the expansive options available for not simply expanding the possibilities but actually doing so in an environment that was specifically built to do so.  

We invited special guest, Nirav Mehta from RSA to talk about some of the unique things they were doing in this area with RSA.

Nirav and Jimmy Ray


His slides:

RSA Book

Interested in that book? 

Welcome to the next generation of virtualization

 Implementing a VMware hosted virtual desktop infrastructure transforms your organization’s IT platform into a more valuable strategic asset – that must be managed and secured to capitalize on its full capabilities.

The RSA SecurBook for VMware View solution provides detailed guidance for deploying and administering key security controls in hosted virtual desktop environments. Specifically, the RSA SecurBook solution details how businesses may integrate RSA® Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Endpoint, RSA enVision® technology, RSA SecurID® authentication and EMC Ionix Server Configuration Manager within a VMware View environment.







Segment 4: Ionix Unified Infrastructure Manager

Guest: Bob Quillin, EMC Senior Director of Product Management

Bob Quillin, EMC schooling Steve Phillips







Learning at Cisco


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