Monday, May 13, 2019

ExploreVM Podcast Season 3 - HCI Series: VXrail

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages!
It's the moment you've all been waiting for!
Season 3 of the ExploreVM Podcast starts now!

Before we do, I want to say thank you to my listeners.
In 2018, the ExploreVM podcast received more than a 50% increase in downloads than 2017, and saw a greater than 300% increase in hits.
Its always great when someone messages me or approaches me at an event and says how much they enjoy the show.
I appreciate everyone's continued support, and look forward to providing quality content that I hope you all enjoy.

As for season 3, we are going to dive head first into the Hyperconverged Series that I discussed at the end of last season.

The goal for this series is to help build an understanding of hyperconverged infrastructure, it's place in the datacenter world, and spotlight the various ways that vendors are deploying HCI.

Now, we are going to approach this series a bit differently as I've reached out to the vendors directly to appear on the show versus the usual community members that I have on as guests.

That being said, this is NOT a sponsored series.
I am not receiving any sort of compensation for these appearances.
And all vendors appearing have had a strict set of rules laid out for their appearance.

1) No Bashing other HCI Vendors
2) Keep it technical, this is a technical podcast
3) This is NOT a free commercial for your product
4) No bashing other HCI Vendors

Alright, with the ground rules out of the way, let's begin.

We start the HCI series discussing VxRail.

Listen to "Season 3: HCI Series - VXrail" on Spreaker.

My Guest:

I'd like to take a moment to thank those of you who voted for and the ExploreVM Podcast in the 2018 Top vBlog polls. With your help, we were named #10 Favorite Podcast, and #34 on the favorite independent blogger list. I am honored and humbled to be listed among so many great contributors in our community.

Thank you for your support. Let's see if we can climb higher for 2019!

To continue the conversation on hyperconverged infrastructure, or if you're an HCI vendor and would like to be a guest on the ExploreVM podcast, please contact me on TwitterEmailLinkedInInstagram, or Facebook.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Storage Field Day 18, Here I Come!

For the second time, I'm lucky enough to be selected as a Tech Field Day delegate! This time, it's for Storage Field Day 18 in Silicon Valley February 27th through March 1st.

For those of you unfamiliar with Tech Field Day, it's an event ran by Gestalt IT where independent tech influencers are brought together with vendors to review products and solutions with deep technical conversations. Each event has a particular technology focus, such as networking, cloud, wireless, and security. 

Storage Field Day 18 will feature 7* different storage vendors. There's an asterisk as the anticipated number of vendors can grow (wink wink).  Expect to see some traditional players like NetApp and Western Digital, and a few newcomers to the scene such as Cohesity, WekiaIO, and StorPool. There's even a secret vendor on the list that even we the delegates are not privy to yet. 

SFD18 can be viewed live on with sessions available a short while later on the Tech Field Day YouTube channel. You can also follow along on Twitter with hashtag #SFD18. 

For more info about Storage Field Day, including a full list of delegates, check out the site here