AppSync 3.0.2 is out 


We’ve just GAd AppSync 3.0.2 which  includes the following new features and enhancements:


1. Hotfix/Patch improvement – Starting in AppSync 3.0.2, hotfix/patch is delivered as an executable like the AppSync main installer. A single patch will install both the AppSync server and the AppSync agent hotfixes. You can push the hotfix to both UNIX and Windows agents from the AppSync server.

2. Agent deployment and discovery separation – Enables the deployment of the agent even if discovery fails across all supported AppSync applications including Microsoft applications, File system and Oracle.

3. Event message accuracy and usefulness

The installation and deployment messages have been enhanced to provide more specific information that helps in identifying the cause of the problem.

All AppSync error messages have been enhanced to include a solution.

4. Unsubscribe from subscription tab – You can now easily unsubscribe applications from the Subscription tab of a service plan.

5. Storage order preference enhancement – You can now limit the copy technology preference in a service plan by clearing the storage preference options you do not want.

6. FSCK improvements – You can now skip performing a file system check (fsck) during a mount operation on UNIX hosts.

7. Improve SRM support – For RecoverPoint 4.1 and later, AppSync can now manage VMWare SRM managed RecoverPoint consistency groups without manual intervention. A mount option is now available to automatically disable the SRM flag on a consistency group before enabling image access and returning it to the previous state after the activity.

8. XtremIO improvements

a. Reduces the application freeze time during application consistent protection.

b. Support for XtremIO version earlier than 4.0.0 has been discontinued.

9. Eliminating ItemPoint from AppSync – ItemPoint is no longer supported with AppSync.Users cannot perform item level restore for Microsoft Exchange using ItemPoint with AppSync.

10. XtremIO and Unity performance improvement – Improved operational performance of Unity and XtremIO.

11. Serviceability enhancements – The Windows control panel now displays the size and version of AppSync.


The AppSync User and Administration Guide provides more information on the new features and enhancements. The AppSync Support Matrix on is the authoritative source of information on supported software and platforms


Not All Flash Arrays Snapshots Are Born (Or Die) Similar.



CDM (Copy Data Management) is an huge thing right now for AFA vendors, each product try to position itself as an ideal platform for it but like anything else, the devil is in the details.

If you are new to this concept, I would encourage you to start here:

and then view the following 3 videos Yoav Eilat did with a great partner of ours, WWT

done watching all the videos and still not convinced? How should you test the your AFA Vs the others? Its pretty simple actually

  1. Fill you AFA with Data (preferably DB’s)
  2. Take plenty of snapshots of the same DB
  3. Present these snapshots to your DB host and run IO against them (using SLOB for example)
  4. Do you see a performance hit of your parental volume compared to the snapshots volume – red flag!
  5. Delete some snapshots and see what happens

You’ll thank me later.

VMworld 2016, Introducing the EMC XtremIO VMware vRealize Orchestrator Adapter


The 2nd big announcement at VMworld is the vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) adapter for XtremIO.

This has been in the making for quite some time, as someone who is very close to the development of this, I can tell you that we have been in contact with many customers about the exact requirements since at the end of the day, vCO is a framework and like any other framework, it is only as good (or bad) in what popular workflows it support.

The adapter that we will be releasing in 09/2016 will include the majority of the XtremIO functionality, volume creation, deletion, extending a volume, snapshots creation etc., shortly after the 1st release, we will be adding reports and Replication support via RecoverPoint

Below you can see a demo we recorded for VMworld, it’s a little bit rough but can give you a good overview around what It can do (Thanks to Michael Johnston & Michael Cooney for recording it, you rock!)

VMworld 2016, EMC AppSync & XtremIO Integration with VMware vCenter

What an awesome year for us at EMC XtremIO, so many things going on!

One of the announcements we are making at VMworld is the integration between Appsync to the vCenter but what does it actually mean?

Well, if you are new to Appsync, I suggest you start here:

so still, what’s new?

We are now offering you, the vCente / vSphere / Cloud administrator to operate Appsync from the vCenter Web UI, why? Because we acknowledge that every admin is used to work with one tool as the “portal” to his / her world and instead of forcing you to learn another UI (in our case, it’s the AppSync UI), you can do it all from the vCenter UI.

Apart from the repurposing your test / dev environment which Appsync is known for (utizling the amazing XtremIO CDM engine) , I want to take a step back and focus on one use case that is relevant for EVERY vSphere / XtremIO customer out there which is backing up and restore VMs for free, no, really. You can now take as many snapshots that you want and be able to restore from each one, you can either:

  1. Restore a VM or VMS

  1. Restore a full volume (datastore) and the VMs that were in it

  2. Restore a file from within the VM c: / d: etc drive! No agent required!

    Very powerful engine since the majority of the restore requests from the last week or so, so you can happily use the XtremIO XVC engine to restore it from, easy, powerfull and again ,free!

    See the short demo here:

    See a full demo here:

EMC AppSync 3.0.1 Is Out, Here’s what’s new


Building on the top of the 3.0 release of AppSyc, we have just GA’d the first service pack for it,

AppSync 3.0.1 includes the following new features and enhancements:
Agent robustness – Allows you to configure a common time out value for commands on the UNIX agent for time-out flexibility.

Error reporting – The UNIX host based error messages have been enhanced to provide more specific information that helps in identifying the cause of the problem.

Event message accuracy – The event messages have been enhanced to provide more specific information that helps in identifying the cause of the problem.

Error logging.

Enhanced logging for workflows.

Enhanced the Unix plug-in log for readability

Configurable retry for failed jobs – Allows you to set a retry count and retry interval to perform VSS freeze/thaw operation in the case of VSS failures (for example, VSS 10 second timeout issue) that are encountered during copy creation.

The AppSync User and Administration Guide provides more information on how to set a retry count and interval for failed jobs.

Mount multiple copies to the same AIX server – Allows you to mount multiple copies of the protected application consecutively on the same AIX server used as the mount host.

Exchange support for VPLEX – Allows you to create and manage copies of your Exchange data. This addition completes VPLEX support to cover all the five AppSync supported applications (Oracle, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Exchange, VMware Datastore, and File System).

Selective array registration – For XtremIO and VMAX, you can now select the arrays that you want AppSync to manage when the XMS and SMI-S provider are managing multiple arrays.


A New VDI Reference Architecture


We have just released a new VDI Reference Architecture based on all the latest and the greatest

This reference architecture discusses the design considerations that give you a reference point for deploying a successful Virtual
Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) project using EMC XtremIO. Based on the evidence, we firmly establish the value of XtremIO as the
best-in-class all-flash array for VMware Horizon Enterprise 7.0 deployments. The reference architecture presents a complete VDI
solution for VMware Horizon 7.0, delivering virtualized 64-bit Windows 10 desktops. The solution also factors in VMware App Volumes
2.10 for policy-driven application delivery that includes Microsoft Office 2016, Adobe Reader 11 and other common desktop user
applications. This reference architecture discusses the design considerations that will give you a reference point for deploying a
successful VDI project using XtremIO.

You can download the RA from here:

and here’s a demo to show it all for you!

Virtualization of Windows 10, Office 2016 desktop environment on XtremIO

         Deploying 3000 virtualized desktops (Linked clones and full clones) managed by VMware Horizon 7 on EMC XtremIO 4.0.10

         On-demand application delivery using VMware App Volumes 2.10 to 3000 Desktops on EMC XtremIO 4.0.10

         Performance evaluation of virtualized desktops deployed at scale (3000 desktops) using loginVSI on EMC XtremIO 4.0.10

         Common considerations for deploying VDI at scale using EMC XtremIO 4.0.10

         XMS Web GUI technical preview

XIOS 4.0.10 And XMS 4.2.0 Are Here, Here’s What’s New


I’m so proud to finally announce the GA of XIOS 4.0.10/ XMS 4.2, this release contains couple of features that so many of you, our customers have been asking for so let’s highlight them and then deep a little bit deeper to each one of them

ŸXtremIO PowerShell support
ŸSMI-S support
ŸServiceability enhancements
ŸREST API Improvements
ŸVSS enhancements
ŸXMS Simulator
ŸWebUI Tech Preview
Ÿthe usual bug fixes.

XtremIO PowerShell support

  • Supported with XMS 4.2.0
    PowerShell Supported versions: 4.0 and 5.0
    Based on XtremIO REST API version 2.0
    Supports all storage management commands


    XtremIOPowerShell.msi package – available on support page
    Verify PowerShell ISE version 4 and above is installed
    Installation package imports the module to PowerShell path

Connecting To The XMS

Connect to single cluster or all clusters manages by the XMS

Powershell Commands

Supports storage management REST commands
XtremIO command structure:
Supported actions:
Example: Get-XtremVolumes


Ability to list a subset of attributes (-Properties)
Filtering logic support (-Filters)
-CLImode: avoid user confirmation in session level (for scripting)
-Confirm: user confirmation for single command
-ShowRest: returns the command in json format
-Full: list all object attributes





SMI-S Integration

What is an SMI-S Provider?

SNIA developed standard intended to facilitate the management of storage devices from multiple vendors in storage area networks.
Enables broad interoperable management of heterogeneous storage vendor systems
Multiple ‘Profiles’ can be implemented
We have implemented the profiles required for Microsoft SCVMM and Microsoft Azure platforms
All SCVMM operations can be done in the GUI or through CMDlets
More profiles would be implemented in future based on field requirements and roadmap features


SMI-S Provider implemented directly on the XMS
No external component needs to be installed
Better and consistent performance guaranteed
Array operations possible
Create/delete a volume
Create an XtremIO Virtual Copy – XVC (aka Snapshot)
Mount the volume on a host
The entire array is considered as a single pool
Internally uses RestAPI calls
Completely stateless and does not cache any data

ECOM needs a new Read Only user on XMS
Needs to be defined on ECOM (for non-default password usage)
Same user to be defined on ECOM and XMS for adding
Provide the same credentials in SCVMM
LDAP users also supported

The following profiles have been implemented:
Masking and Mapping
Disk Drive Lite
FC Target Ports
iSCSI Target Ports
Physical Package
Multiple Computer System
Block Services Package
Thin Provisioning
Replication Services (Snapshots)



Fabric Tab -> Add
Resources -> Storage
Specify the “Run As” account as defined in ECOM
and XMS
Go to the ‘Jobs’ tab to see operation status
‘Providers’ option will show the XMS information and current status


Create Logical Unit’
allows to create new volumes
Right click on volume name to delete

Right Click on Host -> Properties

Allow active clusters to send SNMP keep alive trap to SNMP manager
Can be sent between 5 min to 24 hours , customer configurable
Working via CLI require two commands
1. Enable the feature and frequency on XMS level:
modify-snmp-notifier enable-heartbeat heartbeat-frequency=15
2. Enable the feature on cluster level (default is enabled for all):
modify-clusters-parameters enable-heartbeat


ŸGUI and CLI now support the option to export and
XMS configuration for back-up and restoration
ŸThe following configuration elements are exported
XMS: User Account, Ldap Config, Syr Notifier, Syslog Notifier, Snmp Notifier, Email Notifier, Alert Definition
Cluster: Cluster Name, X-Brick Name, SC Name, Target Ports, iSCSI Portal & Routes, IG, Initiator, Volume, CG, LUN Mapping, Tag, Scheduler

Snapshot Enhancements
Native VSS support for application aware snapshots
Snapshot Enhancements
The new VSS supports working inside the VM guest using RDM volumes.

WebUI Technical Preview

Yea..that’s the one you have all been waiting for but couple of disclaimers, it’s a technical preview which means we ask you to test and provide feedback for, it’s not the final Web UI and It’s likely to change before GA and again, the reason we are releasing it is that you can contact us and let us know your opinion about it, good, bad, ugly, it’s all good! Please note that the classic Java is still working and provides the full functionality, so it’s

100% pure HTML5 (no Java) !!!
Just enter XMS WebUI URL
Enter your standard XMS User credentials
Nothing to install

In Multi-cluster setup: Multi-Cluster Overview
In Single cluster setup: Single-Cluster Overview
To access WebUI Homepage: Click on WebUI Logo

Single cluster homepage


2 main navigation
Menu bar
Context selector

Only object types supported
by the selected menu items will appear in the Context Selector
Filtering capabilities:
Direct: Text, selected properties, tags
Indirect: Filter based on relationship to other objects






For each object type in the Context selector there is a list of supported reports
ŸAll reports support single/multiple object reports, for example:

Troubleshoot an object with all available data:
One-click navigation between pre-defined reports

Track capacity and data savings over time

Track endurance and SSD utilization

Notifications Events

Events screen

ŸDrill down to Critical/Major Alerts from Cluster Overview

Storage Configuration & mapping

Configuration Screen
Create/delete, perform all actions on selected objects.

Storage configuration & mappings
Configuration Screen
No context selector
Indirect cluster filtering

Mappings Screen
Map between selected Volumes/CGs/Snapsets and selected Initiator Groups (many-to-many object mappings supported)

Main provisioning flow

(1)Create Volumes (2)Create Initiator Groups (3)Map

3. Map

Add volumes to Consistency Group

Local Protection

Create 1-time local protection or define local protection policy

Refresh copy


  • Export configuration/inventory object data

Hardware view


VMware horizon 7.0.1 / Instant Clones / App Volumes 2.11 / Windows 10 + Office 2016 On XtremIO

Wow, that was a long title for a blog post but then again, there are many moving parts in this cutting edge mixture of technologies..

Instant Clone Technology (that is, vmFork) uses rapid in-memory cloning of a running parent virtual machine, and copy-on-write to rapidly deploy the virtual machines.

Copy-on-write, or COW, is an optimization strategy. This means that whenever a task attempts to make a change to the shared information, it should first create a separate (private) copy of that information to prevent its changes from becoming visible to all the other tasks.

A running parent virtual machine is brought to a quiescent, or quiet, state and then forked (when a piece of software or other work is split into two branches or variations of development), and the resulting clones are then customized (receiving unique MAC addresses, UUIDs, and other information) and powered on. These clones share the disk and memory of the parent for Reads and are always ready for login instantly. After the clone is created, Writes are placed in delta disks. Both memory and disk are copy-on-write, so if a new clone modifies bits of its memory or disk, a separate copy is made for that virtual machine, thus preserving security and isolation between virtual machines.

Instant clones are installed as part for the Horizon Broker. There is no option to select to install, it just installs with the Horizon 7 broker.

The instant clone engine is a Java app that runs on the Tomcat server.

API calls are made to VMFork on vSphere.

The Master Image has the Horizon Agent installed with the Instant Clone option selected. This has the code for instant clones and the instant clone customization engine.

Any broker is capable of running the NGVC engine, but only one of them should be running NGVC. We use the existing Federated Tasks to manage this. If the broker running the NGVC were to crash/shutdown, then the task would move to another broker in the cluster. In flight operations can error out in that scenario, but newer cloning operations should work fine.

Stateless because all configurations information is stored in vCenter. No multiple database scenario – Composer database / LDAP / vCenter to get out of sync. One source of truth.

Master VM

  • Golden Image”
  • Follow build Guidelines in KB 2007319 – See Hotfix for Win7 in Step 10
  • Optimizations – OS Optimization Tool
  • Horizon Agent with Instant Clones
  • Other Agents – AppVolumes, FlexEngine
  • Snapshot(s)


  • Linked clone of Master VM – Based on chosen snapshot
  • Low disk space Usage
  • Named as <cp-template-GUID> in vCenter in <ClonePrepInternalTemplateFolder>
  • Defaults to same datastore as Master VM
  • Linked to Master VM.


  • Full Clone of Template – Thin provisioned – Less total disk space than Master VM
  • Has a Digest
  • Placed on selected datasore(s) for desktops. Can be placed on a single specific datastore in case of tiered storage selection.
  • Named as <cp-replica-GUID> in vCenter in <ClonePrepReplicaVmFolder>
  • Shared read disk for desktop VMs


  • Used to fork Desktop VMs
  • Placed on selected datasore(s) for desktops. One per host per datastore
  • Named as <cp-parent-GUID> in vCenter in <ClonePrepParentVmFolder>

Desktop VMs – Instant Clones

  • Placed on selected datastore(s) for desktops.
  • Named as defined in Horizon Administrator Pool Settings
  • Very small disk space usage – Can grow over time but limited by delete on logoff

Instant Clone Components in vCenter

Here’s a deeper dive session into the concepts (and more!) detailed above

ok, so now you are familiar with Instant Clones, let’s see how do they behave on XtremIO !

AppSync 3.0 Is Here, What’s New

Hi, we have just released AppSync 3.0, if you are new to AppSync, I encourage you to first read about it here

and here,

in a nutshell, Appsync is our (Integrated) Copy Data Management (iCDM), IDC & Gartner predict that the bulk of data is coming from copies of the data itself and AppSync is our glue to manage it at the array level, traditionally, snapshots are always associated with degraded performance either at the array controllers level or at the volume level, even the majority of the modern All Flash Arrays can’t sustain a large numbers of snapshots because of architecture deficiencies.

This is not the case with XtremIO so the “glue” here is very important. So, what’s new with 3.0


Yep, It’s finally here, many customer requests came for this one as many customers are leveraging XtremIO + VPLEX for either a true Active/Active datacenter(s) topology or for the VPLEX availability features, Appsync now fully support VPLEX, here are the modes of supported operations

You need to be on the following versions for it to work:

VPLEX firmware version –
XtremIO firmware version 4.0.1, 4.0.2, and 4.0.4

Configuring a service plan requires selecting:
Preferred cluster selection (metro only)
Cluster 1 is chosen by default
And array preferences (when R1)
Required selection
VPLEX distributed virtual volume has storage devices on two clusters
The leg to be protected is determined by the cluster that is selected in the service plan storage options

Mount as VPLEX Virtual Volumes
– The provisioned virtual volumes are added to the storage
view of the mount host
– Teared down during unmount
Mount as native array volumes
– The mount host must be zoned to the native array where the snapshot is created


When mount host is part of an ESX Cluster, target
LUNS are presented to all nodes of the cluster

Clear this option if you do not want to perform an
ESX cluster mount


The VPLEX production virtual volume layout must be the same as it was when the copy was created
R1 and distributed devices are restored on one leg of the mirror for which the copy was created
Other leg will be rebuilt and synchronized after restore is complete
User has option to wait or run in background
AppSync does not support restore of volumes protected by RecoverPoint


Support XtremIO backend only
Support Bronze service plan only (local copies)
VPLEX virtual volumes must be mapped 1:1 to an array volume
Concatenated devices (RAID-C) are not supported
Nested devices are not supported
Exchange is not supported
Tolerant of non-XtremIO array on second leg only


You can now perform consistency check only on log files of Exchange database copy in DAG environment

below you can see a demo of AppSync 3.0 / VPLEX / XtremIO working as one.



Provides scripting opportunity during the Unmount previous copy and Unmount copy phases
Supported on all operating systems in addition to AIX
The unmount callout scripts are placed in a predefined location with a predefined name
The scripts are run with the user credentials used to register the host


Enhanced scheduling ability to repurpose and refresh a copy, including ability to
schedule repurposing jobs for 2nd Gen copies
Ability to view and edit the values of various fields in the repurpose workflow
Centralized view of all database repurposed copies


New VMware Service Plan options
Create VM snapshots for selected VMs only – ignoring newly added VMs
Can now “Exclude VMs


Supports taking a cluster copy and mounting into an alternate cluster, attaching/recovering databases as clustered resources if an alternate cluster SQL Server instance is selected during recovery
Restoring back as a cluster or non-clustered resource
SQL Server databases hosted on mount points are not supported – Mount to “Default Path” is not supported due to Microsoft restrictions.


Similar to crash consistent, but still utilizing Microsoft VSS on the file system (does not integrate with SQL)
Mount with attaching the database (recovery) on target host is not supported for non-VDI copies – all other SQL recovery options are not supported
Restoring as a file system is supported – reattaching and recovering the database is a manual process

here’s a demo about the NON-VDI integration

Please Vote for the EMC XtremIO Sessions At VMworld 2016

It’s hard to believe a year has passed to quickly since last year’s VMworld, this years, we at the EMC XtremIO have submitted many good sessions for the submission process, please vote for the ones you are interested in thanks!


Best Practices for Running Virtualized Workloads on An All-Flash Array [7574]

All-Flash Arrays (AFAs) are taking the storage industry by storm. Many customers are leveraging AFAs for virtualizing their data centers, with a majority of them using EMC XtremIO. In this session, we will examine the reasons behind strong adoption of AFAs, discuss similarities and differences between different AFA architectures, and deep dive into specific best practices for the following virtualized use cases: 1. Databases: how they can benefit from being virtualized on an AFA; 2. EUC: how VDI 1.0 started, what VDI 3.0 means and how it is applicable for an AFA; and 3. Generic workloads being migrated to AFAs. If topics like UNMAP, Queue depths etc’ rings a bell, this is the session for you!



Demystifying OpenStack Private Clouds with VMware and EMC XtremIO All-Flash Array [8330]

OpenStack Cloud deployments have long been notorious for being too complex and unpredictable, often requiring long implementation times and ongoing optimization. In this session, experts from VMware and EMC will discuss how VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO), coupled with EMC XtremIO all-flash scale-out storage can dramatically simplify OpenStack implementations while delivering enterprise-class reliability, consistent predictable workload performance, and easy linear scalability.



Best Practices for Deploying Virtualized SQL Server on EMC XtremIO All-Flash Storage [8746]

All-flash storage opens up many new ways managing SQL Server database lifecycle, can impact your existing virtualized SQL Server design and deployment methodologies. Come to this session to see how XtremIO’s all-flash compare to traditional storage, explore use cases, see demos of XtremIO’s unique integrated copy data management (iCDM) stack integrate with vRealize Automation to accelerate SQL Server database application lifecycle management, and increase DBA productivities. See why traditional SQL Server best practices can be significantly simplified on XtremIO. We will focus on areas like VMFS/RDM, vSCSI adapters, queue depth, multi-pathing, number of LUNs, database file layout, tempdb placement, and more!


Automating Rapid and Space Efficient Provisioning of Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS) using VMware vRealize Automation & EMC XtremIO for Mission [7569]

Automating Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS) using VMware vRealize Automation Suite and EMC XtremIO provides accelerated deployment, elastic capacity, greater consolidation efficiency, higher availability, and lower overall operational cost and complexity for deploying Oracle Single Instance and Oracle RAC on VMware vSphere platform.


Automating Rapid and Space Efficient Provisioning of Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS) using VMware vRealize Automation & EMC XtremIO [7572]

Automating Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS) using VMware vRealize Automation Suite and EMC XtremIO provides accelerated deployment, elastic capacity, greater consolidation efficiency, higher availability, and lower overall operational cost and complexity for deploying Oracle Single Instance and Oracle RAC on VMware vSphere platform.


Achieving performance, scalability and efficiency for Oracle DBaaS infrastructure with vRealize Automation and EMC XtremIO all-flash scale-out storag [7626]

DBaaS has tremendous potential to transform how databases are provisioned, consumed, managed and decommissioned – simplifying day to day operations of DBAs, application owners, and developers. However, careful planning and agile infrastructure are the must for delivering DBaaS that performs consistently and scales predictably. Experts from VMware and EMC will discuss key considerations and best practices for successfully delivering Oracle DBaaS.



Achieving scalability, performance and efficiency for Oracle DBaaS infrastructure with vRealize Automation and EMC XtremIO all-flash storage [7599]

DBaaS has tremendous potential to transform how databases are provisioned, consumed, managed and decommissioned – simplifying day to day operations of DBAs, application owners, and developers. However, careful planning and agile infrastructure are the must for delivering DBaaS that performs consistently and scales predictably. Experts from VMware and EMC will discuss key considerations and best practices for successfully delivering Oracle DBaaS.



Tales from the Trenches: End-User Computing Architect Perspectives On Next Generation VDI [8222]

VDI architects from VMware and EMC XtremIO discuss the recent trends in desktop virtualization and role of all-flash storage in ushering in the new era of VDI. This technical session will examine Just-in-Time desktops and how to orchestrate desktop building blocks including Instant Clone Technology, AppVolumes and User Environment Management customizations to deliver personalized desktops. The role of XtremIO all-flash storage as the underlying high-speed engine will be discussed. Performance data for VDI with Windows 10 will be looked at in-depth with tips and recommendations for deployment and optimization.



Hardware as a Service: Case Study of automated provisioning of hardware into vSphere and Cloud Foundry environments [8609]

The Pivotal cloud building team called PEZ, has built an automated system where users submit a request in one end and fully configured vSphere with Pivotal Cloud Foundry on top comes out the other end. Full control is handed over from the bare metal hardware all the way up to the platform on top. All of this built using components of the EMC federation including vSphere, NSX (Network), PCF (PaaS) and XtremIO (Storage). This will be an exploration in automation showing how to inventory hardware, provision hardware via IPMI & PXE, install ESXi over PXE, install vCenter via OVFtool, configure vSphere components with PowerCLI, build networks with NSX over an API, provision storage over an API, and install PCF. All automated by robots. Technology covered will include IPMI, PXE, Foreman, ESXi 6.0, vCenter 6.0, NSX, vSAN, EMC ScaleIO, EMC XtremIO, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Tools mentioned include Python, PowerCLI, and lots and lots of magic. All materials will be published with details included. Portions of the project may be available as open source available on Github.



Cracking the Healthcare Code: The Avera Health Perspective [8828]

Healthcare IT organizations are facing a constant challenge of meeting provider needs to deliver quality patient care through always accessible systems. Healthcare providers require transformative solutions to innovate the desktop and application delivery using virtualization. Avera Health, a regional health system comprising more than 300 locations in 100 communities throughout US mid-west, faced several business challenges of aging PC’s in patient care areas, standardizing nurses’ stations, supporting BYO program with diverse devices, and remote access.  Partnering with VMware and EMC, Avera leveraged a combined solution of Horizon View, App Volumes, and User Environment Manager along with EMC XtremIO for a high performance desktop experience.  This strategy enabled Avera to create a standardized virtual desktop solution and consistent delivery of applications to providers allowing them to be prepared for a large scale deployment of Meditech to their hospitals and clinics. Providers are given easy access to applications and can enter data while preserving their need for mobility.  The result was extremely efficient workflows, improved patient safety, and reduced struggles with technology.   Attend this session to learn how VMware Horizon, App Volumes, User Environment Manager and EMC XtremIO can be implemented together to deliver a highly-available and scalable architecture worthy of the most demanding healthcare environments.


Under the covers of the virtualized data center [9011]

A modern businesses’ success is intrinsically linked to the operation of their End User Computing and Business Critical Application environments. The vast majority have already embraced the virtualized data center model and now enjoy the efficiencies realized through the decoupling of server hardware, operating system, and applications. The journey to further optimize your VMware hosted environment does not stop here though! In this session, product experts from Brocade and EMC will discuss what options are available to Solutions Architects and Data Center administrators to achieve further optimization and improvement in the delivery of virtualized IT services. This technical overview will focus on how to ensure you can achieve maximum usage of back-end hardware resources without compromising application performance. Verified vendor best practices to be used in the deployment of both virtual database and virtual desktop infrastructures will be presented and discussed. Opportunities for increased instrumentation across the entire I/O stack (storage and fabric) will be highlighted and examined – delivering performance you can trust with visibility into I/O performance from the application to virtual machine and through the physical layers. Vendor technologies to be discussed will include; Brocade (FC SAN, FabricVision, VM-ID, AMP), EMC (XtremIO All-Flash Storage), VMware (ESXi, Horizon, vROps