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vRetreat February 2019 with Cohesity

I was lucky enough to be invited to my third vRetreat, this time taking place at the home of Chelsea Football Ground Stamford Bridge and sponsored exclusively by Cohesity.

Covered in the doodle above

  • Cohesity Background

  • Tier 2 Storage

    • Test & Dev

    • Backup & Recovery

    • File Services

      • S3, SMB, NFS

      • Tiering

  • Cloud Deployments Options

  • Analytics Engine

  • Helios Analytics & Multi-Cluster Management

  • Office 365 Backup

    • Only for Exchange online at present

  • Multi-tenant Options for Service Providers

  • Smart Assist

VMworld Europe 2018 - Tuesday General Session

The first general session at VMworld 2018 covered every aspect of VMware’s execution of their vision, from the application to the device on any cloud and most importantly with intrinsic security.

My doodle live from the general session is below  

You can watch this general session back at the following link =>


South West UK VMUG with, HPe and StorMagic

Today’s South West UK VMUG was sponsored by HPE and StorMagic. HPE spoke to the VMUG audience about Infosight their Storage analytics platform included today within their Nimble storage solutions but coming to other HPE product lines in the future. 

StorMagic was one of my favorite presentations they spoken about their virtual storage platform that is designed for small, RoBo and IoT use cases. Their platform is designed to deliver high levels of availability with options for SSD caching and encryption for small virtual environments.  

Here is the doodle. 


Alongside the sponsors we also had presentations from VMware’s Adam Boyle on vSphere and vSAN 6.7, VMware’s Lukas Winn and VMUG Leader Jeremy Bowman on GDPR / ISO 27001

Zerto 6.0
Zerto 6.0

At vRetreat March 2018 we heard from Zerto regarding their latest release version 6.0. Version 6.0 further increases their functionality as multi-cloud data protection, replication and migration solution.

Below is a whiteboard video that I have recently recorded looking at how the Zerto replication technology works on premises. In the future I will create videos creating the other replication methods. 

In this video Barry talks you through a high level architecture overview of Zerto's software defined VM Replication technology
E8 Storage at #SFD14

It was a great pleasure to see E8 Storage at Storage Field Day 14, their product is today focused on Linux based workloads that require high performance. Using the latest advancements in storage technology they are utilising NVMe connected flash storage to deliver millions of IOPS in a 2U form factor. 

Head over to the tech field day website to see all the videos and blogs from fellow attendees.

Zivan Ori, CEO & Founder of E8 Storage, gives a company overview. Founded in 2014.

Bill Quigley, Systems Engineer at E8 Storage, gives a review of the hardware appliance, and a preview of the management GUI, including maintenance operations and system performance. 

Dell SC and Unity at Storage Field Day 14 #SFD14

I have worked a lot the Dell EMC mid-range storage portfolio over the years, at Storage Field Day 14 it was my first opportunity to hear Dell present the whole combined portfolio as one in a customer facing environment. Dell discussed by the Unity and SC products, their features and functionality. With the new combined portfolio, Dell EMC has a product for everyone in the midmarket space. 

Check out all the videos from the Dell EMC midmarket team at Storage Field Day 14 here >>

Jason Boche, Sr Principal Engineer, Dell EMC, gives a comprehensive demo of the SC Series of midrange storage arrays. This includes a demo of a live migration, as well as live volume with automatic failover. Recorded at Storage Field Day in Silicon Valley on November 10, 2017. For more information, visit
Dell EMC VMax at Storage Field Day 14 #SFD14

I really enjoyed learning about VMAX at Storage Field Day 14, not only does it have a great legacy within DellEMC and supports many thousands of mission-critical workloads, the latest innovations also allow increased performance and scalability to meet modern-day needs. 

Check out all the videos from the VMAX team at #SFD14 here >>

Nimble Storage at Storage Field Day 12 #SFD12
Gavin Cohen, Vice President, Product & Solutions Marketing, gives a quick company overview for Nimble Storage, including the growth of their unified flash configurations. He then introduces their Cloud Platform. This replies on a Multicloud Flash Fabric, which combines multicloud storage across providers, all flash storage arrays, and converged infrastructure. Gavin shows how this can be used to easily move between clouds, allowing organizations maximum agility. Recorded at Storage Field Day in Silicon Valley on March 9, 2017. For more information, please visit or