Earlier this week, EMC's Sam Marraccini wrote a guest blog on Microsoft's SQL Server team site highlighting the benefits of Flash technology with Microsoft SQL Server. In short, flash continues to be a game changer and with the introduction of EMC Xtrem products including XtremSF (PCIe server flash), XtremSW Cache (server side caching) and XtremIO (all Flash array) is helping to improve performance for key application workloads.
Welcome to Inside the Partnership (EMC/MSFT) Episode #34, November 29, 2012.
Keeping EMC field resources up to date on the latest EMC/MSFT integration and road maps is key to joint continued success. Staying hands on is even more important. After all, using the infrastructure is the best way to provide proper positioning and gaining maximum value for our customers.
This year the annual EMC Microsoft Technical Summit was conducted at one of the many EMC facilities in Santa Clara, California. Looking back at an outstanding 2012, including our involvement in the Systems Center Launch, SQL2012 Launch, Windows Server 2012 Launch and support of many Microsoft conferences, but that was just the beginning. The heart of the summit was looking ahead to the next Wave. In this case, Wave 15. New version of SharePoint and Exchange are just the beginning.
The event also gave the global resources on hand the opportunity to drive EMC software in a Microsoft environment. From EMC BRS products and analyzing customer environments and determining the best comprehensive solutions, this was the place to be. I hear there was even a Cache Gordon appearance!
Just like last year, I took a few minutes to speak with Adrian Simays, who once again organized this event. The content from the event will be available at www.emc.com/EverythingMicrosoft
Welcome to Inside the Partnership (EMC/MSFT) Episode #33, August 19, 2012.
I spent a good portion of my early career here at EMC configuring and designing Microsoft Exchange storage solutions. Granted, most of those conversations included Exchange 2003 and EMC replication technologies, new concepts in 2004-2006.
Storage design, then and now, is key to a successful messaging platform. It is so important that Microsoft has dedicated an “Exchange 2010 Exchange Storage Calculator”, which is a handy spreadsheet that allows user input to drive a potential server design. The tool, currently in version 19.9, has been instrumental in many storage designs.
The tool, designed by Microsoft to support the design of Microsoft Exchange, overlooks some fundamental considerations when deploying Exchange on an EMC Enterprise Architecture.
Jim Cordes is part of the EMC Commercial Solutions Advisory Team and has been designing messaging solutions since the early days of MS Mail. He has been hard at work developing the “EMC Extensions” for the Microsoft Exchange 2010 Storage Calculator. I spent some time with Jim at Microsoft Teched this past year.
Welcome to Inside the Partnership (EMC/MSFT) Episode #32, June 14, 2012.
Once again EMC is a Platinum Sponsor of Microsoft TechEd. In the last episode of Inside the Partnership I covered the TechEd Keynote and EMCs guest appearance. The keynote featured an EMC VNX with ODX (Offloaded Data Transfer), Microsoft demonstrated a 1GB per second file copy. If you haven’t watched it, take a look.
This episode is a high level overview of EMCs presence at Microsoft TechEd 2012. Including: Avamar 6.1, a Best of TechEd Finalist. I spent some time with Alex Almedia to get a high level overview of Avamar 6.1. Then I visited Txomin Barturen with his “Toys” The EMC Microsoft Fast Track Private Cloud. The customer interest was overwhelming. Txomin spent most of the conference demonstrating ODX and SMB 3.0 support.
VFCache, Server side PCIe Flash IO accelerator, is a key component of EMCs Fully Automated Storage Tiering, extending FAST to the server. I spent some time reviewing VFCache Hardware and Software, for more VFCache info visit www.InsideFlash.com.
Mike Mcghee was EMCs breakout presenter. I spent some time reviewing his session and spent some time with Neil Salamack talking about EMCs latest data protection product, AppSync. More details on AppSync and Mikes presentation on future episodes of Inside the partnership.
Just like last year, the EMC prize patrol was in action, and the EMC grand prize giveaway was HUGE!!! Check out all that EMC Blue… Congratulations to our $1000 winner.
Welcome to Inside the Partnership the Video Series Episode #31.
The Conference Tour continues, this time in Orlando. Microsoft Teched 2012, this time it’s all about Windows Server 2012! - This Episode recorded, edited, and uploaded the same day!!!! (WOW!!!), on to the next one. Look for me in the EMC Booth here at TechEd 2012!
Yesterday’s EMC Press Release highlighted EMCs support of Windows Server 2012 including new functionality like Offloaded Data Transfer or ODX.
EMCs integration is so deep it was featured as part of the opening Keynote. That keynote demo is included in this episode of Inside the Partnership. I also spent some time with Adrian Simays to review what is happing during day 1 of the conference.
If your attending this week, make sure you get your EMC T-Shirt and attend the EMC Technical Breakout session of Wednesday… Then head back to the EMC booth, wearing you T-Shirt for a chance to win $1000!!!
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