#vExpert gifts at #vmworld

My humble opinion is that this years best vExpert gift comes from Datrium Storage


They gave out a Raspberry Pi 3 to all vExperts who had registered.

Cohesity had a really nice Timbuk2 backpack with a 6000mAh power bank, charger cables and a water bottle also a very nice and useful gift.

Over at the Nimble booth they gave out t-shirts, unfortunately the largest was XL and not American sizes.

Docker gave out a vExpert Cap and a T-shirt if you sat in on 15 min session about docker, by a very enthusiastic speaker.

At the Solidfire booth I picked up the new version of Cards against humanity and a pair of the famous Solidfire socks 😉

I saw that both Datacore and Catalogic Software had something too, but didn’t get around to picking those up.

Only sad thing this year is that no one did the really nice vExpert Polos, that I see a lot of fellow vExperts wear at VMworld.


But a BIG thank you to all the companies that decided to do something for the vExpert community.

#VMworld T-Shirts Part 1

So once again VMWorld is on, and I’ve been around the Solutions Exchange once to collect T-shirts. There are probably quite a few that I didn’t get, so feel free to tweet me new ones.

VMworld front

Name: VMWorld 2015 Official T-shirt
Model: Hanes Tagless 100% Preshrunk Cotton
Size: XXL
Quality: Once again VMware does use a very nice quality shirt, that feels soft and looks like it can withstand quite a few washings.
Print: This year the print is very simple, just the Logo and VMworld 2015
Score: 7/10
Conclusion: A bit boring shirt, but very nice quality

Pernix Front

Name: PernixData
Model: Bella + Canvas 100% Cotton
Size: 3XL
QualityAgain PernixData has spent a bit too little to create a good quality, which is very sad because they always have nice concepts with T-shirts
Print: A Very nice Starwars X representing the X from PernixData ,which was well themed with their Party. Best I’ve seen this year (Starwars Fan)
Score: 6/10
Conclusion: Have to only give this shirt 6 out of 10 because of the quality. I hope they do better next time around, because as I’ve written before, you do want to create Shirts people will wear more than once, and this feels like it will fall apart after a few washes. But very nice that they have them up to 3XL 🙂

Violin Front

Name:  Violin Memory
Model: American apparel 100% Cotton
Size: XL 😦
QualityA very nice quality shirt, probably the best quality I’ve seen this year.
Print: A Grateful Dead cover, saying I saw a dead Disk in my Datacenter
Score: 8/10
Conclusion: Giving this shirt an 8 out of 10 for quality and print, however that they didn’t make them in 2XL drags down.

Coho Front

Name: CohoData
Model: Gildan Softstyle 100% Cotton
Size: 2XL
QualityA reasonably nice quality Shirt, that however doesn’t feel like it will keep in shape after a few washes, but very soft.
Print: An almost Back to the Future looking print that says Born to Perform. And the back a Simple Coho Data logo.
Score: 7/10
Conclusion: Dragging down is the quality, but It might change after I have washed it a few times.  

T-shirt review coming up soon

So after pillaging the Solutions Exchange on sunday at the Welcome Reception I’ve only just now managed to take a look at the T-shirts I’ve grabbed. I’ve got a total of 17 shirts where I can see I’ve gotten a few of the same. Out of those 17 I’m taking 9 of them home. The other 8 were either too small or in a weird colour/print.

What I plan to do with those 8, is to go out and find some of the Homeless of San Francisco and pass those shirts to these people. I’m hoping they will like a clean shirt for the sometimes chilly SF nights. I know its nothing compared to food or money, but I’d rather give them away than throw them away.

I’ll try to review all of them, but the 9 I take home, will get a washing as well, to see how good they hold up during normal use.

I saw William Lam tweeting about, too many vendors didn’t have M or S sizes. I on the other hand were amazed at how many that didn’t have XXL. And even though they keep repeating that American sizes are bigger, that’s not true. Some of the XXL’s I’ve gotten are super tight and short 🙂

I hope the recipients will enjoy them though.

My original plan was to review the T-shirts as I got them, but this has been a hectic week. Meetings, Sessions and Labs took all my time, so review coming up when I get home.

PernixData FVP – My Impression

On Wednesday I attended a session at VMworld about PernixData FVP with Satyam Vaghani and Frank Denneman.

And I must say I do like their approach to the Flash idea. They want to make their solution available to all application that runs on top of vSphere. Meaning even all your old p2v’d systems can get a huge boost in IOPS with this.

I wont go into much detail on how it works, you can find that out on their webpage. But there are 2 things that I really found neat. Moving forward they want to offer not only Flash acceleration in their software but it will also be able to use the RAM you have in your hosts. Think about a 1TB RAM cache for IOPS, that doesn’t sit behind a storage controller!

The other thing they were working on is Fault Domains. I asked them about how you would deploy their solution in a Stretched Metro Cluster setup. I’ve worked on a setup with 2 sites, but where vSphere only sees 1, using affinity groups to separate the running VM’s. So the idea with Fault domains is this: you could have the VM’s of site 1 have their main cache in site 1, but with a replica on site 2, so if the entire site 1 fails, then vSphere HA can easily recover the VM’s  in site 2, even if the data hasn’t been persisted down to disks in site 1.

Links

PernixData

Cormacs blog on Pernix

 

First t-shirt of #vmworld 2014

Grabbed my badge and back today at Moscone West and with it came this years VMworld T-shirt.


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Name: Official VMworld T-shirt of 2014
Model: Fruit of the Loom Lofteez HD
Size: XXL
Quality: The quality seems pretty nice, and on par with last years VMworld t-shirt.
Print: The print is the offcial No Limits logo on the front and a view into space on the back. Very Subtle
Score: 8/10
Conclusion: The fabric feels good, the logo is nice and not in your face, so this will be a shirt I would want to wear other places than VMworld.