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It’s one of the year’s biggest and most fun industry events: VMworld US 2016 is almost here, and for the first time we’ll be attending as part of the Western Digital family of brands, delivering the possibilities of data.

Innovation. Flash Acceleration. New Possibilities.

Organizations are seeking to accommodate more extensive virtualization, larger storage volumes, and increasing demands on IT infrastructure. At the same time, pressure to control costs – especially storage costs – has never been greater.

VMworld will offer four exciting, packed days to accelerate your journey to a software-defined data center and to transform your organization to a cloud-enabled digital business. It will be a great opportunity to learn about our latest system and infrastructure innovations that can help businesses contend with the demands of now.

Join Us in Booth #1955

Flash is the foundation for the software-defined data center and this will be your opportunity to see our VMware Ready™ solutions and what they can do to help transform your data center. We’ll have theater presentations running throughout the day showcasing tested reference architectures, optimization techniques, and partner presentations highlighting various solutions for business critical applications and high availability needs.

A Chance to Win a FlashForge Creator 3D Printer!

Our booth will have multiple stations where you can see our flash-accelerated solutions, software-defined storage systems built with integrated technology partners and certified Virtual SAN solutions to enable powerful, hyper-converged infrastructure.

Visit all four of our solution stations:

  1. FlashSoft® Software – overcome SAN performance limitations
  2. Flash Virtualization® System – benefit from flash acceleration today
  3. All-Flash Virtual SAN – design Virtual SAN your way
  4. InfiniFlash – capacity and performance at unprecedented scale

Collect a coaster at each station, and register for a chance to be the lucky one to win our daily prize draws (complete rules at the reception desk)!

Your Chance to Win a 3D Printer

Here’s more on the solutions you’ll find in our booth:

FlashSoft 4 and VAIO

FlashSoft® 4 software is designed specifically for VMware vSphere® 6, enabling host-based solid state caching for underlying storage to improve virtual machine (VM) performance in vSphere environments. FlashSoft software is deployed and managed by vSphere, for cluster-wide administration, just like any native vSphere component. Caching configuration is defined and managed through vSphere Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM) for consistent, policy-based administration.

This new version of FlashSoft software is integrated with VMware vSphere through the new VMware vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO). It is the first storage caching software to be certified VMware Ready™, the highest level of VMware certification, achieved after two years of collaboration with VMware.

The Flash Virtualization System with FlashSoft Software

The Flash Virtualization® System extends the benefits of FlashSoft software for VMware vSphere to an infrastructure system model. This is the least disruptive way to introduce flash acceleration into existing SAN environments.

Installed as a separate flash server in the network, the flash capacity of the Flash Virtualization System can be assigned across the cluster to different host servers, delivering flash performance to multiple virtualized applications – including business critical applications like Microsoft® SQL Server®, Sharepoint®, or Exchange® – without requiring changes to the applications or the existing server or storage infrastructure, so you can take advantage of flash acceleration today!

Virtual SAN Solutions for Industry Workloads and Applications

Joining multiple server partners and VMware, we’ve worked to deliver proven reference architectures for certified All-flash and Hybrid Virtual SAN ready nodes so you can deploy Virtual SAN for business critical applications using a broad selection of cost-effective SSDs and PCIe devices.

This will be a great opportunity to talk to our experts about key decision criteria to include when considering your hyper-converged or software-defined technology and how to best balance performance, and density to achieve the best TCO advantage.

Integrated and Technology Partners

SanDisk flash solutions deliver performance and compatibility for business value in both existing and new deployments. We are a strategic partner with VMware we partner with software vendors to expand the possibilities among solution offerings for VMware customers.

VMworld will be a great opportunity to meet and hear from our integrated and technology partners about why they trust SanDisk flash and see what our systems have enabled their customers to do.

Tegile, Nexenta, DataCore, Dell, Lenovo, HPE, Supermicro, Elastifile, and Stratoscale will all be at VMworld showcasing our joint solutions. Most partners will also be giving one or more presentations in our booth, so you can see the impact of SanDisk flash across an ecosystem.

SanDisk Speaking Sessions

[STO9607-SPO] Running Business Critical Applications and the Software Defined Data Center on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure at the Speed of Flash

Patric Chang, Senior Director, SanDisk, a Western Digital brand
David Klee, Founder, Heraflux Technologies
Jase McCarty, Staff Technical Marketing Architect, VMware
Jason Pederson, Virtualization Solutions Marketing, SanDisk, a Western Digital brand
Nanjunda Somayaji, Sr. Technical Alliance Manager, Brocade

Monday, Aug 29, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Virtualization has advanced beyond the hypervisor to include software-defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructure software (such as Virtual SAN), and workload migration across data centers and cloud services. This panel session will discuss how to take full advantages of evolving SDS and HCIS capabilities with new flash-enabled architectures.

[VIRT9459-SPO] Deploying High Performance Business Analytics on Software defined Data Center

Patric Chang, Senior Director, SanDisk, Western Digital brand
Mohan Potheri, Principal Systems and Virtualization Architect, VMware
Anuj Dewangan, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer, Brocade

Wednesday, Aug 31, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Top architects on virtualization, SDDC, storage and networking from VMware, SanDisk and Brocade will share reference configurations that are tested to run today’s top business analytics software and workloads. The team will share compelling use cases and newest reference configurations for deploying business intelligence and analytics applications in the SDDC based on all-flash and hybrid Virtual SAN, and VMware NSX.

[STO8164] Benchmarking VAIO-Integrated Caching. Is it Really Faster? How Much, and Why?

Manish Apte, Principal Product Manager, SanDisk, a Western Digital brand

Thursday, Sep 01, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

You may have already heard about the vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO) in vSphere 6, and how they allow you to use third party caching data services to achieve lower latency storage IO. But just how much lower latency does the new API framework enable versus previous cache designs?

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We can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas!

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