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VMworld Europe will be a great opportunity to learn about our latest system and infrastructure innovations that can help businesses contend with the demands of now. Here's an overview of our activities and speaking sessions.

Beth Caltagirone

Director, Marketing Communications, Data Center Systems

VMworld Europe 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 for the data center. The event will offer four full days of innovation to accelerate your journey to a software-defined business—from mobile devices to the data centre and the cloud.

Organisations are seeking to accommodate more extensive virtualisation, 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 Europe 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 G313

Flash is the foundation for the software-defined data centre and this will be your opportunity to see our SanDisk® and HGST® 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, optimisation techniques, and partner presentations highlighting various solutions for business critical applications and high availability needs.

A Chance to Win a 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)!

Here’s more of what you’ll find in our booth:

Virtual SAN Solutions

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.

We will be showing the industry’s broadest portfolio of certified flash solutions for VMware Virtual SAN.

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.

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 virtualised applications, including business critical applications, without requiring changes to the applications or existing infrastructure, so you can take advantage of flash acceleration today!

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 Europe 2016 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. These system and OEM partners include Red Hat, Nexenta, DataCore, Tegile, HPE, Lenovo, Dell, SuperMicro and Cisco.

Speaking Sessions

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

Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Hall 8.0, Room Number 48
Manish Apte

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? Find out in this session.

Running Business Critical Applications and the Software Defined Data Center on Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and VSAN [STO9607-SPO]

Tuesday, Oct 18, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Hall 8.0, Room Number 39
Patric Chang (Moderator), David Klee (Heraflux), Jonathan Flynn (Western Digital)
Virtualisation 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.

GleSYS: the Next Generation of Cloud Solutions Running on All-Flash [STP4054]

Wednesday, 19th of October, Solutions Exchange Theater, 14:20
Andreas Bergman, Solutions architect

All-Flash helped GleSYS go from good to great. Andreas will share their journey to All-Flash Software Defined Storage, what to avoid, what to embrace and how SanDisk Infiniflash combined with NexentaStor helped to raise customer satisfaction and efficiency by making sure GleSYS spent time on the right things.

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona and helping you launch your journey to a software-defined business!

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