VMware Explore 2022

Long time since I last posted, and while a lot has changed, a lot of things are still the same… Anyway, this is quick post to reference that I am in San Francisco right now, and excited to attend VMware Explore 2022. I am also presenting on Tuesday at 1.30pm in the Moscone South – Expo Theater #2. My session is called “Simplify Storage and Data Protection For Google Cloud VMware Engine “. I will be talking about Google Cloud VMware Engine & the Google Cloud Backup and DR product and capability. Where I will go into some of the capabilities of the product, and also some of the architecture principles and benefits for the product. It’s a pretty neat solution for VMware workloads, but also Enterprise Databases, and Filesystems too. I look forward to seeing you there, if you are around. In addition to my session, I will be spending time…

5 Questions I Ask Every Customer about their VMware Backup Strategy

I can’t remember of a technology platform that provided better APIs than VMware’s VADP API framework. While it has had annoying bugs periodically, overall the APIs made it extremely simple, easy, and efficient for VMware VM backups. It’s no wonder, there are a huge amount of backup product vendors that all claim features like application consistent and incremental forever backup (using VMware Change Block Tracking (CBT)) and instant recovery of VMs. There really is very little competitive differences now between these products! All 25+ vendors are all calling the same library for CBT capture. But what really matters in terms of costs and RTO is where and how you store that backup data and metadata. In this cloud era, it’s hard not to consider the cloud as a target to store backups and reduce data centre footprint and costs for backup…