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The Software Defined Datacenter in Nine Minutes

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Ever since VMware announced its vision of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) at VMworld this year the industry has been abuzz with talk. Some of us loved the message. Some of us had questions about it. But many EMC specialists had something to contribute to the narrative.

One of the fun things of being a vSpecialist is participating is the rich discussions we have internally on every part of our business.  We have a smart team with incredible knowledge of virtualization and cloud.  When any new concept gets raised in our internal discussion groups, it is refined in the crucible of debate.

This SDDC idea is exactly the type of thing we like to talk about.  Its big. Its transformative. It is cutting edge. We are internally asking ourselves and answering a lot of questions on the SDDC. For instance:

  • What exactly does SDDC mean?
  • How is it different from the EMC/VMware cloud vision?
  • What is the difference between cloud and SDDC?

I wanted to add my voice on the SDDC story to EMC’s internal discussions.  I did this through a narrated presentation that covers the SDDC in nine minutes.  After dozens of emails and a half a dozen phone discussions, it looks like this message is solidifying.  I submit it here to you for your consideration.

Lab Manager In Action

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Every now and again VMware’s engineering awesomeness results in such incredible features (SIOC, NetIOC, Memory Compression, etc.) that we almost forget how incredible its bread-and-butter management applications are.  If you are one of those people that is star struck and starry eyed over the notion of storage DRS, can I pull your attention back to a fantastic tool called Lab Manager?  If you are not using it today you are missing out.  Lab Manager is the precursor to the cloud everyone will be using in five years.

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