WRAP-UP: Dell Storage announcement – EqualLogic and VMware vSphere 5 tools

This Monday, Dell announced a ton of new offerings for EqualLogic and tools for VMware vSphere 5. You saw the social media press release, right? In case you missed any of the links, here is what was announced:

EqualLogic

VMware vSphere 5 tools

  • Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools for VMware 3.1
  • Dell Compellent Storage Replication Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5
  • Dell PowerVault Integration with VMware vSphere 5

Here are some links that will give you the nitty gritty information about the releases. If I’ve missed your post, please let me know!

Dell Bloggers

Community Bloggers:

Videos

 

v0dgeball – get ready for the Cloudbunnies!

We’ve heard from some of the other teams (EMC vSpecialists, XaaS Badgers) and some of the fans (@sthulin, @mjbrender). Now it’s time to hear from the only vendor neutral v0dgeball  team at VMworld this year: the Cloudbunnies.

Who are we?

We are a group of women from six different technical companies. The idea came from Caroline Orloff, now of EMC Consulting. Instead of fretting that women are under-represented at big tech conferences, why not round up some ladies and wail some balls at their colleagues.

I stepped up to be team captain. One thing that really disappointed me was that I had a very hard time finding enough techie women to make up a dodgeball team. Per the rules, we needed at least 6 members and at max 10. To date, our team only has 8 members, even after a blog post, bugging all of my contacts, and all of our partners. Some women decided to play for their companies (ahem @friea), so the pool of available technical women was very small.

One takeaway: techie women just aren’t coming to these conferences. Maybe VMworld is hard for women since it happens right after school starts. Maybe women aren’t asked by their employers to attend these events. My friend Alistair Croll, who organizes many tech conferences (Enterprise Cloud Summit at Interop, Bitnorth, Startup Festival) pointed out that if companies would submit speaker sessions led by women they would have a greater chance of having the session accepted, in large part because conference organizers are looking to diversify their speaker profiles. Big vendors, you know you have some lady tech superstars, get them presenting at these shows! Do your part to change the ratio.

Why are we doing this?

I’m proud of our Cloudbunny team. I think our collaboration across vendor lines shows what can happen when we as an industry work together. I personally feel this work cutting through the bs and uniting the practitioners of our craft to work as a team is the real “women’s work”.

But don’t think for a minute we aren’t coming to play. We are looking forward to skillfully handling our balls, and dominating all other teams.

And in all serious, we are playing this game for a really good cause: the Wounded Warrior Project. My brother is a disabled vet from the Iraq war, so I am totally behind this effort! If you are at VMworld, come watch the game and cheer on the Cloudbunnies! A $5 dollar donation to the Wounded Warrior Fund gets you into the festivities (register here) – games start at 7PM on Sunday. If you aren’t coming to VMworld, please consider donating to the cause, and let them know the Cloudbunnies sent you!

The Team

Before I introduce you to the team, I’d like to give a nod to Christian Reilly aka @reillyusa. He is the one who coined the term cloudbunnies. We thank you sir for the inspiration!

Captain: Gina Rosenthal – Dell

Chris Weil – Centre Technologies

Caroline Orloff – EMC Consulting

Michelle Peterson – Dell

Annette Cormier – Dell

Laura-Beth “LB” Hatem – iLand

Liz Pierce – Acronis

Lindsay Sloan – iLand

Coach: Vanessa Alverez – Forrester

You can help shape Dell storage product features

Are you an EqualLogic customer? Do any of the following statements sound like you?

  • You have “hands-on” storage responsibilities within vCenter. You back up VMs, create snapshots, set up replication, create datastores, or other storage tasks from within vCenter.
  • You have more than one EqualLogic Group
  • You manage EqualLogic Groups in disparate geographic locations

If this sounds like you, how would you like the opportunity to meet with us at VMworld in Las Vegas to give us direct input on your experience with EqualLogic products? You’ll get the opportunity to influence the future of EqualLogic’s integration with vCenter, and a shirt to boot!  If this sounds like something you’d like to do, hit us up in the comments or email us.

See you at VMworld!

#SANChat Transcript – August 2011

Here’s the transcript from the 8/8/2011 #SANchat about Tech Field Day

08-Aug-11 14:40 | LiemNguyen        Getting settled in for a scintillating session of #SANchat, #techfieldday edition w/ @SFoskett. Starts in 20 min at 10 am CT! #sanchat
08-Aug-11 14:42 | gminks        RT @LiemNguyen: Getting settled in for a scintillating session of #SANchat, #techfieldday edition w/ @SFoskett. Starts in 20 min at 10 am CT! #sanchat
08-Aug-11 14:50 | JeffSullivan        RT @LiemNguyen: Getting settled in 4 a scintillating session of #SANchat, #techfieldday edition w/ @SFoskett. Starts in 20 min at 10 am CT!
08-Aug-11 15:03 | LiemNguyen        Here’s a refresh on things you should know about #TechFieldDay http://techfieldday.com/ #sanchat
08-Aug-11 15:04 | SFoskett        Alert! I’ll be tweeting a LOT in the next hour for #sanchat
08-Aug-11 15:04 | LiemNguyen        And we’re excited to have @SFoskett with us. Are you ready for Austin Mr. Foskett? #sanchat
08-Aug-11 15:05 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen We’re getting everything packed and ready to go for #TechFieldDay now! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:06 | LiemNguyen        So why Austin for TFD7, and why the theme of datacenter infrastructure? #sanchat
08-Aug-11 15:07 | SFoskett        If anyone wants to join today’s discussion, just tweet or jump over to http://tweetchat.com/room/SANchat #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:07 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen We’ve never been to Austin for #TechFieldDay before – we went to Seattle, Boston, and of course Silicon Valley! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:08 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen And of course there are great Austin companies – @Dell, @SolarWinds_Inc, @Symantec, and many others! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:09 | BrandonJRiley        Joining #SANchat – Head on over to this link if you want to join. http://tweetchat.com/room/SANchat #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:09 | stu            @SFoskett Austin is the #4 social city according to http://bit.ly/piFID6 #SANchat /cc @LiemNguyen
08-Aug-11 15:09 | gminks        RT @SFoskett: If anyone wants to join today’s discussion, just tweet or jump over to http://tweetchat.com/room/SANchat #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:10 | tomtheitguy        So what’s the topic of the day? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:12 | gminks        @tomtheitguy #techfieldday #sanchat
08-Aug-11 15:13 | gminks        QT @SFoskett: I make @standaloneSA slave away planning the #TechFieldDay events while I get all the glory! #SANchat < slave driver!
08-Aug-11 15:13 | dscriven        howdy all! #sanchat
08-Aug-11 15:14 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen We’ve just posted the complete schedule for #TechFieldDay here: http://t.co/dFuJ778 #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:16 | SFoskett        We’ll be broadcasting the presentations live on Thursday and Friday at http://bit.ly/TFD7Vid so everyone can tune in! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:16 | gminks        RT @SFoskett: @LiemNguyen We’ve just posted the complete schedule for #TechFieldDay here: http://t.co/dFuJ778 #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:17 | standaloneSA        @SFoskett is just getting revenge from my very first #TechFieldDay when I wrote a blog post and called him our evil taskmaster #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:17 | gminks        RT @SFoskett: We’ll be broadcasting the presentations live on Thursday and Friday at http://bit.ly/TFD7Vid so everyone can tune in! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:18 | LiemNguyen        @SFoskett Great schedule. Of course, we’re very excited for Dell to be part of Thursday and Friday sessions #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:18 | SFoskett        I suggest folks follow @TechFieldDay/TFD7-delegates to follow all the #TechFieldDay folks in one spot! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:19 | SFoskett        There’s a full list of #TechFieldDay delegates at http://bit.ly/TFDAUS with blog links and photos! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:19 | TechFieldDay        RT @SFoskett: I suggest folks follow @TechFieldDay/TFD7-delegates to follow all the #TechFieldDay folks in one spot! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:19 | mattvogt        Wish I could join #SANChat this morning. Mondays are rough (checking backups, meetings). Might get a minute to pop in.
08-Aug-11 15:19 | gminks        @SFoskett I’m in Austin now w @jgargis and @alisonatdell working hard preparing for #techfieldday #sanchat
08-Aug-11 15:20 | mjbrender        RT @SFoskett: I suggest folks follow @TechFieldDay/TFD7-delegates to follow all the #TechFieldDay folks in one spot! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:23 | LiemNguyen        @SFoskett Strong list of delegates. I met many of them in #TechFieldDay Seattle last summer. How has the event changed in 1 yr? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:24 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen We try to bring in a fresh group for each event, but @Plankers, @WCPreston, & @WebJunkie were at #TechFieldDay 3 #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:25 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen We are trying to keep #TechFieldDay pure and fresh – like a laundry detergent! :-) #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:27 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen We haven’t changed the #TechFieldDay format, but the people are different each time, and live streaming video is new! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:27 | annematter        RT @BrandonJRiley: Joining #SANchat – Head on over to this link if you want to join. http://tweetchat.com/room/SANchat #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:28 | BrandonJRiley        RT @SFoskett: @LiemNguyen We are trying to keep #TechFieldDay pure < Do you find it tough to come up with independent delegates? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:31 | SFoskett        @BrandonJRiley It’s really hard to pick the right people. Matt and I spend lots of time researching new people for #TechFieldDay #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:31 | SFoskett        @BrandonJRiley And of course no one new gets an invite without going through a voting process with prior #TechFieldDay delegates! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:33 | gminks        @SFoskett have you ever had women delegates? How can we help you find more! #sanchat #techfieldday
08-Aug-11 15:33 | SFoskett        We look for independence, technical knowledge, contribution to the community, and fit with #TechFieldDay: http://bit.ly/Go2TFD #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:33 | mattvogt        How many nominations and/or submissions do you receive for for #TechFieldDay? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:34 | SFoskett        @gminks We have indeed had just one female #TechFieldDay delegate: @JenniferLucille! Always looking for more diversity! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:35 | standaloneSA        @mattvogt There are TONS of nominations / submissions that we go through when we do events, but we’re always looking for more! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:35 | SFoskett        @mattvogt We have researched 300 prospective delegates and have had almost 80 nominations in the past year! http://bit.ly/Go2TFD #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:36 | SFoskett        Although people whine that all “the good independents” are being snapped up by vendors, there are wonderful new folks coming up! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:39 | SFoskett        If you or someone you know would be a good #TechFieldDay delegate, add them to our list at http://bit.ly/Go2TFD! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:39 | JenniferLucille    @SFoskett @gminks #SANchat We need @amyengineer as a delegate! #TechFieldDay
08-Aug-11 15:40 | standaloneSA        #truth RT @webjunkie If you know a tech blogger who might like to be a #techfieldday delegate, promote them so they’re noticed #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:41 | gminks        RT @JenniferLucille: @SFoskett @gminks #SANchat We need @amyengineer as a delegate! #TechFieldDay <make it happen Foskett! :) #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:41 | LiemNguyen        @SFoskett Besides women in IT, any other group of potential delegates you’d like to recruit for #TechFieldDay? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:41 | webjunkie        @SFoskett Does technical specialization make a difference for a delegate? Or are you open to all types of bloggers? #techfieldday #sanchat
08-Aug-11 15:42 | gminks        @webjunkie If you know a tech blogger who might like to be a #techfieldday delegate, promote them so theyre noticed #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:42 | SFoskett        @webjunkie We look for people who can have a deep technical discussion, but it’s great to have a variety of disciplines in the room #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:43 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen I’m trying to bring in more non-native English speakers and folks from outside the USA and Europe to #TechFieldDay #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:43 | gminks        @SFoskett 5% is ok… I don’t know tech women who don’t work for vendors. :( #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:44 | SFoskett        @JenniferLucille perhaps if @amyengineer or someone who knows her added her to our delegate nomination form… http://bit.ly/Go2TFD #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:44 | gminks        RT @SFoskett: We look for people who can have a deep technical discussion, but its great to have a variety of disciplines #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:44 | edsai            @gminks sad thing about independence and ppl stereotyped who work for vendors. I was first #techfieldday casualty. #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:45 | gminks        @SFoskett do you keep in close contact with previous delegates? Even if lots of them are now vendor-material ;) #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:45 | RodMatDell        RT @LiemNguyen: RT @webjunkie: If u know a blogger in tech who might like to b a #techfieldday delegate help promote their blog so they get noticed #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:48 | gminks        @SFoskett who would you say is your most famous and/or notorious #techfieldday alum? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:49 | BrandonJRiley        RT @HPStorageGuy: @SFoskett @edsai W/ a paycheck comes a certain bias. <Yea, the stereotype exists for a reason. #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:50 | theronconrey        RT @SFoskett: If you or someone you know would be a good #TechFieldDay delegate, add them to our list at http://bit.ly/Go2TFD! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:50 | LiemNguyen        @SFoskett The beauty of #TechFieldDay is that you’ve created a setting where indie bloggers can better understand vendors. #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:50 | SFoskett        Definitely @WCPreston! He’s notorious in every sense of the word! RT @gminks: @SFoskett who is most famous/ notorious alum? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:50 | otherscottlowe    RT @SFoskett: We have some great #TechFieldDay alumni like @OtherScottLowe, @FOwen, @Plankers, @WCPreston, @WebJunkie, & @StandaloneSA #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:51 | LiemNguyen        @SFoskett What did you mean by “it’s not inconceivable for a vendor employee to go!”? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:52 | webjunkie        RT @SFoskett: Definitely @WCPreston! He’s notorious in every sense of the word! Yeah I would agree with that #doublesatTFD #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:52 | gminks        @SFoskett @WCPreston < cannot wait to meet him in person, did not realize he was notorious! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:52 | jgargis        RT @gminks: @SFoskett @WCPreston < cannot wait to meet him in person, did not realize he was notorious! #SANchat <-makes him a living legend
08-Aug-11 15:52 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen Given the right event and person, anyone could be invited as a delegate. But presenter competitors are definitely out. #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:52 | gminks        @SFoskett cuz IDK my money would be on @Knieriemen … #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:53 | AlisonatDell        DITTO! :) RT @gminks: @SFoskett @WCPreston < cannot wait to meet him in person, did not realize he was notorious! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:54 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen For example for e-Discovery Field Day an employee of a company that does not compete in that space might get an invite #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:54 | gminks        @SFoskett what are you hoping to hear from the companies you will visit this week in Austin? #techfieldday #SANchat
08-Aug-11 15:59 | webjunkie        @SFoskett did you order the empty Gartner/IDC water bottles for use during the #techfieldday presentations #sanchat to keep things technical
08-Aug-11 15:59 | SFoskett        @edsai That’s true! And some supposedly-independent folks have received LOW scores in #TechFieldDay voting for their bias! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:00 | SFoskett        @webjunkie I think we need some virtual water bottles to throw at people on Twitter! #Waterbottle #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:00 | edsai            @HPStorageGuy @sfoskett that said, #techfieldday has done a lot of good things. Was proud to be a delegate and presenter. #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:01 | SFoskett        We don’t forbid analysts or journalists at #TechFieldDay either, but some score low on independence or technical knowledge… #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:01 | LiemNguyen        @SFoskett Will you ever have an alumni #TechFieldDay, like the best-rated delegates going to Madagascar like they do on Survivor? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:02 | AlisonatDell        love that idea! RT @LiemNguyen: @SFoskett Will you ever have an alumni #TechFieldDay? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:03 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen I like mixing it up between alumni and new folks to keep fresh ideas in the mix. And folks always surprise me! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:03 | jgargis        RT @AlisonatDell: love that idea! RT @LiemNguyen: @SFoskett Will you ever have an alumni #TechFieldDay? #SANchat <-I would watch!
08-Aug-11 16:03 | gminks        RT @SFoskett: We dont forbid analysts or journalists at #TechFieldDay either <I totally nominate @vanessaalvarez1 & @dsalons then! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:04 | LiemNguyen        @SFoskett Last Q: I asked you this before: How will you know if the #TechFieldDay event was a success? #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:06 | Meesh_Says        RT @sfoskett: We’ll be broadcasting the presentations live on Thursday and Friday at http://bit.ly/TFD7Vid so everyone can tune in! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:06 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen I won’t know #TechFieldDay is successful until I see delegates and vendors still talking months after the event #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:07 | SFoskett        @LiemNguyen Short-term coverage is fine, but it’s lasting community development that marks real success! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:08 | mattvogt        RT @SFoskett: @LiemNguyen Short-term coverage is fine, but its lasting community development that marks real success! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:10 | dell_storage        RT @SFoskett: We’ll be broadcasting the presentations live on Thursday and Friday at http://bit.ly/TFD7Vid so everyone can tune in! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:11 | gminks        QT @SFoskett: @LiemNguyen Short-term coverage is fine, but it’s lasting community development that marks real success! #SANchat <tots agree
08-Aug-11 16:11 | dell_storage        RT @SFoskett: I suggest folks follow @TechFieldDay/TFD7-delegates to follow all the #TechFieldDay folks in one spot! #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:12 | LiemNguyen        @SFoskett I hope people will understand & recognize that Dell is a creator and innovator of enterprise IT solutions #TechFieldDay #SANchat
08-Aug-11 16:13 | dell_storage        @SFoskett It really is all about community! #techfieldday #sanchat
08-Aug-11 16:20 | LiemNguyen        @SFoskett A successful #TechFieldDay is also truly about engagement with our community. cc @gminks & @jgargis #SANchat

 

August #SANchat is 8/8 – This month’s topic: Tech Field Day

It’s time for another #SANchat!

This month the topic is Tech Field Day, in advance of Tech Field Day 7  which is being held in Austin. Here are the details:

  • Date: 8/8/2011
  • Time: 11 – 12:30 Eastern, 10 – 11:30 Central, 9:00 – 10:30 Pacific
  • Location: Twitter using the #SANchat hashtag. We suggest using Tweetchat to keep up with the conversation

We’ll be joined by Tech Field Day organizer Stephen Foskett. We’ll get some background and history on Tech Field Day. We’ll also talk about TFD7 delegates, and get a sneak peek at the plans for the Austin event.

As a reminder, #SANchat is a monthly chat hosted by Dell Storage. For more background on #SANchat, see this blog post over on Dell Compellent’s Around the Block blog.

Hope to see you there!