Coming to you live from EMC World…what an amazing show so far! Yesterday the conference opened with EMC's Mega Launch II – a wave of new products announced including an update to the Symmetrix VMAX family, Isilon's OneFS and their X400 node as well as updates to VPLEX, VNX, Iomega and more! What do these announcements have in common? EMC products are faster, scale higher and are more cloud ready than ever before!! To see the full update, keynotes and other information visit the Mega Launch home page! You can also visit Virtual Geek's excellent blog recap of many of our product announcements.
Yesterday we had a full day of Microsoft activities! Our friends from Microsoft gave a presentation overview of the Private Cloud Fast Track program, a pre-configured private cloud based on Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center 2012. EMC is working with Microsoft as part of this program and has two solutions that have been announced as part of the fast track program (more information coming soon!). By partnering with Microsoft, customers can buy a pre-configured Microsoft cloud solution with EMC storage and various server vendors.
There were also many Microsoft related sessions yesterday including Disaster Recovery for SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups with RecoverPoint, Designing and deploying SQL Server 2012, Leveraging EMC VFCache with Microsoft Mission Critical applications and several others on SharePoint, SourceOne archiving and much much more!
We also opened the Solutions Pavilion where some of EMC's Microsoft Specialists and I are supporting the EMC Microsoft Solutions booth (booth 112). We have over FIFTY demos of EMC products and solutions for Microsoft technologies. Here you can meet the experts who design our reference architecture guides and best practices papers or the people responsible for developing applications to integrate with Microsoft or the field specialists who deploy Microsoft applications with EMC!
Later today we will also have theatre presentations in our booth including one from EMC on Best Practices for Virtualizing Microsoft Applications at 3:30 and another from Microsoft on Windows Server 2012 features (you don't want to miss this!!!) at 4:15!
Wow – and that's just the tip of the iceberg! One of the major announcements this week is from our Backup and Recovery Division where we have a new update for Avamar including extended support for Microsoft Hyper-V, multi-stream backup expansion for faster backup of Microsoft applications, support for Microsoft and SQL Server Availability Groups and much more! Stay tuned for an extended blog on this topic!