UPDATED: 8/20/2009 – 6:39pm EST: caption correction
If you haven’t seen it – this is totally worth checking out.
It’s been a MASSIVE effort on the VMware GETO team, with huge amounts of Cisco and EMC gear to support the Hands-on-Labs, the Best of vSphere sessions, and the Sunday vSphere hands on.
This has got to be the BIGGEST sandbox going on right now :-) Has been a huge labor of love by the GETO team, and to the on-site EMC team supporting them as we work through all the stuff you expect (and don’t expect) with something like this – my hat is OFF to you, and while there is still tons to do, a week to make sure shines (through all the unexpected bumps) and look forward to celebrating together!
You can follow the whole thing here: http://www.winkflash.com/photo/public.aspx?u=vmware-geto
But – these are my favorite pictures… read on…
Below: This has GOT to be the largest number of UCS systems in any one place at this time. Cisco has pulled out all the stops.
Below: Imagine plowing through all this gear that’s just constantly plowing into the lab…
Below: Cisco UCS 6120 fabric interconnects (Rodos – a fully populated V-Max interconnect looks VERY similar :-)
Below: Taste varies, but personally, I think the blue LED look of V-Max is cool :-) Each of those storage engines, is very low latency serial 10Gbps connection that links each Storage Engine in the scale-out design into a single unit, including shared memory space. COOL stuff. These V-Max arrays are supporting sunday vSphere hands on and the best of vSphere sessions throughout the event.
Below: Tons (literally) of EMC CLARiiON CX4 and EMC Celerra arriving there – these support the majority of the hands-on labs, and similar gear supports all the things you see VMware booth itself. 10GbE NFS and iSCSI everywhere.
Below: This is the most amazing thing of all – NetApp filers right beside EMC. With all the blog back n’ forth (I always try to stay above the fray here on virtualgeek – and that’s my commit to you the reader) – one would think that like anti-matter and matter – being brought in close proximity, they would immediate annihilate each other in a fury of energy leaving nothing left :-)
Below: Here you have the bulk of the storage that will be supporting the event, connected into the supporting fabric.
Below: Core networking stuff – including Nexus 7K (2nd picture as core switching)