May 7th, 2015 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

**Disclaimer: I am an EMC employee, this post was not sponsored or in any way required by my employer, it is my experience getting to know this particular product.**

There were two software related announcements at EMC World this week which I found very exciting. Building on the free for no production use of RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines from VMworld 2014, EMC announced the same for ScaleIO. ScaleIO allows you build your own Hyperconverged Infrastructure solution (HCI). This is the same software used in the new VxRack from VCE which was also announced at EMC World.

CoprHDIn addition to ScaleIO, EMC also announced CoprHD which is an open source version of EMC ViPR (@coprhd). ViPR (which is also free for non production use) is a solution that allows you to manage multiple arrays and present those as virtual volumes to hosts. In addition to managing the arrays, it also provides a self-service and automation at the storage layer. EMC ViPR also supports ScaleIO, assuming this carries over to CoprHD you could deploy a fully managed, and automated storage solution on commodity hardware for test/dev or QA (I hope they publish more specific guidelines on just what they mean by “non-production”).

Last, but not least, the community version of the VNXe which you can use to provide full block and file servers on commodity hardware. The vVNX will later come in a supported ROBO and cloud edition.

My hope is that CoprHD, ScaleIO, and the community edition of the vVNX will lead to more solutions being open sourced and offered in a free to use model. CoprHD should be available on GitHub by June, ScaleIO by the end of May, whereas the vVNX is available now for download.


New free software from EMC to build your own SDS solution

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February 17th, 2015 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

*Disclaimer – VMTurbo is a sponsor of this blog*

On February 19th VMTurbo will be holding a webinar to introduce Operations Manager 5.1. As part of the webinar they will be giving away a free home lab kit featuring an Intel NUC i5 with 16GB of RAM and a 4-bay Synology DS415+ (diskless) and a few more goodies to round out the home lab; all in you would be into this setup for about $1600. Not to bad to attend a webinar about a product that could help you identify problems in your infrastructure ay?

Head over to the VMTurbo registration page to sign up and find out more.

Enter to win a free home lab from @VMTurbo

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July 11th, 2014 by JFrappier

Jonathan Frappier Virtxpert

If you are a Symantec customer and want to expand you knowledge of your products and their other available products, you can now access their eLearning library known “Symantec’s eLibrary for free by registering at as which was previously $1400 per user.  This is a nice step by Symantec and follows what many in the industry such as VMware and EMC do with many of their eLearning titles.

Symantec for me used to be my go to for years for anti-malware and backup, however Backup Exec fell on some hard times in my opinion circa 2008-2010 and made me look for alternatives.  Whether or not they have been able to make up ground to the likes of Unitrends with UEB and UVB and Veeam remains to be seen.  This step, however, is a good opportunity to train current and potential new customers on how to properly use their products and avoid frustrated customers like I was and jumped the fence to greener pastures.

Attention Symantec Customers – eLearning now free

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