As VMworld 2014 preparations move ahead at full steam, we’re excited about what’s shaping up to be another great year for Nimble Storage at one of the industry’s premier conferences. Flash, as an enterprise storage disruptor, will be a big theme at VMworld. We’re eager to show this year’s attendees how our unique Adaptive Flash platform overwrites the storage rulebook by eliminating the tradeoff between performance and capacity in virtualized environments.

Whether you know a little or a lot about storage in virtualized environments, here are some VMworld sessions you won’t want to miss:

STO3001-SPO: The Pros and Cons of the Different Flash-Based Storage Solutions
Wednesday, Aug 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Umesh Maheshwari, Nimble Storage cofounder and chief technical officer, and Radhika Krishnan, the company’s vice president of solutions and alliances, will discuss the wide variety of flash-based storage solutions such as all-flash arrays, hybrid flash-and-disk arrays, and host-attached flash. They will compare the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of different flash-based storage solutions at an architectural level and their suitability for different environments.

STO2998-SPO: Using Data Sciences to Understand Reality in a Virtualized Environment
Monday, Aug 25, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Nimble’s Rod Bagg, vice president of customer support, and Larry Lancaster, chief data scientist, will discuss how data sciences can revolutionize storage monitoring and management, allowing storage to be effectively managed at scale. They will describe how data sciences-based services, delivered through a cloud portal, allows always on 24/7 visibility into the storage environment from anywhere and at any time. And, they will detail how storage capacity and performance needs can be predicted based on the analysis of real-world server and desktop virtualization (VDI) workloads.

STO3162: Software Defined Storage: Satisfy the Requirements of Your Application at the Granularity of a Virtual Disk with Virtual Volumes (VVols)
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

VMware Storage Architect Cormac Hogan and Nimble’s Rochna Dhand will demo Nimble’s implementation of Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), and discuss how Storage Policy Based Management allows for granular control of virtual disks, while simplifying storage management.

STO2754-SPO: New Kids on the Storage Block, File and Share: Lessons in Storage and Virtualization
Tuesday, Aug 26, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Representatives from six storage vendors, including Nimble’s Devin Hamilton will answer audience questions on changes and innovations in the storage market. The panel is moderated by industry veteran Howard Marks.

If you’re interested in learning more about our popular SmartStack™ solutions with Cisco, be sure to register for these sessions:

EUC2124: Breaking Down the Silos: Using Converged Infrastructure for an Optimized Desktop Virtualization (VDI) Deployment
Tuesday, Aug 26, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

We’re delighted that Nimble customer, Hamilton Clermont Cooperative Association (HCCA), which provides IT services to the Hamilton and Clermont school districts, was chosen by the selection committee to present at VMworld. HCCA will describe how they were able to optimize performance, provide both inside/outside staff with the same toolsets/applications, and minimize the organization’s overall data footprint and maintenance needs as a result of HCCA’s successful VDI deployment. They will also discuss how deploying desktop and server virtualization on a converged infrastructure stack (SmartStack) allows them to better manage performance, storage requirements, and disaster recovery.

EUC2249-SPO: Panel Discussion: From the Trenches – What I Learned About Deploying Desktop Virtualization (VDI) Alongside Virtual Servers|
Monday, Aug 25, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

I’ll be moderating a panel session with four Nimble customers from the financial, education, healthcare, and entertainment industries. They’ll share what they’ve learned in the trenches during their journey from server virtualization to desktop virtualization, and end-to-end virtualization deployments. The discussion covers storage, and the complete infrastructure stack, including compute and network. And, we’ll specifically discuss their use of Nimble’s SmartStack solutions.

We’ll have more information and Nimble experts to assist you at our booth on the show floor. Come by our booth, #1521 at the Moscone Center to chat or to see a demonstration. We’ll have demos on end-user computing (VDI), data protection, and virtualizing business critical applications, InfoSight – and even have a technology preview giving you a sneak peek at what’s around the corner.

And don’t forget to register for great prizes, including a five-day luxury cruise, FitBits, and Quadcopters. We look forward to seeing you at VMworld!