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Better Together VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and Pure Storage

Building a cloud-native app? VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and Pure Storage are better together. Brady and Jase share why in this episode of Solutions in 6.
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Brady Kachapuram: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Solutions In 6. I'm super excited to talk about how VMware Cloud Foundation to pure storage are better together. And to talk about that I have with me our VMware and VCF group Jase. Hey Jase! Welcome to the show. Hey, Brady, glad to be
here again. Let me quickly get into VCF. What is VCF? VMware provides a consistent architecture to build any app, be it VDI, all your container based applications, or any cloud. And VMware provides on top of it intrinsic security and lifecycle automation to make it really, really easy to pair
these ops on any club. Vedas pure fit into this. We are very, very closely integrated with VMware and in fact worked on a design partnership when it comes to building vVols for VCF. And we are collaborating across a host of VCF components, be it CRS NVMe, or fabric, or SRM. With that, one anecdote, right.
VCF is really built with VM with VMware validated designs. And I'm super happy to say that FlashArray was the first sign of is certified for VCF as a validated design. Now one of the all this looks great. One of the things that I often get asked is, is that a quick way to move VCF GS?
Jase McCarty: Well, absolutely. So one of the challenges with VCF, at least in the US from a conversation standpoint is customers believe that you have to buy new, well, you can use those existing investments that you have. And what I mean by that is you can repurpose existing gear and your fabric.
Now if you'll notice, I've got a particular infrastructure here in this illustration, deployed on Pure Storage FlashArray, it's really easy to move to VCF, we can start by adding a management workload domain. So that would be a V San cluster four or five nodes, something along those lines that manages the VCF
components. With that we can take our existing hosts, we can decommission those, okay, once we've decommissioned those, we can then at that point, commissioned them from our re install vSphere perspective, commissioned them in VCF, add them to that VCF platform. Once those have then been done, we
can deploy a workload domain on FlashArray. Can this can be the exact same FlashArray that is already in use. Or it could be a new, new FlashArray, it really doesn't matter in that case. Moving forward, we simply repeat, create additional workload domains, and we've got a VCF environment. Now keep in
mind VCF doesn't really support a brownfield type approach. But you can very easily reuse those investments that you have. Now that's one option. Another option is you could deploy VCF on flash stack. Flash Tech is a turnkey solution that VMware or that Pure Storage provides with with Cisco we can run VMware on
it or some other particular use cases, we can avoid those deployment pitfalls challenges when it comes to deploying that full stack. We do also use a VMware validated design when deploying VMware on top of flash stack. And now even today, it's available as as a service. Some of the other things that we also
support with Flash tech, you can see here are some of the other validated designs, if you will. Brady Kachapuram: This is great, it's great to know that you can quickly get onto VCF. Now, how does pure really simplify like, elaborate on the simplicity that ECF provides us?
Jase McCarty: Okay, one of the things that I really like when it comes to a VCF deployment with either flash stack, or just flash array for that matter, and using your existing gear is we can standardize those node types. And I look at this as kind of a T shirt approach perspective. By standardizing
node types, it makes it really, really easy to for us to resize workload domains without having to move any data whatsoever on FlashArray. We can run some of those VMs on V San, and we can run a lot more on on FlashArray. And really take advantage of that industry standard data reduction. And you know, anytime
we buy T shirts for whether they literally team or those of us in our office, we always have some spare some extras that are of different sizes and if we standardize these, it makes it a lot easier. You know, from a simplicity standpoint, Now additionally, if it happens to be a flash tech deployment, we
do have what we call smart config that can really ensure that when we deploy a platform, it's always deployed the exact same way. So if so from a simplicity standpoint, smart config with Flash stack ensures that every time we deploy additional, or deploy a new or even additional nodes in a BCF
environment that makes it very simple. And that really kind of sums up is that flashback as simple VCF infrastructure, we can grow or shrink resources on demand very, very easily without having to move any data on FlashArray non disruptive updates both of the sphere as well as the s s FlashArray
itself. We can do those updates in place non disruptively. We do have faster club cluster recovery from an ESXi failover. There's no worry protection involved those types of things. And I'll also add that we now have this available as a service if that happens to be a more appropriate choice for your
enterprise. Now, Brady, where can we go to get more information? Brady Kachapuram: Absolutely. Before I dive into next steps, let me provide a quick summary three takeaways we talked about one PR, pure is very deeply integrated into VCF. Two, it's
very, very easy and quick to get onto VCF with pure, three flat stack is the simple VCF architecture. That is if you're looking for more information. I have three different types of videos, a 20 minute video, a 60 minute deep dive, and tons of VCF NPR demos. Now I've thoroughly enjoyed talking to
you in this webinar. Jase. Thank you. I really appreciate it.
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VMware provides a consistent architecture for building cloud-native apps called VMware Cloud Foundation. In this episode of Solutions In 6, Brady Kachapuram, Product Marketing Manager, and Jase McCarty, Field Solutions Architect at Pure walk through the different ways you can deploy VCF on Pure Storage products including FlashArray and FlashStack. They also cover how Pure's partnership with VMware helps simplify VCF deployment on Pure products.

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