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Hello Michael, Cy, Alex

  Cy Jervis

Hello.

  Alex Long

Good afternoon

  Sarah Vela (Dell)

howdy

  Dell TechCenter

Howdy Sarah

  Dell TechCenter

you guys just can't get enough of VRTX

  MichaelD

Good day ladies and gentlemen

  Dell TechCenter

yesterday wasn't enough

  Lance Boley

Hello hello ...

  Dell TechCenter

Hellow Alex, where are you joining us from?

  Sarah Vela (Dell)

MOAR VRTX PLZ

  erson

Hot in Austin today?

  Alex Long

Tulsa, OK

  Dell TechCenter

Hello, welcome.  yes it's 99

  MichaelD

More importantly, does I-35 still smell like bacon? :)

  Cy Jervis

It's only 95 in Florida. :)

  Dell TechCenter

99 degrees

  Sarah_Locke

Hello Dell TechCenter from nashua NH

  Dell TechCenter

haha yes big bacon fire on the highway last night

  Dell TechCenter

Hello Sarah Locke! (from Peter T)

  Jeff Sullivan

hello hello

  Alex Long

bacon fire?   I didn't hear about that

  Khaled Omar

hi all

  MichaelD

Yeah, a semi carrying pork bellies caught fire yesterday

  DELL-Roger F

Afternoon

  Dell TechCenter

Hi Khaled

  Sarah_Locke

Hey Peter T!

  Alex Long

what a waste

  Alex Long

lol

  MichaelD

http://www.kutnews.org/post/smell-bacon-truck-full-pork-bellies-catches-fire-closes-i-35

  Khaled Omar

hi Peter

  MichaelB@Dell

Good afternoon

  Dell TechCenter

We'll get started in a few minutes

  Dell TechCenter

looks like more people are joining still

  Dell TechCenter

Hope you guys have a lot of questions today, we have a lot of Dell VRTX experts in the room

  Dennis Smith

Hey everyone!

  Dell TechCenter

just as a reminder, no voice on this - it's just a text chat

  erson

wish MichaelD was MichaelD@Dell :)

  Khaled Omar

hi Dennis

  Dell TechCenter

Where is everyone joining us from today?

  hypervfan

Norway

  erson

hi hypervfan

  AF

Ireland

  rareed0219

University of Texas at Austin

  erson

Sweden

  James Wilson

Toronto

  Khaled Omar

it will be good if you put links for VRTX hardware components

  Khaled Omar

on video

  @kylemurley

so today's topic is Saving the Bacon and how VRTX can help? ;-)

  HoosierCAB

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  James Wilson

there will be sound though right?

  Didier Van Hoye

Belgiu; but now in Madrid for Microsoft TechEd Europe

  AF

@Khaled It would be better if there was one for everyone in the audience

  erson

@AF: cool that you could join us Aidan!

  Dell TechCenter

Hello rareed, you are right down the road from us :)

  Dell TechCenter

@ James - no sound today

  AF

Hi Erson

  rareed0219

Interesting handle for University of Illinois @HossierCAB!

  Didier Van Hoye

Hello all!

  Khaled Omar

@AF exactly :D

  Dell TechCenter

we're doing text only (we've had some issues with sound in the past , also we like to post the text transcript)

  AF

Who let Didier in :)

  rareed0219

HoosierCab I mean.

  erson

Hi Didier!

  Didier Van Hoye

Hello :-)

  HoosierCAB

yeah, I hear that often, lived in Indiana growing up

  erson

What fun are you missing out on now at TechEd? :)

  AF

They run out of free beer in the expo hall, Didier? ;)

  Didier Van Hoye

some party in the city

  Dell TechCenter

OK everyone - as I said, we have lots of VRTX experts in a room @ Dell waiting to tell you about VRTX and answer your questions

  Didier Van Hoye

Yes they shved us out

  Didier Van Hoye

so time for this now

  erson

It's Madrid, the city is the party :)

  Dell TechCenter

Babu C will be leading the chat today - he is the Senior Principal platform software engineer for VRTX

  Dell TechCenter

you can just call him "the man"

  Sarah_Locke

hello "the man" :)

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Hello Everyone

  erson

or was that unrest because of extremely high youth unemployment, can't remember ;)

  Dell TechCenter

He'll be explaining the powerpoint slide on the right to you

  Dell TechCenter

and answering questions

  Dell TechCenter

and now.... Babu!

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Let us start with the introductory page on the right side

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Can you all see the write up about PowerEdge VRTX and teh picture?

  Didier Van Hoye

yes we can

  Alex Long

yes

  AF

Yes.  Meant to be any audio?

  Dell TechCenter

@AF no audio - we're just typing today

  Babu Chandrasekhar

VRTX is the new Dell coverged server/networking/storage chassis

  Babu Chandrasekhar

It is designed for office environments

  Babu Chandrasekhar

It can be used as a computer under the desk connected to the 110V outlet

  Babu Chandrasekhar

or can be in a rack as a 5U chassis

  Babu Chandrasekhar

The VRTX chassis can take 4 M620/M520 blade servers

  Babu Chandrasekhar

The same blades which go into Dell M1000e blade server chassis can go into VRTX chassis

  Babu Chandrasekhar

The chassis can take 25 2.5" drives

  erson

but they are not interchangeable with the M1000e, right? Special bios or whatever.

  Babu Chandrasekhar

There is are two shared switched USB ports in teh chassis

  Rasmus Haslund

Hi all, sorry for the late arrival

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Yes they can be

  Babu Chandrasekhar

But needs a few updates

  Dell TechCenter

Hi Rasmus!

  @kylemurley

If I want to physically add/remove a PCIe device to the chassis do I need to powerdown all the server nodes? ie. not just (re)assign exisiting card(s).

  erson

In depth information can be found here

  erson

http://bladesmadesimple.com/2013/06/a-detailed-look-at-dell-poweredge-vrtx/

  erson

http://www.dell.com/support/Manuals/us/en/04/Product/poweredge-vrtx

  Sruthi-M

As long as the servers have the latest iDRAC firmware and BIOS

  MichaelD

Will the PCI-e mezzanine cards needed to move a blade from a M1000e to a VRTX be sold as a kit?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

On the HW side, M1000e blades use 2 mezz cards which are the same fabric type as teh I/O module in the chassis

  MichaelB@Dell

@kylemurley, if the slot you are inserting the new device, you can insert at any time.  To assign or reassing a device, the impacted compute nodes must be powered off, the remaining can stay on

  erson

Can you confirm 10GbE Switch for Fabric A in Q3?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

In VRTX chassis, you will need to replace them with PCIe mezz cards

  Didier Van Hoye

and will the 10Gbps offer iwarp/RoCE RDMA capabilities?

  Dennis Smith

@MichaelD I think they are working on that...not 100% sure though

  DELL-Roger F

@MichaelD No kit at RTS but looking at future availability

  Khaled Omar

What about the switch module ? no. of ports ? switch model ?

  erson

Didier: that would depend on the nics on fabric a on the server. And there are no NDCs from Mellanox at this time.

  Babu Chandrasekhar

@Didier , Let me cover 10Gbps as aprt of PCIe slots in teh chassis

  Didier Van Hoye

IThx

  Didier Van Hoye

I think Broadcom has some RDMA capabilities Dell might leverage

  @kylemurley

@MikeD: Thx.

  erson

NDC = Network Daughter Card = replaceable LOM on Fabric A on blade servers

  Babu Chandrasekhar

There is a switch module (I/O module) in the back of teh VRTX chassis

  Babu Chandrasekhar

At teh initial release, we will have two I/O modules

  Babu Chandrasekhar

One passthrough and 1 switch

  Babu Chandrasekhar

The switch is connected to the blade server LOM ports (NDCs)

  Babu Chandrasekhar

They are currently 1G

  Babu Chandrasekhar

10G switches are coming in subsequent releases

  erson

Didier: Looking at the Broadcom spec. sheet for the 57810 is certainly has support for RDMA. To my knowledge it isn't activated with current drivers on Dells broadcom nics with that controller.

  Babu Chandrasekhar

The VRTX chassis has 8 PCIe slots

  Babu Chandrasekhar

the PCIe carsd in those slots can be dynamically mapped to any of the blade servers

  MichaelB@Dell

The initial released IOMs are 1GB, the LOM/NDC  support 1/10GB

  Babu Chandrasekhar

So if you like 10G n/w cards, you coudl put 4 10G cards in teh PCIe slots and they can be mapped to the blades

  Khaled Omar

2 PCIe per blade ? or up to 4 per blade ?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

It is very flexible

  Babu Chandrasekhar

You can map all 8 PCIe cards to one blade

  Babu Chandrasekhar

or one each to each blade

  erson

Babu: people obviously want to utilize 10GbE nics to the fullest on the M620 blades, so getting the fabric A switch out as fast as possible is very important

  Babu Chandrasekhar

or any cmbination that suits your requirement

  erson

despite the wonderful flexibility of the 8 pcie slots

  MichaelB@Dell

Khaled Omar: 2 PCIe per Blade?  With the default CMC license you can map upto 2 PCIe cards, with the Enterprise license you can map any amount of PCIe cards to any node.

  Khaled Omar

@MichaelB Thanks

  Rasmus Haslund

I will have to agree with Erson on that point.

  erson

Michael@Dell: where can I read more abou the diff. between standard and enterprise CMC license on the VRTX?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

There is a chassis management controller card - CMC - which is the central chassis manager

  Dennis Smith

Can the PCIe cards be shared between servers?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

CMC provides web, CLI, WSMAN and LCD interfaces

  Dennis Smith

i.e can 2 servers use one card

  Babu Chandrasekhar

to manage the chassis power, thermal, PCIe mapping, storage, blades, IOM etc

  Khaled Omar

Risers can be used to extend the number of PCIe slots per blade ?

  DELL-Roger F

@erson As the Marketing guy I understand about the need for 10G and keep bugging the engineers to hurry up.  But they get side-tracked, like with chats ;)

  John A. - Dell

@erson there will be information about the cmc licenses in a technical guide that is soon to come out.

  MichaelB@Dell

Erson: There is a Licensing White Paper that is about to be published on what the features in the next 5-10 days

  Babu Chandrasekhar

CMC provides a central management console to the whole chassis

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Multiple chassis can be manged by one CMC GUI console as well

  Alex Long

I get that people WANT 10G networking.  But this is being marketed as a small/branch office solution.  how many people are really pushing 10G to those?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

It is called multi-chassis management, which is an enterprise  licensed feature

  MichaelB@Dell

Dennis Smith: Sharing PCIe cards.  No, the only shared PCIe is the storage

  Babu Chandrasekhar

CMC provides one click login access to iDRAC7 in the blades

  erson

The 10GbE switch would obviously be pretty cheap since it's a single switch and with a maximum of  16 internal ports (4x10GbE NDCs are in the works) and eight external ports for a total of 24 ports.

  Babu Chandrasekhar

iDRAC7 provides vMedia and vKVM features

  Rasmus Haslund

I think sometimes people forget that small business in US terms means, at least in Denmark, pretty big businesses sometimes. 10 Gbit/s is getting more and more relevant

  erson

Alex Long: If Dell is smart (and I hope they are) they could really also push this unit as a powerful SOFS and the 10GbE (preferably with RDMA)  is a must

  Babu Chandrasekhar

All teh standards M100e features like remote file share, SNMP, email alerts, WSMAN, AD, telnet, ssh etc are all available in VRTX CMC also

  hypervfan

When setting up clusters 10G is benefitial for migration of VM's

  MichaelB@Dell

@Khaled: PCIe extenders, Dell has not tested such functionally. The chasiss has twom embedded PCIe switches to route the PCIe adapters to the blade.

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Are you all familar with M100e chassis and iDRAC7 ?

  Didier Van Hoye

I second Erson proposal for a  SOFS building block :-)

  Khaled Omar

hmmm

  Babu Chandrasekhar

I mean M1000e chasssis :)

  Didier Van Hoye

iDRAC 7 yes

  erson

I can vouch for AF that left for that SOFS building block as well :)

  Babu Chandrasekhar

We have maintained teh same look and feel on teh GUI in VRTX CMC also

  hypervfan

And as @haslund said, small in US terms can be big companies over in Europe

  MichaelB@Dell

@Khaled:  My concern would be PCIe timing as I have no knowledge of how long the extension cables would be, and that all plays a part in extenders.

  erson

There is talk about redundant SPERCs. The second SPERC would then be attached to fabric C PCIe switch. Wouldn't that also make the M420 a possible blade switch for this chassi?

  Rasmus Haslund

Using VRTX as SOFS building block is very interesting - +1 to Erson and Didier!

  Khaled Omar

@MichaelB Thanks

  Babu Chandrasekhar

#erson, at initial release we support one SPERC

  Didier Van Hoye

With CSVs in Hyper-V that can help catch sperc failure

  Babu Chandrasekhar

We understand the need for redundant SPERC  and the chassis is designed with a slot for that

  erson

Babu: sorry for being so pushy, we already know most of the things about this initial release, we are already thinking and suggesting on how Dell can improve it :)

  Babu Chandrasekhar

The redundanct SPERC/High Availability is a feature in the roadmap,

  Dell TechCenter

At this time we're pretty much done with the bullet points from the PowerPoint presentation, and are open to whatever questions you have about VRTX

  Rasmus Haslund

To add to what Erson says: Its just because we think its such a great product that we can see so many ways to use it!

  Didier Van Hoye

10Gbps is a no brainer, that will happen so that's good

  MichaelB@Dell

@erson:  Glad to hear that, please keep up the suggestions

  Dell TechCenter

erson - we always appreciate your feedback :)

  Didier Van Hoye

Make a protected versions for use in industrial environments could also be an idea.

  Babu Chandrasekhar

So tell us about  how you use VRTX chassis

  Didier Van Hoye

I was talking to a manufacturer that was interested

  Dell TechCenter

@erson - we know that YOU know almost everything about the VRTX already

  erson

For SOFS with Storage Spaces the SPERC isn't needed. So being able to outfit it with Shared SAS HBA adapters to present the drives without raid to the blades would give support for Storage Spaces.

  Didier Van Hoye

http://workinghardinit.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/dell-poweredge-vrtx-has-potential-beyond-robo-as-a-scale-out-file-server-building-block/

  MichaelB@Dell

@Didier: Manuf. usage, in that envrionment, any concerns on the noise output level of the chassis, or required for Freshair?

  Didier Van Hoye

here's what Im thinking about

  erson

Oh yes, that blog post is great! Must read for the Dell crew.

  Rasmus Haslund

Now we are talking, and dropping the SPERC should also introduce a lower price 

  Dell TechCenter

For those on the chat, what use cases would you use a VRTX for, would it be for the intended Remote Office scenario, for a home lab, or for something completely different?

  erson

Certify some Dell 2.5" SSDs and you have Storage Spaces tiering inside the chassi.

  Didier Van Hoye

Don't have those details

  Didier Van Hoye

it was  heavy industry

  erson

You could also purchase M620s with PCIe SSDs for awesome Storage Spaces tiering

  Khaled Omar

@Dell TechCenter for branch offices

  MichaelB@Dell

@Didier: thx

  hypervfan

With the spec VRTX has today it can be a complete solution in one box for pretty big companies over here

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Yes, VRTX can be a good cluster in a box

  Rasmus Haslund

@TechCenter: I see it easily as a replacement for 2-4 server virtualization deployments where we would maybe use R620 + MD3220 SAS now.

  HoosierCAB

@DellTechCenter: I could see the VRTX replacing my current 2xR710+MD3220i ESX cluster for a small school district.

  erson

@Dell Techcenter: ROBO but I would really like to see it as SOFS building block for storage for my Hyper-V clusters and SQL Servers

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Dell team is working on several white papaers on various use cases

  Babu Chandrasekhar

They will be availabel in Dell Tech center in the coming weeks

  Rasmus Haslund

Is there any considerations being done on dropping the SPERC for normal HBA as suggested earlier?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Do you all underatnd how teh PCIe carsd are mapped?

  Dennis Smith

If you haven't already, take a look at the 6 Wp

  Dennis Smith

on the dell techcenter page http://del.ly/VRTX

  Khaled Omar

@Babu Yes

  erson

Babu: Has there been any talk at all about what we are suggesting.... Windows SOFS (Scale Out File Server) with Storage Spaces?

  Didier Van Hoye

It's so versaitile it has a lot of potential

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Thanks Khaled

  Didier Van Hoye

the scale out secnario is a great one

  DELL-Roger F

@rasmus No current plans for a VRTX without a PERC

  Babu Chandrasekhar

We will look into SOFS

  erson

feels like everything we are suggesting is actually pretty doable if Dell was willing to

  Babu Chandrasekhar

We will follow up with our peer Dell teams

  Didier Van Hoye

Could swap it out ourselevs but JBOD firmware support would be msising then

  Khaled Omar

About the storage, the 25 2.5in drives enclosure can be replaced with another 12 3.5in drives one ? am i right or how is it ?

  Didier Van Hoye

Potentially this is a gold mine

  Didier Van Hoye

Dell wwould be the first OEM with such a great building  lblock

  Babu Chandrasekhar

@Didier, teh builtin JDBOD FW update can be done through CMC user interface

  Rasmus Haslund

Any plans for a larger version later on? or is next step the current M1000E?

  Didier Van Hoye

anc could slow dozn the rise of the DataOn, RaidInc soluttions

  Didier Van Hoye

all with the great logistical prowness of DELL

  erson

Rasmus: if you have redundant storage adapters the M420 could possibly be used as well for 8 blades with dual cpu support

  Dennis Smith

I would like to see our engineers figure out how to utilize the M420's and the EQL controller :) #wishing

  Babu Chandrasekhar

@Khaled, you can order a chassis with either 2.5" or 3.5" enclosure

  Rasmus Haslund

@Dennis: Ohh, that would be sweet :) (any update on the EQL VSA?)

  Babu Chandrasekhar

But teh same enclosure cannot take both

  erson

Dennis Smith: you're obviously the smartest guy of us all, that a fabolous idea!  :)

  Babu Chandrasekhar

@Dennis, no plan for M420 in this chassis

  Khaled Omar

is there an ability to extend the enclosures ?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

enclosure expansion is the roadmap

  erson

That is certainly on the SOFS wish list as well... being able to extend the storage with MD1200/1220/3060e

  erson

Babu: awesome

  MichaelB@Dell

The man 

  JohnD

he's "the man" for a reason!

  erson

then it maps even better to SOFS if storage expansion is already on the road map

  Lance Boley

@Rasmus no word on the EQL VSA other than what we have said already.  You might have to go to the NDA session in Munich later this year to get more ...

  Didier Van Hoye

yes it does

  erson

Munich, isn't it Frankfurt?

  Didier Van Hoye

we have scale up?scale out then

  erson

next Dell Storage Forum

  Babu Chandrasekhar

On teh M1000e question, we do not have any immediatye plans to take VRTX to a bigger chassis

  erson

now known as Dell Enterprise Forum

  Didier Van Hoye

Trying to make it to Dell World if I can

  Dell TechCenter

@erson - Dell Storage Forum = Dell Enterprise Forum now

  Dell TechCenter

@erson - you should still go no matter what it's called 

  erson

Dell TechCenter: will you invite me as last year?  :)

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Which user interface you will be using the most, Web GUI, RACADM (Telnet, SSH), or WSMAN ?

  erson

Web GUI and RACADM (SSH)

  Babu Chandrasekhar

WSMAN is an emerging scripting interface

  Khaled Omar

web gui and ssh

  hypervfan

Web GUI

  Rasmus Haslund

Web GUI

  Didier Van Hoye

Web GUI mostely unless we need automation

  Babu Chandrasekhar

We have integrated a lot of storage managementin web GUI

  erson

if you want people to start using WSMAN you need _great_ documentation on how to use it, perhaps with powershell

  Didier Van Hoye

powershell is very important

  Babu Chandrasekhar

@erson, yes, we are preparing a lot of good documentation fro WSMAN

  Didier Van Hoye

I even see that swicthes can be Micrsoft certified now for configuration with System Center and PowerShell

  Didier Van Hoye

Arista  & CISCO on board

  Babu Chandrasekhar

You can use winrm from powershell

  Khaled Omar

for the storage, you can assign VDs for blades only or LUNs can be used ?

  erson

Powershell has a WSMAN provider so you should definately look into that

  Didier Van Hoye

would be great to get this from DELL

  Didier Van Hoye

it is all playing an ever bigger deal in selecting hardware in the Windows world

  Babu Chandrasekhar

@Khaled, you can assign VDs to blades

  Babu Chandrasekhar

You first create VDs from physical disks using CMC user interface

  Babu Chandrasekhar

and then assign the VDs to blades

  MichaelB@Dell

@Khaled: The LUN are grouped into RAID containers, then VD are assigned out of the RAID containers.

  Rasmus Haslund

What is the current estimated delievery time from order in EU on a VRTX?

  erson

Are SATA, NL-SAS, SAS 10k, SAS 15k and SSDs all available for the VRTX?

  MichaelD

SATA is not

  erson

Rasmus: you can't even order it yet  :)

  JohnD

What are the preferences for LCD usage vs GUI?

  erson

ahh, there's the list on bladesmadesimple

  erson

so no SATA but NL-SAS

  Dell TechCenter

@erson Kevin Houston to the rescue!

  Didier Van Hoye

NL SAS should work right?

  erson

yes

  erson

drive list here --> http://bladesmadesimple.com/2013/06/a-detailed-look-at-dell-poweredge-vrtx/

  Babu Chandrasekhar

The VRTX LCD is more interactive

  Khaled Omar

and you can share a VD between two or more blades ?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

It can be used to setup IP settings

  Babu Chandrasekhar

LCD interface can be used to switch KVM

  Dell TechCenter

Question - Do you guys use the LCD on the front of the M1000e ?  If so, what do you use it for?  Any suggestions for improvements?

  erson

Didier, NL-SAS and 200/400GB SAS... there's your SS storage tiering 

  Dell TechCenter

There is also an LCD interface on VRTX, and the team would like to know if you find it useful

  MichaelD

I use it when it glows orange to see how worried I should be

  Dennis Smith

using the LCD on VRTX was really simple/fast for initial CMC setup when we had it in the lab

  erson

Dell TechCenter: hardly use it, good for some basic information though

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Yes, you can share VDs betwewen multiple blades

  Dell TechCenter

@MichaelD - we LOLed at that one in the room

  MichaelB@Dell

@Khaled: You can share a VD between any of the blades

  Rasmus Haslund

Is SPERC the only non-redundant part?

  erson

faric a switch

  erson

fabric even

  erson

or fabric a pass-through

  Khaled Omar

@Babu and @MichaelB thanks

  Babu Chandrasekhar

There are two PCie switches

  Didier Van Hoye

Hardley use it unless something else is wrong, sort of a backup option

  Dell TechCenter

Did you guys know that there is a shared DVD drive on the VRTX that is assignable through the LCD?  Very useful for OS deployments

  Babu Chandrasekhar

One for fab B (first mezz card), 2nd PCie switch connected to fab C (2nd mezz)

  erson

Dell TechCenter: USB >>> DVD

  Babu Chandrasekhar

The CMC is also redundant, there are two CMCs

  Babu Chandrasekhar

@erson, yes, you get USB and DVD in teh chassis, which can be switched between baldes:

  Babu Chandrasekhar

@erson, yes, you get USB and DVD in teh chassis, which can be switched between baldes'

  Dennis Smith

Are the front USB ports shared?

  MichaelB@Dell

@dennis: USB ports shared, no

  MichaelB@Dell

The USB ports are assigned to whatever blade you have assigned the KVM to

  Dell TechCenter

We have a few minutes left on the chat - any final questions?

  Didier Van Hoye

A compliment to finish

  MichaelB@Dell

The DVD can be assigned seperatly from the KVM

  Babu Chandrasekhar

The USB ports can be used for connecteing muse, keyboard, USB key, DVD driver, etc

  Didier Van Hoye

It's a great formfactor

  erson

I assume they are USB 2.0?

  Babu Chandrasekhar

yes usb 2.0

  Didier Van Hoye

But they don't have power at the boot here at TechEd to power it up so I couldn't enjoy it's silence

  Dell TechCenter

@Didier - thanks for the compliment after all of the hard questions earlier 

  Dell TechCenter

@Didier - haha.  extra silent then

  Didier Van Hoye

very :-)

  Dennis Smith

any plans to support booting from shared storage?

  Rasmus Haslund

Looking forward to setting up my first VRTX when its released 

  Dell TechCenter

It really is super quiet though, we couldn't hear it at all over the M1000e fans in the Dell TechCenter lab

  MichaelB@Dell

@Rasmus, boot from shared, we are investigating.  Its a tough challenge due to driver support, etc.

  Didier Van Hoye

Any boot from  memory card?

  Dennis Smith

It would be local to the blade for the memory card

  MichaelB@Dell

@didier: What memory card are you refering?

  erson

Great job by the Dell crew answering all our questions! And hopefully bringing back all the opinions we had about the very promising VRTX that clearly has the potential to fill other roles than just ROBO and small virtualization clusters and specialized application duties like Exchange.

  Didier Van Hoye

You know like the interal USB or memory card for the hypervisor

  Babu Chandrasekhar

BTW, you can go to teh Dell VRTX link by clicking on the VRTX picture on teh right

  MichaelB@Dell

Yes, the blades have those slots

  MichaelD

@DTC I can hardly hear my music over our M1000es when they kick the fans onto high power :P

  MichaelB@Dell

mean the internal USB ports

  Didier Van Hoye

OK

  Dennis Smith

The VRTX is about as quiet as my desktop at home

  MichaelB@Dell

AS well as the SD slot for hypervisor

  Dell TechCenter

second what Dennis said - it's about as quiet as a regular desktop PC

  Khaled Omar

how many fans used inside ?

  MichaelB@Dell

6 fans

  MichaelB@Dell

4 blowers outside

  Dell TechCenter

OK we're coming up on the end of our time... last questions then we're shutting it down in a few minutes 

  erson

Boss, I need a new computer 

  MichaelB@Dell

we have just the ticket for you 

  hypervfan

40-45dB is a bit over a regular desktop :) But quiet compared to other servers  :)

  Rasmus Haslund

LOL nice desktop pc ;)

  Dennis Smith

I didn't say mine was regular desktop 

  Dell TechCenter

@hypervfan - you won't go deaf after sitting next to it

  MichaelB@Dell

Media server 

  Dell TechCenter

can't say the same for M1000e

  hypervfan

@Peter, I know 

  Dell TechCenter

thanks everyone for showing up to the chat

  Rasmus Haslund

Could store nice amounts of poxx, iso files for various Windows installations ehem

  Dell TechCenter

@hypervfan - i know all too well too, my old lab had a few next to my head

  Khaled Omar

thanks for answering all these questions

  Rasmus Haslund

Yes great to meet "the man" Babu!

  Dell TechCenter

everyone, we're going to wrap up now. as always the transcript from this chat will be online in the next couple of days.  Thank you very much for your feedback

  hypervfan

Great info about a great product that has a lot of potential

  Dell TechCenter

we hope you found this useful

  erson

no chat slated for next week?

  DELL-Roger F

Been fun.  Thanks for all the feedback!

  Dell TechCenter

wee are getting kicked out of this conference room !

  Dennis Smith

Thanks guys, talk to you all later

  Babu Chandrasekhar

Thank you all

  Rasmus Haslund

See you all

  Didier Van Hoye

thx for the session