Unexplored Territory

The Unexplored Territory Podcast is a bi-weekly show hosted by Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, and Johan van Amersfoort. Each episode will feature industry-leading experts to discuss current, and future, technology in-depth. The series will include topics such as public cloud, virtualization, cloud-native applications, Kubernetes, end-user computing, storage, business continuity, and important (VMware-based) emerging technologies.

#037 - Introducing Cloud Flex Storage, featuring Kris Groh!

In episode 037 we talk to Kristopher Groh, Direct Product Management at VMware responsible for various storage projects. Kris introduces us to Cloud Flex Storage and discusses the implementation in-depth. Kris also explains the different use cases for Cloud Flex Storage versus vSAN within VMware Cloud on AWS.

Read more about Cloud Flex Storage below:

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#036 - What's new for Core Storage in vSphere 8, featuring Jason Massae!

In episode 036 we welcome back Jason Massae, Tech Marketing Architect at VMware responsible for core storage (vVols, VMFS, NFS etc). We talk about the various enhancements and features introduced in vSphere 8 for NVMe over Fabrics, vVols NFS, and much more!

Make sure to follow Jason on Twitter, and make sure to read his material on NVMeOF and vVols:

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#035 - Published Apps on-demand, featuring Jeff Ulatoski!

In episode 035 we talk to Jeff Ulatoski about Published Apps on-demand, which is a solution created with App Volumes 4, the integration with Dynamic Environment Manager (DEM), and the innovations happening in the infrastructure stack from VMware.

Jeff spoke about the basics of VMware App Volumes, the added value of DEM, and the differences between App Volumes 2.X and App Volumes 4. He also covered what the impact is to architecture, sizing and scaling an application pool, which includes published apps on-demand.

Resources for additional content on this topic can be found here:

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#034 - William Lam's top 10 home lab gifts for under the Christmas tree!

In episode 034, we have William Lam as a second-time guest discussing everything home labs! William has been writing about home labs for over a decade, probably. We could not imagine a better person to discuss this topic with. Considering at the time of publication, it is almost Christmas. We decided to ask William what his top 10  home lab gifts would be.

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Williams' Christmas Top 10 Wishlist

Number 10: Velcro cable management
Number 09: Smart Power meter /UPS/ APC Surge Arrest
Number 08: Kubernetes for AdministratorsVDI Design Guide Part 2vSan 7.0 U3  Deep Dive 
Number 07: VMUG Advantage Membership
Number 06: Memory Upgrade (64GB memory on the Intel NUC)
Number 05: Thunderbolt Storage
Number 04: USB/Thunderbolt Networking
Number 03: 10GbE Switch (Netgear/Ubiquiti)
Number 02: Intel NUC Serpent Canyon / Supermicro E302-12D
Number 01: Raspberry Pi / Dell Precision 7770

VMware Fling: USB Network Native Driver for ESXi
How to build a customizable Raspberry Pi OS Virtual Appliance (OVA)?
Stateless ESXi-Arm with Raspberry Pi

#033 - Introducing VMware Ransomware Recovery, featuring Nabil Quadri!

In episode 033 we talk to Nabil Quadri about the Ransomware Recovery as a Service solution that VMware recently announced. Nabil discusses how common ransomware attacks are these days, and how customers are struggling to recover from them. He then goes on to explain how VMware Ransomware Recovery is built on the foundation of  VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery, and he goes over the details of the offering and implementation.

Resources for additional content on this topic can be found here:

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#032 - IT giving McLaren Racing the edge! Featuring Edward Green (McLaren Racing)

In this special episode, we talk to Edward Green (Head of Commercial Technology, McLaren Racing) and Joe Baguley (CTO EMEA, VMware) about VMware's partnership with McLaren Racing. Joe talks about his passion for motorsports, and how VMware got involved with McLaren. Edward dives deep into what IT means for McLaren Racing. What does their data center look like at the track? What kind of datasets are collected? How does McLaren Racing provide fantastic experiences through its Paddock Club? All of that, and much more, is discussed by Edward Green in this episode of the Unexplored Territory Podcast!

For more details on the VMware / McLaren partnership:

If you are interested in Formula 1 and technology make sure to follow Edward on twitter

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#031 - Living on the edge with VMware Edge Compute Stack! Featuring Marilyn Basanta.

In episode 031 we talk to Marilyn Basanta about VMware Edge Compute Stack. Marilyn explains what VMware Edge Compute Stack looks like, what customer use cases she encounters in the field, and how VMware Edge Compute Stack can help you run and deploy applications securely and efficiently in remote, and sometimes strange, locations.

Resources for additional content on this topic can be found here:

And as Marilyn mentioned wearable technology as the technology she gets very excited about, if any of the runners is interested, check out the Stryd footpod!

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#030 - Project Keswick, aiming to simplify large scale edge deployments, featuring Alan Renouf!

In episode 030 we talk to good friend Alan Renouf about Project Keswick. Project Keswick was featured in various VMware Explore sessions and is all about simplifying deployments of infrastructure and applications at the edge. In the episode Alan dives deep in to the use cases and how VMware is looking to enable this!

Some exciting resources for additional content on this subject can be found here:

If you are interested in being a design partner, email Alan and the team via keswick@vmware.com. Or contact Alan simply via twitter!

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#029 - What is vSphere Distributed Services Engine? Featuring Parag Chakraborty!

In episode 029 we talk to Parag Chakraborty,  Senior Product Line Manager for vSphere Distributed Services Engine (Project Monterey). Parag explains what is introduced in vSphere 8.0 by VMware with the vSphere Distributed Services Engine,  why VMware is building a solution for SmartNICs/DPUs, what the benefits and use cases are and goes over some operational considerations when adopting this new technology.

Some exciting resources for additional content on this subject can be found here:

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#028 - Data is the new oil! Featuring Christos Karamanolis

In episode 028 we talk to Christos Karamonolis, the godfather of vSAN and VMware Fellow Engineer, about two new projects that he is involved with. 

Make sure to follow Christos on Twitter. Also, check the following resources for more details on Project Moneta and VMware Data Service Manager:

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#027 - The VMware Explore EUC special featuring Graeme Gordon and Shawn Bass

A lot of announcements were made at VMware Explore around VMware's end-user computing platform. We decided to invite Graeme Gordon to go over the Horizon Cloud Next Gen offering with us, and Johan also managed to grab VMware's EUC CTO Shawn Bass at the event and asked him to elaborate on some of the other announcements.

Make sure to follow Shawn and Graeme on twitter. Also, check out the below resources for more information on Horizon Cloud Next Gen!

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#026 - Diving deep into vSAN (ESA) 8.0 with Pete Koehler

This is one of those episodes where we dive right into it. Pete Koehler talks about all things vSAN 8 and primarily focuses on the new architecture introduced, which is called vSAN Express Storage Architecture, or vSAN ESA for short. If you want to know everything about vSAN ESA, then make sure to listen to every minute of this episode!

Make sure to follow Pete on Twitter (https://twitter.com/vmpete) to keep up to date with his adventures, and check out the VMware website for more documents and whitepapers on vSAN 8.0 / ESA: https://core.vmware.com/vsan.

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#025 - Introducing vSphere 8.0 with Feidhlim O'Leary

At VMware Explore vSphere 8.0 was announced, and of course, that means we need to dedicate at least one episode of the Unexplored Territory Podcast to it. We invited VMware's vSphere Tech Marketing guru Feidhlim O'Leary to talk us through all the new exciting features and enhancements.

Make sure to read Feidhlim's material and blogs on core.vmware.com, and also check the mentioned references in this podcast episode below:

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VMware Explore USA Special

In this special episode of the Unexplored Territory Podcast Frank and Duncan share the conversations they had with special guests like Kit Colbert, Chris Wolf, Sazzala Reddy, Stephen Foskett, and many more. 

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#024 - Managing your multi-cloud entities with Project Ensemble featuring Jad El-Zein

In episode 024 we talk to Jad El-Zein, Technology Director in the Office of the CTO at VMware. Jad introduces us to Project Ensemble and explains how it enables you to manage all your multi-cloud entities. Jad also discusses various other brand new R&D projects in the multi-cloud management and automation space, this is a must-listen episode!

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#024 - Managing your multi-cloud entities with Project Ensemble (VMware Aria) featuring Jad El-Zein

In episode 024 we talk to Jad El-Zein, Technology Director in the Office of the CTO at VMware. Jad introduces us to Project Ensemble, now known as VMware Aria, and explains how it enables you to manage all your multi-cloud entities. Jad also discusses various other brand new R&D projects in the multi-cloud management and automation space, this is a must-listen episode!

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#024 - Managing your multi-cloud entities with VMware Aria Hub featuring Jad El-Zein

In episode 024 we talk to Jad El-Zein, Technology Director in the Office of the CTO at VMware. Jad introduces us to Project Ensemble, now known as VMware Aria Hub, and explains how it enables you to manage all your multi-cloud entities. Jad also discusses various other brand new R&D projects in the multi-cloud management and automation space, this is a must-listen episode!

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#023 - Introducing Oracle Cloud VMware Solution with Richard Garsthagen

In episode 023 we talk to Richard Garsthagen, Director Cloud Business Development at Oracle. Our discussion was all about Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. What is unique about Oracle Cloud VMware Solution compared to other solutions? Why does Richard believe this is a platform everyone should consider when you are exploring public cloud offerings.

Make sure to follow Richard on Twitter, and check his blog for regular articles on Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. Also, check the following resources Richard mentioned during the episode:

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#022 - VMware Fusion and Workstation Tech Preview with Michael Roy!

In episode 022 we talk to Michael Roy, Product Management at VMware responsible for VMware Workstation and Fusion. We discussed the history of VMware's desktop products, what was released over the past years, and more importantly, what will be released in the near future!

Make sure to follow Michael on Twitter, and check the Workstation Blog or the Fusion Blog regularly as they often have great discounts and provide great insights into what has or will be released and will contain details on the Tech Preview shortly!

These are the links to the demo and the keynote where Kelsey Hightower uses Fusion and hits the issues mentioned/discusses them:

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#021 - VMware core storage update with Jason Massae!

In episode 021 we talk to Jason Massae, Tech Marketing Architect at VMware responsible for core storage (vVols, VMFS, NFS etc). We talk about the various features introduced in vSphere 7, like NVMe over Fabrics, vVols enhancements, and much more!

Make sure to follow Jason on Twitter, and make sure to read his material on NVMeOF and vVols, also make sure to check his podcast with Cody Hostermann on all things storage!

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