We get to use our own products all the time – we already know how great they are.  But there’s no reason you should take our word for it. If you're coming to EMC World we’ll give you the chance to get hands-on with the products and try them out for yourself.


To make sure you get the most out of your time at EMC World, be sure to book some time at the vSpecialists' Hands-on Lab. This 200-seat lab environment, located in the Village (Hall C, Level 2), offers you the opportunity to get valuable hands-on time with over a dozen different EMC products.  This is ideal for helping you with any current or future purchasing decisions -- what better way to evaluate a product than to take it for a test drive yourself?


The EMC Cloud


Making it an even better test of EMC products, the entire lab is powered by EMC Cloud technology.


While you're trying out the latest from EMC in your seat in Las Vegas, Nevada, the virtual machine you're running will be being served from our Eco-friendly data center in Durham, North Carolina.  Taking full advantage of the benefits provided by virtualization and Cloud, it'll seem as if you're sitting directly at your chosen product's console.


Actually, for evaluation and learning, it's better than being at the actual console.  Because you're running it in a virtual machine, it's a completely safe environment -- there's no chance of causing any problems with your environment or data.  You'll have the choice of following along in the Lab Guide that will be provided, and simply trying out whatever configuration options you can think of.  The Lab Guide will provide a walk-through of the features you're most likely interested in learning about, but it's your lab time -- make your own best use of it.


The Heart of the Cloud


The EMC vLab's Cloud is powered by a VCE Vblock 1.  Inside that Vblock are 16 Cisco UCS servers.  Those servers each have 16 Intel processor cores and 256GB of memory.  (That’s a total of 256 cores and 4TB of memory…).


The servers are running the latest version of VMware vSphere, 4.1 U1.


Providing storage for the vLab Cloud is a fully-loaded EMC NS-960 Unified Storage array.


Is that enough to power a 200-seat lab long-distance?  I talk with the vSpecialists who are building and running the Hands-on Lab fairly regularly, and I asked them about this.  It turns out that the only reason the lab has been limited to 200 seats is due to the amount of physical space available at EMC World.  Their load-testing of the systems shows that 200 simultaneous labs isn't even causing the Vblock to break a sweat.


What Will the Lab be Like?


vLabWhen you walk into the Lab, you'll see a huge space filled with 200 chairs, desks, and thin clients.  A vSpecialist will greet you at the door and direct you to a console where you'll enter your details and select which of 15 different labs you'd like to try.


When a seat's available for you, your name will appear on the large plasma screens in the entrance.  A vSpecialist will escort you to your seat and you can settle in and start your lab.  You-ll be able to proceed through the lab at your own pace -- no one's going to hang over your shoulder.  If you have any questions as you go, there will be vSpecialists on duty during all lab hours ready and willing to help you out.


What Labs Will Be Available?


You'll be able to get hands-on with any (or even all) of the following:


Hands-on Lab Hours


The vSpecialist vLab will be open during the following hours:

  • Monday: 9:30 – 11:30, 12:30 – 18:00
  • Tuesday: 9:30 – 18:00
  • Wednesday: 8:00 – 17:15
  • Thursday: 8:00 – 14:00


What Do I Need to Do?


Well, first and foremost, if you're not registered for EMC World, go to the website and take care of that immediately.


Next, just come by the vLab any time it's open.  Take some EMC products for a test dive.  Put them through their paces and see the full set of features, the VMware integration, and the ease of use for yourself.  Introduce yourself to the vSpecialists.  Find me and say Hello -- I'll be around the vLab when I'm not presenting elsewhere.


Hope to see you there!