infinioHello fellow VMworld attendees, so far it’s been a whirlwind of activity here with v0dgeball, VMunderground and the Welcome Reception. I know there have been some of you already taking #vExpertPaparazzi pics, but today is the first official day of fun and prizes! Today’s prize comes courtesy of Infinio (booth 410) and their awesome product:

Buy disk when you need capacity. Try Infinio when you need performance.
A busy virtual infrastructure can put demands on your NAS that dramatically degrade performance. Your first thought may be to buy more disks, controllers, or SSDs to offload the traffic and solve the performance problem.

There’s a better way.
Infinio Accelerator lets you separate performance from capacity. For a fraction of the price of hardware-based products, Accelerator offers a software-only solution that extends the performance life of the NAS you already have. Accelerator is a virtual appliance that uses server-side caching to minimize the I/O traffic load on central storage.

It works without any additional hardware – no SSD required – instead using just 8 GB of idle memory from each ESXi server to create a pooled, deduplicated cache in memory.

Rules recap and how to win
Now that you get an idea of who Infinio is, let’s take a recap of the rules and how to win. You have to find a vExpert that you know or one you might run into wearing a vExpert polo or some vExpert insignia and get your picture taken with them. The catch is you have to take your pic with them, not just a pic of them (yes, before anyone corrects me, this is not how traditional paparazzi work). Once you get a pic, share it on twitter with the vExpert’s twitter handle, Infinio’s twitter handle and the #vExpertPaparazzi hashtag. Let me give you an example of what it might look like on twitter:

“Me & @xyz_vexpert #vExpertPaparazzi cc/ @InfinioSystems”

Obviously put the actual vExpert’s twitter handle where @xyz_vexpert is in the example.

The contest starts today at 11am and will run until 3:30pm, the winner will be chosen at random and announced by 4pm. You must be present at Infinio’s booth #410 to collect your prize. So what’s the prize? Infinio will be giving away a Kindle Fire HD! It needs no introduction. So good luck and have fun meeting some new vExperts or catching up with some you already know.

Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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