30: Nutanix Weekly: Take Nutanix Test Drive 2.0 for a Spin

Sep 28, 2021

Ever wondered what it would take to build your own private cloud with Nutanix? Well, now you can try it out with the all-new Nutanix Test Drive 2.0. If you want to experience frictionless IT, you can put our software to the test in this new and improved demo.

We’re excited to deliver this new release so that you can test out the infrastructure that thousands of companies rely on every day for fast, efficient datacenter operations. With just a few clicks, you’ll accomplish tasks that used to take days or even weeks.

This is just one of many releases that we have planned for the year. This initial phase will allow you to explore three areas across the Nutanix solution portfolio.

Take a guided tour and then get moving on your own with a deep dive hands-on lab. And if you have questions along the way, connect with an expert through our chat system. Get ready to experience IT at a whole new level of simplicity!

Host: Andy Whiteside
Co-Host: Harvey Green
Co-Host: Jirah Cox

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Andy Whiteside: Hello everyone and welcome to episode 30 of new tactics weekly i’m your host Andy wide side, and if you didn’t see my camera I am literally sitting out in the woods.

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Andy Whiteside: At a picnic table doing a podcast which you know modern day technology connectivity record to the cloud i’ve got Harvey green with the Harvey how’s it going.

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Harvey Green: i’m doing pretty well.

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Andy Whiteside: As I said that the Internet gods were watching me and it comes pop up in the zoom and says your Internet connection is unstable.

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Andy Whiteside: it’s like well that’s why I Harvey officially will be handling the technical piece of this and if I just disappear in midair somewhere along the way they’ll just keep rolling without me.

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Harvey Green: my brother from another mother.

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Jirah Cox: Our powers combined.

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Jirah Cox: We are.

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Andy Whiteside: diary agreed and Harvey Cox.

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Jirah Cox: Captain he I think like that.

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Andy Whiteside: i’ll tell you i’ve listened to you guys every once while when i’m not able to join, and it is a it goes off without me, it makes me feel like i’m less needed but I i’m happy to be living in a world where you guys are awesome you can do it that’s.

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Jirah Cox: that’s every CEOs job right work South Africa.

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Andy Whiteside: yeah yeah I tell Harvey and team all time, I just want to go take customers fishing and and kite boarding and snowboarding and out to dinner.

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Harvey Green: yeah we got to keep you honest.

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Andy Whiteside: And then, and then reality kicks back and direct direct Cox is with us and gyrus our superstar all things new tannic don’t need no stinking author on the call with us, we got jarrod how’s it going.

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Jirah Cox: hey guys i’ll agree with some of that, at least for sure glad to be on here with you guys.

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Andy Whiteside: So that’s your new title don’t need no stinking author.

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Andy Whiteside: On the podcast with us.

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Jirah Cox: any longer cards.

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Andy Whiteside: know the truth of it is we’d love that the authors on I just i’m to slack to get them all lined up and.

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Andy Whiteside: it’s hard and we got jaron so far, so good he’s been able to really cover the topics in an amazing amount of detail.

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Jirah Cox: Really really appreciate that not a lot of fun.

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Andy Whiteside: So, last week we did a podcast on a lot of the announcements from from next next next and.

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Andy Whiteside: One of those things, one of the things that came out of that and often does and a lot of our conversations is taking a test drive and the tactics continues to evolve.

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Andy Whiteside: Their version of getting people with the hands on at least virtually hands on with the solution that I mean all the solutions i’m always impressed.

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Andy Whiteside: I will take a moment to do a quick INTEGRA plug I did the bullet on a five years ago and bought a block and then surprise me i’m bought another one now, but a block that includes four nodes and myself or Harvey will come on site and.

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Andy Whiteside: will do will do a workshop with you guys and even leave the block behind for you do hands on for a little bit, but.

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Andy Whiteside: This new tannic test drive thing takes takes that concept and all the things a lot further and allows you to do it virtually which sometimes that’s the best fit for.

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Andy Whiteside: For new tonics and citrix and the customer ends integrity, so today, we want to go into more detail on the on the test drive to dotto announcement from next so got a blog pulled up here Harvey you want to kind of walk us through what the blog’s covering and and have gyro myself China.

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Harvey Green: yeah so at at a basic level this, this is a blog announcing at the time the tasks test drive to data this this particular post is from.

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Harvey Green: a while back, but we wanted to make sure that we cover talking about test drive because we talked last podcast last episode about all of the wonderful things that came out of that next and.

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Harvey Green: We had you know some some feedback of well how How does this, how does this matter to me how can I do this, what does this look like you know those those types of questions around.

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Harvey Green: Getting a good feel for what things are and how they look, and so we wanted to make sure we talked about test drive and.

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Harvey Green: Just drop two point O was released earlier this year, so it is already ready for you to go in and actually experienced things.

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Harvey Green: And we’ve got the the new release that’s been out there now for the better part of the year, where you can actually go out and test out some of the software, some of the the feature sets that we have.

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Harvey Green: And all of the new announcements that are loaded out of that next will also be available out there Jerry anything in particular on test drive.

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Jirah Cox: yeah I think for sure that was that was fantastic the sum of we what we covered last week and what’s going to be coming out of that next for the next couple of quarters actually probably.

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Jirah Cox: This is where it will hit in test drive it might not be there, the exact moment you hear this right so it’s it’s a living environment right it always showcases a fantastic new tannic experience.

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Harvey Green: yeah absolutely so there were definitely be a drip of features, there are many again, this is a place for you to actually go out and take some of these features and things for a spin.

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Harvey Green: This is at excuse me, sorry going back this new tonics.com slash test drive that’s simple enough to remember right.

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Jirah Cox: Even for me to to think of it, the podcast to give it a give it a shout out to.

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Jirah Cox: short.

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Andy Whiteside: So, have you may have done this with what’s the actual name of the blog case most go look it up and.

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Harvey Green: yeah so the blog is called take mechanics test drive to point O for a spin.

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Andy Whiteside: And from February February.

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Harvey Green: 20 2020 yes even older, I thought it was 2021.

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Jirah Cox: It was um.

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Jirah Cox: I mean candidly was extremely fortunate to have launches when we did right kind of right before we started doing all of our test drives remotely.

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Jirah Cox: Coincidentally, so the environment, you know really got very popular very quickly.

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Andy Whiteside: So what do I need in order to do this, I need a new tannic customer login what do I need.

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Jirah Cox: You need a valid email address, I think, Brian probably not like a gmail or Yahoo i’m guessing just plug in your business email address shows that you’re a real person and that’s it so Harvey if you have to go and click through there.

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Harvey Green: Yes.

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Jirah Cox: I will actually it will maybe you don’t share when you pull up your inbox but that’ll send you a link to login to the test drive environment.

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Andy Whiteside: So question for you two guys, I know you work a lot together examples of things you’ve seen our customers do with test track what have you seen them try and how did it work out and was the feedback.

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Jirah Cox: yeah the feedback is fantastic because you’re looking at a real new tax environment so it’s a good way to.

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Jirah Cox: You know Harvey I don’t know if he can relate to this at all right as an SE but like.

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Jirah Cox: crushing people say you know, we want to do a PLC sometimes not every time what they really mean is, I just want a place where I can.

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Jirah Cox: sit with the software play with it push buttons build stuff break stuff and just do hands on learning right not really proved capital P, a concept capital C really just just.

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Jirah Cox: get some time with a solution which is great, and this is honestly even faster than spinning up a real PLC right it’s it’s available for you on demand click a link get an email login and get four hours with a cluster that’s just for your use right so Andy your question about the what.

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Jirah Cox: I like how you know we we call it hands on test drive because, as a software solution it’s as hands on as if we did ship out hardware to you right like you’re looking at the real that’s the real code so.

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Jirah Cox: When you when you can’t get there it’s going to depend on.

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Jirah Cox: circling back now up with a very lengthy answer to your question what it customers doing here anything right like what are, what are we what we’re talking about right are we talking about.

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Jirah Cox: You know our favorite topic of automation right and doing doing things faster and automating business processes are we talking about.

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Jirah Cox: You know just hey I need a better way to run my server vm that takes less time out of my day to to manage and administer.

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Jirah Cox: I need something that’s like hybrid multi cloud right, how do I build vm in different availability zones that management business needs, how do I get my customers, you know database as a service or you know update some legacy like file share solutions all of that same here.

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Harvey Green: yeah so in and the time that we’ve been talking so far, I actually went out there type in my email address got an email and return with the code in it and then tala I have access to test drive.

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Harvey Green: boom Oh, a very quick very easy experience to get logged in and see my timer in front of me that started with four hours and now down to three hours and 58 minutes.

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Jirah Cox: Oh man, so this this podcast will have a finite end.

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Jirah Cox: it’ll be four hours or less guarantee.

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Jirah Cox: So yeah it’s it’s a to this is obviously this part you would never see on Prem right, this is our test drive launching dashboard.

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Jirah Cox: But from here right, you can hop into the we talked about so give me the test drive which we can we can go into.

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Jirah Cox: I want to talk about era right, it might give you my database as a service solution the leap rights, for I want my orchestrated disaster recovery to move my workloads recover recover my workloads in.

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Jirah Cox: Do data protection for my my virtual machines flow right for vm micro segmentation clusters on aws clusters on as your test drive and then the calm test drive so so all the facets of what you can get to within the test drive itself.

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Andy Whiteside: You to have a specific story of a mutual customer that you know went from zero to very well informed by doing this, and what technology was they did it on.

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Jirah Cox: The one that the one that jumps, to my mind would be probably flow right easy way to hop in you know instantly have running vm and say let’s start building security policies to control what can talk to what else within the environment here.

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Andy Whiteside: i’d seem to recall you guys on a previous podcast talking about like a customer that really needed to ramp up on clusters on aws and just a short period of time they went from not understanding it to you know excited about it.

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Harvey Green: Yes, so that did happen, but that did not happen and test drive it happened in actuality.

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Jirah Cox: We did that one we do them together we did that one of the live fire exercise right.

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Jirah Cox: The cool thing about anything you know cloud cloud deployed right we built that cluster of new tonics nodes in aws about as quickly as Harvey got logged in here to the desktop.

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Harvey Green: Right.

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Jirah Cox: So for sure it’s a good good use case for both either of those things.

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Andy Whiteside: And I guess maybe in an ideal world you if you had more time you’d have a customer go play with test drive get acclimated and then go do the the real thing and that’s kind of a you know.

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Andy Whiteside: As part of opportunity get educated and reinforcement, which is in the real world, the best way to learn.

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Harvey Green: You know, we we we would normally advocate that method that that particular customer was just ready and itching to get that in there, get it, working with.

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Harvey Green: Their software, you know the rest of what they have for their environment and be able to replicate back and forth, and though you know those are things that you can’t just do in test drive because it’s not built for that.

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Harvey Green: But test drive is a great way for you to go in and take a look at the technology, be able to start using it familiarize yourself with the layout with the terminology.

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Harvey Green: and be able to move forward, like that, but it is not a place where you can connect it to your current on Prem or cloud infrastructure, so that you can actually simulate moving workloads back and forth and that’s kind of what that customer wanted to get.

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Jirah Cox: You know that customer needed a rapid.

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Jirah Cox: you’re right Harvey right hard to hard to say, I want to test drive, but I want to connect to it with my real on Prem infrastructure and send my images up there, you know you’ve got something self destructed in four hours to do.

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Harvey Green: Well yeah absolutely.

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Harvey Green: So so Andy i’ll throw you on because he likes to talk about this, all the time, this this is four hours of access is this a PLC or pilot.

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Andy Whiteside: In some cases this kind of blends between what could be you know, a demonstration that bleeds over into a PSD but definitely a PFC like you know we define as INTEGRA a pilot is something that can.

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Andy Whiteside: It can it could should be constructed the lie, as if it was a full production solution, or at least some form of it and can roll into production.

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Andy Whiteside: Harvey worked for a company for came to join us, I think, were many, many years ago, like 15 citrix PLC on a Friday and came in on a Monday and they had acquired a company and put it into the PLC and I, you know it, that thing when a decade before it finally got shut down.

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Andy Whiteside: And I knew on Monday, it was a problem.

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Harvey Green: Right.

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Jirah Cox: But it was.

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Andy Whiteside: They got through it, but still not the right way to do it.

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Jirah Cox: yeah it’s the reason we all get kind of nervous right when we hear, oh no, this is just temporary.

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Harvey Green: All right.

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Jirah Cox: Some things like the more you say it’s temporary i’ve never seen things last longer in production right yeah yeah totally.

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Jirah Cox: Go ahead and connect here Harvey to the main environment there any tanks test drive because one more thing to highlight we don’t have to go through every bit of this is.

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Jirah Cox: The fact that I like of course you’re going to see real prison here you’re going to see a real environment but there’s also there is as much hand holding as you want.

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Jirah Cox: which can be young I was just looking at that.

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Jirah Cox: It could, it could be none if you’re like, no, no, I don’t new tannic I just wanna see this one new feature and and click some buttons on that.

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Jirah Cox: But if if we’re throwing you in the deep end here right and you’re like we’re like here’s all the new tactics and you’re like wait, how do I spell it again.

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Jirah Cox: This can show you, you know what I think is more useful, not even the hand holding but more like here’s a story right here’s a use case go learn how you would do this with that configure this on that.

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Jirah Cox: You know yeah hey do you want to play with no install Dr you want to play with a turnkey backup platform and it will give you some pretty gentle guided like look, this is how you configure this this is how you would enable that.

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Jirah Cox: kind of gives you a almost like like a framework to do a little bit of learning within right and that’s a good good way to mention this is also super useful for certification studying right, this is a real environment hop in here.

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Jirah Cox: it’s not my favorite kind of certification question and i’ll say in my experience with the phoenix exams we’re pretty light on that, but like.

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Jirah Cox: You know, pick from for similar options what’s this button labeled you know, on this part of the ui and it’s like well.

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Jirah Cox: You know why do I need to memorize that right if i’m there in front of it, I would just click on the button in the console.

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Jirah Cox: But for that kind of stuff where it’s like you need to kind of know what the flow of an operation looks like, of course, get on a real knicks cluster and.

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Jirah Cox: and go play with it right, so this is going to walk you through enabling flow, you know it gives you the click through click here click there it’s a really fantastic tool, I think.

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Jirah Cox: As you’re going through all of these different you know kind of use case stories.

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Jirah Cox: What I also love is, this is a staffed a manned offering so you can actually hit that chat button.

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Jirah Cox: Say hey i’m looking at this, but i’m confused or can this feature you help me with this kind of a use.

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Jirah Cox: For your question and we’ll get back to you right somebody will catch that you know get you find the answer for you and respond so it’s not you can be as left alone, as you want to be in here, but you also can get as much help as you’d want to get as you might want to get.

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Harvey Green: Right and what’s amazing to me, is in the time it took you to say that here, I am step by step, laid out for me, setting up the Titanic flow.

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Harvey Green: yeah and it is already there people.

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Jirah Cox: it’s it’s I love it because there’s lingo install it’s it’s literally just a feature of hey you’re running as you’re running hv do you want to use this thing, yes, no but all the bits that you need for it are are installed when you create the cluster.

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Harvey Green: that’s just amazing and then you’re able to just see the full interface see all the prompts see how everything’s laid out and just be able to do everything, is it was your own cluster Ali is not.

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Jirah Cox: yeah right, you can click anything you want and.

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Jirah Cox: All your films are such.

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Jirah Cox: The So then, if you yeah go for that you want to.

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Harvey Green: yeah i’m clicking all the buttons right that’s that’s what it is here for.

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Harvey Green: Complex.

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Jirah Cox: read through of like what kind of talk tracks, what kind of example use cases do we do we highlight within here.

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Andy Whiteside: And guys keep in mind our listeners won’t see all the magical clinics harvey’s doing here unless they go back and watch the video later, but.

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Andy Whiteside: Certainly, very much hands on and that’s what’s so interesting right I.

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Andy Whiteside: know we walk in with a physical block and say hey let’s do all this together, it takes time set it up in this case, you can jump right in and.

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Andy Whiteside: Once you get over the theory that it’s not yours, where you can touch it but it’s virtually there you get all the benefit out of and that’s that’s you know new tannic said it’s best software defined and you never have to actually touch the stuff that.

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Jirah Cox: We should talk about since you bought your block we’ve launched smaller physical form factors so maybe something will be even more compact travel size, I could maybe I can picture a DEMO cluster fitting a backpack right versus like a checked, you know hard Shell case.

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Jirah Cox: A little next line we call them the.

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Jirah Cox: So a little bigger than like a workstation grade laptop yeah.

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Andy Whiteside: yeah we would definitely like to have one just i’ll send you my dress.

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Harvey Green: yeah pretty much.

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Jirah Cox: i’ll send you all the ones i’ve got here at the House they’re they’re in the minority.

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Andy Whiteside: at conferences you guys used to have little cardboard a single block with for little cardboard nodes in it that look like new tannic nodes i’ve always wanted to get a hold of one of that was just my office.

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Jirah Cox: i’ve seen some 3D printed one step explain to a customer you know what the physical layout looks like i’ve seen some Lego.

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Jirah Cox: rv if you click on the quick links there at the bottom.

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Jirah Cox: That is kind of the that’s the The one thing you won’t see on Prem right, this is the framework of the.

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Jirah Cox: The test drive environment so there’s the story we’re going through right now right about enabling flow categorizing vm creating policies to control that traffic.

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Jirah Cox: If you scroll down here about test driving other solutions there right oh yeah and quarantining you know naughty vm infected bms.

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Jirah Cox: optional as deep dive right if you really want to go to the nth degree of course click click through that but also vm application automation right So how do I deploy applications create blueprints so that other people can then go consume them.

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Jirah Cox: Within there.

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Jirah Cox: I thought there were a couple of others as well.

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Jirah Cox: If you saw the top, for me, I don’t want to capture it in audio form what what else people can go go play with and then yeah then we set it up front at the beginning, right, so all of the.

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Jirah Cox: The unified file storage simplified backup architectures in the era of like databases of service, all that good stuff.

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Harvey Green: yeah it’s just I would definitely recommend anybody listening to this, you should definitely go out here to test drive and actually try it out, it is a very.

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Harvey Green: Smooth user experience much, much better than other potential ways that you can do this, and by gyrus at a star, you can get as much help as you want to you can actually go through the steps that they give you or you can just click around right so.

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Harvey Green: To experience what’s in here to see what’s there, and you know go through the actual features and prompts and menu options to make sure that you understand what you’re looking at where you’re going and those things.

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Andy Whiteside: Are we let’s talk real quick about why it says a good experience, and why should take away what happens in.

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Andy Whiteside: In test drive into what your new tactics environment could and should be like it’s because you know it’s a software based company that.

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Andy Whiteside: The concept of doing software interfaces was been always native because it was born that way, and the other is the fact that user experience by user we’re talking about administrator experience.

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Andy Whiteside: You know it wasn’t just brute force, like some of the legacy players have had which they’ve been enabled they did then had to evolve into a user experience type of motion mechanics was born in that way.

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Jirah Cox: yeah totally it’s the value of right native web based administration, you know running as html5 you know no heavy plugins required so that.

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Jirah Cox: yeah in this case the authentication is a little bit different than what you’d use on Prem but ultimately it’s just putting prison in your browser right which is built to be a good experience.

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Andy Whiteside: guys What else do we need to cover about the.

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Andy Whiteside: test drive to our listeners.

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Jirah Cox: I think that probably does a pretty good pretty good job covering it so to.

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Jirah Cox: To bring it in for a landing right, this is where as the new stuff rolls out that was announced that next This is where you can go the easiest and fastest to get.

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Jirah Cox: To get hands on with it, of course, if you if you don’t want to do a more full blown you know hey call up Andy bringing the bringing the check bags and let’s set up a little cluster.

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Andy Whiteside: it’s me we’re happy to do because that’s value add that we add, but maybe somebody goes through test drive and then we bring the solution on premises in their environment to do it.

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Andy Whiteside: In a way, that it’s either sandbox or not, and other PLC and then, and then we get even more serious and doing a pilot if we have that kind of time which guys know as consultants we don’t always have that much time, but it is a great way to ramp up.

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Jirah Cox: The series of logical steps about that.

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Andy Whiteside: For big decisions for sure definitely.

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Andy Whiteside: Well guys with that we’ll call this podcast and we’ll get this posted and look forward to doing another one next week.

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Harvey Green: Absolutely thanks a lot guys guys.

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Jirah Cox: Fuck y’all then.