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VMworld Europe 2016: vCloud Air Network Out in Force!

VMworld Europe is a little over a week away and while I won’t be attending the even in Barcelona in looking through the session catalog for Partner Exchange and VMworld proper the refocus on the vCloud Air Network that was announced last year at VMworld 2015 is being put well into action. Though since VMworld in the US I have been a little more skeptical given the Cloud Foundations and Cross Cloud Platform announcements…however I am sure that VMware is focused on ensuring the success of it’s vCAN Service Providers as IaaS continues to grow in this new hybrid world.

With another successful VMworld US and VMware Partner Exchange in the books, the vCloud Air Network team is headed to Barcelona, Spain for VMworld Europe 2016 – held at the Fira Gran Via from 17-20 October.

If you are attending Partner Exchange there are a bunch of great sessions that should be on your list for the Sunday ranging from an overview of the vCloud Architecture Toolkit, sessions on Hybrid Cloud with vCloud Director and sessions around storage and networking specific for vCAN Service Providers. I’ve listed down my top picks below pulled from the vCloud Teams recent blog and added links to them for easy searchability in the VMworld Session Catalog.

  • PAR3700 – Building and Enabling a Hybrid Cloud with vCloud Director – a Perspective for Service Providers
  • RTM3702 – Route to Market Session – vCloud Air Network Service Provider Partners
  • PAR3831 – Hybrid Cloud Networking & Security
  • PAR3708 Hyper-Converged, Software-Defined Storage: A New Profitable Revenue Path for Cloud Service Providers
  • PAR3714 – Winning SDDC and Hybrid Cloud Deals Against Competition
  • PAR3728 – Hybrid Cloud Migration Strategies

Looking through the breakout sessions and quick talks at VMworld proper there is still a lot of content relating to vCloud Air…however this seems to be more DR focused and there are a lot of sessions around leveraging NSX for Hybrid Cloud and enhanced vMotion capabilities in vCenter.

  • HBC7602 – Build True Hybrid Clouds: See How Service Providers Can Use NSX to Extend Customers On-prem Data Centers
  • HBC8474 – Making it Easy to Orchestrate and Automate Your Hybrid Cloud Environment
  • HBC8799 – How OVH, vCloud Air Network Service Provider, is Using NSX to Easily Onboard Your Workloads to the Cloud
  • HBC7700 – Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with VMware Availability
  • HBC9171 – Intercontinental vMotion with Purpose

There is also a decent looking self paced HoL looking at building a vCD based IaaS Platform.

  • SPL-1787-USE-1 – VMware vCloud Director for Service Providers – Building IaaS Platform

Apart from what I have listed above there will be a bunch of vCAN talent hovering around the conference so make sure you make an effort to connect, network and share vCAN experiences. We are effectively all in this together and if the vCAN grows stronger…we all grow stronger.

#LongLivevCD

VMworld 2016: Top Session Pick Videos Right Here!

VMworld 2016 US is done and dusted and for those that didn’t attend or attended but missed out on sessions due to “scheduling conflicts”, VMware has been awesome in opening up the sessions catalog recordings to everyone. In previous years this was limited to attendees only and only opened up after a period of time however this year VMware have made them available here after entering in some basic form details.

http://www.vmworld.com/en/sessions/2016.html

Before VMworld 2016 kicked off I listed my Top Session Picks for this years event. I’ve gone through and embedded all the awesome sessions below for your viewing pleasure.

  • Virtual SAN – Day 2 Operations [STO7534]
  • Advanced Network Services with NSX [NET7907]
  • A Day in the Life of a VSAN I/O [STO7875]
  • vSphere 6.x Host Resource Deep Dive [INF8430]
  • The Architectural Future of Network Virtualization [NET8193R]
  • Conducting a Successful Virtual SAN 6.2 Proof of Concept [STO7535]
  • PowerNSX and PyNSXv: Using PowerShell and Python for Automation and Management of VMware NSX for vSphere [NET7514]
  • Evolving the vSphere API for the Modern Era [INF8255]
  • Multisite Networking and Security with Cross-vCenter NSX: Part 2 [NET7861R]

I was blown away with the quality of all those sessions listed, but I must make special mention to Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort for their session [INF8430] which I’ve already watched and listened to a couple times. It’s truly one of the best deeply technical sessions you will ever come across at any VMworld and full of brilliant insight into compute, storage and networking.

NOTE: IF the Video’s don’t load and ask for a username/password you may need to hit the registration link here and then refresh this page.

Also up and available are the vBrownBag Tech Talks and while I didn’t participate this year it looks like it was a great success once again with awesome quality content delivered by the community.

Enjoy!

VMworld 2016 – #vGolf Las Vegas – Final Details + Sponsors

[UPDATE] – WE HAVE REACHED CAPACITY – APOLOGIES TO THOSE THAT MISSED OUT

With VMworld now a week away, I am pleased to announce that #vGolf 2016 has a venue and has sponsorship. The awesome part of securing sponsorship is that we are able to play at the amazing Bali Hai Golf Course Las Vegas! The course looks like it will provide a near once in a lifetime golfing experience right in full view of the VMworld Convention at Mandalay Bay!

With that, thanks to the sponsors below for contributing to the event.

 

Full Details:

  • Date: Sunday 28th Aug
  • Location: Bali Hai Golf Course Las Vegas
  • Arrival Time: 6:30am-6:45am (no later)
  • Tee Off Time: 7am
  • Format: 9 Holes – 4 Ball Ambrose, Random Teams
  • Cost: $40 Including Green Fees, Club Hire, Cart Hire and Unlimited Practice Balls
  • Payment: Cash on the day
  • Prize: #vGolf Bragging Rights

At the moment we have 16 confirmed to tee off with a few still to confirm via Twitter DM. For those still interested please fill out the form below ASAP as there is a limit of 24 players. If you have filled out the form and haven’t sent me your email address please amend the form or send me your email via DM.

#vGolf Registration

Thanks to the sponsors for coming on board! To put it into perspective to play 9 holes at this course would usually cost $130 for 9 holes with all the trimmings…as I said this will be a true golfing experience and I am looking forward to kicking off VMworld with everyone who makes it nice and early!

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VMworld 2016: Top Session Picks

VMworld 2016 is just around the corner (10 days and counting) and the theme this year is be_Tomorrow …which looks to build on the Ready for Any and Brave IT messages from the last couple of VMworld events. It’s a continuation of VMware’s call to arms to get themselves and their partners and customers prepared for the shift in the IT of tomorrow. This will be my fourth VMworld and I am looking forward to spending time networking with industry peers, walking around the Solutions Exchange on the look out out for the next Rubrik or Platform9 and attending Technical Sessions.

http://www.vmworld.com/uscatalog.jspa

The Content Catalog went live a few weeks ago and the Session Builder has also been live allowing attendees to lock in sessions. There are a total of 817 sessions this year, up from the 752 sessions last year. I’ve listed the main tracks with the numbers fairly similar to last year.

Cloud Native Applications (17)
End-User Computing (97)
Hybrid Cloud (63)
Partner Exchange @ VMworld (74)
Software-Defined Data Center (504)
Technology Deep Dives & Futures (22)

VMware’s core technology focus around VSAN and NSX again has the lions share of sessions this time year, with EUC still a very popular subject. It’s pleasing to see a lot of vCloud Air Network related sessions in the list (for a detailed look at the vCAN Sessions read my previous post) and there is a solid amount of Cloud Native Application content. Below are my top picks for this year:

  • Virtual SAN – Day 2 Operations [STO7534]
  • Advanced Network Services with NSX [NET7907]
  • A Day in the Life of a VSAN I/O [STO7875]
  • vSphere 6.x Host Resource Deep Dive [INF8430]
  • The Architectural Future of Network Virtualization [NET8193R]
  • Conducting a Successful Virtual SAN 6.2 Proof of Concept [STO7535]
  • How to design and implement VMware’s vCloud in production [SDDC9612-SPO]
  • PowerNSX and PyNSXv: Using PowerShell and Python for Automation and Management of VMware NSX for vSphere [NET7514]
  • Evolving the vSphere API for the Modern Era [INF8255]
  • Multisite Networking and Security with Cross-vCenter NSX: Part 2 [NET7861R]

My focus seems to have shifted back towards more vCloud Director and Network/Hybrid Cloud automation of late and it’s reflected in the choices above. Along side that I am also very interested to see how VMware position vCloud Air after the shambles of the past 12 months and I always I look forward to hearing from respected industry technical leads Frank Denneman, Chris Wahl and Duncan Epping as they give their perspective on storage and software defined datacenters and automation. This year I’m also looking at what the SABU Tech Marketing Team are up to around VSAN and VSAN futures.

As has also become tradition, there are a bunch of bloggers who put out their Top picks for VMworld…check out the links below for more insight into what’s going to be hot in Las Vegas this VMworld. Hope to catch up with as many community folk as possible while over so if you are interested in a chat, hit me up!

My top 15 VMworld sessions for 2016

Top 5 Log Insight VMworld Sessions

be_TOMORROW at VMworld 2016 – Key Storage and Availability Activities

 

My Top Session picks for VMworld 2016

http://www.mindthevirt.com/top-vmworld-sessions-category-1247

VMworld 2016: vCloud Air Network Out in Force!

VMworld is a little over three weeks away and from the looking through the sessions at Partner Exchange and VMworld proper the refocus on the vCloud Air Network that was announced last year at VMworld 2015 is being put well into action. This together with a couple of recent announcements around OnApp being available via VSPP and the surprise release of vCloud Availability for vCloud Director shows that VMware is focused on ensuring the success of it’s vCAN Service Providers.

The vCloud Air Network team has an agenda full of activities and events we know you won’t want to miss out on.

If you are attending Partner Exchange there are a bunch of great sessions that should be on your list for the Sunday ranging from an overview of the vCloud Architecture Toolkit, sessions on Hybrid Cloud with vCloud Director and sessions around storage and networking specific for vCAN Service Providers. I’ve listed down my top picks below pulled from the vCloud Teams recent blog and added links to them for easy searchability in the VMworld Session Catalog.

  • PAR9847 – vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers – Recipes for vCloud Air Network Success
  • PAR9814 – Building and Enabling a Hybrid Cloud with vCloud Director – A Perspective for Service Providers
  • PAR9815 – Hybrid Cloud Networking and Security Leverage NSX to extend Customers on-prem Data Centers and Secure their Applications in a Hybrid Cloud environment
  • PAR9851 – Hyper-converged, Software-Defined Storage: A New Profitable Revenue Path for Cloud Service Providers
  • PAR9816 – vCloud Availability: Enabling Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service for vCloud Air Network Service Providers

Looking through the breakout sessions and quick talks at VMworld proper there is still a lot of content relating to vCloud Air…however this seems to be more DR focused and there are a lot of sessions around leveraging NSX for Hybrid Cloud and enhanced vMotion capabilities in vCenter.

  • HBC7602 – Build True Hybrid Clouds: See how Service Providers can use NSX to extend customers on-prem data-centers
  • HBC7700 – Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with VMware Availability
  • HBC7830 – Virtualize, Secure and Extend your Data Center to the Cloud using NSX: Perspective for Service Providers and End Users
  • HBC7999 – VMware Availability for vCloud Air Network – Native vSphere Replication
  • HBC8474 – Making it Easy to Orchestrate and Automate Your Hybrid Cloud Environment
  • HBC8799 – See how OVH, a Hybrid Cloud Powered vCloud Air Network Service Provider, is Using NSX to Onboard your Workloads easily onto Cloud
  • HBC8861 – Getting the Most out of your Hybrid Cloud Service Provider
  • HBC8046 – Customer Onboarding with VMware NSX: L2VPN Service for VMware vCloud Air Network

Apart from what I have listed above there will be a bunch of vCAN talent hovering around the conference so make sure you make an effort to connect, network and share vCAN experiences. We are effectively all in this together and if the vCAN grows stronger…we all grow stronger.

#LongLivevCD

References:

vCloud Air Network at VMworld 2016 – be_TOMORROW

VMworld 2016 – #vGolf Las Vegas

Last year at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco a couple of us headed out on the Sunday morning for a walk up start of 9 holes of Golf at the Golden Gate Golf Club. #vGolf at VMworld is something that I’ve been wanting to do since I first attended in 2012 and being able to play last year was a great way to kick off the week and take in some of the scenery outside of the business district.

This year as we know, VMworld is in Las Vegas which is renowned for it’s local Golf Courses and I’ve decided to formalize and extend #vGolf to see if we can make it a bigger event for this years VMworld. At this stage i’m collecting numbers of those interested as well as preferred days and price range. On the suggestion of @rytalws I thought I would reach out to see if any vendor wanted to sponsor part of the costs…anything would be a bonus but at the end of the day it’s about experiencing some great golf in Las Vegas with members of the VMware community.

If you are interested in playing 9 holes on the Friday or Saturday please fill out the embedded form below:

Thanks and…

VMworld 2016 : Session Voting #8808

Well this has crept up on us quickly this year! It’s time to vote for the VMworld Sessions that will be part of the US and Europe VMworld’s held later in the year. The Session Voting is more Session liking as you have the ability to mark multiple sessions as ones that you would like to see. There are 1574 sessions that where submitted and are listed in the Online Catalog.

As with the last couple of years I have submitted a session. This year I have decided to focus on a Real World Look at how we here at Zettagrid implemented NSX into our Service Offering. Have a read of the description below and if you want to hear more about NSX (with a little vCloud Director thrown in) in the real world and the lessons I’ve learnt over the past couple of years please consider Session #8808 for a vote.

NSX in Service Provider Land – Lessons Learnt from the Real World [8808]

VMware NSX has been out for two years and in that time has already gone through some significant updates and feature addons. The power of the NSX platform and what that offers Service Providers meant that getting NSX into Zettagrid become priority number 1 leading up to the end of 2015. Come and hear how Zettagrid successfully retrofitted NSX into an existing vCloud Platform that spans three Hosting Zones across Australia. In this session I will take you through how we brought NSX from Lab to limited BETA release to full production productization and deployment. You will hear about how working on the bleeding edge of network virtualization had its challenges and how NSX as an overlay network fit into our existing physical layer as well as the operational and architecture challenges we ran into before being able to offer our NSX Advanced Networking Product as part of our vCloud Director Virtual DC portfolio extending our Hybridity capabilities.

Track:  Software-Defined Data Center
Product and Topic:  Customer Story
Session Type:  Breakout Session
Audience:  IT – All, IT – Network, IT – Operations, IT – Telecom, Research and Development, Technical Support
Sub track:  Networking and Security

There is a lot of competition around the NSX space with 302 sessions listed that contain NSX in the title or the description but I’m hoping my experiences are interesting enough to get some votes and then make it through the internal voting process. On a separate note it was also pleasing to see an increase in the number of vCloud Director sessions this year.

As per the VMworld Session Voting FAQ Session Voting is open May 12 – May 26 at 11:59 pm PDT.

References:

https://download3.vmware.com/vmworld/2015/downloads/cfp-voting-faq.pdf

VMworld 2016 : VMTurbo Pass Giveaway

It’s that time of year again! VMworld is about 100 days away and VMTurbo are giving away three full passes to VMworld being held in Las Vegas. There are three sweepstakes draws happening over the next three months.

When will the drawings take place?
  • May 27, 2016
  • June 17, 2016
  • July 15, 2016

Head to the link below and Enter for Free!

Once entered your name will be in the pool for all three draws.

ENTER HERE:

vExpert VMworld Reception and Program Thoughts

Last week at VMworld we had the annual vExpert Reception…this year the party was held at the very swanky Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchants Exchange building. From looking around the room I counted at least a couple hundred vExperts which is a fantastic turnout given the spread of the 1300 vExperts around the world.

The agenda was split into four presentations including Cory Romero with an update on the program and also some futures on where VMware want to take the program…we also had updated from VMware’s Digital Marketing lead, NSX Certification Program Manger Chris McCain, a VCDX Program Update (did you know all VCDX’s are automatically vExperts now) and the night was capped off with a very personable presentation from Pat Gelsinger.

Pat didn’t talk vision as he did in the Tuesday Keynote…he kept the talk very casual and talked about his experiences around getting excited about hearing about the first vMotion while working at Intel and the potential use cases around that. For him, it’s all about the technology and he expressed in no uncertain terms that as people who work in and around the IT world…

We all get turned on by cool tech!

And while that got a truthfully embarrassing reaction from the crowd it speaks volumes as to a big part of why programs like the vExpert Program exist. No one should be part of a program like this if they don’t get off on technology. Passion translates to action…and VMware (and other vendors that run similar programs) understands that there is huge power in bringing together like minded people to help push and champion their products.

Interestingly, after I posted this to Twitter during the presentations I had a number of replies from Michael Stump (sidenote: Michael has a great Blog here) echoing his previous thoughts that the vExpert program is a marketing tool for VMware which he couldn’t partake in anymore…and while I respect his choice I completely disagree with his rational. There is no confusion in my head (and in others I have spoken to or that have commented) that being part of these vendor programs means we need to “whore” ourselves off a little…for the most we graciously receive the free gifts from vExpert Vendor Partners and we troll the Solutions Exchange looking for our free battery packs, speakers and apparel.

We should not feel guilty about receiving these gifts but we must also understand that they do come with a small price…However the fact that we are passionate and all get off on technology means that in accepting these gifts we are doing exactly what the program is designed for…that is to help promote VMware and their partners…and in turn great tech!

Now, if vExperts choose to take the gifts and run that’s totally up to the individual…but this program gives back as much as you put in…the true value of the community isn’t the gifts and awesomely good food at the reception party…it’s the community aspect that it breeds. For me I have made many new friends and contacts in the industry that I wouldn’t have thought possible without the program..in that I have been able to extend my technical knowledge and it has also served as a distribution point for the content I create and in that I believe that I can give back to the vExpert Community.

Embrace the program as it continues to grow! It won’t be around forever!

VMworld: #vBrownBag TechTalks

The vBrownbag Tech Talks are back on again this year at VMworld and it gives those who might have missed out on getting an official session accepted at this years event the chance to present in the Hangspace. The talks go for ten minutes are are mostly community based. There are a number of different speakers covering a number of different topics and there are also a number of panel discussions.

For a full schedule check out this link.

Last year at VMworld I was lucky enough to present a Tech Talk and I am presenting again this year at 12pm on Tuesday the 1st of September …this year I will presenting a modified version of the presentation I gave at the Melbourne User Conference titled NSX… An Unexpected Journey. If you are in the Hangspace at that time or are interested in a few insights on how our day to day jobs can pivot and take unexpected turns, feel free to rock up and have a listen.

There are also a number of other great talks in the schedule and I’d like to highlight a couple below:

Luke Brown (Zettagrid) – Dinosaurs Don’t Do DR
Irfan Ahmad (CloudPhysics) – Help! My Dashboards Suck!
Craig Waters (PureStorage) – Anatomy of an SSD

Hope to see you all there…if you are around feel free to message me via Twitter (@anthonyspiteri) and say hello!

http://professionalvmware.com/2015/08/vbrownbag-techtalks-schedule-vmworld-usa-2015/

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