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VMworld 2017 – #vGolf Las Vegas

#vGolf is back! Bigger and better than the inaugural #vGolf held last year at VMworld 2016!

Last year we had 24 participants and everyone who attended had a blast at the majestic Bali Hai Golf complex which is in view of the VMworld 2017 venue, Mandalay Bay. This year the event will expand with more sponsors and a more structured golfing competition with prizes going out for the top 2 placed two ball teams.

Vote for your favorite blogs at vSphere-land!

Top vBlog Voting 2017

Details will be updated on this site and on the Eventbrite page once the day is finalised. For the moment, if you are interested please reserve your spot by securing a ticket. At this stage there are 32 spots, but depending on popularity that could be extended.

Last year the golfing fee’s where heavily subsidised to $40 USD per person (green fees usually $130-150) thanks to the sponsors and I expect the same or lower depending on final sponsorship numbers this year. For now, please head to the Eventbrite page and reserve your ticket and wait for further updates as we get closer to the event.

Registration Page

There is a password on the registration page to protect against people registering directly via the public page. The password is vGolf2017Vegas. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there bright and early on Sunday morning!

Take a look at what awaits you…don’t miss out!

Sponsorship Call:

If you, or your company can offer some sponsorship for the event, please email [email protected] to discuss arrangements. I am looking to subsidise most of the green fee’s if possible and for that we would need four to five sponsors.

VMworld 2017 : Session Analysis and Voting Open…Already!

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. Apparently there are 1900 odd sessions, however the voting site lists 1500 that where submitted and are listed in the Online Catalog.

[EDIT]: I totally forgot that David Hill submitted a joint session

David Hill, VMware
Anthony Spiteri, Veeam
Service Providers globally are enthusiastically embracing hybrid cloud as both a way of reducing costs and improving the quality of service they provide to end customers. To achieve this, Service Providers are looking to VMware vCloud Air Network and Veeam to help them build a scalable cost effect cloud solution. In this session we will get into the details of the technology. We’ll focus on how these solutions are architected and what that implies in real-life implementations. A participant in this session will leave with a technical understanding of how to leverage technology to provide a successful cloud based storage service.
Session Type:  Breakout Session
Track :  Integrate Public Clouds
Integrate Public Clouds Subtrack:  Leverage Hybrid Clouds
Market Segment:  No Specific Segment
Session Audience:  IT – All, IT – Operations, Technical Support
Product and Topics:  vCloud
Technical Level:  Technical – Advanced
Event Submitted For:  Both

Having gone through the session catalog it’s pleasing to see the number of cloud and service provider content feature prominently again. NSX, vSAN and vCloud Director all have a number of decent sessions. Click below on the links to view the related sessions.

I was surprised with the number of sessions submitted for NSX-T, but there is obviously a lot of interest in the hypervisor agnostic NSX…along side the huge number of NSX-v sessions listed. AWS is mentioned in 51 sessions showing you another change of direction at VMworld and there is a decent amount of automation and container based sessions. It will be interesting to see what the final cut is and how those numbers look when the offical catalog becomes available.

As per the VMworld Session Voting FAQ Session Voting is open March 28 to April 16…which is a lot earlier than last years May 12 to May 26 voting period. So it’s not just me that thinks this has come around sooner than previous years.

VMworld 2017 registration goes live on April 4!

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:

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