VMworld Barcelona 2017 Day 3

I am challenging

Day 3 in previous years has the second keynote hosted again by Pat Gelsinger and I was all set to get to my seat when the keynote was over shadowed by the awesome announcement from the OpenTechCast team. They had missed the party last night to spend the night editing a special interview with no other than Pat Gelsinger.

I downloaded it and listened to it on the way over to the Gran Via and I have to say it’s a great interview in which Pat talks openly and honestly about his family, his life, and career and what it means to be the CEO of VMware.

There was lots of congratulating of Alex Galbraith, Amit Panchal, Kev Johnson and Ather Beg at the bloggers area on how they had not only secured the interview but kept it secret, Pretty soon it  went viral on twitter. I can only recommend you listen to this and sign up to the rest of the podcasts.

So I kind of missed the big keynote and ended up having to watch it in the bloggers area on the big screen. It started with a QA session with Pat Gelsinger, Sanjay Poonen and Ray O’Farrell and then went on to demo a number of the new announcements in more detail.

Then my day became crazy with sessions, book signings, prize gatherings and then more sessions.

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VMware Cloud on AWS: A Technical Deep Dive [LHC2384BE] hosted by Frank Denneman and Ray Budavari.

There was just enough time to dash off to the Rubik Stand where Frank and Niels Hagoort were signing their new book “Host Resources Deep Dive” that is taking the community by storm. A big Thanks to Rubik for printing 1000 copies as well. If you haven’t got a copy then pop over to your local book store and get it now.

Then it was time for the Cloudcred Hands on Labs prize giving and I had been hitting the labs quite hard having completed all the badges. I was lucky enough to Win DevOps labs badge prize of a Roku 4K Streaming Device. It was also great to meet the other winners Gilad Brown and my fellow london VMUG member Amit Panchal was also a winner.

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For the final session of the day and in a packed room it was time for vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive: Part 2 [SER1872BE] again with Frank and Neils. This was a fantastic insight to the brains behind the book and whilst I can admit to not understanding all the content, the more you read the book and watch the presentations it does start to sink in.

Then it was time for a well-earned rest and the VMworld europe customer appreciation party 2017 which this year featured the Kaiser Chiefs who put on a fantastic concert. Thanks again to VMware for a great night.

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VMworld Barcelona 2017 Day 2

Iam creating the future

Day 2 started as always with the ‘Big Keynote’, I was lucky enough to be seated on the front row (thanks to my bloggers pass) and was able to see all the action close up.

The keynote started with Jean-Pierre Brulard welcoming everyone to VMworld2017 and then he handed over to Pat Gelsinger who presented the main address.

There were less ‘Big’ announcements at this VMworld, more a few smaller ones:

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  • VMware HCX Technologies which delivers secure hybrid cloud for seamless app mobility between vSphere versions, on-premises or in the cloud. For more information see here.

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  • A partnership between VMware, IBM and Dell in the Cloud space. Whilst VMware and IBM have collaborated before it was odd knowing that Dell were prepared to work with IBM at such a level but the truth will out as they say.

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  • VMware Cloud Verified starts with 5 companies but will be sure to grow. The first 5 companies are CenturyLink, Fujitsu, IBM Cloud, OVH, and Rackspace and I’m sure this will drive business their way but it won’t be long before more cloud partners come forward to become VMware Cloud Verified. For more information see here.

Then the coolest demo ever done at a VMworld keynote happened! I know it was cool as after the keynote everyone in the VMTN Blogging area was talking about it. Alan Renouf (Senior Product Line Manager and one of the architects of the Hackathon) came on and proceeded to get Pat to manage a Virtual datacentre using a Virtual Reality headset. He picked up a virtual machine and by dropping it in to a trash can simply deleted it. Then for the finale took a VM and VMotioned it to an AWS cloud simply by throwing it. The software is available as an open source git hub download and was unbelievably written in just a day and a half.

But don’t take my word for it you can watch the video below, the VR demo is at 48:00 minutes  and if you watch nothing else watch this and be blown away.

Then it was time to hit my sessions for the day including:

Monster VMs (Database Virtualization) with vSphere 6.5: Doing IT Right (VIRT1309BE) with Michael Corey and David Klee. This is a great session if you use Oracle or SQL servers and I would recommend that you watch the recording if you do. It’s available as one of the top sessions from the event here

This was followed by another HOL and some networking before it was time to get off to the evening’s entertainment at the Vexpert party.

VMworld Barcelona 2017 Day 1

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Monday is traditionally ‘partner day’, where the partner organisations get special sessions on sales or technical subjects. The Solutions Exchange is not open so some people believe it is a slow day, but from my point of view it was far from it. I have heard that some people don’t turn up on day 1 which I believe is a waste of the valuable resource that is VMworld.

I set out early to catch up with friends, colleagues and bloggers in the VMTN Community area. Of course CloudCred features high on my list of things to do today so I paid Noell Grier (the CloudCred Admin) a visit on the stand. I also got to meet a couple of my CloudCred and VMUG friends Lino Telera, Andrea Mauro and Noell Grier

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Lino Telera, Noell Grier, Andrea Mauro and me.

It was then time to start the Expert led Hands-On Labs (HOL) that I had booked. VMworld run HOLs all the time but the Expert lead ones are something special, a combination of a clasroom like enviroment, with the guys who wrote the HOL leading you through it. I started with the VMware NSX – Getting Started Workshop and then vRealize Automation 7 – Getting Started Workshop.

I think it’s important to spend time looking at technologies that you don’t use but are curious about and VMworld is the ideal environment to do that.

After that It was time for a bit more networking in the VMTN lounge, I was keen to meet up with Elsa Mayer who is VMware’s new Blog Manager who is launching a number of Blogger programs here at VMWorld.

I finished the day off with a self-passed HOL on Horizon to keep my place on the Cloudcred leader board only 5th must try harder!

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I was lucky enough to get an invite to the VMUG Member party and spent the evening with colleagues from the London VMUG and was able to meet Brad Tompkins (VMUG CEO) and Lori Donaldson (Marketing Director)

VMware Community Podcasts every Wednesday

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Over the last couple of months I’ve started to listen to the VMware Community Podcasts. These are every Wednesday at 12:00pm Pacific time, which currently equates to 8pm BST here in the UK (7pm in GMT). Latest topics have included vROps 6.6, vSan 6.6, code exchange and vRA 7.3. The Podcast is hosted by Eric Nielsen, one of the nicest guys I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at the last couple of VMworld’s, and he is so instrumental in all community activities from the podcast to VMTN, Cloudcred and the vExpert program.

The VMware Community Podcasts have been running for nine years now which I think is a major achievement if you think where we were with this kind of technology nine years ago!

Initially I was introduced to the VMware Community Podcasts through my addiction to Cloudcred,  but lately I have noticed a change in my behaviour, I’m becoming more interested in the podcast and finding out the next subject content and I find myself looking forward to Wednesday nights.

How to Listen

The podcast is hosted on TalkShoe and to listen to the podcast its quite straightforward. Just click the logo below and then click the link to listen live or to the last recording. Alternatively if you want to download it and listen to it say in the car there are 407 past editions to download and listen to at the same location.

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How to take part

Using the web client there is an interface to listen and a chat window where you can ask questions and Eric is always looking for questions for the guests, but I was intrigued how I could dial in. talkshoe

TalkShoe has a phone dial in but I think the phone charges would be prohibitive. It also has a VOIP dial in which sounded like a low cost option, but I struggled to find a way to dial in for free. TalkShoe has a classic client and the ShoePhone which I assumed was the way to go but I found it unstable. So I reached out to TalkShoe and joined a live support session and they suggested I use the X-Lite client. This allows you to dial in for free from the UK.

There is an excellent link on their website “Use X-Lite to Call Into TalkShoe on a Windows PC” https://support.talkshoe.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2596427-use-x-lite-to-call-into-talkshoe-on-a-windows-pc?b_id=14206

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So if you’re interested in all things VMware why not take a listen, and if you want the opportunity to ask some of the top VMware people some questions then why not dial in on a Wednesday night, after all its all about the community.

vExpert 2017 Award Announcement

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Today is a special day for me, I’ve been awarded vExpert 2017 from VMware and I’m so thrilled to make the list again, this being my second year as a vExpert.

To see the full list of vExperts and find out more about the program see the Announcement here.

I believe that becoming a vExpert is all about the community, and this last year I have tried to really get to know the people out there, and have now made new friends at the London VMUG as well as led the CloudCred team on the charge up the leader board. I’ve set questions for Cloudcred, Attended many events, all the UK London VMUG events, Airwatch and EUC events, VMworld 2016 Europe and the UK VMUG usercon. I used to be shy and intimidated by talking to people at these type of events but by taking the jump to get involved has been so rewarding for me, meeting people, seeing  then present and chatting over food and drink has been inspirational to me.

I’m really looking forward to continuing my journey with both VMware and the London VMUG and seeing where it takes me, only last week I was having vBeers with my good friends Chris Bradshaw and our very own London VMUG leader Dave Simpson

I’ve met a number of great people who have supported me on this journey and hopefully Ive supported them on their journey’s, far too many people to mention here (but I will try) so a big thanks to The London VMUG team, The Open Homelab project The Open Techcast team,  (hope to be a podcasting guest soon guys)

The following people for inspiring me (in no particular order)

A really special mention must go to NoellGrier @CloudCredGeek who as the Cloudcred admin must be really sick of all my emails about bugs, suggesting improvements, problems with tasks and why I can’t complete any tasks at the moment!