#VMworld2015 – Days 3 and 4


I had lined up several sessions so I was quick to get along to my first session – Operational Remediation with vRealize Operations… Tying it All Together – #MGT5735. The session was excellent and gave a great overview and introduction to what is possible with remediation in vROps 6.1. Big thanks to Chima Njaka for this session.



#VMworld2015: vRealize Automation 7 Briefing Notes

vmworld2015-logoI was fortunate to attend a vExpert briefing for vRA.Next, which was announced this morning to be vRealize Automation 7. The briefing was run by Jad El-Zein (@virtualjad) along with Grant Orchard (@grantorchard), Brian Graf (@vbriangraf), Kimberly Delgado (@KCDAutomate) and Jon Schulman (@vaficionado) – if that list of names doesn’t fill you with confidence for vRA.Next, then I suggest you follow them on twitter and trust me that it’s a crack team!


#VMworld2015 – Day 2

The first full day of VMworld after PEX was a busy one.vmworld2015-logo

After the keynote (highlights were the docker announcements) I was on “booth babe” duty at the VMUG lounge. It was great to meet so many folk who were existing VMUG members and leaders as well as prospective new members. If you are at VMworld this year you should definitely stop by!

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After lunch I hit the solutions exchange to catch up with a few vendors whom I had a few queries for also took the time to collect the #vExpert hoodie from @simplivity and the #vExpert tile from Tegile (thank you!) Suffice to say it was very busy and naturally noisy but judging by the many happy faces of people with various items of “swag” under their arms things were going well!


The only session I was booked in for was the “5 functions of software defined availability” presented by Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping, naturally the session was excellent but perhaps wrongly I was hoping for more of a deep dive on the content as a good deal of the content seemed to be geared to folk who were new to the subject matter, if naught else it was an excellent refresher.

After the session I had the pleasure to meet Steve Flanders @smflanders who had just wrapped up his vbrownbag session on Log insight so it was great to not only listen about but also discuss the product.

To finish the day I headed out to Goucho’s with my fellow blogger @sammcgeown here at Definit for a beer and a good meal!

All in all today was excellent and tomorrow promises to be even busier!

#VMworld2015: Pre-event and Partner Day

| 13/10/2015 | Tags: , , ,

vmworld2015-logoMy trip started with a farcical attempt to fly – my 11:50am flight on Sunday didn’t leave ‘til 3:30pm, but in light of William Lam’s travel woes on the same day, I don’t think I’ll complain to heavily. After a quick stop off at the Fira to register and grab my VMworld bag and I headed off to meet DefinIT co-author Simon (@simoneady) at our AirBnB apartment (which, by the way is awesome and a whole load cheaper than a hotel).

Sunday evening we headed out to the Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona for the annual vRockstar event, which was pretty good. The venue was packed but it was great to meet some old and new faces and drink some free beer. The less said about the rum and coke (90% rum, 5% coke, 5% ice) the better.


#VMworld2015 – Just getting started

| 12/10/2015 | Tags: , ,

vmworld2015-logoIt’s PEX (Partner Exchange Day) at VMworld today so its busy but not the Tuesday (first day) of VMworld busy, last night saw a fantastic #vRockstar party and a great chance to meet and have a beer with many vTwitteratti.







Today of course has been largely overshadowed by the big new concerning the Dell announcement to purchase EMC which has triggered a great deal of discussion and a healthy amount of banter and snark! It should be interesting to see how it all pans out and tomorrows keynote will have a great deal of interest regarding any comments on the matter.

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The evenings entertainment, we are spoilt for choice, vExpert, VMUG and PernixData are all having their respective parties. so I am looking forward to getting along and meeting more of the community and enjoying a beer (or more).

Tomorrow it will really begin and I am looking forward to getting stuck in to a few sessions, helping out in the VMUG Lounge and enjoying more of the goodness that is VMworld.