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VMUG UserCon Boston 6/1/2017

The day is here Boston UserCon. This time around they are focused on EUC (End User Computing) these conferences are key in my opinion to networking and learning about the newest technology. If you cant make it to VMworld the UserCons are the next best shot to getting up to date information on VMWare and beyond. An extreme amount of effort is put into these conferences and you can really notice it. And although this is a naive statement, it almost seems like nothing is going wrong.

The leaders @steveathanas , @JamesMuellerIT and Matt Bradford @VMSpot did an awesome job like always!

The vendor selection is turning out to be about what you would expect from a technical conference but obviously focusing more on the VDI side. Most of the well-known vendors are here this year. Dell/EMC, Zerto, Rubriks, NetApp/SolidFire , Green Pages (Big VAR in the New England area), and of course VMware.

 Mostly I come to these conferences for the community sessions and the networking opportunity they present which is unmatched in my opinion. Getting to see some of the VMware communities top dogs giving their take on careers and community is awesome.

One session I attended was by @RebeccaFitzhugh focused on leadership. a pretty strong topic but she delivered it in a solid fashion.

The crowd was pretty big at the lunch Keynote and the speaker was fantastic. Talking about the trends of EUC and the future. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the entire session but the first half was good.

But ultimately I had to leave before the after party because my oldest graduated from Pre-K that same day!

Congratulations Colby!

 

Day 0 VMworld

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So day 0 was pretty great I took a late flight from Boston to get here and landed around 12AM PST so I was tired. but the LIGHTS were awesome , Vegas is a lot to take in if you have never been here before, this is my first VMworld and my first time to Vegas. Day 0 was a pretty straightforward day registration was the only thing opened for the first couple of hours but the exhibitor halls opened around 5. Walking into the exhibitor hall as overwhelming there was a lot of vendors with some pretty elaborate booths.

After the exhibit closed I headed over to the VMUG party at the house of blues in Mandalay bay, the band that was playing was great playing a mix of old school feel good 80’s to more modern tunes. really a good mix of songs. Then all of the sudden Michael Dell comes out. and in my opinion is was a classy move. To me it showed that he was taking community into consideration and was willing to talk about the future of VMware and the community directly to the people looking for that kind of reassurance. Real classy Michael Dell.

VMWorld content builder and schedule

If you registered for VMWorld 2016 you might have gotten an email telling you about the content builder for the breakout sessions and workshops that are going to be available.

This is my first year at VMworld and I personally think it is an awesome idea. having enough time to go through the list of sessions and planning your days out weeks in advance is an awesome gift that VMware has given us! With enough time to carefully take a look at the available activities throughout the week there shouldn’t be anyone running mad around the Mandalay bay looking for breakout sessions.

But  don’t wait to long! If you do the sessions might fill up and you will be put on a waitlist for what seems like forever. This happened to me with a couple of sessions I was really looking forward to, I didn’t pull the trigger and now I might be left out in the cold.

Most of the session I scheduled are for some upcoming projects I am hoping to work on. But I also included a lot of sessions for just general knowledge of new VMware products that are coming down the pipe like container based OS and hadoop with VMware

 

Check out my schedule below, and let me know if we share any sessions!

Vmworld Schedule

 

Virtual SAN 6.2 -Technical What’s New (Boston VMUG)

This was an awesome session that explained the new features coming with the 6.2 update for vSAN a couple of improvements.

  1. The first of which is QOS this is a great feature that was added to VSAN. This gives the user inside information on the IOPs that are being used per VMDK including ,setting limits on the individual VMDK, a truly great feature. GONE ARE THE DAYS OF IOP HOGS ON VSAN! Now we can control and part out IOPS to the most used VM’s on the cluster without having to worry about performance hits.
  2. VSAN dedupe and compression: this is a must have feature that just got introduced for VSAN 6.2 the ability to dedupe and compress your data keeps cost per GB down significantly.
  3. Software checksum for VSAN: the ability to check and remediate corruption on your VSAN is obviously important. And this will help and do a great job on making sure there is consistency on your data and it is corruption free while using VSAN 6.2
  4. Probably the most important of these features added are the performance Service. Now we can store and keep historical VSAN metrics on an independent database away from Vcenter for when there is issues. There is a host of other features also including cluster host and VM metrics that are tied to the VSAN performance services. Giving us an in-depth look into the capabilities of our VSAN and were potential problems will arise from.

Ontop of this there is a new health services feature that will continually check the health of the VSAN cluster and make sure nothing is out of whack! What a great tool and awesome improvement to VSAN!

 

Check out the VMware release PDF below

https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vsan/VMware_Virtual_SAN_Whats_New.pdf