In less than two weeks time the now legendary Nordic VMug will take place at the Scandic Hotel in Copenhagen.
If you haven’t been to VMworld this is probably the VMug to attend, as it is shaped like a mini VMworld. There are keynotes, different tracks to choose from, giveaways and actually also something that looks like a small Solutions Exchange where the sponsors have stands, on which you can talk technicians and sales people from the respective sponsors and exhibitioners. Usually this a really nice way to have one to one with vendors where you can ask your questions without standing up in a room with 400 people to ask your question.
And as usual you will be joined by around 400 of your peers, fellow vSphere admins, powercli and java scripters. And I can truly say, that there is a huge variety in costumers, you will find them with setups that has 2 hosts and 25 VM’s up to 20.000 VM’s and 2.000 hosts. So there WILL be someone there with a setup close to yours, with whom you can talk to about theirs or your own setup. This networking part is the key in VMug, you’ll be able to connect with a lot of other costumers and VMware staff, that can help you in your day to day life,
If you haven’t signed up already you can head over here to do so, and if you work with VMware I encourage you to do so.
The setup of speakers this time, pretty much reads like who’s who of VMware fame. The opening keynote will be performed by Jeremy van Doorn, who has been one of the cohosters of #Vmworld TV.
Then there will be VMware superstars like the now returned Frank Denneman, with the closing keynote talking about the latest cloud move by VMware, where they can put VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services Cloud.
The ever pleasent Cormac Hogan will once again come to our VMug, this time to speak about Cloud Native Application projects that are running at VMware. Cormac is also know for his deep insights into VMware Storage.
Duncan Epping also again has agreed to come and give a presentation about vSAN, and this time will give us some insights on the roadmap and the future he sees for vSAN in the coming years.
Mike Foley of VMware will do a presentaion on Security features of vSphere, and most likely give a deep dive in to the new cool vSphere 6.5 security features that was just released. Security and Compliance is an ever increasing part of a vSphere Admin’s life, so be sure to attend this one.
Then there’s Lee Dilworth who previously has done presentation of vSphere streched Clustering along with Duncan. This time he will talk about the way vSAN I/O actually works. You can expect some good insights into this product.
There will also be sessions from Ghaleb Zekri from VMware, Simon Eady a VMug Leader, Andrea Mauro from Italy, Brian Knutsson from Atea, Grant Orchard from VMware , Michael Ryom & Nicolai Sandager from ProAct, Simon Todd from VMware, David Hill from VMware and Marteinn Sigurdsson from Thekking of Iceland
Check it all out at https://www.vmug.com/vmugdk and I hope to see you there.
Just to let you all know that you can now apply for the 2017 vExpert.
Hop over to http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/11/vexpert-2017-applications-are-now-open.html to fill out your application.
I have already filled out mine, and fingers are crossed until February 8th when they announce the new vExperts for 2017.
I can only encourage you to apply, the vExpert community is truly outstanding and have made quite a few new acquaintances through this.
So its that time of the year again, when the Danish VMug team will hold their VMug and a movie show. And once again it will be held in the Palads theatre in central Copenhagen. As i said its sold out, but do add your name to the waiting list, as usually a bigger theatre room can be provided if the sponsors see enough people on the waiting lists: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vmug-palads-2016-tickets-20777698656
This years theme is costumer presentations and wow what a nice lineup, 4 community sessions and a community panel discussion as well.
After a Sponsor session and lunch, will be back with Ibrar Ashraf from SamPension
Again a sponsor session and the Michael Munk will be on stage, and who can forget his ranting session on NSX at last years show. Surprisingly enough he’s again listed as Zitcom, wonder if a new job change has been completed ?
The last community session will be from Jakob Hartmann from Frederiksberg Forsyning, who will enlighten us about his path to vSphere 6.0, touching on the possibilities and barriers he’s encountered along the way.
Something new this year will be a Q&A panel, guessing like we’ve seen at VMworld with ask the vExperts/Expert bloggers/Industry Giants sessions. Those are usually very fun to attend and you get to ask the questions you’ve been sitting with, to a panel of experts who has been around in the Virtual World. The panel will consist of:
- Henrik Mønster of VMware
- Martin Therkelsen of Wolseley
- Heino Skov of ProAct
- Ibrar Ashraf of SamPension
Really looking forward to this session, and hope that you will come forward and ask some questions, otherwise it wont be as fun and enlightening as it could be.
After a sponsor give-away, we’ll be ready for the movie. Last year Liselotte surprised us all by starting with the first few minutes of 50 shades of grey, before switching the movie over to Kingsmen. This year the movie is Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
After the movie, there will be a #VBEERS please sign up if you plan to attend, so the VBEERS team can find a place that’s big enough for all of us.
Hope to see you all there!
This years VMUG in a cinema is about NSX, and features sessions from customers that are using NSX and some that are contemplating it. VMUGdk has also scooped Martin Casado to come and speak. Martin is the co-founder of Nicera, the company that VMware bought to rename it to NSX.
I will try to give a recap of the day below.
First up was a customer session with Michael Munk Larsen and Thomas Raabo from Zitcom, talking about their transformation from “normal” networking to Software Defined Networking.
A very honest accounting of their experiences with NSX and all the issues they have encountered working with the first versions of the product, and why they don’t run NSX yet. Ended up sounding a lot like an NSX bashing session, but they kept pointing out that all the nice things about NSX can you read on different blogs.
Next up we had a very enthusiastic presentation from Martin Casado,
Starting out by giving a background story on Network virtualization .
Next moving on to showcasing different use cases for network virtualization: automation and micro segmentation.
A very interesting session with good points about network virtualization, and very nice work by the VMUGdk team to get Martin to Denmark
The next speaker was Christer Swartz of Palo Alto Networks, formerly of Cisco and Netflix. Doing a presentation on Palo Altos views on NSX and on software defined networking. Talking about what Palo Altos firewall can do for you.
Also talking about Dynamic Address Groups, and how that works with NSX
Making a point about having both the physical and virtual topology be both managed by Panorama, their management software, and them being aware of each other.
Not that big, a company in Denmark, but does seem to have some really nice features.
The last session is a community session, by Stefan Pahrmann from Lego
Talking about their reasons for buying NSX, and their plans to implement the software. Their main reasons are security concerns when expanding in both Asia and USA. Another big reason for their purchase was the automation part of NSX. Both very good reasons, and the much of the same reason I will consider an NSX installation
A very nicely done 5 slides presentation.
One of the points was stating that software was better than hardware always… Have to Quote Signoutdk on this one.
“I still prefer my LEGO to be hardware no matter what they say!”
After this there were a few price draws, and we finished off with watching the movie Kingsman, the secret service.
As a nice joke, Liselotte (VMUGDK leader), had the cinema start the movie 50 Shades of Grey instead, leaving 250 males bewildered 🙂
Thank you VMUGDK for a nice day.
Just heard that the VMUG Leadership has convinced Chris Wahl to come to Copenhagen to speak also. This simply is a Must attend event that they have pulled off here.
Really great job that the Danish VMUG Leader team has done here.
The Agenda has also been publicised, and can be found here along with the registration.