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 here’s the second and last part of this T-Shirt review for this years VMworld. And as before I hope you can find this useful for Barcelona.
Name : Platform 9
Model: Next Level Apparel 60% Cotton 40% Polyester
Size: XL (why oh why no XXL ???)
Quality: Feels really nice and soft and guessing the 40% polyester will help it stay better in shape than 100% Cotton.
Print: A city landscape with a Platform 9 blimp on it and a few different technologies that they support I guess, pretty low-key and thus usable elsewhere than home.
Conclusion: I would have given this shirt an 8, but by not having XXL sizes I have to drop them down a few points. I mean why not bring XXL and since this was the US XXXL as well. I was almost tiny compared to some of the people there, and XL wont last more than 1 or 2 washes then they shrink 😦
Name : Nimble Storage
Model: C Port and Company 100% Cotton – Ring Spun
Size: XL (Why do you only have XL in the US ????) and these are not US sizes
Quality: Somewhat stiff version of this shirt, again have to wait and see whether or not this Ring Spun cotton does anything for shrinkage when washing these T-shirts.
Print: The Nimble Logo and then an kinda ugly red version of the vExpert logo both on the front and back. That would have been better with the normal White on Black.
Conclusion: Both the vExpert and only size XL drags this shirt down.
Name : Cortado
Model: C Port and Company – 100% Cotton
Quality: A bit thicker than the other T-shirts from C Port, but otherwise seems quite ok. Guessing it will warp some when washed.
Print: A superman like version of the Cortado logo, but very stiff and you can feel that on the inside of the shirt.
Conclusion: What brings this shirt down is the Stiffness of the logo, which you can feel like plastic on the inside of the shirt.
Name : Dell Software
Model: The Concert Tee – District 100% Pre-shrunk Cotton
Quality: First T-Shirt I’ve seen from this company, but being pre-shrunk it should hold up good when washed. Very soft and thin T-shirt
Print: A print that’s supposed to make it look like you have a clock on a gold chain around your neck. and a message that’s continue on the back.
Conclusion: The shirt is nice and soft and pre-shrunk should help a lot. But the print makes this another shirt I wouldn’t wear in public, but can be used around the house 🙂
That’s it for this year. As I wrote in the first post, I haven’t had much time in the Solutions Exchange and therefore didn’t get to grab that many T-Shirts this year.
I hope you still found this funny/useful/whatever 🙂
I have to start by apologizing, that this review comes after VMworld, but I’ve actually had a really busy schedule at VMworld this year, and didn’t get much time to spend at the Solutions Exchange to find all the T-shirts or evenings free to actually write a few posts about the T-shirts. I do hope that most of the Vendors I list here will be represented at VMworld Europe in Barcelona, so people can still use this review for something useful 🙂
Name : Official VMworld T-Shirt
Model: C Port and Company 100% Cotton
Quality: Seems like VMware has degraded the quality of their T-shirt this year. Last years pre-shrunked cotton was really good after washes, this one seems a bit too stiff. It however is still alot better than some of the else T-shirts I’ve collected the other years.
Print: A few variations of the be_TOMORROW message that was all over the conference. Not too excessive, but still a bit bigger than I would have liked it, if I should wear this shirt anywhere but at VMUG’s and the like.
Conclusion: An ok Shirt that doesn’t feel all that soft, but still quite ok.
Name : Veeam
Model: Gildan Softstyle – Ring Spun 100% Cotton
Quality: Feels really soft to the touch and hope that it feels this soft after a few washes. Not sure what the Ring Spun means but I hope that it’s somewhat like the Pre-shrunk thing that some of the other T-shirts have, that really keeps the shape of the T-shirt after you wash it a few times.
Print: As always Veeam has some big lettering on the front, which makes you notice this shirt when people walk around with it. Not sure I would wear this one anywhere at home though (or at a Veeam convention)
Conclusion: Nice shirt, but the big print drags it down, to get a high score I want a shirt that I could actually wear in public too.
Name : Docker
Model: Canvas – 100% Cotton
Quality: A nice soft and thin T-shirt that’s from a new T-shirt Vendor that I don’t think I’ve seen before. Hope this stays in shape after washes.
Print: Just the well-known Docker logo on the front and a simple ” Build Ship and Run Any App Anywhere” message on the back. Not too brazen.
Conclusion: A nice quality and not too big a logo, I think i could wear this one once in a while 🙂
Name : Turbonomic (former VMturbo)
Model: Canvas – 100% Cotton
Quality: The same company and same quality of T-shirt that Docker use.
Print: A big brain on the front where one half is the normal brain and the other half is a computer circuit version
Conclusion: Like Docker a very soft and nice T-shirt with an ok print, and not too brazen company logo. Actually surprised that the earlier VMturbo company has this understated company logo 🙂
My humble opinion is that this years best vExpert gift comes from Datrium Storage
Cohesity had a really nice Timbuk2 backpack with a 6000mAh power bank, charger cables and a water bottle also a very nice and useful gift.
Over at the Nimble booth they gave out t-shirts, unfortunately the largest was XL and not American sizes.
Docker gave out a vExpert Cap and a T-shirt if you sat in on 15 min session about docker, by a very enthusiastic speaker.
At the Solidfire booth I picked up the new version of Cards against humanity and a pair of the famous Solidfire socks 😉
I saw that both Datacore and Catalogic Software had something too, but didn’t get around to picking those up.
Only sad thing this year is that no one did the really nice vExpert Polos, that I see a lot of fellow vExperts wear at VMworld.