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VMworld 2011 Session Submission

May 9th, 2011

This year I have boldly put forward for a couple of sessions at VMworld. I’d love the opportunity to share some of my thoughts, knowledge and experience with a wider audience, so please feel free to put a vote forward towards me! I’ll be covering off 3 different topics…

2621 The Secret to a Successful Cloud – People!

This covers a bit more detail in Cloud architectures. Everyone can now give you the dictionary term for what a “Cloud” is, but I still think very few people are helping you translate that into how to actual put together your own Cloud. It isn’t about software, or services, it’s about people and procedures. You can have a fully functional Cloud environment very easily if you sit down and work out what you want to achieve and what processes/procedures need to be put in place. I’ll be talking a little about frameworks and continual service improvement models as well as IT maturity. The key takeaway is that you and your colleagues are the key to you successfully deploying a Cloud infrastructure!

2141 Future vAdmins

This follows on from a successful topic I covered at the last Northern UK VMUG which covered some of the skills required to be a successful vAdmin and where the industry is taking us. It’s been easy to get by in IT over the past 5-10 years with a small subset of skills, but with virtualisation you need a much wider remit. As a VCDX I know this all too well!!! I’ll cover some key industry certifications, how this can benefit your employer, and some key complimentary areas such as soft skills (which I think are hugely important).

2142 Questions to Ask Your Design Authority

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VMWorld 2010

August 25th, 2010

I’m definitely looking forward to VMWorld this year! I haven’t been since Cannes in 2007, so I’m looking forward to seeing how much it’s grown and even more so as I have my VCDX Defense out of the way so I’m relatively stress free! The sessions seem a little overwhelming, I’ll be spending the next few weeks catching up on missed sessions online I think!

If you are there, come track me down. I’ll be hanging about with the NetApp guys a little, teasing the other storage vendors, and I’ll definitely be at the NetApp Communities event on Tuesday night – http://communities.netapp.com/thread/10582.

Here is a quick list of the sessions I think I’ll attend. I’m still undecided about a few and have narrowed it down to 2. I’ll be sure to watch a lot more sessions than this after the event as there is a lot of good stuff I’m missing out on! I look forward to seeing everyone there though!

Monday
9am : ALT2002 – vCenter VSheild
10am : SS1055 – Partner Super Session
10.30am : TA6720 – Troubleshooting with ESXTOP for Advanced Users
12pm : BC7773 – SRM Misconceptions and Misconfigurations
12pm : GD01 – vSphere Security
1.30pm : BC7729 – Intelligent HA, Application awareness with HA
3pm : TA7994 – vStorage Update for vSphere 4.1

Tuesday
11am : MA7140 – vCloud Architecture Design Strategies
12.30pm : TA8218 – VMware Storage Vision
2pm : SE8206 – Security Hardening Guidelines for vSphere
2pm : ALT3001 – SRM Extended Configuration
3.30pm : DV7706 – View Composer, Technical Deep Dive
3.30pm : SE8389 – Architectural Overview of Security for the Private Cloud
5pm : ALT3003 – Performance Tuning for vSphere

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