vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld EMEA 2015

vBrownBagLogo-150x150If you’re going to Barcelona next month for VMworld 2015, one thing I can thoroughly recommend are the vBrownBag TechTalks that take place in the Hang Space.

If you’re not familiar with them, these TechTalks are 10 minutes long and given by anybody from the virtualisation community with something interesting to share. So, if you have a gap between sessions or there’s something of interest on the TechTalk schedule (this is published closer to the time) then they’re well worth listening to.

Of course, it may be that you have something you could talk about for 10 minutes. If so, why not propose a session using this Google Form?


TechTalks Schedule at VMworld EMEA 2014

The provisional schedule for vBrownbag TechTalks at VMworld EMEA 2014 has been posted. If you don’t know what they are, the TechTalks are 10 minute presentations (hopefully broadcast live on the internet but also recorded) on any technical subject given by assorted attendees of VMworld.

Anyone can propose a TechTalk (there are a few spaces left – signup using this form) and anyone can watch (find the Community Hangspace, or watch online via the vBrownbag live page).

Among the sessions already scheduled are a couple of great sounding ones from Joerg Lew on orchestration and automation; another from Kaido Kibin about vCO collaboration; two sessions on VVols from Cormac Hogan and Nick Dyer; and a primer on the hyper-converged ecosystem from Gabriel Chapman.


VMworld Europe 2014 – Looking forward…


It’s October now and it means that VMworld Europe 2014 is right around the corner.

I’ll be attending in Barcelona for what will be my 4th VMworld. It will be the first time that I’ve ever attended under a full conference pass rather than just as a blogger. However, I don’t expect the experience to be hugely different. Perhaps in the general sessions the view will be slightly different but that’s about it.

My employer, Xtravirt, is sending a number of my colleagues along with me to VMworld this year. Whilst we’re all very different people working on different projects, we generally have fairly complementary skillsets and a passion for what we do.

Speaking just for myself, I’m really looking forward to VMworld. Like my children’s birthdays, each VMworld is “the best one ever”. It’s not the announcements, the sessions, the labs or even the free t-shirts that make that happen for me though – it’s the people. Not that I’m knocking the other bits but I love chatting to partners, customers, vendors and pretty much anyone that I bump into.

I’ve planned a few sessions to attend. Mostly they’re focussed around Automation and SDDC as they’re my areas of interest. Ultimately I may have to cancel my registration for a few of them (and catch up with the recordings online later) to make time to speak with everyone that I want to.

Among the partners and vendors that I’ll be targeting are:

I’ll also be calling at the VMUG stand for sure. And of course VMware themselves to learn a bit about some of the upcoming developments and meet up with some key employees who will be around to discuss vCloud Automation Center, vCenter Orchestrator and VMware NSX.

Add to all of that the vBrownBag TechTalks (the schedule will be announced soon), numerous parties, the hands-on-labs and catching up with fellow VMware community members in the Community lounge, I imagine that there won’t be a moment to spare.

That said, if you want to stop for a chat then I’m all for it and so are any of the Xtravirt team.


vBrownbag needs you at VMworld Europe 2014

VMworld Europe 2014 gets under way two weeks from today. There are a large number of excellent sessions available to schedule but if you either didn’t get yours selected, didn’t submit one but wish you had or just have something that you want to share with VMware users and the community in general then there is another way.

Every year at VMworld (both US and EMEA), the vBrownbag crew organise a series of TechTalks aimed at giving anybody who wants to, a chance to present for 10 minutes on the topic of their choice (except for direct product pitches).

The schedule has still to be decided but there are open slots available. So, if you have something that you want to share, use the sign up form here:



VCP-NV Exam Prep Series to start on vBrownbag EMEA

Starting tomorrow on the #vBrownbag EMEA webinar, we’re starting a series of sessions covering the exam blueprint for the VCPN610 exam. The exam is a required component of the new VCP-NV certification.

The first session is being presented by Frank Buechsel (from VMware GSS) who will be covering Objective 1 from the blueprint.

Don’t miss out, register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/541316569

(Please note that if you have previously attended the vBrownbag EMEA webinar that the meeting ID has changed and that you’ll need to re-register – sorry.)


My VMworld Schedule

screenshot464Next week is VMworld Europe 2013. My wife tells people it’s a “Uber Geek Fest”. She’s probably right about that!

This will be my third VMworld and I know without a doubt that there will not be enough hours between Sunday and Thursday this coming week for me to meet all of the people and vendors that I want and see the sessions that I want.

If you’re in Barcelona at VMworld this coming week, say hello, give me your business card, join me for a beer or do all three! On a couple of days I’ll be wearing shirts with this on the back:


At the moment my schedule looks a bit like this:

Daytime Evening
Sunday Travel to Barcelona vRockstar Party
Monday Registration, Hands-on-Labs and Partner sessions including TEX5350 VMUG Party / Pernix Data Party
Tuesday Sessions including the General session, PHC4750, SEC5893, VAPP4679 and VCM1002-GD vExpert Reception
Wednesday Sessions including the General session, STO5464, VCM5472 and VAPP6268 VMworld Party
Thursday Sessions including PHC1000-GD, VCM5477, NET5521 and VCM5048 Travelling home!

I’m sure that it’ll change a bit, it always does.

Outside of the above I’ll be in the community lounge (checking out the #vBrownBag talks), Hands-on-Labs or the Solutions Exchange. See you there!


VMworld Europe 2012 – Day 1

This was the day that 8000 or so people descended on the conference centre in Barcelona as VMworld opened its doors wide. Whilst the Fira Barcelona appears to me to be a bigger venue than the Bella Center in Copenhagen, it does still have its pinch points and I was glad to get there early enough in the morning to avoid the rush to the keynote speech.

For me, this was the first time that I’d seen (or read) anything publicly from new VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger, since he took office and I was interested to see how or if the message had changed since Paul Maritz moved on.

Pat’s keynote speech was well delivered and well received in my opinion. I sensed though that he was being careful to try and establish his credentials as someone who can take a successful company like VMware and continue to grow it. I hope he is.

Despite being able to watch VMworld sessions online, there were a few on Day 1 that I wanted to see. They were:

  • VSP1168 Architecting a vCloud Infrastructure with David Hill, Aidan Dalgleish, Frank Denneman and Rawlinson Rivera
  • ITT1918 Is My Organization Ready for Cloud with Kevin Lees and Andy Troup
  • CIM1274 What’s New in vCenter Orchestrator 5.1 with Thomas Corfmat, Joerg Lew, Ian Hirsinger and Christian Rudolph

All three were well presented and interesting and I took something away from each of them that was either new to me or sparked an idea or a thought in my head and that’s the benchmark of a worthwhile session for me.

I also spent a small amount of time in the Solutions Exchange (more on that in another post) and in the Hang Space watching vBrownbag sessions. You can catch up on these sessions online here.

In the evening I headed to a combined vExpert / VCDX / VMware CTO reception in a hotel. It exceeded my expectations and I got to meet many other vExperts and VCDXs. VMware CTO Steve Herrod was there briefly (see below) but left hurridly after being accosted by Gregg Robertson and Darren Woollard who were trying to persuade him to attend the forthcoming UKVMUG. No joy on that front but maybe a future London VMUG…

L-R: John Troyer (VMware Communities); Erik Ullanderson (Director Global Certifications); Steve Herrod (VMware CTO)