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Time to sharpen the presentation skills… 2 VMUG Presentations in 2 weeks…

Working as a solutions architect, I get to do presentations on a regular basis for lunch and learns or small groups.  In two weeks though I will have to step up my game.  First is the Washington DC VMware User Group.  Bookended by Tintri and Veeam, two of the hottest players in the virtualization space I had to come up with a pretty good topic for everyone to enjoy.  I am going with Enterprise Application Presentation.  Might not sound overly interesting, but I get to do a comparison between Citrix Xenapp and the new VMware Horizon App Manager.  With a limited presentation time I plan to limit it to presenting applications to machines onsite in an enterprise domain.  By no means the full scope of either product but one of the largest use cases.  Make sure to come by if you will be in DC on January 17th.  We will be at the Washington Nationals Stadium.

 

Want to Register for the DC VMUG – Info Here

Then comes the second presentation.  Over the last year or so I have gotten to know a few of the guys in the New England and have been selected to present for their VMUG also two days later.  Will be the same presentation (although probably a little more polished, sorry DC) The New England Winter Warmer is one of the largest VMUG meeting in the country.  Being held at Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots, this full day event can bring upwards of 1100 virtualization professionals.  I will be in one of the breakout sessions.

If you want to join us in New England – Info Here

 

Hope to see many of you there.  If we have not met face to face, make sure to come say hi.

vCenter Operations Gets a Facelift

VMware announced today at VMworld Europe the vCenter Operations Management Suite. Those of us who are familiar with the product set will see lots of significant changes including the addition of vCenter Infrastructure Navigator 1.0 and a new user interface. vCenter Ops Suite delivers an integrated performance capacity and configuration management solution for your vSphere environment. You are able to continuously monitor for compliance and health. This release is the first integrated suite and allows seamless upgrades between Standard(Ops Manager Only), Advanced(includes Chargeback), and Enterprise(includes Configuration Management). The suite is scheduled to be available for deployment in Late 2011 or Early 2012. Read more

Testing out the HP Touchpad and WebOS

First off I have to send out a big thank you to HP for sending all the contestants in the VMworld Blogger Reality Show a great new toy to test out.  I was pleasantly surprised when I got home on friday from work to a good size package.  As I opened it I found a HP Touchpad bundle(includes the sleeve), a bluetooth keyboard, and a TouchStone Charging base.  As many of you know I have been a iPad user since v1 and have really come to enjoy using it when I don’t need to open up my laptop.  I added the Clamcase to it when it was first released and the ipad became one of my primary tools. The big question now is will this new Touchpad join my repertoire. Read more

UGGHH My calendar is messed up..How to fix it.

I have hated traveling to the west coast, not because of it being the west coast.  The weather is beautiful normally and people seem nice enough, but my calendars on my phone seem to be messed up all the time with the time zone changes.

I keep multiple calendars on my iPhone, my corporate exchange calendar and my GMail one being the most used.  It seemed as though everytime I would travel my time zones were off but only on some appointments.  I have found a few reasons for you to check.  You might need to try some or all of these and depending if you have “fixed” some appointments, you may need to put them back to the original. Read more

What to do with the business cards you get…

If you are anything like me, when you travel around for meetings and conferences you end up collecting a stack of business cards and they never end up in my contacts.  You could go out and buy a CardScan scanner and scan them all in when you get back to your office, but in all reality who has the time.  Worry not, there is a solution out there for all of you with smartphones.  Welcome WorldCard Mobile.  I first came across Worldcard on my Windows Mobile phone a few years back and when I first switched to an iPhone I was disappointed it did not exist.  Lucky for you, times have changed and the development team has built iPhone and Android apps along with the Windows Mobile app. Read more

Is the world finally ready for HP Virtual Connect?

HP Virtual Connect is not a new technology. A quick Google search for when it was first released showed a version 1.3 release note in October of 2008. If you apply Moore’s Law to something that was released originally in early 2008, it should have advanced 4x by now with it doubling every 2 years. In reality, the technology was built to grow and expand and change as connectivity changed. The problem with Virtual Connect previously was that a standard user normally had a very hard time understanding what HP was trying to accomplish. Read more

Pre-Built Private Cloud: Is it Marketing or Innovation?

If you have been anywhere near a briefing from VMware, Citrix, or Microsoft in the past few years, you are well aware of what “the cloud” is.  You have probably already heard about the public cloud with the likes of Amazon and Google among others.  The newest additions to the cloud vernacular are the private and hybrid cloud.  The private cloud is where software companies like Citrix and VMware have developed solutions to allow an enterprise to keep their data secure, but still get the commodity model that has been advertised to their users in the consumer space. The hybrid model is the utopian integration and flexibility between the public and private cloud environments. As I sat through the second session of the Blogger Reality Show, which was focused on Converged Systems, it occurred to me that like so many pre-built platforms these days, the HP CloudSystem is exactly what the private cloud was envisioned as.  Then the thoughts of all the other hardware vendors starting sneaking in and I got to thinking about what is really included in these hardware offerings. Are we seeing a revolution in the way that IT equipment is purchased or are we just seeing marketing spin by a few vendors that have joined forces to sell the solutions that are already available. Read more

HP: The Legos of enterprise IT

Security breaches from lost laptops, consumerization of enterprise IT, and a slowed economy have all been factors forcing current CIOs and IT staffs to find ways to cut costs and increase efficiencies. Virtual desktops while often one of my primary topics has become just one of the many pieces of the puzzle. The others include but are certainly not limited to the server infrastructure, networking equipment, enterprise storage and all the components that allow them to run, both physically with cabling, cooling and power, but also virtually, with management consoles and user interfaces.

Over the past two years, almost every major vendor in the IT industry has come up with a new fancy name to say that they are combining all the components needed to run your enterprise. Acadia was a collaboration from EMC, VMware and Cisco which later became VCE, Netapp was soon to follow with the Flexpod. Both of these are great solutions and are clearly geared at the large enterprise that buys in bulk. They both allow you to control the storage as part of a solution that includes the servers and even includes hooks into the virtual infrastructure. However, they also come with a cost, and a large one since you have to buy the units as a full configuration all at once. Read more

How to take less business cards to a conference…and still make good contacts

The traditional business card has become part of social etiquette. We make sure when we start a new job we order in 100 cards so that we can pass them out in meetings with clients, vendors, and customers, but most of us really could care less about the little piece of paper and would rather you just email me your contact info. It gets even worse when people have tried to be original and have an odd shaped card. Where are you going to put it? It does not fit right in your business card slot in your bag; it is weird in your wallet, so most likely it will just get thrown in the trash. The only thing that people seem to really like business cards for nowadays is to drop in the fish bowl at Chipotle, or your closest quick lunch place to try to win lunch to a day for your office.

There is one exception, when going to a business conference you want to make as many contacts as possible, both professionally and personally, and often times you don’t want the two to mix. One of my colleagues just came back from a conference and showed me what I think might be one of the better ideas I have seen in a while for a conference and I thought I would share it and expand on it some. Carry a small business card case with you that you can keep 25 or 30 cards in for those times you really want to drop a business card so you might win that new Apple TV the vendors was giving out. When you want to trade information with a vendor or colleague though you should look at technology… Read more

What a ride 2011 has been…Time for the next contest

Throughout your career things seem to ebb and flow, with hills and valleys along the way.  For me 2011 so far has been a fast winding downhill road.  Normally people look at the downhill as the bad part and that you want to be at the top of the mountain, but since the beginning of the summer when I got the new Motorcycle I have learned to appreciate the long winding curves of a downhill road, knowing that the next challenge and uphill is around the turn waiting for me.  Sounds like a great epiphany right… So what brought this on? Read more

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