#VMunderground & Opening Acts

If you’ve been to a VMworld US before, you’ve probably heard of the #VMunderground party. 2014 marks the eighth year of the party, and I’m proud to say that I’ve been involved in the planning for the BEST ONE YET.

The Sunday before VMworld US 2013, the guys from the #VMunderground crew and the ProfessionalVMware.com #vBrownBag crew were chatting over a beer, and an idea was born: combine the essence of the #vBrownBag podcast & #vBrownBag TechTalks along with the awesomeness that is the #VMunderground party. We’re calling this thing the #VMunderground Opening Acts and consists of 6 panel sessions from 1-4pm on Sunday, August 24th. We’ll take a break for the Solutions Exchange Welcome Reception, and kick off the party at 8pm. The best part, I believe, is that we’ll be holding both events at the City View at Metreon (4th & Mission). If you’re not familiar with it, it has a view of the downtown skyline and features an outdoor terrace. Fingers crossed for great weather. ūüôā

More information:

See you there!

VMworld 2012: My schedule

In the spirit of “everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn’t I?”, I decided to go ahead and blog about my VMworld 2012 schedule. This VMworld promises to be a non-stop barrage of awesome technical content, learning new things, and hanging out with friends.

My schedule is pretty packed. When I’m not attending a session, I’ll be in the VMworld Community Lounge where myself & the rest of the #vBrownBag crew will be hosting the Community Tech Talks. Check out the schedule, or grab the .ics.

The sessions I plan on attending, in order of occurrence:

Session Day Time
GS01¬†— IT Transformation as the Enabler of Business¬†Transformation 8/27/2012 8:30 AM
INF-VSP1196¬†— What’s New with vCloud Director¬†Networking 8/27/2012 1:00 PM
INF-VSP1504¬†— Ask the Expert vBloggers 8/27/2012 2:30 PM
INF-VSP1856¬†— Become a Rock Star with PowerCLI and vCenter¬†Orchestrator 8/27/2012 4:00 PM
INF-STO2980¬†— vSphere 5 Storage Best Practices 8/27/2012 5:00 PM
GS02¬†— Delivering the Promise of the Software Defined¬†Datacenter 8/28/2012 8:30 AM
TEX2198¬†— Cloud Application Platform Roadmap (TAP¬†only) 8/28/2012 10:30 AM
INF-VSP2164¬†— Automation of vCloud Director Disaster¬†Recovery 8/28/2012 4:30 PM
TEX2225¬†— Cloud Infrastructure Suite Roadmap (TAP¬†only) 8/29/2012 8:00 AM
OPS-CSM2975¬†— Orchestrating the Cloud:¬†From API to Workflow 8/29/2012 11:00 AM
OPS-CSM1167¬†— Architecting for VMware vCloud Allocation¬†Models 8/29/2012 12:30 PM
INF-VSP2825¬†— DRS: Advanced Concepts, Best Practices and Future¬†Directions 8/29/2012 2:00 PM
GS03¬†— Genius Machines 8/30/2012 9:00 AM
INF-VSP1168¬†— Architecting a Cloud Infrastructure 8/30/2012 12:00 PM

As you can tell, I’m focusing quite a bit on vCloud Director and the various bits of automation that surround it. If you work for a TAP (Technical Alliance Partner, IIRC) be sure to check out the TAP only sessions. I’ve seen a bit of the future due to my day job and attending NDA roadmap briefings. From what I’ve seen so far, I’m extremely stoked for the VMware Cloud Infrastructure future!

#VMworld + #vBrownBag == crazy awesome

I’m incredibly excited about VMworld 2012 as this one will be a totally new experience for me. The first two years that I attended were as a customer, the third was as a vendor. If you talked to me at all last year, you probably remember that I’d lost my voice from working the booth every day the show floor was open, and was literally propped up by caffeine during the day and alcohol at night. Good, clean living. ūüėČ This year will be an all new experience because I will be very involved with the VMworld Community Tech Talks powered by the #vBrownBag podcast. John Troyer & Alex Maier (THE community folks at VMware) have decided to lend us the space, gear, and all the social media muscle they have to let us run a bunch of Lightning Rounds & Technical Deep Dives with some of the world’s smartest VMware folks around. If you haven’t seen the schedule yet, please go check it out now. We’ll be livestreaming the show on vmworld.com, and will have everything available for download & viewing after the conference as well.

The coolest thing about the Community Tech Talks powered by the #vBrownBag is our fantastic sponsors. In no particular order: Cisco, Veeam, Tintri, & TrainSignal have sponsored the #vBrownBag at VMworld. We’ll be handing out a very limited number of VMworld 2012 Survival Kits. These kits will include the necessary items to help you get through 4 days of awesomeness – energy, vitamins, earplugs, and (hopefully!) more. Most importantly, a very lucky 350 folks will get an awesome custom-made #vBrownBag USB key that will be packed with our best certification podcast series, the latest distribution of AutoLab 1.0, and fantastic content from each of our sponsors. YOU WILL WANT TO GET ONE OF THESE KEYS. ūüôā

I hope I’ve done a great job explaining why I’m stoked about VMworld 2012. If you’re there in person, come see us at the Community Lounge. If you’re not able to make it, watch the livestream and participate on Twitter under the hashtag #vBrownBag. ‘Til then!