As if you didn’t have enough great reasons to attend the Chicago VMUG 2016 UserCon with our wonderful exhibitor’s hall full of partner solutions, excellent technical sessions to participate in, and our closing reception where each year we giveaway a complete home lab setup to one lucky attendee, here are two more reasons not to miss the 2016 UserCon:
The Morning Session Keynote with Kit Colbert of VMware!
Kit is the VP/GM of Cloud-Native Apps at VMware, and he and his team are focused on solutions in the cloud-native apps space. His work on vSphere Integrated Containers and the Photon Platform makes him an expert on how VMware is approaching cloud-native solutions for business. Be sure to attend his 8:30am morning keynote session “VMware Cloud-Native Applications and the Big Picture” to learn how VMware is preparing for the next evolution of IT.
The Community Session Keynote with Phoummala Schmitt!
Phoummala’s strong technical background and experiences in the field of IT makes her a solid contributor to many blogs and social media outlets. She is a co-host of the Current Status podcast, and a writer for various sites such as the Petri IT Knowledgebase and blog, 24x7ITConnection, Exchangegoddess.com, WeBreakTech.com, and The Register. Phoummala’s covered many changes in the world of IT and virtualization, so you won’t want to miss her 1:20pm keynote session “Letting Go of Fear and Taking Risks in an Ever-Changing IT Landscape” where she explains how even the most cutting edge IT techie can freeze in the headlights of enterprise production system changes and what you can do about it.
Register Now for the Chicago VMUG 2016 UserCon!
If you haven’t already registered to attend the Chicago VMUG 2016 UserCon now is the time to do so:
With great keynote speakers like Kit and Phoummala you are sure to learn something that will help take your career to the next level, so don’t miss this year’s Chicago VMUG 2016 UserCon! We’ll see you there!
VMworld 2016 was last week in Las Vegas, and for those of us who attended it was time well spent learning about the latest VMware technologies and partner offerings. Not everyone can make it to VMworld every year though. Luckily VMware User Group (VMUG) UserCon events are a great way for you to experience the thrill of VMworld for one day in your own city.
This year’s Chicago VMUG UserCon will be jam packed with informative sessions, cutting edge partners in the exhibitor’s hall, and a gathering of virtualization professionals ready to share ideas and lessons learned in the field. Best of all you can attend the Chicago VMUG UserCon for free and partake in the entire day’s worth of activities! We’ll even include breakfast and lunch, and we’ll end the day with a happy hour during which our sponsors will give away wonderful prizes to our attendees!
A new VCDX, vBrisket, and the Chicago VMUG UserCon 2016 are just more proof that the Chicagoland area doesn’t mess around when it comes to virtualization! Make sure to attend these great events, and invite your friends to join too!
Yes, you read that right: vBrisket brings virtualization technology enthusiasts together to enjoy BBQ.
Genius. Pure genius! We at the Chicago VMUG salute the vBrisket team for breaking new ground and for surely moving humanity as a whole forward.
Register Now for the vBrisket Chicago MeatUp & Bus Tour Send Off!
The vBrisket crew is also doing something very unique this year in their never ending quest to bring tasty BBQ and virtualization skills to the masses: This year they are launching a bus tour to VMworld 2016, and their launching this historic event out of the Windy City!
In many ways this is like the first flight, or mission to the moon, and I’m sure that the history books of my grandchildren will record this event as one of the key reasons world peace is eventually acheived. But even if it doesn’t achieve all of that, doubtful but possible, you certainly don’t want to miss your chance to see these brave pioneers of charcoal and hypervisors when they start this epic adventure!
WHERE? Bub City – 5441 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018 – View Map
You are sure to find many of your Chicago VMUG members at this event as well. So let’s all grab some BBQ, a cold beverage, and raise our glasses high on August 23rd to the vBrisket Bus Tour! Godspeed vBrisket crew! Godspeed!
Ogilvie Transportation Center
Madison Room – 3rd Floor
500 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60030 Click here for directions.
9:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Welcome and VMUG Overview
10:10 a.m. SaltStack Presentation
Going Beyond the Deployment: Learn how SaltStack a modern day DevOps datacenter automation framework can integrate with your existing virtual infrastructure. Lean from SaltStack’s Nate Brooks about vRO integrations, automation of VMware standards, and ensuring security and risk compliance using one tool.
11:10 a.m. Chicago VMUG Member Presentation – Jody Lent
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:40 p.m. Rubrik Presentation
Are you tired of managing complex backup workflows? Are you confident in providing a successful recovery in the event of a failure? Is your backup infrastructure a black hole for housing dark data? Attend this session and learn how Rubrik’s next-generation, scale-out fabric can help you eliminate backup software and the associated data management hassles, recovery uncertainty, and scalability limits. We’ll cover:
– Introduction to Rubrik: transform a multi-tiered backup and recovery environment into a single, feature-rich and scale-out fabric.
– Benefits for VMware Users: 15-minute setup vs. 3-month deployments, ease of use with automated workflows for protecting/managing VMs, cost savings by using public cloud for long-term data retention, and cradle-to- grave data management that transforms your backup data from an insurance policy into a powerful business asset that can accelerate DevOps.
– Technical Deep Dive: brand new distributed file system for managing and storing versioned data, agentless architecture, scale-out deduplication across flash and hard disk in a single resource pool, REST API-driven interface, and more.
1:30 p.m. Giveaways
2:00 p.m. Meeting Concludes
Be sure to share the registration link with others!
Sharing is caring! Our sponsors, Rubrik and SaltStack, are putting together some great content on how to automate different parts of your IT infrastructure. Plus Chicago VMUG member Jody Lent (@JodyLent on Twitter) will be presenting as well. Thanks Jody for sharing your experiences with the rest of us, and thank you to our sponsors for their support!
We’ll see you on July 12th!
This is sure to be another great event, so you are not going to want to miss it! Register now and guarantee that you will have a spot at this Chicago VMUG event. Bring a friend too, because we’re always happy to welcome new members into the Chicago VMUG!
The Chicago VMUG leaders are happy to announce that the next Chicago VMUG meeting is taking place on July 12th, 2016 at 500 W. Madison in Chicago. This is a great location for those of you who commute via Metra into the city, because 500 W Madison is home to the Ogilvie Transportation Center and it is across the street from one of the entrances to Union Station as well.
That’s great, but what about the sponsors?
We have two powerhouse sponsors for the July meeting! SaltStack, a leader in system management software for infrastructure and data centers, will kick things off followed by Rubrik, named a Gartner 2016 Cool Vendor in Storage Technologies. Both presentations will be on different aspects of automating your IT environments. Two cutting edge technology sponsors in a single VMUG meeting! Not only are these kind folks sponsoring our venue, but they will be providing lunch as well. You can’t beat that!
Or can you?
Open request for member presentations!
The only thing that can make a combo of great sponsors better is to compliment them with presentations from our own members! If you are interested in giving a 40 minute presentation please contact Chicago VMUG leader Patrick Benson with your idea at Patrick@PBenson.net. VMUG events really shine when we hear from from the members of our own community speaking right alongside our sponsors!
Registration will be available soon!
Expect to see a link for registration for this event in the next blog post, but for now be sure to reserve July 12th on your calendar for the next Chicago VMUG meeting! We look forward to seeing both old and new members there, and thank you to our sponsors SaltStack and Rubrik for making this event possible!
We here at the Chicago VMUG can’t wait to see our members this Thursday at our Batman vs Superman movie event! Below is the agenda to what is sure to be a great day of discussion, networking, and learning!
Time Session 9:30 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Welcome and VMUG Overview
10:10 a.m. Pass the VCP Presentation
11:10 a.m. Nimble Storage Presentation
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:40 p.m. Microtrain Presentation
1:30 p.m. Giveaways
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Movie Starts – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Remember that everyone who attends this event will also receive a movie pass good for two free admissions to Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge, IL. This is in addition to the chance to win in a drawing one of the many great giveaways our sponsors are bringing to the event! Here are the event details for all of our attendees: