2013 Chicago VMUG User Conference Wrap Up

We had a very successful users conference in Rosemont on Oct 22nd.  Almost eight hundred people came through the doors and I think found some useful information.

In case you weren’t able to attend this year (we hope you’ll be able to next year) we’ve included some links to the presentations, pictures and useful links.  Thank you to all of our 75 sponsors for sponsoring this year and thank you to all of the users for make this a great success.

Presentations available for download at the VMUG.com site.

Please pay attention for future updates about our user meetings and vBeers events coming soon.

SDR News Interview during the event

Leaders, Attendees and Sponsors = Great Conference

 

More Pictures

Pictures from Chris Wahl

Pictures from Eric Shanks

 

Comic Book from Brian Suhr

VMUG 2013 Comic recap

 

Live Interviews and Podcasts

For more interviews and podcasts, check out the SDR News coverage and the AdaptingIT podcasts

Winner of the VMware Home Lab, Greg Synder.  Feel free to find out how his build is going by following him on twitter.  Greg, you’ll be presenting at a meeting soon, right?

Twitter.com\Gregrsynder

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2013 Chicago VMUG User Conference

If you haven’t registered for the 2013 Chicago VMUG Conference you should do it right now!

Click Here to Register!

This should be an exiting users conference and a lot to talk about.  With the recent release of vSphere 5.5, NSX, VSAN, vCHS and vFlash there is a lot of new things to discuss.

Keynotes

 

JayCuthrell

Jay Cuthrell is a thought leader within the Office of the CTO at VCE (A company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware, and Intel) working with service providers, systems integrators, ISVs, and media & entertainment companies to deliver converged infrastructure. He is a frequent industry speaker currently based on the West Coast of the United States. Previously, as a strategic technology consultant with cuthrell.com he worked with service providers, startup companies, and investment groups in addition to writing for ReadWrite and Telecompetitor. He has held CTO, VP, and GM roles at Digitel and NeoNova (an Azure Capital and Bridgescale Partners portfolio company) and infrastructure consulting roles working domestically and internationally for Fortune 500 clients. He also served at Scient (formerly iXL now Publicis), Nortel, Analysts International, IBM, and NCSU College of Engineering. He holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University and grew up in Beaufort, NC. His blog can be found at fudge.org

symantec  The lunch time keynote will be presented by one of our great sponsors.  Symantec will be delivering this keynote on “Overcoming the Challenges to Virtualizing Tier 1 Business Critical Applications”.

 

 

 

Vendors

This is also a great time to mingle with our sponsors and learn about a variety of products you haven’t been able to see yet.

 

Program Sponsor  Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors
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Silver Sponsors
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Sessions

We have some great sessions this year as always.  Partners, VMware Employees, Industry experts…Oh My!

TIME EVENT LOCATION
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration | Breakfast | Mingle with Vendors
8:30 – 9:00 am VMUG Welcome Rooms 21-23 & 32-34
9:00 – 9:45 am Morning Keynote by Jay Cuthrell Rooms 21-23 & 32-34
9:45 – 10:15 am Break | Mingle with Vendors South Ballroom – Rooms 40-53
10:15 – 11:00 am Breakout Block #1 | Education Sessions
From Enterprise Datacenter to Private Cloud, Sigma Solutions Room 24
Memory-Attached Flash Hybrid SANs with QoS, Fusion-io Room 31
Deploying VMware* vSphere 5.1 Using 10Gb Ethernet, Intel Room 25
Troubleshoot, Optimize and Analyze Your VMware Environments with In-depth Holistic Visibility, Splunk Room 30
Top 10 Things You Must Know About Storage for vSphere, HP Room 26
Securing Microsoft Applications in VMware Environments with Next-Generation Firewalls, Palo Alto Room 27
Tales From the Field: Don’t Let This Happen to Your VMs, Veeam Room 29
11:00 – 11:15 am Break | Mingle with Vendors South Ballroom – Rooms 40-53
11:15 – 12:00 pm Breakout Block #2 | Education Sessions
Software Defined Datacenter - Vitaly Tsipris, VMware Room 24
Troubleshooting Storage Performance – Raj Jethnani, VMware Room 31
End User Computing – The Hottest News from VMworld Europe! - David Stafford, VMware Room 25
Performance Best Practices for vSphere – Daniel Wofford, VMware Room 30
vCenter Site Recovery Manager – Tim Sommer, VMware Room 26
Horizon Mirage Image Deployment Deep Dive, Jerrid Cunniff, VMware Room 27
vSphere Platform Group Discussion, Mike Foley, VMware Room 29
12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch South Ballroom Foyer
12:30 -1:15 pm Keynote - Overcome the Challenges to Virtualizing Tier 1 Business Critical Applications, Symantec Rooms 21-23 & 32-34
1:15 – 1:30 pm Break | Mingle with Vendors South Ballroom – Rooms 40-53
1:30 – 2:15 pm Breakout Block #3 | Education Sessions
DR to The Cloud: How Cloud Replication Can Turn Disaster Recovery into DRaaS, Hosting Room 24
Evolving to the Software-defined Data Center: A Detailed Look at EMC Integrations with VMware, EMC Room 31
The Next Step in Virtualization – Network Virtualization: Customer Deployment Stories on Why and How They Migrated to “Wi-Fi on VMware”, ADTRAN Room 25
50% Faster VMs—No Hardware Required, Condusiv Technologies Room 30
How to Adapt Your Data Management and Protection Methodologies to a Cloud Scale Environment,CommVault Room 26
Key Elements to Securing Your Data Center: Physical, Virtual and Cloud Environments, Trend Micro Room 27
Virtual DC / Virtual Networks, Cisco Room 29
2:15 – 2:45 pm Break | Mingle with Vendors South Ballroom – Rooms 40-53
2:45 – 3:30 pm Breakout Block #4 | Education Sessions
Serving Up Flash-based Technology in VMware, SanDisk Room 24
vSphere 5.5 Storage Enhancements, Presidio Room 31
The Emerging Role of Software Defined Acceleration (SDA), Silver Peak Systems Room 25
HP BladeSystem Networking, American Digital Room 30
OpenWorkload – Simplifying the Network for VMware Deployments, Arista Networks Room 26
Solving Performance Issues in Virtualized Oracle DB Servers, Kaminario Room 27
Going Full Virtual: Virtualizing Business Critical Apps with VMware and NetApp, NetApp Room 29
3:30 – 3:45 pm Break | Mingle with Vendors South Ballroom – Rooms 40-53
3:45 – 4:30 pm Breakout Block #5 | Education Sessions
How to use vCloud Hybrid Service to Extend your Datacenter to the Cloud – Jeremy Cowan, VMware Room 24
Virtual SAN – Technical Best Practices – Vitaly Tsipris, VMware Room 31
Network Virtualization – Sachin Thatte, VMware Room 25
Performance Best Practices for vSphere – Daniel Wofford, VMware Room 30
VMware vSphere Data Protection – What’s New and a Technical Walkthrough – Tim Sommer, VMware Room 26
Upgrading to vSphere 5.5, VMware Room 27
Real World Automation Using vCenter Orchestrator, Larry Orloff (VMware) and Customer Nick Colyer Room 29
4:30 – 5:00 pm Ask the Experts Panel | Prize Giveaways Rooms 21-23 & 32-34

Giveaway

We always have some great swag to give away at the end of the day.  This year however, we’ve got some great sponsors like VMware and American Digital that are giving away an entire home lab and 1 year of VMware NFR licenses!!!!!  2 HP MicroServers, a Synology NAS, disks, memory, a Switch and VMware licenses.  Awesome!

lab

 

Certifications

This year we’ll have a special room for people to test their metal against the VMware Certified Associate Certifications.  If you can pass the test, you can add a certification to your list.

 VMware VCA presentations

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vCD vCAC What’s New

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Podcasting

This year some well known industry experts will be blogging and podcasting live from the event.  If you see one of these guys running around, be sure to say hi.

 

When:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where:

Rosemont Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Click here for directions
PLEASE NOTE: Rosemont Traffic Advisory

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2nd Quarter 2013 Meeting Wrap Up

Thank you to our two sponsors: Nimble Storage and American Digital.  These meetings can’t happen without our generous sponsors.

 

 

Dmitriy Sandler started our meeting by giving a great presentation on Nimble Storage.  He gave us a better understanding of how Nimble was designed from the ground up with Flash in mind.  Both scale out and scale up are well within the grasp of Nimble.

Nimble Storage Presentation

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Eric Shanks followed up with a presentation on HP Virtual Connect Converged Infrastructure.  This presentation was very useful if you were looking to learn how HP Virtual Connect works behind the scenes as well as entertaining (If you like lolcats).

HPVirtualConnectNetworking

 

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Brian Suhr reviewed the major changes that VMware Horizon suite has added, such as HTML5 access to desktops and apps.  This presentation ended up being a huge hit and received a lot of feedback from the audience.  This topic was voted on via our Chicago VMUG Linkedin group.  Your voice has been heard!

Horizon Presentation

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Chris Wahl gave us an overview of all of the new and old certifications that VMware has to offer.  He should know…He has most of them!

Certification Presentation

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As always, there was an expert panel where audience participation was rewarded with books, jackets, coffee mugs etc and any question could be asked of the panel.  We had some great participation this quarter and were even able to get other members to answer questions.  This is what VMUG is all about!

Q2-2013 ExpertPanel

 

 

 

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March 20th 2013 Meeting Wrap Up

We had another successful meeting on March 20th in downtown Chicago.

Another huge “thank you” to our sponsor EMC!  We can’t have these meetings without you so thank you for your support.

EMC

 

lorloff

Fellow Chicago VMUG member Larry Orloff  (Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn) did a nice presentation on VDP.  He explained the differences between VDP and VDPA and had a nice rundown on some use cases and how this differs from the old VDA.

We thank you for taking the time to present for the group.  Any time a member presents it’s a big plus for the users group.  This is what it’s all about.

His presentation is here if you’d like to see it again: VDP Whats New

 

 

 

laandenLonnie Aanden (LinkedIn) was a guest speaker from EMC and gave a great talk on Avamar and Data Domain.  He gave some insight on source and destination based deduplication and change block tracking.  Thank you for speaking!

 

 

 

 

As always we had an expert panel at the end of the session for any questions or topics that members wanted to discuss.  Larry and Lonnie were joined by Raj Jethnani from VMware (Twitter, LinkedIn) for these discussions.

Please stay tuned for our announcements about the June 5th meeting at Dave and Busters in Addison!

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Chicago VMUG Party

Party to Kick off Chicago VMUG 2013

We are having a party at Dave and Busters January 30th to celebrate a great year in 2012.

Please Join us between 5 and 9 P.M. for some great conversation, free drinks, food and billiards.  Where else could you share a beer with colleagues and discuss virtualization?

 

Register Here:  http://vmugchicagovbeers.eventbrite.com/

 

Location

1155 North Swift Road  Addison, IL 60101

 


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2012 Chicago VMUG User Conference Results

Chicago VMUG Conference 2012

The Chicago chapter of the VMware Users Group had their annual users conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg Illinois on September 27th.

Over 620 attendees showed up this year which was over 100 more than the previous year.  Hopefully this is an indication of how popular the Chicago VMUG is becoming, and we hope to see more and more faces at the quarterly meetings.

Over forty vendors showed up this year and helped to make the conference a huge success.   A large banquet hall was filled with booths and experts that were available to answer questions, give product demos, and most importantly give out swag. Thank you again to our sponsors.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

Among the guest speakers we had Chuck Hirstius, Cody Bunch, Eric Seibert and Scott Lowe just to name a few.  Along with the guest speakers, there were plenty of VMUG members and vendors giving presentations on a variety of topics relating to virtualization.

Here is Scott Lowe giving his Keynote on Thoughts on Staying Sharp and Relevant in front of a packed house.

 

 

Cody Bunch explains why orchestration is so important.

 

If you are looking for any of the slide decks used during the presentations, they’re located on the VMUG site.  A login is required.  http://www.vmug.com/p/do/sd/sid=965&type=0&source=5

At the end of the day we also gave out a ton of prizes including books, VMUG advantage memberships as well as a host of giveaways from our sponsors.  For those who stuck around to the end, there was also an expert panel where attendees could ask questions about anything they wanted and hopefully got some good answers.  The expert panel included Chuck Hirstius, Scott Lowe and Chicago VMUG members Justin Lauer, Raj Jethnani and Eric Shanks.

We would love to get your feedback on the conference if you attended.  Please fill out the survey so that we can make next year’s conference even better.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ChicagoFollowUp

 

 

 

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