Recap: Louisville VMUG Meeting – April 2015
The Louisville VMUG meeting was held April 17th, 2015 on the East end of Louisville. The location for this meeting was moved from downtown to one that was more convenient for folks to get to and find easy parking. This was a direct result of a poll we did at the January meeting and believe the new location is well suited for the next few meetings. As we saw in January, our attendance continues to grow as we hosted around 40-45 attendees for this meeting. Presenters for this meeting included myself, Gabe Maentz, Jaison Bailley, and Pat Moore.
Side Note: This was a special meeting for me, not only because I was doing my first VMUG presentation but because I organized and lead the entire meeting. Doing my first presentation has been a personal goal of mine this year and was excited for the opportunity.
While the meeting was slated to start at 12PM, we didn’t get started until around 12:45Pm due to a late lunch delivery. To get the meeting started, I welcomed everybody, quickly spoke about the meeting’s agenda, and requested folks to give us suggestions, comments, or any other constructive criticism via suggestion cards. As I said in the meeting, I volunteer my time for you, the attendees, and want to ensure that we’re bringing you presentations and information that is relative and beneficial to you.
vRealize Operations 6 [Customer Perspective] – by Bryan Krausen (@btkrausen)
The first presentation of the meeting was my own, speaking about my experience vRealize Operations 6. If you’ve been to my blog before, you know I’ve written many articles about vROps/vCOps in the past, therefore I figured it would be a great topic for my first presentation. My presentation started with an overview of the product itself and the new features for the latest product iteration. After the brief introduction, I spoke about some of the key features in detail and how they would benefit the typical or advanced VMware admin. Topics discussed included Custom Dashboards, Remediation Buttons, Groups & Application Groups, and much more. I concluded the presentation with a “Pros vs. Cons” slide to highlight some of the positives and negatives I’ve experienced with the product. Slides can be found here.
The second presentation’s topic was of DataGravity’s “Data-Aware” storage product. This was presented by Gabe Maentz, who is a Sr. Systems Engineer for DataGravity, and Jaison Bailley, vExpert and Eastern PA VMUG Leader. Jaison’s employer recently purchased DataGravity’s product so he was speaking from a true customer perspective.
Gabe introduced their storage product which was brought to market last year at VMworld, where it won Best in Show and the Gold in Best New Technology. Gabe showed us how DataGravity is not just ‘another’ storage device, but gathers data from the information that lives on it. This allows the administrator to report on not only what type of data is stored on the device but the VMs that are utilizing the storage as well. Gabe demonstrated how he could quickly query for important data such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc.
VMware Horizon View [Customer Perspective] – Pat Moore (@Pat_M_Moore)
Our last speaker was Pat Moore who is another local presenter who has been involved with helping the Louisville VMUG with improvements. Pat and his team utilize Horizon View as their desktop solution for end users at Paradise Tomato Kitchen.
Pat quickly introduced himself and his employer which gave us a background for his specific requirements in a virtualized solution. Pat’s presentation was superb, walking us though how his Horizon View infrastructure was setup for not only required performance but redundancy among datacenters as well. Pat was able to provide specific metrics from his environment, including how they were able to categorize their end users into three groups and shared how many desktops he had deployed for each. Pat also explained how they utilize Horizon View HTML Blast to give clients access to their desktops from anywhere.
This month we were proud to be able to give away some decent prizes to attendees. As always, a HUGE thanks to our vendors and sponsors who enable us to have these meetings, provide lunch, and hand out some great door prizes.
- First and foremost, everybody who came was able to pickup a free CamelBak courtesy of Thycotic Software. You can see these in most of the pictures above 🙂
- Lunch was graciously provided by TekSystems. Thank you for feeding a hungry group!!!
- The other prizes given out included a GoPro Starter Bundle, courtesy of SHI, a Parrot MiniDrone, courtesy of DataGravity, and a $100 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of PernixData.
Next Meeting is July 17th