Recap: Louisville VMUG Meeting – January 2015
The Louisville VMUG meeting was held Friday, January 16th at the Louisville Science Museum in downtown Louisville. We were grateful to have almost 40 folks in attendance, some of which drove over an hour to get there. Compared to the last meeting, that’s a huge increase in attendance, something we’ve been focusing on in the last 6 months. For this meeting, we were fortunate to have some extremely talented speakers to present to the group.
The meeting started with some opportunity for networking over lunch that included some fantastic smoked brisket and chicken – which seemed to go over well considering it was completely gone. Upon signing in, members were able to pick up some swag, including the Louisville VMUG stickers I had printed up. Then it was time for the first speaker:
VMware Certifications – by John A. Davis (@johnnyadavis) – New Age Technologies.
If you’re not familiar with John Davis, he’s the leading consultant for New Age Technogies, a VMware Certified Instructor, and the co-author of the VCAP-DCA Official Certification Guide. John’s presentation started off with discussions on the different certification tracks, such as Datacenter Virtualization, Cloud, Desktop, and Network Virtualization. These topics quickly lead into the newly announced two-year expiration of VMware certs, and ended with preparation advice for both VCP-DV as well as the VCAP-DCA. If you missed John’s presentation or want to learn more, you may find his slides on the Louisville VMUG site here.
PernixData FPV – by Brandon Willmott (@bdwill) – PernixData
The next speaker was Brandon Willmott – SE for PernixData. Brandon gave the attendees a quick 15 minute overview of their FVP product and how it can be used to increase performance regardless of what storage was on the backend. To cap it off, PernixData hit a homerun with a prize fitting only for a Louisville VMUG – a full size, custom Louisville Slugger bat with PernixData’s logo. Thanks to both Brandon and PernixData for speaking and sponsoring the meeting.
Introduction to REST & vCloud Air API – by Kendrick Coleman (@kendrickcoleman) – EMC Code
Kenny has been a staple in the VMware community for many years and held many positions including networking and system engineering, most recently working for VCE. However, due to technologies such as hyper-convergence, cloud and automation, Kenny believes that the needs for system engineers will be reduced as these technologies don’t require the intricate knowledge that traditional infrastructure used to demand. Therefore, Kenny decided turn his attention to software development and as such, his presentation focused on the introduction of vCloud Air APIs. After explaining his reasoning behind moving into software development and a quick overview of his presentation, he quickly jumped into a live demonstration. Kenny showed us how to connect to vCloud Air, query for information, and even deploy multiple VMs using APIs.
Nimble Storage – Meeting Sponsor
Last but not least, Nimble storage introduced their storage platform to the group by showing us impressive numbers for both uptime and product support. Nimble uses thousands of metrics from each storage device to analyze it’s performance and predict problems so they may take proactive actions to prevent issues for their customers. They also spoke about their pay-as-you-go storage plans, where customers can pay per Gb / per IOP / per month to avoid the large capital expenditures that some companies may not be able to afford. Nimble Storage capped it’s discussion off by giving away a $50 Amazon Gift card to a lucky attendee.
Meeting Conclusion – Giveaways – Comments & Questions – Michael Hart (Louisville VMUG Leader) and Bryan Krausen
After all presentations were complete, we gave away some PernixPro books and some VMware coffee mugs. More importantly, we asked the crowd for information so we may continue improving the meetings for attendees because, after all, these meetings are for YOU. A few things we learned:
- Most of the attendees don’t use Twitter.
- Most learned about the meeting from the VMware VMUG email blast.
- Many people don’t like coming downtown as parking can be a hassle.
- For convenience, most people wanted meetings on the East End of Louisville.
- People like free stuff. 🙂
- 80% of attendees were interested in attending a local vBeers sponsored event (who doesn’t like free drinks?).
All of the suggestions are critical to expanding the number of attendees which, in turn, will allow us to get more sponsors, continue to bring in stellar guest speakers, and giveaway fantastic prizes. It’s a win-win for everybody.
Thanks to everybody who attended and a special thanks to our meeting sponsors and presenters.
See you in April.