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PEX Highlights

This was my 2nd straight year attending VMware Partner Exchange (PEX). Last year, this conference was the first I attended after joining NetApp, late in 2011. At that conference, I presented in the NetApp partner “boot camp”, but this year, I had the privilege to participate in a “breakout session”, co-presenting with VMware on Horizon Workspace & NetApp. 

The session was well attended and we provided some detailed information about system requirements, storage scenarios, and other useful information about implementing Horizon Workspace on NetApp as well as other reference architectures.

Here is a Speaker Deck of my presentation entitled: Sharing Enterprise Files Safely and Efficiently:

In addition to the session, I worked the NetApp booth where my colleagues and I had great conversations with partners and VMware alike. We discussed lots of ideas regarding how to better collaborate with VMware in the future as well as ways to spread the word about Clustered Data ONTAP.

Finally, the parties provided an informal atmosphere for furthering relationships with folks that I already know as well as developing relationships with new folks. At the vExpert/VCDX party, me and my colleague also had an opportunity to chat with Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, for a few minutes about NetApp and VMware’s partnership and the great things coming on the horizon.

The environment at PEX is very different from VMworld. It gives partners the ability to talk with our partners and VMware on a more personal level; something that’s very difficult to do at VMworld. It was great to participate again this year. It serves as a great way to kick-off the new year’s conference season and the content that I will present throughout the year builds off this show. 

Now we look forward to VMworld, Insight, and beyond!

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VMware PEX – 2013 Edition

Well, it looks like the first conference of the new year for me will be VMware’s Partner Exchange in Las Vegas. I just got word yesterday evening that my breakout session was selected for this year’s edition of PEX. Earlier in 2012, I presented at the NetApp technical boot camp, so I am really happy to be participating again. That as my first official speaking engagement since joining NetApp.

The title of my session will be:

EUC1388: Sharing Enterprise Files Safely and Efficiently with Horizon Data and NetApp

In this session, I’ll be speaking about the joint value proposition of Horizon Data from VMware and NetApp.

Here is my session abstract:

“While there are many vendor choices for storage for your Horizon Data environment, when deployed on NetApp, enterprise file sharing can be both efficient and secure. In this session the audience will have an understanding of the collaborative work between NetApp and VMware around implementation, data protection, efficiency and scalability capabilities. The audience will come away with the knowledge that Horizon Data is the preferred enterprise file sharing solution in the industry, with NetApp as the preferred storage vendor.”

More to come as we get closer to the event! (PEX runs from February 23rd to 28th, 2013)

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VMware Partner Exchange (PEX)

In my new role at NetApp, I am getting the opportunity to do many cool and interesting projects (goes without saying; NetApp is an awesome company!). My role so far consists of preparing technical reports concerning virtualized workloads on VMware vSphere and NetApp, giving technical input to product management, doing presentations in our EBC at RTP, etc; the list goes on…

VMware Partner Exchange (VMware’s annual partner conference) is a bit new for me. The conference takes place in Las Vegas from 2/11 – 2/16 this year. Not only will this be my first time in attendance, I will also be presenting a session during the NetApp “boot camp” on Monday, February 13th. I did a small presentation at VMworld last year, but this will be my 1st experience giving a full-length technical session on VMware and NetApp.

I am both anxious and excited about representing NetApp this year. I’ll be speaking about Virtualizing Business Critical (Tier 1) Apps and the technical caveats required while doing so, as well as why you should consider virtualizing those apps on NetApp storage. As this is a topic that is top of mind for both VMware and NetApp, I am sure the entire boot camp will be well attended by System Engineers and Partners alike.

As I am a big believer in social media and crowdsourcing, here is where I ask the question… What do you expect from a boot camp session around Virtualizing Tier 1 Apps?

I always like to involve my readers in the content I produce as much as possible and to be honest, I feel that technical presentations are more useful and the content more applicable to day-to-day interaction when I give you the information you are expecting to hear!

Please comment below with the pain points you are hearing when discussing the virtualizing of Tier 1 apps. Tell me what kind of pushback you are seeing from customers against virtualizing their Tier 1 apps. And of course share your experiences virtualizing Tier 1 apps so that I can learn from your experiences!

Thanks for your feedback! I will see a lot of you at the conference to be sure, so please drop by the session, booth or lab and introduce yourself… looking forward to it.

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VCP510: Exam Tips

vcp5_logoWell, I think it’s finally time to do a blog post. I have been really busy with a couple of projects and preparation for VMware Partner Exchange next month, but those responsibilities are starting to wind down. The fruits of my labor will be publicly released or presented in the coming months, then on to more new and exciting projects!

By coincidence, VMware is offering the VCP and a couple other certification exams this year at PEX, so I decided to attempt an upgrade to VCP5 during the conference. I am allowing myself just enough time to reschedule the exam before end of February in case the unforeseen happens.

Since I haven’t taken a VMware certification since late 2009 (VCP410) I feel as though I am a bit rusty when it comes to certification tests and haven’t had as much hands-on product time as I would like. As such I would like to list here the study materials and resources I am using to prepare for the exam.

The first go-to resource (one I have used in the past) to prepare for VMware exams is courtesy of TrainSignal (disclaimer; site sponsor). They have an updated series of vSphere 5 training videos available that I’ve been viewing to get myself back up-to-speed on the features of the newest vSphere release. David Davis and Elias Khnaser are experts on vSphere and present the material in a concise and easy-to-understand manner. I am going through one lesson every day to get me ready for the exam next month.

The second resource that I have found to be quite valuable is Forbes Guthrie’s vSphere 5.0 reference card which you can find here. I plan to use this as a form of quick review whenever I have a few minutes to commit some pertinent information to memory and the information on his reference card is perfect for this type of consumption.

Finally, I was going to prepare a list of links to my fellow bloggers’ websites who are offering material to prepare in some way for the VCP. Instead of doing that, I am posting a link to Damian Karlson’s blog post as he has an excellent list of links to all the required study material. Thanks Damian! Amazing job…

In the back of my mind, I am always thinking about my studies in the context of the VCP Exam Blueprint, which, for me, serves as an outline to ensure that I am covering all of the exam objectives and making sure that I haven’t left anything out that might show up on the exam, so ensure that you read this over and check-off the objectives as you move through the study materials.

Please feel free to share any other links you have found useful here. I think a multi-pronged approach is valuable in preparing for this exam, especially given the limited time before I sit the test and the breadth of the new material that will be covered in this rendition of the exam.

Good luck to everyone else out there that has yet to re-certify. Only just over 30 days left until the upgrade window expires!

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