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Kansas City VMUG User Conference 2012


I just got the privilege of speaking at the Kansas City VMUG User Conference yesterday. It was a great opportunity to catch up with folks that I last saw at VMworld and to meet some new & interesting customers and partners from that area of the country. Nice bunch of folks, I might add. I also got to hear an informal chat with Steve Wozniak, which was a real treat.

What was even more rewarding to me was sharing NetApp’s vision for the future with NetApp Clustered ONTAP. The path that we are taking has similarities to VMware’s hypervisor, so it definitely strikes a chord when I talk to customers about what we are doing and how it will impact them. You’ve hopefully heard this message from us before: NetApp is doing for storage what VMware did for servers. People definitely seem to get it!

Here is a copy of my presentation from the conference for those who missed it. Hit me up if you have additional questions or comments.

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VMware vForum 2010 – Tokyo

Yesterday, I attended the first day of the Tokyo leg of the VMware vForum. The keynote featured VMware’s COO, Tod Nielsen as well as Sr. VP and GM of Virtualization and Cloud Platforms, Raghu Raghuram.

A lot of the content was a repeat of what was discussed at VMworld 2010 back in August, but the information was useful nonetheless.

I ran into and spoke briefly with Raghu, who I have meet several times before, about what I am trying to accomplish with my blog as well as the VMware user community in Japan. I know he is very busy, but the more people who are aware of me and this blog, the better.

In the Solutions Showcase, I said hello to a few members of the VMware team at the big booth. I also thanked them for their support in the various seminars and focus groups to which I have been invited and participated. I also briefly talked with Education Services about the number of VCAPs in Japan. Apparently no one has taken the certification exam yet, so I or one of my colleagues have the potential to be the first VCAP in Japan. Same for the VCDX (version 3 and 4) for that matter.

Finally, I met with VMware’s marketing team regarding how to increase membership and mobilize the user group community here. I will be reaching out to the various VMUG leaders for help as I find my footing.

The VMUG for Japan/Tokyo was officially announced during the keynote by VMware Japan President Miki san, so I expect I will be involved with VMware directly to get things started and have some official VMUG meetings in Q1 2011.

I plan to draw upon my network of colleagues in the cloud, virtualization and storage industries to put on good seminars over here, so if you are someone or know someone who is interested in giving a talk here, please contact me.

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