Brisbane VMUG – Lunch and Learn – April 2024

The April 2024 edition of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th April at the Attura Head Office (Level 9, 116 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000) from 12pm – 1:30pm. It’s sponsored by Cloud Ready Solutions and promises to be a great session.

Here’s the agenda:

  • Potential threats to virtual environments
  • Protecting virtual workloads with NAKIVO
    • VM backup
    • Ransomware protection
    • Instant recovery
    • Disaster recovery
    • IT Monitoring for VMware vSphere
    • MSP Console
  • Best practices for virtual data protection
    • The 3-2-1-1-0 strategy
    • Automated workflows
    • Storage efficiency
    • Flexible retention
    • Backup security
    • Backup vs. replication
    • Case studies
    • Technical demo
  • Q&A session

Cloud Ready Solutions has gone to great lengths to make sure this will be a fun and informative session and I’m really looking forward to hearing about NAKIVO. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.

Brisbane VMUG – October 2023

 

Event Overview

This month I’ll be presenting a recap of VMware Explore for all those that could not make it overseas, exploring what’s new and innovations. The agenda covers:

  • Cloud & Edge infrastructure
  • Modernize infrastructure, operating models and applications
  • Networking & Security
  • Automating app experiences with a comprehensive and secure network
  • Modern Applications & Cloud Management
  • Develop, operate and optimize apps at scale on any cloud
  • Hybrid Workforce
  • Enable work anywhere with secure and frictionless experiences

An introduction to VyOS by Shah Anupam covering how VyOS networking can be leveraged within the VMware ecosystem.

 

Primary Venue

Brisbane VMware Office

Queen St 8/324, 4000 Brisbane, QLD, AU

Brisbane VMware Office – Goondiwindi Room

Register here. Hope to see you there. [Edit] I should mention it’s happening on Wednesday October 18th, 2023 from 12:00 – 1:30pm.

Brisbane VMUG – Lunch And Learn – September 2023

The Brisbane VMUG team are running a lunch and learn with the local VMware team on September 6th, 2023. You can find out more about it below, and register for the event here.

 

Event Overview

In this Lunch & Learn session, attendees will embark on a journey through VMware Aria Operations, exploring its capabilities and innovations. The agenda is designed to provide an understanding of Aria Operations, covering:

  • General Overview: An introduction to the platform, highlighting its evolution.
  • Deployment and Enhancements: A look into new feature enhancements. SaaS and on-prem deployment options.
  • Integration with Clouds: Insight into seamless integration with VMware Cloud and native cloud platforms.
  • Core Capabilities: Exploration of essential features like troubleshooting, automation, and cost.
  • Compliance Engine: discover the compliance management ensuring adherence to standards.
  • Extended Capabilities: A focus on extended monitoring capabilities for applications and operating systems.
  • Live Demo & Q&A: An interactive segment with a live demonstration of selected features, followed by an open Q&A session.

The session aims to unlock the potential of VMware Aria Operations, guiding attendees through its multifaceted functionalities and demonstrating how they can leverage these features in their own environments. Whether new to Aria Operations or looking to explore its latest updates, this session offers valuable insights and practical knowledge.

 

Noil Oomman, Senior Solutions Architect VMware.

Noil Oomman is a Senior Solutions Architect in the Multi-Cloud Management team, based in Melbourne. Noil is experienced in working with customers and 3 X VMware Certified Professional – Cloud Operations and Automation. Noil enjoys helping customers understand the benefits of VMware’s Cloud Operation Model and how the application of our associated multi-cloud management portfolio can support them with their unique Digital Transformations.

 

Primary Venue

Brisbane VMware Office

Queen St 8/324, 4000 Brisbane, QLD, AU

Brisbane VMware Office – Goondiwindi Room

Brisbane VMUG – Lunch and Learn – July 2023

The Brisbane VMUG team are running a lunch and learn with the local VMware team on July 11th, 2023. You can find out more about it below, and register for the event here.

 

Event Overview

We live in a world where applications dominate the way we get things done and help us be productive. Whether that be on a mobile device, a desktop or perhaps on a device that isn’t even ours.

Many organisations utilise VDI, DaaS, and published app environments to securely host and deliver virtual apps, including legacy apps tied to the data center. While VDI, DaaS, and published app deployments have aided the way IT admins can securely deliver apps to end users at scale, there are common challenges in published app environments.

For example, IT typically deploys groups of servers into farms, silos, or delivery groups to host their published apps for users. These servers are architected to scale to the peak usage of the apps being hosted (servers sit idle and are wasted resources when apps are not used). IT admins must manage the copies of apps on each farm and independently manage OS updates on each host, leading to inefficiencies as app and server counts increase. Running antiquated and inefficient app environments can lead to inflated costs, app-lifecycle management challenges, and incompatibility of apps.

This session is to help understand how VMware can help you accelerate the delivery of applications on-demand whilst simplifying the lifecycle and helping drive lower management overheads.

VMware has a long history of helping clients get more from their existing investments through augmentation and we can show you how you can use these existing investments to deliver better outcomes for your workers.

 

Primary Venue

VMware Brisbane Office (Goondiwindi Room)

Level 8, 324 Queen St, 4000 Brisbane, QLD

VMUG UserCon(s) 2023

I’ve been a bit slack and neglected to post this sooner, but the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCon events are coming up in less than a month. If you’re unfamiliar with UserCon, it’s an event put on by VMUG where you can:

  • Participate in technical deep dives led by a variety of industry experts;
  • Put your skills to the test during breakout sessions and hands-on labs;
  • Make meaningful connections with like-minded IT professionals;
  • Learn about the latest products and solutions from trusted VMUG partners;
  • Win Cool SWAG & prizes;

And a whole bunch more. The good news is that Chris McCain is doing the morning and closing keynote at both events, and there’s a heavy focus on security. In addition to that, there are some great speakers presenting from both VMware and the community. If you’re heading to the Sydney event, I recommend getting along to hear my friend Tony Williamson talking about real world service provider networking leveraging NSX.

The Melbourne event is being held on March 14, 2023 at Crown Melbourne (map), while the Sydney event is being held on March 16, 2023 at the Sofitel (map). You can view the full agenda and register for the Melbourne event here, and details of the Sydney event can be found here. If you have the time and are in the area, I heartily recommend registering and attending – these promise to be excellent events.

VMware – vExpert 2023

I’m very happy to have been listed as a vExpert for 2023. This is the eleventh time that they’ve forgotten to remove my name from the list (I’m like Rick Astley with that joke). You can read more about it here, and more news about this year’s programme is coming shortly. Thanks again to Corey Romero and the rest of the VMware Social Media & Community Team for making this kind of thing happen. And thanks also to the vExpert community for being such a great community to be part of. Congratulations to you (whether this is your first or thirteenth time). It looks like there are around 1400 folks from all parts of the globe. I think that’s pretty cool.

Brisbane VMUG – New Year VMUG Beers

Now that holiday season is over, Brisbane VMUG would like to say thank you to its Community and Sponsors, who supported them as they got back in to in-person meetings last year. They’ve secured The Terrace at QUT from 2pm until 5pm on Friday 17th February, and would like to invite you to join them for some drinks, nibbles and networking.

There will be some prize giveaways and an opportunity to chill out and mingle with like-minded people from the vCommunity.

Please register here!

Brisbane VMUG – November 2022

The November 2022 edition of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Thursday 24th November at the Cube (QUT) from 5pm – 7pm. It’s sponsored by Pure Storage and promises to be a great afternoon. Register here.

Raise Your Kubernetes Infrastructure Status From Zero to Hero

If your developers or platform architects are asking you for storage features commonly found in your vSphere infrastructure but targeted towards Kubernetes, you are not alone – let Portworx help you go from “I don’t know” to “No problem”!

Locking yourself into a storage solution that is dependent on specific infrastructure is a sure way to reduce efficiency and flexibility for your developers and where their applications can run – Portworx elevates you to “Hero” status by:

  • Providing your team a consistent, cloud native storage layer you can utilise on ANY Kubernetes platform – whether on-premises or in the public cloud
  • Giving you the capability to provide Kubernetes native DR and business continuity not only for your persistent storage, but all of the Kubernetes objects associated with your applications (think SRM and vMSC for Kubernetes!)
  • Enabling you to provide Kubernetes-aware data protection, including ransomware protection and 3-2-1 backup compliance with RBAC roles that can fit the existing policies within your organisation
  • Delighting your developers that need access to modern databases such as Kafka, PostgreSQL, Cassandra, and more by delivering self-service deployments with best practices “built-in”, which accelerate development cycles without a dinosaur DBA or learning complex Kubernetes operators

Come join us to see how we can create your “Better Together” story with Tanzu and give you the tools and knowledge to bring agility for your developers to your underlying infrastructure for modern applications running on Kubernetes!

Mike Carpendale

Mike joined Pure Storage in April 2021 as the APJ Regions Platform Architect. He has 20+ years experience in the industry, ranging from his expert level hands-on experience of designing and managing large scale on-prem as-a-service offerings underpinned by VMware, to his more recent work in the public cloud. 

 

PIZZA AND NETWORKING BREAK!

 

This will be followed by:

VMware Session

Peter Hauck – Senior Solutions Engineer

VMware

 

And we will be finishing off with:

 

Preparing for VMware Certifications

With the increase of position requirements in the last few years, certifications help you demonstrate your skills and move you a step forward on getting better jobs. In this Community Ssession we will help you understand how to prepare for a VMware certification exam and some useful tips you can use during the exam.

We will talk about:

Different types of exams

  • How to schedule an exam
  • Where to get material to study
  • Lessons learned from the field per type of exam

Francisco Fernandez Cardarelli – Senior Consultant (4 x VCIX)

 

Soft drinks and vBeers will be available throughout the evening! We look forward to seeing you there! Doors open at 5pm. Please make your way to The Cube.

Brisbane VMUG – October 2022

The October 2022 edition of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th October at the Cube (QUT) from 5pm – 7pm. It’s sponsored by NetApp and promises to be a great afternoon.

Two’s Company, Three’s a Cloud – NetApp, VMware and AWS

NetApp has had a strategic relationship with VMware for over 20 years, and with AWS for over 10 years. Recently at VMware Explore we made a significant announcement about VMC support for NFS Datastores provided by the AWS FSx for NetApp ONTAP service.

Come and learn about this exciting announcement and more on the benefits of NetApp with VMware Cloud. We will discuss architecture concepts, use cases and cover topics such as migration, data protection and disaster recovery as well as Hybrid Cloud configurations.

There will be a lucky door prize as well as a prize for best question on the night. Looking forward to see you there!

Wade Juppenlatz – Specialist Systems Engineer – QLD/NT

Chris (Gonzo) Gondek – Partner Technical Lead QLD/NT

 

PIZZA AND NETWORKING BREAK!

This will be followed by:

All the News from VMware Explore – (without the jet lag)

We will cover a variety of cloudy announcements from VMware Explore, including:

  • vSphere 8
  • vSAN 8
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • VMware Cloud Flex Storage
  • GCVE, OCVS, AVS
  • Cloud Universal
  • VMware Ransomware Recovery for Cloud DR

Dan Frith – Staff Solutions Architect – VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware

 

And we will be finishing off with:

Preparing for VMware Certifications

With the increase of position requirements in the last few years, certifications help you demonstrate your skills and move you a step forward on getting better jobs. In this Community Ssession we will help you understand how to prepare for a VMware certification exam and some useful tips you can use during the exam.

 

We will talk about:

  • Different types of exams
  • How to schedule an exam
  • Where to get material to study
  • Lessons learned from the field per type of exam

Francisco Fernandez Cardarelli – Senior Consultant (4 x VCIX)

 

Soft drinks and vBeers will be available throughout the evening! We look forward to seeing you there!

Doors open at 5pm. Please make your way to The Atrium, on Level 6.

You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.

Brisbane VMUG – August 2022

The August 2022 edition of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Wednesday 31st August at the QUT, Science and Engineering – P block from 5pm – 7pm. It’s sponsored by Dell Technologies and promises to be a great afternoon.

Here’s the agenda:

Transitioning from a Cloud-first to a Data-first Strategy to Drive Business Value

With the major trends in industry – the unpresented growth in data; increased distribution of data with the rise of Edge computing; greater diversity of data types based on industry specific use cases; increased security threats – the need for Data Management in a multi-cloud & distributed world are more important than ever. In the last few years we’ve seen the pace of digitization increase as business needs to be conducted in a virtual and digital way. Being able to manage and extract value from data is more critical than ever. In this session we will discuss how a move to a data-first strategy can drive business value, and look at an example of how an F1 racing team has put this into practice.

Presented by Ryan Tassotti – Principal Systems Engineer, Dell Technologies

This will be followed by a pizza and networking break.

Accelerate Cloud Transformation with VMware: Fuel Growth and Innovation

Help your organisation modernise existing data centre infrastructure, operating model and apps. Aging infrastructure in data centres doesn’t scale, is inefficient, lacks resiliency/agility and is not secure. Organisations do not have time, enough talent or capital to maintain the rigid data centre. Optimise capital by running and managing in a cloud model.

During this presentation, we will discuss the following use cases:

  • Take the fastest path and lowest costs to cloud-based infrastructure
  • Optimise service delivery, costs, and performance with consistent operations
  • Adopt a comprehensive platform to run modern applications

Presented by Sean Kopelke – Senior Director, Solution Engineering, VMware

And we will be finishing off with the Community Session (speaker and topic TBA)

Dell Technologies has gone to great lengths to make sure this will be a fun and informative session. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.