This Week, Destination Indy

The Indy VMUG Conference this upcoming Thursday (July 26) may be the last VMUG Conference in NA until September, but is certainly one of the best attended (in upwards 900 attendees) and most highly regarded!  I am happy to have been chosen to present at Breakout Block #4 (2:45-3:30 PM) “Redefining the Standard for Operations Management with vCenter Operations” and due to scheduling conflicts from the original presenter, I am picking up “VMware Policy & Compliance” Breakout Block #3 (1:45 – 2:30PM). Image

My path to Indy this week is via Palo Alto where, amongst other things, making my monthly pilgrimage to the VMware mother ship.  As things appear to be slowing down for the summer (e.g. the last big VMUG in Indy until Fall), they are only heating up in preparation for VMworld San Francisco in August.  I am happy to be both a session reviewer (for 4 sessions) and presenter of VMware vCenter Operations Customers Come Forward to “Tell Their Story”(CIM1775).  It is also exciting to see the momentum when going into VMworld, especially seeing the session attendance tick upwards since schedule builder went live last week.

Lastly, as we move closer to VMware’s premiere event (attendance expected to exceed 20,000), I think a lot about competition.  The hypervisor wars have been heating up, and the pressure is from the obvious companies.  But as the press, pundits and competition appear to be teaming up against VMware, I found a lot of insightful and impartial coverage surrounding the recent CEO announcement, especially this article from Silicon Angle “Industry Analysts Got It Wrong on VMware CEO Transition From Paul Maritz to Pat Gelsinger”.  I especially like to sum-up this blog with this quote from the article

“Analyst got it wrong mainly because they were looking in the wrong places for where the market is going.”

See you in Indy!

On the Road to the Central Ohio VMUG on May 22

I am looking forward to presenting at the Central Ohio VMUG ( in Columbus on May 22.  I will be presenting the “Redefining the Standard for Operations Management with vCenter Operations” session (9:45-10:30) covering the vC Ops Management Suite, as well as showing off some of the new features of vCenter Infrastructure Navigator (VIN).  I will also have the opportunity to work the VMware table and even demo the vC Ops suite for those who are interested, please stop by!

Of course I would only be remiss if I did not dine at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in German Village the night before.   On my list is a stein of lager, many varieties of sausages and topping it off with a crème puff for dessert!  Come join me, if you dare…

-See you there! Ben