What I Plan to Get Out of the Global Data & Blockchain Summits this Fall

logoFor those who may not be aware, there are two premier “inaugural” events occurring in Golden, Colorado this October.  First, The Global Data Summit is focused on data management in the modern world of big data and big data analytics. Global Data Summit boasts an impressive list of speakers and sponsors (VMware, my employer, being one of them!) all in an intimate forum where the experts are not only approachable, but will be actively collaborating with the other experts and attendees alike.

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I plan to tap into the treasure trove of expertise, not only to get a level set of data modeling techniques and theories, but also understand what the future has in store with regards to big data, AI, and cloud platform data mining – just to name a few.  I also see this as a great real-world experience for the aspiring data scientist – a high growth (and in-demand) career opportunity, in fact Glassdoor lists over 24,000 jobs with Data Scientist in the title and over 113,000 with Data Modeler!

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The second event is the Global Blockchain Summit, the first of its kind gathering of professionals and enthusiasts sharing expertise and ideas on this breakthrough trend.  Blockchain is not only the backbone for crypto currency, but is quickly gaining popularity in verticals like healthcare and even in supply chain management across multiple verticals.  This is the opportunity to both get your feet wet, or sink your teeth further into the technology that is taking the market by storm!

Who’s In?

First of all, if it’s not obvious, I will be attending both events in beautiful Golden Colorado, did I mention that the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is on the adjoiningGABF weekend?  The Global Data Summit will be on October 2-3, with Global Blockchain Summit following, October 4-5, 2017.

Here’s what’s in it for you, as a corporate sponsor I can offer a 35% discount for either, or both summits combined!  Just register using these links:



Also, if you need to buy tickets to the sold out GABF give me a shout (@benscheerer), we may have a few extras!

New Releases of VMware’s Cloud Management Solutions

Today, is the announcement of the general availability of new and enhanced releases of the industry-leading portfolio of cloud management solutions (read the press release). The products available today include VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, and VMware IT Business Management Suite. It is very gratifying to be delivering to the market the products we originally unveiled at VMworld 2013 Europe in Barcelona in October (press release).

This GA marks a major milestone in VMware’s mission to help our customers on their journey to IT as a Service (ITaaS) and their adoption of the cloud. It covers the whole of our cloud management portfolio with critical new capabilities – a user friendly self-service portal for agile service delivery, management of physical storage devices as well as business critical applications providing health and performance visibility across the service stack, automated cost comparisons of infrastructure services across private and public clouds, just to name a few.

Designed specifically for dynamic virtualized and cloud environments, VMware’s management solutions simplify and automate how IT is managed across multiple clouds and platforms. The new enhancements and product to the VMware cloud management portfolio include:

  • VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0 offers a self-service catalog for requesting and managing all types of IT services across multiple clouds and platforms including now VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and OpenStack to provide customers with on-demand access to any service and reducing time to value.
  • VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8 extends visibility and insight into the performance of applications running on Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon Web Services, improved performance analytics for a broad range of storage arrays, and enhanced support for business critical applications including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server.
  • VMware IT Business Management Suite ITBM Suite 1.0 Standard Edition is the newest member of the VMware family of management products enabling infrastructure and business stakeholders to quickly understand the cost and consumption of their virtual infrastructure across private and public cloud environments. VMware IT Business Management Suite 8.0 Advanced and Enterprise editions introduce additional persona-based dashboards tailored to the CIO, CFO of IT, IT project managers and line-of-business owners.

As customers progress to ITaaS, we believe that CIOs and IT organizations must evolve from being just builders of IT services to both builders and brokers of services. This means making strategic decisions of where to source services – whether internally on a private cloud, externally from a cloud service provider or both via the hybrid cloud. With this GA, we are further delivering on the critical capabilities required of a service broker: on-demand access to any service, cost transparency, automated operations, and the ability to deliver and manage services on any cloud and any platform.


For Goodness Sakes – I almost Forgot to Write my Pre-VMworld Blog Post!

ImageMany of you out there are preparing for your annual decent to San Francisco for VMworld 2013.  I’ve been busily preparing my schedule, stuffing every available time-slot (double, even triple booking in some cases).

As customary, I will highlight a few of my “recommended” sessions as well as other events / attractions that any attendee must try to make!  Some, or all of these may be of interest to you, but you can bet I will be there and if you catch me I will be sure to buy you a beer (that is, if it is a bar situation ;^))

Highlighted Management Track Sessions:

I had the honor and pleasure to sit through a few customer dry-run sessions – and my impression was that these presenters are the best of the best – the rich content and their presentation abilities blew me away!

  • Troubleshooting at Cox with Log Insight and vC Ops. Tuesday, 11:30-12:30 VCM5034
  • Covance – Ensuring Clinical Trial Patient Safety with vC Ops. Tuesday 5:30pm VCM5577

Next – With the recent addition of vCenter Log Insight and enthusiasm coming from its launch, CTO John Herlocker hosts a “Spotlight Session” covering the world of log analytics.

  • THE SPOTLIGHT SESSION on Log Insight. Monday, 3:30-4:30

Ok, I just love working with Bernd Harzog (APM Experts & The Virtualization Practice).  His session was top ranked last year, and this year he will presenting:

  • Building the Management Stack for your SDDC. Bernd Harzog of the Virtualization Practices gives you his take (not VMware’s) on what you need to do. Monday, 5:00-6:00 VCM4869

I often get asked what VMware is doing around automation – of course vCOPS is built on an analytics platform that enables automated operations (automated thresholding, smart alerts, capacity mgmt., etc…).  But VMware also leverages the power of vCO across the entire platform, and the following is a great technical session on how to harness the power of vCO:

  • How to Build a Self-Healing Data Center with vCenter Orchestrator VCM5695-Wednesday, 8:30-9:30

Entertainment and fun:

If that wasn’t enough fun,  I will also be “manning” the VMware Management Lounge on the expo floor – don’t ask me where it is, because I have to find out for myself when I’m there, but there will be giveaways and refreshments!

Next, Be sure to make it to the other “social events e.g. the hottest ticket in town #vmunderground party, as well as my colleagues defending their title at the #vflipcup – the full schedule is outlined on the VMware community gatherings page.


Ok – I’m off to pack and spend some time with the family before I’m away for a week.

Cheers and see you there!!


New VMware vCenter Log Insight – Cool Features

I wanted to take a moment to jot down a few cool impressions on VMware’s new vCenter Log Insight.  vCenter Log Insight was recently announced, and is initially available in beta – but still providing a number of very cool features and integration with vCenter Operations Manager.

I want to first highlight the easy to use query language.  In this example we are investigating an intermittent SCSI / latency problem – using the power of logs, we were able to quickly find the common “unstructured” data thread.  I liked this simplistic approach rather than having to learn and support a complex / proprietary query language as in other tools.


By simply entering “SCSI performance deteriorated” we start to pick-up quite a bit of data and I can see the frequency these events have hit, as well as the spike at June 20, @ 12pm– now I can start refining this query to fit my needs.


I can even drill-down using linked “extracted fields”, as well as extract additional fields based on how you wish to refine your query making it repeatable and easy to use/learn.

Next, it would be helpful to understand things like average SCSI latency over time – refining the query even further you, can choose “average” function over a specified period of time.


Furthermore this may be a query that you may want to run multiple times, therefore you can add it to a new, or existing dashboard.  Also adding constraints, or thresholds, gives the user the ability to monitor queries and filter out data that is not significant.

Finally, and this is the cool part, vCenter Operations Manager integration allows Log Insight data to vCOps, giving a single view into the structured and unstructured performance data allowing for a more comprehensive and accurate view of your virtualized / cloud and supporting physical infrastructure.


For more information check out the vCenter Log Insight product web page and view the introduction video.


Cloud Automation ROI – The business impact of accelerating IT service delivery

Improved operational efficiency is certainly a compelling motivation for deploying a dynamic on-demand private cloud infrastructure.

In fact, the automated service delivery capabilities of VMware’s cloud automation software have improved VMware customer’s operational efficiency by an average of 80% or more by utilizing resources on more strategic initiatives.  However, if you were to ask our customers with a year or more of deployment experience what their biggest benefit was, the response would likely be improved service delivery times that enable greater productivity or allow the business to address new opportunities quicker than the competition.

Getting compute resources into the hands of business enables companies to access new business opportunities.  For companies who rely on IT systems to differentiate their business, VMware’s cloud automation software allows companies to dramatically shorten the delivery time of initial provisioning and ongoing changes from days to hours and minutes.

Our latest blog post (Cloud Automation ROI – The business impact of accelerating  IT service delivery ) highlights how VMware’s cloud automation software can help your company improve business productivity, enable new business opportunity and help you keep up with the accelerating pace of business.Image

Need help deploying your private cloud infrastructure or developing your Cloud Automation business justification? Contact us and our experts can help your team build the business case and the solution that will maximize your IT productivity.


Expectations for VMware Partner Exchange (PEX)


Next week is the annual VMware Partner Exchange – PEX conference for VMware partners in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay).  This is VMware’s premier partner event where partners come to learn what’s new with VMware, also to enable partners to be better equipped to position and sell/implement VMware solutions.  Not to mention that this conference also gives partners access to VMware SMEs and executives!


First, I must plug my own sessions!  I will be presenting in 3 sessions:

1)    CI1523 – Winning Against Microsoft System Center

2)    MGT1238 – Selling vCenter Operations Management in Competitive Environments

3)    MGT1369 – Understanding the vCenter Operations Management Technical Differentiators in Competitive Environments


I am looking forward to meeting with the many values VMware partners as well as all my friends I’ve made within the industry over the years (you know who you are!).  Also, to hear the stories from our partners on how their VMware partnership has (and will) drive more value for them and their customers.


Apart from the sessions, I will be meeting with partners and spending time on the expo floor working the VMware booth.

As for the social aspect – I will certainly be attending the “VMware PEX 2013 Unofficial Official Community Tweetup sponsored by HP Storage and Veeam” as well as enjoying Third Eye Blind on the party night.


For those who will be attending, please be sure to stop by my sessions, the booth, the tweetup – or simply send me a tweet @benscheerer.




Ben Scheerer’s VMworld 2012 – Preview


With VMworld 2012 San Francisco fast approaching, I thought I’d spend some time covering a few sessions and events that are worth mentioning (primarily because yours truly is involved one way or another).

First, other than the BIG announcements (which you can both view onsite as well as online)

Monday, August 27
8:30am – 10:00am
Join Paul Maritz as he shares how VMware is helping customers and partners thrive in the Cloud era. And Steve Herrod will discuss and demo technology at the heart of the software defined datacenter.

Can’t make it to VMworld? Watch the live stream of Monday’s General Session on VMware NOW, which will begin at 8:40am PT.

Tuesday, August 28
8:30am – 10:00am
Steve Herrod and VMware partners take the stage to demonstrate state of the art technology that is transforming IT and enabling the mobile workforce.

The live stream of Tuesday’s general session will begin at 8:30am PT.


Next – The Breakout Sessions: 

Of course, part of the richness of VMworld comes in the breakout sessions.  I wanted to highlight a few sessions that I am involved (either as a speaker, or reviewer).  I am extremely proud of the content, as I know it is VMworld worthy!!

OPS-CIM1775 VMware vCenter Operations Customers Come Forward to Tell Their Story

 This session is where vExpert David Davis and I participate in a panel session with Joe Filippello (Apparatus) who shares his experience with vCenter Operations Management Suite for a large pharmaceutical corporation

OPS-CIM1564 – Troubleshooting Using vCenter Operations Manager

This session will cover some of the common troubleshooting scenarios that users typically encounter when managing a VMware vSphere® environment and show what tools are available in vCenter™ operations to isolate and resolve these problems quickly, Presented by Kit Colbert and Praveen Kannan of VMware

OPS-CIM1926 – 5 Must Know Design Considerations for Planning Capacity When You are 50% or More Virtualized

 This session will discuss the key questions that must be designed for and answered in order to effectively analyze and plan capacity in a highly virtualized environment. This session will discuss the capabilities needed to address the key challenges around capacity risk, waste and improving efficiency in a virtualized environment. It will also go into how to effectively collaborate and share this data with the right stakeholders for more efficient management. It will showcase some key strategies on how to properly plan out an infrastructure in advance, how to decide when to invest in hardware, and stay ahead of demand like in a true retail model and showback.  Presented by Sam McBride and Monica Sharma of VMware

SS1020 – Simplify and Automate: How to Manage Services Across Multiple Platforms and Clouds

Cloud, if managed properly, can transform how you deliver and operate IT services. VMware cloud management solutions are tightly integrated with and purpose built for dynamic, software-defined cloud infrastructure to deliver this transformation, increasing business agility and reducing costs. However, other platforms are a reality and flexibility and choice are both benefits of the cloud and bedrocks of VMware’s approach. In this session we will demonstrate new VMware technology that simplifies cloud operations and enables policy-based, automated provisioning and management of services across VMware -, Amazon- and Microsoft-based clouds. In this session you will learn how you can ensure the health, efficiency and compliance of software-defined cloud infrastructure and also manage other platforms, clouds and even physical environments with the cloud infrastructure suite. Come hear how VMware can help transform the chaos of traditional management into a cohesive, integrated environment across clouds. Presented by Ramin Sayar, VP / GM VMware Management BU


Next – Spend Time on the Expo Floor

Part of my schedule includes plenty of time on the Expo floor.  Be sure to stop by the VMware booth (you can’t miss it) and say hi!


Also, don’t forget to drop by and listen to the tech talks at the #vBrownBags held all throughout the conference in the Communities / Bloggers lounge.  Take look at the schedule, also note my talk on vCenter Infrastructure Navigator Wednesday the 29th at 3:45PM


Lastly, be sure to check out the social calendar on VMworld Gatherings


See you in San Francisco, or online!!


Ben Scheerer

Twitter: @benscheerer

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!

VMware vCenter Ops, Tell your story – Win a Pass to VMworld!

But that’s not all ;^)  VMware is running a contest for users of the popular vCenter Operation Suite to submit their story of how they use the technology in your own organization and any unique insight of your experiences.

There are 2 grand prizes, which include a full conference pass to either VMworld 2012 San Francisco (August 27-30, 2012), or VMworld EMEA (October 9-11, 2012) and are invited to tell their story at a VMworld session!

The entries will be judged by a panel of experts from both VMware and the industry – the contest dates run from May 13 – July 11

For more information access www.vmware.com/go/vcops-story

Also, if you do not yet own vCenter Operations Management Suite, VMware is running a 50% off promotion the Advanced Edition now through September