VMworld US 2017 – VMware Cloud on AWS Recommended Sessions

VMworldI previously wrote about my recommendations on vRealize Automation sessions at VMworld US 2017, now it’s time for the en-vogue product everyone is willing to try called VMware Cloud on AWS.

VMware Cloud on AWS is scheduled to be general available this summer, so as expected there are plenty of breakout sessions to choose from. VMware announced the product last year at VMworld Europe and I remember how all the formerly secret sessions suddenly were “sold out”. I attended a session led by Frank Denneman (you will see two of his sessions listed below) and I was super impressed by his enthusiasm. Former Senior Technical Marketing Architect at VMware, specialized in DRS, vMotion and Fault Tolerance, he joined few years PernixData (up to Chief Technologist), to come back late 2016 at VMware to work on an unknown technology. He did signed up on blanc, without knowing what is this about. That technology was indeed VMware Cloud on AWS. Since last VMworld, we have seen demos and found more data on the product, but I’m really waiting for this year sessions and to finally have some hands on with the product.

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VMworld US 2017 – vRealize Automation Recommended Sessions

VMworld14th edition of VMworld US is coming to us on 27-31 August at the usual place, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I play all day with vRealize Automation, so I thought to be proper to have vRA as topic of my first article on VMworld. There are plenty of sessions about vRealize Automation, sometimes it’s hard to decide, so I will signal you what brought my attention this year.

Manage, Govern, and Extend VMware Cloud on AWS with vRealize Automation [MGT2875BU]

Presented by Jad El-Zein, Principal Architect, and Charu Chaubal, Director of Technical Marketing, both at VMware, I totally recommend this breakout session for anyone interested both in vRA and AWS (either VMware Cloud on AWS or native AWS). Jad is blogging on one of the best blogs on vRealize Automation: virtualjad.com. Charu Chaubal runs the team that works on the vSphere product line and is blogging at blogs.vmware.com/vsphere. From official presentation: “Join this breakout to discover how VMware vRealize Automation adds service authoring and delivery, governance, lifecycle management, and enterprise extensibility to your VMware Cloud on AWS service.”

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vRealize Automation Part of VMUG Advantage

VMUGVMUG meetings

VMUG (VMware User Group) is an independent customer-led organization created to spread the knowledge on VMware related solutions through events, training and collaboration. Probably their best known “products” are VMUG meetings (looks like at least a meeting in any given day!). Number of local communities is always increasing, currently being around 230, ranging from 1 member in Mumbai chapter to over 5000 for Boston VMUG.

Second point of interest is around VMUG Advantage, a subscription program with some great offers:

  • EVALexperience (365-day evaluation license for personal use in a non-production environment)
  • 20% Discount on VMware Training Classes
  • 20% Discount on VMware Certification Exams
  • 35% Discount on VMware Certification Exam Prep Workshops (VCP-NV)
  • 35% Discount on VMware Lab Connect
  • $100 Discount on VMworld Attendance

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Top vBlog 2017 by Eric Siebert

Eric Siebert, the owner of vSphere-land.com, organizes a yearly Top vBlog for many years already. Tonight, he streamed live on Youtube the 2017 edition.

The top is based on three criteria, the most important with 80% height being public voting. For the rest of 20%, blogs compete based on number of posts published and Google PageSpeed score.

Great blogs out there, hard to choose best of them, but here they are:

  1. Virtually Ghetto (William Lam)
  2. ESX Virtualization (Vladan Seget)
  3. Cormac Hogan

For the rest of the top and for details on how they were ranked, you can check Top vBlog 2017 Top 25 & Category results on Eric’s blog.

Congrats to all the winners and nominees !

You can also watch below the recording of the live show, great discussion and plenty of information on blogging industry.

Infrastructure as Code – New AWS Whitepaper

Infrastructure as CodeAWS (Amazon Web Services) made available a new whitepaper “Infrastructure as Code”. 39 pages of dense information, this is a must-read for all DevOps engineers.

My Take on Content

  • Introduction to Infrastructure as Code – short introduction presenting disadvantages of manual processes and the general philosophy of Infrastructure as Code
  • The Infrastructure Resource Lifecycle – short description of lifecycle stages
  • Resource Provisioning – now we start diving into AWS services, namely AWS CloudFormation (going through template anatomy, change sets, reusable templates, template linting, and best practices)
  • Configuration Management – we have two AWS services presented in this chapter: AWS EC2 Systems Manager and AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate.
  • Monitoring and Performance – this is of course Amazon CloudWatch (with its 3 services: CloudWatch, CloudWatch Logs and CloudWatch Events)
  • Governance and Compliance – short presentation of AWS Config and AWS Config Rules
  • Resource Optimization – comes in the form of AWS Trusted Advisor
  • Next Steps – practical action to start implementing Infrastructure as Code in your organization
  • Resources – short, but useful list of videos, documentation and related AWS whitepapers

As expected, there is good content into the whitepaper, so go and download it!

Alternatively, if you are not familiar with AWS whitepapers you can get more information at dedicated portal. You can download here introductory whitepapers or more specialized documents (Cloud Computing Economics, Security and Compliance, AWS Well-Architected Framework, DevOps, Operations, Backup & Recovery, Business Applications, Database Applications, Migration and many other).

No login required, so go grab them now 🙂

Win Free Ticket to VMworld 2018 – by VMUG

VMUGVMUG just announced a giveaway of a free ticket to VMworld 2018!

Starting Monday 7th August 2017, VMUG will post on their Twitter account @myvmug a weekly clue: they will let us know where to find a certain content which we should re-tweet. Each tweet must include @myvmug and must contain the #VMUGOLDENTICKET hashtag. Hurry up, you should re-tweet in less than 24 hours after their post!

The winner may choose the venue, either US either Europe.

The contest ends August 27th at midnight and VMUG will announce the winner August 28th.

Stay tuned #VMUGOLDENTICKET!