Archive for 24th February 2014

Congratulations to the VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide Winners!

The VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide (with DVD) by Paul McSharry

Firstly, congratulations to the winners of the signed VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide competition!

Thanks very much to everyone who entered, and particularly to Paul @pmcsharry, who kindly provided his book and at draw time added a second copy for another lucky winner, as well as the London VMUG @LonVMUG for providing the VMware View book!

For those of you who haven’t seen the book before, I recently did a review, which is posted here: VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide – Book Review

The prize list is as follows:

Prizes will be posted this week; good luck with your exams and let us know how you all get on!

I Opened up a Can of #VUPaaS and it was Good! – Podcast Review

VUPaaS Logo

I recently had a 7 hour day in the car thought I would catch up on the first half a dozen episodes of the new VUPaaS podcast and see what it was like. The Virtualization User Podcast as a Service was started at the end of 2013 by Gurusimran “GS” Khalsa (@gurusimran), Chris “Cisco Kid” Wahl (@ChrisWahl) & Josh “Mute  you in a Heartbeat” Atwell (@Josh_Atwell) and is focussed on users of virtualisation tech.

One of the things which immediately jumped out at me about the format of the show is that there is a lot of discussion around user requirements, which as a Solution Architect, is exactly what I do all day! In that respect it is particularly interesting as the show has (to date) included a wide range of different users from different industry verticals and different backgrounds, environments etc. It’s fascinating to me to understand the reasons behind the design decisions which have been made, and how that has panned out in implementation.

Another great element of the show is the real-world hints, tips and experiences which are brought to light by the guests when they discuss the issues they came across in implementation, or for example Chris Mohn discussed some of the tools he uses to “get the job done” as a consultant. They also had our own #LonVMUG regular Ed Grigson talking about Oracle, Cloud, DevOps and everything in between.

One other type of “user” I would be interested to hear from on a show (even just a one-off), is one of the decision-maker “users”; a CTO/CIO/IT Director. It would be interesting to understand how they make their decisions and what information sources drive them to procure something that their employees then have to implement (sometimes without necessarily engaging those people in the decision making process!).

I have enjoyed the show so much to date, it has immediately jumped into my Top 4 favourite podcasts. I would definitely recommend you check it out!

My current podcast list is as follows (in order of preference):

Podcast

Published

Link

Speaking in Tech

Weekly – Wednesdays

http://speakingintech.com/

vSoup

~ Every 3-4 weeks

http://vsoup.net/

vNews

~ Monthly

http://www.stumchugh.com/

VUPaaS

~ Weekly

http://vupaas.com/

VMware Communities Roundtable

Weekly – Wednesday Evenings

https://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/podcasts

Around the Storage Block

Irregular

http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block-Blog/bg-p/139

Packet Pushers

Multiple per week

http://packetpushers.net/

Professional VMware Brownbag

Weekly

http://professionalvmware.com/brownbags/

GreyBeards on Storage

~ Monthly

http://silvertonconsulting.com/gbos2/

Puppet Labs Podcast

Irregular

http://puppetlabs.com/resources/podcasts

One wee tip if you want to start listening to more podcasts is to have them set to auto-download onto your Android or iPhone overnight. Then by the time you get into the car in the morning they’re ready to go! On Android I use BeyondPod for managing this.

That about wraps it up for now but just to reiterate, I highly recommend you too open up a can of VUPaaS at your earliest convenience!

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