Last week, Chris Porter and I did a presentation at the London VMUG on AWS for VMware admins, a simple beginners guide with a few gotchas and tips we’ve picked up along our journeys to the public cloud.
The session itself was pretty well received, and we were lucky enough to have standing room only attendance (it was a very small room! 🙂 ).
To open up proceedings and get a feel for our audience, we ran a quick survey of the 50 or so VMware professionals who were in attendance, and the results were pretty interesting.
To the question “Have you played with AWS before?”, over half of the room raised their hands, though with a caveat from one attendee who asked if creating the account qualifies! (You know who you are!)
“Do you have any AWS experience on the job?” saw a number of hands drop, and perhaps 30-40% of the room said yes.
What was most interesting was that to the penultimate question “Are you using AWS in Production today?”, only a single hand in the room remained raised!
Finally, we asked “Are you planning to do any AWS certs in the next 12 months?” and the resounding answer from over 60%-70% of the audience was a clear yes!
So what conclusions can we draw from this straw poll?
Seemingly most of the attendees were either using AWS for dev/test or simply playing with it in the work lab, however with a clear preference to complete certs this year, the future is certainly looking a lot more cloudy for your average VMware administrator, either in their current organisation, or perhaps even elsewhere!
Anyway, enough jibber jabbing! You can find a copy of the slide deck below:
If you were unable to make the session and happen to be in or around Glasgow on April 20th, we will hopefully be doing a repeat!
If you want to find out more about AWS, certification, etc, I have a load of additional resources and posts available here: