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AWS for VMware Admins – London VMUG Slide Deck

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!

Conclusions

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!

Slide Deck

Anyway, enough jibber jabbing! You can find a copy of the slide deck below:

AWS for VMware Admins Deck

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!

Further Reading

If you want to find out more about AWS, certification, etc, I have a load of additional resources and posts available here:

Index of Tekhead.it Blog Posts on Amazon AWS

Juxtaposition Time! Join us at London VMUG to talk AWS! – January 19th 2017

Don’t panic, you’re not imagining things! You did indeed read that title right! If everything goes to plan, Chris Porter and I will be taking the January 2017 London VMUG to a whole new place, with a session on AWS!

Yes, that’s an AWS session at a VMUG! 😮

Why?

For those people who have been living in a bunker on the isle of Arran for the past few years, AWS has been taking the IT industry by storm. So much so, at VMworld 2016, VMware announced their new product “VMware Cloud on AWS“!

Whatever the reasons that VMware have decided to do this (and I’m not going to go into my opinions of that right now), it leaves VMware admins in a position where even if they aren’t already doing some AWS today, the likelihood of them doing so in the near future has just jumped by an order of magnitude!

Meanwhile in a parallel universe...

Meanwhile in a parallel universe…

What’s the session about then?

The session is planned to be a quick intro on the key features of AWS, some tips on how to learn more and get certified, as well as some of Chris and my experiences of working with and designing for AWS (which is rather different to doing things in VMware, for sure!).

Hopefully it should be a pretty interesting session, especially if you haven’t had much exposure to AWS yet!

What else can you see at the event?

As always, there will be many awesome speakers at the London VMUG event. Ricky El-Quasem is even doing two by himself!

There will also be a load of other sessions, so check out the agenda below:

LonVMUG Jan 2017Wrapping up the event there will also be the eponymous vBeers event at the Old Bank of England (194 Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT), so make sure you hang around after and join us for what is often the best part of the day!

Lastly, thanks very much to the LonVMUG sponsors, Rubrik, iLand and Stormagic, without whom it would not be possible to hold these events!

I’m in! How do I register?

You can register for the event at the London VMUG workspace here:

LonVMUG January 2017 Registration

The location is techUK, 10 St Bride St, London, EC4A, which is pretty easy to get to via your preferred public transport methods, though coming in via Waterloo I generally find the bus to be fastest…

If you do see me on the day (I’m 6’7” so you cant miss me), please do come and say hi! 🙂

Open Homelab Deck from London VMUG – April 2016

As you may already have seen, the Open Homelab project is going awesomely well so far! For those people who weren’t able to make it to the session at the April VMUG which started the project, the deck can be downloaded below including all the speaker notes to give you an idea of the kinds of stuff we discussed.

Apologies for not posting it sooner!

Download: The Open Homelab Project v0.4 – With Notes (PDF)

You can find more info about the results of the OpenHomelab discussion here:

crowdsourcing

Don’t forget, if you want to get involved with the project, you can find out how here:
Get Involved with the Open Homelab Project!

It’s not too late to join us at the London VMUG – 23rd June 2016

Just a quick note to remind everyone that it’s not too late to register for the London VMUG tomorrow (23rd June 2016), at TechUK, 10 Saint Bride Street, London, EC4A.

The new team has an awesome agenda lined up, including:

  • A Brexit Special (Cloud – In or Out)
  • Sam “VCDX baby, yeah!” McGeown on vRA hybridity
  • A very interesting looking session on VIO from VMware

I will sadly miss the last of these as I will be in the other track. Having changed my name by deed poll to “TBC”, I will be assisting the inimitable Matt Northam, talking about “Extreme VMware Datacentres”. I will be following the basic principles of PechaKucha, minus the actual time limit. I may even get through my 20 slides in as little as 5 minutes, so don’t blink or you’ll miss it! 🙂

Extreme!To wrap up the evening there will also be a Luxury vBeers event, so make sure you vote when polling stations open at 7am, so you don’t have to go rushing home after! 🙂

AgendaJune2016.pngLastly, thanks to our sponsors, Simplivity, Lakeside Software and Tintri; without them we would not be able to have such great events and an awesome venue!

If you do see me on the day (I’m 6’7” so you cant miss me), please do come and say hi! 🙂

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