PernixPro is Dead, Long Live the Pros…….

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Well, the news that we were expecting was delivered last night by Angelo Luciani, Community Manager at Nutanix, with a brief ‘interlude’ with ex-PernixData CEO, Poojan Kumar – the PernixPro program will expire in December 2016. It was nice that both Angelo and Poojan thanked Frank Denneman and I for our ‘stewardship’ of the PernixPro program. This was really Frank’s baby and I just helped ‘kick start’ the program again earlier this year but I loved being part of the PernixPro community and feel sad at its demise.

As PernixPros, we are invited to apply to join Nutanix’s ‘community expert’ program, Nutanix Technology Champion. However, as was pointed out on Twitter later, the companies are very different – let alone the technology.

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Speaking of technology, everyone, but EVERYONE, on the call wanted to know about the future of FVP and Architect, particularly as some on the call were customers and many are using the products in their home labs. Calls were made in the chat window for existing Pros to have a lifetime license key so they can continue to run FVP and Architect in their home labs. Unfortunately, there was no response to this ask other than “we are not making comments on the product, this call is about the PernixPro program.”

Whilst a few on the call are also NTC’s (apparently), I think Nutanix underestimates the passion that PernixPros have for the solution and need to know, urgently, the fate of FVP and Architect – particularly the customers that are running it in production and also the committed, dedicated partners that are – or have been – selling it.

Come on Nutanix, ‘fess up and put people out of their misery. The Pros are dead, we can only assume FVP and Architect will suffer the same fate……………… but when?

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VeeamON Forum, London – a Rimmary

I’ve been fortunate to attend some interesting industry events recently and this was my very first VeeamON Forum. On entering the venue, prior to the keynotes starting, the first thing that hit me was the ‘buzz’, there was a really vibrant atmosphere. The first people I bumped into were 2 UKVMUG attendees, Craig Dalrymple and Nick Furnell. They were chatting with someone I’d conversed with for a long time over twitter and spoken to on Skype for a PernixData customer story, but never met. It was awesome to finally meet IRL Anthony Spiteri, in attendance all the way from Australia! Throughout the morning I met many more PernixPros, including Rasmus Haslund, Liselotte Foverskov, Olafur Helgi, Barry Coombs and Karel Novak.

The breadth of countries represented at this event in London is a testament to the strength of Veeam in its customer and partner base. I also bumped into a few European VMUG leaders, namely Fred Hofer, Joep Piscar and Javier Larrea. Veeam has its own evangelist/advocacy program called Veeam Vanguard and many of the aforementioned are also VeeamVanguards, who had their own meeting the day prior. After the morning keynotes, they were called together for an official photo, with the program owner Mr Rick Vanover!

 

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The keynotes were interesting and focused on Digital Transformation as the ‘theme’ and were well balanced in terms of content. It was interesting to hear about the floating, 100% virtualized datacenter from Richard Agnew in his Availability for the Modern Enterprise keynote. He also shared some impressive growth numbers for Veeam:

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His quote of the day, for me, was in talking about the shift in IT – that it is no longer the small organization scared of the large, it is the slow scared of the agile – he said “No CEO wants to be Uber’d.” 🙂

 

I found the IDC presentation informative with Archana Venkatraman, senior researcher for Storage and Datacenter at IDC. Key takeaways for me were IDC’s view of “thrivers and survivors”, along with the 1st platform being mainframe, the 2nd platform client/server and now the 3rd platform is really the Internet of Things. Archana also shared some interesting stats on priorities and spends:

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She summarized with data protection tools need to be agnostic and compatible with heterogeneous environments.

Next was the customer panel – always great to hear from the peeps ‘at the coal face’. The panel consisted of a diverse section of industries; transport, finance law and education. Bob Eadie trumped everyone with having been at Bedford School for 45 years, he said he arrived in 1971 at the same time as the first computer! His statement that IT is pupil-led in his school and that IT can make or break a student’s career was quite sobering.

Let the customers do the talking!

Let the customers do the talking!

I then enjoyed catching up over lunch with Julian Wood and Liselotte. I also bumped into Iain Radford of Telefonica, who I’d not seen since VMworld Barcelona a few years ago. He very kindly took this photo of me and Liselotte 🙂

 

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The VeeamOn Forum ‘vibe’ reminded me much of the early days of VMware customer and partner events; lots of people sharing their stories, with a good element of community and happy customers and partners. A really great event, thanks for having me Veeam!

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From VMworld Veteran to EMC World Newbie

Hello Rimmergram Readers.

A short bio to get you started: My name is Liselotte Foverskov and I’m a System administrator at Danish Ship Finance in Copenhagen, Denmark. I’m a VMUG Leader in Denmark, vExpert, PernixPro, Psychotherapist and social introvert. I’ve attended 8 VMworlds starting in 2006 in Los Angeles.

I just got back from a great experience at EMC World. Let me start by congratulating EMC for a very successful event. I can’t imagine how much energy and hard work is used in getting everything running so smoothly.

I’m happy I get to share my experience with all of you. Thank you so much for letting me write on your blog, Jane.

EMC World this year was held at The Venetian, Las Vegas (same venue as VMworld 2008 and 2011). If you haven’t been there, this place is HUGE. The walk from my hotel room to the General session was 1 km and that’s in the same hotel. They have a mini Venice complete with St. Marks Square. I don’t think I have ever walked this much in my entire life. My Samsung Galaxy s5 has a Pedometer, and it shows I have walked 51 km in 4 days.  I’m ready to do a Marathon! What makes that even stranger is I had days I didn’t even go outside for a breath of fresh air.

The look and feel of the conference is pretty similar to VMworld. EMC World is a smaller conference (*wink wink*) with around 13,000 attendees; compared to VMworld which had more than 22,000 attendees in San Francisco last year.

There are Breakout sessions, General Sessions, Super Sessions, Solutions Arcade, Hands on Labs (vLabs) as we know it from VMworld.

Breakout Sessions

I liked that EMC World had fixed time slots for breakout sessions. That made it easier to plan your day. Sometimes at VMworld it is hard to reach your next session or priorities sessions as they start at different times.

Hands on Labs

At VMworld the HoL area is really big and very popular. Usually there is a line to get into the HoL area. EMC World has vLabs  – but they are not as popular as at VMworld. I can’t complain as it was to my benefit. I didn’t wait more than 1 minute to get started on my vLabs.  I wonder why EMC World attendees don’t benefit more from this great offer, to have hands on experience with new products?

I dedicated Wednesday to do a lot of Labs and unfortunately vLabs had some networking issues. I had to restart my labs several times – take a break and come back.

The Community

As a VMUG Leader it was pretty interesting to be the new girl. I did feel very welcome at EMC World and I got to meet up with people I know from Twitter together with new and old friends.

I realized I take a lot of things for granted when I attend VMworld. It might not come as a surprise that what we have in VMUG is unique. We are so very lucky to have a VMUG headquarters to support the VMUG Leaders in reaching new members, arranging lunches, meet ups and receptions during the conference. VMUG Leaders together with members make a lot of noise on Twitter during VMworld. There is always something happening.

EMC Denmark was very kind to invite all Danes to join them for a beer at a bar every night which was a really nice gesture, and gave the opportunity to network with Danish EMC peers.

I hope when you are a newbie at VMworld that you know where to find your local VMUG and where to go to find the international VMUG. We always have a booth at the Solutions Exchange and usually get a shout out during the keynote.

After being the new girl, I’m going to make an even greater effort at welcoming new people to the VMUG   party. The whole experience of conferences like these is so much better when you are amongst friends. We (the whole community) have a great responsibility not to be closed off.  Everybody is welcome to join in and socialize. Really. We want you to show up!

( vHappy VMUG Leader selfie from VMworld 2013: Craig Waters, Liselotte Foverskov, Angelo Luciano and Jane Rimmer)

Solutions Arcade

The vendor area seemed smaller and quieter than VMworld. It is of course focused on EMC products and EMC booths took a lot of room at the Solutions Arcade. I’m not sure I liked that. One of my favourite things at VMworld is walking around talking to vendors and all the smaller startups.

The Party

Wednesday evening we had a ‘Customer Appreciation Party’ from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The band of the evening was Imagine Dragons. They did a great performance and everybody was singing along. We should’ve had more than 2 hours to party. This is an opportunity to celebrate a great event!

VMworld 2013 in San Francisco was at least 4 hours and featured Imagine Dragons and Train. That was without a doubt the best VMworld party E.V.E.R!

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I feel very lucky to know Jane and the rest of the UK Leaders very well. We started planning our conferences in the beginning of 2014. This year we’re trying to do something new, we’ve planned our conferences two days apart and hoping this will make it easier to attract all the international speakers.

Let me tell you this – I’m a professional stalker. This is not to scare you off or anything (Mental picture: Jack Nicholson in The Shining!) but getting speakers is not just always an e-mail away.

<JR: I had to add this pic Liselotte!>

At EMC World I attended Area 52 keynote on Monday featuring the ever passionate Chad Sakac together with vSpecialist Jonas Rosland. I was early to get one of the front row seats. When the keynote ended I threw myself up in front of the stage – but Chad was nowhere to be found. I hung around the area like a teenage girl at a Justin Bieber Concert.

I was in luck because 5-10 minutes later Chad came out and I jumped in front of him to say hi. I was lucky he recognized me from our 2013 Nordic VMUG conference. This guy is always super friendly and loves the VMUG community – and we love him! Chad really wants to speak at both conferences and I’m hoping his schedule will allow his visit in November 2014. Fingers crossed. Jane and I will keep you posted.

(Picture of Chad Sakac, Liselotte Foverskov and Jonas Rosland)

This was my personal experience of attending EMC World for the first time. How was your first EMC World or VMworld?

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