VMware UN Think community Hangout

Last month I had the pleasure to be part of the first VMware UN Think community Google  Hangout.

Alex Matthews from the Strategic Alliances Team hosted the event. 

Ashish Saxena ( Cognizant) ,  Guy Ratcliffe, ( Fujitsu)   and myself discussed various cloud strategies and the impact to the enterprise business from a number perspectives. 

Video shown below – Thanks to VMware and Alex for the great opportunity.

AppDefense Upskilling useful links & My Mind Map

One of the exciting announcements from VMworld for me was the release of AppDefense.  This is VMware’s new security  product within the SDDC area.
Conceptually, the idea is to  create  a  protected or “Goldilocks zone” for  security products  to scan both infrastructure, network and application based information to understand expected behaviour within the DC.  
Once expected is understood, automation can be used to flag  high risk or ultimately provide orchestrated remediation.
Utilising  the position of the ESXi hypervisor in the datacenter is a interesting approach from a technical perspective.  It has been successfully done within the storage and network space recently with vSAN and NSX.  This product looks equally compelling. 
With its SaaS based approach, and links into 3rd party products it has some very useful use cases.
From a technical perspective there is a lot going on within the simple looking architecture.  
Created at day 1 with support for windows 2012 / 16 guests,  it shows great  promise with planned  Linux support in the coming months.
I created a mind map to help me summarise the key business and technical points into a one pager.  
Hopefully, this is useful to others
The resources  I used to get some understanding of the product are shown below;

VMworld 2017 US – Technical Session Mind Maps

I was lucky enough to make it to the US VMworld event this year.

A great event with some excellent presentations and announcements.

vSAN and NSX have grown considerably.  These products featured heavily in the sessions from an operational and case study perspective.  Both products are now part of  great potential production solutions for many interesting use cases.

The new vCloud on AWS service was launched and more information presented thoughout the event. 


I created a few mind maps for the sessions that caught my interest during the event.


Top vBlog 2017 – ElasticSky Voted #49 

I had a nice surprise this week , Eric Siebert released his voting results for the Top 2017 vBlogs
Every year Eric works hard  with the vCommunity and gathers together the votes for the top virtualisation blogs.
I’m happy to say that my blog   was voted number #49.   
Its great to make the Top 50,  I didn’t  expect to be listed,  thanks very much for  all the voters.
Thanks again  to Eric and Turbonomic for running the event 

Design Webinar #3 recording

The 3rd seminar is the Adventures in design series was held recently.
I had  2 great presenters (Yevs and Rebecca),  both active architects, instructors and VCDX certified.
We discussed everything DR, BC and Back Up, both from a  business and technical architecture point of view.
Although not aimed directly at any particular certification,  it could be useful for the VCAP6-DCD and VCDX certifications.
The recording is available here