The Hampton Roads VMware Users Group (VMUG) is a group of IT professionals that meets quarterly to network and discuss how they are leveraging VMware products and technologies in their businesses. If you want some more information on the Hampton Roads VMUG checkout the VMUG workspace (VMUG registration required) at http://www.vmug.com/p/co/ly/gid=99. If you are in the Hampton Roads area and you use VMware it is worth checking out.
The Hampton Roads Area VMUG held a quarterly meeting Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Norfolk with speakers from EMC and Endurance IT.
EMC vSpecialist, Rich Barlow, gave an AWESOME (just ask him) presentation giving a peek into the future of infrastructure monitoring. All kidding aside it was a fantastic presentation that gave us a peek into the future of not only what EMC has planned for the next 3-5 years but also how our jobs as IT professional may evolve. Transform IT roles “from plumbers to architects” – less time managing and fixing – more time creating services that provide value.
Just a few highlights from my notes:
- There are new technologies coming soon – faster than flash!
- Data warehouse work is the future. Changes to help you monetize the data you have.
- Local EFD storage that is still managed by the array.
- Auto tiered storage
- Spend less money/time maintaining and more time moving forward (plumbers to architects)
Favorite quote from Rich’s presentation: “A bad experience with an executive usually starts with the phrase I went to a trade show and…”. How true is that?
Cory Sutliff, a Sr. Infrastructure Engineer with Endurance IT, gave a great presentation on some different options available for monitoring a virtual (and physical) infrastructure.
- vCenter Operations Manager from VMware (VC Ops)
- ESX Health Check – Open source script to check and document VMware hosts.
- SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
- LogicMonitor SaaS infrastructure monitoring of virtual and physical devices.
There was a bit of discussion about VC Ops licensing and current promotions currently being offered by VMware. More information on the product, the promotion, and a free 60 day trial of VC Ops can be found here (or contact your VMware sales rep or partner).
Great Hampton Roads VMUG meeting! Hope to see you at the next one.