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Apr 17

Potomac Regional VMUG User Conference

Yesterday I attended the Potomac Regional VMUG UserCon in northern VA. The Potomac Regional VMUG Conference is a joint VMware User Conference put on by the DC VMUG (@DCVMUG) and the MD VMUG (@MDVMUG). This is the first VMUG User Conference I have been able to attend in a couple years. I wanted to give a quick shout out to all of the folks that put it together. The conference was really well done. Well attended and some really fantastic content.

Great opening session by @virtualjad on VMware’s vision of the Software Defined Data Center. Fantastic presentation on how VMware technologies will continue enable customers to provide instant, fluid, and secure application services. The rest of the day was filled with sessions on NSX, vSphere 6, hyper-converged infrastructure, and more. Some really awesome information and content.

Was also great to catch up with so many great people. Great to see @bknudtson, @timantz, @mletschin, @AlexanderJN, @virtualstace, @BerkowitzDan, and @huberw (and there were many more). Really glad @tscalzott was able to stop in for a cup of coffee and a chat. Was really great meeting @_stump, hope we can catch up again soon. The sessions and vendors are great but it is also really great to meet and chat with people you follow/interact with on twitter. (Follow everyone in this paragraph, really great people that contribute a lot to the community)

The conference wrapped up with a VCDX Panel which include myself, @timantz, @huberw, and @ronflax with @mletschin as the moderator.

PRVMUG-VCDXPanel

There was a lot of great discussion about how and why each of us sitting on the panel went about pursuing VCDX. To sum up the VCDX panel… the path to VCDX Certification is not easy but for those who work towards and obtain VCDX – it is worth it! Hopefully we provided some inspiration to anyone in the audience that is currently on the path to any VMware certification.

Was a long day, but a really good day. Great seeing everyone and thanks to @DCVMUG and @MDVMUG for putting on such a great event!

Thanks to @varobc and @dadowistef from ABS Technology for taking the trip up with me. Hope you guys enjoyed the time as much as I did.

About the author

vHersey

Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc

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