Atlanta VMUG Homerun

Just wanted to share a short post on an awesome event coming up on June 1st. I will speaking at the next Atlanta VMUG in Suntrust Park. We rented out an awesome location to share, eat and watch the Atlanta Braves take on the Washington Nationals. I'm still working on my notes for the event, but I will sharing an overview of Datrium and how Blockchain, IoT and VMware vSphere intersects with Datrium's Distributed Log Structured filesystem. 

We are working with our close friends at Diversified, and TierPoint and so seating is extremely limited. We are expecting a very large turn out, so register early to get a seat and a ticket. 

 

 

 

Nashville VMUG Experience

 
 

Yesterday, I spent the day at the Nashville VMUG Converge event. I have to say that I been to a lot VMUG’s over the years and all have their strengths and weaknesses, but in IMHO the leadership team in Nashville have a model VMUG organization, that depicts forward thinking and focus.

This particular event wasn’t your typical user conference. It was a more focused event that the Nashville VMUG group organizes ever year. With close to 150 attendees, it’s not user conference size but also no small event either. I talked to some that drove over 4 hours to be part of the day activities!!

This year what really caught my attention was the pilot program the VMUG leadership team put together around educating the community. They invited ITT Technical Institute students & staff to attend and learn about virtualization. We ended up having over 20 students show up just to experience what a VMUG was all about and learn more about virtualization and the ecosystem that surrounds it. The plan is to expand this to other technical colleges and organizations and maybe even setup a mentoring program. This to me is one example of what the VMUG should be all about. I believe we all learn more when we mentor others and interact; it’s not all about who knows the most or who is the most popular speaker at today’s event. If you ask me, it’s about sharing with each other and becoming better at what do each day, no matter who we are.

Great organization and great event!! Thanks for the hospitality yesterday!! Oh, the food was good too!! Who doesn’t like an Ice Cream Sundae in the afternoon!!! :) 

 

 

Chattanooga VMUG Restarted

I'm happy to report that the Chattanooga VMUG group has a planned event on August 19th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. It's been around 2 years since this group has had an event, so I was excited to work with Jim Wrenn & Curtis Gunderson to organize a new event for the Chattanooga chapter. 

PernixData and Veristor have agreed to co-sponsor the event!  

No registration is required, so if you are in the area come help support the Chattanooga VMUG. Food and Drink will be provided. 

Speaker: Todd Mace

Title: Server-Side Storage Intelligence

Location:

Unum Conference Room (downtown Chattanooga)
1 Fountain Square, (500 Walnut St.) East Building Presentation Room 151
Chattanooga, TN 37402

 

 

A Look Back On 2013

It's been a very transformative year for me. On April 29th, I started working as a Systems Engineer for PernixData. The same day my friend Frank Denneman also made his announcement! Since this time I have had the privilege working with a very talented team and made some great friends! 

Certifications:

During 2013 I was awarded the VMware vExpert award and I also completed my VCP5-DCV certification adding it to my list

Community:

I also had the opportunity to contribute to the vSphere Design Pocketbook! 

 

2013 was also a very busy year for PernixData and I was happy to play a part in it's development. I'm proud that my suggestion was chosen for naming the PernixData elite group of IT professionals as "PernixPro"!

 

Instead of naming all the many achievements that PernixData accomplished in 2013, here is a great link to our 2013 newsletter

This Cloudjock blog was nominated for the 2013 favorite new blog on vSphere-land.com 

I was able to speak at the Charlotte VMUG, Cincinatti VMUG, and Southern California VMUG

At VMworld 2013 I presented at the vBrownbag Tech Talks and met the great crew behind scenes! 

A Look Ahead-2014:

I can tell you for sure that 2014 is going to be an exciting year for PernixData. Some big stuff is going to happen that I think will bring the industry to it's knees!! :)

I'm not going to make any predictions this year, like I did last year, but let's look how I did. PernixData had a big year coming out of stealth and Nimble just completed a big year with their IPO. The other two predictions gained more traction in the market, but I believe the clear winners are PernixData and Nimble. 

In 2014 I have plans to achieve at least two more certifications along the way and become even more active within the community as well! 

Happy New Year!!!

 

 

 

Carolina VMware User Summit 2013

This coming Thursday the 2013 Carolina VMUG begins. This year will include a ton of great sessions and speakers. There will be a Expert Panel talking about the future of Virtualization; this panel will include William Lam, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti and Chad Sakac. Check out the Schedule! 

There are also two sessions that I'm partial too that I want to highlight.

Education Session

Time: 10:15-11:00 am
Title: "The New Scale-Out Data Tier - A Storage Platform Paradigm Shift" (PernixData)
Speaker: Todd Mace 
Room: 217 A 

eGroup Lab Session

Time: 1:00-1:45 pm
Title: Free Style Session- Flashtastic – PernixData FVP Demo
Speakers: John Flisher & Todd Mace
Room: 211 AB 

It's never to late to register and come see some awesome IOP presentations!!