Month: July 2016
Opening Acts 2016 Panel Lineups
We’re pleased to announce the Opening Acts 2016 panel lineups!
Location: Liberty Loft meeting space at NYNY casino, Sunday August 28th. You can find a map to the Loft here. Ticket details are available here.
Note: Opening Acts is completely free, but we’d like folks to reserve a spot so we can monitor the space’s available capacity.
I imagine that we’ve all asked ourselves, “Where do I take my career from here? How do I prepare for the next step? What, exactly, do I want to do?” In this panel, we’ll discuss these topics as well as acting professionally on social media even when you’re in competition with other folks in technology, tips on how to cope with imposter syndrome, and how to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
- Moderator: Gina Minks (@gminks)
- Sean Massey (@seanpmassey)
- Tom Hollingsworth (@networkingnerd)
- John Arrasjid (@vcdx001)
- Mike Letschin (@mletschin)
- Jeramiah Dooley (@jdooley_clt)
New Age / Next Generation IT (12pm)
Technology is changing. “Virtualize all the things!” was the refrain from past years, but emerging technologies and solutions such as containers and their orchestration, network virtualization, and cloud-native applications are quickly altering how we approach IT. In this panel we’ll discuss these topics, and explore ideas on what’s next.
- Moderator: Jody Tyrus (@jtyrus)
- Tim Carr (@timmycarr)
- David Klee (@kleegeek)
- Guru Chahal (@guruchahal)
- Josh Coen (@joshcoen)
- Matt Brender (@mjbrender)
vBrisket Lunch (1pm)
Great BBQ’d food and casual technology conversations with peers.
Storage & Hyper-converged (2pm)
Storage is and will continue to be a hot topic. The market is crowded with storage startups and incumbents, and it’s easy to get lost in the noise. This panel will explore the pros & cons of various storage technologies (traditional, hybrid, all-flash) and hyper-convergence.
- Moderator: Scott D. Lowe (@otherscottlowe)
- Gabriel Chapman (@bacon_is_king)
- Marcus Puckett (@mpuckett259)
- Howard Marks (@deepstoragenet)
- Tim Antonowicz (@timantz)
- Phoummala Schmitt (@exchangegoddess)
Managing an IT environment at scale can be challenging. We’re all human and make mistakes that often lead to not being able to meet the demanding needs of technology consumers. We’ll explore various methods of automating IT configuration management, new ways for IT to interact and cooperate with software development, and adopting new concepts such as infrastructure as code.
- Moderator: James Bowling (@vsential)
- Luc Dekens (@lucd22)
- Eric B Lee (@ericblee6)
- Jon Hildebrand (@snoopj123)
- Amy Manley (@wyrdgirl)
- Kyle Ruddy (@kmruddy)
#VMunderground, #OpeningActs, and #vBrisket Ticket Release
Eventbrite is all setup. The schedule is set. Here’s what you need to know.
We’ve combined the ticketing process for VMunderground, Opening Acts, and the vBrisket lunch at Opening Acts into a single process. Tickets for all events will be available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-events-at-vmworld-2016-us-tickets-26600043446. (If you want the vBrisket VMworld Bus Tour, you want to head over here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vbrisket-vmworld-bus-tour-tickets-25211421039)
Go ahead and head on over to our Eventbrite now to review the FAQs.
Here’s the big part, everyone has been waiting for: Tickets will become available at 2:00 pm PDT/2100 UTC on 28-July 2016. No time is ideal for all parties, so we tried to pick the best time for the majority of timezones. Put it on your calendar. Setup an alert on your phone. Tell the family (work or personal) you have an important commitment at that time.
As a reminder:
- VMunderground will be charging $25.
- vBrisket (lunch at Opening Acts) will be $5.
- Opening Acts will remain completely free, but we still want get a count ahead of time, so please pick up a reservation even if you’re just planning on Opening Acts.
All are limited due to budget and venue restrictions, so be ready at release time!
UPDATE: The first big rush is past, and there are still tickets left as of 1800h PDT. If you don’t have a ticket, it’s worth the click to see what’s available…
Introducing #VMunderground Community Supporter
For many years we’ve heard from VARs and smaller vendors who are interested in supporting VMunderground. For a variety of reasons, we’ve not been able to make that happen. But this year is different…
We’re happy to announce a limited time offer to become a VMunderground Community Supporter.
It’s a lower cost option, but will provide you a few tickets and recognition on our sponsorship signage and tweets.
If you’re a VAR or small business and want an official/unofficial presence at VMworld (even if you don’t have a booth), you now have a great option. We even made it easy for everyone, just fill out the form and swipe your credit card over here: https://squareup.com/store/vmunderground. But time is short, so get there quickly if you want to join us in Vegas!
VMunderground, 2016 Edition
At long last, here’s the details for VMworld 2016’s Warm-up Party as a Service. (TL;DR, see the bolded items, but I think you’ll want to read the rest anyways).
WHAT: A pre-VMworld US party
WHY: To get old and new friends together to kick-off the week in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere to set the week off right
Now, before we get into it, we want to preface our announcement with a little bit of background. Finding sponsors this year was hard. With US presidential elections, Brexit, a massive vendor acquisition/merger, and a cooling off of the VC and IPO markets, vendors don’t seem to have a lot of money to spend. That has affected our plans. Some of you will not be happy, but this is better than nothing. Hopefully you’ll agree. If not, remember that we’re just a bunch of introverted nerds wanting to get together to support the community.
On to the plans….
This year, VMunderground will be held August 28th, 2016. For those not keeping score, that’s exactly 5 years after our last round in Las Vegas (August 28th, 2011). And this happens to be the 10th VMunderground. Needless to say, nostalgia weighed heavy on the group this year, so we decided to aim for sacred VMunderground…well…ground.
WHERE: Nine Fine Irishmen, in New York, New York Hotel & Casino
Now, those who attended the party 5 years ago may be saying: “I don’t remember Nine Fine Irishmen being as big as City View was last year.” If you said that, you’d be correct. While we did have great plans for making this venue work with the much bigger attendance numbers, circumstances (see the preface paragraph) led to the venue being the right size after all.
WHO: 550 of our Sponsors and VMworld compatriots
Of course, timing is everything, and this reduced buyout of the venue has left us in a bit of bind with a double whammy.
WHEN: August 28th, 7-10 p.m.
Yes. That is the same time as the Inaugural VMUG Member Party. We have been talking to VMUG for months now trying to coordinate as best we can, but this was unavoidable. We’re excited to see them launch their own event and wish them the best of luck with it. I’m sure we’ll both have enough attendees given the size of VMworld.
HOW: Tickets. Yes…tickets.
Given the reduced size of the venue, paid tickets will be required to get in the door at the beginning of the party. We will be opening up an Eventbrite page to acquire tickets soon, so keep an eye/ear/Tweetstream open for more details very soon. We’re going to do a single process for Opening Acts, vBrisket, and VMunderground to make it as streamlined as possible. Be prepared:
- VMunderground will be charging $25 (see preface paragraph).
- vBrisket (lunch at Opening Acts) will have a $5 charge to their expenses.
- Opening Acts will remain completely free if you can resist the BBQ smell, but we still want get a count ahead of time, so please pick up a reservation even if you’re just planning on Opening Acts. We won’t restrict Opening Acts to only registered attendees, though.
Not the plans were were hoping for, but think of it this way: where else are you going to get a full BBQ lunch sandwiched in-between 4 hours of learning from your peers AND 3 hours of food and drink with the VMworld “who’s who” for only $30?
See you in Las Vegas!!