I have written in the past on VMware conferences(such as vFORUM) I have attended. I have been hearing about community event called VMware User Group (VMUG), organized by VMware users across the world in different cities. In the city of Pune, where I work and live, it started last year. An idea of hosting VMUG event occurred to me and my colleagues at Sungard Availability Services, to extend our support to such a community initiative. I am, in particular, a strong advocate of community events in field of technology, for sheer reason, that, it is the best way to learn and spread the knowledge. I have ran and hosted in the past community events for CloudStack in Pune. I have written about it here in the past.
VMUG is young community, just turned one. I was got associated with their last two events. Th first one was the one I helped host it. The event happened on April 13 this year at Pune’s EON IT Park where Sungard Availability Services(Sungard AS) is located. It was warm morning of Saturday. The event had an agenda of half-day on the weekend. It was great turnout and was amazing to see excitement and willingness of community to share and participate. Incidentally, this event was hosted outside VMware office for the very first time. All the three events earlier happened at VMware’s Pune office.
The morning began with a video message of Sanjay Poonen, who is VMware COO. It got us going. The VMUG leadership shared highlights of VMUG summit which had taken place in Las Vegas earlier this year. Then followed a keynote by head of VMware India Education, which generated lot of excitement in the audience as it covered various aspects of certifications. It was followed by two VMUG Tech Talks. One of them was Ritesh Shenoy, from Sungard AS, on SRM setup with Storage Policy Protection Group(SPPG) feature of VMware, and the other was by Udayendu Kar on Ansible in VMware. The event also happened to spread awareness about bringing back those women to work who had taken break for various reasons. Specifically, what VMware is doing about helping such women, training them on VMware technologies free of cost. This initiative is called Project Taara.
They sponsor session, by Sungard AS, was also interesting, generating interesting in the audience on disaster recovery practices after hearing few real life cases. I was also happy to part of that session on the stage, sharing and answering questions on disaster recovery. The event also saw online quiz too with rewards to winners, and the topic was vSAN, which is critical component of VMware infrastructure.
The audience left the event looking forward for next event which was to be first anniversary meet. This event was sponsored by one of the earliest Pune based product companies called Veritas and an IoT startup SmartEdge.
I happened to attend incidentally that too yesterday(July 13) at Pune’s J W Marriott hotel. The location was apt, and it saw record breaking crowd, exceeding 100 associates. I happened to reach the venue bit late, about the time when keynote was going on by VMware’s Amol Diwanji on upcoming trends on VMware technology stack such as Kubernetes among others. At the end, he also reminded everyone about initiative by VMware called Project Taara as well.
Then followed a VMUG tech talk by VMware’s Vikas Shitole, on vSphere automation, which was primarily focused on APIs. I particularly liked this session as it seemed he was passionate about what he was talking about. Automation and APIs are going to be defining in infrastructure space soon, if not already. Everyone needs to latch on them to reap benefits of automation. You can follow him on his interesting technical blog titled vThinkBeyondVM on VMware technologies.
Then there were two sponsor sessions, which I was looking forward to. The first one was from Veritas’ product manager, Bahar Shah, on NetBackup which captured the history and current trends, especially, in this world of data explosion. The other one was by Shekhar Joshi of SmartEdge on software defined data center(SDDC), aspects of service catalog based delivery, and also aspects of IoT using VMware. His session was quite engaging and entertaining to say the least.
Both these events turned out to be time well spent, in terms of hearing on the trends, meeting people, seeing the passion community has.