Time to get voting again. Eric Siebert just published the new list of Top Blogs to vote for. I’ve been honoured to have won a couple of years in a row, but with so many great blogs on the list that is never a given. Personally I just put in my votes, I am not going to tell you who I voted for this year as I don’t want to influence anyone. I hope I produced sufficient useful content again this year for you guys to considering voting for me. I am not going to point you to my articles, as most of you will have fav articles and know what you appreciate and don’t appreciate. Vote here: http://vsphere-land.com/news/voting-now-open-for-top-vblog-2016.html
Also, voting for VMworld is open. I would like to ask you guys to considering voting for the sessions I will be part of. Here is a list of the sessions, and if they sound interesting please consider voting:
- Ask the Expert vBloggers  (Rick Scherer, Chris Wahl, Chad Sakac, Derek Seaman, Duncan Epping)
Back for it’s 9th year at VMworld, Ask the Experts is back with an awesome panel of the industries top bloggers. In this session there are no powerpoints, no sales pitches and no rules! Experts in the industry are here to answer the audiences questions while having some fun in the process. Bring your topic, anything from Software-Defined Data Center, End-User Computing, Cloud Native Applications to Hybrid Cloud…Storage, Networking, Security, Applications. No Holds Barred and No Questions are Off Limits!
- Enforcing a vSphere Cluster Design with PowerCLI Automation  (Chris Wahl – Duncan Epping)
The amount of vSphere data center, cluster, storage, and network options available to an administrator are massive. Even specific features such as High Availability (HA) and the Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) have a ton of different configuration settings provided to meet the needs of your specific virtualized workloads. It can be a challenge, however, to audit the settings and best understand why they were set in the first place – especially as other administrators join and leave your organization! Join VMware’s Duncan Epping, author of the infamous Cluster Deep Dive series, along with Rubrik’s Chris Wahl, PowerShell MVP and author of Networking for VMware Administrators, as they take a look at how to abstract vSphere configuration settings into declarative configuration files. Learn how to audit, track, and enforce consistent settings – with notes and comments – to ensure the availability and standardization of your vSphere environment.
- Software Defined Storage @ VMware Primer  (Lee Dilworth – Duncan Epping)
In this session Lee and Duncan will give an overview of the different VMware Software Defined Storage initiatives and how these fit in to the broader SDDC picture. They will cover Virtual Volumes, Virtual SAN and the vSphere APIs for IO Filtering. For each of these 3 they will explain customer use cases and go over some of the basic concepts providing you with a good understanding of how to apply this to your environment.
- A day in the life of a VSAN I/O  (John Nicholson – Duncan Epping)
In this session Duncan and John will discuss what a typical day looks like in the life of an I/O (on a VSAN based solution). How does network based RAID-1 or RAID-5 work? Where does checksumming occur? When and how are blocks deduplicated or compressed? What about caching, are there different layers? Can I control where blocks are stored? And how does all of this influence availability and performance of my I/O?
- Hyperconverged Infrastructure Panel – Deep Dive Review of Solutions  (Stu Miniman, Steve Poitras, Jesse St Laurent, Duncan Epping)
The hyperconverged infrastructure market has exploded over the last few years. The good news is there’s lots of choice; the bad news is there’s lots of choice. How do you navigate the vendors and solutions landscape? What are they key evaluation criteria? Join us for a moderated panel discussion with a distinguished group of hyperconvergence experts to examine and discuss the challenges IT organizations are facing with virtualization infrastructure and how hyperconverged infrastructure is playing a dramatic role in the evolution of the data center. The panel will answer your questions on topics such as what constitutes hyperconvergence in the converged infrastructure landscape; business and technical benefits of this data center technology; scenarios to leverage hyperconvergence in your organization; how to avoid traps that could derail hyperconvergence implementation; and others posed by the audience.
Thanks and hope to see you guys at the event, either US or EMEA!