My experience at the Boston VMUG USERCON June 18 2015

Posted by Paul Braren on Jun 19 2015 (updated on Jun 22 2015) in
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  • Many folks in the New England / New York City area have met me these past few years, as I enjoy learning new things at various user groups for IT Professionals. I missed last year's Boston VMUG, but 2015 was bigger than what I recall from 2013, with many home lab give-aways and some friendly competition.


    The networking, meeting new people, that's my primary driver. I also enjoyed hearing stories from an IT guy that I had met once before, eager to share the process he's going through to get his workplace ready to deploy vSphere 6.0 into production. Can you guess what tempered his enthusiasm for VCSA? That was VCSA's lack of VMware vSphere Update Manager. I love hearing actual stories from the real world. Hopefully all the vendors appreciate hearing direct and constructive customer feedback.


    There were many VMware employees presenting. Also had the good fortune to find myself seated next to a VMware guy I had never met before. We enjoying a late-day casual conversation about all kinds of stuff. Never would have met him otherwise, if not for an opportunity like this event.

    A nice surprise for me this year was meeting and greeting many new (to me) companies that I came across in the exhibitor area at @BostonVMUG yesterday. Their engineers politely endured the torture, handling my many challenging questions with ease:

    I'd like to end with a brief shout-out to some of the many familiar faces I got to catch up with, even if those moments always seem to be way too short, including:


    And finally, enthusiastic powerhouse Boston VMUG Leader Steve Athanas, talking about, well, see for yourself, a mere 2 minutes long:


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