Public Speaking Schedule

Posted by Paul Braren on Feb 14 2017 (updated on Jul 13 2017) in
  • Speaking
  • Presentations
  • tinkertrydemos2016

    In 2016, I spoke publicly 15 different times!

    Before now, there was never a super easy way to find this information, at any time. Now this page is just one click away from anywhere at TinkerTry!

    I'll be speaking at various user groups as:

    1. an IT Pro who is also a user.
    2. a content creator/blogger from TinkerTry.
    3. a VMware Systems Engineer.

    This one post will cover them all. Please don't hesitate to come up to me and introduce yourself at any of these free events. Don't worry, I was an introvert too!


    Historical list here.


    FEB 09 2017

    VMware Hands On SociaLab - Burlington MA
    Snowed out, rescheduled to May 25th, sign-up below.

    FEB 15 2017


    VMware Hands On SociaLab - Hartford CT - Registration
    vSAN 6.2 from A to Z - 8:30am - 12pm**
    by Peter Keilty and Paul Braren
    New Horizons
    340 W Newberry Rd
    Bloomfield, CT 06002


    FEB 16 2017


    VMware Hands On SociaLab - Pittsburgh PA - Registration
    vSAN 6.2 from A to Z - 8:30am - 12pm
    by Josh Fidel and Paul Braren
    2593 Wexford Bayne Rd, Suite 200
    Sewickley, PA 15143


    MAR 02 2017


    Connecticut VMUG UserCon - Hartford CT - Registration
    VMware vSAN Day 2 Operations for Management and Monitoring
    by Paul Braren
    Connecticut Convention Center
    100 Columbus Boulevard
    Hartford, CT 06103

    I'll also be in the VMware booth from 12pm-2pm.
    Here's a copy of the presentation.

    MAR 08 2017


    VMware Hands On SociaLab - Indianapolis IN - Registration
    vSAN 6.2 from A to Z - 8:30am - 12pm
    by Paul Braren
    ETI Performance Improvement
    8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 550
    Indianapolis, IN 46240


    MAR 23 2017


    New York City VMUG - New York NY - Registration
    From home lab tinkering to a vSAN career: the TinkerTry journey.
    by Paul Braren, Founder of, LLC
    VMware vSAN in your company: how it works, and how vSAN Ready Nodes or VxRail can accelerate infrastructure deployment.
    by Paul Braren, Systems Engineer at VMware
    Touro College, Executive Offices
    500 7th Ave (NW corner at 37th St)
    New York, NY 10018


    APR 06 2017


    VMware Hands On SociaLab - Cincinnati OH - Registration
    HOL-1708-SDC-1 – What’s New: vSAN 6.5 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    by Paul Braren
    Arden Inc
    4675 Cornell Rd
    Suite 175
    Blue Ash, OH 45241


    MAY 15 - 19 2017


    VeeamOn 2017
    Attending as a Veeam Vanguard, not presenting.
    New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
    900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130


    MAY 25 2017


    VMware Hands On SociaLab - Burlington MA - Registration
    The registration was re-opened on May 22nd because of high demand, with an afternoon session now added!
    HOL-1708-SDC-1 – What's New: vSAN 6.5 - 8:30am - 12pm - Paul Braren (FULL)
    HOL-1708-SDC-1 – What's New: vSAN 6.5 - 12:30pm - 4pm - Guy Bowers (Registration)
    by Paul Braren
    MicroTek Training Solutions
    Burlington Mall Road #204
    Burlington, MA 01803


    JUN 01 2017


    Boston Summer VMUG UserCon - Boston CT - Registration
    What’s New with vSAN 6.6 & Day 2 Operations
    by Guy Bowers
    (Paul Braren doing VMware booth duty, visit me to talk vSAN and get stickers!)
    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
    415 Summer St
    Boston, MA 02210


    JUN 22 2017


    VMUG Providence - Register by June 22

    by Paul Braren of VMware:

    • How All-Flash vSAN 6.6 can work for your company, with VxRail or vSAN Ready Nodes from your favorite vendor.
      The version of the deck that I presented managed to not mention that solutions based on vSAN typically save customers roughly 50% over traditional storage arrays.

    by Mike Foley of VMware and of

    • vSphere 6.5 Security

    by Paul Braren of TinkerTry:

    • Intel Xeon D Home Datacenter, featuring a Supermicro SuperServer live M.2 NVMe demonstration with practical vSphere 6.5 tips.

    Chelo's Waterfront Bar and Grille
    1 Masthead Dr
    Warwick, RI 02886, United States

    Promo tweets here, here, and here.

    JUL 11 2017

    Keynote Speaker.


    BNUG The Greater Boston Network Users Group - Registration

    • EdgeRouter Light, Drink In The Packets on the Cheap, Do It Yourself.

    Event runs from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, my presentations is from 7:15pm to 8:15pm. I may have a little swag with me, but no swagger.
    MassBay Community College
    50 Oakland St
    Wellesley, MA 02481


    JUL 13 2017

    Keynote Speaker.


    vBrisket Pittsburgh - Registration

    • 2017 vBrisket Summer Meatup
      Xeon D Live Demo with a side of vSAN storage tech

    2:00pm to 6:00pm.
    Insurrection Ale Works
    1635 E Railroad Street, Heidelberg, PA 15106

    See Grist House Craft Brewery on Yelp, and listen to vBrisket Prime Cuts Podcast.
    Here's a copy of the presentation.

    JUL 20 2017

    Attending, not presenting.


    VTUG Summer Slam 2017 - Registration
    Westbrook Performing Arts Center
    471 Stroudwater St
    Westbrook, ME 04092


    SEP 13 2017

    Keynote Speaker.


    Amherst Security Group (AmherstSec) - Registration
    TinkerTry’d Intel Xeon D Home Datacenter - powerful, efficient, and compact, featuring 10GbE networking and a very fast and economical router.
    Paragus Strategic IT
    112 Russell St
    Hadley, MA 01035

    Paul is an IT Professional with a background in x86 servers, currently working at VMware as a Systems Engineer. He’s also a VMware VCP and vExpert, Veeam Vanguard, and Founder of, “Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more.”



    Keynote Speaker - Tentative.
    VMUG Hartford - Registration
    Future tentative/unconfirmed plans may also show here, stay tuned! Most event announcement and schedule changes also tweeted from @paulbraren.