Public Speaking Schedule

Posted by Paul Braren on Feb 14 2017 (updated on May 14 2019) in
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    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/Consultant.
    2. a Content Creator/Blogger/Founder of TinkerTry, IT @ home.
    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.

    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

    Insurrection Ale Works
    1635 E Railroad Street, Heidelberg, PA 15106

    See Grist House Craft Brewery on Yelp, and listen to vBrisket Prime Cuts Podcast.

    JUL 20 2017

    Presenter at Whalley Computer Associates breakout session on vSAN.


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


    AUG 29 2017

    Here's the session description that was just posted on the VMworld Gatherings page:

    Virtualization Hardware Discussion Zone - VMworld 2017 US

    featuring Paul Braren from TinkerTry IT@ home

    If you’ve ever visited the blog for home virtualization lab enthusiasts, come by and meet the Founder! Paul will even have one of his compact Xeon D servers with him, running vSphere 6.5 Update 1. He’ll surely enjoy nerding out with you over the latest hardware and software advances, including M.2 NVMe gumstick SSDs, and the fastest-storage-in-the-world Intel Optane/3D XPoint! Feel free to also ask Paul about vSAN 6.6.1, VMUG Advantage EVALExperience license keys, and which 10GbE networking and routing equipment he uses.
    Paul Braren @paulbraren has been blogging about a variety of virtualization topics for over 6 years, has been a vExpert since 2014, and recently joined VMware as a Software Defined Storage Systems Engineer.

    I can't tell you how exciting it is to talk about enterprise storage with VMware customers who are also quite interested in a change. Wait, I can tell you! Stop by and introduce yourself, and tell me about your datacenter challenges, we can talk about the wonders of the latest vSAN 6.6.1, running on whatever x86 server brand of vSAN ReadyNodes you prefer. Or we can just talk about all-things-vSpherey, like how easy the latest VCSA 6.5 Update 1 is to deploy and update, including the built in VUM that now handles vSAN too. But please be sure to stop by when I'm actually at the VMware booths. Here's my schedule, all at Mandalay Bay:

    • SUN AUG 27 01:00pm-03:00pm - PEX (Partner Exchange) - Assessment Lounge
    • MON AUG 28 03:00pm-05:00pm - PEX (Partner Exchange) - Assessment Lounge
    • TUE AUG 29 11:00am-02:00pm - TinkerTry demo at Blogger Area of VMTN VMvillage
    • TUE AUG 29 02:30pm-06:00pm - VMworld HCI ZONE
    • WED AUG 30 01:30pm-05:00pm - VMworld HCI ZONE

    SEP 19 2017

    Break-out Presenter & VMware booth.


    New York/New Jersey VMUG UserCon - Jersey City NJ - Registration

    • TUE SEP 19 9:15am-10:45am - VMware Hands On SociaLab: vSAN v6.6 HOL-1808-01-HCI
      by Paul Braren in Harborside II, and at the VMware booth from 11:30am-1:30pm

    Hyatt Regency Jersey City
    2 Exchange Place
    Jersey City, NJ 07302


    OCT 05 2017

    Proctoring, presenting, and helping at the VMware booth.


    Upstate New York VMUG UserCon - Agenda & Registration
    Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel
    2 Fountain Plaza
    Buffalo, NY 14202

    • 09:35am-11:05am - BYOD Hands On Lab: vSAN v6.6 - Getting Started (Beginner) - VMware
      by Paul Braren
    • 11:15am-11:55am - What’s New with vSAN 6.6 & Day 2 Operations (Intermediate) - VMware
      by Paul Braren in Regency B
    • 01:30pm-03:05pm - Open Q&A
      by Paul Braren at the VMware Booth in the Exhibit Hall, Grand Ballroom DEFG
    • 04:00pm-4:45pm - Ask The Experts Panel - Participant

    OCT 11 2017

    Helping at the VMware booth.


    New York Dell EMC Forum 2017 - Agenda & Registration
    New York Hilton Midtown
    1335 6th Ave
    New York, NY 10019


    OCT 19 2017

    Helping at the VMware booth.


    Boston Fall VMUG UserCon - Agenda & Registration

    Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
    415 Summer St, Boston
    MA 02210


    DEC 13 2017

    Keynote Speaker.


    Amherst Security Group (AmherstSec) - Registration

    • 06:30pm-8:00pm - Consulting 201: Tips, tools, and stories
      by Paul Braren

      Having traveled to dozens of customer sites in various industries, from pharma to federal to small business, I observed a few common elements. Companies struggle to provide tools to most effectively help their workers get work done safely and securely. Let’s discuss how significant a role corporate culture, expense reimbursement policies, and laptop security choices play. These choices also signal the value a company places on individual contributor productivity, morale, and safety. We’ll discuss hardware, software, and security, including real unique stories from the front-lines.

      You’ve heard that it’s not the technology that’s hard, it’s the people. I’ll share what that sentiment has meant to me in my consulting career, and the tools and techniques I use to help others get their jobs done. It should be fun!

    Paragus Strategic IT
    112 Russell St
    Hadley, MA 01035



    FEB 28 2018

    Presentation participant.


    Amherst Security Group (AmherstSec) - Registration

    • 06:30pm-8:30pm - Meltdown and Spectre - vulnerabilities in modern processors (Robert Hurlbut)
      by Robert Hurlbut

      Join members of Amherst Security Group to discuss the impact of Meltdown and Spectre. We will recap what we know about the problem and proposed solutions, answer questions and share knowledge to improve the confidentiality, availability and integrity of our systems and businesses. Please bring questions and answers to contribute to the discussion.


      Robert Hurlbut -

    Paragus Strategic IT
    112 Russell St
    Hadley, MA 01035


    MAR 01 2018

    Live, all-day home lab demonstration booth - CONFIRMED! Details here.


    Connecticut VMUG UserCon - Registration

    • All day - Live Demo of my TinkerTry'd SuperServer Bundle featuring Xeon D, 10G networking, and M.2 NVMe SSDs.

    This is going to be an awesome day! There is a home lab give away this year for one very lucky raffle winner. It's valued at over $2000, and is fully sponsored by VMUG. This isn't just any server: it's a TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle with a Samsung 960 PRO M.2 NVMe SSD, ready for VMware!

    VMUG Connecticut USERCON
    Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
    155 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06510


    MAY 14 - 16 2018

    Booth staff.


    VeeamON 2018 - Registration

    • Stop by to say hi, talk about vSAN, SSD storage tech, or HCI.

    McCormick Place
    2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616
    Chicago, IL


    AUG 26 - 30 2018

    Co-Presenter, Presenter, Demo Dude, and Booth Guy, all the details in my article I'm going to VMworld 2018 US, my 7th time attending, and I get to present!


    VMworld 2018
    Here's a less-wordy summary:

    OCT 10 2018

    Presenting at this VMware EVOLVE event - This is How Tomorrow is Built.


    Hartford Post-VMworld Roadshow - Agenda & Registration

    Hartford Marriott Downtown
    200 Columbus Blvd
    Hartford, CT 06103

    Don't live in New England? Don't worry, these events are happening all across the country in October and November, register for your location, and know that a VMware SE will likely be there for your technical questions.


    OCT 11 2018



    Upstate New York VMUG UserCon - Agenda & Registration

    • 10:30am-11:15am - If vSAN Powered The Matrix | VMware
      by Paul Braren and Darin Zook, Sr. Solutions Engineers, vSAN/HCI at VMware



    Adams Mark Buffalo
    120 Church St
    Buffalo, NY 14202



    JAN 21 to 24 2019

    VMware Booth Duty, vSAN + Veeam.


    Veeam Velocity 2019

    • Mon Jan 21 07:00pm-10:00pm Welcome Reception.
    • Tue Jan 22 12:00pm-02:00pm Booth during lunch.
    • Wed Jan 23 11:30pm-01:00pm Booth during lunch.

    Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort
    1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


    FEB 27 2019

    Attending "Advance into Hyper-Converged Infrastructure" event.


    New York, NY - What's New with vSAN SociaLab

    • Wed Feb 27 08:30am to 12:00pm

    180 Maiden Lane Suite 1102
    New York, NY 10038


    MAR 13 2019


    Connecticut VMUG UserCon - Registration

    • Attending and possibly presenting, topics TBD.

    VMUG Connecticut USERCON
    Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
    155 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06510


    MAR 22 2019



    New Jersey VMware User Group Q1 2019 Event

    • Fri Mar 22 11am to 3pm

    • vSAN 6.7 Update 1 Technology Overview
      by Darin Zook and Paul Braren.

      Abstract: vSAN momentum continues to build. Over 19,000 customers have modernized their business with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure powered by vSAN. In this session you'll get a technical overview of vSAN 6.7 Update 1, as well as some of the enhancements that are simplifying infrastructure operations so that IT can focus on the workloads moving the business forward.

    Dave & Busters
    274 Woodbridge Center Dr
    Woodbridge Township, NJ 07095


    JUN 12 2019

    Keynote Presenter.


    IT Pro User Group

    • See VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 fly on Intel Xeon D, featuring all NVMe SSDs!
      Wed June 12 6:30pm-9pm Event, Presentation from 7pm - 7:45pm

    MTTI - Classroom 9 - (CST/NI classroom)
    1241 Fall River Ave (RT 6)
    Seekonk, MA 02771


    Future tentative/unconfirmed plans may also show here, stay tuned! Most event announcement and schedule changes also tweeted from @paulbraren.