This week I have attended my 3rd VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) conference in San Francisco. I thought I wanted to give you a little insight in what I used my time on during a conference.

At PEX it is a great opportunity to meet virtualization peers to talk about the technologies I use daily. This year I was particular exited about the 2nd day keynote where the VMware CTO office had 4 of their CTOs on stage to a panel discussion.

PEX-keynote

I used some hours in the Solutions Exchange looking at specifically the EVO:RAIL solutions from NetApp and EMC and also spent some time in the VMware and EMC booth.

During the week I attended the following breakout sessions:

  • CPV4258 – Automation Tips and Tricks To Achieve Results Faster
  • MGT4390 – vRealize Automation Center (formerly vCAC): Infrastructure-as-a-Service for Hybrid Cloud Environments
  • ITAAS4321 – Secure and Automate Network Infrastructure with NSX – A Perspective for Service Providers
  • TEX4248 – The (Bright) future of vRealize Orchestrator (vRO/ vCO) – Overview and Roadmap
  • TEX4309 – The Hitchhiker’s Session to vCenter Orchestrator Integration
  • NET4703-BC – VTSP – NV (Network Virtualization)

As you can see my focus has been around the software-defined datacenter, so no surprise there.

I also attended a couple of Expert-led Hands-on-labs for the first time and those were pretty cool.

  • Expert-led hands-on-lab HOL-SDC-1431 – vSphere Optimisation Assessment
  • Expert-led hands-on-lab NSX 101 Workshop

I also sat these hands-on-labs

  • HOL-SDC-1403 – VMware NSX Introduction
  • HOL-SDC-1424 – VMware NSX and the vRealize Suite
  • HOL-SDC-1407 – VMware Automation Solutions
  • HOL-SDC-1413 – vRA extensibility lab
  • HOL-SDC-1430 – Docker Essentials for the vSphere Admin

If you have never tried a hands-on-lab I would highly recommend it. They are pretty cool and you can follow the lab guide or just play around with the lab yourself.

Certifications

Cloud_VCPI had from home booked a certification on PEX as there was a 50% rebate on the exam fee, if you booked it before PEX and during the conference you could get a 25% rebate. As I have been working a lot with vCloud Automation Center I thought it was time to take the VCP6-Cloud certification as this exam test you in the SDDC products with a main focus on vRealize Automation.

I sat the exam Wednesday afternoon and successfully passed the exam. To my surprise there was a lot of vSphere related questions, which of course makes sense, as vSphere still the core virtualization platform in a cloud.

 

vExpert 2015

Last year I was awarded the vExpert title for the first time. And back in November, VMware opened up for applications to the vExpert award for 2015. And I’m very honored and exited to be awarded my second vExpert award here at the last day at PEX. A total of over 1000 vExperts was nominated and its huge privilege to be within this awesome group of enthusiasts.

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You can see the full list of vExperts here:

Once again thanks to VMware both for a great conference, but also for the vExpert award.