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E2EVC: A recap

7:00 am in Cloud, Conference, Event, Hyper-V, Hypervisor by mikeresseler

There are conferences, and there are conferences… In my role as a Microsoft Evangelist for Veeam I have the opportunity to visit a lot of conferences and to speak at many of them. The most known ones are the Microsoft TechED conferences or any large vendor conference. Most of the time, they are very well and strict organized and there is always a large expo showfloor with many other vendors or partners. Lately you see the rise of more, smaller, independent conferences such as System Center Universe (US, Europe and Asia) that replaces the lost Microsoft Management Summit and lots of country local conferences (think ITProceed in Belgium as an example…)

The E2EVC (Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference) is such a smaller conference which doesn’t come from a vendor but brings a lot of great things during three days. And the value you get from that is not necessary in the presentations alone (they are very valuable but later on that…)

First is first, after multiple weeks of travelling (lost counting) and a sick family, E2EVC was going to be the conference too much for me… I had fever, was very tired and had to skip the last half day because it was just that moment of the year when the body says enough is enough. But that didn’t stop me from learning the value of this conference and to participate the first two days at (sort of) full force and even present two sessions.

The concept

E2EVC is three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and is about virtualization (both server and VDI) and is done twice a year and Europe and (for now) once in the USA. Every time it is in another city and this time the beautiful city of Brussels was the guest city (Yes, I’m biased, I am a Belgian Smile). Friday and Saturday are full days and Sunday is a half day (the one I missed because of sickness). Top presenters from Europe come over and present different sessions in 2 tracks (besides on Friday where the first couple of hours there is a single track…). There is no speaker room, no booth stand or expo hall, just 2 meeting rooms in a hotel. And yet, the value is huge for attendees (and sponsors)

Value

The biggest value is the fact that you have a lot of experts in the room. Not only the presenters but also other experts and that it is small enough that you can talk to any expert you want and ask questions or start a heated discussion. I’ve listened on a heated, passionate discussion (but in a friendly atmosphere) between a VMware expert and a Hyper-V expert over beers where each pointing out various strengths of the platforms. I have seen and heard a great discussion on various storage solutions and the differences between them. I participated in a lengthy discussion about deduplication and the advantages / disadvantages of software deduplication or appliance based deduplication.

Because there is no expo floor, and therefore the sponsors were all in the room during the sessions and during the evening activities, it was rather easy to step up to a vendor and start a technical discussion on their product. Sponsors also know to sent technical people to this conference that can talk about the product in depth. And the people at the conference really do take this opportunity. I was very (positive) surprised about the depth of questions (and the amount) that I had on Veeam Backup and Replication. (And I was there both as a sponsor attendee and as a independent speaker about other technologies).

Making friends

Lots of the attendees have visited this conference more than once and many presenters who have experiences this one want to come back (Hello Alex, me too Smile) but for me it was a first. Most of them knew each other and I first thought that I would be the man in the corner somewhere but that didn’t happen at all. People just talk to each other, introduce each other and so on. After two days, I can say I met a lot of new (and interesting) people.

Sessions

There are of course the sessions also. And those are very good. Some of the presenters might not be the best presenters in presentation skills (but that’s relative) but the value of the information is huge. I’ll take a presentation with lots of interesting information and a less practiced presenter over a great presenter with some marketing slides. Which reminds me that this is one of these times that a sponsor doesn’t bring a marketing presentation but talks technically to an audience, which is always fun to do for people like me Smile. I might have not learned that much on Hyper-V, but I gained some knowledge on Xen and VMware and in the end, learning stuff is always valuable

Conclusion

It is not your average conference, but that makes the value rather high. Great presentations, fantastic opportunities to discuss with everyone, good atmosphere. Yes, it is not your strict organization of other conferences but hey, a bit of chaos makes life interesting. Yes, you can complain that the coffee had a huge line, the internet in the hotel was below any level and the food was not enough (By the time I came out from my presentation, lunch was all gone and a few of us were left without lunch). But if you complain about that, you come for the wrong reasons to this conference. The value is described above and if my agenda permits, I’m sure I will go back (at least when Alex allows me too…)

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Virtualizing your data center with Hyper-V and System Center

7:21 am in Event, Hyper-V, System Center by mikeresseler

Save the date! The 19th of February Symon Perriman and Matt McSpirit will be hosting another great Microsoft Virtual Academy event. This time the topic will be virtualizing your data center with hyper-v and system center

During this training they won’t talk about Hyper-V alone but will focus on multi-hypervisor management also.

From the information:

If you’re new to virtualization, or if you have some experience and want to see the latest R2 features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V or Virtual Machine Manager, join us for a day of free online training with live Q&A to get all your questions answered. Learn how to build your infrastructure from the ground up on the Microsoft stack, using System Center to provide powerful management capabilities. Microsoft virtualization experts Symon Perriman and Matt McSpirit (who are also VMware Certified Professionals) demonstrate how you can help your business consolidate workloads and improve server utilization, while reducing costs. Learn the differences between the platforms, and explore how System Center can be used to manage a multi-hypervisor environment, looking at VMware vSphere 5.5 management, monitoring, automation, and migration. Even if you cannot attend the live event, register today anyway and you will get an email once we release the videos for on-demand replay! 

Topics include

  • Introduction to Microsoft Virtualization
  • Host Configuration
  • Virtual Machine Clustering and Resiliency
  • Virtual Machine Configuration
  • Virtual Machine Mobility
  • Virtual Machine Replication and Protection
  • Network Virtualization
  • Virtual Machine and Service Templates
  • Private Clouds and User Roles
  • System Center 2012 R2 Data Center
  • Virtualization with the Hybrid Cloud
  • VMware Management, Integration, and Migration

Register here: http://aka.ms/virtDC

Enjoy this course! It’s free Smile

Cheers

Mike

Being interviewed by Hyper-V Server

6:48 am in Hyper-V, Interview, Windows Server 2012 by mikeresseler

A couple of months ago while I was in Seattle I had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed by Carsten Rachfahl.

Carsten is one of the more smarter guys in Hyper-V world and has a very good blog on Hyper-V (in German).

He is also just an awesome guy to know.

Thanks Carsten for the interview!

You can find the interview (in English, my German isn’t that good ;-)) here:

http://www.hyper-v-server.de/hypervisor/videointerview-mit-mike-resseler-ber-hyper-v-replica-und-einen-bren/

or at youtube: http://youtu.be/r8BSLj9FVDo

Cheers

Mike

Have your own Windows Azure services on-premise

12:31 pm in Hosting, Hyper-V, Service Provider Foundation, SPF, System Center, Windows Server 2012 by mikeresseler

 

Many IT Pro’s I know are scared of the public cloudIt will take a way their job, it will make sure that business users can do things without the control of IT administrators and so on.  The same IT Pro’s and also a lot more of them are also jealous of these public cloud offerings.  Imagine how cool it would be if we could offer this in-house.   The same experience for our users as they have in the cloud (Azure, Amazon…) and still completely under our control.  Too bad we can’t offer these things…

But wait, we can… With the System Center 2012 suite and Windows Server, this is already perfectly possible in-house.  Building up your private cloud and using the self-service portal to create offerings for your end-users that are completely or almost completely automated is not an utopia anymore. 

But let’s think one step further here for a second.  Let’s say I want to have these offerings and give them to my customers.  And these customers are not only the in-house users, but external companies.  I want to become (or I am already) an ISV or a hosting provider.  Now it becomes more challenging.  Building in Multi-Tenancy in the System Center suite can become much more difficult and requires a lot of configuration and customization.  Not exactly what I (or the hosting providers) want to do if they want to compete with the Azure an Amazon and whatever offering is out there today.  And yet, still many of these companies want to be able to do that.  Why?  Many reasons, but for start, they want to make money.  Second, many companies will trust their ISV or hosting provider before they will ever trust Azure or equivalent.  Why?  The fact that they can put a face on the ISV / Hosting provider is still important.

Now how are they going to solve these needs.  The answer to that… Windows Azure Services for Windows Server for Hosting Service Providers.

With this solution, Microsoft is bringing Windows Azure Web sites, Virtual Machines, the Service Management portal and API to what you already know: Windows Server.

Want more information and try it out? Check here: http://www.microsoft.com/hosting/en/us/services.aspx

You want to check out the different web apps you can use: Check here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/gallery/categories.aspx

Have fun,

Cheers,

Mike