vExpert 2017

Yesterday VMware published the list of vExperts for 2017.  This is the first time that I applied for the VMware vExpert program and I’m honored to have been chosen as one of the few vExperts this year.

What is the vExpert program?

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap. The awards are for individuals, not companies, and last for one year. Employees of both customers and partners can receive the awards. In the application, we consider various community activities from the previous year as well as the current year’s (only for 2nd half applications) activities in determining who gets awards. We look to see that not only were you active but are still active in the path you chose to apply for.


If you are interested in becoming a vExpert the criteria is simple. We are looking for IT Professionals who are sharing their VMware knowledge and contributing that back to the community. The see the term “giving back” as defined as going above and beyond your day job. There are several ways to share your knowledge and engage with the community. Some of those activities are blogging, book authoring, magazine articles, CloudCred task writing, active in facebook groups, forum (VMTN as well as other non VMware) platforms, public speaking, VMUG leadership, videos and so on.

vExpert Program Benefits

  • Invite to our private #Slack channel
  • vExpert certificate signed by our CEO Pat Gelsinger.
  • Private forums on
  • Permission to use the vExpert logo on cards, website, etc for one year
  • Access to a private directory for networking, etc.
  • Exclusive gifts from various VMware partners.
  • Private webinars with VMware partners as well as NFR’s.
  • Access to private betas (subject to admission by beta teams).
  • 365-day eval licenses for most products for home lab / cloud providers.
  • Private pre-launch briefings via our blogger briefing pre-VMworld (subject to admission by product teams)
  • Blogger early access program for vSphere and some other products.
  • Opportunity to receive a free blogger pass to VMworld US or VMworld Europe (limited to 50 for US and 35 for EU).
  • Featured in a public vExpert online directory.
  • Access to vetted VMware & Virtualization content for your social channels.
  • Yearly vExpert parties at both VMworld US and VMworld Europe events.
  • Identification as a vExpert at both VMworld US and VMworld EU.

Within KPN I’m trying to keep everyone up to date on all VMware is doing from an architectural perspective within our KPN SDDC and Cloud team.


Thanks to Corey Romero and the VMware Social Media & Community Team. Grats to all the 2017 vExperts. Read the complete list here


Ebook: Building Voice-Enabled Apps with Alexa

This book demonstrates the core concepts behind conversational UI and building voice-enabled apps with the Alexa framework (the examples in this book are easy to understand, but having some experience with Node.js and web development is helpful). The book focuses on a general understanding of why voice-enabled apps are important, along with easy-to-understand examples for building your first apps for the Amazon Echo. By the end of the book you will understand the importance of conversational UI, how to build and test your first Alexa app for the Echo, and how to publish your software to the Alexa app store for the world to see.

By Kory Becker
Publisher: Bleeding Edge Press
Final Release Date: January 2017
Pages: 188

New VMware Flings released

Last Friday, 15th of december, VMware released three new flings.


This Fling allows you to easily upgrade your Endpoint Operations (EPO) agents registered to vRealize Operations Manager (vR Ops). It works with 32/64 bit agents running on Linux and Windows. For this Fling to update the agents, the agents need to be in the “Collecting” collection state and have the version numbers of 6.2.1 or 6.3. The way this Fling works is that it uses the internal vR Ops APIs to get a full list of all installed agents and are in the “Collecting” collection state. It then upgrades those agents asynchronously. The main advantage of using this Fling is that because the process is automated, you can easily update all the agents you have running with one command.

View Client Resizer

The View Client Resizer is a utility that resizes VMware Horizon Client for Windows desktop to a specific resolution.


  • Polls and displays all active View Client sessions
  • Pick from a pre-set list of common resolutions, or enter an arbitrary resolution
  • Works on any version of Windows
  • Remembers previously set resolution

vSphere Content Library Assistant

vSphere Content Library is a feature that was introduced with vSphere 6.0. It provides a simple and effective way of managing content, such as VM templates, vApps, ISO images, and others files. Content Library can also distribute this content across sites and vCenter Servers.

Let us introduce vSphere Content Library Assistant. The Assistant will help you easily on-board your VC templates (.vmtx) on to Content Library.

The Assistant will perform the following steps automatically:

  • Scan datastores to discover VC templates
  • Recommend optimal inventorying intelligently
  • Create content library(s)
  • Convert VC templates into OVFs
  • Import these OVF Templates into the newly created content library

More information about flings and also the download page of the flings can be found here

VMworld 2016 Day 3, be_Tomorrow


Today is the last day of VMworld 2016 Europe. It has been an interesting congress with a lot of topics and also a  lot of ways to get information. The last day of VMworld is always the Thursday and you see already of the attendees leaving as they travel back home. The venue gets quieter by the hour.

This last days I had three interesting sessions scheduled:

  • Your Open-Source Datacenter
  • VM’s and Containers: Extending Docker to vCloud Air
  • Introducing VMware Cloud Foundation

Your Open-Source Datacenter, was a session given by two enthusiastic guys, David Lloyd and Ramon Tarnavski.  They talked about the advantages of Source:

  • Low barrier of entry (free)
  • Community driven (many eyeballs on code)
  • Quality projects
  • Drive technological innovations
  • Prefered approach to computing
  • Allows speed to market
  • Choices and vendor lock-in averse


Amongs other things, they spoke about RackHD, RackHD is a tool which can help you with the following things:

  • Device Discovery, logging and alerting
  • Event based workflow Engine
  • Firmware management
  • System provisioning
  • Open access with RESTful API allowing your infrastructure to be defined as code

Very interesting session which much more information I will include in another presentation. After this session I followed VM’s and Containers: Extending Docker to vCloud Air. This session started with an explanation what the difference is between cloud native applications and devops. After that the way Docker and containers work. Last part of the presentation was about the value that vCloud Air can offer to running Docker workloads in combination with vSphere Integrated Containers or Photon Platform. Also a lot of interesting possibilities to further investigate.

Last session of this VMworld was Introducing VMware Cloud Foundation -a Closer Look. In this session the technical details behind VMware Cloud Foundation were shared.
These are the characterics of VMware Cloud Foundation:

  • Delivers the next generation hyper-converged platform
  • Combines vSphere, VSAN and NSX into a single unified platform
  • Includes VMware SDDC Manager
    • Natively integrates the cloud infrastructure stack
    • Automates deployment and lifecycle of the cloud infrastructure stack
  • Provides the universal platform for any application – traditonal and cloud native
  • Available across private and public clouds

VMware Cloud Foundation, on premise, is not a roadmap product but direct available.  On the roadmap for VMware Cloud Foundation are:

  • VMware Cloud Foundation Service on IBM (available in Q4)
  • VMware vCloud Air (Beta in Q4)
  • VMware Cloud on Amazon (available in mid 2017)




VMworld 2016 Day 1 be _ Tomorrow

Today is the first day of VMworld 2016. The day starts with the general  keynote session. First speaker during the general session was Jean-Pierre Brulard, general manager EMEA. He started with some statistics. This VMworld there are 10k attendees, 300 sessions. This is the first time that VMworld and a AirWatch connect are held together. The second speaker was Pat Gelsinger,CEO. Pat spoke about the world in which you control nothing but are in charge. This is a good base for the hybrid cloud.

Pat talked about Digital transformation, which is according to him the new buzzword. He said he rather used Digital Business as also legacy applications are still there.
Pat also announced vSphere 6.5 and VSAN 6.5. After that Pat talked about the cross cloud architecture. Part of it is the cross cloud service consisting of two parts, Cloud Foundation and a set of SAAS applications which will become available in 2017. These SAAS applications will offer you cloud control over your cross cloud environment. Pat also addressed the AWS announcement. More details below in this post and other posts to come.

After the general session I did a quick walk around at the Solution Exchange which also openend today.

After that I went for an early lunch because I didn’t want to miss the session VMware Cloud on AWS. Last week AWS and VMware announced this new partnership. This partnership was also mentioned during the keynote and also yesterday during Partner sessions. VMware Cloud on AWS gives customers the possibility to run their workloads in the cloud with a lot of the benefits that AWS has to offer. One of the benefits is elastic drs, which causes in times of shortage of resources to automatic provision an extra host. This includes cpu,  memory and storage. VMware Cloud is based on vSphere 6.5, NSX and VSAN.VMware Cloud will be managed and operated by VMware people on AWS hardware.  This new service will be available mid 2017 starting with the Oregon location. After that all other AWS locations will follow. Not all information is yet public available but more information will follow in the coming months. I think this offering helps a lot of customer in their decision for moving forward with their current environment to the cloud.

For more information about VMware Cloud, you can also visit

The last session of the day is From Zero to VMware Photon Platform. VMware also made announcements around Photon Platform. Photon Platform now supports Kubernetes next to Cloud foundry.  Photon Platform also support now VSAN and NSX. VSAN is not required as local storage is needed. Shared storage is only needed for storing of the images that are used by the environment. Photon Platform uses vSphere as a base but doesn’t use functionality like drs and ha.This kind of functionality should be taken care of by the application itself. Photon is primarily a command line driven environment but there is also a basic guide available.

If you want to try Photon Platform you can download it here: .

VMworld 2016 Day 2, be_Tomorrow

Today was the second day of VMworld, which started with the general session.  First speaker was Sanjay Poonen. Sanjay talked about the digital transformation that is already happening in healthcare and education and how the vision of VMware fits in this. After that Sanjay spoke about Workspace One. VMware Workspace ONE is a simple and secure enterprise platform that delivers and manages any app on any device by integrating identity, application and enterprise mobility management. It is available as a cloud service or for on-premises deployment.

Ray ‘o Farrel was the second speaker on stage. His main topic was SDDC  and the components it consists of within VMware, vSphere, VSAN, NSX and vRealize . He focused first on vSphere 6.5 and all the new features it offers. More info can be found here,

Yan Bing Lee came on stage to talk about VSAN 6.5 and the new features it offers but also what was in the beta for successor of the just released version. More information on what is new in VSAN 6.5 can be found here, and on the site of Duncan Epping.

After Yan Bing, Rajiv Ramaswami came on stage to talk about NSX and the challenges that NSX helps to address. These challenges are around security, automation and application continuity.

Last speaker of the general session was Kit Colbert. Kit talked about Photon Platform. Photon Platform delivers core IaaS capabilities including VMs, Networks, and Persistent Disks on-demand to developers. Resources are provisioned quickly and reliably, supporting the needs of devops tools that programmatically allocate resources at scale.

Photon Platform enables you to deliver Kubernetes as a Service to multiple tenants from a single shared pool of hardware. Each tenant gets access to API, CLI and GUI tools which allow them to provision dedicated Kubernetes clusters on the fly. Users get a dedicated kubernetes cluster with strong isolation from other tenants. Photon Platform automates the provisioning and high availability of these clusters, automatically replacing failed nodes with no human intervention.The Kubernetes service will become available in Q4 of 2016. VMware will offer end to end support for Kubernetes running on Photon Platform.

I will post more on Cloud Native Applications and specific Photon Platform in other post.
After the general session I attended two other session.

First session was VMware Cloud on AWS – a Closer Look . In this session the technical background behind VMware Cloud  on AWS. Important takeaways of this sessions are:

  • vCenter is used to manage the environment
  • NSX is not needed on the local side but is preferred
  • VMware updates, manages and supports the VMware Cloud on AWS
  • You will get one bill for VMware Cloud and one for the AWS Services

The second session I attended vSphere 6.x Host Resource Deep Dive. This presentation was given by Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort. First Frank spoke about the cpu and memory architecture and the impact it has the choice you make for your vm’s. Statement of Frank,  Its not all about best performance but most of the time about consistent performance. That’s not so easy so get. After memory and cpu, Frank talked about storage, How far away is your data. The session was completed by Niels who addressed the network side.inf8430

VMworld 2016 Partner and TAM day

Today VMworld 2016 started for me with the partner and tam day. I already checked in yesterday, but still it was an early start as I had my first session at 8:30 in the morning. During the day I was also able to change my schedule and put some sessions about VMware and AWS in

I started with Building & Enabling a Hybrid Cloud with vCloud director – a Perspective for Service Providers. The session was focused on the use of vCloud director, what is available now and what is on the roadmap.
After that I attended Route To Market Session – vCloud Network Service Provider Partners. This session focused on the possibilities that VMware offers to their partners.

After this session was the general session. A lot of interessting announcements will come tomorrow during the general keynote session.Also there was some basic information about the AWS partnership.

After the general session it was time for the lunch. The food was as alwys very good. The lunch was in the same room as the hands-on labs, the partner lounge and the alumni lounge.

After the lunch and visiting the lounge space and the VMware store I attended the Building Value of Data Center Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Extensibility. This was a quick talk about what were the possibilities for cost savings. The last session of the day is The Practical Path to NSX for Partners.This session was about use cases for NSX and the vision  of VMware around NSX.

The day closes with the Partner Exchange Networking reception.

Looking forward to the sessions in  the coming days when the event really starts.

My schedule for VMworld 2016 Europe

vmworld-2016It is almost time for VMworld Barcelona.  That means that if  you want to have all the flexibility in choosing the sessions you want to attend, you also need to start as soon as possible with filling in the schedule builder with the sessions you want to attend. This year I’m going together with eight colleagues to VMworld.

This year I’m attending next to the ‘standard VMworld conference’ also the Partner exchange and the TAM day. In the evening there are many vendor sponsored parties, The Veeam party in Octa and the VMware Benelux Village party of which my employer KPN is Diamond Sponsor.
Next to the party, KPN also hosts a session,  VMware KPN Hybrid Cloud update on Wednesday from 15:30 to 17:00.

My focus this year is on the following topics:

  • devops
  • containers
  • cloud
  • NSX
  • sddc

Here is my agenda:

Building & Enabling a hybrid cloud
Route to Market Session – vCloud
Architecting Cloud-Native Systems with Photon and Pivotal Cloud Foundry
VMware Security: The Whole Is Greater than the Sum of Parts
Business Value of Data Center Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Extensibility
The Practical Path to NSX for Partners

Build True Hybrid Clouds: See How Service Providers Can Use NSX to Extend Customer On-Premises Data Centers
The Power Hour: Deep Dive, DevOps, and New Features of PowerCLI
Innovations from Cloudera and VMware for Virtualizing Hadoop
From Zero to VMware Photon Platform
Deep Dive into Photon Platform

How to Set Up a Multicloud IT Portal to Deploy, Manage, and Control Applications on Private and Public Clouds such as AWS and Azure
vSphere Encryption Deep Dive: Technology Preview
vSphere 6.x Host Resource Deep Dive
An IT Architect’s Guide to the Software-Defined Data Center
vRealize Automation and NSX Design Best Practices

Your Open-Source Data Center
VMs and Containers: Extending Docker to vCloud Air
Container Networking with NSX
Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere: Part 1
Introducing VMware Cloud Foundation

During VMworld 2016 I will keep you up-to-date via blog posts about what is happening.

Docker for the Virtualization Admin

logo-dockerUnderstand the differences between containers and VMs

A natural response when first working with Docker containers is to try and frame them in terms of virtual machines. Oftentimes we hear people describe Docker containers as “lightweight VMs”.

This is completely understandable, and many people have done the exact same thing when they first started working with Docker. It’s easy to connect those dots as both technologies share some characteristics, but the key is that the underlying architecture is fundamentally different between containers and virtual machines.

This Ebook Covers:

  • Why Containers are not VMs
  • How Containers and VMs can be used together for capacity optimization
  • Running containers on physical servers vs virtual machines
  • Getting started with Docker and containers

You can get the ebook here 

AWS Enterprise Summit

Last Tuesday, I was together with two colleagues at the AWS Enterprise summit in the World Forum in The Hague. This was for me the second AWS summit that I attended.  The event started with a keynote from Ian Massingham, Chief Evangelist (EMEA), AWS. Ian spoke about the impact that cloud has on enterprise IT. After the keynote, there was a plenary session by Hans Koolen, Senior Director, Philips IT Global Services. He posed the statement that a private cloud doesn’t exist.img_20160921_101158

After the keynote and the plenary session, there was lunch break and a possibility to visit the Partner & Solutions Expo. During the whole event the Hands-On labs were also available.  The afternoon started with two breakout tracks, management and technical. Both of the tracks consisted of 4 sessions. I followed three sessions in the management track and one session in the technical track.

The first track that I followed, from the Management Track, was the session Starting your Journey to the Cloud. Very interesting session, addressing the points which you had to pay attention to when starting the journey to the cloud. Below are the slides of the presentation.

After this session, I followed a Technical Track session, End-user Computing on AWS.  This session was about AWS WorkSpaces, running your desktop on AWS, and also about using AWS WorkMail. The slides of that session are below.

During the break I visited the Partner & Solution Expo and spoke some of the people.

After the break there were two session left. I took both of the sessions from the Management track.

First I attend the session Cost Optimization at Scale. This was an interesting session addressing the possibilities that AWS offers to optimize your cost.  The speaker addressed amongst other things the tools that AWS offers, the difference between instances. He also spoke about the comparison between the cost of running your own data center compared to running the workloads in the AWS cloud.

As last I followed the Information Security by Design in AWS session. This was also a very interesting session. This session was, amongst other things, about compliance, AWS  assurance programs  and AWS compliance certifications. Very useful information when talking to customers about the cloud.

The day end with a network reception and again the possibility to speak to the people on the Partner & Solution expo. I especially liked the last two breakout sessions. I think they were very useful and I can use the knowledge in my job when advising businesses in their journey to the cloud.

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