NL-VMUG UserCON 2017

Today was the dutch VMUG UserCon 2017. The UserCon took place in the 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen in ‘s Hertogenbosch. The UserCon offered more a variety of breakout sessions, group discussions, lightning talks and they two keynote session. In total there were more than 65 sessions which was really a lot.


The UserCon started with a welcome by the dutch VMUG council leads.  After that followed the keynote by Frank Denneman. Frank talked about the new service VMware on AWS.  This service was announced in October last year just before VMworld Europe. The service will become available later this year, first starting in the United States and after that to the other regions within AWS. Frank shared some insights about how the VMware service will be offered and how it will integrate with the AWS offered services.

After the keynote there was the possibility to visit the booths of the sponsors or attend one of the sessions or havea coffee break. The organization had also taken care of an excellent lunch. After the second keynote started. This keynote was given by Dimitri Tokmetzis, data journalist, with the subject Waarom je wél iets te verbergen hebt , loosely translated Why you indeed have something to hide. This session was all about digital privacy. Very interesting session with a lot of eye openers.

This was the first year that KPN also participated in the UserCon as a platinum sponsor. Because KPN was a sponsor, we had a stand and also three lightning talks

  • Future Ready KPN by Laurens van Gunst
  • KPN CloudNL VMware: vRA en NSX in een multi-tenant Nederlandse Cloud oplossing by Albert Alberts
  • Infrastructure as Code: DevOps environments at scale by Harry Franzen

At the stand we showed demo’s of the CloudNL VMware platform and also of the Appfactory, a CD pipeline which we offer to customers. Next to following sessions, I was also one of the people to man the stand. I had some good conversations with people visiting our stand and showed also some them the demo of the Managed Hybrid Cloud solution of KPN. Because of this the UserCon this year was for me a different experience as the UserCons in the years before.
I think the VMUG team organized an interesting event with a lot of diversity. Looking for to the UserCon of next year.

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

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.

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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