I've been back from VMworld for a little over a week now, and I'm way past due on doing a “final thoughts” post around the cool technology and sessions we encountered. For now though, I'll stick to being selfish and just posting back my sessions.
Important Note: You likely need to register the “first” time to view these links. As William mentions in his blog, head to http://www.vmworld.com/en/sessions/2016.html using Internet Explorer and register there using your standard information. It's free; and you likely won't get pelted with marketing junk. Once you register there you should be able to view any of the sessions I link below.** **
NET7648 - How PG&E is Automating Secure Environments Using NSX, vRealize Automation, and vRealize Orchestrator
This session talks a little bit about our journey with the Dell/EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) offering; which is primarilly the VMware suite of cloud products. The session focuses on the vSphere/NSX/vRealize items specifically and talks a bit about how we went from 3 week delivery times for virtual server infrastructure and services, down to minimal hours. There's a few demos within. The session went really well and the audience seemed really happy with it. Its a slide deck + audio.
I was really excited to be invited to participate in a panel Jad El-Zein (VirtualJad), Francesco Vigo (@FrancescoVigo), and Grant Orchard (GrantOrchard.com) (all from VMware) on an experts panel/discussion regarding the design of NSX and vRealize Automation in an enterprise environment. As the customer on the panel, I discuss some key design decisions for our environment - and let the audience pelt us with questions around designing a scalable and resilient Private Cloud environment.
In this customer panel, I was invited to participate with 3 other VMware NSX customers to discuss how we are leveraging NSX to automate tasks within our enterprise environments. We talk a little about the culture shifts with network automation, get into the technical weeds a bit about how we are solving microsegmentation problems in the enterprise, and ultimately tell a little bit of our stories around implementation.