VMworld 2017 and Hurricanes and Future Projects

Wow has it been a busy few weeks. First wore myself out at VMworld. This was an experience. No other way to put it. I've never been bombarded with so many people, vendors, concepts and sessions in one place at the same time. This doesn't even touch on the topic of all the other user organized events (most notably for me would be the vExpert related events).

I want to thank the folks over at Veeam for sponsoring my conference pass. Without their help it would not have been possible for me to attend this amazing conference and meet all the great people I did.

Hurricane Irma hit Florida (my home state) shortly after returning from VMworld, so that kept me busy with preparations and riding out the mix of power outages and consistent internet outages, even being in North Florida where it was a Tropical Storm by time it hit us. This has given me time to begin thinking about my personal projects that I've been kicking around and debating about.

Speaking of projects, I think I'm going to try and put together a presentation for next year's VMworld covering what my area of knowledge is related to, which would be backups. I noticed a remarkable lack of neutral backup information at VMworld. The working title will be something like "Vendor Neutral Backup Design and Common Gotcha's", although as I delve further into the topic covering more solutions, I find it harder and harder to come up with a truly "neutral" design and find it's going to be more on scenarios. I'd prefer to run the software in my home lab to give a slightly more live experience with the products instead of simply taking sales brochures full of promises and dreams. I'm still on the fence about whether I should include storage based solutions such as Snapshot+Replication+Historical... will have to kick around the idea. On that note, I will probably test out the content at some point by giving an early version of session via vBrownBag.

Currently I have resources from NetBackup and Rubrik helping out with this (either by providing NFR/Community software or technical resources). I would like to include other solutions such as Cohesity, CommVault, Avamar and Veeam. We'll have to see how responsive they are to the idea, in particular because I'm not a client and this is a personal project instead of an immediate sales opportunity.

Well, that's enough talking for one (way to early) morning. Let me know your thoughts, and if I've left out a solution you'd think needs to be reviewed to be included, send me a twitter message!