TODAY !!! Please come join us for the first DFW VMUG HACKATHON 12/16/2017!

Please come join us for our first ever DFW VMUG Hackathon!
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  • What: DFW VMUG Hackathon December 2017
  • Date: December 16, 2017
  • Time: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: Universtiy of Texas at Dallas

PLEASE REGISTER HERE!

Please Find Requirements and Information HERE!

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DFW VMUG Meeting Dec 15, 2017 — Please Come Join Us!

You have spoken, and we have listened!

We are excited to announce the final DFW VMUG event of the year for 2017 will be “Performance, Optimization, Retention”.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to attend the Dallas-Fort Worth VMUG Meeting taking place December 15, 2017, with limited seating available. Registration is open and available to all VMUG members. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to ask questions, discuss trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

PLEASE REGISTER HERE!

Meeting Agenda
• Speaker 1 – NetScout
• Speaker 2 – Pure Storage
• Speaker 3 – Dell/EMCLunch!
• Movie: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

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Event Location:
Studio Movie Grill
4800 Texas Hwy 121, The Colony, TX 75056

Please plan on attending our awesome vBeers right after the movie

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Thanks to our sponsors

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Have Fun, Network, Grow & Learn!

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DFW VMUG Hackathon 12/16/2017!

Please come join us for our first ever DFW VMUG Hackathon!
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  • What: DFW VMUG Hackathon December 2017
  • Date: December 16, 2017
  • Time: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: Universtiy of Texas at Dallas

PLEASE REGISTER HERE!

Location Directions

The UTDesign studio is located in the Synergy Park North building at

3000 Waterview Parkway
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

(Corner of Synergy Park and Stewart)

Parking entrance on Stewart.

Interactive Campus Map

Locating the UTDesign Studio

For detailed directions to locate the SPN building click here.

Upon entering the SPN building, take a right.

The main office and open lab are on the right wing of the SPN building.

Parking

Visitor parking is available in front and back of the building, but guests will be required to display a permit in the vehicle.
Contact Nancy Finch for a parking permit.
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Come Learn And Have Fun!

For those interested in attending, please consider do some of the following foundation prep work:

1)     Highly recommend Codecademy Python class at code academy https://www.codecademy.com/catalog/language/python

2)     Also, recommend getting familiar with the Flask web framework.

The Flask Mega-Tutorial, Part I: Hello, World!

https://blog.miguelgrinberg.com/post/the-flask-mega-tutorial-part-i-hello-world

If you have any questions, please DM @ryandotclair or @wmichel on the twitters.

Thanks to everyone for contributing and participating, we are looking forward to an exciting and fun DFW VMUG December 2017 Hackathon!


Have Fun, Network, Grow & Learn!

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What is Erasure Coding?!

So a couple things have happened recently that have peaked my interest in Erasure Coding.

Firstly, I have started working on a new project where I am now working with a new Dell EMC hyper-converged infrastructure system know as VxRail.   VxRail was developed by VMware and Dell EMC and utilizes the VMware Hyper-Converged Software (vSAN, vSphere and vCenter).

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One of its best-known storage features when using an all-flash configuration for VxRail is Erasure Coding, which can protect data while using less storage space than RAID 1 mirroring.

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There is also a VxRail Capacity Calculator you can play with to see the varying results of using all-flash compared to a hybrid configuration which cannot leverage Erasure Coding.

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Secondly today, I noticed a vBrownbag colleague of mine Rebecca Fitzhugh wrote on her blog Technicloud, “Understanding Erasure Coding with Rubrik“.

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I read the blog and watched the Rubrik video, and I highly recommend you please do check out Rebecca’s blog as she does a great job explaining the subject, and how it is used by the data management company Rubrik.

So in a nutshell what is Erasure Coding?

Erasure coding (EC) is a method of data protection in which data is broken into fragments, expanded and encoded with redundant data pieces and stored across a set of different locations or storage media.  — TechTarget.com

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In summary:

  1. Data protection technologies are evolving
  2. Erasure Coding seems to be a good alternative for some use cases.
    • Especially when considering using large capacity drives (8TB+), and where a rebuild can take days or even weeks.
  3. Just remember, one-size does not fit all and there are no silver bullets.

As in all things IT, it depends, use the appropriate data protection technology that best makes sense for your particular business requirements.

 

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I am excited and honor to say I have been selected to be part of the VMware vExpert Cloud Program, this is a specialty program within the vExpert Community.  First I want to thank VMware for creating the program and providing me the opportunity to participate.

I actually started playing with cloud stuff back in 2003 before it was called the cloud.  My cloud computing journey in those days started at Sun Microsystems, and that cloud was the precursor to what is known today as the Oracle Cloud.   These are exciting times at VMware and it is exciting to see all the cloud enablement and innovation going on at VMware.

On Friday, Oct 27th, VMware made the vExpert Cloud 2017 Award Announcement and published the list of all those selected into the program.  This is what VMware had to say about those vExperts that were selected into the program.

Each of these vExperts has demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, scriptwriters, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

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This is a global program and I congratulate all my colleagues selected across the globe into this elite vExpert Cloud Program.

Click here for the complete list and below are some shout outs after a quick glance of some colleagues on the list.

As always, deeply inspired by the VMware Community god’s starting with the mythic VCDX’s:

The outstanding and world famous vBrownbag crew members Jonathan Frappier, and vBrownbag LATAM members from Brazil RicardoConzatti and Valdecir Carvalho.

Texas members Ed Haletky the security cloud guru in Austin,  Emad Younis who use to run the Houston VMUG years back and today part of the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware.

DFW members closer to home vExpert Cloud  members  Tim Davis the NSX King and Brandon Bolen the PS Automation Guru!

Congratulations to all the vExpert Cloud 2017 members!

 

 

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Participate In The DFW VMUG Hackathon — Come Learn And Have Fun!

As we plan for our first DFW VMUG Hackathon, we need your help and input.  We are expecting to kick off our first event this year in mid-November and in order to get things rolling, we are requesting that participants please contribute to the brainstorming process and in the spirit of brainstorming please dream about what you would like to do and what you would like to get out of participating.  As my son would say, sharing is caring, so please share.

“Calling for Hackathon Ideas!”

So please share your thoughts and add your ideas to the”DFW Hackathon Ideas“, google doc. To lead by example and to help get things kicked off and get those wheels turning for ideas brainstorming, here is our first entry idea from @ryandotclair:

Hack Idea: IFTTT-like Platform for the Data Center

  • Elevator Pitch: An Event & Action based framework that’s chainable and pluggable. Think “vRO for the simple person”. The event could be like a high CPU/Memory utilization, filesystem running out of capacity, a new VM has been provisioned, an API call, or someone moving a VM from a PCI network to a non-PCI network. Actions could be adding resources (CPU/Memory/Storage), removing old snapshots, texting/emailing someone, deleting/suspending/deploying a VM, creating a slack notification, etc. Idea is to allow someone to mix and match Events with Action(s). A stretched goal is making it pluggable (anyone can make an Event or Action).
  • Idea Lead: Ryan Clair

Also to better understand which day works best for you in November?
Please only fill out this “Hackathon Meetup Scheduling Survey” so we can better plan for the:

  • Best time to meet up for a few hours (3-4)
  • Hackathon Location & Logistics
  • Sponsor(s) for Refreshments and Snacks

In my previous post “VMware {code} and VMware Cloud Services Inspires DFW VMUG Hackathon!“,  I also mentioned on how to join our #DFW-Hackathon slack channel, here is a quick summary:

  1. Join the VMware {code} program for free: https://code.VMware.com/join
  2. Receive personal Slack invite immediately upon registration
  3. Follow the instructions (accept invite, create account etc.)
  4. Boom, you’re in! Now head on over to the channels, and find DFW-hackathon.

If for whatever reason you have any issues, please DM @ryandotclair or @wmichel on the twitters for help.

Thanks to everyone for contributing and participating, we are looking forward to an exciting and fun DFW VMUG Hackathon!

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VMware {code} and VMware Cloud Services Inspires DFW VMUG Hackathon!

 

As an enterprise architect and data center infrastructure consultant, I am more of a big picture guy wanting to understand DevOps and core hacking concepts in order to deep dive into cloud services.  So I want to share my excitement and inspiration so you too can start your own journey down the “Hackathon” spirit path.

VMworld US 2017 Hackathon

Special thanks to @vmwarecode program and to our illustrious lab captains/champions William Lam and Alan Renouf for all their hard work in making the VMworld Hackathons a premier world-class event.

I really liked this year’s two new concepts introduced:

  1. The pre-hackathon sessions called “VMworld Hackathon Training Session Prerequisites”, helped prepare, educate and enlighten participants. Please see the following slide decks:
  2. Open invitation to participate in the Hackathon event as an observer, even though I was not officially on a team

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I had a fantastic time and it was a great experience just watching and learning.  For more details checkout William Lam’s  GitHub VMworld-hackathon repository.

Blogs to check out

DFW VMUG Hackathon

The DFW VMUG Hackathon birth has come about from the seeds planted at VMworld US by the VMware {code} program.  The DFW VMUG Hackathon events will start soon as we are currently in the planning stages. Please feel free to DM me @wmichel if you have any questions or would like to sponsor an event for the DFW VMUG.

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Call to Action/Next Steps

Please join our slack channel to contribute to the discussions, as we start to finalize our inaugural start date and topics for the agenda for our first Hackathon event. My initial thinking is we tentatively shoot for the first event maybe sometime in mid-November 2017 before Thanksgiving.   So first please join the VMware {code} slack team and then join the DFW-hackathon channel.  Here are the instructions to join:

  1. Join the VMware {code} program for free: https://code.VMware.com/join
  2. Receive personal Slack invite immediately upon registration
  3. Follow the instructions (accept invite, create account etc.)
  4. Boom, you’re in! Now head on over to the channels, and find DFW-hackathon.

If for whatever reason you can’t figure it out, or have any issues DM me or @ryandotclair on the twitters for help.  From there we will start planning our first hackathon and get a head count for venue and logistics.

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