Entries by Brad Tompkins

Why You Should Let Modern Cloud Infrastructure Change Your Job Description

Getting the best value from your cloud services is the job of ITOps. Today’s IT requires instantaneous reaction to external and internal changes in technology offerings, particularly around cloud resources. Your company needs you to keep up with the speed of business that continually increases.    We know the vAdmin role is evolving. It’s no longer about VM level management but also managing Apps in a self-service automated environment that’s running on cloud resources that best fits […]

VMUG Member Update from Dell Tech World 2021

Dell Tech World 2021 was virtual again, and year two brought a better experience for the attendee. The production value, the non-Zoom feel, the session layouts, all made the event more enjoyable.   Beyond the polish, there were some interesting announcements and updates VMUG members should pay attention to.  Innovation  First, a realization of what the collective IT community (including you, VMUG members!) have done during the pandemic. Michael Dell said, “Decades of work combined with […]

VMUG Call for Content 2021

VMUG is a global organization with a mission for members to get the most out of VMware and partner solutions. To do this, we create and curate the best content we can. The best content comes from you. Our members appreciate hearing from peers who share their own experiences with VMware products and solutions. Members […]

Telco 5G: What You Need to Know

Telco and 5G has been taking main stage for some time now. Pat Gelsinger said, “5G is the single biggest tech investment we will see in our lifetime.” What does this mean for the VMUG member new and old? 5G matters to all technologists, and I’m going to share 5 reasons why.  Carrier Improvements  Carriers have traditionally provided connectivity. That model is not sustainable, and carriers […]

VMworld Recap for the vAdmin

VMware is a huge company with many products, divisions, and solutions. It’s hard to keep track of everything VMware is involved in. VMworld is no different, and in some ways, there’s even more to keep up with because of the tech previews. This VMworld recap post is for the vAdmin, the traditional VMUG member, someone […]

VMworld 2020: Choosing Content Sessions (Part 1)

VMworld is virtual this year and while some things will be different, content will be robust as ever.  This week on VMUG’s Peers & Pints we discuss content, strategies for selecting the best content, and our favorite things about VMworld (and how it will be accomplished virtually).    Let’s start with strategizing how you’ll consume all this great content […]

Spring vForum Online: Now More Than Ever

Online events are big and recently gaining more attention. As the global community learns to combat COVID-19, we are also learning how to better use technology for good, a mantra Pat Gelsinger and VMware speak about often.   But what can we do as vAdmins to be part of the “tech for good” initiative? Amid the COVID response, many VMUG members work on the front lines in industries such as healthcare, […]

vExpert Application: What VMUG Members Should Know

Recently the vExpert application opened and I encourage all VMUG members to consider applying.  If you are unfamiliar with the program, let me give you an overview.    The vExpert program has been around for over a decade and is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program.  They accept applications twice a year, so this opportunity is only available for a limited time.  The application is straight […]

A Case for VMworld Barcelona

For those of you who live in NORAM, I am attempting to make a case for you to attend VMworld Barcelona over San Francisco. I am fortunate to be able to attend both events each year.  VMUG has a large presence at both events and the VMUG members span the globe.  VMworld is a fantastic […]

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