Day 2 is full of sessions/keynotes/interviews and two workout sessions provided by FlyWheel Sports.
Did I mention the keynote started with Mardi Gras floats which includes 5,500 registrants representing 71 countries!!
Opening Keynote: The speakers and guests included Ben Gibson (Nutanix), Jason Lochhead (Cyxtera), Vijay Luthra (Northern Trust – Chicago), Dheeraj Pandey (Nutanix), Sunil Potti (Nutanix) and Karen Zetes (Corporation Service Company).
The focal points for this keynote were hyperconverged infrastructure and hybrid clouds to app development and cloud automation. This included announcements and product demonstrations. The topics also included the following:
- Flow – Complete network and application visibility, security and control from one place in one platform.
- Beam – multi-cloud governance with built-in cost optimization and security compliance with single-click remediation.
- Era – allows you to automate database operations
Session #1: Architecting Resilient and High-Performance Oracle Environments. The speakers included Chris Dey (Tractor Supply Company), Murali Sriram (Nutanix) and Michael Webster (Nutanix). The discussion was focused around Nutanix best practices with Oracle that included a customer experience (Tractor Supply Company).
Session #2: AHV Basics: Virtualization for the Cloud Era. The speakers included Luke Congdon and Jeff Renard (both from Nutanix). Get to know AHV (it’s my new best friend). The discussion included provisioning and managing demonstrations on how to switch to AHV.
Session #3: Automation and Multi-Cloud Management with Nutanix Calm. The speakers included Jasnoor Gil and Gil Haberman (both from Nutanix). The discussion was focused around automation in private and public clouds which included a product demonstration for Nutanix Calm (a one-click self service capability to automate application provisioning, lifecycle management across a variety of environments).
Community Tech Talks: I attended a variety of community tech talks in the Community Lounge which were hosted by my good friend Angelo Luciani.
Flywheel Fit Total Body Strength Class: I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into but I’m glad I participated in this session. It challenged me physically and mentally but I’m thankful for the opportunity and it will also serve as a reminder that I need to re-focus on my health which can be achieved through daily exercise and proper dieting.
Evening Keynote: The speakers included Sudheesh Nair (President Nutanix), Satyam Vaghani (VP, Technology Nutanix), Sarah Robb O’Hagan (CEO Flywheel), David Sangster (EVP, Engineering & Operations Nutanix), Ricardo Jenez (SVP, Development Nutanix), Brian Stevens (CTO Google), Aaditya Sood (Sr. Director, Engineering & Products Nutanix), Dillon TenBrink (Distinguished Engineer The Home Depot) and Inder Sidhu (EVP, Global Customer Success Nutanix). The products discussed are listed below:
- Project Sherlock
- Prism Interface
- Nutanix Calm
- Nutanix and GCP
Tell me about yourself (I’m Canadian, I buy more books than I read, I enjoy 70s and 80s TV shows like ‘The Rockford files’ and always wished I lived next to the ocean)
Please define your current role w\ Nutanix (I’m the Community Evangelist)
Please define the vCommunity and what it means to you (In addition to helping each other professionally, also to be available in any capacity, listening, mentoring, sharing, collaborating, etc)
Advice for newbies in the industry\vCommunity\VMUG Leaders (Don’t be shy, ask questions, reach out, connect and build relationships)
What’s the best way to get a hold of you? (@AngeloLuciani on Twitter)
Nutanix Certifications, where to start? (Connect w\ current Nutanix Certified professionals, subscribe to nu.school YouTube Channel, online Nutanix Community forums)
Who is your favorite Star Trek character and why? (William Shatner because he’s funny)
Tell me about yourself (husband, father, dog owner, runner, bourbon connoisseur)
Please define your current role (15 year IT Professional and my roles have included: Sys Admin, PreSales Architect, HCI, Data Protection, Storage and Networking)
Please define the vCommunity and what it means to you (geeks helping geeks, avenue for IT professionals that normally do not seek assistance from others)
Advice for Nutanix Technology Champions (contribute to the community, give back, use social media and blog)
What superhero would best describe you and why? Professor Xavier because he gets to sit all day and use his mind powers to convince customers
Tell me about yourself (IT guy that started in manufacturing. Loves to travel and a big fan of sports)
Please define your current role (Datacenter Engineer and this includes: Nutanix, VMware, Cisco UCS, Storage, Backup, Recovery, Cloud and Networking)
Please define the vCommunity and what it means to you (helping one another, blogging, speaking engagements, helps boost IT career)
Advice for Nutanix Technology Champions (become active in your community which includes Nutanix forums, social media, blogs, etc.)
What superhero would best describe you and why? (Batman. Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then be Batman)
- Tell me about yourself (IT Pro since 2003. Started in Desktop Support and worked my way up to Enterprise IT)
- Please define your current role (Pre\Post sales, Backups, Virtualization, Nutanix, VMware, Storage and HCI)
- Please define the vCommunity and what it means to you (meeting new people, creating new friendships, community and helping one another)
- Advice for Nutanix Technology Champions (become active in the community which includes the Nutanix forums, social media and create a blog)
- What’s the best way to get a hold of you? @brandongraves08 on Twitter
- What superhero would best describe you and why? (Iron Man because he’s Batman without the hidden identity)
- Tell me about yourself (German-based virtualization cloud advocate and instructor. Big fan of traveling to IT conferences all over the world and networking with fellow community members)
- Please define your current role (Instructor, consultant and architect for everything around (network) virtualization, cloud computing and cybersecurity)
- Please define the vCommunity and what it means to you (Great opportunity for networking, learning, and helping each other to grow professionally and personally)
- Advice for newbies in the industry\vCommunity\VMUG Leaders (Try to interact as much with the community as possible – give and take at conferences, while sharing knowledge on your blog or with social media and make use of community events like VMUG meetings)
- What’s the best way to get a hold of you? (That’s relatively easy as I’m pretty responsive (I hope …) – saying hi at conferences or just at twitter (@JensSoeldner) will definitely do the job)
- What superhero would best describe you and why? (Definitely Tintin from Belgian comic author Herge. Super-kind hero who resolves injustice and is an all around great guy)
.NEXT Mardi Gras World Party: Nutanix blew the doors off with this party which included food, beverages, and a vast array of entertainment with a performance by Kool and the Gang. A huge thanks Intel and HCL for sponsoring the party!!
Pictures from day 2 can be found here.