VMworld 2018 Barcelona Highlights

Stephen Hackers from Hot Wired IT Solutions affiliate partner to HTG (Howell Technology Group) made the trip to VMworld Barcelona 2018 with Kevin Howell (HTG), Graham Wight (HTG) and Tony Cota.


Tech Experts Meetings + Design Workshops + Vendors + Hall Sessions = A great experience and excellent value for money.

Things I learnt…

  1. Download the VMworld App
  2. Book sessions early
  3. Register for a vendor party
  4. Participate where possible

VMworld through my eyes

  1. Download the app… Contains your pass, schedule, reminders, events, map, info and more.
  2. The photo every geek wants

3. Picked up my VMware vExpert 2018 goodie bag


4. Attended multiple design workshops. Signing NDA… Sorry no secrets being shared here.

VMware design_studio


5. Entered the Hackathon .. Joined an amazing team of 8 experts. (3rd place)

Chris Porter, Christopher Lewis, Colin Westwater, Dave Simpson, Dominik Zorgnotti, Gareth Edwards, Tony Cota and Stephen Hackers (Me).

We created and launched #PowerVKE. PowerShell module to deploy kubernetes. This was successful in taking 3rd place at the Hackathon

Available on GitHub https://github.com/PowerVKE

Follow on twitter https://twitter.com/PowerVKE

24 hours on from the Hackathon and Will PowerVKE name change to PowerPKS??


6. Meet the Vendors.

Vembu stand

NetApp with Ducati ( I was always going to visit any stand with a bike being a biker myself)



7. Vendor party

Cohesity was our option

Great night out and some interesting glow in the dark / flashing devices for the night. The Queen tribute act was definitely worth watching. The friendly atmosphere was fantastic


8. Meet the Experts.

I attended two of these excellent sessions on PKS (kubernetes) and vSphere on AWS. As a techy I felt I got more business value in these 30-45min 1-1 tech sessions than in some of the high level presentations attended. That’s not to say the high level presentations were worth attending as well, but I got to ask in the 1-1 my homework for actual work I’m doing or planning on doing.


9.The End

Then the trip was over. Such an amazing few days. Already looking forward to VMworld 2019……

Vembu – Live Webinar – Zero Data Loss

Interested in knowing more on implementing near zero data loss for your IT setup? Come and join a live webinar session that will be hosted by Vembu’s experts due on the following dates:

  • October 3rd, Wednesday at 2PM ET, 11AM PT – for Americas
  • October 4th, Thursday at 11AM GST – for EMEA, APAC & ANZ



What is being discussed:

Let’s consider hypothetically that a disaster has occurred to the data centers. The one thing, 90% of IT admins will focus on doing is trying to get hold of the size of data that’s lost when all they should be doing is continue working on the recovered servers from the previous backup jobs. When most vendors seem to be marketing near Continuous Data Protection(CDP) that assures near zero data data loss- the most critical thing is how near it actually is? This time, you will find experts from Vembu going live on their upcoming webinar-”Towards near-zero data loss. What you need to get right” giving system administrators an insight on tackling this persistent pain point.

So how much disaster-prepared are you? Here’s why joining this webinar session is the one of top things that you should prioritize as October nears.

Why the near CDP rule?: It isn’t all about just replicating your servers to another site during a disaster. It’s about the IT problems that it can resolve and the huge amount of loss in revenue that it can save you from.


It isn’t just about snapshots and replication either! Well, these are there in the storage systems for years together. Getting your RPOs and RTOs right is one of those things that’s very significant. If you are currently running them in a duration of few hours, that’s some serious problem there. What you should be aware is, it definitely can be(should be) brought down to a matter of few minutes.

 Getting near CDP right with the Vembu BDR Suite: Avoiding/Reducing data loss, performing successful recovering checks to knowing different recovery scenarios that would help you recover your physical and virtual setups during any downtime and lot more practices is what we will be dealing with.

Vembu BDR Essentials – Small Businesses

Check out Vembu BDR Essentials, it has now been released for small business’s.
Over the last year, there seems to be a rise advanced phishing attacks and ransomware. While these topics aren’t directly related to Vembu BDR Suite, if you were a victim of ransomware then a good product to have on your side is a backup and recovery product like Vembu BDR Suite.
Some features, such as fast recovery of virtual machines or file level recovery, are nice features of Vembu BDR Suite. The downside to backup and recovery products for small business (SMEs) is cost, however you can now save up to 50% when compared to when compared to Vembu BDR Suite.

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