I had the opportunity to be part of my first VMUG(VMware User Group) UserCon (User Conference) yesterday and here is my opinion accompanied with some pictures at the end.
First of all I have had a VCP5-DCV and VCP6-DCV certification for a while now but I had never heard of VMUG until last year. It was thanks to my friend Tony Gonzales @vGonzilla VMUG Co-leader in Colorado that I started getting involved with the community, joined my local group and currently waiting to hear back about my application to become a Co-leader in OC.
The VMUG UserCon is a great way to meet other technologist passionate about the many offerings VMware has. It is also a great way to expand your network, get exposed to new and relevant information that will help grow your career, and meet experts in the field. There are many VMUG groups across the country and even worldwide, if you are not yet part of one I highly encourage you to join your local group.
The VMUG UserCon is a conference that covers a big region involving multiple VMUG groups. All VMUG members of this region are invited and encouraged to participate, as this yearly event is where we get to meet other team members and learn about updates on multiple technology topics.
This year’s UserCon was great in my opinion, there was a good amount of attendees with a variety of backgrounds. From end users, administrators, VARs(Value Add Resellers), vendors, and many others. There were multiple sessions covering NSX, VSAN, Horizon View VDI, and even other vendor sessions like Cohesity. The sessions were very interesting and I even got to be part of a hands on lab for VSAN which was lead by a very experienced VMware SE (Systems Engineer).
It was almost like a very small version of VMworld where you had your main sessions accompanied by smaller more focused and technical sessions. There was also an exhibit hall where multiple vendors got an opportunity to share their technology and of course give lots of swag. One of the nice swag this year was a VMUG bag which made carrying all the swag around during the conference a lot easier. The food was also great and the desert was out of this world, as you can see I love desert.
Overall I feel the time spent on this conference was well worth it, I got to meet lots of great people including my VMUG leader Phillip @djsplice as well as other VMUG leaders in the region. I am with out a doubt coming back to this event next year and highly recommend if you are in technology to attend.
Christian Trujillo wears multiple hats, he is a Solutions Architect at one of the leaders in HCI, he is also a career coach, public speaker, voice-over actor, and author of many blogs. His passion is in the area of technology but he also loves writing music and spending time with his family.
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