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VTUG – Winter Warmer 2017 (Foxborough, MA)

VTUG Winter Warmer 2017

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Wrap Up of VTUG Winter Warmer 2017
Sam Kahane and Stu Miniman wrap up the day at VTUG Winter Warmer.
 
 
 
 

Guests Included

Jon Benedict
Tech Evangelist, Red Hat

Interview Overview: Assessing a Technology’s End Game: Weighing Risks vs. Benefits
Jon Benedict, Super Bowl XXXIX Champion/MVP, stopped by theCUBE and talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) about how a product may look great on paper or in a demo, but it’s a good idea to consider how much risk is involved. “We have to assume a certain amount of risk on behalf of our customers as we [explore] new technologies,” said Benedict. He explained that organizations need to avoid jumping at technologies just because they are perceived to be the latest and the greatest. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
This was Jon’s first time visiting theCUBE!
 

Deion Branch
Super Bowl XXXIX MVP

Interview Overview: Former New England Patriots Super Bowl Champ Makes Predictions, Shares Tom Brady Story
Deion Branch, Super Bowl XXXIX Champion/MVP, stopped by theCUBE and talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) about the future of VMware Inc.’s market dominance, hyper-converged infrastructure and … Super Bowl LI. A former New England Patriot, Branch led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2005. (The AFC title game between the Patriots and the Steelers will be played January 22, 2017, at Gillette Stadium.) Branch shared memories of his time with the Patriots, recounting tales of Tom Brady’s competitive nature on and off the field. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
This was Deion’s first time visiting theCUBE!
 

Mike Coleman
Technology Evangelist, Docker

Interview Overview: Uniting Containers and VMs to Answer Specific Use Cases
Mike Coleman, technology evangelist at Docker Inc., stopped by theCUBE and talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) about how many users are trying to determine whether containers or virtual machines are better for their purposes. “You may not have the quantity of workload it takes to natively drive the utilization you need to make your hardware affordable if you’re just running containers,” Coleman noted. “We’re in the early days, the early stages. Being able to put some containers next to some traditional VMs, to maximize resource capabilities, is a big use case. The other one is around some of the functionality in existing toolsets.” Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
This was Mike’s first time visiting theCUBE!
 

Chris Harney
Founder, VTUG

Interview Overview: Converged Infrastructure Gets — Converged: Companies Swallow Each Other as Virtualization Spreads
Chris Harney, CTO of CyberNorth and founder of the Virtualization Technology Users Group (VTUG), stopped by theCUBE and talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) about the market for virtualization and who will come out on top in competing with VMware. “Now there are more choices, whether you’re talking cloud, hybrid cloud, hyper-converged. And people need to hear what’s out there to make educated decisions on what to move forward with,” said Harney. He also mentioned that on the security front, network virtualization is garnering a lot of interest. He also stated that customers are very excited to hear what is happening in the cloud with and without regard to virtualization. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
Chris Harney has visited theCUBE many times, including at VTUG Winter Warmer 2016, VTUG Winter Warmer 2015, and VTUG Winter Warmer 2014.
 

Steve Pao
CMO, Igneous Systems

Interview Overview: Is the Answer to Exploding Sensor Data a Public Cloud Mimic on Premise?
Steve Pao, MO of Igneous Systems Inc., stopped by theCUBE and talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) about the scramble to secure huge data streams inundating enterprises from new sources like sensors and IoT. “Everybody’s hitting this juncture, because the data’s growing faster than the [IT] budget,” said Pao. He also said that data from sources like streaming video feeds, microscopy and others require changes to storage technology at a deep layer. “As we’re looking at these very, very different datasets, we’re looking at very, very different kinds of computing, and what that requires is a very, very different kind of infrastructure,” he said. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
Steve Pao has visited theCUBE many times, including at AWS re:Invent 2015 and AWS Re:Invent 2014.
 

Rawlinson Rivera
Chief Technology Officer, Global Field, Cohesity

Interview Overview: Will Cloud Universality Reduce Data Operations Complexity?
Rawlinson Rivera, chief technology officer, Global Field, at Cohesity Inc., stopped by theCUBE and talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) about how data is a massive consideration, whether it’s being managed, stored, analyzed or otherwise used. Early in the interview, Rivera shared how he’d been drawn from a lengthy stay at VMware Inc. to Cohesity by seeing the way in which the company was taking the storage of data and giving it more power and versatility. And in looking at the current form of data and its handling, he felt that there was a clear gap “not only in the traditional way in which data’s handled and managed in the enterprise, but the fact that there’s this exponential growth in data these days, and it’s not gonna stop.” Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
Rawlinson Rivera has visited theCUBE before, including at VMworld 2016 with Yanbing Li.
 

Dewey Sasser
Cloud Solutions Architect, Aligned Software

Interview Overview: Adapting to the Public Cloud: When DevOps Forces Combine
Dewey Sasser, president of Aligned Software Solutions, stopped by theCUBE and talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) about how the move to the public cloud is a difficult decision with many factors to consider, the foremost being security. “The key here as we move into public cloud, the basic momentum of DevOps and agile processes and public cloud are really coming together to meet in one spot … we need to change so people can be responsible for what’s going on — on a minute-to-minute basis, whereas we used to do it on a week-to-week basis,” Sasser said, explaining that the fast pace of the cloud means granting the right permissions to the right people. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
This was Dewey’s first time visiting theCUBE!
 

Daniel Valentine
IT Specialist, Danone Foods

Interview Overview: A Report on Virtualization from the Front Lines of IT Infrastructure
Daniel Valentine, IT specialist at Danone Foods, stopped by theCUBE and talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) about the difference in the world of technology between what’s possible with the latest and greatest and what companies actually buy and use. “There’s the school of thought to virtualize everything. … The challenge is always ROI, your return on investment,” according to Valentine. He stated that organizations must assess what it’s going to cost them to go with new tech and if those costs are justifiable. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
This was Daniel’s first time visiting theCUBE!
 

John White
VP Product Strategy, Expedient

Interview Overview: Expedient Finds ‘Home Field Advantage’ in the Realm of Managed Data Services
John White, VP of product strategy at Expedient, stopped by theCUBE and talked with Stu Miniman (@stu) about one of Expedient’s strengths as a managed data provider, which is an emphasis on its regional (East Coast and Midwest U.S.) network. “Digital transformation — the term is big and huge — it’s starting to be reflected in a lot of these businesses,” said White. Many in-house IT organizations are not equipped to run the required operational tasks, as more large businesses are looking to exit the infrastructure game and leave it up to the experts to run. Expedient has been building its business on this for the past decade, so it has achieved operational efficiencies and can handle the required loads, freeing up customers’ in-house resources to concentrate on their strategic businesses, White explained. Read the full blog post with highlights from his interview at SiliconANGLE.com.
 
John White has visited theCUBE before, including at VTUG Winter Warmer 2016 and NXTWORK 2015.
 
 
 

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