Virtualization and Mobility Expo
VMXpo Austin, TX - September 25, 2014
As many of you know, Whitehat Virtual sponsored a large regional event last year to highlight all aspects of the IT virtualization marketplace. It was called VMXpo (virtualization and mobility expo), and it was a phenomenal success. Take a look at this video that gives you a feel for the event:
The format will include:
- Keynote by Doug Brown. This session will set the stage for the day with an energetic discussion about the past, present, and future of application and desktop virtualization from Doug's unique perspective, which is based on his extensive experience in the field. This session takes a glimpse at where we have come from through the progression to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and finally how this history is the basis of the future, with the advent of the mobile centric world we find ourselves in. Doug has a very distinctive way of presenting his experiences and views. This session is certain to be entertaining and informative.
Doug Brown is the Founder and President of DABCC, Inc. Doug has more than 15 years of experience in virtualization, cloud, and server based computing technologies and markets. DABCC.com is the first and most visited website dedicated to all elements of virtualization and features news and resources. Prior to DABCC, Doug worked at Citrix Systems, Inc. as a Senior Systems Engineer from 2001 to 2004 where he developed the leading Citrix deployment system, "Methodology in a Box", which has more than a million users. From 2005 to 2013, Doug was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft Corporation for his contributions to the industry. He has also been acknowledged with the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and VMware vEXPERT awards for his continued support in the IT community. Doug speaks at leading industry events and has been a prolific author over the past 14 years.
- Co-Sponsorship by all of our key vendors. Last year, that included:
- Dell Servers, Storage, Networking
- Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, NetScalers
- Microsoft Hyper-V, Server OS Products and Tools
- VMware vSphere Hypervisors and Tools
- NVIDIA K1 and K2 vGPU Graphics Processors
- eG Innovations Data Center monitoring/management
- Aternity Application monitoring/management
- AppSense Profile and performance management tools
- Atlantis Computing In-RAM solutions for speed and disk compression
- Unidesk Application management and disk compression tool
- PHD Virtual Backup and DR designed for virtual environments
- Trade show format with break-out sessions where vendors can present their solutions. This layout is designed so that all vendors will be able to present once each in the morning and once in the afternoon so that more people will be able to see the presentations they desire. This link shows the agenda for last year to give you a flavor… http://www.whitehatvirtual.com/VMXpo-agenda-virtual-technologies-mobility-technologies-austin-tx/
- XenMaster Contest. Think you're a pretty good Citrix engineer? Ready to show off your skills after all of those long hours spent studying for exams and working on Citrix issues long into the night? Are you ready to see how your skills stack up to your peers? Then the Citrix XenMaster contest might just be your opportunity to show off your skills, pad your resume, and declare yourself the undisputed Citrix heavyweight champion of Texas.
Several identical Citrix XenApp farms, one per contestant, will be setup that are all broken in a variety of ways with issues ranging from very simple to very complex. While Citrix XenApp can touch a variety of different sub systems (SAN, Active Directory, the network, hypervisor, etc.) the issues themselves will all be contained within XenApp 6.x to keep the contest as straightforward and consistent as possible. Each contestant will be presented with a broken Citrix XenApp farm and will have a certain amount of time to identify and resolve as many of the issues they find as possible. The winner will be the Citrix engineer that resolved the most issues in the time available.
The last man or woman standing will be crowned Citrix XenMaster, earn the unofficial certification Citrix Certified XenMaster, or CCX, complete with certificate. The winner will also be awarded the official Citrix XenMaster trophy and receive a VISA Gift Card valued at $500. As the number of participants grows, so will the awards. This should be great fun...
- Training Bootcamp. Ken Avram, one of Whitehat's Managing Consultants, is also a Citrix Certified instructor, and has been for the last 8 years. In addition to setting up and running the Citrix XenMaster contest, which will be very educational for those that participate in its own right, Ken will provide FREE Citrix Training in two very valuable classes right here in Austin, TX at VMXpo.