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Virtualization "Deep Dive Day" 2013

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Virtualization and the Case for Universal Grid Architectures
Steve Duplessie   Traditional computing has been based on monolithic systems clustered together to form larger virtual systems or create a system of high availability. These very architectures are hampering the mobility and dynamism that virtualization enables.
Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at ESG, is an internationally recognized expert in IT infrastructure technologies and markets. An acclaimed speaker and author, Steve’s insights have been featured in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, USA Today, China Daily, The Moscow Times, and many other print and online publications. Steve is a valued strategic advisor to many of the largest technology providers in the world, including IBM, HP, Dell, EMC, NetApp, HDS, and other global IT Organizations.
Introduction To Virtualization
Dan Stolts   This session is designed to be an overview of the various "Virtualization" technologies that are available and being discussed at this conference.  If you are new to Virtualization and want to get the lingo, your first stop should be here.
Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!
Understanding the choices available when building a cloud.
A technical comparison of VMware vCloud, OpenStack, CloudStack and Eucalyptus
Tim Mackey   As the hype around cloud computing increased over the past year, most organizations were faced with a need to understand not only how cloud computing fits into their IT organization, but how to be successful in adopting cloud. Core to the decision making process is sifting through the various vendor messages to determine which solution can deliver the features your organization demands. This session will cover the decision making process used in deploying 100s of profitable clouds, an analysis of the vendor landscape including CloudStack, Eucalyptus, OpenStack and vCloud Suite, and a comparison of where the leaders stack up on key elements of successful deployments.
Tim Mackey is a corporate evangelist for XenServer and CloudStack within the Citrix Cloud Platforms Group and oversees the server virtualization and cloud orchestration technical competencies. He joined Citrix through the Reflectent acquisition in 2004, and served as architect and developer for Citrix EdgeSight; an end user experience performance monitoring solution. In 2007, Mr. Mackey became technical product manager for the EdgeSight product line and then in 2009 product manager for the Citrix Essentials self-service virtualization components. Prior to Citrix, Mr. Mackey was an architect and developer at EventZero, and helped to design the first self check-out systems for retailers at Optimal Robotics.
Emerging Technologies that Enable Cloud-Scale Desktop Virtualization
Robert Petrocelli, GreenBytes Founder and CTO  

Business is mandating rapid desktop virtualization adoption driven by security concerns, flexible BYOD policies and operational complexity. Managed Service Providers, Telcos and Enterprises must look for cost-effective ways to deliver high quality and high performing desktop virtualization for their users and provide a full featured, personalized virtual desktop experience that they are most familiar with.

Whether delivering virtualized desktops to end users or Desktop as a Service (DaaS) to enterprises, it must be a scalable and affordable business solution to make it compelling for both the consumer and the service provider.

In this presentation, attendees will learn about emerging technologies that are enabling a scalable desktop virtualization platform that will support tens and even hundreds of thousands of users which, to this point, has been both a financial and technical challenge. Attendees will hear about new technologies that are resolving mission-critical desktop virtualization business challenges such as limited scalability, complex integration, high capital cost of storage, and a disappointing user experience, and come away with a clear plan of attack to implement a cloud-scale desktop virtualization project.

What you will take away from this session

Learn about emerging technologies that are enabling scalable desktop virtualization platforms.

The benefits of both physical and virtual solutions that can scale from hundreds to thousands of virtual desktops.

The business drivers for deploying desktop virtualization.

The IO problem that leaves your current SAN unable to meet your desktop virtualization requirements.

Robert Petrocelli founded GreenBytes in 2007 and serves as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to establishing GreenBytes, Petrocelli founded Heartlab, Inc. in 1994, a medical information technology company that was sold to Agfa in 2005. Petrocelli was awarded a patent on archival technology utilized for the long-term storage of patient data, including cardiology images, demographics and reports. The technology was later adopted as the accepted industry standard for the storage and exchange of this type of medical information.

Petrocelli was recently awarded patents for the method of the allocation of data on physical media by a file system that eliminates duplicate data, and for the method of the allocation of data on physical media by a file system that optimizes power consumption.

His expertise includes advanced technological knowledge in the medical device field, digital imaging/algorithms, digital storage, and high-performance networks. Petrocelli received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001 and has made the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America list four times. Petrocelli attended Brown University for his Ph.D studies and holds an MS in Computer Science and a BS in Physics from the University of Rhode Island.
Platform Lego – how to get the best bang for your infrastructure buck!
James Hamilton   The buffet of IT platform options is full of moving targets, each of which comes in multiple flavors; buy, build, rent, lease, insource, outsource, on-demand, scale-up, scale out, right-size, upsize, downsize - phew!
At the same time the trend of corporate IT continues towards higher uptime for companies of all sizes - better business continuity platforms, compliance with increasing stacks of applicable regulations… and of course more virtualization
This session will reveal several ways real companies are deploying hybrid platforms to provide the right solution that best leverages their many options: hands-on models combined with managed services, the ability to scale capacity/performance and the budget up or down, and ways to leverage platforms at multiple sites for maximum uptime and high bang-for-the-buck. Considering every business is different, we will also walk through what type of IT architecture is a match for which various kinds of organizations.
Jamie Hamilton has been in the IT solutions space for over ten years focusing on converged networking, DR/BC architectures, Internet and voice services. Jamie is currently employed as a Senior Solutions Consultant at Windstream Hosted Solutions, the data center division of Windstream which is a $6 Billion, S&P 500 company and top-5 telecom carrier in the USA. Jamie previously was in Boston with Cogent Communications, and in China with companies such as Avaya. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and French, and has worked with clients across North America, Europe, and Asia.
"See Inside Your Cloud" - Overcoming Security Hurdles When Moving Workloads to the Public Cloud
David Reoch   The #1 objection of the CIO year over year when it comes to moving workloads to the Cloud is "Security" of their data. In the Cloud, you can't protect what you can't see. This session will take a look at the cloud landscape and cloud adoption trends, and focus on top security challenges when moving workloads to the Cloud.
David has been responsible for the design of global, highly-available data center network and system infrastructure for many Fortune 5000 companies and cloud service providers in the Global Fortune 25. David is the Senior Director of Cloud Solutions at Gigamon, provider of intelligent Traffic Visibility solutions for enterprises, data centers and service providers around the globe. Gigamon’s technology empowers infrastructure architects, managers and operators with unmatched visibility of the traffic traversing both physical and virtual networks without affecting the performance or stability of the production environment.
Hyper-V R3 Live!
Rob McShinsky  

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 has matured greatly with the current release including many new features that are now seamless that were previously disruptive to VM workloads. 

This session will focus on all the new LIVE features of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 with many live demos.  Best practices from a Hyper-V expert and Microsoft MVP on how they should configured based on your hardware and network resources available will be included.  Use of Hyper-V manager, System Center 2012 and PowerShell will all be part of this fast paced demo based session.     


The following NEW Hyper-V features will be included:

·         Live Add Memory

·         Live Snapshot Merging

·         Live Migration

·         Multiple Live Migrations

·         Cluster Node Live Evacuations

·         Live Migration without Shared Storage

·         Live Storage Migration

Robert McShinsky (MCSE, MCP, MCTS) has been working in technology for over 13 years focusing on server management and systems architecture design and is currently employed as a Sr. Systems Engineer at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He is also a regular contributor and member of the Server Virtualization Advisory Board at SearchServerVirtualization. His most notable skills are in the area of server virtualization since 2004. Robert has been the development architect working closely with Microsoft as an early adopter and ongoing participant in TAP/RDP programs of Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). This has included video and written case studies, acting as a customer reference, and speaking with industry analysts and vendors about Hyper-V and multiple System Center products. Robert has been the lead in migrating 65% (450+) Windows servers at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center using Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Hyper-V R1/R2/R2 SP1 virtualization platforms. Robert is also the technical lead and architect of the Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Other skills include management of Red Hat Directory Servers, various Linux operating systems, Citrix/Terminal Services, and Windows desktop deployment scenarios.
 In addition, he is a Microsoft MVP (Virtual Machine), blogs at, tweets at (@VirtuallyAware) and speaks at various technical events about experiences and giving tips on virtualization and management solutions.
Specialties: • Microsoft Hyper-V R1/R2/R2 SP1
• Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 and VSMT
• Microsoft System Center Products (SCVMM, SCDPM, SCOM)
• Active Directory Services
• Red Hat Directory Services
Birds of a Feather
Join us for an open discussion of topics of interest to you.  Moderated by VirtG's Tim Mangan, we will talk about whatever the participants want to discuss.  Possible ideas include these, but if you show up, it is your program:
What is your company doing about Cloud?
Are you doing a BYO Program?
VDI anyone?
Data Backup and Recovery in a Virtual World
Maria Pressley  

Presentation Abstract: For IT professionals tasked with data protection, the goal is the same today as it always has been: secure mission-critical environments and the data housed within them. However, with the emergence of virtualization and hybrid environments, the means to get there has dramatically changed. Organizations’ focus has shifted from protecting distributed data sets across multiple servers to, now, also securing tremendous amounts of data housed on a single physical asset. And the need to protect consolidated assets has rendered many traditional backup and recovery solutions ineffective in virtual environments.

Enter backup 2.0. In this presentation, Maria Pressley, chief evangelist at Unitrends, will discuss how virtualization has prompted a paradigm shift in the backup and recovery market, outline best practices for evolving data protection strategies to support virtual environments, and highlight the technical and business impacts of implementing unified data protection across heterogeneous infrastructure.

Attendees will also learn: • How Microsoft Hyper-V compares to VMware vSphere and how to confidently protect data stored on these hypervisors. • How to determine which virtual appliances (those that include locked-down applications pre-installed vs. those with pre-configured applications) are best for their data center. • Common backup and recovery pitfalls, including backing up data only, failing to test backup processes, and selecting solutions that force companies into rigid IT infrastructures.

Why is this important to IT Professionals? In 2012, we saw companies continue to adopt virtual solutions and make them a critical part of their overall business operations. In 2013, due to continued maturation and strong adoption, we’ll see virtualization shift from an experimental to a mainstream technology – making data protection across heterogeneous environments a high priority for IT in the coming year.

Ms. Pressley is a technology industry veteran with extensive experience in provider and end-user organizations. Prior to joining Unitrends, she was manager of commercial information systems project management at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Earlier, she served as director of engineering at SteelEye Technology and led the team that developed and delivered the company's flagship line of software products. Prior to SteelEye, Ms. Pressley held a variety of development positions over 14 years with NCR Corporation. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Clemson University.
Move to the cloud and modernize in one step
Greg O'Connor   Faced with migrating applications from Windows Server 2003 to Windows 2008 or 2012 when adopting the cloud? Join us and learn about new “up-level OS” migration capabilities. This technology allows users to effortlessly move server applications from old operating systems to new ones as part of a cloud migration.
With Windows Server 2003 end of life approaching, companies will be faced with moving large numbers of enterprise applications. See how you can modernize (OS up level) and transform (move to the cloud) at the same time.
Pioneering the Virtual Application Appliance approach to simplifying application-lifecycle management, Greg O'Connor is responsible for translating AppZero's vision into strategic business objectives and financial results. O'Connor has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry. He was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress Software (PRGS). There he grew the company from concept to over $40 million in revenue. At Sonic, Greg O'Connor evangelized and created the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product category, which is generally accepted today as the foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). O'Connor earned a B.S. in Computer Science at Purdue University. Follow Greg O'Connor on Twitter @gregoryjoconnor.

Cloud Credential Council

CCC   Come hear John Kleist III (CCC Ambassador to the Northeast US) and Todd Cioffi (CCC Working Group member) speak from their unique perspectives about the Cloud Credential Council, its current status, and its ongoing efforts towards creating competency certifications for professionals involved in the Cloud.
The Cloud Credential Council (CCC) is an independent organization formed to accelerate Cloud adoption through advancement of Cloud competencies across better-defined business and technology roles.
The CCC is global and member-driven and represents the needs of end-user organizations, system integrators, technology vendors, training vendors,and individuals.
John Kleist III was recently named as the Ambassador to the Northeast US for the Cloud Credential Council. He is also the reigning itSMF USA Member of the Year (2012), and recently joined Navis Learning for his day job.
Todd Cioffi began as Navis Learning’s Director, Technical Training in 2011, and in short order he orchestrated Navis becoming one of the first Certified Training Partners of the CCC. He passed his Cloud Essentials exam with a nearly-perfect 876 and is involved in his third iteration of Working Groups with the CCC.  Todd is a member of the board of Virtualization Group Boston (VirtG).
Flash-Optimized Storage Architectures
This presentation will explore the evolution of storage architectures over the past 25 years, reviewing the technology inflection points and core business drivers that have propelled the transitions from direct attached to monolithic to modular storage solutions. We are at the beginning of the next major technology inflection driving enterprise storage. Solid state drives (SSDs) promise to solve the performance challenges inherent in spinning disks, rendering traditional storage architectures obsolete. But SSDs by themselves are not the solution. The next decade will be dominated by storage architectures designed from the ground up to leverage the best characteristics of flash and disk. Will these new solutions be able to simultaneously deliver high performance and high capacity primary storage? And can they improve data protection, improving recovery point and recovery time objectives with far less cost and complexity? Learn the answer and examine real-world case studies in this informative session.

Paul comes to Nimble after 4 plus years with Dell supporting New England. Prior to Dell, Paul spent 8 years with VMware, Xiotech, and Cisco supporting the New England customer base and partner ecosystem. He is a college graduate with a B.S. in Management from Bentley University in Waltham, MA, and upon graduation continued his development in IT engineering and management until joining Cisco in 2000.

Drawing Outside the Lines with App-V 5
Microsoft App-V 5 and Fixing Applications
Tim Mangan   Join the Kahuna as he shows how to use Microsoft App-V 5 to fix application behavior. Go beyond what Microsoft, or the Application Developer, intended to go. Learn how to change and fix how the application integrates into the OS and other applications.
This will be a deeply technical presentation involving XML editing, GUIDs, ProgIDs, and more. Learn the deep details about how apps integrate into the OS, and how to sequence them to the fullest with App-V.
President of Virtualization Group Boston. Tim Mangan is the Founder of TMurgent Technologies LLP. Prior to launching TMurgent, Tim was with many software and/or hardware companies including Softricity, Sync Research, Tylink, Avanti Communications, Memotec, Teleglobe, Infinet, and ComputerVision. Somewhere in between he also did consulting work for the WAN side of a major US bank. At one point he was the President of the Frame Relay Forum, an international consortium of Communication Carriers, Vendors, and Users. Tim speaks at many conferences and has been awarded by Microsoft as a "Most Valuable Professional" for Virtualization and by Citrix as a "Citrix Technology Professional".
Score The Cloud!
Rich Casselberry  

Choosing a cloud provider is critical. Making a bad choice can ruin a company and your career. Learn how to make sure you make the right choice.

In this session we will cover the methodology we use to make sure we ask the right questions on a cloud solution before signing up for it. This includes our "CLOUD" scoring spreadsheet and why we ask what we do,

  • What to ask about the company that you will be partnering with.
  • What to make sure is in the contract.
  • What technical questions to ask around authentication, authorization and access.
  • How to make sure you can administer the system after.
  • How to make sure it integrates with what you have today and will have tomorrow
  • What to think about from a staffing perspective.
  • What you need to know about API’s and integration.

In the end you will be able to confidently choose the right cloud provider for your company, whether it’s a software as a service play, infrastructure or platform as a service.

Enterasys has nearly 80% of our core applications in the cloud. Attend this session and learn from a company that has been using the cloud since 2003. We've been there. We've done that.

Rich Casselberry, @richcasselberry on twitter, is director of IT Infrastructure for Enterasys Networks in Andover, Mass. He is responsible for the company's IT infrastructure and ensuring that employees around the world have reliable, secure access to the IT resources they need to do their jobs. His organization also manages the company's telecom equipment and services, systems support, help desk services, and internal and external Web sites.

Casselberry has held a number of key IT management positions for enterprises, consulting organizations and in the public sector in his career. He joined Enterasys in 2001 when the company emerged from the former Cabletron Systems of New Hampshire. He rose to his current position in 2004.

He was with Cabletron from 1990 to 1995 and 1999 to 2001 in a variety of increasingly senior IT positions. From 1995 to 1997 Casselberry was IT manager for Current Technology, a consulting company based in New Hampshire. He served as the IT director for the town of Sanford, Maine, from 1997 to 1999.

Casselberry was also a contributing author of the following books, published by Que: "Running a Perfect Website with Apache," "Webmaster's Expert Solutions," "Special Edition Using Intranet HTML." was the lead author of "Running a Perfect Intranet." Also recently Casselberry was published in InfoWorld and

To the Cloud, with Azure
Dan Stolts   Abstract to be provided.
Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!
Access goes Mobile for Virtualized Applications, Desktops and Data
Jerry shea   Virtualization is now mainstream for Applications, Desktops and Data. The restrictive issue that each of these virtualization plays has in common is Access, and Access has gone Mobile. Hear what is going on with Mobility in the industry and the age old battle between ease of use and security. We have been here before, how do we avoid the same pitfalls?
Jerry Shea has worked in the IT industry for over 35 years, and has been working with Citrix products since 1996 filling such roles as Citrix Administrator, Engineer, Architect and consultant. Joining Citrix at the beginning of 2007 Jerry is currently a Senior Virtualization Engineer delivering the vision of Citrix Delivery Clouds. Prior to working for Citrix Jerry worked for Compaq and then HP where he was responsible for developing collateral on integrating Citrix and HP products. Jerry ran the New England Citrix User Group for over 12 years, until handing over the role as president.