NJ VMUG Virtual Event - Sponsored by Runecast

When:  May 11, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  New Jersey VMUG

Our next New Jersey VMware User Group Event will be another virtual one!  

This event is sponsored by:

Wade Carlsen
Technical Presales Engineer, Runecast

Wade is a Systems Engineer at Runecast. He is a 25 year IT veteran with many years spent working for fortune 100 companies as a Sr. VMware Engineer.
He is a SME on vSphere, and was previously a Virtual Solutions IT Manager at DXC Technology.
Outside of work he is an outdoor enthusiast including off-road activities as well as golfing, fishing, and hunting.

Title: Break the mold! Stop waiting for problems to happen before you address them.


We as System Administrators are used to the same old scenario.  Waiting for something to break, having a system alert you to the problem and then spending time researching and troubleshooting while the problem is in place.   It’s time to change this old mentality by using Runecast Analyzer to proactively scan your environment and pinpoint configuration issues before they cause outages.  Get results on known issues, best practices, security compliance and hardware stack.  All of this with one solution.

Joseph Griffiths

Business Solutions Strategist, VMware

Joseph is a cloud focused architect who is passionate about virtualization.   He is a double VMware certified design expert (VCDX) putting him in the top forty VMware certified people in the world.   He has spoken at many different events including VMworld 2015,2017 & 2018, VMUG UserCons, vBrownBag events and SpiceWorld.   For over ten years he has been the author of the blog Virtual Me @ blog.jgriffiths.org.   You can follow him on Twitter @Gortees. 

Operations have long been the bane of IT. They have become the led weight that is causing all IT shops to down. 70% of IT budget is spent on operations stealing all funding and agility from IT shops. This talk will discuss the impact of public cloud, micro-services and automation on operations. The presenter will provide a simple path to reducing operational debt in your environment and how to justify the investment to your company.


Chirag Patel
Principal Architect - Director Level - Office of the CTO Global Field, VMware

Chirag is a Principal Architect within VMware Professional Services organization. He has 20 years of experience in IT industry and has been with VMware since May 2006. He has been providing technical and business leadership to SMB and Enterprise customers to achieve tangible business outcomes. His core focus is around architecting Software Defined Datacenter and related solutions to build/integrate Private Hybrid Cloud.

Selva Jagnathan
Consultant Architect, VMware
Selvakumar Jaganathan is a Consulting Architect in VMware Professional DevOps & Cloud Native Apps Services practice. Selva is a member of VMware CTO Ambassadors program since 2019, representing the Americas region. He specializes in delivering custom integrations for vRA/vRO and also Modern Applications. He also works as Lab Captain mainly on Modern Applications platform – Tanzu TKG. Before working at VMware, Selva was Sr.IaaS Solution Engineer at JPMorgan Chase. He has been in the technology for over 20 years and has worked in various roles at companies such as Rackspace, Credit-Suisse and other Wall Street Firms

Most customers are adopting Automation first strategy not just for VMware stack but for entire IT stack as much as they can. There are many frameworks, scripting languages and tools available in the market and you can adopt any. This session will focus on one of the popular way to start transition from VI Administrator to Automation first and SRE mindset using Terraform. You will learn how Terraform works with specific examples to help you jumpstart your journey.

Runecast will be raffling off a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
NJ VMUG will be raffling off an Amazon Echo Show 8.
NJ VMUG will also be raffling off VMUG branded items

11:00am - Registration
11:15am - Welcome & Housekeeping
11:30am - Runecast Presentation - Break the mold! Stop waiting for problems to happen before you address them.
12:30pm - Break
12:45pm - Joseph Griffiths - Removing Operational Debt from your Job
  1:35pm - Chirag Patel & Selva Jagnathan- Infrastrucure As Code: Great way to start transition from VI Administrator to Automation First and SRE mindset
  2:35pm - Giveaways & Closing Remarks

Along with each item won in the raffle at this meeting, you will receive an NJVMUG Sticker, thanks to Sticker Mule!

The Zoom Link will be sent about 1 hour prior to the event starting.  You can email NJ@VMUG.COM or send us a DM on twitter (@NJ_VMUG) if you don't get the zoom link by 8am. 

We ask that questions for the speakers be posted in the Zoom Chat and not asked.  Everyone will be muted upon entry to the event.  

Everyone is encouraged to turn on your webcams for the event!  Since we can't gather in person, lets meet virtually, face to face! :) 

#NJVMUG #RemoveOperationalDebt #VIAdmin #InfrastructureasCode #SREMindset #runecast 



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