Top vBlog Voting 2017 – Supporting Community Bloggers

Every year we are seeing more and more community contributors in the blogging ecosystem. My own work here at and through my role at Turbonomic in the community has been so enjoyable to be a part of because of the support that I continue to receive from readers and peers in many tech communities.

Eric Siebert has been hosting the Top vBlog voting for years, and it has grown from a handful of participants to a veritable must-read list that covers every aspect of virtualization, networking, scripting, and more. This year I am honoured to be among the contributors listed and am also very proud to have Turbonomic sponsor the voting.

My blog is listed in the voting under my name (just search for DiscoPosse) and my podcast (GC ON-Demand) is also in the running for best podcast.

I would greatly appreciate a vote if you feel that I’m providing content that is valuable, and of course, please extend your votes to all of the great IT community who surrounds us all. For those who know the work that Angelo (@AngeloLuciani), Melissa (@vMiss33) and I do with Virtual Design Master, you will know that many of the participants are also in the voting.

Your support of our amazing blogger and podcast community is always appreciated.  Thank you!

Vote here for this year’s event:

OpenStack Summit – Voting Open for Sessions (including mine!)

pedroIt’s that time again! Voting has just opened up for the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. The voting is only open for a short time, so now is the time to have your say in how to shape the conference to what you really want to see. I’m honored to be among the proposed speakers for the conference with six (yes, that’s right folks, six) proposed sessions alongside Virtual Design Master Creative Director Melissa Palmer, aka @vMiss33.

Not only is this a special summit which will follow the launch of the Kilo release of OpenStack, but it also begins the process for the “L” release, just recently dubbed Liberty.  During the course of this exciting week, customers, prospects, developers, operators, and everyone in between will have a chance to dive into some OpenStack goodness.

We Need Your Help – Every Vote Counts!

A valuable of the OpenStack ecosystem is that it is driven by its members.  Voting for the sessions happens from our community, so this is your chance to be a part of shaping the OpenStack Summit to make it what you need it to be.

In the spirit of community, I’m asking for some help to bring us to the Summit by voting for our sessions.  Voting is open as of this post going up, and

Couch to OpenStack – Understanding Where to Start Your Learning Journey
Regardless of your background, OpenStack is a fundamental shift from the way that traditional virtualization and bare-metal deployments are built and operated.  Just like with learning to run in a Couch-to-5k clinic, this is your coaching team to help you get from zero to hero on OpenStack!
Attendees will get a walk through of the learning program and be given resources to spin up a demo environment on their own machines using Vagrant and VirtualBox.
Knowing where to start is as important as knowing how to start.  This will be a very interactive session to help encourage attendees to get help with starting their journeys to becoming OpenStack operators.

Convincing the CIO It Is Time to Go Production, Adopting OpenStack in the Enterprise

Are you already on your journey to adopting OpenStack, or are you about to begin embracing OpenStack in production?  What should you be doing to ensure a safe transition?
Packaged distributions?  Do-it-Yourself?  Nightly builds? Major revisions only?  There are many considerations when making the decision on how to consume OpenStack to run your cloud environment.  We will guide you through the different methods, and how to decide which will be the most successful within your organization.
We will highlight key differences when transitioning from a traditional virtualized or bare-metal server environment to a true private cloud.  Making everyone comfortable in the organization, from the users to the operations team to the CIO is an important part of deploying OpenStack successfully.

So You Want to Convince the Boss to Run OpenStack? Introducing OpenStack to the Enterprise

When it is time to go to the boss to talk about OpenStack beyond the confines of your laptop, you’re going to need to pick a business problem to solve.  The days of getting our hands on hardware for fun are long gone.  Besides having a solid use-case, understanding the impact of bringing OpenStack into your organization is of absolute importance.  We will discuss the analysis process for how to prepare to add OpenStack into your data center to provide enterprise-grade service levels.
We’ll consider all of the things you really need to start thinking about for your first enterprise-grade OpenStack deployment, including compute, storage, networking, and most importantly, understanding use-cases for architecting your OpenStack strategy from different perspectives within your organization.

Beyond Your Laptop, but Before the Data Center Building Your OpenStack Lab Environment

There are dozens of potential ways to build an OpenStack lab environment.  Which is the right one for you?  We will look at a variety of OpenStack lab deployment tools and distributions.
Whether you want an all-in-one virtual machine, a multi-node deployment, a cloud-hosted build, or anything in between, there are considerations for each of these lab models.  There are as many options as there are use-cases, but we will narrow down the search.
Best of all, we can match your budget of zero dollars!

Run Kilo Run – OpenStack for VMware Administrators
One of the challenges with OpenStack is the shift in operational procedures in enterprise data centers which have been occupied by large VMware installations.  VMware administrators will be introduced to a comparison of the programs in OpenStack to similar VMware technologies.
We will show how to leverage OpenStack as a part of your existing VMware deployment, and how to run a multi-platform virtualization strategy in order to get the best of available features from both the VMware and OpenStack ecosystem.
Both packaged offerings and user-built options will be discussed to illustrate many strategies to bring OpenStack to your VMware environment and take the steps to creating a true, versatile private cloud.

OpenStack Story Time: Building a Case for OpenStack in Two Distinct Organizations
We will use two different organizations which have embraced OpenStack in our session to guide attendees through the entire journey of bringing OpenStack into production.
The first example is a medium sized organization which wanted to go from using AWS to running on a private cloud environment.  Using OpenStack as the destination platform, we walk through the transition to bringing services on-premises, and challenges along the way.
Our second organization is a large scale financial services environment with a significant development community.  This will allow us to illustrate a very DevOps-oriented design and how the use-case was built and successfully implemented.

Thank you for your votes, and I hope to see you in Vancouver!!


DiscoPosse VMworld 2014 Sessions – Voting is open!

voteIt’s that time of year again! Voting has just opened up for the VMworld 2014 sessions. This is a first for me as I’ve thrown my hat into the game with two exciting session submissions.

There is a great field of entries available to choose from, and I hope that you will find my sessions to be ones that make the cut for entry in San Francisco this August.

Since I have a strong focus in what I do towards align processes for automation and orchestration to help SMB (Small to Medium Business) I wanted to deliver towards my target market at VMworld. This is often a missing piece of the puzzle at large conferences which can tend towards presenting big, “Enterprise” solutions.

Here are the title sections for my sessions:

2763 – Bridging the Gap to Private Cloud for Small and Medium Business



2768 – Appliance all the Things!


Help us Create Your Ideal VMworld!

This is your opportunity to guide your VMworld experience by telling the VMware team exactly what you want to see there. It is important that you have a say

Session Voting is open May 5 – May 18 at 11:59 pm PDT and you can get there by clicking below. Happy voting, and I hope to earn a spot and to be able to see you at the session!


Top Virtualization Blog Voting is Open!

Every year, Eric Siebert puts together a great program of voting for the top bloggers in great content about virtualization, scripting, network, storage and much more. This is known among the blogging community as one of the greatest honours to be among the voting group here.

It’s time for the 2014 edition, and I am please to be among the entrants for the general Top Blogs:


and you will also find me under Independent Blogs:


So please head on over to Eric’s site to place your votes. It just takes a few minutes, and the blogging community is greatly appreciative of the feedback! 

I am shamelessly hoping that you’ll vote for me 🙂 but the amazing thing about this program is that it increases your exposure to more great content that will lead to great education in all things IT related!

Thank you again for reading, for voting, and I hope to represent my readers well in 2014 🙂