[kwlug-disc] Private Cloud

Kiwi Ssennyonjo kiwi at ssenn.com
Thu Feb 2 21:47:10 EST 2012

That is the point of this round table for us to better determine what
to present.

My hope is to also make it technical.

As for the answer to what is 'cloud' I am trying to determine how the
SMB segment would like to use the collection of products in building
their personal cloud.
Big business is covered.  I don't want to bring just marketing people
to show some slides.  All you folks would not like that, and it would
not serve VMWARE to present to an audience that can research what they

The conversation should keep going on the technologies you want to hear about.


On 2012-02-02, at 9:56, Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 09:55, Kiwi Ssennyonjo <kiwi at ssenn.com> wrote:
>> Would the members of the KWLUG like a presentation from VMWare about cloud?
> "Cloud" isn't really a thing, and a quick scroll through the thread
> doesn't say what this presentation would be about?
>    * vCloud Director?
>    * A bunch of VMs running on the free vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) for
> home/smb use? (little-f free)
>    * A small centrally-managed vSphere Essentials group of vCenter
> plus ESXi hosts? (as far as paid products in this market go, this
> probably falls within the reach of regular folks like me)
> I'm not hostile to the idea of a VMWare presentation -- Hell, I just
> finished the five-day course toward my VCP5 and any chance to ask more
> questions is a bonus in my eyes. But a nebulous topic like "cloud" for
> VMWare is like asking Dell to come and talk about "computers". It
> would be nice to have a more detailed summary before. (somewhat
> selfish here, and not trying to sound mean -- I come from London, so
> I'd like to know whether the itinerary is "worth" the gas)
>> We would like to come and present some options, and answer questions.
> VMWare did a presentation at KWLug in the past. While it was very nice
> of them to do so, I wasn't overly impressed with the content. There
> was very little technical discussion, and no examples or exploration.
> It was basically a high-level outline of products, and sales-pitches.
> To me at least, I had the impression it was the same non-technical
> sales pitch that would be shown to assistant-reads-my-email management
> folks, rather than the computer savvy people who frequent the group.
> I think it would be ideal if there was some technical discussion,
> maybe some examples (you can virtualize an esxi host and run 32-bit
> VMs within it. It should be possible to have a mini-lab set up). I
> realize that our level of technical understanding varies quite a bit
> amongst us, so deciding the topics is not an easy task. I don't wish
> to speak for anybody else, but I think we're all above the sales-pitch
> level (though do please speak up if I'm incorrect here).
> --
> Chris Irwin
> <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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