“Getting There from Here”: The Journey to the Cloud Makes a Stop in Brunswick, Maine

Well, we're back, folks, and with good news: Mother Nature smiled on this year’s New England VMware User Group Summer Slam event. Setting out from our Nashua, New Hampshire base, Vikram Belapurkar and I motored up I-95 to the Brunswick High School event site early yesterday morning, making last-minute tweaks to our breakout presentation, “Accelerate your VMware journey with Dell Compellent,” and trying mightily to ignore the disarming beauty of the stalwart pines and lazy tidal creeks all up and down Maine’s storied coast. We arrived to find the parking lot overrun with cars from all over the region, and, with help from early-bird Amy Cahill, hustled to set up in time for a practice run.

Compellent for VMware: Vikram Belapurkar delivers the goods.

And how did the day turn out? Simply excellent, thanks! Vikram and I met a really great mix of V-Bees in our breakouts, including some committed Compellent and EqualLogic users with great stories about how our products addressed their particular needs and wants. We also met folks who were just embarking on their virtualization journeys, and were actively researching both hypervisor and virtualized storage options.

An EqualLogic customer aces the post-presentation pop quiz.

While Vikram and I walked our guests through the virtualization virtues of Compellent, an indefatigable Will Urban and a jocular Dave Glynn hosted their live, hands-on EqualLogic-VMware lab next door. Traffic in their room spiked to capacity soon after setup, and then never let up. Meanwhile, the energy in the exhibit hall was electrifying, and the traffic wall-to-wall.

Will Urban (in blue) and Dave Glynn (in green) talk visitors through a hands-on demo of VMware with EqualLogic storage.

The number of quality conversations that Dell rainmakers Marc Roy and Kevin Pazera had this year exceeded those in the recent past, affirming that interest in virtualization and interest in Dell go hand in hand. These VMUG events offer a great forum for both teaching and learning, which I think we can all use in the fast-evolving v-world we live and work in.

V-Bees take note: stay tuned for big Dell doings at the upcoming VMworld 2012 event in San Francisco, as well as for info on our fast-approaching Indy Demo Days!

About the Author: Achmad Moeljadi Chadran