VMworld is a leading, global event that welcomes tens of thousands of IT professionals and business decision-makers for four full days of innovation, August 28 - September 1. With hundreds of expert-led breakout sessions, spotlights, panel discussions, and hands-on labs to choose from, attendees are sure to find what their looking for along the topics of cloud management, hyperconverged infrastructure, network virtualization, business mobility and so much more; there's something for everyone at this year's conference!
Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed desktop service built directly on the AWS cloud. It allows businesses to provision and manage cloud-based desktops for its end users without the complicated nature of traditional EUC offerings and the hardware to back it. Amazon WorkSpaces also allows organizations to easily manage the applications and data on these cloud-based desktops in a pay-as-you-go model, foregoing the upfront hardware and software costs with traditional on-premises solutions.
Following the pace of innovation at Amazon Web Services is a tough task. Because of the glut of innovation that regularly occurs at Amazon, really great ideas are sometimes overlooked due to the influx of new developments that transpire. Even though I am probably guilty of doing this myself, there is one solution (of these recent innovations) that stands out for me particularly well: the Transit Network VPC. It’s a networking solution that leverages a combination of AWS and Cisco technologies to bridge gaps between networks of many different types. I see this solution playing a very important part where organizations need a bit of networking glue to stitch these different types of networks together.
Since joining AHEAD in February of this year, I have been super impressed with the people, culture, and resources available at my fingertips (I’m not the only one; check out a post from AHEAD’s Pete Robertson about his first thirty days at the company!). One of the most beneficial resources that AHEAD offers is the AHEAD Lab and Briefing Center. This is where customers come to access our industry experts and next-generation solutions to determine the optimal strategy for their organizations.
As of late, I officially made it through my first thirty days as an AHEAD employee; I joined the company as a Technical Architect specializing in networking and Cisco technologies in late June of 2016. Upon finishing my first month, I was asked to describe my experience over the last thirty days in three words. The words I chose? Fun, passionate, and validating. It’s not quite that simple, though. For my first blog post, I am going to explain why I chose these words, as well as provide an in-depth look at my experience with AHEAD thus far.
At this year's Looking AHEAD technology summit and in Part 1 of this series, Eric Kaplan, AHEAD's Chief Technology Officer, gave us a comprehensive overview of AHEAD's Cloud Delivery Platform. Now, we're taking this one step further and diving deeper into the layers of the platform to give you a better understanding of how each of AHEAD's major practice areas work together to enable the success of IT in the enterprise. In the video below, you'll hear from Tim Currie, Practice Director of ESM and Cloud Management & Automation, as he discusses the top layer of the platform, Enterprise Service Management.
Beginning this Wednesday, August 3, AHEAD experts will be participating in an online webinar series focused on the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam. This series follows the official certification blueprint published by Amazon and is designed to help viewers pass the exam to become AWS Certified Solution Architects at the Associate level. Armed with a team of IT gurus, these webinars will provide you with a wealth of knowledge you'll want to know to better prepare you for this exam.
Can you believe it's already been one month (a little longer, actually) since AHEAD's most exciting day of the year? As originally predicted, we are happy to report and confirm that Looking AHEAD 2016 was, in fact, our biggest and best event to date! From the top-notch content presented by industry thought leaders to a beautiful, spacious venue overlooking one of Chicago's most iconic parks, Looking AHEAD 2016 did not disappoint—and that's not just our opinion, but the consensus of the overwhelming majority of attendees.
Just in time for AHEAD's platinum sponsorship at today's Indianapolis VMUG UserCon (come see us at table #409!), we are pleased to announce that AHEAD's Jason Nash, Consulting Architect, and Ted Spinks, Senior Technical Architect, have been selected to receive the VMware vExpert NSX designation. This is the first time that VMware has awarded the vExpert NSX and Jason and Ted were two of only 115 individuals selected worldwide in this inaugural group.
Next week on Wednesday, July 20, you can find AHEAD at the 2016 Indianapolis VMUG UserCon at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Joined by dozens of other sponsoring partners, AHEAD will be platinum sponsoring this event (the highest level of sponsorship) with a premier location in the exhibitor space where some of our top experts will be waiting to meet you and hand out free AHEAD swag. In addition, two of our resident VMware vExperts will be conducting sessions throughout the day--including the keynote--that you won't want to miss!