Smooth Event Experience

VMware USers Summit

Conference and trade show season is upon us folks and you know what that means – imperfect shipping logistics, booth space set up, 12 hours days pitching visitors, breakout session preparation, labs, networking receptions, customer dinners and little sleep. Rinse and repeat for days until every last business card is secured…

Yes, pulling off successful events are a TON of work – but they are also exhilarating, satisfying, and hopefully provide your business with a nice return from both a sales and awareness perspective. And just because a huge amount of effort is delivered while at the event, doesn’t mean it should be stressful.

Proper planning goes a long way. Now, we understand with events, last minute surprises are typically the norm which can cause angst. But if you have everything outlined from goals and objectives to team member roles and responsibilities, you’ll be stress-free (almost).

In an effort to carry through similar project processes and best practices of our technology delivery teams, called the Smooth Project Experience, the eGroup Marketing Team created a Smooth Event Experience guide. So when the opportunity to execute an event arises—via eGroup’s own internal brainstorming and initiatives, partner request (EMC, Cisco, VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, Trend Micro), event sponsorship, or otherwise—it triggers evaluation of the below items before a commitment is made.  We must do our due diligence to ensure the event will deliver maximum ROI and sustainable business value.

  • Budget
  • Event Objective(s) and Planning Timeline
  • Call-to-Action
  • Success Metrics
  • Internal Resources
  • Event Date/Time
  • Event Venue
  • Event Marketing Plan

If you ever want to partner with us on an event, give us a ring and we’ll kick off the experience and make it a smooth and successful one!


I see “one-to-one” configurations used for Management and vMotion networks way too often, where a vMotion network will use one physical uplink, and Management will use the other, that’s it–

It’s a common configuration, and exists in environments of all sizes. Unfortunately, it represents a single point of a failure, and the potential for a really bad day if the Management network drops and your HA configuration starts shutting down your virtual machines.

And it’s so easy to fix!! Check out the video below to see the “problem scenario” and how easy the solution is to implement.


“Raising the Bar | EMC with VMware”

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
4-7 PM

The Harbour Club
35 Prioleau Street
Charleston, South Carolina

4:00 – 5:30 P.M. (Prioleau Ballroom):
Presentations by:
Derek Bell, eGroup
Brian Gatta, EMC

5:30-7:00 P.M. (Prioleau Ballroom)
Networking Event with access to industry experts from eGroup and EMC at your fingertips! Read more


The VMware Networking team mentioned this as a VMware development in the works–

Wireshark Plug-ins . Wireshark is a great tool for frame-by-frame dissection of your network traffic. You can just install Wireshark in a Windows or Linux guest VM on a promiscuous vswitch port and away you go (select appropriate VLAN via the Port Group or all with VLAN=4095). The plug-ins add additional protocol dissectors so you can get analyses of VMotion, HA heartbeats, FT logging and so on (look at Howie’s presentation for some screenshots ).


Would you believe that your everyday users could pose the biggest security risk to your company? I know, I know, that’s impossible. People never share too much information or put convenience over security– ever.

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