Mar 012017
 

WOW….. Its not often you start of the review of an event with a wow, but in this case it was very well deserved.

Patrick Redknap put together the idea of the vRetreat and I was honored to receive and invite. As you can tell from my blogging frequency (or the lack of it) I’ve not been the most active in the virtualisation/cloud community of late. LOTS of good reasons for this like the days job taking up so much time, so I was very thankful that Patrick thought of me for this event.

The day was split in 2

The Morning/The Value:

In the morning we had the pleasure of being presented to by 3 great vendors starting with Zerto then Veeam and Cohesity.

A great supporting cast of bloggers were assembled. Rynardt Spies, David Owen, Simon Gallagher, Amit Panchal, Michael Poore and Barry Coombs. We were also joined by Joe Baguley (VMware CTO), Darren Swift (Zerto Principal SE EMEA), Ezat Dayeh (Senior SE Cohestity) and Michael Cade (Veeam -Technical Evangelist), vRetreat is the brainchild of Patrick Redknap.

It’s been a while since i’d looked at Veeam or Zerto and Cohesity was totally new to me, thus I was eager to hear from the guys.

I have a follow up post in the making where I will explore the Veeam briefing in more detail.

These technologies while being labeled backup or replication or storage are quickly becoming more powerful than that. I was very impressed with Zerto and Veeams ability to migrate workloads to cloud while doing the hard work of the VM hardware conversion and some of the orchestration tasks. Cohesity are doing some truly amazing work in the data analytics field in their out of the box offering while also embracing the cloud world with storage migration capability.

http://www.zerto.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ZVR-5.0-Microsoft-Azure-Overview.pdf

https://www.veeam.com/cloud-direct-restore-azure.html

http://cohesity.com/solutions/cloud-integration/

As I say I have a post focusing on Veeam specifically coming but I wanted to stress how far these technologies have come and how they are embracing a much wider echo system.

This can only be a great thing for the end user customers and they get amazing capability that allows them to take advantage of the cloud world.

The Afternoon/The Fun:

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This is where the magic happened. I love tech, I love to drive and I love going fast (always within the speed limit obviously). The Porsche center was the natural place to marry up these to loves and set it up for a truly great day.

After the safety brief (in which we established we are all porn stars, Joe Bagley can explain should your interest be peaked) we went out the car park where our advanced driving instructors were waiting for us.

The afternoon would consist of doing many different types of driving challenges. The full list can be found here but my favorite was the kick plate.

I started off in the Caymon with Brian as my driving mentor. This was the first time I’ve ever driven a Porcshe and I was instantly impressed. I have to confess I have associated the Caymon with a bit of a girls car or a poor mans 911 for some time and had to immediately eat my words once I started driving it.

The Camon was going to be hard to beat, but getting into the Carrera 4 S was something else. The balance, acceleration and comfort took me by surprise.

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BUT…. This was not the fastest car I was in on the day.

Mr Baguley treated us to a quick trip round the block in his Model X. After the quick spin on the private road I was left with little doubt about the future of cars being electric as the Model X was simply amazing. I won’t do a review of that now but suffice to say I’m super jealous.

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It was a truly great day and very much something that should happen again in the future. It’s a top way for vendors to show their wares and to get the word out on their products.

I for one am an advocate of vRetreat.

 

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