David Marshall

David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, VMblog.com. And co-founded CloudCow.com, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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VMworld 2017 is a few weeks away!  And VMworld and its list of sponsors are bringing the party to Las Vegas.  

In addition to all the great education and networking that will take place at VMworld, attendees have also become accustomed to having fun as well.  So far, things are shaping up quite nicely on that front.  There are plenty of opportunities to have a good time, and the list is growing.  

NOTE: Most events require you to take some signup action.  Yes, even if the event is free so that they can get a head count or shut things down once the list grows too big.  These things are first come, first served.

If I'm missing an event, drop me an email or send me a Tweet (@vmblog) and I'll get it added.

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add IGEL to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the company's on VMblog's list this year is IGEL.  I was extremely impressed with what they were showing off a few months ago at Citrix Synergy, and I can't wait to circle back with them at VMworld.  Here's a little background on the company before we begin:

IGEL delivers powerful unified endpoint management (UEM) software that is revolutionary in its simplicity and purpose-built for the enterprise. The company's world-leading products, including the IGEL Universal Management Suite, IGEL OS-powered thin and zero clients, and all-in-one thin client solutions, deliver a smart and secure endpoint management experience that shifts granular control of thin and zero client devices from the end user to IT. This enables enterprises to remotely control all thin client devices from a single dashboard interface.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview between VMblog and IGEL to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

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The world's largest virtualization event, VMworld, is right around the corner, taking place August 27-31, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center.  The event is always jam packed with information from the keynotes, to the sessions, to the expo hall which is filled with vendors and solution experts.  But, every year, one of the event's fan favorites is the VMworld Hands-On Labs.  

To find out more ahead of the show, I had the opportunity and pleasure to speak with Pablo Roesch, Director of Technical Marketing for VMware Hands-on Labs at VMware.

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add Stromasys to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the company's on VMblog's list this year is Stromasys.  I really like what they are doing, enabling customers to move their critical legacy applications to the cloud with their Charon solution.  Here's more about the company:

Stromasys is the pioneer in enterprise-class cross-platform legacy server emulation solutions, providing modern infrastructure for legacy applications running on PDP-11, Digital VAX and Alpha, HP 3000, and SPARC servers. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with sales offices as well as engineering, development and research labs located around the world, Stromasys has implemented cross-­‐platform virtualization solutions to the world's leading companies in over 50 countries.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with Stromasys to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

vmworld 2107 QAAs part of VMblog's live VMworld 2017 coverage coming up next month, we're in the process of working up our schedules to make sure we can see and learn as much as possible when the show kicks off.  VMworld is the leading virtualization event, and there is no shortage of great information coming out of the keynotes, the breakout sessions, the networking and more.  But every year, one of the key places to learn a lot in a short amount of time is the Solutions Expo where valuable vendors from the VMware ecosystem and beyond setup shop to display their wares. 

But with so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?

For years now, I've had the pleasure to speak with the team from Vembu Technologies on different occasions, most recently at a local VMUG.  But next month, I look forward to meeting with them at VMworld to find out what's new.  Not only did they recently refresh their corporate logo, but they also have a new release of their Vembu BDR Suite to talk about.

Vembu is a leading provider of a portfolio of software products and cloud services to small and medium businesses for more than a decade. Vembu's vision is to make software and cloud services very affordable for the hundreds of thousands of small and medium businesses worldwide.  Their flagship offering is the BDR Suite of products meant for on-premises, offsite, cloud backup and disaster recovery across diverse IT environments including physical, virtual, applications and endpoints. Since 2002, Vembu's industry-recognized data protection solutions have delivered tangible value to more than 60,000 businesses worldwide through a network of 4000+ partners (MSPs/VARs & Resellers).

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with Vembu to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

Had a great time at the recent #VeeamON 2017 event hosted by Veeam Software. Here's a quick video retrospective of some of the scenes and happenings that took place during the event.

And don't forget to watch VMblog's other videos filmed during VeeamON. Learn more about what StarWind Software and DataGravity are doing with Veeam. And make sure to watch our video interviews with select Veeam executives.

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Are you attending Citrix Synergy 2017 in Orlando, FL?  If so, I invite you to add FSLogix to your MUST SEE list of vendors.

FSLogix is a leading innovator of solutions that reduce the amount of hardware, time and labor required to support desktop virtualization platforms. With implementations ranging from less than 1,000 to over 50,000 users, FSLogix Apps enhances the user experience while reducing support requirements for its customers.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview between VMblog and FSLogix to learn what they have planned for Citrix Synergy 2017.

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Are you attending Citrix Synergy 2017 in Orlando, FL?  If so, I invite you to add Bitdefender to your MUST SEE list of vendors.

Bitdefender is a global security technology company that delivers solutions in more than 100 countries through a network of value-added alliances, distributors and reseller partners. Since 2001, Bitdefender has consistently produced award-winning business and consumer security technology, and is a leading security provider in virtualization and cloud technologies. Through R&D, alliances and partnership teams, Bitdefender has elevated the highest standards of security excellence in both its number-one-ranked technology and its strategic alliances with the world's leading virtualization and cloud technology providers. 

Read this exclusive pre-show interview between VMblog and Bitdefender to learn what they have planned for Citrix Synergy 2017.

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Are you attending Citrix Synergy 2017 in Orlando, FL?  If so, I invite you to add Stratodesk to your MUST SEE list of vendors.

Stratodesk is a software company that focuses on hardware agnostic thin client software and PC repurposing solutions. Stratodesk's signature product is NoTouch Desktop. Stratodesk's mission is to provide the most powerful and simple to use endpoint OS for VMware, Citrix and other VDI environments and a centralized endpoint management solution. NoTouch Desktop works on any kind of old and new dektop hardware (PCs, Laptops, Thin Client devices) and offer more security, better and easier client management, increased reliability and lower total cost of ownership to companies of all sizes.  

Read this exclusive pre-show interview between VMblog and Stratodesk to learn what they have planned for Citrix Synergy 2017.

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It's hard to believe that by tomorrow, more than 3,000 people will have made their way to the city of New Orleans to discuss the latest in data center modernization using virtualization, storage and cloud technologies.  The event that's bringing everyone together is called VeeamON and it is being dubbed as "the world's largest event entirely focused on Availability" by its creator and presenter, Veeam. 

VeeamON officially kicks off to the public May 16th and ends on May 18th.  To find out more about this week's event, I spoke with Veeam's director of technical product marketing and evangelism, Rick Vanover, who provided me with additional insight and advice for attendees ahead of the show.

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