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.

There's a brand new End User Computing Forum called DISRUPT which is being launched this year across three continents: EMEA, NA and ANZ.  The first event in Bremen Germany has already taken place.  However, IGEL, the company putting on this fantastic show, is about to launch this inaugural event in Austin, TX in less than two weeks.  To get the inside scoop ahead of the event, I spoke with Jed Ayres, President and CEO of IGEL NA and Global CMO.  

Have you heard about the DISRUPT event?  This is a brand new End User Computing Forum which launched this year across three continents.  The first event has already taken place in Bremen Germany back on January 17th.  But you still have time to participate here in the US with DISRUPT NA in Austin, TX, February 6-8 at the AMD Corporate Campus.  And after that, IGEL is taking the show on the road to Melbourne Australia, March 13-14, at the RACV City Club.

The inaugural event will bring together key industry thought leaders, customers and solution providers to discuss the latest innovations in end user computing (EUC) and workspace management, including solution demonstrations and technical trainings.

"By 2020, we'll see over 50 billion connected devices and this is bringing massive transformation for the EUC market as organization face rising endpoint challenges. From the migration to Windows 10 to endpoint security demands and the need to simplify device management while lowering computing costs, end user computing is fast becoming a top IT priority," said Jed Ayres, President and CEO, IGEL North America.  "Our DISRUPT event will be addressing these EUC challenges and more. Featuring top industry thought leaders, customer best practices sessions and deep dive trainings, it will be at the center of the voice for EUC disruption in 2018."

DISRUPT 2018 will feature speakers including Sumit Dhawan, Senior Vice President and General Manager for VMware; Doug Keeley, CEO & Chief Storyteller for Mark of a Leader; and Eva Helen, Founder and CEO for EQ Inspiration. It will also include presentations from EUC thought leaders Brian Madden, Independent Consultant; John Abbott, Co-Founder and VP Infrastructure at 451 Research; and Doug Brown, Global Technologist for IGEL and Editor of DABCC as well as customer presentations from leading corporations including Lockton Companies, Centene Corporation, Diversicare Healthcare Services Inc. and Strayer University.  Not enough for you?  Check out this fantastic list of DISRUPT speakers.

For those looking to be trained and certified to use IGEL solutions such as the IGEL UD Pocket, IGEL Cloud Gateway and the IGEL Universal Management Suite, there will also be Technical Boot Camp sessions. View the full DISRUPT agenda here

Can't make the event?  No worries.  Keep your eyes on the DISRUPT Livestream from the comfort of your home or office.

Here's a few scenes from DISRUPT EUC to get your engines going. 

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add Tegile 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?  A company I've had on my personal list for the past number of years has been Tegile. Tegile has pioneered a new generation of persistent-memory storage solutions that deliver exceptional performance and economics for a wide range of enterprise applications and virtualized and containerized environments. 

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

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add Bromium 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 companies on VMblog's list this year is Bromium.  The company's founders, Ian Pratt and Simon Crosby have a long and deep history of innovation in virtualization and security.  Inspired by the isolation principles of traditional virtualization, Bromium created a game-changing technology called micro-virtualization which protects end users against advanced malware.

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

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add ManageEngine 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 companies on VMblog's list this year is ManageEngine.  ManageEngine crafts a broad suite of IT management software.  They have more than 90 products and free tools to manage all of your IT operations: from networks and servers to applications, service desk, Active Directory, security, desktops, and mobile devices. 

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

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add ControlUp 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 companies on VMblog's list this year is ControlUp.  ControlUp offers a powerful, yet easy-to-use ITOps analytics and management platform.  ControlUp helps ITOps teams to monitor, analyze and directly remediate problems in their on-premises, hybrid cloud and cloud infrastructures.

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

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add Bitdefender 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 companies on VMblog's list this year is Bitdefender.  VMblog recently spoke with Bitdefender at Citrix Synergy 2017.  VMware users are going to want to see and learn more about GravityZone Datacenter Security while at VMworld.

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

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add ThinPrint 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 companies on VMblog's list this year is ThinPrint.  You will want to visit with ThinPrint experts to discuss the features and benefits that ThinPrint brings to VDI, mobile, cloud and local workstation environments.  Visit them to find out how ThinPrint optimizes printing and lowers costs, allowing users to print successfully and securely every time.

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

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add Pluribus Networks 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 companies on VMblog's list this year is Pluribus Networks.  The company is empowering high-performance enterprise organizations to build scalable network fabric for simplifying the Software-Defined Data Center. With its simple, dynamic and secure Adaptive Cloud Fabric architecture, enabling organizations to build scalable private and public clouds that improve service velocity, performance, and reliability.  

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

In case you hadn't heard yet, another exciting event is happening at VMworld US 2017.  Two of the Godfathers of Virtualization will both be in attendance at this upcoming show.

Bromium co-founders, Ian Pratt and Simon Crosby, are both taking the virtualization pilgrimage to Las Vegas this year.  Ian and Simon are considered Godfathers of Virtualization for their extensive work done in the hypervisor world with the launching of a little project called The Xen Project which had its debut back in 2003.  Xen was originally supported by XenSource which later sold to Citrix in October of 2007.  A few years later, the pair decided to stretch their proverbial entrepreneur legs and leave Citrix to launch a new company called Bromium to address the intersection of security and virtualization. 

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