Brian Ducharme

Brian Ducharme

Brian is an event reporter for and an expert in virtualization/cloud techonlogies.  In his 15+ years of experience in the virtualization/cloud field he has interviewed hundreds of companies, users and executives.  Brian has been an active member of the NEVMUG (NEVTUG) since 2006 and attends both vmworld and Citrix Synergy every year.  Brian works full time as a Senior Software Engineer for Liquidware Labs.

Brian also spent 5 years as the managing editor of Virtual Strategy Magazine, an online magazine focused on the virtualization industry and has been with vmblog since 2011. He has a background in Computer Graphics, Marketing, Programming, Web Design, Mobile App Development, Linux Administration and is an active member of the NHJS group. 


October 19, 2023


ThreatX is API and application protection that lets you secure them with confidence, not complexity – from the edge to runtime. It blocks botnets and advanced attacks in real time, letting enterprises keep attackers at bay without lifting a finger. Trusted by companies in every industry across the globe, ThreatX profiles attackers and blocks advanced risks to protect APIs and applications 24/7. Learn more at  


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Protecting Against Runtime Threats to APIs and Applications

Managed API and Application Protection


October 15, 2023


ngrok is a secure unified ingress platform that combines global server load balancing, reverse proxy, firewall, API gateway, and Kubernetes Ingress Controller to deliver applications and APIs across every stage of the development lifecycle from any cloud, datacenter, or home network. ngrok brings secure ingress to your test/dev environments, external networks you don't control as well as apps and APIs in production. Over 5 million developers use ngrok for testing webhooks and previewing apps and the world’s top technology brands — including Microsoft, GitHub, Okta, Shopify, Zoom and Twilio — advocate ngrok as a key integration partner. ngrok is venture-backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Coatue.  Learn more at

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Databricks accelerates time to value at scale with ngrok

Kubernetes ingress with ngrok and Hashicorp Consul

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October 10, 2023

Cast AI

CAST AI is an all-in-one Kubernetes cost optimization and automation platform that achieves over 60% average compute cost savings without months of onboarding. You get lightning-fast autoscaling, downscaling, spot VM support with fallback, and more with no hit to performance. 

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October 09, 2023


Equinix is the world’s leading digital infrastructure company. You can deploy powerful, dedicated bare metal across 25+ global metros in minutes.

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October 04, 2023


Mezmo helps organizations unlock the value of their telemetry data. Cloud native and built for enterprise scale, Mezmo’s platform makes it easier to control costs and take action. Mezmo fuels massive productivity gains for modern engineering teams at hyper-growth startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.

Mezmo is the sole logging provider for IBM Cloud, where they’ve partnered to drive innovation in observability at hyper scale since 2018. The company has been recognized as one of Forbes’ Cloud 100 Rising Stars, Gartner’s Top 25 Enterprise Software Startups to Watch, CRN’s 10 Hottest Cloud Startups, and Fortune’s Best Small and Medium Workplaces, and it received the IBM Cloud Embed Excellence Award.


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October 02, 2023


Transposit is a next-gen AI-powered incident management platform that gives IT Ops and SRE teams superpowers. Amidst today’s tool overload, Transposit's end-to-end automation guides teams with instant contextual awareness and improves efficiency by 100x. At the center of Transposit is its 24/7 AI operator, a tireless team member customized to understand every customer’s unique environment to offer suggestions and surface automations. Transposit uniquely guides teams through the entire incident lifecycle with on-call management, automated runbooks, and thousands of integrations and automations. Its human-in-the-loop approach to AI enhances the unique expertise of humans, empowering teams to accelerate response and resolution.



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September 29, 2023


GitLab is the most comprehensive, AI-powered DevSecOps platform for software innovation. GitLab enables organizations to increase developer productivity, improve operational efficiency, reduce security and compliance risk, and accelerate digital transformation.

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CNCF's flagship event will bring together thousands of open source and cloud native enthusiasts

SAN FRANCISCOAug. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native software, announced the schedule for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2023, happening in Chicago, Illinois, and virtually from November 6 – 9.

Exactly seven years after the inaugural KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2016 event in Seattle, the conference is back in the United States with a stellar lineup curated by event co-chairs – Aparna Subramanian, of Shopify, Frederick Kautz, and Nikhita Raghunath of VMware. With the help of the program committee consisting of 119 community members and 22 track chairs, they have reviewed an incredible 1871 submissions – the most to date – to develop a diverse and informative schedule this year. Attendees will be able to choose from 196 sessions, keynotes, lightning talks, and breakout sessions both in-person and virtually, with 97 CNCF project maintainer-hosted sessions featuring content that will appeal to technologists across industries and experience levels.

In this exclusive VMblog video interview as part of our VMware Explore US 2023 coverage, we speak with Zane Adam, VP, Product Management, IBM Cloud.

Watch as we learn more about IBM Cloud and their technology offerings. IBM has a very long history and is one of those world-renown companies, but Adam is involved with one of the company's divisions, IBM Cloud. IBM Cloud is a comprehensive and integrated cloud computing platform offered by IBM that provides a wide range of services and solutions designed to empower businesses and developers in their digital transformation journey. IBM Cloud offers scalable and flexible infrastructure, advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and a variety of tools to help organizations build, deploy, and manage applications and services more efficiently.

During this interview, Adam provides a deeper dive into IBM Cloud solutions, and explains how it is considered unique and differentiated in the market. He also describes the company's partnership with VMware and what it looks like, and how they've become one of the largest VMware clouds in the world. Adam talks about their joint development efforts, joint go-to-market, and their business relationship developed over 20+ years. And he explains how they work with and solve problems for VMware users and VMware implementations. Adam also describes a number of new announcements being made by IBM Cloud at VMware Explore.

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In this exclusive VMblog video interview as part of our VMware Explore US 2023 coverage, we speak with Jeff Woolsey, Principal PM Manager at Microsoft.

During this interview, Woolsey takes us on a journey across a number of topics being worked on by his group at Microsoft, many of which will be highlighted on stage, during breakout sessions, and certainly at the Microsoft booth at VMware Explore.

Watch this video as we discuss how Microsoft partners with VMware. And beyond that, how Microsoft works with VMware users and implementations. As a VMware user, you'll want to learn more about Azure VMware Solution, running your VMware workloads natively on Azure.  Seamlessly move VMware-based workloads from your datacenter to Azure and integrate your VMware environment with Azure. Best of all, keep managing your existing environments with the same VMware tools you already know, while you modernize your applications with Azure native services.

Woolsey also introduces us to Azure Arc, the overarching brand for a suite of Azure hybrid products that extend specific Azure public cloud services and/or management capabilities beyond Azure to on-premises environments and 3rd-party clouds.

Azure Arc-enabled VMware vSphere allows users to perform various VMware virtual machine (VM) lifecycle operations directly from Azure, such as create, start/stop, resize, and delete. And empower developers and application teams to self-serve VM operations on-demand using Azure role-based access control (RBAC).

Get ready for Microsoft to explore more of their Azure strategy and hybrid distributed cloud at VMware Explore.

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