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“VIRTu Alley” Conference

As all of you know, virtualization management is not a destination, but a journey. To help guide you through this journey, Dell Software (vKernel) **is hosting **VIRTu Alley, a two-day online symposium, where industry experts and thought leaders will share the latest and greatest tips, tricks, trends and best practices in virtualization and cloud management.

VIRTu Alley will take place on Tuesday, January 15th from 10:00 - 1:00 EST and Wednesday, January 16th from 10:00-1:30 EST.

I will be speaking on day 2, doing a Dive on Network Virtualization. Fellow MVP/co-author/friend Aidan Finn (@Joe_Elway) is going first with an overview of “What’s in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V”, followed by fellow MVP Didier Van Hoye (@WorkinghardinIT) talking about “Cluster Aware Updating”, before I finally get to share some tricks.

There’s no cost – all you have to do is register for one or both days (each day requires registration):

Click here to register for VIRTu Alley Day 1

Click here to register for VIRTu Alley Day 2

The event is jam packed full of really impressive speakers, so do not waste the opportunity to get a great seminar for free.

Schedule of Events

**Day 1: Tuesday, January 15th, 2013**
_Time_ _Presenter_ _Title_ _Description_
10:00 - 10:10 Bryan Semple & Alex Rosemblat Welcome to VIRTu Alley!
10:15 - 10:45 [Dan Kuznetsky](http://www.vkernel.com/virtu-alley/speaker-bios) Tech Talk #1: Cloud Computing: Next Big Thing or a Small Enhancement of Currently Available Approaches? Cloud computing seems all the rage in the media. We see cloud computing headlines all the time. Is this really something new? Is it the next big thing in computing or is it merely an extension of what companies have been doing all along? This session will examine cloud computing, its history, and point out where things are new and where things are the status quo wrapped up in a new catch phrase.
10:50 - 11:20 [Scott D Lowe](http://www.vkernel.com/virtu-alley/speaker-bios) Tech Talk #2: Best Practices for Oversubscription of CPU, Memory and Storage in vSphere Virtual Environments Virtualization allows great flexibility and the ability to maximize resource utilization on a host server through overprovisioning and oversubscription. Through the various methods and real world possibilities covered in this presentation by Scott D. Lowe, administrators will learn the best practices needed to leverage oversubscription of CPU, memory and storage to maximize utilization while maintaining performance in their virtual environments.
11:20 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:00 [Stephen Foskett](http://www.vkernel.com/virtu-alley/speaker-bios) Tech Talk #3: The I/O Blender: How Virtualization Challenges Storage Enterprise storage arrays do a few things very well: They accelerate performance, offload data copying and movement, and assist in sharing. But virtualization changes all that, throwing this "fruit salad" into the blender! In this session, Stephen Foskett will discuss why this happens and what storage and virtualization companies are doing to address it. Foskett will touch on virtualization technologies such as VAAI, ODX, VASA, and vVol as well as SAN and NAS storage protocols, tiering and caching, and special-purpose storage arrays.
12:05 - 12:35 [David Davis](http://www.vkernel.com/virtu-alley/speaker-bios) Tech Talk #4: Challenges and Considerations for Properly Sizing vSphere vCPUs Admins struggle with VM sizing. If a VM is oversized then resources are wasted. If a VM is undersized then performance suffers. So how many virtual CPUs should you assign to each of your virtual machines? Find out what the methodology for vCPU sizing should be, how to institute a vCPU sizing process, how CPU usage works at different levels of the hypervisor, how to look for VMs whose vCPUs are improperly sized, and what VM performance metrics you need to know for vCPU sizing.
12:40 - 1:00 Bryan Semple & Alex Rosemblat VIRTu Alley Daily Round Up

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**Day 2: Wednesday January 16, 2013**
_Time_ _Presenter_ _Title_ _Description_
10:00 - 10:10 Bryan Semple & Alex Rosemblat Welcome to VIRTu Alley Day 2!
10:15 - 10:45 [Manek Dubash](http://www.vkernel.com/virtu-alley/speaker-bios) Tech Talk #1: How Virtualization Changes Everything: The Brave New Worlds of Compute Storage and Networking This presentation will look at the changes that virtualisation has brought about not just within the datacentre [you might prefer 'datacenter'] but also for end users. Virtualisation truly does change everything and it's time to find out how and why.
10:50 - 11:20 [Aidan Finn](http://www.vkernel.com/virtu-alley/speaker-bios) Tech Talk #2 Introducing Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V This session will introduce you to the changes that were made in the newest version of Hyper-V. Built from the cloud up, this cloud operating system has revolutionized virtualization. In this session you will learn about how Hyper-V has more scalability, new storage options, increased flexibility, new levels of fault tolerance, and features that were built-in for public, private, and hybrid clouds.
11:20 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:00 [Didier Van Hoye](http://www.vkernel.com/virtu-alley/speaker-bios) Tech Talk #3 Advanced Hyper-V Cluster Maintenance Windows Server 2012 takes cluster maintenance to a new level of capabilities and automation providin high to continuous availability. The ability to pause nodes and drain the roles followed, after maintenance, by resuming them and failing back the roles is not just for manual or scripted interventions. It is also leveraged by Cluster Aware Updating. This works for both Windows and hardware updates such as BIOS, Firmware, Chipsets, drivers with DELL Update Packages (DUP) or the Server Update utility (SUU). We'll take a look at how this works and what to be aware of when leveraging this feature.
12:05 - 12:35 [Damian Flynn](http://www.vkernel.com/virtu-alley/speaker-bios) Tech Talk #4 Microsoft Network Virtualization with Hyper-V Hyper-V extensible switch is a virtual Ethernet switch that runs in the management operating system of the Hyper-V parent partition. Through the use of extensions, independent software vendors (ISVs) can extend the switch functionality. "In-The-Box" Microsoft has supplied an extension for "Network Virtualization". In this presentation we will introduce the concept of "Encapsulated Network Virtualization"; additionally using PowerShell we will learn how to correctly enable the extension, and establish a virtual network in a sample 2 host environment.
12:40 - 1:10 [Stephen Spector](http://www.vkernel.com/virtu-alley/speaker-bios) Tech Talk #5 Brighten Your Cloudy Future with Open Source As proprietary cloud solutions look to establish themselves in the marketplace, open source technologies are also stepping up to provide customers with the latest innovations and security solutions to meet their needs. This session highlights the four significant IaaS open source cloud projects with basic information, current status, customer examples and why open source clouds matter to you. Who knows, this talk may even lead you to not only using open source, but also becoming a significant contributor.
1:15 - 1:30 Bryan Semple & Alex Rosemblat VIRTu Alley Round Up

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