Summer Slam 2018

For over a decade the IT Community of New England has trusted VTUG to bring them relevant information on existing and emerging technologies that affect them daily in their careers.  2018 is just getting bigger and better with virtual networking, cloud, containers, hybrid IT, IoT, intelligent edges and so much more...Our jobs in IT are not getting easier as each day there becomes more and more to learn in the IT field.  We have shared a preview of one of the keynotes so far and we are sure you will be excited with the rest of the lineup to come for this year's Summer Slam. 

Come to the Summer Slam 2018 to network with your peers, chat with relevent vendors in the IT arena, and have a day filled with fun and learning!  Be sure to join us at Gritty's Brew Pub (Freeport Maine) afterwards to hang out and have some food and drinks!  

Event Info:

  • Jul 19, 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Westbrook , Maine
  • Westbrook Performing Arts Center/Westbrook Middle School

Event Map Location

Event Timeline

Time Room Activity Speaker Company
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Entrance Registration
Summary Registration and Networking
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Gymnasium Sponsor Expo
Summary Sponsor EXPO Open ALL Day!
9:00 AM - 9:55 AM Theatre Keynote Speaker Hans Bernhardt, Solutions Architect & Bal Birdy, Solutions Archi
Summary Idiots Guide to Containers... and Networking ***** You know Virtual Machines for server virtualization. But have you heard of containers for application virtualization? vSphere Integrated Containers? Do you want to know how it all fits together? What about networking this new stuff? Come find out what containers are, why they are important (and already all around you), and how to integrate and network them securely into your VM ecosystem. Bal Birdy and Hans Bernhardt will help you understand with their unique style of presentation.
10:00 AM - 10:55 AM Theatre Keynote Speaker Ian Massingham, Technical & Developer Evangelist
Summary Getting started with AI & Machine Learning***** Learn how Amazon is applying Machine Learning technology to create innovative new products and services. After this intro to the applications of Machine Learning within, we will dive into how Amazon’s Cloud Computing Division, Amazon Web Services, is creating simple-to-use services that make powerful machine learning and AI capabilities accessible for developers of all types. No machine learning experience is required, but by the end of this session, you will be able to get started using AWS AI services in your own environments and know the basics of building your own custom machine learning models, and how to training and deploy these using on-demand computing resources in the cloud.
11:00 AM - 11:55 AM Theatre Keynote Speaker Kenneth Hui, Technical Marketing Engineer
Summary The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC): Separating the Reality from the Hype***** If you are in Enterprise IT, particularly if you work with data center technologies, then there is no escape from hearing about the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). It seems every vendor who has software running on commodity x86 hardware has declared themselves to be software-defined. It’s surprising is that vendors aren’t already advertising software-defined televisions and computers. But the folks in the data center trenches know that just declaring something software-defined doesn’t necessarily make it so, even if they aren’t exactly sure what SDDC even means. So how do we separate the reality from the hype? Is the SDDC something to embrace or to ignore? If it’s something we need to know, how do we start? Is it as simple as standing up a VMware SDDC stack in AWS? To know where the future of SDDC is headed, we need to know what happened in the past. So, let’s review a history of software-defined “whatever
11:01 AM - 1:00 PM Cafeteria Lunch
Summary Lunch Provided by Subway
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Multiple Breakout Sessions
Summary Breakout Sessions - Round 1
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Multiple Breakout Sessions
Summary Breakout Sessions - Round 2
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Multiple Breakout Sessions
Summary Breakout Sessions - Round 3
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Theatre Closing Remarks & Prizes
Summary Closing Remarks and Prize Drawings/Announcements!
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Gritty's Brew Pub Lobster Bake and Party
Summary The infamous Summer Slam 2018 Lobstah Bake at Gritty's Brew Pub!