Winter Warmer 2019

For more than a decade The Virtualization Technology User Group has been bringing quality speakers and education to you at Gillette Stadium for the Annual Winter Warmer!  

This year, our 13th, is no different...Over the next few months more information will be forthcoming;  but for now, here is the tentative agenda for January 24th, 2019 at Gillette Stadium: 

Event Info:

  • Jan 24, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Foxborough, Massachusetts
  • Gillette Stadium 1 Patriot Place

Event Map Location

Event Timeline

Time Room Activity Speaker Company
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
Summary Registration and Networking
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sponsor Expo
Summary The sponsor expo is open all day until 6PM!
9:00 AM - 9:55 AM West Club - North Keynote Speaker Tom Laszewski, Technologist AWS
Summary Emerging technology – Here are the top ten things you need to know to get started using AWS*** As Administrators, we have become accustomed to managing our VMware environments. Today we are being tasked with building a cloud strategy and moving our business to the cloud. How do you get started? What do you need to do to put your first VM in the cloud? How will your existing environment talk to this brave new world? How will you protect it and back it up? Join me in this session to learn how to get started and understand why you want to. Tom Laszewski currently leads a team of Enterprise Technologists responsible for the business and IT transformation strategy with key AWS customers pursuing large cloud adoption initiatives and cloud modernization efforts. The Enterprise Technologies leaders partner with AWS customer's senior executive staff including, but not limited to, the CIO, CFO, CMO, COO, CISO/CTO, and other Application Engineering stakeholders, to jointly develop transformation strategies that help
9:00 AM - 9:55 AM West Club - Center Keynote Speaker Keith Townsend, Solution Architect VMware
Summary Separating Hype from Reality…What’s Really Going on in the Datacenter?*** We, as IT professionals, hear dozens of sales pitches each year… · ‘EVERYONE is moving to the cloud’ · ‘You HAVE to be doing containers’ · ‘90% of companies that move to the cloud will move back on premise within 24 months’... Let’s discuss who you should believe and where should you be focusing your efforts to advance your company and your career. Keith Townsend is a Solution Architect at VMware with over 20 years of experience helping organizations achieve their mission through optimized IT infrastructures. Keith holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computing and a Master's in IT Project Management from DePaul University.
9:00 AM - 9:55 AM West Club - South Keynote Speaker Rich Casselberry, Security Architect Liberty Mutual
Summary Want to learn about some up and coming technologies? ***Come learn how blockchain works and how it is being and going to be used in the next years. Then we will shift gears and get into the impossible world of Quantum Computing where bits are more than ones and zeroes and data can be instantly teleported across the universe. Rich is a Security Architect for Liberty Mutual and consultant focusing on security and risks to emerging technology. Prior to this he ran infrastructure and security for several leading edge technology companies such as Extreme Networks, Enterasys Networks and Cabletron Systems as well as other roles. He is also a published author and freelance writer and trainer.
10:00 AM - 10:55 AM West Club - North Keynote Speaker Tim Antonowicz, Master Enterprise Architect HPE
Summary Hybrid IT: It’s Not Your Father’s DataCenter*** IT is a fast and agile world. If you sit still for too long, the wave will pass you by before you know it. One of the hottest topics today is Hybrid IT. What is it, and how does it apply to your datacenter? What are some key concepts and ideas you need to take away from the discussion? How does it apply to your own datacenter and career path? Join us for a candid discussion on these topics and more, with a glimpse into where we might be headed in the next year or two. Tim Antonowicz is a Master Enterprise Architect with HPE, with over 20 years of experience in IT as a customer, channel partner, and manufacturer. Tim has been a community advocate and frequent speaker at VTUGs, VMUGs, VMWorlds, and many other conferences worldwide. Prior to HPE, Tim spent several years at SimpliVity, PernixData, Mosaic Technology, and Bowdoin College.
10:00 AM - 10:55 AM West Club - Center Keynote Speaker Randall Hunt, Sr. Tech Evangelist & Software Engineer AWS
Summary AWS re:Invent re:cap – 100 announcements in less than 50 minutes*** This talk will cover the major announcements from AWS in 2018 including new virtualization technologies, VMWare on AWS, AWS Outposts, and more. Randall Hunt is a Senior Technical Evangelist and Software Engineer at Amazon Web Services in Los Angeles. Randall spends most of his time building demos and writing about new services and launches. Python is his favorite programming language but he can sometimes be found in the dark realm of C++. Prior to working at AWS, Randall launched rockets at NASA and SpaceX but he found his programming passion at MongoDB. He is a total space nerd.
10:00 AM - 10:55 AM West Club - South Keynote Speaker Phoummala Schmitt, Sr Cloud Advocate Microsoft
Summary Modern IT: The Force is Strong with Azure*** Modern IT is a transformation of the traditional IT approach, the culture, processes and teams involved in modern application and hardware deployment. We all know this “Cloud thing” is not going away. It’s a hybrid approach. Everything that you’ve learned and applied to your environment, the policies and practices, don’t get thrown out the window instead they transition to the cloud utilizing your existing foundational principles and knowledge and merging with cloud services and tools. What are the adjustments and skills you can take advantage of to escalate yourself for a Cloud Life? Join Phoummala Schmitt, aka @ExchangeGoddess, as she shares technical tweaks and nuggets of Azure tools & services from her prior on-premises life to the transition to Microsoft Azure. Phoummala Schmitt, Sr Cloud Advocate @ Microsoft, with a background focus on messaging and collaboration, virtualization, and storage. She is a VMware vExpert and co-hosts The Current Statu
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM West Club - Center Lunch
Summary Lunch Buffet
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM Breakout Sessions
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM Breakout Sessions
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM Breakout Sessions
4:20 PM - 6:00 PM East Club Happy Hour
Summary Happy Hour & Prize Announcements!... Patriots Alumni Guests TBA!