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My new year resolution for this blog is to do more updates and share more information for the world to know. Wish me Good Health so that I can actively write more!

Microsoft Malaysia TechDays IT Camp Best of MMS 2012

Oh dear, I’ve been so accustomed with Blogger that I find it easier to navigate and write blog post on Blogger instead of my own hosted WordPress blog. It has been a rough couple of months since my last blog post back in earlier January this year. After almost 5 years with the current salary, I recently took a month of unpaid leave and went on job hunting and finally landed a job offer where I then tendered a 2 weeks notice to start work next month. So it was all hectic and crazy the past several months for me.

It’s been a while since I last attended any events so last month I was invited to a Microsoft event and I jumped on it. The event was ‘Microsoft Malaysia TechDays IT Camp Best of MMS 2012’. Basically I was half-hearted to come because I had issues in my job hunting quest. It wasn’t too bad after all because during the event, I got a call to attend a job interview. Anyway, I love photos and more photos.

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Basically what I’ve learned from this event is the difference between a private cloud and public cloud. It was quite interesting and was helpful enough during my job interview session 2 days after that.

iTrain Cloud Computing Summit 2012

This would be my first blog post in 2012. I have been concentrating on writing my Malay blog thus abandoning writing on this blog. However, I’ll try my best to update anything related to technology that I’ve personally experience so far. So last month I encountered an invitation through Facebook:

I’ve never been to a cloud computing summit before therefore I immediately registered myself to attend. The event was organized by iTrain Malaysia. The last event I’ve attended being organized by iTrain was like 5 years ago so things must have been really moving forward from then. I guess I’ll cut my blog post short and show you snapshots taken during the event:

During the event, there was an announcement that really surprised me. iTrain with support from the government will be doing a ‘Free Training for CompTIA Cloud Computing Certification’. Again, I registered myself for that one as well. Basically I’ve been playing around with the cloud for several years already except that during that time it wasn’t known as ‘cloud’ yet. Hopefully I’ll become the chosen 40 selected person to receive the training and qualify for the certification. I’ll update that in my blog if I get selected.

Attending The VMware vSeminar Series 2011

I’ve been a big fan of virtualization since the day I’ve discovered Windows Virtual PC somewhere back 5-6 years ago. At that time, my thought was its free, its convenient and it triggers a lot of new ideas for testing purposes. In 2005,my team (consist of me, my brother and my boss) had to handle a software upgrade for a very well known big multinational corporation.. Their technical team was kind enough to show us a software called VMware.

I first registered myself to VMware email subscription in 2008. VMware wasn’t really big during those days but I heard that they are getting stronger by the day. Earlier this year in July, I attended a virtual event conducted by VMware after receiving an invitation below:

I notice that such event utilized a lot of internet bandwidth. I had my network guy screamed at me for using most of the bandwidth during that time of the hour. I don’t really blame him, he maybe wasn’t equipped to handle such enormous request. Anyway, he left the company to pursue a better position. Enough about that, I find the virtual event to be quite dull since I can’t listen to any of the web conferences because of the bandwidth issue.

Last October, I received an e-mail invitation:

vSeminar Series 2011 – Online Registration is Now Open

Join us at vSeminar Series to discover the latest cloud infrastructure and management solutions to accelerate IT and your business, and learn how you can further leverage your virtualization investments to reduce capital and operating expenses and improve business agility.

vSeminar Series is a free one-day multiple track event where you will be able to hear from VMware and experts from our partner ecosystem as we share the latest technologies in enabling Your Cloud to meet your company’s specific business needs.

If you’re an IT professional tasked with virtualizing and managing your IT environment, or taking your organization to the Cloud, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to:

  • Explore the latest technologies to aid your transformation to deliver a flexible, agile IT-as-a-Service delivery model
  • Learn the latest infrastructure and management solutions that enable greater efficiency, agility and choice for IT organizations – including vSphere 5, Site Recovery Manager 5 and View 5
  • Create a modern, user-centric approach to personal computing that delivers secure access to applications and data from any device, such as the iPad
  • Experience technology demonstrations from the exhibition showcase by VMware and a broad range of technology partners
  • Dive into operational best practices, performance, tuning and troubleshooting for your IT environment
  • Learn how, by using VMware vSphere, you can increase the performance of mission critical applications and how your organisation can accelerate its transition to the cloud

Don’t miss the opportunity to acquire best practices tips and strategies for virtualization and learn how to develop a cohesive, secure and compliant cloud strategy in three core areas: infrastructure, applications and end-user computing.

Register now in the city closest you and don’t miss a seat. We look forward to seeing you!

Malaysia
Date: Tuesday,
15 November 2011
Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: One World
Grand Ballroom
First Avenue,
Bandar Utama, City Centre
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Malaysia

 
I immediately register myself. At first, I thought the event wasn’t going to have so many people. I was so wrong. Just look at these photos I’ve taken:

This was at 8.30am! I couldn’t believe it. When the event started, the speaker told that there were a thousand people who had registered and come to event. I then realized, VMware is huge!

Check out my mega photo gallery I’ve taken during the event:

Since one of my role in the company is to suggest better ways to manage the IT infrastructure for both ourselves and also to our clients/prospects. Virtualization is definitely the way of the future. My team has been fiddling with Oracle VM Virtualbox to maximize the use of our development and test servers in the office. So far, the only restriction that we have is the shortage of physical memory for the hardware. The cloud wasn’t really a solution for us since we need to utilize what we have and keeping the cost down (although we have 2 virtual private servers running in the US for hosting purposes). Overall, virtualization has helped us in our IT deployment stage.

Back to the event, I must say that the event was way much cooler and more fun than any techno events I’ve ever been to and this was in Malaysia by the way. Kudos to the organizer and to all the sponsors for organizing such a wonderful event. Looking forward to next year’s VMware vSeminar Series if VMware decided to held one again next year.

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