2023 Phoenix VMUG UserCon

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  • Pub Sep 8, 2023
  • Edited Sep 12, 2023
  • 4 minutes read


The recent 2023 Phoenix VMUG UserCon brought together some like-minded people in the field, with discussions ranging from VMware technologies to best practices for optimizing existing systems. Among the numerous breakout sessions, four topics stood out: Cloud Director Service and Tanzu Mission Control at the Edge, upgrading to vSphere 8, automation using VMware Terraform, Ansible, and Git, and exploring VMware Cloud Flex Storage. In this blog post, we will examine the key takeaways from each of these sessions along with highlights from keynote.

Keynote Summary

In the keynote titled “The Security Mindset,” Chris McCain emphasized the critical importance of adopting a security-centric approach in today’s digital landscape. He highlighted the following key points:

  1. Security as a Mindset: Stressed that security should not be viewed as a checklist or an afterthought but as a mindset that needs to be embedded into every aspect of an organization’s operations.

  2. Proactive vs. Reactive: Highlighted the need for organizations to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to security. This involves anticipating potential threats and vulnerabilities before they become problems.

  3. Continuous Learning: McCain emphasized the ever-evolving nature of cybersecurity threats and the need for continuous learning and adaptation to stay ahead of malicious actors.

  4. Human Element: Acknowledged that the human element is often the weakest link in security, highlighting the importance of educating and empowering employees to be vigilant and security-aware.

Overall, Chris keynote encouraged the audience to adopt a proactive security mindset, recognize the ongoing nature of the cybersecurity challenge, and prioritize security awareness and practices in all aspects of their operations to protect against evolving threats. “Who’s Job Is It?” “It is EVERYONE’S job.”

Sessions Summaries:

  1. Upgrade to vSphere 8:

    • vSphere 8 introduces numerous enhancements, including improved scalability, performance, and security features.

    • The upgrade process requires careful planning and execution to ensure minimal disruption.

    • Key takeaways:

      • Plan the upgrade carefully, considering compatibility with existing hardware and software.

      • Utilize vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM) for a streamlined upgrade process, including automated host patching and firmware updates.

      • Leverage vSphere Trust Authority to enhance security through cryptographic verification.

  2. Cloud Director Service (CDS) Edge and Tanzu Mission Control (TMC):

    • TMC simplifies Kubernetes cluster management across clouds, making it a valuable tool for those embracing containerization and microservices architecture

    • CDS allows organizations to extend their data centers into the cloud or at the edge seamlessly.

    • Key takeaways:

      • Edge Ship, Setup, Plug-in, CDS Configuration and Operations = LCM

      • Integration of TMC with CDS enables centralized cluster management, streamlining operations and monitoring.

      • The ability to deploy and manage Kubernetes clusters across multiple cloud providers and at the edge ensures flexibility and avoids vendor lock-in.

  3. Automation using VMware Terraform, Ansible, and Git:

    • Automation is crucial for managing complex environments efficiently and consistently.

    • Terraform, Ansible, and Git are powerful tools for automating various aspects of VMware infrastructure.

    • Key takeaways:

      • Terraform enables infrastructure as code (IaC), simplifying the provisioning of VMware resources with reusable, version-controlled code.

      • Ansible facilitates configuration management and automation, ensuring consistent configurations across the infrastructure.

      • Git plays a pivotal role in version control, collaboration, and tracking changes in automation scripts.

      • Combining these tools streamlines workflows, reduces manual errors, and enhances the agility of IT teams.

  4. VMware Cloud Flex Storage:

    • VMware Cloud Flex Storage offers a scalable, software-defined storage solution suitable for modern workloads.

    • It provides flexibility in allocating storage resources and optimizing performance.

    • Key takeaways:

      • VMware Cloud Flex Storage integrates seamlessly with existing VMware environments, ensuring compatibility and ease of adoption.

      • Administrators can dynamically allocate and adjust storage resources to meet the demands of specific applications or workloads.

      • The solution enhances data resilience and availability through advanced features like deduplication, compression, and snapshots.


The breakout sessions at the 2023 Phoenix VMUG UserCon shed light on some of the most relevant and innovative aspects of VMware technology. Whether you’re looking to manage Kubernetes clusters more efficiently, upgrade to vSphere 8, automate your infrastructure, or explore flexible storage options, there are valuable insights to be gained from these sessions. As technology continues to evolve, staying informed and adopting best practices is essential for IT professionals and organizations striving to remain at the forefront of the industry.

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