I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be presenting a session during Tech.Unplugged on February 2nd in Austin, TX!


Let me introduce the event briefly, for those that haven’t had the chance to attend: (Check out the full calendar, and register here)

Its innovative formula combines three essential parts of the industry for an exceptional exchange of information, insights and education:

– A group of independent, insightful and well-recognized influencers
– Leading disruptive technology vendors,
– End users who manage rich technology environments.

So, in short: it’s a free, one-day event focusing on end-users by delivering awesome independent presentations on next-gen infrastructure, cool vendors sponsoring the show (and they’re actually putting in the effort of creating cool presentations for the event!) and a great place to meet and network with end-users, consultants, bloggers and others!


I attended the two previous Tech.Unplugged events (in London and Amsterdam) in 2015, and I’ve liked these days very much.

It really is a great place to see independent tech bloggers (Nigel Poulton, Chris Evans, Tom Hollingsworth and Arjan Timmerman are amongst those presenting in Austin) and a fantastic opportunity to network since the other attendees aren’t regular end-users or miscellaneous partners (like you’d see at the bigger conferences).

The Hyperconverged Hypervisor Hyperbole

Anyway: I’ll be talking all things Hypervisor in the Hyper-Converged world in an hour filled with the word hyper:


With Hyper-converged Infrastructure taking the datacenter by storm, there’s no doubt the distributed and scale-out architecture that comes with HCI is gaining traction. Although each HCI-vendor ‘converges’ compute + storage a little differently; all seem to take a similar and unusually traditional approach to the hypervisor.
In this session, I will take you for an energetic tour of the evolution of the hypervisor in this new hyperconverged world and see if and why these vendors are starting to warm up to containers, too.

I’ll be looking at VMware, Nutanix, Simplivity, Pivot3, Atlanis and others and look at what hypervisors they support, what their approach to the hypervisor is and what I think they’re going to do in the future. Also, something to do with containers.