Join us on the 26th of March in Den Bosch for the latest edition of the VMUGNL UserCon 2024!

 

It will be be another great edition with many interesting presentations, and of course our ITQ’ers will also share their knowledge with you! (See all information about our sessions below.)

As a Tier 1 sponsor, we are very excited to join this event and we are looking forward to meet you at our booth. You are more than welcome to drop by for a chat with our team!

ITQ speakers on this event

This ITQ'ers will give a session during the VMUGNL UserCon 2024

Demystifying vSphere with Tanzu and that thing with Kubernetes

In this session Davy will take you on a lightning speed journey into Kubernetes and how to take control as a vSphere administrator by enabling vSphere with Tanzu. You will be presented basic configuration settings and some real-life handouts to make you more confident when your customer comes to you with the Kubernetes question.

Davy van de Laar
Virtualization Consultant

Operationalize IT Operations with Aria - with Kate Rychlik

Aria Operations empowers your team to proactively identify and address issues before they impact your business, transforming your IT infrastructure into a well-oiled, agile machine. Elevate your operational excellence with Aria Operations – where innovation meets efficiency, and IT becomes a strategic asset for your organization. But how to really start using it? That is the question I’m being asked often. Let’s find the answer together on session with Dirk-Jan Alken and Kate Rychlik (Senior MultiCloud Management Specialist Solution Architect) showing the Aria Operations capabilities.

Dirk-Jan Alken
Virtualization Consultant

Smoke that Golden Image! - with Rob de Graaf

Elevate your virtual desktop game to new heights! Imagine crafting your Horizon Golden Image effortlessly, with automated precision that defies limits. But wait, there’s more! Lets find out with our own ITQ'ers: Edwin de Bruin and Rob de Graaf (Virtualization Consultant). Dive into the future with an automated LoginVSI User Acceptance Test, seamlessly visualized through the power of the TIG stack. Unleash unparalleled speed, consistency, and performance insights. No more manual headaches—just a symphony of automation orchestrating a seamless user experience. It’s not just innovation; it’s a revolution in virtual desktop excellence. Ready to automate, validate, and visualize success? Your Horizon experience is about to transcend expectations!

Edwin de Bruin
Virtualization Consultant

Building homelabs for AI workloads

In this session, Johan van Amersfoort will share the lessons learned of his 7-year journey to build a homelabs to run AI workloads. What worked? What didn’t? Do you always need to invest in GPUs? Can you build it cost-effective? He will share interesting insights and show demos!

Johan van Amersfoort
Chief Evangelist

Making Kubernetes and Tanzu Highly-Available

In this short lightning talk, I will talk about what high-availability options there are in Kubernetes, Tanzu, and in the cloud-native applications that run on top. You will gain an understanding of the different concepts that are involved, and how they are different between classic datacenter and cloud-native architecture. Finally, I will also show how cloud-native requires a new way of thinking about data, app availability, backup and restore, and redundancy.

Robert Kloosterhuis
Technologist Modern App Platforms

Finding your flow…for NSX

The NSX Distributed firewall is the most use product to perform micro segmentation in virtualized environments. Its in-kernel, policy based firewall help to secure the traffic at the vNic level of every virtual machine in vSphere. But before you can define the firewall rules or security policies for you application you need to know which network traffic needs to be allowed or denied. What is currently the best way to find the network flows that make up you application landscape? At the moment VMware has multiple products available for this task, Aria operations for logs, Aria operations for Network and NSX Intelligence. Each have different option, advantages and installation options. In this session I will show you how they are working, how to install and use them.

Robin van Altena
Infrastructure Specialist

30 minutes of Private AI: Introduction of ITQs newest (virtual) consultant

In this session, Jeffrey will explain the basics of AI, the risks of using public AI services, the added value of VMware Private AI Foundation, and will introduce the world to Project COBIE, the newest member of the ITQ family. A must-see session for anyone who would like to kickstart their own Private AI Journey!

Jeffrey Kusters
CTO

Navigating the why, what, and how of the VCDX journey - with Erik Verbruggen

Are you ready to take your VMware skills to the next level? Join our session at the Dutch VMUG, where Jesper Alberts and Erik Verbruggen (Technologist at ITQ) demystify the path to becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX). This dynamic and interactive session will provide you with actionable insights and practical tips from two VCDX’s. Navigating the VCDX Journey - Understand the step-by-step process from application to defense and gain insights into what the panel is looking for. Creating the deliverables - Learn how to craft a design that not only meets technical requirements but also addresses business needs. We’ll cover design considerations, documentation essentials, and how to present your solution effectively. Effective Communication - Explore the art of articulating your design decisions clearly and confidently during the defense. Communication skills are crucial, and we’ll share strategies to ensure you shine in the spotlight. See you there as we unravel the secrets of VCDX success together!

Jesper Alberts
Virtualization Consultant

vCommunity and what's in it for you! - with Richard van Dantzig, Wouter Kursten and Vladimir Velikov

The session is intended as a panel discussion among community folks with different backgrounds and perspectives on the VMware community. Dennis Mertens is hosting this panel discussion as a starter in the vCommunity. Richard van Dantzig (IT Consultant) is sharing his experience in the vCommunity from a partner perspective, especially with all the changes happening with the Broadcom acquisition. Wouter Kursten is sharing his experience as vExpert PRO and how he contributes to a vCommunity from a vendor perspective and Vladimir Velikov (Staff engineer at VMware by Broadcom) is going to share what engineers can bring to the table (in the form of deep dives) and what they can take back from the community/customers into the innovation cycle of ideas/product development (with examples of stuff being productized).

Dennis Mertens
Virtualization Consultant

Wat doet microsegmentatie nou eigenlijk?

Voor mijn Master’s in Cyber Security heb ik onderzoek gedaan naar de effectiviteit van microsegmentatie. Van onbeveiligd, naar VLAN scheiding, naar applicatiescheiding, tiers, tot volledige microsegmentatie. Hierbij laat ik grafisch zien hoe een infectie, van bijvoorbeeld ransomware, zich door het datacenter beweegt met elk van de verschillende firewall configuraties.

Robert Cranendonk
Virtualization Consultant

Meet our speakers

Davy van de Laar

Virtualization Consultant

As a youngster I was really proud owning a Philips MSXII computer with a color monitor and 3,5" floppy. Imagine! Back then I was totally amazed by the possibilities, they seemed endless. Today it is a very different landscape but I am still amazed by where technology brought us and the endless possibilities it presents. That is why I am proud to be working as a consultant in technology. I love to share my knowledge and get customers aboard with my positive approach. No matter the project ahead. For many years now I have been helping customers with their infrastructure and virtualization projects. Last years with a strong focus on the SDDC and VMware Cloud Foundation portfolio. Looking to the future I realized there is a growing demand for anything under the umbrella of cloudnative. That is why lately I have developed a strong focus on cloudnative with a special interest in VMware Tanzu and Kubernetes. Together with ITQ I love to help customers to get ready for their journey into the future.

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Edwin de Bruin

Virtualization Consultant

I've been working in IT for over 20 years now. The last couple of years my main focus has been End User Computing and loving it! I will always try to find the best solution possible, keep an open and no nonsense mindset and getting things done. The biggest lesson I learned? In the end it is not about technology, it's all about the end user experience. Let's use technology to create the best user experience possible!

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Rob de Graaf

Virtualization Consultant

IT has always played a major role in my life and since 2004 I have also been able to make it my job. I started as an all-round system engineer and have since come into contact with many technologies and have developed a lot of areas of interest including cloud, security & automation. In the last 5 years I have come to know various products in the VMware area and especially the last year with the end user computing solutions of VMware which have caught my interest and therefore I would like to develop myself further in this area. In the end it all comes down to one thing, a satisfied end user who can perform the work safely and properly anywhere in the world.

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Johan van Amersfoort

Chief Evangelist

Johan van Amersfoort works as Technologist EUC, AI & IoT at ITQ Consultancy. He is the author of the VDI Design Guide, a vExpert since 2015, a VMware End-User Computing Champion since 2016 and the first VMware Certified Design Expert on Desktop and Mobility (VCDX-DTM) in the Benelux. Johan is specialized in VDI, Graphical Acceleration, AI Platforms and Application Delivery and a regular speaker on events like VMUGs, UserCons, and VMworld and one of the founders of VMware EUC TechCon.

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Robert Kloosterhuis

Technologist Modern App Platforms

I love connecting the dots for people. Our industry can be hard to understand and our technology stacks are becoming deeper and more complex. Increasingly I am using my experience to help customers figure out -how- to think about IT architecture and process, while keeping one foot firmly rooted in the actual tech. I have started a journey from classic infrastructure to cloud-native technology, and I am very excited for the direction enterprise IT is taking. Let me help you on -your- journey!

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Jeffrey Kusters

CTO

I have worked in several industries including the financial industry, the oil & gas industry, the industrial chemicals industry, the public safety industry and the (public) transportation industry. My clients are large, well known banks and insurance brokers in the Netherlands. I am comfortable in advising clients on all levels of the organization and I am also capable of making complex, technical content accessible and understandable to everyone. I can translate business requirements to fit for purpose designs and solutions. I am analytical and I’m calm, social, I have a team player mentality and I always do my best to keep a motivating and positive attitude.

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Jesper Alberts

Virtualization Consultant

It was during my first internship when I first laid my eyes on VMware ESX, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve always had a huge passion for technology, but my spark was really lit during that internship. In the following years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with all kinds of products and vendors while exploring all aspects of an IT infrastructure. My passion for virtualization always stood out, and it didn’t take me long to decide this would be my area of focus. What appealed to me the most were the possibilities that virtualization offered. You could do things you didn’t think were possible with unseen speed and efficiency.

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Erik Verbruggen

Virtualization Consultant

I have been working in IT from 2009 onwards, starting with Cisco networking. My area of expertise expanded into storage and virtualization. Getting more and more knowledge about virtualization made me realize this is the way forward. Combining my knowledge and passion for technology and understanding the related technical areas of virtualization is one of my strong points. I love learning and expanding my knowledge, there is no limit in the virtual world!

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Dennis Mertens

Virtualization Consultant

Ever since my first vMotion, I was hooked by virtualization. In 2010 my professional career took a flight by managing and designing fairly large cloud infrastructures, primarily Microsoft based. I enjoy looking at the bigger picture, and flourish in enterprise environments, always focusing on the best balance between the solution and customer requirements. Even though SDDC seems my second nature currently, I’m in need to learn even more, expanding my horizons. I’m very much looking forward to learn, share, implement and design with ITQ.

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Richard van Dantzig

Virtualization Consultant

I work in IT since 2004 and during my first year I got the opportunity to do a project with VMware ESX 2.1 for a logistics company and it was love at first sight. The years following I gained knowledge and experience with the enterprise virtualization products of Vmware. As a primary storage engineer the crossover to a all-round virtualization consultant happened with the adoption of IP storage protocols. With the transition of IT due to virtualization to a Software Defined Datacenter my role changed and became broader. With virtualization we can finally connect edge to cloud without borders for business processes and enable people to do better and more in less time. The possibilities are unlimited for organizations and I like to help them to find their solution. 'It’s all about the business, let’s find the right solution!'

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Robert Cranendonk

Virtualization Consultant

I have been obsessed with everything to do with computers for as long as I can remember. From writing my own software, to building my on PC, it's who I am! Nowadays I build everything in the virtual space: networks, infrastructures, and the scripts necessary to tie it all together. In addition, I'm learning all about Cyber Security to hopefully make our digital world a safer place.

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Agenda

08:30
Arrival
26 March, 2024
09:30
Opening Keynote
26 March, 2024
10:25
Session Johan van Amersfoort
26 March, 2024
11:10
Coffee break
26 March, 2024
11:40
Session Jeffrey Kusters
26 March, 2024
12:05
Break
26 March, 2024
12:20
Session Robin van Altena
26 March, 2024
12:20
Panel Dennis Mertens, Richard van Dantzig, Wouter Kursten & Vladimir Velikov
26 March, 2024
12:20
Session Dirk-Jan Alken & Kate Rychlik
26 March, 2024
15:35
Session Davy van de Laar
26 March, 2024
15:35
Session Edwin de Bruin & Rob de Graaf
26 March, 2024
14:55
Session Jesper Alberts & Erik Verbruggen
26 March, 2024
14:55
Session Robert Cranendonk
26 March, 2024
16:00
Session Robert Kloosterhuis
26 March, 2024
16:30
Closing Keynote
26 March, 2024