It’s today!

After preparing the event for almost two months, we are finally ready. If you join us onsite, here is direction to our venue. We have free food/drinks, and many books/gifts waiting for you, thanks to our sponsors and 12 volunteers. :-)

If you join us online, we have a great news for you. Instead of WebEx, we will have a live broadcasting. Here is the URL:, courtesy of @lkilpatrick. You can enter as a Guest on 7PM (Pacific Time) for tech talks.

Time to learn how to "Google" and manage your VMware and clouds in a fast and secure


Here are the 8 tech talks we pulled together. A bit long but you will be impressed by the rich content we will offer, thanks to our speakers.

Open Source vSphere Java API: State of the Union

Steve Jin, Ph.D, Software Engineer, VMware

Abstract: As the creator of the open source project, Steve will review the history, current state, and the future direction of the open source project. He will share his thoughts on building successful open source community.

Bio: Steve Jin is the author of VMware VI and vSphere SDK by Prentice Hall and two other books. Currently he is a software engineer at VMware, where he has worked on various projects with strategic partners and customers. In his spare time, he founded VI (vSphere) Java API open source project, which is widely used by various commercial companies and developers. He also blogs regularly at to share his deep knowledge and passion about VMware APIs and software development in general.

Prior to his current job, Jin worked at IBM Research, Rational Software, and ASDC in various engineering and management roles. Jin received his BA, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in control theory (EE) from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Reflections on the vSphere Management API: Ease of Use and Consistency

Jeff Hu, Principal Engineer, VMware

Abstract: The VMware vSphere web services API is over 7 years old.  In this time, we’ve learned lessons about how API’s should be developed.  Focusing on the issue of ease of use, this talk will show examples of the problems and discuss some of the design principles VMware should use in the design of its future management API’s.  Going forward, we advocate a design practice that follows conventions similar to those established by a command line interface.  We show examples for how these principles might be applied to the design of an API to manipulate virtual machines.

Bio: Jeff Hu is a Principal Engineer at VMware responsible for leading the effort to improve the design and architecture of the vSphere management API and on policy based management initiatives for the datacenter.  He joined VMware in 2000 to build systems for managing virtual infrastructure.  He has worked on a number of areas from host configuration, virtual networking, vMotion, vCenter, storage management, Host Profiles, and the management API’s.

He is a long-time Bay Area resident, having been born and raised in the area.  His residency in California was interrupted only by an extended jaunt to New England when he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is based out of VMware’s Palo Alto office.

Secure multi tenancy in the Cloud

Boris Strongin, Ph.D., Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering

Abstract: Multi tenancy is a key characteristic of most clouds, private and public. However, multi tenancy brings on new security, auditing, and compliance challenges, which need to be addressed to facilitate broad adoption of cloud computing. In this talk we will review some of the challenges, as well as approaches to addressing them.

Bio: Boris leads HyTrust’s engineering team in designing and developing the company products. He brings 20 years of industry experience and leadership in the fields of enterprise software development, systems security, and management. Prior to joining HyTrust Boris was VP of Engineering at SeeControl, a SAAS provider of inventory control and asset tracking solutions. While at SeeControl he expanded the team, spearheaded re-engineering of the company technology, led multiple major product releases, and was instrumental in bringing in new customers and increased revenues.

Prior to that, Boris was Director of Engineering at Telephia (acquired by the Nielsen Company), a leader in mobile network testing and market research. While at Telephia Boris led major new product initiatives, as well as managed multiple geographically dispersed engineering teams, and helped set up and run the company’s offshore operations. Prior to that Boris was Director of Engineering at Determina (acquired by VMWare), a best of breed developer of host based intrusion prevention systems. At Determina Boris led the effort to develop highly scalable and reliable policy based enterprise management capability for the company host based agents. Prior to that Boris held senior technical and management positions at Varian, Broadvision, Hewlett Packard, and Arqule.

Boris holds a Ph.D. in Physics from M.I.T.


Elsa Bignoli, Software Engineer, Altor Networks (Juniper)

Bio: Elsa Bignoli is a Software Engineer at Juniper where she is a member of the Virtual Security Team. She has worked on the Security Design vGw component (formerly known as Altor Management Center) for the last three years, focusing on the integration with Virtual Center, among other projects.

In over 15 years of experience Elsa held Software Developed positions at Oracle and Teraburst Networks where she worked on several Java-based projects, from Porting Automation tools to Network Management systems.  Elsa holds a M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Massive VM Provisioning in the Cloud

Giridhar Padmanabh, Sr. Manager Engineering (CISCO Intelligent Automation)

Bio: Giri Padmanabh is Sr. Manager at CISCO IASBU. He came to CISCO as part of recent newScale acquisition where he spent more than 7 years building industry leading IT service catalog product. During his leadership at newScale engineering ( Sr. Director new product development and R & D), he has been responsible for product growth from 3 customers to over 100 very large enterprise customers. Over 2 million end users use newScale Service Catalog. At newScale he is a thought leader and key influencer of product roadmap features.

Giri Padmanabh has worked in Information Technology for over 18 years, with his recent focus being in the virtualization and private cloud management space. During the last decade he has worked on Enterprise integration solutions, ITIL Service Catalog and Service Request Management, Service Portal practice areas.

Giri Padmanabh holds a  Master’s Degree in Computer Science, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Accessing the Vsphere API from C/C++

Steven Wong, Software Engineer, EMC


William Lam, Systems Engineer, VMware vExpert 2009,2010, VCAP4-DCA #6, VCAP4-DCD #93, VCP4, VCP3

Using VI Java from Scala

Dave “Bric” Briccetti, Contractor at VMware

  1. May 18th, 2011 at 09:04 | #1

    Sounds great.
    Will those sessions be available for download later?
    Time differences makes it hard (for me) to watch the live broadcast.

  2. May 18th, 2011 at 10:11 | #2

    Hi Harel,

    We plan to record these sessions and post them online later. Thanks!


  3. Dmitrii
    October 20th, 2011 at 02:10 | #3

    One more vote for seeing the talks published. I was not able to watch them live, unfortunately.

  1. May 20th, 2011 at 22:10 | #1