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Meeting Notices: End-Of-Year

Event Date






6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time

The Commons (11th Floor)

One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA

Directions to NERD Center

Paid parking available nearby; MIT lots are free after 5PM, Bldg E-51 (2 Amherst St) for example.
Directions to E-51 Parking
Better yet, take the "T".

Thursday, December 18th

The best education in Virtualization each month!

Thanks to our sponsors:

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Make sure to RSVP on the VirtG Meetup site so we know how much food to order and we can use the attendance list to speed up registration at the Microsoft Security Desk

A note from the VirtG Leadership:

Let's get ready for the new year with a boatload of education.

Registration Link:

6:00-7:00 Networking, Introductions, Pizza


Dan Stolts, IT Pro Evangelist

'Microsoft's Cloud Platform In Your Data Center

Microsoft created and supports one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world - with integrated security, storage, networking, and compute deployed at a huge scale and integrated around the globe. At the heart of these cloud offerings is Windows Server, which continues to evolved to allow Microsoft to cost effectively create and offer new services to customers. Maybe you don’t think you are ready to host your servers in a public cloud – that’s fine. It is important to understand how Microsoft’s huge public cloud infrastructure is driving changes to Windows Server, and how you can harness those enhancements in your data center. Learn about the impact of cloud scale technology you can use in your data center like Storage Spaces, teiring, and replication - to reduce cost and increase uptime. Hear the latest news on the direction of Windows Server including V.Next (aka "Windows Server 10").

Speaker Bio:

Dan Stolts (ITProGuru), Chief Technology Strategist, Microsoft
Dan was one of the original co-founders of VirtG. Known also as “ITProGuru”, he is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. Reach him on his primary blog or twitter @ITProGuru. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Virtualization and is also very passionate about cloud technologies. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan’s lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

7:45-8:00 Short Break for Networking


Armen Varjabedian and Ben Canter,

Putting it all together with Software-defined Storage – SAN, Hyper-converged & Cloud Storage

With the move to greater performance, availability and efficiency from infrastructure, there is one area that is lagging. Storage is still filled with incompatible devices that don’t provide the capabilities IT needs.

Speaker Bios:

Armen Varjabedian, Sr. Systems Engineer, Northeast Region
Armen Varjabedian, DataCore Software, Sr. Systems Engineer, is an 18 year IT veteran. His IT experience includes 12 years on the customer side before moving into the sales side. As a hands-on system administrator, Armen’s experience includes Netware, Windows, Linux, and VMware. After his move into sales, Armen’s focus has been on datacenter solutions that include servers, storage and virtualization.



Benjamin Canter, Sales Director, New England Region
Proven technical sales professional with track record of helping customers solve business challenges through technology based solutions. Trained and certified in solutions from IBM, HP, Cisco, Dell, VMware, Microsoft, EMC, and Net App for midsize and enterprise customers. As a Data Center Specialist for a large global VAR, led a team to help customers with Next Generation Data Centers, Private Cloud Development, server and infrastructure consolidation, VDI deployments, Critical storage migrations and Data Center relocation. Currently leading DataCore's New England market as Sales Director to help customers adopt software defined storage as a primary platform. p>

8:45- Cleanup and prizes 

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