Network & Security Power Session

Virtual Cloud Networking Power Session

 Thursday, July 22 | 9:00AM (ET)

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Virtual Cloud Networking Power Session

Dive into cutting-edge VMware content and get connected with hundreds of like-minded IT professionals. Discover the latest news you can use at VMUG Power Sessions – all at the tips of your fingers. 

VMUG Power Session is a FREE one-day event; log on and give your IT career the boost it needs to succeed. This virtual conference is designed to empower you through education, training, and collaborationPlus, in collaboration with the VMUG Summer School activities, you will get an inside look at the different certifications and education classes you can take at the VMUG Academy that directly relate to the sessions you attend. 

This event is bought to you by the Carolina UserCon and its local communities. Regardless of where you are in the world, join the VMUG community for a day of… 

  • Networking with hundreds of VMware users with similar interests 
  • The best of the best sessions on top industry trends and topics 
  • Peering into the future of VMware and partner products and services 
  • Experiencing product demonstrations 
  • And more! 

Don’t wait – sign up today and access your one-stop shop for the industry’s latest Virtual Cloud Networking content. 

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Nolan Bushnell, Father of the Video Game Industry

One of Newsweek’s “50 Men That Changed America”.  Nolan Bushnell is the quintessential technology pioneer, entrepreneur, scientist, and engineer.  Often cited as the Father of the Video Game Industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre.  Today his design credo—that games should be “easy to learn and difficult to master”—is inspiring a new generation of developers. Nolan was the first and only person to hire Steve Jobs, (at Atari) which he details in his 2013 bestseller, Finding the Next Steve Jobs, published by Simon and Schuster.  

Over the past four decades, it’s staggering what Nolan has created as a prolific entrepreneur, founding more than 20 companies, including:  Atari; Chuck E. Cheese’s; Catalyst Technologies – the first tech incubator in Silicon Valley;  Etak – the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today;  Androbot – a personal robotics company;  ByVideo – the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks;  uWink – the first touch screen ordering and entertainment system at restaurant tables;  X2 – a new game company focusing on powerful new tech for games for Microsoft’s Alexa, and Modal VR – an end-to-end virtual reality platform that delivers large-scale and fully wireless immersion for multiple users at once.  

Today he oversees and/or sits on the boards of several companies that use Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, and Augmented Reality, as well as other advanced tech.  In 2019, Nolan released his latest offering, a multi-media murder mystery game called St. Noire, made for Amazon’s Echo powered by Alexa.  At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, St. Noir won the “Best Innovation” award.  He is currently working on a dozen more similar games, and they will soon become playable interactively online as well as in person. 

In the process, he pioneered many of the workplace innovations that have made Silicon Valley a long-standing magnet for creative talent.  Additionally, he has consulted for numerous corporations, including IBM, Cisco Systems and US Digital Communications.  He has been featured by major media worldwide including Fast Company, Wired, Huffington Post, CNET, The Guardian, BBC, and as a guest on countless business news shows. 

Nolan has won several awards around the world and has been featured in many documentaries about Silicon Valley and Video Games, including recently in CNN’s “The Eighties” produced by Tom Hanks, and will soon be seen in 2019 in another major documentary called “Game On” on The History Channel about the video game industry.  Nolan was even given a cameo in the 2013 film “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher, a tip of the hat to Nolan for his role in hiring Steve Jobs for his first job ever at Atari.  A biopic about Nolan, tentatively titled “Atari”, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company is also in the works. 


Chris McCain, Director of Networking & Security Technologist Group at VMware

Chris McCain a Director in the Networking and Security Technologist group at VMware. In addition to being a dual VCDX in DCV and NV Chris is also a VMware Certified Instructor and holds numerous other industry certifications. Chris joined VMware in December of 2013 to help build the NSX training and certification portfolio after 15 years of running his own consulting, training, and content development company. Chris lives in St Petersburg, FL with his wife and two sons. 



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