South West UK VMUG – 22nd February 2017

I was absent from the VMUG scene for the entirety of 2016 for a number of reasons. I’m determined to make amends this year and I’m jumping in at the deep end! A week from today is the first South West UK VMUG for 2017 and I’m going to be presenting a session. Registration for the event is open now; so if you’re in the area, drop by. As usual, it’s at the mShed in Bristol.  

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vRetreat: Cohesity Overview

At the recent vRetreat at Silverstone, I experienced three technical presentations / Q&A sessions from the event sponsors. One of these, Cohesity, I was charged with writing a little more about. Up until that point, my experience and knowledge of Cohesity’s solutions was very limited as I’ve had my head buried in several large projects over the recent months. Ezat Dayeh‘s presentation at the vRetreat was therefore a great introduction for me to Cohesity’s mission and value proposition. Cohesity was founded in 2013 by Mohit Aron, former co-founder of Nutanix and a Google File System lead developer. With this DNA, it’s no real surprise that Cohesity’s solutions have a storage focus. The difference with Cohesity is that its focus is not around primary storage (production virtual machines, databases etc), but secondary storage (file shares, backups, archives etc). Their mission is to redefine […]

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vRetreat Silverstone 2017

So, it went something like this: Patrick – “Do you want to drive some Porsches at a blogging event?” Me – “Nom nom nom.” (That’s the sound of me biting his arm off.) Ok, it wasn’t quite like that (see right). But close enough for the purposes of this post. By the way, I wasn’t serious about killing anyone 😉 Fast forward three short months, and the guy who co-organises the vRockstar parties in Barcelona (Patrick Redknap) is hosting the first ever vRetreat event at the Porsche Experience Centre. We’ve got Porsches, we’ve got Silverstone. What else? Some bloggers: Amit Panchal, Barry Coombs, Rynardt Spies, David Owen, Simon Gallagher, Me, and a special guest appearance by Joe Baguley. Finally, and very importantly, some sponsors: The day started early with breakfast at the Porsche experience centre. After a few minutes drooling over looking at the cars inside […]

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VMworld 2017 – Call for papers is open!

VMware have a gift for you this Valentine’s day. VMworld 2017 call for papers is open today! This year, VMworld US and VMworld Europe are closer together. Only two weeks separate the two events. I’m interested to see how that changes the makeup of the sessions and announcements. Of course, to make the best assessment I’d have to be at both conferences. Time to talk to my manager and get some session ideas submitted! CFP is open now until March 14th 2017.

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Don’t miss the UK VMUG!

In just over a week, on Thursday 19th November, a few hundred virtualisation professionals from the UK (and further afield too) will be descending on the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham once again for the UKVMUG. Although I’ve been a regular attendee of the UKVMUG in the past, this will be the first time that I’ll be presenting. Along with my former Xtravirt colleagues, Jonathan Medd and Sam McGeown, we’ll be talking about our collective experiences working on a number of major cloud automation projects. Aside from presenting and networking, I’m also looking forward to the other sessions. Some of highlights of the agenda are: Joe Baguley’s opening keynote – I think I had a preview of it at VMware’s TechSummit last week, I think you’ll like it Cloud Native Apps and Project Photon with Andy Jenkins and Robbie Jerrom […]

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