South West UK VMUG (3rd June 2014)

I think it’s safe to say that the first South West VMUG back in February was very successful. Our next one will be held at the same venue (Bristol’s mShed) on June 3rd 2014. We’ve got some good sessions lined up and we’d love to have as many of you along as possible. So, if you’d like a day of discussion and learning with lots of people from the virtualisation community, then please sign up via the VMUG site. Session Times Session Description 10:30:00 11:00:00    Registration / Coffee 11:00:00 11:15:00 Welcome and Introduction 11:15:00 12:00:00 VMware Session on vCAC 12:00:00 12:45:00 Nimble Storage (Nick Dyer) 12:45:00 13:30:00    Lunch / Vendor Area 13:30:00 14:15:00 vCD Experience (Julian Regal – Capita) 14:15:00 15:00:00 Troubleshooting Panel 15:00:00 15:15:00    Tea / Coffee 15:15:00 16:00:00 PowerCLI / Automation (Jonathan Medd) 16:00:00 16:45:00 […]

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vCHS in the UK

I was fortunate and privileged recently to be invited to the UK launch event for VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK. The first of many planned deployments in the EMEA region for VMware. VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service became public in the US in September last year.  Swiftly afterwards, VMware announced their plans to bring the service to EMEA in 2014 and, as of Tuesday 25th February, it is generally available in Europe. Besides being a blogger, I’m also fortunate to work for a leading VMware Partner in EMEA (Xtravirt). As we’re one of the few Hybrid Cloud certified partners (at the time of writing), I’m hoping to be working on some vCHS projects in the near future. Exciting! Why the UK and Why now? The feedback from EMEA customers indicated that many of them were concerned about data locality […]

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Nimble Hobbit

Want to see the new Hobbit movie for free, my precious? If you’re an IT professional then Nimble Storage are offering you the chance to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for free on two dates in December. One is the 18th (in London), the other is the 19th (in Manchester). Follow this link to find out more: Nimble Storage Hobbit screening

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SWVMUG Launch and Google Hangout

Jeremy and I participated in a brief Google Hangout today with Simon Eady and Barry Coombs, our co-leaders of the South West UK VMUG. We officially announced our first meeting date (Tuesday 18th February 2014 in central Bristol) and spent some time discussing some of the things that we collectively did at VMworld Europe recently. The full video of the hangout is below. Once venues etc are firmed up for our first SWVMUG meeting we’ll get a registration link opened up on our VMUG page.

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VMworld Europe 2013 – Partner Day

I have to confess to feeling a little jaded this morning thanks to the vRockstar party last night. I’m not complaining though, as I have been on the previous two occasions that I’ve attended VMworld Europe, I’m both excited and glad to be here. Registration was a breeze and a few subtle changes to the layout of the venue were immediately apparent. Compared to last year, I think that the conference is occupying a lot more floor space. The Solutions Exchange will open tomorrow where the General Sessions were last year. The HoL and Community / Alumni / Partner lounges have moved to occupy the space where the Solutions Exchange was last year. So far I like the layout. As with previous years, Monday is VMware’s Partner Day. Owing to a perfect storm of circumstances I only managed to get […]

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