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.

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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 in to one session but it was probably the one that I was most keen to see.

TEX5350 Designing network virtualization for Data-centers: Greenfield Design and Migration scenarios
Software Defined Datacenters and Network Virtualization technologies are essential components to enhance operational efficiency, unlock agility in provisioning new application and services, and enable extensibility to rapidly respond to business needs. This session will discuss how modern virtualization techniques, such as VXLAN, vWires can be deployed over 3-tier or 2-tier datacenter IP fabric topologies. Particularly the session will analyze requirements for the physical network, followed by logical network deployment options. The session will analyze the benefits of a generic vendor agnostic Layer 3 Leaf/Spine IP fabric and use of LACP, vmknics, host profiles will be covered with use-case discussions, design recommendations and Best Practices.

I have a few other session lined up that focus on or fit with NSX so this was a useful primer for me.

For me though, VMworld isn’t just about the sessions. Probably the biggest benefit that I derive from attending events like these is the networking (with people) and a great many people arrived today to register, take lab sessions and get the lay of the land.

As things started to wind down at the conference centre, the focus naturally shifted to evening activities. The VMUG organisation held a well attended party in the centre of the city. The Veeam guys (who were sponsoring the event) wasted no time going straight for Jaeger-bombs!

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Pernix Data also held a well attended event on the other side of the city centre that I was pleased to be invited to.


My VMworld Schedule

screenshot464Next week is VMworld Europe 2013. My wife tells people it’s a “Uber Geek Fest”. She’s probably right about that!

This will be my third VMworld and I know without a doubt that there will not be enough hours between Sunday and Thursday this coming week for me to meet all of the people and vendors that I want and see the sessions that I want.

If you’re in Barcelona at VMworld this coming week, say hello, give me your business card, join me for a beer or do all three! On a couple of days I’ll be wearing shirts with this on the back:


At the moment my schedule looks a bit like this:

Daytime Evening
Sunday Travel to Barcelona vRockstar Party
Monday Registration, Hands-on-Labs and Partner sessions including TEX5350 VMUG Party / Pernix Data Party
Tuesday Sessions including the General session, PHC4750, SEC5893, VAPP4679 and VCM1002-GD vExpert Reception
Wednesday Sessions including the General session, STO5464, VCM5472 and VAPP6268 VMworld Party
Thursday Sessions including PHC1000-GD, VCM5477, NET5521 and VCM5048 Travelling home!

I’m sure that it’ll change a bit, it always does.

Outside of the above I’ll be in the community lounge (checking out the #vBrownBag talks), Hands-on-Labs or the Solutions Exchange. See you there!


2013 UKVMUG Agenda

There’s now an agenda posted for next month’s UK VMUG in Birmingham. As you can see, it’s got some cracking sessions in it.

If you haven’t registered yet, or you want to check the agenda out for yourself, head over to the VMUG site.

Wednesday, November 20,2013
7:00 -9:00 pm Pre-Reception vCurry – Veeam Bracebridge Suite
Thursday, November 21, 2013
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration | Breakfast | Mingle with Sponsors Trafalgar Foyer
8:30 – 9:00 am VMUG Welcome | Alaric Davies Britannia Suite
9:00 – 9:45 am VMware Keynote | Joe Baguley, VMware CTO EMEA Britannia Suite
9:45  10:00 Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
10:00 – 10:45 am Breakout Block #1 | Education Sessions
50% Faster VMs on the Hardware You Have!, Condusiv Bracebridge Suite
Convergence and Scalability in Your Datacenter.  Bringing Google like Infrastructure to the Enterprise, Nutanix – Jason Langone Ballacraine Suite
Splunk Waterloo Suite
Tales From the Field: Don’t Let This Happen to Your VMs, Veeam Britannia Suite
Community Session | Securing VMware Virtual Environments, Sam McGeown Kirkmichael Suite
10:45 – 11:15 am Break | Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
11:15 – 12:00 pm Breakout Block #2 | Education Sessions
VMware Virtual SAN – All You Wanted to Know, VMware – Cormac Hogan Bracebridge Suite
vCHS, VMware –  Massimo Re Ferre Ballacraine Suite
Knowledge Exchange by Duncan Epping, VMware. This session is all about exchanging knowledge and experience amongst each other, bringing the User Group back in VMUG. No death by Powerpoint, instead Duncan will coin buzzwords ranging from Flash to SSO to start the discussion. Waterloo Suite
Management Automation, VMware – Matthew Steiner Britannia Suite
Community Session | 0 Day Installation, Maish Saidel-Keesing Kirkmichael Suite
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch / Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
1:00pm – 1:45 pm Breakout Block #3 | Education Sessions
Software Defined Storage – From Desktops to Servers and Beyond, Atlantis Computing – Dan Senior Bracebridge Suite
EMC Ballacraine Suite
Evolve Your Virtual Data Center with Nimble Storage Waterloo Suite
Over-provisioning Is For Amateurs: How To Get 20-40% More Utilization Out Of Your Virtual Infrastructure, VMTurbo – Andrew Mallaband Britannia Suite
Community Session | Introduction to Overlay Networking, Greg Ferro Kirkmichael Suite
1:45 – 2:15 pm Break | Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
2:15 – 3:00 pm Breakout Block #4 | Education Sessions
VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5 – Implementation and Troubleshooting, VMware – Ray Heffer Bracebridge Suite
NSX Technical, VMware – Scott Lowe Ballacraine Suite
EUC Vision, VMware – Brian Gammage Waterloo Suite
Data In; Data Out – vCHS, VMware – Mike Laverick Britannia Suite
Community Session | PowerCLI Automation in the Enterprise: Breaking the Magician’s Code – Jonathan Medd Kirkmichael Suite
3:00 – 3:15 pm Break | Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
3:15 – 4:00 pm Breakout Block #5 | Education Sessions
Software-Defined Storage: Cloud Architectures Drive Fundamental Shifts in Storage Design, Coraid Bracebridge Suite
Dell, VMware and NVIDIA Working Together to Solve Your 3D Graphics Requirements, Dell Ballacraine Suite
Deliver Virtual Desktops That Match the Performance of SSD Laptops, Fusion-io – Adrian Booth Waterloo Suite
Discover Hybrid Storage, Tegile Software Britannia Suite
Community Session | Developing vSphere/vCloud .Net Apps for Beginners, Ricky el Qasem Kirkmichael Suite
4:00 – 4:15 pm Break | Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
4:15 – 4:45 pm Closing Keynote by Greg Ferro Britannia Suite
4:45 – 5:00 pm Prize Draws and Close Britannia Suite


London VMUG – April 25th 2013

VMUG LogoRegistration for the second London VMUG of the year is open. As usual, it will be at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (33 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AP) between 8:30 and 17:00 and there will be vBeers afterwards.

The sponsors for this event are VMTurbo, Nimble Storage and Veeam.

The agenda is yet to be finalised but it’s likely to be awesome as usual. What are you waiting for? Head over to the VMUG website, register and stick it in your calendar before someone sticks a different meeting in there!

Update: 16/04/2013

The agenda was published a week or so ago. Lots of great sessions on there:

 Time Capital A  Capital B  Square Room 
10:00  Welcome 
10:15  Shmuel Kliger, Founder VMTurbo Software-Defined Control – Transforming IT Operations
11:00  Greg Ferro, packetpushers.net Don’t Do Virtual Networking, Do Cloud Networking. Darren and Gregg The Virtual Community, Social Media & You
11:45  Break in Thames Suite 
12:15  Barry Coatsworth, How InfoSec Can Improve Your Love Life Robbie Jerrom, VMware A Puppet Primer Atlantis Computing Lab
13:00  Lunch 
14:00  Nick Dyer, Nimble Storage Flash-Optimized Hybrid Storage Engineered For Maximum Efficiency Hans de Leenheer, Veeam Making Cloud Storage Easy to Use
15:00  Peter von Oven, VMware VMware Horizon Update Kim Ranyard, VMware vCAC Part Deux, The Return Atlantis Computing Lab
16:00  Dave Burgess, VMware SDN For Beginners Stuart Thompson and Lee Harris, Heterogeneous vCD Atlantis Computing Lab
17:00  Close 
17:15  Onward Drinks at Pavilion End 


Virtual Machine User Group Meeting – 12th March 2013

screenshot319I’m a long standing member of the London VMUG (that being the VMware User Group) but I’ve also on occasion been to Virtual Machine User Group (VMUG) meetings as well when I’ve been able to find the time.

The Virtual Machine User Group have a meeting coming up in Birmingham on Tuesday 12th March 2013. The published agenda is:

Time Track 1 Track 2
09:00 – 10:00 Vendor Market, Welcome Address and Refreshments
10:00 – 10:50


vCloud Director & vSphere 5.1

VeeamVeeam Modern Data Protection
11:00 – 11:50

App Cogs

Virtualisation for Sharepoint Professionals


Getting Started with NetApp Filers

12:00 – 13:00 Vendor Market, Lunch and Special Interest Groups
13:00 – 13:50

The Bunker

Panel Debate: Is the cloud secure?


HyperV Version3 – What you need to know

14:00 – 14:50


Simplifying EUC Management

Trend Micro

Securing Your Journey Through The Cloud

14:50 – 15:15 Vendor Market & Refreshments
15:15 – 16:05

Riff Cube

Is Cloud Computing the Silver Lining to PR

Freeth Cartwright LLP

IT Law

16:15 – 17:05


The Storage & Virtualisation Roadmap


Any App, Any Desktop, Any Data, Any Device, Anywhere

Register here, it’s free but spaces are limited.

In case you’re wondering what the difference between a VMware and Virtual Machine User Group is (in their own words):

VMware User Group

The VMware User Group (VMUG) is an independent, global, customer-led organization, created to maximize members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

Virtual Machine User Group

We are an association of persons with a vested interest in the successful deployment of virtual infrastructure and their associated technologies. The committee are all volunteers and are directly employed to manage and design virtual infrastructure in their organisations.


First London VMUG of 2013 – Register Now!


You know that I love my VMUGs. They’re great events that offer plenty of opportunities to meet new people, network, learn a thing or two and – best of all – they’re free to attend!

fusion5-licensesThursday 24th January 2013 see’s this year’s first London VMUG occurring at the usual place near Mansion House tube station:

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
33 Queen Street
London, EC4R 1AP

There are some great presenters and subjects on the agenda, including the event’s sponsors – Nutanix, 10 ZiG and Zerto. There are usually a few prizes / giveaways on offer and I’m adding to that pot with a couple of VMware Fusion 5 Professional licenses…

If you can’t make the event itself then there’s always vBeers nearby afterwards.

It’s well worth attending, register on the VMUG website here.


Here’s the Agenda:

8:30 Event Reception
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Nutanix Plenary Presentation
11:00 Your Journey to the Post-PC Era Brian Gammage, VMware
11:45 Break in Thames Suite
12:15 EUC Panel with VDI Gurus Brian Gammage, VMware
Deploying vCD 5.1 and VXLAN Dan Senior
VMware HA Deepdive Eric Sloof
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Zerto Presentation
10Zig Presentation
15:00 Big Data for the Uninitiated Stu Radnidge
Update – What’s Here and What’s Coming Soon Spencer Pitts, VMware EUC
VMware HA Deepdive Eric Sloof
16:00 VMware Certification Update Gregg Robertson, Xtravirt
vCAC Kim Raynard, VMware
VMware HA Deepdive Eric Sloof
17:00 Meeting close
17:15 Onward Drinks at Pavilion End


UKVMUG 2012 Agenda

The dust has barely settled on VMworld Europe and the Agenda for next month’s UKVMUG in Birmingham has been posted. There are multiple tracks and some big names presenting in addition to the valued event sponsors.

It’ll be difficult picking between everything that’s going on. For instance should I go for Duncan and Frank’s Deep-Dive discussion, Alan and William’s Practical Automation session or Hugo and Aidan’s VCDX Boot Camp? And that’s just breakout block #2!

It’s interesting that there are Community sessions scheduled alongside Sponsor ones. I imagine this might be in response to some feedback from last year’s event or perhaps from more recent VMUGs.

Anyway, I’ve copied the Agenda below for easy reference. But if you haven’t registered yet, why not? It’s free! Register here…

8:00 – 8:30 Registration | Breakfast | Mingle with Vendors Trafalgar Foyer
8:30 – 9:00 Keynote VMUG Welcome | Alaric Davies Britannia Suite
9:00 – 9:45 Keynote VMware Keynote | Joe Baguley | Software Defined Data Centre, Weapon or Necessary Evil? Britannia Suite
9:45 – 10:00 Break|Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
10:00 – 10:45 Breakout Block #1 | Education Sessions
Sponsor Nimble Storage | Stress-Free Data Protection for VMware and VDI Bracebridge Suite
Sponsor Veeam | 5 Ways Smart VM Backups May Surprise You Ballacraine Suite
Sponsor Teradici | How to Enhance Your VDI Experience Waterloo Suite
Sponsor Trend Micro | Security at Every Stage: Trend Micro, VMware and Your Journey to the Cloud Britannia Suite
Community Ricky El-Qasem | Creating VMware Apps for Novice Programmers Kirkmichael Suite
10:45- 11:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
11:15 – 12:00 Breakout Block #2 | Education Sessions
VMware Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman | Deep-Dive Discussion Group Bracebridge Suite
VMware Hugo Phan and Aidan Dalgleish | VCDX Boot Camp Ballacraine Suite
VMware Alan Renouf and William Lam | Practical Automation for Everyone Waterloo Suite
VMware Matthew Steiner | What’s New in vSphere 5.1 Britannia Suite
Community Chris Dearden | A Techies Guide to Getting the Most Out of IT Support Kirkmichael Suite
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
13:00 – 13:45 Breakout Block #3 | Education Sessions
Sponsor Fusion-io |  Flash as a Cache – Rethinking Virtualisation Bracebridge Suite
Sponsor Embotics | Lessons Learned in Deploying Private Clouds Ballacraine Suite
Sponsor Coraid | Server Virtualization Demands a New Storage Architecture Waterloo Suite
Sponsor Quantum | The 7 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying a VM Protection Product Britannia Suite
Community Mike Laverick | Building my vCloud Director Home Lab Kirkmichael Suite
13:45 – 14:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
14:15 – 15:00 Breakout Block #4 | Education Sessions
VMware Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman | Deep-Dive Discussion Group Bracebridge Suite
VMware Cormac Hogan | VMware Storage Update – 5.1: Storage features and storage futures as per announcements at VMworld Ballacraine Suite
VMware Aidan Dalgleish | vCloud Director DR Waterloo Suite
VMware Tom O’Rourke and Kim Raynard | Dynamic Ops – Cloud Automation Britannia Suite
Community Tom Howarth | Deep Dive on Desktop Design for VDI Kirkmichael Suite
15:00 – 15:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
15:15 – 16:00 Breakout Block #5 | Education Sessions
Sponsor Whiptail | Flash 101 – The Physics and Stuff Bracebridge Suite
Sponsor Hitachi Data Systems | Storage Systems Basics for Virtualized Environments Ballacraine Suite
Sponsor VMTurbo | Can You Manage Your Virtual Infrastructure so That Optimized Performance and High Resource Utilization are Not Mutually Exclusive? Waterloo Suite
Sponsor iLand | vCloud Services: IT’s Secret Weapon Britannia Suite
Community Julian Wood | vSphere Networking and Converged IO with Blade Servers Kirkmichael Suite
16:00 – 16:15 Break | Mingle with Vendors Imperial Suite
16:15 – 16:45 Keynote Closing Keynote | Scott Lowe | Staying Sharp and Relevant in IT Britannia Suite
16:45 – 17:00 Prize Draws Britannia Suite


VMworld Europe 2012 – Thank You

It’s all over for another year. I’ve had a great time meeting people and learning a thing or two. Before I forget them though, I wanted to say a few “thank you”s. In no particular order they are:

  • Virtual Clarity, my employer, for supporting my attendance here.
  • My wife and family for letting me go almost a week without speaking to them properly!
  • Fira Barcelona – it’s a big space and I’ve heard some people complaining that they’ve had to do a lot of walking but I didn’t come here expecting to sit down all day. The event staff have been good and I thank them all for putting up with so many foreign geeks.
  • Josh Atwell, Damian Karlson and Alastair Cooke for putting on a series of great vBrownbag presentations.
  • All of the speakers for putting together so many great sessions.
  • The vendors / sponsors / solutions providers who make IT great. I didn’t stop at every booth but I had great conversations with lots of them.
  • The event organizers who have spent the best part of a year making VMworld happen.
  • John Troyer, the godfather of the VMware community
  • Alex Maier, she may have moved on from VMware but she helped all of the vExperts so much and helped get me here this year.
  • VMware – Thank you for continuing to innovate!

I’m looking forward to next year already. Whether it be in San Francisco or Barcelona (the 2013 Europe conference location isn’t known yet) – let’s see…