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.
That’s the fifth UKVMUG done with, and the first one that I’ve ever presented at.
I loved it, it was a great day. The highlights for me (or what I did):
Joe Baguley’s opening keynote – great as ever (even though I saw some of it in TechSummit a couple of weeks ago). Joe is a very inspiring speaker, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my boss (a few times removed). Listening without a hangover this time, there were some interesting things that I took away from it.
Eric Wright’s session on OpenStack and VMware. Great to meet a fellow vBrownBag guy and good content too.
An idea Josh Atwell gave me for some future blog postings over lunch.
Picking the brains of Andy Jenkins and Robbie Jerom about Docker and Cloud Native Apps
Ricky El-Qasem and Alec Dunn’s conversational presentation on vCD to vRA migration (thanks for the freebies too).
Frank Buechsel’s vRA war stories session.
John Troyer’s excellent closing keynote – he doesn’t just get technology and the associated communities, he understands the British and their compulsion with DIY.
The conversations that I had with some of the event’s numerous sponsors, thank you.
Conversations that I had with many of the other attendees – too many to list.
As I mentioned, I also presented (alongside Sam McGeown and Jonathan Medd). Aside from some PowerPoint issues before we started, I thought it went well. I already have a few ideas for more VMUG sessions for next year… 🙂
What about the “but”?
In case anyone’s wondering about the “but” in the post title, there were a few things about the day that weren’t so good. They were:
Committee chair Alaric Davies announcing that he’s going to stand down to spend more time learning to play the (Spanish) guitar.
Committee member Stuart Thompson announcing that he’s going to stand down to spend more time painting pictures of fruit bowls.*
Committee member Jane Rimmer announcing that she’s going to stand down to spend more time on her business. (Not quite how Alaric put it.)
Between them, they’ve given over 25 years to VMUGs (both UK and London) and, in my opinion, helped promote and advance the VMware community immensely. They certainly have my thanks.
That does mean that the committee (for the London and UK VMUGs) needs some new blood**. Perhaps that’s you?
It’s not an undertaking to be taken lightly. I know this from my involvement with the South West UK VMUG over the last two years. It needs people who can give their time, both in organising events and running them. Interested? There’s a survey available to complete as part of the process. Just make sure you do it by next Thursday (26th November). * I may have made that up.
** To join Simon Gallagher, whose continuing contributions are awesome too (don’t want him to feel left out)
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
Automating the Next Generation Datacenter with Josh Atwell
The 5 Starting Points for Cloud Adoption with David Hill
The dust had barely settled on our second successful VMUG in Bristol and we were already well into planning for the next meeting. If you haven’t already see an email or tweet about it, the next SWUKVMUG is being held on Tuesday 9th September 2014 at the mShed once again.
We’ve got a little bit of last minute juggling going on with the agenda following some of the announcements coming out of VMworld US this week. The highlights include:
First VMUG of the year*. That has a nice sound to it. Full of promises for lots of good events to come.
The lovely folks who organise the London VMUG look to be putting on a super first event for 2014 and I’m looking forward to it. As well as having a distinctly “cloudy” flavour to it, there’s a series of lightning talks on home labs scheduled. I know that the committee have been debating a trial of this format for a while now because I’ve suggested it a time or two myself. It works very well at CloudCamp (which, coincidentally, is on the same day but starting at 6:30pm – register for it here if you’re interested) and I hope it will fit in very nicely here too.
0830 – 0945
1000 – 1015
1015 – 1100
Pernix Data – Frank Denneman
1100 – 1145
vCAC 6 – What’s New
(Matt Steiner, VMware)
1145 – 1215
1215 – 1300
(Justin Beck, VMware)
(Simon Greaves, Computacenter)
1300 – 1400
1400 – 1450
1500 – 1550
NSX with an Angle
(Peter Bury, VMware)
Home Lab Lightning Talks
1600 – 1650
How LEGO relocated to a new datacentre
(Enrico Laursen, LEGO)
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.
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
Thursday, November 21, 2013
8:00 – 8:30 am
Registration | Breakfast | Mingle with Sponsors
8:30 – 9:00 am
VMUG Welcome | Alaric Davies
9:00 – 9:45 am
VMware Keynote | Joe Baguley, VMware CTO EMEA
Mingle with Sponsors
10:00 – 10:45 am
Breakout Block #1 | Education Sessions
50% Faster VMs on the Hardware You Have!, Condusiv
Convergence and Scalability in Your Datacenter. Bringing Google like Infrastructure to the Enterprise, Nutanix – Jason Langone
Tales From the Field: Don’t Let This Happen to Your VMs, Veeam
Community Session | Securing VMware Virtual Environments, Sam McGeown
10:45 – 11:15 am
Break | Mingle with Sponsors
11:15 – 12:00 pm
Breakout Block #2 | Education Sessions
VMware Virtual SAN – All You Wanted to Know, VMware – Cormac Hogan
vCHS, VMware – Massimo Re Ferre
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.
Management Automation, VMware – Matthew Steiner
Community Session | 0 Day Installation, Maish Saidel-Keesing
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch / Mingle with Sponsors
1:00pm – 1:45 pm
Breakout Block #3 | Education Sessions
Software Defined Storage – From Desktops to Servers and Beyond, Atlantis Computing – Dan Senior
Evolve Your Virtual Data Center with Nimble Storage
Over-provisioning Is For Amateurs: How To Get 20-40% More Utilization Out Of Your Virtual Infrastructure, VMTurbo – Andrew Mallaband
Community Session | Introduction to Overlay Networking, Greg Ferro
1:45 – 2:15 pm
Break | Mingle with Sponsors
2:15 – 3:00 pm
Breakout Block #4 | Education Sessions
VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5 – Implementation and Troubleshooting, VMware – Ray Heffer
NSX Technical, VMware – Scott Lowe
EUC Vision, VMware – Brian Gammage
Data In; Data Out – vCHS, VMware – Mike Laverick
Community Session | PowerCLI Automation in the Enterprise: Breaking the Magician’s Code – Jonathan Medd
3:00 – 3:15 pm
Break | Mingle with Sponsors
3:15 – 4:00 pm
Breakout Block #5 | Education Sessions
Software-Defined Storage: Cloud Architectures Drive Fundamental Shifts in Storage Design, Coraid
Dell, VMware and NVIDIA Working Together to Solve Your 3D Graphics Requirements, Dell
Deliver Virtual Desktops That Match the Performance of SSD Laptops, Fusion-io – Adrian Booth
Discover Hybrid Storage, Tegile Software
Community Session | Developing vSphere/vCloud .Net Apps for Beginners, Ricky el Qasem
Registration 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!
The agenda was published a week or so ago. Lots of great sessions on there:
Shmuel Kliger, Founder VMTurbo Software-Defined Control – Transforming IT Operations
Greg Ferro, packetpushers.net Don’t Do Virtual Networking, Do Cloud Networking.
Darren and Gregg The Virtual Community, Social Media & You
Break in Thames Suite
Barry Coatsworth, How InfoSec Can Improve Your Love Life
Robbie Jerrom, VMware A Puppet Primer
Atlantis Computing Lab
Nick Dyer, Nimble Storage Flash-Optimized Hybrid Storage Engineered For Maximum Efficiency
Hans de Leenheer, Veeam Making Cloud Storage Easy to Use
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!
Thursday 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.