London VMUG July 2011

It’s not even a month since the last London VMUG event and the agenda for the next one has been released.

The next meeting is on Thursday 14th July and is sponsored by Arista, Embotics and Vision Solutions.

The London VMUG Steering Committee are delighted to invite you to our next event. Following on from the success of the new format unveiled at the May 12th VMUG, we will continue with multiple tracks and a vCOPS focused lab, along with a Genius Bar from VMware GSS to answer any burning issues you might have.  Details are below and we are grateful to our sponsors – Arista Networks, Embotics and Vision Solutions.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to participate in Alan’s PowerCLI session and/or lab, you MUST bring your own laptop/client device please! For the lab, you will need View 4.6 client installed (or admin rights to install it).


Plenary sessions in Capital
10.00 – 10.15 – Welcome, Alaric Davies, Chairman
10.15 – 11.00 – Arista Networks, John Peach, Senior System Architect – Cloudvision for the Virtualised Environment
11.00 – 11.45 – Embotics, Martin Sajkowski, EMEA Operations & Colin Jacks, Senior Solutions Specialist – Private Cloud Management Made Simple
11.45 – 12.15 – Break inThames where our sponsors will be exhibiting
12.15 – 13.00 – Double-Take by Vision Solutions – Christian Willis, Technical Director: Meeting the Availability Challenges of physical, Virtual and Geographically Dispersed Systems
13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch in Thames where our sponsors will be exhibiting

Track 1

14.00 – 14.50 – Mark Stockham, VMware  – vCOPS Advanced
15.00 – 15.50 – Mike Laverick – SRM Futures
16.00 – 16.50 – David Owen – How converged infrastructure enables (MP – “cloud” I think)

Track 2

14.00 – 14.50 – Julian Wood – Thinking, building & scripting globally
15.00 – 15.50 – Alan Renouf – How to save your time with PowerCLI Cloud
16.00 – 16.50 –  Colin Fernandez, VMware –  Managing IT as we evolve to Cloud computing

17.00 – Close
17.00 – Onward Drinks at Pavilion End, 23 Watling Street, EC4M 9BR

Please note the agenda is subject to change.

Registration is handled through the MyVMUG website and a direct link to the event can be found here.

I’m quite excited by the agenda. There are lots of clever people presenting on some very interesting topics and it’ll be a challenge to choose between them.

I look forward to meeting everyone there.


London VMUG May 12th 2011

It barely seems like 5 minutes since the last London VMUG but at the same time it feels like so long ago too. But it’s April and the agenda has been set for the next London VMUG and registration is now open.

The theme for this VMUG is “Journey to the Cloud” and it marks a departure from the format that the London VMUG has adopted up until this point. This time there will be two content tracks to choose from and some live labs available (in the same sort of style (but not scale) as VMworld).

The agenda as it currently stands is:

10.00 – 10.20 – Welcome, Alaric Davies, Chairman

10.20 – 11.00 –  presententation & demo the vCloud1 -Greg Branch, Director of Architecture, Colt and Dan Senior, Virtualisation Architect, Colt

1.00 – 11.45 – Paul Martin, Quest – Private Cloud – Build for Success by Planning for Failure, with Quest Software

11.45 – 12.15 – Break in Thames where the sponsors will be exhibiting

12.15 – 13.00 – EMC

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch in Thames where the sponsors will be exhibiting


14.00 – 14.50      Massimo re Ferre, Making sense of vShield & vCD for the “average Joe”

15.00 – 15.50      Jason Miles, Automation in the Cloud

16.00 – 16.50      Mark Craddock


14.00 – 14.50      Stuart Radnidge, Rethinking Infrastructure

15.00 – 15.50      Tom Brand, Cloud topic

16.00 – 16.50      Cloud topic TBA

17.00 – Close

17.00 – Networking Reception at Pavilion End, 23 Watling Street, EC4M 9BR

I’m looking forward to seeing how the multiple tracks format works. I recently attended my first Northern VMUG in Leeds where they tried to something similar. Ultimately it’s the users that make these events work or not so I hope that the London attendees are receptive to it.

Having said that, I may not get to go. I have registered to attend but a change in circumstances is in the offing.

Anyway, register here for the London VMUG.


London VMUG February 25th

The next date for the London VMUG was announced this morning. It is on Thursday 25th February 2010.

The proposed agenda (shamelessly pinched from the announcement page on VMware Communities) is:

1100 – 1200 (Optional) PowerCLI / Powershell workshop – Alan Renouf. Please bring your own curly brackets.

12:30 – 13:00 Arrive & Refreshments
13:00 – 13:20 Welcome & News – Alaric Davies

13:20 – 14:00 Sponsor Presentation – Chris Hammans, Pano Logic

Real world vSphere deployment experiences – Stuart Thompson
(Mostly) Zero downtime DC migration for Dummies – Jonathan Medd

15:00 – 15:20 Refreshment break

ESX home lab update, virtualizing Terminal Server workloads – Simon Gallagher
Thin provisioning and capacity planning in a virtual world – Chris Evans, ‘The Storage Architect’

16:45 – 17:00 Close
17:00 – Pub

I plan to be there.