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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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Last chance to register for South West UK VMUG

Next week (Tuesday) sees the second South West UK VMUG occurring in Bristol. We’ve got some interesting sessions lined up including:

  • Julian Wood (WoodITWork) talking about some of the new features of vSphere 6
  • Tom Howarth (PlanetVM) will be talking EUC
  • Feidhlim O’Leary (VMware GSS) will be on-hand to run through some troubleshooting scenarios and answer your questions

We’ll also have Nimble Storage and Simplivity in attendance to talk about what they offer to your datacenter and give you a little food for thought.

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We’ve got a couple of copies of “Mastering VMware vSphere 6” to giveaway. Here they are on my desk (I haven’t read them, honest):

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Plus some Pluralsight passes:

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Registration is open until Monday.

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VMworld Europe 2014 – Looking forward…

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It’s October now and it means that VMworld Europe 2014 is right around the corner.

I’ll be attending in Barcelona for what will be my 4th VMworld. It will be the first time that I’ve ever attended under a full conference pass rather than just as a blogger. However, I don’t expect the experience to be hugely different. Perhaps in the general sessions the view will be slightly different but that’s about it.

My employer, Xtravirt, is sending a number of my colleagues along with me to VMworld this year. Whilst we’re all very different people working on different projects, we generally have fairly complementary skillsets and a passion for what we do.

Speaking just for myself, I’m really looking forward to VMworld. Like my children’s birthdays, each VMworld is “the best one ever”. It’s not the announcements, the sessions, the labs or even the free t-shirts that make that happen for me though – it’s the people. Not that I’m knocking the other bits but I love chatting to partners, customers, vendors and pretty much anyone that I bump into.

I’ve planned a few sessions to attend. Mostly they’re focussed around Automation and SDDC as they’re my areas of interest. Ultimately I may have to cancel my registration for a few of them (and catch up with the recordings online later) to make time to speak with everyone that I want to.

Among the partners and vendors that I’ll be targeting are:

I’ll also be calling at the VMUG stand for sure. And of course VMware themselves to learn a bit about some of the upcoming developments and meet up with some key employees who will be around to discuss vCloud Automation Center, vCenter Orchestrator and VMware NSX.

Add to all of that the vBrownBag TechTalks (the schedule will be announced soon), numerous parties, the hands-on-labs and catching up with fellow VMware community members in the Community lounge, I imagine that there won’t be a moment to spare.

That said, if you want to stop for a chat then I’m all for it and so are any of the Xtravirt team.

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South West UK VMUG (9th September 2014)

VMUG Logo 2014How time flies!

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:

  • VMware vSAN
  • A VMworld update
  • Mike Laverick will be speaking
  • We hope to have a session about EVO:RAIL or vCloud Air (maybe both)
  • Community speaker Seb Hakiel

We’ll also have representation and sessions from our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

zerto

Gold Sponsors

nutanix  rackspace

And to top it all off, vBeers afterwards in the Pitcher and Piano.

We look forward to seeing you there, please register here.

 

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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.

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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.

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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 
8:30  EVENT RECEPTION 
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 

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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

VMware

vCloud Director & vSphere 5.1

VeeamVeeam Modern Data Protection
11:00 – 11:50

App Cogs

Virtualisation for Sharepoint Professionals

Proact

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?

Microsoft

HyperV Version3 – What you need to know

14:00 – 14:50

10ZiG

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

EMC

The Storage & Virtualisation Roadmap

Citrix

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.

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First London VMUG of 2013 – Register Now!

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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.

Agenda

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

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UKVMUG – 15/11/2012

The first UK-wide VMUG event went so well last year that it’s on again this year. Once again it’s on at the National Motorcycle Museum just outside Solihull (nr. Birmingham).

National Motorcycle Museum
Coventry Road
Bickenhill, Solihull, West Mids, England B92 0EJ

A detailed agenda has yet to be published but the day starts on Thursday November 15th 2012 at 8am and includes:

  • Registration and Breakfast
  • VMUG Welcome
  • VMware Update
  • Keynote
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Keynote
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Closing

The night before there is a vCurry reception (also at the museum) sponsored by Veeam. What are you waiting for? Register here!