As many people will be aware, there are many reasons to go to local VMUG meetings. Many people may not be aware that there is a new VMware User Group being started in the South West. Based in Bristol, the South West UK VMUG aims to bring the best of virtualization, technology, chat, networking opportunities and general cool stuff to the whole of the bottom left side of the UK. We aim to hold 3 free events in the city each year, with the first scheduled for 18th February 2014.
But why come along? Amongst many others, here are the top 5 reasons for coming to the South West UK VMUG meeting:
1. Rockstar Speakers
We are super lucky to be kicking off our meetings with a keynote speech by Joe Baguley, Chief Technology Officer of EMEA for VMware. Aside from running a huge company like VMware, Joe is a very ardent supported of local VMUGs, and we’ve been very lucky to secure some of his time. Joining Joe in the speaking slots are storage technology firm and platinum event sponsors Nutanix, Nathan Prisk from Falmouth University and VMware staffers Peter von Oven and Arash Ghazanfari.
2. Getting Involved in the Community
VMUG events are hugely popular and are often a gateway for people to get involved in the virtualization community. VMUGs are all about networking, communicating with other like minded individuals to form new business and technology relationships, and to expand networks to new area’s – both from a technology and a geographical perspective. VMUG events attract a cross section of the business and technology world, from those just starting out to seasoned professionals who have been in the business for years, from boardroom members to junior technical staff. Everyone is invited, everyone is welcome, and nobody pays a dime!
3. Free Training / VCDX Practice
In addition to the usual community sessions run as part of the VMUG agenda, we are also planning a coupke of extra sessions for registered attendees in the morning:
- FREE TRAINING – delivered by another VMware Community Rockstar: Mike Laverick. A former VMware Certified Instructor, Mike is a VMware and technology evangelist, and will be delivering some free training for VMware beginners on 18th February. If you are interested, please leave a comment or get in touch!
- VCDX Practice – organised by the community, those planning to do the top-flight VMware Certified Design Expert exam are invited to an informal study group, to practice defence sessions as we help each other to achieve VCDX status.
For a little post-VMUG networking, there is also a Bristol vBeers event, starting at 5pm in a local Bristol bar (the Piano & Pitcher). Sponsored by 10zig, vBeers is an opportunity to enjoy a beverage or 2 and do some more networking. Couldn’t attend the afternoon sessions? Catch-up with the sponsors and find out all the latest information.
5. Free Stuff!
- Free Registration. Pay nothing to get in, and all the sessions are available to attend gratis.
- Free lunch. Join us from 12pm to get signed-in and enjoy a bite in the process.
- Free Training. New to VMware? Register for the morning sessions. (See above).
- Free Beers. Join us at vBeers afterwards, sponsored by 10zig.
- Free Stuff. We have many prize draws, including VMworld 2013 bags filled with goodies, t-shirts, mugs, pens, notebooks and other techie goodies!
So, what’s not to like about the up-coming South West VMUG meeting on 18th February? See the full agenda here, or register to attend for FREE on our VMUG.com Community website.
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Jeremy loves all things technology! Has been in IT for years, loves Macs (but doesn't preach to others about their virtues), loves virtualization (and does shout about it's virtues), and sometimes skis, bikes and directs amateur plays!