South West UK VMUG (3rd June 2014)

I think it's safe to say that the first South West VMUG back in February was very successful. Our next one will be held at the same venue (Bristol's mShed) on June 3rd 2014. We've got some good sessions lined up and we'd love to have as many of you along as possible. So, if you'd like a day of discussion and learning with lots of people from the virtualisation community, then please sign up via the VMUG site. Session Times Session Description 10:30:00 11:00:00    Registration / Coffee 11:00:00 11:15:00 Welcome and Introduction 11:15:00 12:00:00 VMware Session on vCAC 12:00:00 12:45:00 Nimble Storage (Nick Dyer) 12:45:00 13:30:00    Lunch / Vendor Area 13:30:00 14:15:00 vCD Experience … [Read more...]

vCHS in the UK

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I was fortunate and privileged recently to be invited to the UK launch event for VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service in the UK. The first of many planned deployments in the EMEA region for VMware. VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service became public in the US in September last year.  Swiftly afterwards, VMware announced their plans to bring the service to EMEA in 2014 and, as of Tuesday 25th February, it is generally available in Europe. Besides being a blogger, I'm also fortunate to work for a leading VMware Partner in EMEA (Xtravirt). As we're one of the few Hybrid Cloud certified partners (at the time of writing), I'm hoping to be working on some vCHS projects in the near future. Exciting! Why the UK and Why now? The feedback from EMEA … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Attend South West UK VMUG

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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 … [Read more...]

South West UK VMUG: Agenda

The official agenda has been released for the up-coming first South West UK VMUG. Registration is open now via our VMUG Community page. So, what's on? Time Agenda  9.45am - 10.00am  Registration for Free VMware Training Session and VCDX Practice Session delegates  10.00am - 12.00pm  Free VMware Training Session by Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick), and VCDX Practice Session by Craig Kilbourn (@Craig_Kilbourn)  12.00pm - 1.15pm  Main delegate registration, plus buffet lunch 1.15pm - 1.30pm  Welcome from the VMUG Leaders 1.30pm - 2.15pm  VMware Session - End User Computing by Peter von Oven (@pvo71) and Arash Ghazanfari  2.15pm - 3.00pm  Platinum Sponsor Vendor Session: Nutanix  3.00pm - … [Read more...]

Nimble Hobbit

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Want to see the new Hobbit movie for free, my precious? If you're an IT professional then Nimble Storage are offering you the chance to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for free on two dates in December. One is the 18th (in London), the other is the 19th (in Manchester). Follow this link to find out more: Nimble Storage Hobbit screening … [Read more...]

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WoPqS0EzBI&feature=youtu.be … [Read more...]

VMworld Europe 2013 – Partner Day

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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. 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 … [Read more...]

My VMworld Schedule

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Next 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 … [Read more...]

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. TIME EVENT LOCATION 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 … [Read more...]

Google Hangout with VMware EMEA, Joe Baguley and Paul Saffo (& vSpecialist!)

As part of it's 15 year birthday celebrations, VMware EMEA are hosting a Google Hangout where Jo, Paul and 5 other bloggers (including yours truly) will be having a live Q&A session about current and future IT trends. For more information from the VMware EMEA blog, see: http://www.vmwareemeablog.com/events-uk/hangout-with-joe-baguley-and-paul-saffo-to-hear-them-discuss-technology-past-present-and-future-1 Attending the hangout live will be: Joe Baguley - VMware EMEA CTO Paul Saffo - Futurologist - http://www.saffo.com (VMworld 2013 video) Patrick Sauerwein – Virtual Patrick - http://virtualpatrick.wordpress.com David Terrar – Business Two Zero - http://biztwozero.com Julian Wood – WoodITWork.com - … [Read more...]