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: Attending the hangout live will be: Joe Baguley - VMware EMEA CTO Paul Saffo - Futurologist - (VMworld 2013 video) Patrick Sauerwein – Virtual Patrick - David Terrar – Business Two Zero - Julian Wood – - … [Read more...]

Fusion HR Link: Process Workflows & Automation

It's not often that we here at vSpecialist write-up specific vendor technologies, or blog about our workplaces. This is, after all, a generic virtualization blog where we discuss all aspects of IT. However, once in a while, interesting pieces of technological integration comes along that transcends the specific target audience and appeals to the wider IT audience as a whole due to the way the different elements fit together or a new approach. HR Link is one of those occasions. Before I start, in the interests of transparency, I need to point out that I work for Fusion Business Solutions, the developers of the HR Link integration application. HR Link is built on the BMC RemedyAR workflow platform. AR is short for the Action Request … [Read more...]

New UK VMUG Group: SW England

South West VMware User Group: The Facts, The Figures, And The Events The South West VMware User Group launches in the UK, bringing the best of VMware and the user community to The West, South West and South Wales. The leadership team is pleased to announce the South West VMware User Group (VMUG). Meeting in Bristol at the crossroads to the South West, The West Country, South Wales and the Midlands, meetings will begin early in 2014, to bring together virtualization customers, end users and enthusiasts in an informal social setting for discussion, learning and engagement. Social Media We are on Twitter, so please engage with us @SWUKVMUG or #SWUKVMUG. We also have a local presence on, where we will post meeting details and … [Read more...]

My VMworld 2013 Barcelona Schedule

With all the hype about VMworld US starting in a few days, I decided to make my first pass at a schedule plan for VMworld EMEA Barcelona in October. In the last 2 years, I didn't make enough use of the Partner sessions, so I've tried to add in more of those this year. Also, I've added more business-focused sessions, so now I have a more rounded mix of technical, partner and business focus. So, my schedule as it is at the moment looks like this: Monday: PAR6419 - VMware Partner Network: Partnerships Built for You and Your Customers PAR4496 - VMware Purchasing Programs: Giving Your Customers Flexibility in Aquiring VMware Technology PAR6394 - Make Every Euro Count: Effective Marketing that Drives … [Read more...]

London VMUG – July 4th 2013

Registration is now open for the London VMUG Meeting on 4th July 2013! 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 Atlantis Computing and Veeam. 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! Community Speakers: • Fernando Frediani - Build Your Own Shared Storage • Steve Bruck - SSO SOS • Sam McGeown - PowerCLI Tips and Scripts • Seb Hakiel - 4000-seat VDI Lessons • Julian Wood - VDI roundtable Discussion • Simon Gallagher - Hybrid vCloud Reaction Sponsor Speakers: • … [Read more...]

Calling all South West and South Wales VMware Users!

Are you based in the South West or the West of the England, or in South Wales or the borders area? If so, wants to hear from you! There has been much discussion recently about how VMware users and supporters in these areas can feed into the VMUG communities, and support the great work done by Aleric (@alaricdavies), Jane (@Rimmergram), Stuart (@Virtual_Stu) and Simon (@vinf_net) at the London VMUG. We at vSpecialist, along with Simon Eady (@simoneady) are trying to gather details from locals in the South and West of England and Wales with a view to promoting the VMUG communities / groups, chatting with like minded professionals, enjoying a local #vBeers or 2 and maybe persuade more visitors to visit the London VMUG … [Read more...]

London VMUG – April 25th 2013

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! 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, … [Read more...]

Virtual Machine User Group Meeting – 12th March 2013

I'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 … [Read more...]

First London VMUG of 2013 – Register Now!

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. It's well worth … [Read more...]