New Role, New Challenge, Same Place!

Well, it's been a little while since I've done any blogging, but the last few months has been very hectic - leading up to my accepting a new role within my company as Director of IT Operations. When I joined Fusion back in 2012, there were several challenges around the effective use of IT to achieve business needs, and making the tools we used agile enough to meet the requirements of a market sector leader in IT Service Management. Now, after 2.5 years as a Managing Consultant and spending most of that time touching just about every business sector within the organisation doing IT transformation - including virtualization, private cloud and self-service automation, my new role represents the coming together of several strands of business … [Read more...]

Baby vSpecialist!

Just a quick one to congratulate my co-author of this blog, Jeremy, and his wife on their membership of the "new parents' club". Baby Bowman arrived last night weighing in at 6lbs 9oz (about 3kg). … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Attend South West UK VMUG


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...]

ThinApp Standalone SKU Reinstated


Every now again people have to go back on a decision that they've made and make a U-turn. At VMworld in Barcelona, VMware have announced a reversal of their decision earlier this year to discontinue the sale of ThinApp as a standalone product. After December 15th 2013 it would only have been possible to purchase ThinApp as a part of the Horizon Suite but these plans have now been binned and ThinApp will continue to be available as a standalone product. To be honest, I didn't know about the original announcement when it happened but it's nice that VMware have listened to feedback and changed their stance. VMTN Subscription anyone?? … [Read more...]

ThinApp 5.0 Gets 64-bit Support


ThinApp has been a version 4.x product almost since VMware acquired it in 2008. On Wednesday at VMworld version 5.0 was announced and it is expected to be generally available from the end of October 2013. With a major version bump like this you'd rightly expect some significant changes. Perhaps the most significant of these is the inclusion of support for virtualising 64-bit applications. There have also been some architectural changes to the level of virtualisation to increase and simplify application compatibility. Together these two enhancements are likely to mean that a greater range of applications can be virtualised - something that might have held some organisations back from adopting ThinApp in the past. One other thing … [Read more...]

vCOPS for View Free for Horizon Suite Customers


From the end of October 2013 (or thereabouts) vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View is to be included as a part of VMware's Horizon Suite. The Horizon Suite is currently comprised of 4 major components: Horizon View Horizon Workspace Horizon Mirage ThinApp Presumably this move is intended to act as an incentive for existing and potential EUC customers to adopt the entire Horizon Suite rather than build solutions that rely on only a subset of the components. … [Read more...]

vCAC 6.0 Announced

vCAC 6.0 was announced in Tuesday's General Session and it's expected to be generally available in mid-November 2013. For me, this is the most exciting announcement to come out of VMworld Europe. It's all about building, deploying and managing application catalogs. VMware acquired DynamicOps in mid-2012 and managed to rebrand and launch it as vCloud Automation Center 5.1 at VMworld last year. There has since been a 5.2 release but 6.0 includes some very significant changes. Two of the biggest are: Appliances! vCAC installation has historically been a bit of a pig. 5.2 has its own pre-requisite checker and a number of hoops to jump through to get it up and running. Jonathan Medd even recently produced a superb PowerShell script to … [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: 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...]