UKVMUG 2015 – Loved it, but…

That's the fifth UKVMUG done with, and the first one that I've ever presented at. I loved it, it was a great day. The highlights for me (or what I did): Joe Baguley's opening keynote - great as ever (even though I saw some of it in TechSummit a couple of weeks ago).  Joe is a very inspiring speaker, and I'm not just saying that because he's my boss (a few times removed). Listening without a hangover this time, there were some interesting things that I took away from it. Eric Wright's session on OpenStack and VMware. Great to meet a fellow vBrownBag guy and good content too. An idea Josh Atwell gave me for some future blog postings over lunch. Picking the brains of Andy Jenkins and Robbie Jerom about Docker and Cloud Native Apps Ricky … [Read more...]

Don’t miss the UK VMUG!

In just over a week, on Thursday 19th November, a few hundred virtualisation professionals from the UK (and further afield too) will be descending on the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham once again for the UKVMUG. Although I've been a regular attendee of the UKVMUG in the past, this will be the first time that I'll be presenting. Along with my former Xtravirt colleagues, Jonathan Medd and Sam McGeown, we'll be talking about our collective experiences working on a number of major cloud automation projects. Aside from presenting and networking, I'm also looking forward to the other sessions. Some of highlights of the agenda are: Joe Baguley's opening keynote - I think I had a preview of it at VMware's TechSummit last week, I … [Read more...]

Last chance to register for South West UK VMUG

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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.      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): Plus some Pluralsight passes: Registration is open until Monday. … [Read more...]

South West UK VMUG (9th September 2014)

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How 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 Gold Sponsors    And to top it … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

LonVMUG 23rd January 2014

First VMUG of the year*. That has a nice sound to it. Full of promises for lots of good events to come. The lovely folks who organise the London VMUG look to be putting on a super first event for 2014 and I'm looking forward to it. As well as having a distinctly "cloudy" flavour to it, there's a series of lightning talks on home labs scheduled. I know that the committee have been debating a trial of this format for a while now because I've suggested it a time or two myself. It works very well at CloudCamp (which, coincidentally, is on the same day but starting at 6:30pm - register for it here if you're interested) and I hope it will fit in very nicely here too. Track A Track B 0830 - 0945 Event Reception 1000 - … [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...]

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...]