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Come along for my first VMUG Presentation! #LonVMUG 23rd Jan 2014

Its that time of year again, when we all look forward to the imminent arrival of our local VMUG. In my case it’s the Spring London VMUG being held next Thursday the 23rd January 2014, at 33 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AP. Unusually (and slightly nerve wracking-ly) for me this time, I am actually going to be presenting!

For those of you who haven’t previously attended, a VMUG is a great place to:

  • Meet and swap ideas with like minded virtualisation professionals and put real faces to all thee people you already know from the Twitters!
  • See some great presentations from other community members on both technology and experiences, such as LEGO’s recent data centre migration.
  • Attend vendor presentations on new and existing technologies / products, which this month includes technical heavyweight Frank Denneman talking about PernixData’s Flash Virtualization Platform.

My session will be a 10 minute lightning talk on my experiences with my Intel NUC Nanolab. I was a little nervous about it, right up until I found out I am going to be following Frank Denneman on stage, so now I’m bricking it! I would probably describe the situation as being like watching a Rolling Stones gig, then some random school kid wanders on stage with a tired old Squier Strat and vaguely bangs out a tune, but I’ll do my best!

Of course, after the VMUG it is tradition for us all to pop along to a local watering hole to set the virtualisation and tech worlds to rights, over a few vBeers. If you can spare the time these are great things to attend.

However you look at it VMUGs are great FREE events, organised in their spare time by some very generous people. If you can get the time out of the office, and make it to the venue you won’t be disappointed!

If you see me at the London VMUG or the subsequent vBeers, don’t hesitate to come and say hi; you cant miss me, I’m 6’7″! 🙂

Register here: London VMUG

UK VMUG – 21st November 2013

Just a quick reminder about the upcoming UK VMUG at the National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road Bickenhill, Solihull, B92 0EJ on 21st November (kicking off the night before with the Veeam vCurry for those in the area – registration required I believe).

For those of you who haven’t previously attended, a VMUG is a great place to:

  • Meet and swap ideas with other virtualisation professionals in the community. A great opportunity to put real faces to all those twitterati with whom you have had many conversations with over time, but aren’t quite sure what they actually look like (especially if they’re particularly selective about which photos they use)! 🙂
  • See some great presentations from other community members. Some of my most memorable have been things like the community discussion after the announcement of vCHS, network virtualisation from Greg Ferro (one of the best tech presentations I’ve been fortunate enough to attend, anywhere!), and Scott Lowe’s inspiring closing keynote on learning at last years event.
  • See some very interesting vendor presentation. Usually there are a variety so its a good way to keep up on the latest developments. Also they help pay for the events, so love em or hate em, the vendors make it possible!

The agenda is available here:
UK VMUG Agenda – 21st Nov 2013

I’m most looking forward to Knowledge Exchange by Duncan Epping (last years one was very interesting) and VMware Virtual SAN – All You Wanted to Know by Cormac Hogan. Unfortunately they’re both scheduled at the same time, so will have to make a call on the day! 🙁

Greg Ferro is also a great speaker, so his closing keynote is one to stay for.

Of the other sessions, I think the following look very interesting:

  • Securing VMware Virtual Environments, Sam McGeown
  • Introduction to Overlay Networking, Greg Ferro
  • NSX Technical, VMware – Scott Lowe
  • Data In; Data Out – vCHS, VMware – Mike Laverick

As always the quality and choice means I will ultimately end up missing some sessions due to not being able to be in two places at once. An enviable position when you think about it!

However you look at it, VMUGs are great FREE events organised in their spare time by some very generous people (Jane Rimmer, Alaric Davies, Stuart Thompson, Simon Gallagher & Martyn Storey). If you can get the time out of the office, and make it to the venue I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Register for UK VMUG here, get the latest news by following @LonVMUG on Twitter and don’t forget to join in the conversation throughout the day using the hashtag #ukvmug

If you see me at the UK VMUG or (if I make it) the vCurry night before, don’t hesitate to come and say hi; you cant miss me, I’m 6’7″!

London VMUG – 4th July 2013

Its that time of year again, when we all look forward to the imminent arrival of our local VMUG. In my case it’s the Summer London VMUG being held next Thursday the 4th of July 2013 at 33 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AP.

For those of you who haven’t previously attended, a VMUG is a great place to:

  • Meet and swap ideas with other virtualisation professionals in the community. A great opportunity to put real faces to all those twitterati with whom you have had many conversations with over time, but aren’t quite sure what they actually look like (especially if they’re particularly selective about which photos they use)! 🙂
  • See some great presentations from other community members. Some of my most memorable have been things like network virtualisation from Greg Ferro (one of the best tech presentations I’ve been fortunate enough to attend, anywhere!), converged networking from Julian Wood of wooditwork.com, and the standing room only presentation from the inimitable Mike Laverick, talking about his 42U “home” lab!
  • Attend vendor presentations on new and existing technologies / products. These can be a real mixed bag IMHO. I’ve seen some truly awesome presentations on tech which I would definitely be interested to deploy, as well as some right shockers where half the audience was nearly asleep! Either way these events don’t pay for themselves, so spending 45 minutes at a presentation from a vendor which has the potential to turn out to be really useful, is worth it for the great event they help to fund.

Of course, after the VMUG it is tradition for us all to pop along to a local watering hole to set the virtualisation and tech worlds to rights, over a few vBeers. Once again, if you can spare the time these are great things to attend. The number of things I’ve learned, and great people I’ve met though these events have made it an event I look forward to each quarter. The fact that you might get a free pint on top is just an added bonus!!!

However you look at it, VMUGs are great FREE events organised in their spare time by some very generous people. If you can get the time out of the office, and make it to the venue you won’t be disappointed!

Register for London VMUG here, get the latest news by following @LonVMUG on Twitter and don’t forget to join in the conversation throughout the day using the hashtag #lonvmug

If you see me at the London VMUG or the subsequent vBeers, don’t hesitate to come and say hi; you cant miss me, I’m 6’7″!

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