It only seems 5 minutes ago that we had the last London VMware User Group. However the Members of the Committee have done a sterling job and have already planned and scheduled for the 14th July. I don’t know how they find the time to do this and do their day jobs!
The London VMUG is evolving and has moved from a gentleman’s afternoon of virtualisation delight, through the heady days of the 11:30 M. Renouf sessions, to what can only be described as a mini conference. They now have two tracks, multiple sponsors (Arista Networks, Embotics and Vision Solutions), a VMware vCenter Operations focused lab and a even a Genius Bar staffed by real VMware just waiting to answer your questions
I was introduced to Embotics at the recent TechFieldDay event I attended in Boston and found their approach to management interesting, but more on that in a later post.
If you haven’t attended a VMUG before I strongly recommend you do, these contrary to what you boss might think are not “jollys”. The VMUG can and should be seen as an free training or education day, couple this with the fact that you can rub shoulders with the best of the UK virtualisation and Storage experts and take the chance to ask them your questions too really do in my opinion make this a must attend event..
I think that Julian Wood succinctly sums it up with the following taken of his site’s VMUG notification.
The value of the presentations and labs is obvious but there’s also a huge amount of information to be gathered from other attendees. Meet some people, ask some questions, use the community and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can find an answer to that burning issue that’s been plaguing you for weeks. It all ends with arguably the best networking opportunity possible, an evening in the pub where you can really get the low down on all things VMware.
So register but do be quick there are limited places http://www.myvmug.org/e/in/eid=84
Below is the agenda, personally I am looking forward to the session on SRM by Mike Laverick and Mr Renouf’s very capable stand in Jonathon Medd’s PowerCLI session, both these two deeply understand what they are presenting and are both Published authors on their listed subjects.
The VMUG as always is hosted at the Chamber of Commerce at 33 Queens St
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Welcome, Alaric Davies, Chairman
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Cloudvision for the Virtualised Environment, John Peach, Arista Networks, Sention System Architect
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Private Cloud Management Made Simple, Martin Sajkowski, Embotics, EMEA Operations & Colin Jacks Senior Solutions Specialist
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Break in Sponsor Expo
12:15 p.m. – 13:00 p.m.– Double-Take by Vision Solutions – Christian Willis, Technical Director: Meeting the Availability Challenges of physical, Virtual and Geographically Dispersed Systems
13:00 p.m. – 14:00 p.m.– Lunch in Sponsor Expo
14:00 p.m. – 14:50 p.m. – vCOPS Advanced, Mark Stockham, VMware
15:00 p.m. – 15:50 p.m. – SRM Futures, Mike Laverick
16:00 p.m. – 16:50 p.m.- Cloud: Can You Compete? Mark Craddock
14:00 p.m. – 14:50 p.m. – Thinking, Building & Scripting Globally, Julian Wood
15:00 p.m. – 15:50 p.m. – Managing IT as We Evolve to Cloud Computing, Colin Fernandez, VMware
16:00 p.m. – 16:50 p.m. – How to Save your Time With PowerCLI, Jonathan Medd
17:00 p.m. – Close
17:00 p.m. – Onward Drinks at Pavilion End