About Jane Rimmer

Virtualization marketing veteran, CTXS & VMW, 2010-2016 London & UK VMUG Leader, vExpert 2011/12/13/14/15/16, owner of hiviz-marketing, 2 kids, 4 horses, 3 dogs & husband.

Citrix UK UG – 21 again!

[UPDATE 12 July] The UKCUG has posted their blog about the event, that includes the link for all presenters’ slide decks.  Thanks also Andrew Wood for the shout out at the end of your post to this post!! Read the post here.

I attended the 21st Citrix UK User Group meeting yesterday with one of my clients, the Diamond sponsor, Liquidware. I’ve know the majority of the committee – Jim Moyle, Andrew Wood and Neil Spellings – for many years and it’s always great to catch up.

Andrew kicked the meeting off with a welcome and recap of Citrix Synergy. Some of the audience had attended the event back in May and I got the impression that, in general, there was a buzz around the event that may have been missing in recent years. There were a lot of new announcements, as you’d expect, a summary of which can be read here.

What I really like about the CUGC UK meetings is they stream the meetings – via Go-to-Meeting – to enable folks to listen in that can’t attend a meeting in Central London.

Tweet from committee member Chris Marks

After Andrew’s intro, Al Taylor delivered a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and informative session from a field perspective on The Great SD-WAN Bake-Off. After Al, Nigel Woods from FSLogix spoke about their Office365 caching solution. The coffee break – which was held in the boiling atrium at the Barbican 🙁 – was a chance to speak with the attendees before we re-grouped for a fascinating session on GDPR: A Techie’s Perspective by James Rankin and Jim Moyle.

Sessions from Steve Atkinson and Rachel Berry followed on Remote Access and IoT respectively.

After lunch Luke Dynowski of multi-national law firm Clyde & Co LLP shared his trials and tribulations of managing EUC across the globe, always good to hear from a customer!

Mark Plettenberg from LoginVSI then delivered the key findings of the VDILikeaPro VDI/SBC State of the Nation survey. I think the survey yielded some interesting results and, with over 580 respondents, it is statistically viable. However, I also think the folks involved make the data very skewed. I believe if you had a group mainly focused in the VMware space conducting a similar survey the results would be quite different – #justsaying!

Dave Johnson from Liquidware then spoke about their solutions and, specifically, about a great customer story, Informa, who are undertaking a multi-faceted desktop transformation project, including Citrix, physical and Amazon WorkSpaces – fascinating!

Unfortunately I then had to leave – although the diabolical disruption at Paddington meant I should’ve stayed for the Kevin Goodman session and his sponsored beers afterwards!!

In summary, I love the diversity of the Citrix User Group agenda; there really is something for everyone in my opinion, so why not try to attend their next meeting in September, currently scheduled for 27th.

All slide-decks will be posted soon, so check out http://www.citrixug.org.uk/

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Does a Broader Church Impact the Congregation?

I had an interesting conversation with a long time VMUG member at yesterday’s London VMUG meeting. He’d not been to a meeting in a while and felt that some of the content and sponsors weren’t relevant, at least not to him in his role (specifically vSphere focused). In talking to one of the sponsors, BlueMedora, who operate on top of vRops – which this particular member doesn’t use – he said this highlighted the lack of relevance of a VMUG meeting for him.

I commented that perhaps VMware is becoming less relevant in today’s IT stack and he countered that with so many differing solutions, perhaps folks like him are looking at more niche type events.

However, on further cogitation I don’t believe that VMware is becoming less relevant per se, just that other options are becoming more prevalent. What I do think, however, is that whilst the VMware community is still strong and passionate, VMUG itself is, perhaps, becoming less relevant.

With the recent “VMUG Gate” issues surrounding Nutanix and then the communications debacle around the announcement of VMUG becoming part of Dell Technologies User Community, perhaps VMUG itself is at risk of demise due to trying to be a broader ‘church’? I recently spoke to one of my colleagues in the Nordic region about a decline in meeting attendance and with numbers on the low side in London too, especially considering Frank Denneman was on the agenda, maybe VMUG itself needs to adapt and morph to remain relevant?

Perhaps there needs to be different tracks for different interests; one for traditional ol’ vSphere-ites and one for the fanbois of all things new and shiny, and not necessarily just VMware?

Would love to hear other folks’ view on this post and hopefully it won’t blacklist me from a potential 2018 vExpert inclusion 😉

In closing, this tweet from last night’s Luxury vBeers reminded me that whilst there are corporate politics and bureaucracy, the community will always win through!

 

 

 

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London VMUG Meeting 22nd June – Deep Dives, Servers for Serverless & More!

Really looking forward to the London VMUG meeting next week. Great agenda and good sponsor sessions, with key draw being Frank Denneman’s keynote regarding VMware Cloud on AWS, plus his session with Niels Hagoort on their forthcoming book, VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resource Deep Dive. Also looking forward to Julian Wood’s session on servers for serverless – is that an oxymoron?!

Agenda:

You can register here and don’t forget luxury vBeers post meeting, they are awesome and held at Fourpure. Unfortunately, due to hubby’s birthday, I won’t be able to go, boo hoo 🙁 but you WILL have an awesome time, especially if the weather is good and you sit outside – enjoy!

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Politics, HCI and Social Media FUD

[update]

My Twitter and Facebook timelines have been swamped lately with conflicting posts. Conflicting because of differing – and confusing – opinions. Twitter has been full of the HPE/Nutanix #Dare2Compare ‘campaign’ and Facebook has been full of Labour/Conservative bollocks. Excuse the language but that’s really how I see it. I’m comparing the two because, to me, they represent the same thing – one side trying to get ‘one up or over’ the other by means of one-sided ‘facts’. The old saying “Lies, damned lies and statistics” has never been truer right now.

The one thing that I do know for sure is they all lie. Either deliberately or by twisting the truth. For the first time in my voting history I’ve no idea how to vote in tomorrow’s General Election – both main parties are led by liars and both their manifestos contain content that is so not relevant and a priority currently. On one side you have a pacifist and on the other you have a windsock debate ducker – neither of whom are showing great leadership skills in my opinion. Politically, I don’t think we’d be in this situation if the Referendum campaign had not been so full of lies – on both sides. And the people that led the charge – and won – then buggered off and left others to pick up their mess. So who knows what tomorrow will bring, but I’ve never felt more concerned for my country, and the world at large, than I do right now. I will vote tomorrow, too many people suffered to enable me to have this freedom, so I won’t shirk that responsibility, but where oh where to place that cross…………

Honestly, right now I’m sick of it, social media that is. I’m finding all the posts totally unprofessional and unnecessary. In the case of HPE/Nutanix, I’ve not been a fan of some Nutants’ posts and Twitter rants in the past, but I honestly didn’t expect HPE to stoop to the levels they have with their Dare2Compare campaign. Don’t they see all they’re doing is giving Nutanix airtime? I once fired a client because they wanted to go head-to-head against the market leader in a ‘trade-in’ campaign. I’ve never seen these work and just wouldn’t be party to it! Suffice it to say, they tried, failed and the sales leader that led that particular initiative got fired!

I’ve not always seen eye-to-eye with Josh Odgers on Twitter but can’t ignore his passion and enthusiasm to highlight the inaccuracies of the HPE claims, as this post demonstrates.

I would like to think that all involved in both these scenarios are doing and saying what they are because they truly believe they’re doing the right thing for their audience. But that isn’t the main reason in my view; Nutanix and HPE are doing what they’re doing because – yes I’m sure they believe what they’re individually saying -but because of shareholder value. May and Corbyn are doing what they’re doing to get their party into power which may not be the best thing for the people of this country.

On a lighter note, I’m registered for the London VMUG on 22nd June and hope to see many vPeeps there! Register here.

 

 

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Top Virtualization Blogs 2017 Nominations Open

 

Eric Siebert has opened his nominations for this year’s top blogs. He has, again, included a Female Bloggers category, as he did last year. Unfortunately, last year there were hardly any entrants (two to be precise; me and Melissa aka vMiss) and so Eric cancelled the category, as explained in this tweet:

The cancellation of the category led to some rather harsh commentary, in my opinion. The comment in Gina’s post – “Besides the fact that he could only think of two lady bloggers to include in his annual list, this statement: We need to cultivate more female bloggers just rubbed me the wrong way” – is incorrect in my view. Eric could think of many more than two I’m sure, and his comment was most sincere and meant in a very supportive way, but if you don’t nominate your blog won’t be listed – simples!

Therefore, I hope this year there will be no such discussions and that all the vLadies out there will submit nominations for their blogs.

As with anything like this, you have to ‘be in it to win it’. So, if you have a blog, whatever your gender, then please nominate yourself, here are the categories:

  • Favorite New Blog– Blog must have been started in 2016
  • Favorite Storage Blog– Must have greater than 50% posts as storage related
  • Favorite Independent Blogger– Must not work for VMware or a Technology Partner (i.e. EMC, Dell, IBM, Unitrends, etc.), basically this means customers, resellers and integrators only.
  • Favorite Scripting/Automation Blog– Must have greater than 50% posts as scripting/automation related
  • Favorite Non-English Blog– Must be primarily published in a non-English language
  • Favorite Podcast– Easy one, you must have a podcast
  • Favorite Female Blogger– Special recognition for women in tech, must be a female blogger
  • Favorite News/Information Site– Any site that primarily publishes news and information and is not really a blog

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

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