Mystery, Intrigue and CSR

So, the mystery is how on earth are we now in March and I’ve not blogged since November?! Well, that’s easy to answer, have been soooo busy with a new client. And that’s the intrigue, they’re coming out of stealth at Cloud Field Day on 5 April, so can’t share that bit yet – they’re the ones listed as “secret company” 🙂 Now, to the corporate social responsibility part of this blog. I’ve just spoken to one of their customers today for a case study and supporting quote for the launch press release and it opened my eyes even more to the power of this technology.

While many companies endeavor to be cognizant of CSR, it’s often hard, particularly for a start up to focus on this, beyond compliance and statutory requirements at least. However, when your technology enables customers to deliver considerable CSR when deploying technology is really powerful. Imagine delivering a SaaS-type model where there is no Internet connectivity, yet being able to provide productivity applications and then sync when the Internet is available? There are many remote regions that don’t have connectivity, such as war-torn areas. There are facilities that actively remove connectivity to the outside world and yet people residing in these facilities are looking to better themselves, perhaps through online education. Imagine being able to deliver these users the same experience as those in the connected world and making them an equal ‘digital citizen’? That’s a real CSR tick in the box in my opinion.

I am so excited about this new client and the possibilities their technology will deliver but have to remain shtum for the time being. It’s been a real pleasure working with Stephen Foskett and his team to prepare for the unveiling on 5 April. Having observed other companies’ success since coming out of stealth at Tech Field day events, I know we’re in very good company, Zerto and Nutanix to name but two. Stephen is well known in our industry and watching previous live streams of vendor discussions I also know it’s a very slick operation and will give my client an inordinate amount of coverage through the delegates social media activity, both during and after the event. The delegate list is a very strong one and good to see a couple of London VMUG members participating, namely Michelle Laverick and Chris Porter and a previous London VMUG presenter too in the guise of Chris Evans!

The team asked me if I’d attend the event, which I would LOVE to go out to the Valley again as not been for a couple of years. However, I do have my other passion to take care of – no, not my other clients, well yes I do……. but for those that know me well, it’s my horses, of course 🙂

Am also cognizant that I may well be using the vExpert URL shortener for the last time with this post 🙁 vExpert announcements are due out this Friday and while I still play a part in the VMware community around VMUGs, my involvement has not been as strong as in previous years. Thus, I won’t be surprised – but still disappointed – if I’m not selected a vExpert for 2018. I am very proud of having been one continuously since 2011 and being part of the community is a very important part of my professional life, so fingers crossed…. Good luck to all nominees!!

July 9th London VMUG meeting

We’ve got a great line up for you for our summer meeting, prior to the ‘big bang’ to the end of the year with the UK VMUG UserCon at the National Motorcycle Museum in November!

We’re excited to welcome back 2 of our January vFACTOR community speakers, Chris Porter and Alec Dunn, along with longstanding community speaker and London VMUG supporter, Ricky El Qasem.  We also have a special guest speaker, Frank Denneman!  Frank offered to speak to our members about his journey to public speaking after learning that the vFACTOR speakers in January were somewhat in awe of having to follow his keynote presentation for PernixData!

Thanks as always to our sponsors, Zerto, ShavlikCumulus Networks and lab sponsor Sumerian.  A quick shout out to Cumulus Networks – who had expressed an interest in being a sponsor earlier in the year.  However, at the time, we were committed to another silver sponsor who, unfortunately, let us down.  So, after a quick call to Ian Little, we’re pleased and thankful to have Cumulus sponsor us for the very first time!

Here’s the current agenda, you will notice we’re finishing earlier than usual.  Our chairman, Alaric, has arranged a special vBeers brewery event for attending VMUG members, more details to follow.  There will be an EventBrite registration page for this ‘extra curricula’ activity, so stay tuned to London VMUG on Twitter! UPDATE: Here’s the link to LUXURY vBeers no less!!


Capital A Capital B Central
0830 – 0945 E  V  E  N  T     R  E  G   I  S  T  R  A  T  I  O  N
1000 – 1015 W e l c o m e
1015 – 1100 Zerto
1100 – 1145 Frank Denneman – My Journey to Public Speaking
1145 – 1215 B r e a k      i n      T h a m e s      S u i t e
1215 – 1300 Ben Ward, VMware – How to manage and complement your Citrix environment with VMware Horizon Management Bundle Ricky El-Qasem – vCloud Director: Missing You Already Sumerian Lab – Capacity Planning for the SDDC
1300 – 1400 L u n c h
1400 – 1450 Shavlik  Mischa Peters, Systems Engineer, Cumulus Networks – VMware Modernization with Open Networking
1500 – 1550 Mike Laverick, VMware – Under the bedsheets with EVO:RAIL Alec Dunn – Home Lab in <100W
Chris Porter – From Zero to Ravello
Sumerian Lab – Capacity Planning for the SDDC
1600 – 1615 C l o s e
1615 – 2000 vBeers


What are you waiting for? Register here to secure your place, see you in July!