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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London VMUG July 9th – A Rimmary

Despite there being a tube strike and many people unable to make it, we had one of the best London VMUG meetings for a while.  We still had around 7 new member attendees and we were pleased to host fellow VMUG leader, Eric Lee, all the way from Kansas City.  Hey if Eric managed to make it all the way from the US, a tube strike wasn’t going to stop our hardcore members from making it either!

Our first keynote was from our gold sponsor Zerto, a long standing supporter of London VMUG and Chris Snell shared with the group how to build a perfect DR Solution.

 

We were lucky to have Frank Denneman as our keynote speaker.  As you all know, Frank is super super technical but technology was not the focus of his presentation.  Back at our January meeting Frank presented a keynote as his company, PernixData was our gold sponsor.  Following his session then were our 4 vFACTOR community speakers.  They shared with me they felt a little intimidated have to follow Frank.  In a conversation with Frank a few months later I shared this with him and, kudos to his humility, he stated he was surprised and so offered to share his journey on public speaking at a future London meeting.  So, thank you Frank for, in this instance, being a community speaker and sharing your experiences with our members, your time was much appreciated by us, the committee, and our members.

Alaric declared “miking up the new community speaker!”

Excellent point Frank!

 

We then had Ben Ward from VMware discussing complementing Citrix with the new Horizon View bundle and Ricky El Qasem and David Balharrie hosting an interactive vCD missing you already session.  After a quick break, we resumed with our two silver sponsors, Shavlik and Cumulus Networks discussing comprehensive patch management and modernizing VMware networking respectively.  Alongside these sessions, our lab sponsor Sumerian conducted hands on capacity planning for the SDDC sessions. As always, we can’t do these meetings with the generosity of our sponsors, so thanks to Zerto, Shavlik, Cumulus Networks and Sumerian.

The sponsor sessions were followed by 2 of our previous vFACTOR presenters, Alec Dunn and Chris Porter talking home labs and Ravello Systems. Great job guys, thanks for putting the “u” into VMUG!!

Unfortunately, I missed a lot of the afternoon sessions because I was on a reccy for a new home for us.  Yes, after over 7 years of being at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, they are closing their doors, so we need a new home for 2016 and beyond meetings.  After some intense research, I discovered TechUK – a trade association for UK technology – is based in London and have meeting facilities very similar to the LCC.  It is amazing to be able to find a venue in central London that isn’t an arm and a leg to hire and the great thing is VMware is a member of TechUK!  We are excited about our new home but sad to be leaving the LCC – Alaric in his closing remarks asked Agata from the Chambers to come and receive a round of applause for all her hard work and efforts in hosting our meetings for all these years – it was emosh!!  So our January meeting – 21st, put it in your diary – will be held at TechUK, 10 Saint Bride Street, just off Fleet Street.

We left early for a special vBeers event – superbly arranged by Alaric and Matt Northam and kindly sponsored by Nutanix, 10ZiG and Bitdefender.  It was perfect weather for sitting outside (albeit we were in the Bermondsey Industrial Estate!) drinking 9 different types of beer, noshing gourmet hotdogs – a perfect end to a perfect day.

Picture credit: Kimberly Delgado

Heading back to Waterloo was a synch, as the tube strike had finished and the roads were not too busy.

For all presentations please visit box.com/londonug, for pics of the day visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to keep abreast of all things London VMUG!

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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!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/london-vmug-luxury-vbeers-tickets-17258717288

 

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!

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January 22nd London VMUG meeting

No sooner are Christmas and the New Year celebrations over, we’re back with a bang and arranging an awesome line up for our London VMUG members at our January 22nd meeting.  We’re back to our usual venue, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry – they look after us so well and it’s a great central London location, so why change?!

January 22nd will highlight the ‘crème de la crème’ of the vFACTOR submissions, with lightning talks from Philip Coakes, Alec Dunn, Dave Simpson, Gareth Edwards and Chris Porter. After the success of having GSS at the User Conference in Birmingham, they’re back to host 2 sessions.  We’re also delighted to welcome back Frank Denneman from PernixData, along with his customer, Cloudhelix to tell us about best practices for deployed decoupled storage in a cloud environment.  Next up on the sponsorship side are Simplivity and Unitrends who will tell us about converged infrastructure and datacentre failover respectively.  We’ve also got the Xtravirt team in the Lab sessions, running a tech preview of their SaaS solution, SONAR, for vSphere on demand analytics and reporting.  With Docker, devops and SDDC in the real world sessions from VMware, it’s an agenda not to be missed.  So, what are you waiting for, register here now!

We’ll close the day with traditional vBeers at the Pavilion End, kindly sponsored by 10ZIG – thanks guys!

AGENDA: (this is an update to the one that is currently on vmug.com)

Capital A Capital B Central Room
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 Frank Denneman, PernixData  & James Leavers, Cloudhelix –  FVP Software in a real-world environment
1100 – 1145 vFactor Lightning Talks – Philip Coakes, Alec Dunn, Dave Simpson, Gareth Edwards, Chris Porter
1145 – 1215 B r e a k      i n      T h a m e s      S u i t e
1215 – 1300 Robbie Jerrom, VMware – What is Docker and Where Does VMware Fit? VMware GSS Xtravirt Lab – SONAR Tech Preview – an easy-to-use SaaS service providing on-demand vSphere automated analytics and reporting
1300 – 1400 L u n c h
1400 – 1450 Simplivity – Stuart Gilks, Making Sense of Converged Infrastructure Unitrends – Ian Jones, Datacentre Failover
1500 – 1550 Dave Hill, VMware – 5 Starting Points for Cloud Adoption Andy Jenkins, VMware – Cloud Native @ VMware – Give your developers & ops teams everything they want without losing control Xtravirt Lab – SONAR Tech Preview – an easy-to-use SaaS service providing on-demand vSphere automated analytics and reporting
1550 – 1600 B r e a k      i n      T h a m e s      S u i t e
1600 – 1650 VMware GSS Phil Monk, VMware, Bringing SDDC to Life – A Real World Deployment with Michael Poore Xtravirt Lab – SONAR Tech Preview – an easy-to-use SaaS service providing on-demand vSphere automated analytics and reporting
1700 – 1715 C l o s e
1715 vBeers – Pavilion End – sponsored by 10ZIG

 

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