Yesterday was the second annual UK National VMware User Conference that we, the London VMUG Steering Committee (Alaric Davies, Stuart Thompson, Simon Gallagher and me) had the pleasure of staging for our members, new and old alike, at the National Motorcycle Museum. This year we had 496 registrations with 396 attendees, making this the most successful official VMUG outside of North America. The vRockstars in attendance made it, according to many tweets, like a mini-VMworld! We had Joe Baguley, Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Mike Laverick, Alan Renouf, William Lam, Cormac Hogan, Hugo Phan, Aiden Dagleish and Matt Steiner from VMware, we had Darren Woollard, Julian Wood, Jonathan Medd, Chris Dearden, Ricky El-Qasem and Tom Howarth from the community. And of course, we have our VIP keynote speaker, Mr Scott Lowe!
In his opening remarks, Alaric asked for tweets to register appreciation at #ukvmugyay and for things that could be improved at #ukvmugboo, suffice it to say there were only a few boo’s, one from Simon Long because we had to cut short a coffee break 🙂
The team from VMUG HQ in Chicago helped us to stage this awesome event and we, of course, couldn’t do these events without our sponsors and we appreciate their support and commitment to VMUGs.
L-R Julian Wood, Mike Laverick, Duncan Epping, Martyn Storey, William Lam, Alan Renouf, Scott Lowe, Lee Dillworth, Frank Denneman
The venue did us proud this year with a very solid wifi network, for both attendees and sponsors, and the catering was definitely a few notches above what I endured at VMworld Barcelona 🙂
One of the highlights of the event was the community area on the raised balcony at the back of the sponsors hall. We had some great interactions with attendees along with our vRockstars. Another subtle, but well received, addition was the Twitterboards around the sponsors hall, great idea from fellow committee member Simon Gallagher!! Simon also was the driving force behind the Mock VCDX session, which I was pleased to take part in (well, have my picture taken anyway!)
Scott Lowe’s closing keynote was a thought provoking, inspiring, end to an amazing day.
You can find slides from the day at box.net/londonug, visit it regularly for updated presentation uploads.
The next London VMUG is January 24th, 2013, put that date in your diary NOW!
To see what you missed from the day, the agenda can be seen here 🙂
L – R : Stuart Thompson, Alaric Davies, Scott Lowe, Simon Gallagher, Jane Rimmer