24th January London VMUG Rimmary


Whew, another successful London VMUG in the bag; we, the committee, can now chill-ax – well for a short while.  Planning will start soon for the next London VMUG Meeting (April 25th) and, of course, the UK VMware User Conference scheduled for November 21st – put both of those dates in your diaries now! Lots of tweets during and after the VMUG demonstrated that our members were very happy with the agenda and content.  Our sponsors were Nutanix, 10Zig and Zerto and all provided great presentations demonstrating their solutions and how they are solving real-world issues today. All presentations can be located at box.com/londonug and for those that couldn’t get into Eric Sloof’s oversubscribed HA Deep Dive, we will also be publishing the recording to Eric’s YouTube channel before too long. I was delighted that we could recognize all our community contributors for their presentations from last year. With 4 people going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty – Steve Bryen, Ricky El-Qasem, Gregg Robertson and Darren Woollard – all receiving Amazon vouchers for their efforts. I found the time to sit in on the EUC Panel, moderated by Brian Gammage with the panel consisting of our own Simon Gallagher, Mike Laverick, Simon Long and Spencer Pitts from VMware and Julian Wood, a consistent contributor to our London VMUG and regular member attendee.  The discussions were lively and, I thought, well moderated by Brian.  Was 2012 the year of VDI?  Will 2013 be the year of VDI?  Well, neither because it’s not a destination folks, it’s a journey and the penetration of virtualized desktops will continue as end-user computing (EUC) solutions provide the solution from a USER’S perspective, not IT’s 🙂

Finally, we gave our chair, Alaric Davies, an early birthday present – he celebrated a “BIG OH” (versus  Big Data!)  birthday on Saturday and, as he participates on the VMware Forums as Piglet, the present reflected that pseudonym 🙂 See you all in April!