First London VMUG meeting of the year in the bag


As posted previously, it only seems like yesterday that we wrapped up the UK User Conference at the National Motorcycle Museum and now the first London VMUG meeting is also a wrap!

The feedback from sponsors – PernixData, 10ZiG and Nimble Storage – speakers and members alike was really positive and, as always, a great vBeers followed, with some leaving early to also attend Cloud Camp London.

We had some great community speakers, lightning talks for the first time and an automation panel – all ‘mixing it up’ to add diversification to invoke interaction.  A benchmark of success for me is analyzing the twitter stream, both during and after, and this meeting was another rip roaring success in my book!

A highlight of Alaric’s intro for me was recognising all our community speakers from 2013, and awarding the top 3 sessions with a token of our appreciation, 3rd place went to VMUG noobie presenter, Sam McGeown, 2nd place was co-presenters Steve Bruck and Stu McHugh and first place to the entertaining top swearer, Greg Ferro – there’s not many presenters that can call their audience a bunch of w***ers and get first prize!

Being a committee member doesn’t always allow for attending lots of the sessions, but I sat in on Justin Beck’s VSAN presentation – he’d graciously flown all the way from Los Angeles, CA to cover the session as the EMEA team were all tied up elsewhere – as well as attending Enrico Laursen’s LEGO datacenter move presentation.  Both were very interactive, with lots of questions from the audience, again, a benchmark of success in my book.  We, the committee, are very grateful to both of them for travelling to London to participate.

We also had fantastic support from our sponsors – as we all know, we can’t put these meetings on without them – and Frank Denneman from PernixData captivated the audience again with his session, Nimble Storage fielded a customer, Brightsource, along with Nick Dyer to discuss their use of flash-optimized hybrid storage in their data center.  And long-standing VMUG supporters, 10ZiG had James Broughton talking about the value of thin and zero-clients in today’s virtualized/cloud world.

For those unable to attend, or attendees wanting to review decks for sessions they couldn’t attend, presentations will be loaded here over the coming days.

Please mark your diaries for future London VMUG meetings and also the UK User Conference, to be held again at the National Motorcycle Museum:

London VMUG – May 15th, London Chamber Commerce

London VMUG – July 17th, London Chamber Commerce

UK User Conference – November 18th, National Motorcycle Museum

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Here a few of my favorite tweets from yesterday’s twitter stream: