London VMUG Meeting Rimmary – January 22nd, 2015

Yesterday’s meeting was a great kick-start to the New Year; we had a great line up of sponsors and speakers, with the vFACTOR finalists taking centre stage. In the opening remarks, Alaric, our chair, acknowledged the 24 community speakers from last year, with prizes being awarded to:

1st Alex Galbraith

2ndSimon Greaves

3rdSimon Seagrave

4thMatt Northam

5thErik Bussink

With Julian Wood and Ricky El-Qasem receiving our Exceptional Service award for their never ending support of the London VMUG. Community speakers are the lifeblood of great agendas at our meetings, so we’re very thankful that these peeps take time out of their day to support us, thank you!

Matt Steiner announced the VMware Technical Academy Program (vTAP), a program designed to enable customers and partners on VMware technology, with the first event taking place on 26th February.

Frank Denneman from PernixData (our gold sponsor) was first up and presented alongside one of his customers, Cloudhelix – which made for a very informative, real world presentation.

We then had the lightning talks from our 5 members, they’d spent a lot of time preparing and had been through the #Feedforward process with Alaric and Simon.  Due to the fact that VMUG is a not-for-profit organization, and that we have such awesome sponsors throughout the year, we had some funds left over which enabled us to give all 5 some nice prizes, including shiny, strokey, gorgeous Apple thingies! They were all winners but the audience voted and placed them as:

1st Alec Dunn (who also got a tweet for the best Twitter handle of the day!)

2nd Chris Porter

3rd Philip Coakes

4th Dave Simpson

5th Gareth Edwards

However, there was very little between them as this bar chart shows:


Our silver sponsors, SimpliVity and Unitrends, were up next and presented on converged infrastructure and datacenter failover respectively.

Following the success of the Global Support Services (GSS) chaps’ mezzanine sessions at the national event last November, we invited them back to conduct 2 presentations; Valentin discussing Performance, NUMA, Ready and LLC and Tim talking about your journey to the Horizon.  Dave Hill discussed where to start for vCloudAir and Robbie Jerrom and Andy Jenkins did 2 presentations as a double act on Docker and Cloud Native Apps. Phil Monk and Jon Kemp from VMware PSO with Michael Poore from Xtravirt, presented on bringing SDDC to life, a real world deployment based on their work at a global customer, with their HQ in the UK.

Xtravirt was our lab sponsor, they were tech previewing a Reporting-as-a-Service SaaS solution, SONAR, they’ve been developing and will shortly be launching. And thanks to 10ZiG for sponsoring the vBeers after the meeting.

Based upon the content of this first meeting of 2015 – we definitely put the user back into VMware User Group!!  And we’re looking to run the vFACTOR again in July – so get your thinking caps on for your topic to present.  Rules/submission details will be posted later.

All presentations can be found at And put April 23rd in your diary for our next meeting.  Finally, visit our Facebook page for photos from the meeting.



Disclaimer: both Xtravirt and PernixData are currently hiviz-marketing clients