What’s the next best thing to VMworld?

With my Twitter feed starting to go into warp factor 10 with VMworld tweets, there are many of us unable to/not going, for various reasons. For those of us lucky to be bestowed vExpert status, we’ll get access to the sessions post-VMworld, but what about others unable to attend?

Well, have I got news for you! Sign up to attend your closest VMUG UserCon, that’s what. With many of the distinguished speakers also presenting at UserCons after both VMworld SFO and VMworld BCN, you’ll get a similar ‘warm fuzzy feeling’, as well as some awesome content, along with some super prizes and swag, along with the great networking – it really is the next best thing and a whole lot cheaper, as it’s free to attend :-

As part of the UK VMUG UserCon committee, I’m going to share a little insight with you for our event in November. Firstly, the amazing vCurry returns the night before the UserCon, with the vCloud Air team sponsoring it again. My fellow committee member, the esteemed Stuart Thompson, is already planning this year’s vQuiz. So if you’re around the night before, when registering check the vCurry tick box and come along and join this fun, free event. Due to space limitations, though, please do only register if you absolutely able to make it – don’t take away the chance for one of your peers to attend by having a place allocated and then not using it – thank you!

Secondly, we will have 2 amazing keynote speakers. We’re thrilled to welcome back Joe Baguley, EMEA CTO, for the fifth year running as our opening keynote. Joe has been a tremendous supporter of the UK VMUG and our regional groups – as well as many other European groups – and has been with us since our very first UserCon in 2011, when his title was ‘just’ Chief Cloud Technologist! For our closing keynote, we’re honoured to announce John Troyer will be joining us. Since leaving VMware John has been continuing to create and promote community, with TechReckoning and continuing to attend VMworld and other leading industry events. I’m very much looking forward to hearing what John will share with us.

As always, we can’t hold these events free for members without the support of our sponsors. As we’re a little ways out from the event, none have yet been publicised but you can be sure of the continued support of the ‘usual suspects’ along with some interesting new kids on the block.

Finally, we’re planning something BIG in regards to prizes. Can’t share any more than that, other than to stand a chance of winning “it” you will have to be there to win, which means staying right til the end. But with such awesome content, why wouldn’t you want to?!

Although the official notification hasn’t yet gone out to members from VMUG HQ you can already register here, see you in November!