UK VMUG UserCon is Coming!


The UK UserCon is the new name for #UKVMUG. VMUG HQ has rebranded the user conferences that are the “big” meetings. In the UK we have many local group meetings and once a year we convene in Birmingham for the national event that, this year, will see over 450 VMware aficionados get together to hear all about the latest and greatest from the community, the sponsors and, of course, VMware themselves. The outline agenda is below, and we’re delighted to say we have some amazing keynotes, along with some awesome presenters. As always, we’ll be running the “mezz sessions” on the mezzanine area of the exhibit hall. Get prepared and download the VMUG app to start planning your day! Download it from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store. And if you’ve not done so, please register to join us for the day, and if you’re coming up the night before, be sure to join us for the vCurry, kindly sponsored by vCloud Air.  If all that isn’t enough to entice you away from your desk for the day – we will be holding a prize draw for an amazing BIG prize, one that you will so want to win, in fact, we may even offer more than one. So find out what, as a VMware user, you could win, visit the National Motorcycle Museum on November 19th.

And a big shout out to all our other sponsors, without whom, the UserCon couldn’t happen – thank you!


7:30 AM – 8:20 AM Registration | Breakfast Trafalgar Foyer
8:20 AM – 8:30 AM VMUG Welcome | Alaric Davies Britannia Suite
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM VMware Keynote | Joe Baguley | Containers, Microservices, Turtles, Chickens and Other Animals Britannia Suite
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Break | Exhibit Hall Opens | Mingle with Sponsors Imperial Suite
10:00 AM – 10:40 AM Breakout Block #1 | Education Sessions
Nimble Storage Presents Virtual Volumes (VVOL) Architectures & Per-VM Troubleshooting as Easy as 1-2-3 – Richard Fenton, Nimble Storage Bracebridge Suite
Solving Application Performance Issues with Infrastructure In-Memory Computing – Is VMware the right place to do this – James Smith, PernixData EMEA Ballacraine Suite
How Healthy is Your Disaster Recovery Plan? – Darren Swift, Zerto Waterloo Suite
Stacking the Odds: Adding OpenStack to Your IT Portfolio – Eric Wright Britannia Suite
Introducing Hypervisor Memory Introspection – Bo Skeel, Bitdefender SRL Kirkmichael Suite
10:40 AM – 10:50 AM Break | Mingle with Sponsors


10:50 AM – 11:50 AM

Breakout Block #2 | Education Sessions
Virtual SAN 6.1 Stretch Cluster Deep Dive – Paudie O’Riordan, VMware Bracebridge Suite
Cloud Native Apps and Project Photon – Andy Jenkins & Robbie Jerrom, VMware Ballacraine Suite
What’s New in NSX 6.2 – Michael Armstrong, VMware Waterloo Suite
Cloud Automation: Finding the Silver Lining – Michael Poore, Sam McGeown, & Jonathan Medd, VMware Britannia Suite
VMworld Debrief – Mike Laverick & Peter von Oven, VMware Kirkmichael Suite
11:50 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break | Mingle with Sponsors
1:00 PM – 1:40 PM Breakout Block #3 | Education Sessions
All-Flash Storage: 5X Faster, 10X Less Power, 100X Easier, Pure Storage UK Bracebridge Suite
Saving Government Funds – Barnsley College Modernizes Virtual IT on Tegile Storage – Paul Silver, Tegile Systems EMEA Ballacraine Suite
DR, Off-Site Backups and More: What are My Options Now?, Veeam Software UK Waterloo Suite
Automating The Next Generation Data Centre – Josh Atwell Britannia Suite
An Extensible Solution for Software Driven Data Centers with VMware and Arista, Arista Networks Kirkmichael Suite
1:40 PM – 2:10 PM Break | Mingle with Sponsors

2:10 PM – 3:10 PM

Breakout Block #4 | Education Sessions
VMware’s Virtual SAN: A Technical Deep Dive and Product Roadmap – Christos Karamanolis & Lee Dilworth, VMware Bracebridge Suite
The 5 Starting Points for Cloud Adoption – David Hill, VMware Ballacraine Suite
Cloud Economics with vRealize Business (ITBM) – Peter Hogg & Sean McGreal, VMware Waterloo Suite
Hitchhikers Guide to Migrating From vCloud Director to vRealize Automation – Ricky El-Qasem & Alec Dunn Britannia Suite
End User Computing – Spencer Pitts Kirkmichael Suite
3:10 PM – 3:20 PM Break | Mingle with Sponsors
3:20 PM – 4:00 PM Breakout Block #5 | Education Sessions
Best Practices for Running Virtualized Workloads on All-Flash Array – Itzik Reich of XtremIO, EMC Bracebridge Suite
7 Steps to Smarter Backup – Adrian Moir, Dell Software (UK) Limited Ballacraine Suite
Role of Hyper-convergence and Web-scale in Enterprise Datacenters, Nutanix Waterloo Suite
Frank Buechsel – vRealize Automation – Lessons Learned Britannia Suite
vRealize Automation – Lessons Learned – Frank Buechsel
Best Practices and Case Study: How to Manage Complex, Shared Environments More Intelligently – Eric Wright, VMTurbo
Kirkmichael Suite
4:00 PM – 4:50 PM Closing Keynote | John Troyer | Architecting Your IT Career:
Technologies and Strategies to Get You to the New IT
Britannia Suite
4:50 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Reception & Giveaways Britannia Suite