London VMUG Meeting April 23rd 2015 – a Rimmary


We had record-breaking registrations for this 2nd meeting of 2015, and attendees from across mainland Europe and the US!  The day before our meeting Enrico Signoretti held his TechUnplugged event, which I also attended.  It was an interesting format and storage focused, with a bit of containers and cloud chucked in for good measure.  I also had the pleasure of hearing Nigel Poulton speak for the first time – impressive delivery and content, very enlightening!

The focus of our meeting was primarily vSphere 6 but we too had a mixture of containers and cloud discussions.  Andy Jenkins provided an overall strategy keynote presentation after Alaric’s usual entertaining intro.  And the day was concluded with a panel discussion on where Joe Baguley joined us and, for me, provided the quote of the day: “It’s heritage, not legacy.”

Julian also gave his ‘warts and all’ presentation on vSphere 6 – which was extremely well attended and received. I attended Richard Munro’s preso on deploying vCloud Air from Kilimanjaro – whilst a very short video clip showed the actual deployment, it was a very inspiring presentation and the trip raised $250,000 for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, so well done Richard and the other 4 VMware team members.

Hans de Leenheer and Nigel recorded their InTechWeTrust podcast from the meeting, with long time London VMUG members Ed Grigson and Julian Wood as guests, as well as Stephen Foskett.  Was great to see Stephen attend and glad he enjoyed Alaric’s banter in his intro!














We’d purchased 5 of Barry Coomb’s and Peter van Oven’s new Mastering VMware Horizion 6 Book to give away as prizes, a regular VMUGer, Phil Morris, won one for asking a cracking question to the panel!












It was a privilege to host a number of other VMUG leaders from Europe; Max from the Czech Republic, Arjan and Joep from the Netherlands and Andrea from Italy – thanks for joining us!

As always, we can’t do these meetings without our sponsors, and are extremely grateful to Cisco, Atlantis Computing and Nimble Storage for their sponsorship and support.  We also had Taupo Consulting (a Purely Computing company) sponsor vBeers in the evening, they were not only vGenerous with the beer sponsorship but also held a prize draw for an iPad, a free day’s consulting and a free vSphere health check, thanks guys!

All presentations can be found at and put July 9th in your diary for our next meeting at the London Chamber of Commerce and keep an eye on for agenda and registration nearer the time.

See you there!


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

To keep abreast of all things VMUG, don’t forget to check out

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

Welcome 2014

What’s the best way to kick start the year?  With a London VMUG of course!  With the national user conference only just over and then the festive break in between, I think we’ve done a pretty fine job of pulling together an awesome agenda!  As always, we’ve tried to involve the community and users as much as possible and also extremely grateful to our sponsors, Pernix Data, Nimble Storage and 10ZiG.

Registrations close the day before – on 22nd January – so you still have time to register, but why not do it now!?

We’re delighted to have Enrico Laursen from LEGO HQ in Denmark presenting on how LEGO relocated to a new datacenter and the opportunities, and challenges, this presented to the business.  We’ve also got a VSAN guru coming over from the US, Justin Beck, to talk to us in more depth about VSAN.  I think many members will really enjoy the home lab lightning talks too.


As always, there’ll be some great giveaways and I know PernixData has a possible surprise up their sleeve to encourage community interaction – watch this space 🙂

Afterward we will adjourn for usual vBeers, but as CloudCamp London is also on at the same time, some of us will be heading over there.  So many choices we have, Master Yoda!

London VMUG 25th April – a Rimmary

As ever, we had a great meeting at the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry last Thursday, 25th April.  In his usual endearing style our chair, Alaric Davies, kicked off proceedings and, as usual, asked for a show of hands for first timers. Interestingly as ever, about a fifth of the attendees were vNoobies. It’s encouraging to see many new faces, as well as our stalwart members.

 We had a great selection of sponsors, VMTurbo as Gold, Nimble Storage and Veeam as Silver and for the first time, Atlantis Computing was our lab sponsor.   Being on the organising committee it’s hard to attend many sessions, but I can categorically state the best session of the day in terms of member feedback and tweets was Greg Ferro on his “Don’t Do Virtual Networking, Do Cloud Networking” presentation – engaging, thought provoking and somewhat controversial by all accounts!! With Hans De Leenheer from Veeam tweeting:




Kudos indeed to Greg and to London VMUG too!

We were well represented by VMware as usual, with sessions on vCAC, Horizon, SDN and Robbie Jerrom presenting a Puppet Primer. Also a big thanks to our community presenters; Barry Coatsworth, Gregg Robertson & Darren Woollard, Lee Harris and our very own Stu Thompson.

We had a couple of overseas guests too, demonstrating the draw that London VMUG has in the wider community;  Shane Williford from Kansas City, Missouri and Javier Larrea from the Spanish VMUG it was great to host you in London.

As always, many thanks to our sponsors – we can’t do these meetings without you! Mark your diary for our next meeting – July 4th, same time, same place 🙂 Don’t forget presos will be available on

I’ll also be at the VMware Forum in Wembley this Thursday 2nd May, staffing the VMUG booth, stop by and say ‘Hi’.

Great line up for April 25th – Next London VMUG

Can’t believe we’re already in April – the Easter break just flew by and now we’re gearing up for the Q2 London VMUG – busy, busy, busy!  The agenda went live just before Easter, and we’ve got a great line up of speakers, both from VMware and the community, and from our sponsors; VMTurbo, Nimble Storage, Veeam and Atlantis, who is sponsoring our labs this time. Our day starts with registration and coffee from 8.30, with the first session starting at 10am sharp.  We conclude, as usual, with vBeers at The Pavilion End.

Apart from an awesome agenda, we will also have a special guest visiting us from ‘across the pond’, Mr Shane Williford aka @coolsport00 – welcome in advance Shane!  We’re also excited to have Gregg Ferro aka @etherealmind speak, since my involvement with the London VMUG I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Gregg, so looking forward to that!  Remember to register here and if you can’t make this one, our next meeting is planned for July 4th, so put that in your diary now!