Another London VMUG successfully held!

Last week’s London VMUG meeting was certainly one of the best, even if I say so myself!  But, more importantly that’s what the twitter stream was telling us; we had an amazing amount of community content, great sponsors and, of course, our guest keynote presenter, Frank Denneman, captivated the audience for nearly an hour on his talk about the use of Flash in virtual datacentres and Pernix Data, his presentation can be found here, along with all the presentations here.  I loved Erik Bussink’s tweet about meerkats, this is exactly what our audience looked like once Frank started speaking 🙂



Steve Bruck and Stu McHugh’s SSO SOS session was also really well received, as was Grant Friend and Seb Hakiel on a 4000 seat VDI deployment.  Right after this session Julian Wood hosted a VDI roundtable, and although I didn’t attend it, it was obviously a good discussion as we had to interrupt the session to ask everyone to come back in for Alaric’s closing remarks!

Another community session hosted by Sam McGeown, who was speaking for the first time on his PowerCLI tips and tricks session was also well received, his blog post is here for those that missed it.

We were also visited by the IT Hulk himself, Hans de Leenheer! It’s always good to know that so many overseas visitors love to come to our London VMUG, we’ve hosted other VMUG leaders from Spain, Norway, Denmark and the Czech Republic in the past year, so we must be doing something right….

Of course, we can’t do any of these meetings without our sponsors, so thanks again to Veeam, Atlantis Computing and Dell/Wyse.

Finally, you may have heard or taken part in our survey.  As most of you that took the survey might have realized it was our chair that created this information, but hugely amusing survey – the questions caused lots of giggles, but also gave use some interesting data (other than 9 attendees were interested in Mike Laverick!) so I thought I’d share some of the output with you:















So, that’s the last meeting in London for this year, but don’t forget to mark your diaries now for 21st November for the UK National User Conference, where we will have another awesome line up of community and user content, VMware sessions and, of course, great content from our sponsors.  Details can be found here.

Finally, three quarters of your London Steering Committee (Alaric, Simon and me) will be in attendance at VMworld San Francisco, so hope to see you there, if not, see you in November!




This Week’s London VMUG – July 4th



Having been on holiday for the past 10 days, the next meeting is already nearly upon us.  This one has been a bit more challenging in organizing speakers and sponsors than previous ones.  I think there have been so many VMware related events recently; with more VMUGs coming into play and the recent VMware Forums across Europe have sapped vendors’ resources; human and budgetary.  However, we have secured a GREAT line up for our members, with Veeam, Atlantis and Dell/Wyse as our sponsors and special guest, Frank Denneman from Pernix Data.  Of course, we also have some fabulous community content, with London stalwarts Julian Wood, Steve Bruck and Stu McHugh, along with newcomer speakers Fernando Frediani, Seb Hakiel and Sam McGeown. Our own steering committee member, Simon Gallagher, will give us his view on the recent vCHS (vCloud Hybrid Service) announcement and we have regular VMware VMUG contributor Aidan Dalgliesh with his colleague, Kamau Wanguhu, talking Simplifying DR IP Addressing With  Overlay Networks – all good stuff!

As usual, we’ll have our giveaways to chuck – sorry, I mean give to new members and am sure our sponsors will have some goodies too.

Check out the agenda for yourself below and ensure your boss will let you attend this great information and knowledge exchange/networking meeting!


In case you haven’t already registered (why not?!) you can do so here and looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday!

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform – Momentum Tour

Today, I had the pleasure of attending the UK-leg of an EMEA press tour conducted by Dheeraj Pandey (CEO), Howard Ting (VP Marketing) and Dirk Marichal (VP EMEA).  We were hosted by Declan Waters of Waters Communications, Nutanix’s EMEA PR Agency, at the delightful location of the Cinnamon Club housed in the old Westminster LIbrary.

It was great to catch up with new friends and old in the world of IT media and analysts.  Max Cooter, Adrian Bridgwater, Martin Veitch, Manek Dubash and Simon Robinson to name a few.  It was also a pleasure to finally meet Chris Mellor, albeit we only had a brief conversation just before lunch commenced.

Howard (L) and Dheeraj (R) kick off the momentum tour press lunch

Howard’s Twitter profile says he’s a storyologist and he is certainly an engaging and captivating speaker discussing the recent announcement of Nutanix’s $80M annualized run rate in just 6 quarters. Dheeraj gave a brief overview and history of Nutanix and Dirk discussed why he joined Nutanix.  Simon Robinson then gave his analyst view of the marketplace.  A couple of comments that caught my attention were ‘IT is like fashion, what was ‘in’ 30 years ago is back’ and ‘convergence is one word that spans many areas’.  All this discussion was taking place while we were served some delicious food and wine.

The floor was then opened up for questions and some discussion took place around the competition, exit strategies etc. It was a great introduction of Nutanix to the gathered guests, all of whom had heard of Nutanix but hadn’t had the chance to engage with its execs.  The other quote of the day that I really liked, and for me sums up the ethos of both Dheeraj and Nutanix in general, came during a conversation about going for, or discussing, an IPO too early, it de-focuses companies and employees.  Dheeraj’s comment was “It makes employees mercenaries rather than missionaries.”

While we were enjoying our very pleasant surroundings, some of the UK ‘missionaries’, namely Alan Campbell and Rob Tribe, were over at BriForum spreading the Nutanix word on their stand as well as presenting.

Nutanix stand at BriForum London

With Dheeraj and Howard needing to get back to Heathrow for a 4pm flight, so they can attend tomorrow’s Nutanix premiere of the Star Trek, Into Darkness movie, they left a little earlier than the rest of us.  I spent some time talking to Martin about some of the other new, exciting companies entering the market.  The one at the forefront of my mind, other than Nutanix of course, is Pernix Data, with their Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP), they’ve just closed $20m in an oversubscribed series B round – definitely another one to watch!

Thanks to Dheeraj, Howard, Dirk and Declan for an excellent day.