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 vSphere.next 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 vSphere.next panel!
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 box.net/londonug and put July 9th in your diary for our next meeting at the London Chamber of Commerce and keep an eye on vmug.com for agenda and registration nearer the time.
See you there!