Make an early New Year’s resolution

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Time to make an early New Year’s resolution, “I will attend/join London VMUG meetings”. Register now for the new look London VMUG January 21st meeting here – we’re at a new venue and will introduce the 3 new committee members, along with Simon Gallagher taking over from Alaric as Chair. So, if nothing else, come along to see if Simon can ‘wavy handy’ as well as Al 🙂 One point to note, we cannot get into this new venue until 9am, so please do not show up early, thank you!

As always, we’ve got a great agenda for you with community, VMware and sponsor speakers, along with our traditional prize giving for our 2015 community speakers:

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Finally, thank you to Bitdefender, Velostrata and Tegile for being, respectively, our gold and silver sponsors, as well as thanks to 10ZiG for sponsoring the vBeers after the meeting. We think we’re going to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street for vBeers, but more to follow on that in the New Year.

Jan 13th UPDATE – vBeers will be held at the Old Bank of England pub, 194 Fleet Street, LONDON, map here, vBeers post here

 

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!? http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=1145

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!

VMworld – Day 0

 

Sunday 25th – after vBeers last night, I went to the community breakfast tweetup – vBreakfast – organized by the lovely Shane Williford along with my friend and VCP #1, Susan Gudenkauf.  After breakfast we registered and then took a quick tour of the Hands on Labs and visited the solutions exchange, Susan owns the R&D Innovation lounge this year in her new role in the office of the CTO.

I then met up with the Calligo team, Julian, Tom and Nick for lunch and the  relaxed in the afternoon prior to the Welcome Reception in the Solutions Exchange.  I stopped by the Tintri booth to collect my vExpert shirt, thanks guys, it’s awesome!  I also stopped by Nutanix and caught up with Dheeraj and Sudeesh, their booth this year is amazing!  I was on their booth last year and it’s very gratifying to see how they’ve grown and become so relevant in such a short space of time.

I also met, in person, Gina Minks on the Dell booth for the first time and I spent some time with my very old and dear friends Liquidware Labs – really looking like the Vizioncore team of old J.

There was soooo many other great community folks I met during the welcome reception, sorry for not mentioning you all, but you know who you are!

After the welcome reception, it was over to VMunderground, it has gone from strength to strength of the years and I caught up with so many old friends, including Tim Jabaut and Conrad Ramos, as well as meeting many of my new friends on twitter, like Kasia Lorenc.  This community event was sponsored by many vendors and the organisers, Theron Conrey, Jim Millard, Sean Clark and Brian Knudtson, do this every year out of the goodness for the community – thanks guys!

Monday 26th – Now I’m in the Hangspace, sitting at the bloggers desk quickly writing this up prior to the general session starting.  I’m excited to hear the keynote and will be reporting back my thoughts here later. I’ll be spending my time in the Hangspace and on the VMUG booth and I’ve got my VMUG shirt on for the GreenOut during this morning’s keynote – it’s gonna be awesome! This afternoon I’m attending Women of Purpose and really looking forward to this event. Later this evening is the VMUG leader reception, where I’ve been informed we’re receiving our new leader shirts, looking forward to ditching the green one, too many folks confused us with being Veeam employees!

VMworld – Defy Convention – in a Convention Centre!

I find this year’s ‘theme’ slightly paradoxical; we’ll be stuck in a convention centre for 4 days defying convention – yay right!

But, seriously, I’m looking forward to this 10th VMworld maybe more than any other prior event.  I was lucky enough to attend the very first VMworld 2004 in San Diego and be part of the global VMware marketing team that organised it.  I didn’t attend VMworld 2005 in Las Vegas, but since then have been at every US and EMEA VMworld, other than Copenhagen in 2011.  The content, the sponsors, the parties, they’ve all grown and morphed into an incredible yearly ‘pilgrimage’.

There’s been many blog posts about recommended sessions, advice for first-time attendees and which parties to attend, all of which are great reads.  For me, this year is about going as a VMUG Leader and SoMe attendee.  In all previous attendances I’ve been with a client and always worked the Solutions Exchange.  I will be in the Solutions Exchange this year at certain times on the VMUG booth (#1721), encouraging attendees to join the VMUG community and to meet with many existing members.

I’m looking forward to the vBrownbag TechTalks, hanging in the community area in the Hang Space and also to the vExpert daily podcast hosted by Michael Letschin.  It’ll be great to chat face-to-face with many of the tweeps I converse with in Twittersphere and the Hang Space will be the place to catch up with them all.

A track that is close to my heart is the Women of Purpose agenda.  Three dedicated VMware employees – JJ DiGeronimo, Sonal Patel and Kristin Heisner – host the main event, which is a two hour session on Monday 26th at the Marriott, where they bring together a number of female executives from some of VMware’s customers.  The agenda is always engaging and informative, so I’m very much looking forward to this part of my itinerary.

Other ‘women of purpose’ I’m looking forward to seeing again at VMworld are my good friends Susan Gudenkauf, Liselotte Foverskov and Lauren Malhoit, as well as Amy Lewis, Gina Minks and meeting Kasia Lorenc for the first time.

The community awesomeness will start for me on Saturday 24th when Susan and I will continue our VMworld ‘bubbles’ tradition and then head over to vBeers Tweetup at the Chieftan organised by the wonderful Simon Seagrave.

So I’ll be defying convention by continuing to immerse myself in the VMware community, looking forward to seeing many of you in a few weeks!

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!