July 9th London VMUG meeting

We’ve got a great line up for you for our summer meeting, prior to the ‘big bang’ to the end of the year with the UK VMUG UserCon at the National Motorcycle Museum in November!

We’re excited to welcome back 2 of our January vFACTOR community speakers, Chris Porter and Alec Dunn, along with longstanding community speaker and London VMUG supporter, Ricky El Qasem.  We also have a special guest speaker, Frank Denneman!  Frank offered to speak to our members about his journey to public speaking after learning that the vFACTOR speakers in January were somewhat in awe of having to follow his keynote presentation for PernixData!

Thanks as always to our sponsors, Zerto, ShavlikCumulus Networks and lab sponsor Sumerian.  A quick shout out to Cumulus Networks – who had expressed an interest in being a sponsor earlier in the year.  However, at the time, we were committed to another silver sponsor who, unfortunately, let us down.  So, after a quick call to Ian Little, we’re pleased and thankful to have Cumulus sponsor us for the very first time!

Here’s the current agenda, you will notice we’re finishing earlier than usual.  Our chairman, Alaric, has arranged a special vBeers brewery event for attending VMUG members, more details to follow.  There will be an EventBrite registration page for this ‘extra curricula’ activity, so stay tuned to London VMUG on Twitter! UPDATE: Here’s the link to LUXURY vBeers no less!! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/london-vmug-luxury-vbeers-tickets-17258717288


Capital A Capital B Central
0830 – 0945 E  V  E  N  T     R  E  G   I  S  T  R  A  T  I  O  N
1000 – 1015 W e l c o m e
1015 – 1100 Zerto
1100 – 1145 Frank Denneman – My Journey to Public Speaking
1145 – 1215 B r e a k      i n      T h a m e s      S u i t e
1215 – 1300 Ben Ward, VMware – How to manage and complement your Citrix environment with VMware Horizon Management Bundle Ricky El-Qasem – vCloud Director: Missing You Already Sumerian Lab – Capacity Planning for the SDDC
1300 – 1400 L u n c h
1400 – 1450 Shavlik  Mischa Peters, Systems Engineer, Cumulus Networks – VMware Modernization with Open Networking
1500 – 1550 Mike Laverick, VMware – Under the bedsheets with EVO:RAIL Alec Dunn – Home Lab in <100W
Chris Porter – From Zero to Ravello
Sumerian Lab – Capacity Planning for the SDDC
1600 – 1615 C l o s e
1615 – 2000 vBeers


What are you waiting for? Register here to secure your place, see you in July!

London VMUG vFACTOR – 2 days left to submit!

Hopefully most of you are aware of this awesome initiative that we’ve created to encourage newbies to speak at their very first VMUG?  The deadline for submission is 19th December and more can be read here about the initiative and how to apply can be found here.  Many of our members have already blogged about the benefits of speaking at a VMUG and this initiative in terms of your own career development and the opportunity to speak, perhaps for the first time, in front of a friendly, non-judgmental audience. One area that I wanted to focus on to encourage some more submissions (we have some great ones already, but there must be more of you that have a great experience to share with us?), it’s not just the prizes – although they are mega-super-awesome! – it’s not just the kudos you’ll get from being brave enough to get up in front of your peers and speak about your own environment/situation, no, it’s about helping us, the committee!

It is easy (relatively) for us to acquire VMware speakers and sponsor speakers, but we all want to hear from the “coal-face”.  And getting users to speak is always the hardest part of putting together our meeting agendas.  How many of you contribute to the VMTN Forums or assist your fellow colleagues within your work environment?  Well, take that one step further and share your knowledge/experiences in the spoken form rather than just the written form!  We’re only asking for 10 minutes of your time for a lightning talk and the rewards, in terms of the prizes on offer, are immense but think of the pride reward, think of this being a potential spring board to becoming a vExpert, if you’re not already, or, even better, being your first step to presenting a full session and becoming our next Julian Wood!

Looking forward to seeing you all at our 22nd January meeting, for which registration is now open!