My First VMUG Community Presentation

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This Thursday 9th May is the second London VMUG gathering of the year, and probably the most significant VMUG I have attended to date. Why? Well because someone managed to talk me in to presenting a community session for the first time.

As someone who doesn’t have to present for my job I thought I would be nervous, and I’m sure I will have some major last minute nerves, but bizarrely I’m quite excited to be doing this.

My chosen subject to present on is ‘Everything You Want to Know About Smart Meters, but Were Afraid to Ask’. I hope to provide the audience with a real world application of Smart Meters in a context that everyone can immediately relate to and explain the infrastructure required to provide us all with the services that we take for granted.

The event is being sponsored by Cohesity, OVH and Unitrends. so a big thank you to them.

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The agenda is out and I’m up at 15:00 so by 15:45 my worst fears will be over as will my presentation!

201905AgendaSo if you can make it to the VMUG I hope to see you there. To find out more about the event and register go to here.

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London VMUG meeting Thursday 22nd June

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This week sees the last of this year’s London VMUG gatherings and what a great agenda we have! It will be followed by a luxury vBeers at the Fourpure Brewing Company on what will be one of the hottest evenings of the year. I’m sure some nice cool beer will be just what we need.

We are especially lucky to have the legends that are Frank Denneman, Julian Wood and Neils Hagoort speaking in the community sessions so it’s truly not an event to be missed.

The event is at TechUK, the new home of the London VMUG at 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD (just off Fleet Street) and is running from 10am to 5.15pm.

This event is sponsored by Nimble Storage, BlueMedora and SIOS so a big thank you to them as without sponsors this event couldn’t happen.

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Here is the agenda and if you dont want to miss out on what will be a great event then pop over to the VMUG web site and register here.

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London VMUG meeting Thursday 6th April

I’ve not been posting for a while and suddenly realised that I had let the next meeting of the London VMUG creep up on me, so the news is the meeting is tomorrow on Thursday April the 6th.

The event is at TechUK, the new home of the London VMUG at 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD (just off Fleet Street) and is running from 10am to 5.15pm.

If you’re interested in all things VMware then come along and meet some of the nicest people in the VMware community, we don’t bite and everyone is welcome.

So what’s on you ask, well here is the agenda so you can pick the sessions you want to attend.

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This event is sponsored by Bitdefender, Morpheus and Runcast so a big thank you to them as without sponsors this event couldn’t happen.

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So come along and see what it’s all about, you can pre-register here or just turn up on the day Hope to see you there.

vExpert 2017 Award Announcement

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Today is a special day for me, I’ve been awarded vExpert 2017 from VMware and I’m so thrilled to make the list again, this being my second year as a vExpert.

To see the full list of vExperts and find out more about the program see the Announcement here.

I believe that becoming a vExpert is all about the community, and this last year I have tried to really get to know the people out there, and have now made new friends at the London VMUG as well as led the CloudCred team on the charge up the leader board. I’ve set questions for Cloudcred, Attended many events, all the UK London VMUG events, Airwatch and EUC events, VMworld 2016 Europe and the UK VMUG usercon. I used to be shy and intimidated by talking to people at these type of events but by taking the jump to get involved has been so rewarding for me, meeting people, seeing  then present and chatting over food and drink has been inspirational to me.

I’m really looking forward to continuing my journey with both VMware and the London VMUG and seeing where it takes me, only last week I was having vBeers with my good friends Chris Bradshaw and our very own London VMUG leader Dave Simpson

I’ve met a number of great people who have supported me on this journey and hopefully Ive supported them on their journey’s, far too many people to mention here (but I will try) so a big thanks to The London VMUG team, The Open Homelab project The Open Techcast team,  (hope to be a podcasting guest soon guys)

The following people for inspiring me (in no particular order)

A really special mention must go to NoellGrier @CloudCredGeek who as the Cloudcred admin must be really sick of all my emails about bugs, suggesting improvements, problems with tasks and why I can’t complete any tasks at the moment!

vBeers – Guildford, UK (Thursday 2nd February 2017)

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the first “vBeers in the Country” organised by my good friend Chris Bradshaw. I decided I should go and support this inaugural event which was being held in Guildford at The Britannia. So It was completely by accident that I bumped in to our very own London VMUG leader Dave Simpson in the nearby car park trying to work out how much off peak parking costs in Guildford.

A pleasant evening was had by all as this photo shows and we had a good chat and catch up over food and drink.

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So who knows what happens next, we may go viral or better yet get a sponsor and then you will definitely want to come to the next event if you missed this one. Better still if you know of a great location put yourself down as an organiser. If you think you would come to an event in Winchester then please let me know (add a comment or message me) and if there is interest I will find a venue.

Chris has put a great guide together on how to arrange a vBeers event on his blog at http://isjw.uk/vbeers-trying-out-a-new-gathering/ and for more info on vBeers check out their website.

London VMUG meeting Thursday 19th January

Well the New Year is now well upon us and what better way to start January with the first meeting of the London VMUG Thursday 19th January.vmug

The event is at TechUK, the new home of the London VMUG at 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD (just off Fleet Street) and is running from 10am to 5.15pm.

If you’re interested in all things VMware then come along and meet some of the nicest people in the VMware community, we don’t bite and everyone is welcome.

So what’s on you ask, well here is the agenda so you can pick the sessions you want to attend, Personally its great to see the community sessions presented by the members for the community. So I’m looking forward to Amazon AWS for Beginners with Alex Galbraith and Chris Porter  and then Practical PaaS with Ricky El-Qasem 

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This event is sponsored by Rubrik, iland and StorMagic so a big thank you to them as without sponsors this event couldn’t happen.

So come along and see what it’s all about, you can pre-register here or just turn up on the day Hope to see you there.

UK VMUG Usercon 2016

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Well in two days’ time it will be the UK VMUG Usercon in Birmingham at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday November 17th. This will be my first year to attend the event having only attended the London VMUG up to now. This is a completely free event so if your in to VMware then you should come along and see what’s going on. As someone who has been lucky enough to join the VMware Community I can only say what a privilege it is to attend this kind of event and meet some of the Community Legends that are out there.

So what is there to expect on the day:

Keynote “VMware Strategy Update” by Joe Baguley, VMware VP & CTO EMEA

  • 5 breakout blocks with sessions by the community, VMware and sponsors
  • 15+ community discussion groups, topics led by peers
  • Closing keynote “Demystifying the Future of IT – An IT practitioners guide” by well-respected virtualization blogger Julian Wood (www.wooditwork.com)
  • Meet carefully selected VMware partners to discover innovative and complimentary virtualization solutions
  • vCurry Reception on Wednesday 16 November between 19:00 and 21:00.

I’m going to be there for the vCurry so come over and say hi if your there.

Want to know more, the agenda is available Here

Still interested then there is still time to register Here