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March 13th, 2011

So the Northern England VMUG has been announced and all confirmed, and I’m happy to confirm that I will be attending, and I will be presenting, twice! Very much looking forward to this, last one clashed selfishly with NetApp Insight so I couldn’t make it, but I’m definitely looking forward to this event. It looks like it could be the biggest to date, although these are growing in popularity each time one comes around, so no big surprise there! Here is the email regarding the event, please sign up and come down, I’ll be happy to take questions and conversations outside of the sessions and I’m planning on being around all day for it. Many thanks once again to Brendon Higgins for organising a very comprehensive event that promises to have something for everything. Additionally huge thanks to all the other guys presenting, I just hope there aren’t too many great presentations that clash with my own, not as they’ll steal my audience, but as I won’t be able to watch! Finally a big thanks to all the corporate sponsors, without whom these events would never be as successful or lavishly hosted, including my own employer B2net (unfortunately I think that means I can’t win an iPad :( ).

The Northern England VMUG has just opened the online registration for the next event on the 5th April 2011.  The Leeds Marriott Hotel, [4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6ET United Kingdom] will host our 4th event.  This is the groups 2nd year and we have planed and even bigger event which will run 9 am to 5 pm with the usual post event drinks.  It is still possible to attend only the afternoon session if required and the keynote address will be at 1 pm.

In response to the feedback from the November 2011 event, we have included Microsoft and Citrix technology, increased the sponsors in the market area, added more ‘sales’ type presentations, along side the normal customer case studies, best practice and technical deep dives.  Please keep a close eye on the groups website for more details as to presentation content as it comes available.  We will also have lunch for the guests between noon and 1 pm.

Not enough reason to attend?  – How about the chance to win an iPad 2!  Yes we will be giving away a brand new iPad2 on the day.  {If we can not get hold of the device due to sock issues, do not worry we will post it to you as soon as the mythical device becomes available in the UK}

Please register via the groups website – http://www.vmug.org.uk/

Also see the following link for additional details – http://communities.netapp.com/people/BrendonHiggins/blog/2011/03/30/virtual-machine-user-group-vmug–leeds-5th-april-2011

Presentations – Correct as of  11/03/2011

  • Paul Brown, IT Director at Cordant Group PLC with a customer’s case study into laptop level 1 hypervisors
  • Alan Renouf, VIRTU-AL blog, special interest group and workshop on PowerCLI and automation scripts
  • Andrew Fryer, Microsoft’s IT Pro Evangelist with public cloud and our vision of the IT Professional’s role as adoption of the cloud increases
  • Mike Laverick, RTFM Education blog with Future of VMware SRM
  • Chris Kranz, Senior Consulting Architect at B2net Ltd with the required skills of future admins and why VCDX is the current gold standard
  • Ricky El-Qasem, Private Cloud expert and Director of Global Education Services at Veeam software with how to Save & Optimise wasted virtual storage for FREE
    VMware – VMware Zimbra is an enterprise-class, open source email, calendar and collaboration platform.
  • EMC – Why EMC is the leader in storage, disk-based backup and security
  • Microsoft – Building the bridge to cloud computing
  • B2net – Technical deep dive, Tier 1 applications {Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint} – Advanced theory and design best practices
  • Virtual DCS – Cloud Computing Services and Cloud Hosting
  • Veeam –Backup & Recovery
  • Riverbed – Branch office WAN
  • CommVault – Backup & Recovery
  • Vision Solutions – Virtualisation and DR: while business continuity overall has benefited from virtualisation, disaster recovery has bred some more challenges for businesses
  • 10Zig – VDI hardware
  • Virtual Sharp – Data centre failover and monitoring
  • Quest – Customer’s case study
  • vKernel – Capacity management

Look forward to seeing you on the day.

Brendon Higgins
VMUG chair

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  1. Chris M
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    Just registered, see you there :)

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