November 18th 2014

National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, B92 0EJ


The night before

If you’re travelling up the night before there’s the chance to meet up with community fellows at the vCurry (this year sponsored by VMware vCloud Air) from 7pm at the National Motorcycle Museum, Bracebridge Suite. Once the food has been consumed a vQuiz is held. Teams are created and battle against each other showing who knows the most about VMware products and other virtualisation related technologies.


The day

Seasoned attendees know that the UKVMUG is a busy day offering many opportunities to catch up with SoMe network peers, make new connections, meet vendors, learn about new VMware software and eat too many biscuits.

Thinking of attending? I highly recommend you get there on time for the opening keynote from Joe Baguley, it never ceases to be informative and entertaining and is a ‘must attend’ opening session. Throughout the day, as you can see from the agenda, there are many technologies to learn about as well as sneak previews of up and coming features in VMware’s product suite. The challenge is fitting all this in and finding time to meet the vendors in the dedicated hall.

You’re encouraged to Tweet about your day too using the hashtags : UKVMUG, UKVMUGYAY & UKVMUGBOO – you’ll hear about those last two on the day.

Make sure you pack plenty of business cards too as the vendors offer prizes at the closing keynote and there are usually some very good ones, so don’t be shy in handing them over during the day. The only rule is you must be present at the time of the drawing. Simple.


You can find me at one of these 3 locations (should you want to)

10:00 – 10:40 – Myself and Seb Hakiel will be presenting in the Waterloo Suite. We’ll be covering off the Nutanix hyper-converged architecture and how the unique feature set supported a recent VDI deployment, as well as providing vSphere tips. We’ll be giving away a great prize at the end of the day – just make sure you’ve attended our session and visited the Nutanix booth.

10:50 – 11:50 – I’ll be in the Mezzanine area dusting off a firm favourite topic. “Design me a highly available infrastructure“. This is where you, the roundtable attendees design a hypothetical physical & virtual infrastructure based on some limited (and vague) requirements. We’ve run this a few times now at the UK, London and North West VMUGs and it’s been great, light hearted fun, to discuss our own thoughts on what we’d do and why. After all, we all think differently and tackle solutions from varying angles.

Rest of the day at the Nutanix booth


Making the day happen

The event, circa 500 attendees, would not be possible without the support from the sponsors making this a ‘free’ event available to you so please take time to visit their booths and speak with their technical teams. Additionally, the operators behind the curtain from the London VMUG that organise, berate and pull it all together are Jane Rimmer, Alaric Davies, Simon Gallagher & Stuart Thompson.

So if you haven’t already done so, view the agenda and register here

I look forward to seeing you there.


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