Dec 162011
 

I’m often asked what virtualisation knowledge level people should have to attend one of the VMware user groups. The answer is ANYONE can attend, from just someone that has a interest in virtualisation and wants to broaden there knowledge to your seasoned virtualisation specialist. To be honest you will get something out of the day even if you are just a general techy and have never seen virtualisation before.

The great thing about the London VMUG is that it has now become a mature event and can attract some pretty famous names in the community, and its free Smile.

I highly recommend you attend if you can.

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When:

Thursday, 26 January 2012
10:00 – 17:15
Networking Reception
17:15

Where:

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
33 Queen Street
London, EC4R 1AP

 

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Jul 032011
 

After a little bit of teasing from the vExpert team, I was included in the 2nd batch of emails informing me of my acceptance into the VMware vExpert 2011 program.

We’re pleased to designate you as a vExpert 2011 as recognition of your contributions to the VMware, virtualization, and cloud computing communities. You’ve done work above and beyond, and we’re delighted to communicate more closely, to share resources, and to offer other opportunities for greater interaction throughout the year as we continue to grow knowledge and success in the community of IT professionals. Welcome to the vExpert 2011 Program!

Its a great feeling to be included in this elite group and I plan to work hard to maintain and increase my involvement in the Virtualisation community.

Id just like to thank the people that nominated me (http://vmackem.co.uk/?p=530) along with John Troyer and the vExpert panel.

Its also great so see so many guys from the London VMUG getting recognised, allot of people made a huge effort this year and its well deserved.

What is a vExpert? http://www.vmware.com/communities/vexpert/faq.html

Some good lists to follow if you want to see what other vExperts are up to:

http://twitter.com/#!/maishsk/vmware-vexpert-2011

http://twitter.com/#!/GreggRobertson5/vmware-vexperts-2011

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Jan 162011
 

Just a reminder that the London VMUG is on the 10th of February and will be covering the usual high quality subject matter that we come to expect from the London VMUG (Twitter Hash #LonvMUG).

I’m looking forward specifically to ‘Cheap Disaster Recovery using PowerShell scripts (Gabrie van Zanten http://www.gabesvirtualworld.com/)’ as Gabe couldn’t make it the last time round. Also ‘Transatlantic Datacentre migration (Chris Dearden, www.JFVI.co.uk)’ will be a great topic. Although it would I can imagine a few squeaky bums in chairs being so close to usual pub time.

Check out the agenda bellow and if you would like to attend try emailing londonvmug@yahoo.com and if there are free spaces then you should be able to attend.

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/296652?tstart=0

vBeers

After the event we normally attend the pub for vBeers. If you have not been to vBeers before this is a fantastic opportunity to have a drink with some of the ‘celebrities’ of the Virtualisation world and have a free and frank conversation that normally you would never be able to do.

This is not the normal vBeers event that is held in London on the first Thursday of the month but you would like to attend those as well please feel free. All the details are on Kiwi Si’s web page.

http://www.techhead.co.uk/enjoy-talking-virtualization-come-socialise-at-vbeers

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Jan 032011
 

I have been pretty quiet over the last couple of months both on my blog and on twitter. Anyone that knows me will know this is quite unusual.

While I have missed the interaction with my fellow geeks I needed to re-charge my batteries and get my focus back. I had been contracting for over 2 years and felt it was the right time to take a short brake and spend the time with my family. Over 2 months later and I feel refreshed and ready to take on anything that can be thrown at me. Also spending 24/7 with your family can really make you want to go back to work. (my other half does not read my blog 😉

So while quite a few of you reading this may already be aware that I have accepted a new role I thought I would let the rest of my readers know. I have left the uncertain and quite frankly unfriendly world of contracting behind me and have gone back to the warm embrace of permanent work. While I’m sure Mr tax man will also be rubbing his hands in anticipation at this news I felt the opportunity was far to great to turn down.

I am now a Virtualisation Specialist/Consultant for BTInet. I wont go into great detail about BTInet but if you would like to find out more about the company please visit the website bellow.

BTInet Home

So expect lots of posts on Clouds, UCS, vBlocks, Flexpods and VMware. You may also see some posts on VMware’s rivals also.

I am looking to keep my hand in with the communities as networking is a fantastic way to meet like minded people and contribute my own opinions. All being well (and if I’m aloud) I will be attending the London VMUG in Feb and the next vBeers.

I am very exited about 2011 and it couldn’t have got off to a better start. I’m sure January is going to be a mentally busy month for me but I’m sure it will be immensely enjoyable also.

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