UKVMUG - There's Still Time (03/11/2011)!

Next week sees the UK's first national VMUG taking place and there's still time to register for it.

For anyone who hasn't been to one before, VMUGs (VMware User Groups or Virtual Machine User Groups depending on who you ask) are regular meetings of virtualisation users held around the world. I'm a regular attender of the London VMUG (Twitter: @LonVMUG or hashtag #LonVMUG) and have been for a few years now. For a while now though there have been rumours of a UK-wide VMUG and it's happening for the first time on Thursday 3rd November 2011 in Birmingham.

Within the UK there are three regular VMUGs that I'm aware of: London, Northern and Scottish. This UKVMUG is intended to bring users from those three and from across the country to one location for a day. And what it day it looks like being!

VMUGs recently have started experimenting with having two or more “tracks” running at the same time allowing attendees to pick and choose different sessions throughout the day. The most recent London VMUGs have had two tracks but the UKVMUG will have up to four. Lots to pick from!

Add to that the opportunity to meet and chat with some of the brightest and well connected brains in the business. It's a learning and networking opportunity not to be missed – and it's free to register. Just take a look at the agenda!

Time Track1 Track2 Track3 Track4
08:00 Registration
Breakfast, Mingle with Vendors
08:30 – 09:00 VMUG Introduction and Welcome from VMUG Steering Committee
09:00 – 10:00 Keynote
Joe Baguley – VMware Chief Cloud Technologist
10:00 – 10:15 Break, Mingle with Vendors
10:15 – 11:00 Partner Sessions
Hitachi Data Systems
Accelerating your Cloud Infrastructure
Backup Exec and VMware: Best Practices
Blame Wars: The VI Admin Strikes Back
Virtualization comes to Data Management
11:00 – 11:15 Break, Mingle with Vendors
11:15 – 12:00 Community Sessions
Duncan Epping/Frank Denneman – vSphere 5.0 Clustering Q&A Cormac Hogan vSphere 5.0 New Storage Features Dan Watson Security in the Virtual World Julian Wood  vSphere 4->5 upgrade
12:15 – 13:00 Break, Mingle with Vendors
13:00 – 13:45 Partner Sessions
Under the Hood with Virtual I/O Technology, and How VMware Uses It to Do More
Virtualization Data Protection, It’s Not Niche Anymore
Arista Networks
Integrating Private and Public Clouds with Real World Networks
13:45 – 14:00 Break, Mingle with Vendors
14:00 – 14:45 Community Sessions
Duncan Epping/Frank Denneman – vSphere 5.0 Clustering Q&A Cormac Hogan vSphere 5.0 New Storage Features Dan Watson Security in the Virtual World Simon Gallagher vTardis
14:45 – 15:00 Break, Mingle with Vendors
15:00 – 15:45 Partner Sessions
Server Virtualization Demands a New Storage Architecture
Protecting and Managing Data in Growing VMware Environments
Live Demonstration: Transforming Private Cloud Hype to Private Cloud Doing
15:45 – 16:15 Mike Laverick – “Cloud Journey – Bumps in the Road”
16:15 – 16:30 Wrap-up and prize drawing

If you're considering going, don't wait too long. Head on over to the MyVMUG site and sign up. Then just get yourself to Birmingham next Thursday:

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

The nearest train station is “Birmingham International”. And if you happen to be nearby the night before, Veeam are laying on vCurry from 7pm the night before.