2015 02 01 21 21 48

Invited to speak at North West England VMUG – 25th February 2015

Great news, I’ve been invited to speak at the North West VMUG on the 25th February. And there is a raffle for a iPad Air 2 and nVidia K2 Graphics card. (That’s the selling points of why to come covered).

The VMUGs are great, you usually get some free training, a couple of vendors taking about their products, with less of a sales slant. And someone from the community taking about their real experiences. For the North West VMUG, Nathan and Steve both put a lot of effort into the agenda ensuring a day that will cater to most, and ensure there is always something you can take away.

This means they put a heavy focus on the people who turn up, and what they want. Which personally, when I attend, is not the usual sales talk about a product. Take the last event for example, Trend where there talking about how great their product is and the fact it beats everyone else. However there was an opportunity to really grill the speaker, who was a techie just like me. I was able to get down to the nitty gritty about trend’s worldwide connected features to detect and block threats in near real-time. The speaker also detailed about one of their biggest customers, and the challenges faced, and how by implementing trend helped them. Rather than the usual, this product is used by 40% of Fortune 500 companies.

Where do I fit in?


So the agenda topics for the 25th Feb, are all based around VDI. And due to a post which I wrote some time ago, Nathan and Steve have asked me to be the community speaker which calls out all the pitfalls of VDI, and the reasons why it doesn’t go well. I like this idea, as there is a level of positivity about VDI been the answer. However like anything, it’s only as strong as the weakest link.

Unfortunately, I have experienced the weak links and the failings, but I learned from that. And Hopefully I give some of the audience food for thought when it comes to the how, what and why of deploying VDI.

The full agenda is below, and I urge anyone who is available to come along, as there are other great speakers on the day, and a raffle for an iPad Air 2 and nVidia K2 Graphics card!

So I look forward to seeing you there!

The Agenda

North West England VMUG Meeting

Join us for the upcoming North West England VMUG meeting! This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

Registration is open and included as part of member benefits for all VMUG members. Registration for this event will close on  February 24.

Meeting Agenda:

  • 9.15 – 9.30 Registration and Tea and Coffee
  • 9.30 – 10.15 Liquidware Labs – Fraser Norman
  • 10.15 – 10.20 Break
  • 10.20 – 10.50 Community Presentation – Dean Lewis: VDI: Learn from my hair loss
  • 10.50 – 10.55 Break
  • 10.55 – 11.40 Nvidia – Scot Murnan: Enterprise Virtualisation 2.0 with Nvidia Grid
  • 11.40 – 11:45 Break
  • 11.45 – 12.15 Community Presentation – Adrian Fisher: Demystifying VDI Licensing
  • 12.15 – 12.45 Meet the vendors
  • 12.45 – 13.15 Lunch
  • 3.15 – 14.00 10zig – Gavin Noble: A customer journey
  • 14.00 – 14.05 Break
  • 14.05 – 14.50 Unidesk – Tom Rose: Desktop Layering- The Key to VDI Simplicity, Scale, and Flexibilty
  • 14.50 – 15.00 Break
  • 15.00 – 15.45 Atlantis Computing – Presenter & Title to follow
  • 15.45 – 16.30 Community Presentation: Gareth Rees: Unshackling Healthcare Through EUC Adoption
  • 16.30 – 16.45 VMware – Nathan Mayer
  • 16.45 – 17.15 vRaffle and Meeting Close: Prizes include an iPad Air and a NVIDIA Grid K2 Card!
  • 17.15 onwards vBeers at the Venue

Thank you to our meeting sponsors!

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