Brisbane Higher Education VMUG – May 2017

 

I’m pleased to announce the first Brisbane Higher Education Special Interest Group (SIG) will be meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (UTC+10:00). This is an opportunity for folks running VMware products in a higher education context to get together and talk about their experiences.

The line up is currently:

  • Griffith University – Cross cloud container orchestration
  • QUT – Custom dashboards in LogInsight
  • Bruce Perram (VMware) – Cross-cloud tooling roadmap

The event will be held at the VMware Brisbane office:
Level 18
333 Ann Street
Brisbane, 4000

You can find out more by contacting Duncan Dickinson on 07 3735 9618 or d.dickinson@griffith.edu.au. Registration and further information can be found on the VMUG site.

Get Along To The Australian VMUG UserCons in 2017

The Sydney and Melbourne VMUG UserCons are now less than a month away. If you’re in the area (or like to travel), I suggest you sign up. You can register for the Melbourne event here and the Sydney one here.

Both events will feature Duncan Epping and Amy Lewis as speakers, with a host of other VMware and community speakers providing insights and information on a range of topics. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn something new, have a bite to eat and network with a bunch of people who are into the same thing as you are. The Sydney event will be held on March 21st at the Westin and the Melbourne event is being held on the 23rd at the Crowne. Thanks to the program sponsors VMware, and platinum sponsors Veeam (for Sydney and Melbourne) and Zerto (for Melbourne).

VMUG – Getting Started With The New VMUG Website

I wrote previously about the next Brisbane VMUG meeting coming up in February. Registration numbers have been very low. Some of that is no doubt due to summer holidays and lack motivation to think about “work-related” things. Some of it is due to local folk being interested in other events, or not having time to go to an event on a Tuesday afternoon. And some of it might be that they aren’t into the topic. However, some of it might also be due to the fact that people were finding the new VMUG website a little confusing to navigate. At least, I hope that’s why. In any case I put together a brief article that shows you in 22 or so simple steps how to sign up for a VMUG account and register for a local meeting. Now you have no excuse. You can check it out here.

Brisbane VMUG – February 2017

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The February 2017 edition of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st February at the Fox Hotel (71-73 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101) from 2pm. It’s sponsored by Veeam and promises to be a great afternoon.

Here’s the agenda:

  • VMUG Intro (by me)
  • VMware Presentation: CloudFoundation and SDDC Manager (Bruce Perram)
  • Veeam Presentation: What’s new with Veeam 9.5 (Dilupa Ranatunga)
  • Veeam Customer Presentation
  • Q&A
  • Refreshments and drinks.

Veeam have gone to great lengths to make sure this will be a fun and informative session and I’m really looking forward to hearing about their Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 updates. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.

Brisbane VMUG – November 2016

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The November edition of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Thursday 17th November at the EMC office from 2 – 4pm (that’s right, the same day as Ikea opens at North Lakes). It’s sponsored by VMware and promises to be a great afternoon.

Here’s the agenda:

  • VMUG Intro
  • VMware Presentation: My favourite VCDX Michael Francis will be presenting a deep dive on the design considerations and the realities of extending your data centre to VMware vCloud Air with VMware Hybrid Cloud Manager.
  • Q&A
  • Refreshments.

Michael will be presenting a tonne of technical content using real world use cases and it should be a great session. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. This will be the last session for the year, with our next event hopefully being a social event in December.

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Brisbane VMUG – October 2016

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The October edition of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th October at the Transcontinental Hotel from 2 – 6 pm. It’s sponsored by Digital Sense and promises to be a great afternoon.

Here’s the agenda:

  • VMUG Intro and VMworld US 2016 Recap (by me)
  • VMware Presentation: VMware vCloud Air Updates (Simona Lewis)
  • Digital Sense Presentation: Plugging into a Hybrid domain with your local vCloud specialist (Michael Tran)
  • Customer Presentation (Frits Reusens)
  • Q&A
  • Refreshments and drinks.

Digital Sense have gone to great lengths to make sure this will be a fun and informative session and I’m really looking forward to hearing about their cloud offering. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.

Brisbane VMUG – September 2016

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The September version of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd September at Telstra in the city from 2 – 4 pm. It’s sponsored by SimpliVity and should make for a great session.

Here’s the agenda:

  • 2:00 – 2:15pm: Registration and Welcome
  • 2:15 – 2:30pm: VMUG and VMworld Update
  • 2:30 – 3:15pm: SimpliVity HCI Market announcements VMworld 2016
    1. SimpliVity All Flash
    2. Enterprise Scale for VDI
    3. Database backup enhancements
    4. Automated DR testing
    5. Analyst Coverage

     

  • 3:15 – 3:45pm: vROps and SimpliVity live demo
  • 3:45 – 4:00pm: Q&A with customers

SimpliVity have done some great presentations for VMUG in the past and I’m really looking forward to hearing about their recent product announcements and seeing their vROps demo. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.

Brisbane VMUG – August 2016

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The August edition of the Brisbane VMUG will be held on Tuesday 8th August at EMC’s office in the city (Level 11, 345 Queen Street, Brisbane) from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. It’s sponsored by VMware and should be a lot of fun.

Here’s the agenda:

I’m really looking forward to Michael Francis continuing his enablement series on vRO. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.

Brisbane VMUG – June 2016

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The second Brisbane VMUG for 2016 will be held on Tuesday 21st June at the Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside  in the city (Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane) from 2 – 4 pm (*note the new time). It’s sponsored by Pure Storage and should be a lot of fun.

Here’s the agenda:

  • VMware Presentation: How to use vRealize Orchestration to Automate IT
  • User Presentation: QUT vRealize Automation Demo and Lessons Learned
  • Pure Storage Presentation: vRealize your Future with VMware and Pure Storage
  • Refreshments

I’m really looking forward to Michael Francis starting his enablement series on vRO – these will become a regular feature of our meetings. I’m also stoked to have QUT on board for the user presentation and always happy to have veteran VMUGger Craig Waters up to present on Pure Storage. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.

Brisbane VMUG – March 2016

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The first Brisbane VMUG for 2016 will be held on Thursday 24th March at EMC’s office in the city (Level 11, 345 Queen Street, Brisbane) from 2 – 4 pm (*note the new time). It’s sponsored by Dell and should be a lot of fun.

Here’s the agenda:

  • VMware Presentation: Demo of the Latest vRealize Operations Features and Capabilities
  • Dell Presentation: Understanding Your Workload and Sizing Infrastructure Appropriately
  • Dell Demonstration
  • Pizza and Refreshments

You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.