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London VMUG 17th July 2014 – Last Chance to Register

Storage Design 101 Session

Just a quick reminder that this is your last chance to register for this quarters London VMUG. For those of you who haven’t previously attended a VMUG, it’s a brilliant way to meet other people in our industry, watch a load of community and vendor sessions, and generally steep yourself into the techie melting pot.

As it happens, at this VMUG I will be presenting my own session, Noddy’s Guide to Storage Design – Storage 101, where I go through the basics of storage design decisions and impacts along with a few tips I’ve picked up over the years. I plan to potentially follow this up by turning it into a series of blog posts. At time of writing I have over 40 slides in my deck and that’s just the basics. My biggest issue is probably not lack of content, so I need to work on cutting it down before Thursday for sure!

Storage is complex… who knew?!

Fortunately Mike Laverick has kindly agreed to FeedForward with me and I’ll be running through my initial draft with him this evening!

Of the other sessions, the ones I’m particularly looking forward to are:

  • When Did Turkeys Ever Vote for Christmas? – Mike Laverick, VMware
  • Vendors: VMware Vision and Strategy – Martyn Storey, VMware
  • Hitting the Big Red Button with vCO and SRM – Sam McGeown

VMUG Agenda

If you are coming along, I highly recommend getting there early. Doors open from 8.30 and it’s a great time to catch up with other attendees. At the end of the day there is of course the most excellent London #vBeers at the Pavilion End! If you haven’t been before, just hang about by the lifts and tag along with a regular…

If you do see me on the day (I’m 6’7” so you cant miss me), please feel free to come and say hi!

Register here: London VMUG

Congratulations to the VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide Winners!

The VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide (with DVD) by Paul McSharry

Firstly, congratulations to the winners of the signed VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide competition!

Thanks very much to everyone who entered, and particularly to Paul @pmcsharry, who kindly provided his book and at draw time added a second copy for another lucky winner, as well as the London VMUG @LonVMUG for providing the VMware View book!

For those of you who haven’t seen the book before, I recently did a review, which is posted here: VCAP5-DCD Official Cert Guide – Book Review

The prize list is as follows:

Prizes will be posted this week; good luck with your exams and let us know how you all get on!

I Opened up a Can of #VUPaaS and it was Good! – Podcast Review

VUPaaS Logo

I recently had a 7 hour day in the car thought I would catch up on the first half a dozen episodes of the new VUPaaS podcast and see what it was like. The Virtualization User Podcast as a Service was started at the end of 2013 by Gurusimran “GS” Khalsa (@gurusimran), Chris “Cisco Kid” Wahl (@ChrisWahl) & Josh “Mute  you in a Heartbeat” Atwell (@Josh_Atwell) and is focussed on users of virtualisation tech.

One of the things which immediately jumped out at me about the format of the show is that there is a lot of discussion around user requirements, which as a Solution Architect, is exactly what I do all day! In that respect it is particularly interesting as the show has (to date) included a wide range of different users from different industry verticals and different backgrounds, environments etc. It’s fascinating to me to understand the reasons behind the design decisions which have been made, and how that has panned out in implementation.

Another great element of the show is the real-world hints, tips and experiences which are brought to light by the guests when they discuss the issues they came across in implementation, or for example Chris Mohn discussed some of the tools he uses to “get the job done” as a consultant. They also had our own #LonVMUG regular Ed Grigson talking about Oracle, Cloud, DevOps and everything in between.

One other type of “user” I would be interested to hear from on a show (even just a one-off), is one of the decision-maker “users”; a CTO/CIO/IT Director. It would be interesting to understand how they make their decisions and what information sources drive them to procure something that their employees then have to implement (sometimes without necessarily engaging those people in the decision making process!).

I have enjoyed the show so much to date, it has immediately jumped into my Top 4 favourite podcasts. I would definitely recommend you check it out!

My current podcast list is as follows (in order of preference):




Speaking in Tech

Weekly – Wednesdays



~ Every 3-4 weeks



~ Monthly



~ Weekly


VMware Communities Roundtable

Weekly – Wednesday Evenings


Around the Storage Block



Packet Pushers

Multiple per week


Professional VMware Brownbag



GreyBeards on Storage

~ Monthly


Puppet Labs Podcast



One wee tip if you want to start listening to more podcasts is to have them set to auto-download onto your Android or iPhone overnight. Then by the time you get into the car in the morning they’re ready to go! On Android I use BeyondPod for managing this.

That about wraps it up for now but just to reiterate, I highly recommend you too open up a can of VUPaaS at your earliest convenience!

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