Just in case you are not aware of the VMUG event’s and what they are, here’s a quick snip “VMware User Group (VMUG) is an independent, global, customer-led organization, created to maximize members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events. With over 100,000 members worldwide, we are the largest organization for virtualization users.”
Some people worry that they are not truly independent, due to the way the funding and organisation works, but once you attend a meeting it is quite clear that they are, as often VMware ‘features’ are criticised and openly discussed.
A number of VMUG events occur in the UK – they are regional and as such my ‘Local’ one is the NorthWest Group (@NWEnglandVMUG ) – Twitter appears to be the default communication method, although http://www.vmug.com/ is also useful. Over the last couple of years I have attended the Northwest, North East & National events – as each one has its own uniqueness. They are very useful and my hope
These VMUG groups should not be confused with http://www.vmug.org.uk/ who are a Hypervisor independent group who also operate in the same way. Interestingly, in a straw poll of attendees at a recent Leeds event showed that 70% of the audience were VMware users!
My aim is to continue to attend these North West meetings, and hopefully many of the others in the similar field – with the intention of talking away pertinent information for personal, and my employers benefit. Often if/when the agenda is published the topics may not immediately appeal, but I feel that there is benefit to regular attendance, as the topics covered are always interesting and not always as per the plan!
I look forward to seeing any Newbies and old friends at the next VMUG event.