VMUG-logo-300pxMany people in the tech world have picked up a lot of their knowledge at user group meetings, and VMUG (the VMware User Groups) is one of the largest such communities in the world, with more than 180 local VMUG groups and 80,000 members.

Nimble Storage in proud to support user group meetings throughout the world, including the upcoming London VMUG meeting, which takes place in the London Chamber of Commerce on Thursday 23rd January. I’ve enjoyed presenting at previous VMUG events, on topics such as enhanced storage performance for virtualisation, and low-cost storage for VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) environments.

This time I’ll be on stage alongside the IT infrastructure team from one of our customers – Brightsource, a marketing services and technology company based in Gloucestershire.
brightsource-logo-300x85Brightsource embarked on a storage refresh project about a year ago as their existing VNX storage platform was causing performance, management and support problems. At the same time, they were taking on a number of new high-profile projects from large, demanding customers, so it was decided that a new platform might provide a more scalable and robust platform moving forwards.

The session is at 2:00 p.m., and will cover:

  • The problems experienced with the previous VNX implementation and associated infrastructure
  • Why Nimble Storage was selected to run a proof-of-concept trial
  • The proof-of-concept testing – lessons learned, successes, and failures
  • The outcome of the proof-of-concept
  • Site to site replication testing
  • Day to day life with Nimble Storage

It’s great to be able to stand up with one of our customers and discuss a true end-to-end storage project, especially discussing not just successes, but the failures (and lessons learned) while moving through the milestones.

There are also other very strong sessions such as Frank Denneman discussing server-side flash (and his home-hacking Ikea furniture into rack equipment(!), VMware vCloud Automation Center, VMware NSX, and the IT team from LEGO presenting their data centre relocation project.

Attendance at the London VMUG is free.

I look forward to seeing you there!