North East VMUG 7th February 2019

The First North East VMUG (NEVMUG) event of 2019 will be held on Thursday 7th February @ “The Royal Station Hotel” in Newcastle.

Check out the Lineup we have scheduled for the first event of 2019 ……..

VMware Keynote – Duncan Epping, Chief Technologist @VMware – @DuncanYB

‘The (r)evolution of Infrastructure’

In this session Duncan will discuss where we are today when it comes to VMware based Infrastructures. More importantly, we will be discussing where we are going tomorrow and how hyper-converged technologies help optimizing data center and operational efficiency. Current common challenges will be discussed, followed by solutions to those challenges. Be warned, this session will include forward looking demoes and statements.

VMware Keynote – Frank Denneman, Chief Technologist @VMware – @FrankDenneman

‘Kubernetes 101 for the vSphere Admin’

‘In this session Frank will discuss how Kubernetes has become the de-facto standard for container orchestration. Based on Google’s experience in running large-scale cluster management, it is a scalable container platform for building distributed systems. But it’s also a complex system to operate, with lots of tunables for performance and high availability. With 20 years of engineering experience in kernel and distributed computing, VMware solved many challenges Kubernetes currently faces. In this technical session, you will find out how VMware vSphere provides a lot of value, especially in large-scale Kubernetes deployments. ‘

Gold Sponsor Session – Rawlinson Rivera, Chief Technology Officer @Cohesity@PunchingClouds

‘Changing Data Protection from Nightmares to Sweet Dreams’

‘For years, we have all been dealing with backup and restore policies that really haven’t really changed with the times.  While these concepts of recovery are not new, the game has changed how we do it and there is some better ways to manage this always traditionally cumbersome process.  Join us to learn about:’

  • Our own real world data nightmares and success stories from the enterprise.
  • Discuss backup and recovery features that you must have to ensure your enterprise is ready for any data protection situation
  • Uncover the best way to be prepared for any recovery situation, even at 3am when you are on-call’

Gold Sponsor Session – Gijsbert Janssen van Doorn, Technology Evangelist @Zerto@Gaizzie

‘A New Era for Data Protection : Converged DR and Backup’

It’s time to revolutionize your data protection with a converged and continuous Disaster Recovery and Backup solution for both short-term and long-term data retention. Worried about Ransomware, or other unplanned disruptions and recovering fast enough? Continuous Journal-based recovery gives you DVR-like abilities to rewind and resume from any point in time to protect against logical & hardware failures, human mistakes, and natural disasters. Learn how Zerto uses its journaling technology coupled with continuous replication to protect and recover files, VMs, applications or even entire data centres and resume from just seconds before an incident – unlike out-of-date backups or snapshots.

VMware Session – Kev Johnson, Technical Marketing Engineer @VMware – @kev_johnson

‘Upgrading vSphere: Why, When & How? ‘

In this session Kev will discuss the reasons to upgrade to the latest releases of vSphere, things to consider as you plan and then walk you through the steps involved. Covering upgrade paths, migration from the Windows based vCenter Server (*shudder*), vCenter High Availability and the convergence tool to move your legacy external PSCs to the recommended embedded topology. Bring your questions – there may be prizes for good ones.

Community Session – Christopher Lewis, Blogger and vExpert – @thecloudxpert

‘vRealize Suite LIfecycle Manager – Notes/Tips&Tricks from the field’

In this session Christopher Lewis will be sharing recent experiences from the field when delivering VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM). Starting with a lightning introduction to vRSLCM, he will swiftly move onto covering some high level design considerations before spending time walking through the tips and tricks learnt during his experiences delivering vRSLCM in the field as a PSO Consultant. The session will close with a recap of the things to remember when working with vRSLCM.

Community Session – Gareth Edwards, Blogger and vExpertPro – @GarethEdwards86

‘Terraform, Terrawhat, TerraARGH, TerraYAY!’

This sessions is all about getting to grips with Terraform and a short journey on what Gareth learnt and how best to adapt this to your business and work alongside the ‘hipster’ developers who do all their websites in code but not infrastructure. Mainly AWS focused but by October I hope I have VMware on premises sorted along with VMware on AWS and maybe even Nutanix and Azure

Community Session – Jorge de la Cruz, Blogger and vExpert – @jorgedlcruz

‘Modern vSphere Monitoring and Dashboard using InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana’

In this session we will see the different ways to monitor our vSphere environment and we will see how to create from scratch an open source, scalable and completely free monitoring system using InfluxDB, Telegraf, Grafana and making use of vSphere’s own SDK.

This event would not have been possible without the support of the below five top sponsors, special thanks go out to

Registration & Agenda

Registration is now open, detailed agenda to follow very soon watch this space …….

Prize Giveaway’s and vBeer information

As with every North East VMUG event there will be lots of Giveaways and vBeers where you have the chance to discuss with the presenters and the Leadership team over a pint or two.