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August Update

The KC VMUG Volunteers (yet another ‘vvols’!) had a great day with the Sleepyhead Beds service project, completed on August 2nd. A big shout-out to the members who helped:

David Daniels
Chris Hildebrandt
David Huggins
John Hurd
Eric Lee
Colin Pestinger
Stacy Reeves
Aaron Spiegel
Rachel Tinsley

You can expect to see more great opportunities to give back to the community without needing to commit to IT projects…

We also have our next half-day meeting around the corner—14-Aug, 1-4pm—with our friends at PernixData sponsoring and giving a rundown of their ground-breaking FVP storage acceleration software. Registration for the meeting is open.


April Meeting

It doesn’t (yet) show up in the main VMUG local meetings list, but registration is open for the April VMUG Meeting on Thursday, 24-April.

We will be spending a bit of time looking at VMware’s soon-to-be-released VSAN product, as well as EMC’s XtremeIO product: chances are, one or both could be useful for your datacenter storage needs!

As noted before, we’re now meeting at Dark Horse Distillery (11740 W 86th Terrace, Lenexa KS). We’re going to make some adjustments in the meeting space to get around the issues we had at the February meeting, so we don’t expect the same acoustic issues we had before.

Keep your eye on this website, too: we hope to make an announcement about a special March Madness event we’ve got cooking!


Closing out 2013

As announced yesterday in the August Meeting, our final small-scale meeting of 2013—not including the all-day Regional Conference on November 5th—will be a special one for many reasons.

Scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, October 17th from 1:30 to 4pm, it’s going to be our first social-only networking event. While technical discussions are expected and welcome, there will not be any official presentations from that perspective. In fact, other than some housekeeping details—and the inevitable must-be-present-to-win door prizes at the end—there won’t be any presentations at all.

This is about the community: we’re basically doing one big “Beers with Ben.”

It’s also a special meeting because it’s the last meeting at the Boulevard Brewing Company for the foreseeable future. Don’t worry: it’s not because we did anything wrong, or because the fine folks at Boulevard doesn’t like us. Boulevard has made the business decision to stop hosting meetings during the workday so that they don’t have to worry about tours causing disruptions of meetings. It’s the simple reality that Boulevard’s tours have become so popular that they run them pretty much non-stop during the day: this is a good thing for our longtime hosts, and rather than whine & cry about losing our favorite meeting locale, the leadership of the VMUG salutes their success!

What’s next? We’re in discussions with Dark Horse Distillery in Lenexa for our bi-monthly meetings, starting in February.

Finally, it’s also a special meeting because this is the first time we’re openly inviting recruiters to play a role. Don’t worry if you’re not looking: interaction with the recruiters will be purely voluntary. But if you’re ready for a change—or are just looking to remind yourself of how happy you are where you are!—this should be an added reason to make this meeting a priority.

Recruiters: if you’re interested in taking a part in this special event, contact Tony Lux for sponsorship details.


August Around the Corner

Holy cow! 2013 is already half over, and we’re about 5 weeks away from VMworld 2013 (US)!

We’ve got another meeting scheduled for mid-August, and we’re bringing in one of the established kings of automation—Puppet Labs—to give us a peek at their tools for bringing your manual processes back under control.

As usual, we’ll be quaffing the fine products at the Boulevard Brewing Company’s Muehlbach Suite, with a social hour preceding the technical presentations.

Registration is Free! Come and have a beer with Ben and talk automation of your vSphere environment with the gurus from Puppet!


June Meeting

Our June meeting, previously scheduled for this week on Thursday, has been moved forward a couple of hours, beginning at 12:00pm and running to 3pm.

Our sponsor and main presenter for the meeting is SimpliVity; their reps will be introducing their OmniCube converged (scale-out storage+compute) product to the community.


12:00: Open Networking
12:45: Welcome & Housekeeping
1:00: SimpliVity “Wouldn’t It Be Nice? Looking Into the Future of Virtualized Infrastructure”
2:00: Break
2:15: User Demos: Scripting your VMware Environments
2:45: Closing Comments

Registration over at vmug.com has already closed, but you can feel free to join us anyway!