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4th Annual Regional Meeting

Apple co-Founder, Steve WozniakThe Kansas City VMware User Group (KC VMUG) is proud to announce the 4th Annual Regional Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th at the Overland Park Convention Center.

The leadership for the user group also has the pleasure of revealing that Fusion-io Chief Scientist, Steve Wozniak, will present the conference’s opening keynote address.

Wozniak—best known for co-founding Apple Computer Inc in 1976 with Steve Jobs and essentially creating the personal computer industry with his invention of the Apple II computer—will participate in a “Town Hall Chat” to open the conference.

The all-day conference is centered on virtualization technologies from VMware and its industry partners like platinum sponsors Symantec and Teradici. In addition to the opening keynote, sponsor exhibits and breakout sessions organized on multiple tracks are planned with both technical and business/executive attendees in mind.

While attendance to the conference is free—thanks to the generous contributions of partner sponsors—registration for the event with the global VMUG orgainzation is required.

Ben Clayton, presiding leader for the KC VMUG and VMUG Board of Directors member, said: “You can’t find a more vibrant, enthusiastic user community than the VMware User Group. I think we’ll impress Mr. Wozniak as much as he impresses us.”


2012 Regional Meeting: Date & Venue

The leadership team for the Kansas City VMUG has chosen the Overland Park Convention Center as the location, and Tuesday, December 11 as the date for the Fourth Annual Midwest Regional VMware User Group Meeting.

A Regional VMUG Meeting is an all-day event focused on VMware and Partner technologies. Last year’s event had a great turnout, and the leadership team is hoping to exceed that record in 2012! In addition to a major presence by VMware itself, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with dozens of Partner representatives, attend technical sessions, and spend time with hands-on labs.

It’s also a great opportunity to network with your peers.

Interested partners should contact Dave Burnell for the prospectus.


Third Conference a huge success, breaks records

Packed room for Veeam’s breakout sessionThe third annual Midwest Regional VMware User Group conference, held on December 6th, 2011 at Kansas City’s famous Arrowhead Stadium, wrapped up shortly after 5:30pm local time. The final tally of checked-in attendees stood at 526, breaking the previous year’s numbers for the event, and setting a record for the recently-renovated venue as well.

According to Arrowhead event coordinator Ashley Netzer, the VMUG event was the largest non-NFL event to be held at the stadium since the $375 million renovation was completed in time for the 2010-2011 NFL season. It was those renovations that made it possible for indoor events at the scale of the VMUG conference to be possible. Although the stadium originally included indoor facilities that would support events such as wedding receptions and the like, nothing pre-renovation would have supported the number of attendees and booth space of the exposition area. In addition to stellar support from the Arrowhead event staff, the catering staff did a superb job of feeding the crowd with hot buffet meals for breakfast and lunch, as well as snacks and soft-drinks in-between.

Attendees in the expo area

The conference boasted an exposition area with booths for 40 sponsoring organizations, including VMware and Platinum Sponsors HP, Hitachi Data Systems and Riverbed. In addition to the conference-opening general sessions featuring VMware veteran Irish Spring and EMC’s Chad Sakac, 22 breakout sessions were presented across 5 tracks of interest: VMware, Backup, Network, Storage & Cloud.

Gold Sponsor EMC also provided 6 stations for cloud-based hands-on labs, hosted using VMware’s premier cloud computing services from the sponsor’s Durham, NC datacenter: proof that cloud computing’s promise can be fulfilled.

vBeers with the vStorage ExpertsVMUG events are all about “serious fun,” and nothing showcased it better than the final 90 minutes of the event. Thanks to Platinum Sponsor Riverbed, a panel session titled “vBeers with the vStorage Experts” concluded the educational portion of the day with an “open mike” format where storage questions and various beers were served to attendees and panelists Eric Siebert (HP), Nick Rieker (Dell Compellent), David Robertson (EMC), Theron Conrey (Nexenta), Scott Baker (NetApp) and Pieter Teeling (Dell Equallogic). Irish Spring’s deft moderation of the session kept the mood light, and attendees that were willing to stand up and ask questions for the panel found themselves with the additional reward of random goodies from ThinkGeek that the VMUG team had on hand.

Additional goodies in the form of ThinkGeek items, copies of Scott Lowe’s Mastering vSphere 5 and Mike Laverick’s Administering VMware SRM5 books, and various high-desire electronic devices like Apple iPads were raffled off to the ~100 remaining, dedicated attendees from both sponsors and VMUG prize bags.

Special thanks from the local VMUG leadership team to Ashley Netzler and the Arrowhead event & catering staff, the Chicago-based Global VMUG support staff (Amy, Frances, Victor, Bret, Dave), and of course, the Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors, without which we couldn’t have made it happen.


Reminder: Midwest Regional on December 6

Check your calendar; if you don’t have Tuesday, December 6 2011 reserved to come to the Midwest Regional VMUG Conference, hosted by the Kansas City VMware User Group at Arrowhead Stadium, now is a great time to do so!

Registration for the event is open, and we have a great slate of vendors and presenters on board to make a great day for the event.

Plan to stay the whole day! Don’t just come for an hour or two; don’t come for the morning and skip the afternoon! We have cool stuff in the works for the entire day; it will be worth your while to stick around…


3rd Annual Regional Meeting

The Kansas City VMware User Group is pleased to announce their 3rd Annual Regional Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, December 6th at the nationally-reknowned home of the Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium.

We are also happy to announce that the day’s opening presentation will be a keynote from Chad Sakac (@sakacc) of EMC.

Additionally, you can expect breakout sessions from industry leaders in storage, networking, management, security, and of course, VMware itself. We’re also working on getting some hands-on-labs and an Ask the Experts panel session (or two) to round out the day.