APAC Virtualization Podcast

All things virtualisation in the APAC region

vBrownBag TechTalks at vForum Sydney 2013

Great news, the vBrownBag TechTalks are coming to vForum Sydney. For those familiar with TechTalks you can go straight to the signup form here.

Tech Talks originated at VMworld 2012 where they provided an opportunity for community members, whose presentation submissions were not accepted into the main catalogue, to present the core of  a topic. TechTalks are a ten minute presentation by a community member for the benefit of the community. Since almost everyone working in technology has solved problems and learned something almost everyone could present a TechTalk. The format can be a slide deck or simply talking, they are usually about how to solve a problem or get the most out of a product. The TechTalk is captured on video and published on all of the vBrownBag distribution channels, on YouTube and Vimeo.  If the conference Internet connection allows, the talk is also live streamed from the show.

TechTalks are for community members to reach other community members, any topic that will help other people is good.  The one thing that TechTalks are not is an opportunity to present the corporate slide deck about a great product you would like us to buy. TechTalks are about up skilling and education, the only marketing should be from the TechTalk sponsors who help make the whole thing happen.

If you will be at vForum Sydney and you have learned something on the job then you should share your knowledge, signup to present a TechTalk, the audience is friendly and supportive.

By the way while you are signing up make sure you also register for VMDownUnderground, the community party before vForum.


VMDownUnderground party 2013

I’m very please to thank Veeam, NetApp and VMUG for sponsoring the VMDownUndergroud party which aims to get virtualization folk to talk together before vForum in Sydney.

The format is the same as the last two years, although the venue has changed. The format is drinks and snacks for a couple of hours, letting you mix with other people who are going to be at vForum.  Catch up with old friends you meet once a year or make new friends, we encourage the sponsors to also send their tech people so bring questions for the sponsors. The venue is Cohibar, which is closer to the vForum venue and has view of Darling arbour.

Head over to EventBrite and register, we will see you there.

VMDownUnderground 2013

WOW, it is getting close to vForum Sydney, you can pre-register at this site.

Like the last two years we ill be organizing the community warm-up party for the night before the conference starts. So book your travel to be in Sydney on Sunday afternoon so you have time to freshen up before we get started.

We haven’t finalised a location but the format will be the same, hang out with the other community connected people and have a drink and some nibble with the compliments of our awesome sponsors. This year we’re working closer with the VMUG guys so we should have a wider range of people to talk with.

When we’re a little closer we will put tickets up on EventBrite as usual.

EPISODE 78 – Flash in the Datacentre

Mike Laverick was joined by Alastair Cooke to talk with, friend of the podcast, Frank Denneman about how PernixData’s FVP product can alleviate storage performance issues on vSphere without re-architecting the SAN.


Mike Laverick @Mike_Laverick     http://mikelaverick.com


Frank Denneman @FrankDenneman http://frankdenneman.nl/

Alastair Cooke @DemitasseNZ http://demitasse.co.nz

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Please reach out if you have a topic you’d like to cover on APACVirtual, here’s the schedule, we’re always open and keen to talk :-)

Episode 66 VMUG Conference warm up

The Sydney and Melbourne VMUG User conferences are only two weeks away.  We’re assembling as many of the speakers as possible to join the podcast and outline some of what they are presenting. From International superstars like Stephen Foskett and Mike Laverick to the local heroes presenting community content at the Melbourne conference there will be a collection of people to talk with and ask questions.

Join us live or download afterwards, either way don’t miss the discussion.

Start Time (GMT+11): 23 January 2013 9:00 PM (EDT Sydney)
Duration (minutes): 45

Talkshoe Call ID: 75046

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EPISODE64 – vForum wrap-up

As things were wrapping up at vForum Sydney 2012 and the solutions exchange was being torn down a few of us gathered to record a podcast, it’s a round-up of our impressions of vForum Sydney in 2012. Craig Waters was joined by Alastair Cooke, Andrew Dauncey, Chris Jones and Darryl Crossley to talk converged infrastructure and everything else topical.

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Normal service will resume next week.

VMdownunderground 2012 party

The party was a great success again, to the awesome sponsors Veeam and Netapp we were able to gather and socialise before the main event. The event is publicised by word of mouth and social media among the people doing virtualization, the technical people who design, install and manage solutions.  This year we collected a ticket price of $5 per ticket and after the Eventbrite and credit card fees were settled we have donated over $400 to Bear Cottage. Incidentally it was Anastasia at Veeam who suggested the charity, a great choice of an organisation to help.

The Pumphouse was pretty busy downstairs when we started, giving some people a little trouble to find us until the Veeam banner was erected.  My friends Andrew and Craig manned the door, leaving me free to socialise the whole time, a great help to me so thanks guys. These guys also handed out the Veeam swag, a rather entertaining looking USB hub in the shape of a stick figure person, and the door prizes from TrainSignal for some lucky attendees. Upstairs in addition to the food and drink there were bags of T-shirts from NetApp, just like last year the rather geeky lettering on them glows in the dark.

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I was pleased to hear people who had only talked online meeting up in person and really happy to talk with so many new people. Once again I failed to take a lot of photos and my phone camera had a lot of trouble with the light, these should give you a feeling of what went on.



Christine Partridge (Veeam) Eugene Geaher (VMware) Nicki Pereira (Zettagrid) Anastasia Chernyshova (Veeam) (1)

The TrainSignal Door prize winners:

David Byrne, the leader of the Tasmanian VMUG gets some vSphere training.

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Daniel Martushev who gets to brush up his vSphere networking skills, clearly his chicken skewer holding skills are already second to none.


Paul Hedland with a blur of vSphere Site Recovery Manager training.

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The guys from Lazu got vSphere training and a T-shirt, I completely failed to get their names but had a great chat with them.


I’m expecting that the VMdownunderground party will make a return next year, so book the week of November 20 & 21 in 2013 for vForum and VMdownunderground.

VMDownUnderground tickets available

Tickets are now available, get yours now or find out more about the event on the Eventbrite page http://vmdownunderground2012.eventbrite.com/

Tickets to the event are limited so best you book your ticket now.

Thanks again to my awesome sponsors: Veeam and NetApp. This event wouldn’t take place without their commitment to our community.

While you’re thinking about vForum Sydney 2012 you should also think about presenting a vBrownBag lightning talk, a ten minute presentation on something for the community. The registration link for presenters is here.

VMDownUnderground returns in 2012

The event before the event is back. Inspired by the VMunderground party before VMworld USA, VMdownunderground is your opening opportunity to meet people from the VMware community who are active in the ANZ region.

I am delighted to announce that there will be VMdownunderground 2012 on Tuesday 13th November, the evening before vForum Sydney opens.  The details are at http://vmdownunderground2012.eventbrite.com/ where you will be able to buy tickets from 10:00 next Tuesday 23rd October. All proceeds from the ticket sales are being donated to Bear Cottage to help them to care for children who have a life-limiting illness.

I’m also delighted to welcome back my two sponsors from last year, both Veeam and NetApp have returned to support this community. I’m still seeking a few more sponsors to enable a larger event than last year.

Book the date and I look forward to seeing you there.

vBrownBag Tech Talks will be at vForum Sydney

After the excellent San Francisco and Barcelona sessions in August and October the Tech Talks are coming to Sydney.

Tech Talks are an opportunity for you to present something, anything, that is of interest to the Virtualisation community.  It doesn’t need to be unique and undiscovered but it should be something important to you and useful to others. 

The best sessions are ones where you’ve done something or learnt something the hard way and you can help other people have an easier time of the same problem.

There are plenty of examples of what other people have presented n the LiveStream web site at www.livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv

If you’d like to submit a session then fill in the form here and I’ll get in touch.