VMware User Group Northwest event round up

It was a pleasure to be a part of the latest VMware User Group (VMUG) meet up in Manchester last week. Northwest UK Group Leader Nathan Byrne presided over a packed timetable of training and talks that culminated in the vBeers social evening at Tiger Tiger.

During his presentation, 1st Easy director Steve Bell recounted a history of computing from his “card-punching” days working with the IBM mainframes of the late ’70s, through to opportune meetings with the founders of Netscape and Google investors, right up to the cloud-based infrastructure-as-a-service arrangements that he’s involved with today.

Steve Bell chats with VMUG members after his presentation

Steve also looked at how the drivers of industry have adapted over the centuries to allow businesses to keep up with demand — a role in which the flexible and on-demand resources of cloud environments are playing an important part.

Robert Quinlan hands out the prizes

Steve Bell explores the path from waterwheels to cloud computing

For a full (and impartial!) review of the day, head over to Chris Beckett’s Virtual Fabric blog.

And sitting with such an enthusiastic group of VMware users, it all got us thinking. Yes, we’re a VMware cloud infrastructure provider, but we’re also users of the technology ourselves — we’re living the benefits of cloud as a strategy… So, look out for our upcoming coverage on cloud and how it has changed our business for the better: coming soon to the 1st Easy blog.

Dean prepares to talk cloud data centres

If you’re interested in hearing something a little different from the run-of-the-mill, in-your-face, cloud “hard sell”, we’d like to hear from you. We’ll put the main concepts into a down-to-earth, jargon-free overview of cloud and how it might be able to benefit you, your teams, your customers and your business.

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