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London VMUG – 15th July 2021

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Earlier this month, I was honoured to have been able to present at the London VMware User Group. My session focussed on a discussion and demonstration around how we can leverage VMware vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) to visualise applications, their dependencies, and their application traffic flows to effectively micro-segment an application using the VMware NSX-T Distributed Firewall (DFW).

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North East England VMUG – 26th September 2019

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That didn’t disappoint! I’ve wanted to visit the North East England VMUG for sometime, so being asked to present at the user group made it all the more special. As I sit here in Newcastle International Airport waiting for my flight home, I thought I’d summarise the event for those who’ve never been to a VMUG event, are thinking of doing so in the future, or are thinking of speaking at a local VMUG.

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North East England VMUG – 26th September 2019

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The next North East England VMUG will be taking place on Thursday 26th September at the Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle, and I’m excited to be presenting alongside so many fantastic individuals from throughout the vCommunity.

My session will be covering VMware NSX Data Centre for vSphere (NSX-V) and, more specifically, a real world look at micro-segmentation and the implementation of a zero-trust environment. NSX makes this fairly easy thanks to a number of built-in tools, and we’ll explore how we can use the NSX Application Rule Manager to visualise application dependencies in order to start fleshing-out our Distributed Firewall rules.

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South West UK VMUG – March 2019 – VMware NSX and Micro-Segmentation from the Field

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That was a blast! On Wednesday 20th March I had the pleasure of speaking at the South West UK VMUG, held at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. My biggest thanks to VMUG Leaders Jeremy Bowman, Simon Eady, Barry Coombs, and Megan Warren for such a great opportunity, and to all who attended my session. This was my first time speaking at a VMUG, and despite the nerves, I really enjoyed it.

Focusing on VMware NSX Data Centre for vSphere and, more specifically, the micro-segmentation of applications with the aid of the NSX Application Rule Manager (based around my previous article). I opted not to perform a live demo during my very first speaking slot, but instead produced a live recording, for which I walked the group through how to utilise the NSX Application Rule Manager to identify application dependencies, endpoints, and service/ports/protocols when implementing a zero-trust environment.

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South West UK VMUG – 20th March 2019

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The first South West UK VMUG will be taking place on Wednesday 20th March 2019 at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, an event which also marks my first time presenting at a VMUG. No pressure, but I will be following a session by fellow vExpert, Chris Lewis (no relation).

My session will be covering VMware NSX Data Centre for vSphere (NSX-V) and, more specifically, the reality of managing a zero-trust environment for true micro-segmentation of services. NSX itself makes this fairly easy thanks to a number of tools (Application Rule Manager being just one), however, there are always a number of human variables which need to be acknowledged and identified along the way.

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VMworld 2018 Europe – Customer Panel on NSX Data Center (NET3042PE)

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At this year’s VMworld Europe in Barcelona I was invited to take part in a Customer Panel session which saw me detailing my story with VMware NSX Data Centre. Myself and two other panellists covered three very different use cases and stories, and I loved hearing their challenges, why they chose to implement NSX Data Centre, and of course, their implementation road-map, hurdles and successes.

Despite a few nerves, I’m quite happy with my story, and it was a load of fun! A huge thanks to all who attended the session, as well as to those who stayed behind afterwards to discuss their own NSX challenges with me (next time I might need a whiteboard). It was great speaking to you all, and I hope you all took something away from the session.

That was a blast! Thanks for having me, VMworld!

To replay the session, simply visit  Customer Panel on NSX Data Center (NET3042PE). To view the full range of on-demand videos, simply visit https://videos.vmworld.com/global/2018.

VMworld 2018 NSX Data Centre Panel - Members

VMworld Europe 2018 - Gareth Lewis

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VMworld 2018 Europe – Customer Panel on NSX Data Center (NET3042PE)

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Not only will this year mark my first ever visit to VMworld Europe, I’ll also be taking part in a Customer Panel session.

If you are interested in hearing my VMware NSX Data Center journey, how we implemented and operationalised NSX; how NSX continues to increase security and application performance, while simplifying troubleshooting and improving network provisioning time, then join me on Thursday, 8th November at 12:00-13:00 to hear more.

To register for the session, simply visit the VMworld 2018 Europe Content Catalogue – Customer Panel on NSX Data Center (NET3042PE).

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SysAdmin Day 2018

SysAdmin Day 2018

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Remember the days when you struggled to find something to do? Out of projects, with no outstanding project work, no issues to resolve, or nothing new to learn. No, I didn’t think so. Me either.

It’s been a busy 12 months. Nothing new for anyone in the ‘the’ industry. From the front-line IT Service Desk ninjas, to the as-back-of-house-they’re-in-the-car-park Storage Admins, the world of IT can often be a world of unsung heroes. So, each year, I make sure my guys are celebrated by taking part in the international System Administrator Appreciation Day.

We make sure we down tools and spend a little time together, celebrating our successes over a game of Super Mario Kart, or simply celebrate with a piece of cake (did I mention there’s cake?) Whilst we all put in a huge amount of effort, dedicating so much time to those out-of-hours projects at the cost of our families and loved ones, it’s important we appreciate each other. For where would we be without our team(s)?

So, welcome to our SysAdmin Day back on 27th July 2018 . A day of retro gaming, fun, catch-ups, celebrations, and did I mention cake?

SysAdmin Day 2018

SysAdmin Day 2018: VR Fruit (and Network) Ninja, David Collins
SysAdmin Day 2018: VR Fruit (and Network) Ninja, David Collins.

SysAdmin Day 2018: One of our teams at Cardiff
SysAdmin Day 2018: One of our teams at Cardiff.

SysAdmin Day 2018: And when our customers and users take part...it's the icing on the...uh...cake!
SysAdmin Day 2018: And when our customers and users take part…it’s the icing on the…uh…cake!

SysAdmin: aka, Tech Hero
SysAdmin: aka, Tech Hero

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London VMUG – 14th June 2018

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Thursday 14th June saw the latest London VMUG take place at Tech UK, London, with the User Group marking it’s third outing for 2018 in just six months! Rarely does any event see such heavy hitters as Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, and Niels Hagoort in one place, but today, we got to see all three in attendance. Add to that line-up further awesomeness in the form of  vCommunity member, Chris Porter, and this was one truly great London VMUG indeed! I’ve been to a number of VMUGs around the UK, however, this was to be my first time joining the London gang.

London VMUG - 14th June 2018 Agenda
London VMUG 14th June 2018 Agenda

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Computer World Define Tomorrow Huddle

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Last Friday I had the privilege of attending the exclusive, and first ever Define Tomorrow Huddle, hosted at the amazing Aerospace Bristol (home of the historic last flight Concorde) by the fantastic team at Computer World Group. The Huddle featured demos from three brilliant sponsors, including Rubrik, Bitdefender and Zerto, all of whom gave a true deep dive of fantastic technologies and solutions.

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