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6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time

Deborah Sampson and Thomas Paul Rooms

One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA

Directions to NERD Center

Paid parking available nearby; MIT lots are free after 5PM, Bldg E-51 (2 Amherst St) for example.
Directions to E-51 Parking
Better yet, take the "T".

Thursday, September 18th
To the Clouds!

The best education in Virtualization each month!

Thanks to our sponsors:

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Scale Computing Logo
Scale Computing

Make sure to RSVP on the VirtG Meetup site so we know how much food to order and we can use the attendance list to speed up registration at the Microsoft Security Desk

A note from the VirtG Leadership:

Welcome back from the summer. We kick off the new year with a bang! Let's learn more about virtualization.

Registration Link:

6:00-7:00 Networking, Introductions, Pizza


John Humphreys, VP of Marketing

The Portfolio Approach: Addressing the Complexities of a Multi Cloud Environment

Photo: Humphereys2014 has been touted by analysts and technologists as the year of the hybrid cloud, but in fact, it will more likely be the year of the multi-cloud environment. The truth is that the cloud is not a one-size-fits-all solution and with service providers coming to this realization, they are beginning to create cloud solutions whose environments are focused on the specific requirements of those services – specialized cloud services like desktop as a service, disaster recovery as a service, security as a service, etc. As a result of the increase of specialized services, the environment that end user organizations end up managing will include their own private cloud as well as various specialized cloud services from a number of providers. This multi-cloud environment is more than just a hybrid environment, and can present additional complexities.

Company Bio:

Founded in March 2000 by the CTO of Goldman Sachs, Egenera provides a comprehensive cloud management platform that is being used by both enterprise IT and service providers alike to transform static infrastructure into flexible cloud services and provide instant access to the computing resources users and customers require. The solution enables users to quickly create scalable, secure and highly reliable private, public and cloud services. Egenera Cloud Suite was designed to support business and mission-critical applications as well as test, development and less-demanding environments. Unlike other cloud solutions, with Egenera there is no unnecessary vendor lock-in - users can choose the storage, servers, applications, hypervisors, and operating systems that work best for their end user requirements. With its ability to dynamically provision physical as well as virtual servers, Egenera Cloud Suite lets organizations run databases and applications that are not well suited to running in virtual machines. Many of these applications also require the highest levels of availability and disaster recovery— which Egenera Cloud Suite delivers through its unique N+1 HA and DR features. Companies around the globe use Egenera to manage and protect their mission-critical business services, including some of the world’s leading cloud service providers, financial services firms, healthcare  organizations and government agencies.

7:45-8:00 Short Break for Networking


Doug Howell, Director of Channel Sales
Scale Computing

Advancing your business in a Hyperconverged IT world

Photo: HowellThe discussion will revolve around organizations that are leaving the "Do it Yourself" (DIY) approach behind to leap into a fully integrated Hyperconverged solution. We'll dig into the easiest ways to build a virtualized infrastructure. The goal is to help organizations minimize the buying, building and integration of complex compute infrastructure.This helps make the business much more competitive; integrated compute infrastructure delivers on this goal. Less training, less time and resources required to maintain computing environments means better return on investment. Does anyone really have the staff in place to deliver on all the IT goals? The emergence of Hyperconverged architectures can make this a reality. Computing should make a business or organization competitive and responsive to their clients and users. Hyperconverged solutions are leading the way.


Speaker Bio:

Howell comes to Scale Computing from Azul Systems, where he was the Director of Channel Sales. A serial channel development executive with over 20 years of experience with venture backed startups holding roles ranging from business development to sales. Howell has a strong track record of creating successful channel programs that have contributed to overall company success. Previously he was at Splunk, serving as the Relationship Manager to Microsoft.  He has also held similar roles at MailFilters, Borderware, Teneros, and DotNEtNuke.


Company Bio:

Scale Computing integrates storage, servers, and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance based system that is scalable, self-healing and as easy to manage as a single server. Using industry standard components, the HC3 TM appliances install in under an hour, and can be expanded and upgraded with no downtime. High availability insulates the user from any disk or server failure and a unified management capability driven by the patented Ultra-Easy Hyperocre Software TM , efficiently integrates all functionality. The result is a data center solution that reduces operation complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs.

8:45- Cleanup and prizes 

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 Mission Statement

Logo for "Virtualization-Boston"

The Virtualization Group–Boston is a volunteer run, professional association, which exists in order to encourage an exchange of knowledge about all aspects of virtualization, green technology and cloud computing between IT Professionals. Furthermore, we will foster affiliation with similar virtualization groups located elsewhere to expand the reach of knowledge and training resources.

 About Virtualization Group - Boston

What We Do

As a local user group, we physically meet monthly, by default on the Third Thursday.

The 2-3 hour meeting provides an opportunity for education, knowledge transfer, and training through formal presentations, demonstrations, and discussions. As a local user group, of course networking is an important element and typically we provide some refreshments and door prizes.

Unless there is an objection from a presenter, all presentations will be recorded. These recordings may be downloaded and viewed by our members offline at a later time, and may be shared with other local user groups that are part of the Virtualization User Group Alliance. We plan at some point to make the presentations streamed live over the internet as well.

From time-to-time we also host special events. A great example of this is our inaugural event "Virtualization Deep Dive Day"

What We Cover

We use a very inclusive approach in determining what we consider to fit under the Virtualization umbrella. The list of interest areas that we have defined is expected to change as technology and interests advance. Currently, we have identified the following areas of interest to the group:

  • Server Virtualization
  • Desktop Virtualization (Hosted and Local)
  • Presentation Virtualization
  • Application Virtualization
  • Storage Virtualization
  • Network Virtualization
  • Cloud Computing
  • Going Green
  • Mobility

No two people are likely to give you the same definition to any of these terms; see "Areas of Intereest" below for more information on how we define these areas.


Virtualization Boston desires to affiliate with other local User Groups around the world that focus on the Virtualization space. As such, we are branding a global member alliance we call the "Virtualization User Group Alliance".  Alliance members will be able to share designated content to extend the reach of technical knowledge well beyond that for which any one group could cover.

See the sidebar on alliances at the bottom right side of the home page for more infomration.

Content Level

We seek to advance the technical knowledge of our members, who are generally active IT professionals, contractors, consultants, and vendors. While presentations may sometimes focus on a particular vendor solution which requires an understanding of "why", presentations generally focus on the "how". Another way we state this is that presentations should be technical as opposed to marketing and at "level 200" or above.

We center our focus on the needs of mid-size organizations. At the same time we understand that the needs or larger organizations are more complex and that we can all still learn much from practices and products suited to their needs.

Current Areas Of Interest 

Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization is concerned with the hosting of multiple server operating systems on a single hardware platform. Epitomized by products from vendors such as VMware,, Microsoft, Citrix, Virtual Iron, and others, server virtualization provides many companies advantages in consolidation, power, management, and deployment flexibility.

Desktop Virtualization

Desktop Virtualization (called VDI by some), shares many of the technical details of server virtualization, but involves the virtualization of desktop operating systems rather than server operating systems. Because the management needs of desktop users are much more complex, often different products are needed to service those needs. The Desktop Virtualization space itself consists of several sub-spaces with very different solution architectures. This includes what we call the "hosted desktop" space, and the "local desktop" space. Hosted Desktop Virtualization is where the desktop is hosted on back-end equipment (such as a blade server or a multi-VM host such as is used in server virtualization), often combined with some kind of broker service to manage user connections . Local Desktop Virtualization is where the virtualized operating system is run on the local PC that the person is using.

Presentation Virtualization

In terms of number of end-users, the largest usage of any of the Virtualizations we cover is that of multi user session sharing of a single OS, as in Microsoft Terminal Services and X-Windows. In this form of virtualization, user input and output devices are remoted to a single instance of an operating system where sessions are established to isolate activities. The higher user density that may be achieved using Presentation Virtualization will keep this class of solution popular for many years to come. In addition, many other virtualization solutions borrow from the connectivity protocols present in Presentation Virtualization solutions.

Application Virtualization

Application Virtualization isolates not at the OS or User level, but at the application itself. Application Virtualization helps to solve not only application compatibility and conflict issues, but when layered with other forms of virtualization can create a dynamic stateless infrastructure environment.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is generally considered to be scenarios whereby companies run software and/or services hosted that are hosted by other companies. The software and/or services may be private or public in nature. Cloud computing may incorporate Application Service Providers, hosting sites, and business solutions such as Google Apps, Microsoft Live Services, and others.

Storage Virtualization

Advances in storage are the most important advances today affecting the performance, availability, and manageability of our systems. Numerous vendors are creating new technology, and advanced management capabilities, that are required by virtualization.

Going Green

Rather than a technology or a product, this category is used to capture the interest and momentum in "going green".


It's not just Windows anymore.  IT is often being asked to develop a mobility strategy to support users with touchpad and phones.  This category covers company owned and BYOD devices, apps, and management.  It also dips into the data management aspect of file sharing services. 

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 Our Plans...


Greetings and Welcome to the home of "Virtualization Group - Boston",

Virtualization Group - Boston is a new user group setup to eventually expand to be a national then perhaps an international interface for virtualization events physical and virtual.  Our charter is to hold monthly meetings in Waltham Ma on the second Tuesday of each month.  Our first regular meeting was held on Feb 26, 2009.   Our first official event was called Virtualization Deep Dive Day on Feb 20th 2009.  

We are not sure how long it will take to get our infrastructure in place to expand our services but our plans are as follows:

Record all regular meeting presentations and have them available online within 5 days of the meeting.  Eventually, we would like to expand to make them available real-time online and allow people attending from home or office to participate in the event by asking questions.

We would also like to gain some traction in other regions and have other user groups "Simulcast" our events. This is the primary reason for the " - Boston" in the name. Our hope is that the Real Life meeting can take place in any one of our locations and all other groups around the country and around the world can invite their members to experience the event live in their local cities.  We expect to get sponsors for all meetings and events so that we can have food and/or snacks available for those that are attending in person.  There is some chance that this infrastructure can be in place prior to our first meeting in Feb 2009.  More details on that later. 

Currently all content is being hosted by Bay State Integrated Technology, Inc. We are working on arrangements with other partners to assist us in this venture.  We are looking for partners to supply us with:

  • hardware that will be needed to store the content including the training event Audio/Video (Servers, Storage, Firewall and Equipment Maintenance costs, Anti-Virus, etc)  {Preferably Green Friendly}
  • hosting facilities that can supply us with redundancy as well as high-speed Internet for downloading and broadcasting live event content  {Preferably Green Friendly}
  • hardware and software needed to record and publish the content
  • swag for door prizes at live events
  • discounts for members
  • development (web and SharePoint) - Helpful add-ins welcome also
  • food and beverage sponsorship for meetings and events
  • cash for out of pocket expenses to run the group and put the infrastructure together
  • education items to be distributed to members (books, classes, white papers, etc.)

If you are aware of companies or groups that might be interested in what we are doing please contact Dan Stolts. Dan can also be contacted via his cell phone at 508-930-1286.  More on these pending relationships later. 

We will establish an email list which will NOT be released to any third party.  At all events, evaluations will be collected (online and in person) and all attendees will be given the option of allowing us to give the sponsor your contact information.  There may be limitations on eligibility for "participating in the drawing" for those that opt out of giving sponsors their contact information. 

Initial topics will include Virtual Server (Hyper-V, ESX), Application Virtualization, Virtualization Management, Desktop Virtualization, Presentation Virtualization as well as many other related technologies including Green Computing.  Individual topics will sometimes be geared toward a particular product.  In other cases, presentations will be about technology in general and will not be specific to a product.  The group is designed to be vendor neutral and product agnostic but the nature of education on a topic is to talk about the technology that is deployed in particular products.


 September Meetup Blog

Welcome back to our "regular" location for the start of the new year.

We wanted to start out with more content on "The Cloud" and lined up two stellar presentations, only to have one of the companies bought out by VMWare. So maybe we will see Harry on a different date in the future...

Meanwhile, Doug Howell approached us about a do-it-yourself model that we just know that you'll want to hear.

See you there!


 ‭(Hidden)‬ October Meeting Blog

When we started VirtG, our intent was to be completely vendor neutral and cover the full gambit of Virtualization.

But as we were starting, we found that our meeting site host added restrictions that prevented us from covering certain competing products and vendors. Most third party vendors work all sides of the street, so for a large part this wasn't much of an issue.

This month opens up a new era for VirtG. We now have meeting sites available at two of the major players in the Virtualiation space, both Microsoft and VMWare. And both locations are a short walk from the same "T" station. We will probably continue to meet at the NERD for most of our meetups, but (assuming the site works out well) we will probably schedule a few meetings a year at this new site at VMWare.


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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Upcoming Events

9/18/2014 6:00 PM   VirtG Monthly Meeting 
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This season we are moving to the MS NERD building @ 1 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142
10/16/2014 9:00 AM   VirtG Monthly Meeting 
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This season we are moving to the MS NERD building @ 1 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142
11/20/2014 9:00 AM   VirtG Monthly Meeting 
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MS NERD Center @ 1 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142
12/18/2014 9:00 AM   VirtG Monthly Meeting 
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MS NERD Center @ 1 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142
1/15/2015 6:00 PM   VirtG Monthly Meeting 
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MS NERD Center @ 1 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Countdown to Deep Dive Day

Virtualization Deep Dive Day 2011 is History!

We had a wonderful event on March 11th, with over 150 people in attendance and a whole lot of learning going on. Go to the DeepDiveDay2011 Tab at the top of this page to get access to the presentations and videos.

The videos are done!  Thanks to Peter and Steve (and the additional camera operators) for a great job in getting these done so fast.


Virtualization Deep Dive Day 2011
Tim Mangan's Blog
Boston User Groups
Boston Area Windows Server User Group
Boston Linux User Group
Microsoft Virtualization Site
Meet the Virtualization-Boston Board
Dan Stolts Microsoft Blog
Virtual PC Guy's WebLog (Ben Armstrong)
John Howard (Microsoft Hyper-V Sr. Product Manager)
Virtualization.Info Website Website
Free Virtualization e-book offer. Thom Robbins .NET Weblog
Bay State Integrated Technology, Inc.


Virtualization User Groups AllianceLogo for Virtualization User Groups Alliance

Virtualization Boston desires to affiliate with other local User Groups around the world that focus on the Virtualization space. As such, we are branding a global member alliance we call the "Virtualization User Group Alliance".

Alliance members will be able to share designated content to extend the reach of technical knowledge well beyond that for which any one group could cover.  We hope to be able to simulcast presentations using web technology, or at least record and store since some alliance members will be in quite different time zones.

User Groups in other locations that wish to affiliate with us should Contact Dan Stolts.

Aliance Members include...

Boston Area Windows Server User Group
New York Enterprise Windows User Group
St Louis Virtualization Group
Calgary Systems Management User Group
Boston Azure User Group
Exchange Server Boston
Cloud Centric Boston

VirtG Affiliates with the following:

Boston User Groups Boston User Groups

Virtualization Boston is part of the Boston User Groups, which is a great resourse for all user groups in the greater Boston area.


Virtualization Boston is supported in part by OReilly Publishing Oreilly