You may know that the BIT Integration team manages the state’s virtualization infrastructure through the use of VMware products, but did you know they are also involved locally as well as globally through an organization for VMware users? Currently Bonnie Bauder, Dan Maxfield and Rick Jensen are on the leadership team for the South Dakota VMUG.
So what is VMUG?
VMUG stands for the VMware user group which is an independent, global, customer-led organization that was created to give members the use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events. There are currently over 90,000 members worldwide and is the largest organization for virtualization users. VMUG has a standing partnership with VMware that allows the group and partners impact VMware products and services.
The South Dakota chapter was started in August of 2011 and is now at over 150 members. Quarterly meetings are scheduled to learn about new products, hear customer experiences, and network with peers in the technology industry. Along with growing the local chapter, Bonnie, Dan and Rick have represented the State of South Dakota on a worldwide scale. They are each past or present committee members in the VMUG and VMware spaces, and both Bonnie and Rick have been recognized as vExperts for their contributions to the VMUG community.
Interested in joining the community or learning more? Just go to www.vmug.com and read more about the organization or sign up to become a member. Membership is free, and gives you access to training, community, and events like the quarterly meetings. It is open to anyone that has an interest in virtualization technology.
The next quarterly meeting for SD VMUG will be held on June 19th at the Emergency Operations Center Amphitheater in the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre. There will be presentations by PernixData and Tintri, as well as free lunch and door prizes. You must register as a member on the website first, and then go to www.vmug.com/southdakota to register for the upcoming meeting.
If you have any questions, feel free to email Bonnie Bauder, Dan Maxfield, or Rick Jensen.
A special thanks goes out to Bonnie Bauder for providing us with this article!