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i have a tiny camera called a Narrative Clip that I use to help me capture memorable moments at the events I attend, it captures so lovely but low resolution natural moments that would otherwise go missed. Below is a collection of images from todays BriForum in London.

Sorry if I haven’t captured your best side 😉





\Morning all, for the next couple of days I will be at Briforum taking place in London, for the first time I will also be presenting alongside Andrew Wood of Atlantis Computing.


Whilst at the event I will be tweeting live from my twitter account @virtualisedreal, I will also be creating my doodles (If technology allows) and putting them on my blog / twitter as I did last year. I also will be using my Narrative Clip to grab some Barry eye view shots of my experience at the event, see my first shots below. Check back to this blog post for more content from today. 

If you are at the event grab me and say hello, I look forward to meeting you. 

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Brian Madden’s State of the Industry Keynote – My doodle

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For my 4th year I will be attending BriForum in London, I love BriForum for the focus on the EUC content from the community. Thanks to Andrew Wood for suggesting I submit a session,  I have for the first time got a session along side Andrew on a subject close to our hearts, focusing on the user!

We invite you for an interactive session where we will discuss an EUC project lifecycle, but instead of focusing on the technology we will focus on the business, the user and the administrator. We will have live polls, Q&A and prizes so be sure to join us. 

As ever I will be doodling whilst attending as I did last year. I hope to be catching up with the crew and many of you at the event!



My blog posts from the event can be found at the links below

Day 1

Day 2



Today was the final day of BriForum taking place in London, today was much of the same with several technical sessions and the Atlantis ILO vendor sessions. I really enjoyed the Atlantis session it was technical and had two great presenters, I have already worked Atlantis a little but plan on digging into this a bit further moving forward. The technical sessions were brilliant as ever and credit to Shawn Bass I think he was presenting alongside others in at least 3 sessions today.

I also attended a session presented by Daniel Bolton of Kingston University discussing their move from Quest vWorkspace to physical PCs and VMware Mirage. This was a great session and Daniel was a great presenter explaining the thoughts and reasoning to the move and how Mirage met there needs. I am a big fan of Mirage and it was great to here another customer experience.

Once again my doodles have gone down well on twitter, so much so that Brian Madden gave me a shoutout in his end of conference sum up, which was much appreciated. I generally do these as a reference point for my self to remember what my key take aways were, but it am glad others fine them useful. I will certainly be keeping this up at future conferences.

Today’s doodles can be seen below

Today was the first day of BriForum London taking place once again at the ETC Venues St Pauls. This is my third BriForum my thoughts and comments on previous years events can be found here >>

As usual the event was kicked of by Brian Madden himself discussing that state of the EUC industry this year was summed up into 3 elements, 1. People are saying 2014 is the year of DaaS, whilst it may not be the year of mass adoption of DaaS, like it never has been the year of mass adoption of VDI, it is certainly the year when people are talking about DaaS and we are having to answer questions regarding VDI projects being deliver on premise or in the cloud as DaaS. 2. Was the end of Citrix’s Monopoly with XenApp now VMware have announced the ability to publish apps from RDSH via Horizon View 6, 3. With Citrix’s announcements regarding Workspace Services being based on a hybrid cloud model this sets the standard for the future of EUC with the other vendors either already talking about similar solutions or bound to be following suit this year. 

Over the years Brian’s keynote has gone from the delusion of VDI to reality as price and technology has changed to make it more possible.

The favourite aspect for me at BriForum is the technical sessions, below you are able to see some of the doodles I made during these sessions, as per Dell SF when I first did these they have gone down well on twitter!  My favourite sessions from today were the XenDesktop sizing with Helge Klein which was relevant to any VDI / RDS based solution really and the thin client session with Shawn Bass and Andrew Morgan. As ever I do feel the majority of the content is focused to Citrix users / use cases with very little VMware Horizon specific or slanted content. For me this hasn’t really detracted from the event but it would be nice to see some View specific content like we do with the Citrix Content. 

The vendor hall is full of a variety of vendors but this year is certainly the year of the storage vendor with Nimble, Tintri, Pure Storage, X-IO, Fusion IO and Atlantis in attendance, there is also nVidia and AppSense amongst others. For me as ever it was good to catchup with Nimble but Pure Storage was also interesting if you require a all flash solution and I look forward to learning more about their technology in the future. For me there is always a big thumbs up to vendors who can go through a whole pitch regarding their product by selling the benefits of their product and not the weaknesses of the competition and this was certainly the case from Pure, maybe not some of the others in the room. Missing from the hall again in my opinion is VMware, Citrix and Microsoft themselves this was the same as last year as well, I really feel this conference would be a great place for these vendors to sing from the rooftops around what they are doing. 

Im looking forward to tomorrow and getting into some more technical conversations and if you are at the event please be sure to say hi. 

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Once again I will be attending BriForum London taking place at etc Venues St.Paul’s. Read my previous blog posts with information of my past experiences here>

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The favourite aspect for me with regard to BriForum are the technical sessions, I have always found these extremely insightful and taken a lot away, I hope there is a a good mix of content but for me I will be particularly interested in VMware View specific sessions.

If you would like to come along be sure to sign up now prior to 28th February for the Super Early Bird pricing


Today was the second and final day of BriForum London 2013, today for me was largely about the sessions as I had visited many of the vendors yesterday.

I attended a total of four sessions today kicking off with Hyper-V for VMware Administrators by Mike Nelson, whilst I’m quite happy with the features and functionality of Hyper-V 3.0, I was keen to know if my somewhat biased opinions when it comes to vSphere vs Hyper-V were indeed correct. I found the session really insightful and it was good to get engagement and different opinions from delegates as well as the presenter. Of course the outcome as expected is there is only one hypervisor worth looking at being VMware vSphere (I joke). It was good to hear about the different configuration maximums as well as the meaningful comparison between features and functionality and the considerations when deploying a Hyper-V solution. The general feeling seems to be Microsoft have done a good job with Hyper-V 3.0 but the pricing and packaging regarding the management tools can cause further cost considerations to be a barrier and still leave vSphere a cost effective solution.

My next session was Brian and Gabes 5 x 15mins sessions covering many topics, a few of interest to me were are user installed applications really a requirement, all wifi users should be treated as external users and VDI vs RDS. This was a great session again with audience interaction but it was also great to see how Brian and Gabe work together, with Brian happy to make radical and sweeping statements and Gabe standing back and taking the considered approach, between them they are sometimes able to agree on the middle ground. Im not going to micro analyse this session but if you were at BriForum London and missed it check out the video or be sure to attend Chicago.

During the break I had a chance to catch-up with the few vendors I missed yesterday one stood out for me and that was Lakeside Software, I met these guys at VMworld last year and was pleased to learn that as of July 2012 they now have a UK based EMEA team which has grown significantly since I last saw them, prior to this it was ran purely from the US and this made engagement very difficult. Lakeside make desktop analysis and monitoring software. I have used many other solutions in this space and was pleased to see how Lakeside works in comparison, their UI looks slick and purposeful and I was particularly impressed by the dashboards, reporting and tools that not only help you get the information to plan your desktop refresh but also have tools that help you compute that information to make the final decisions. I’m looking forward to following this conversation up after the conference and seeing it working in my lab. Watch the blog as a blogpost is sure to follow.

My final two sessions were by the guys from PQR and Login Consultants that run the Virtual Reality Check, if you are not aware of what these guys do, I strongly recommend you head over to their website as ever their sessions were insightful and backed up heavily with their various findings. Watch out next week for some new white papers from them.

This was the end of BriForum finished off with a final word from Brian Madden, no announcement was made about next year but hopefully I will be able to attend again.