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VirtG Nov 2015 Meeting
Location and
Microsoft NERD Ctr.
1 Memorial Dr #1
Cambridge, MA 02142

NERD Center

Nerd Ctr. Map

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Time

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 December 17th
A Night of IoT with Xively
by LogMeIn and Avnet
Transforming a product company to a connected product business

The Best in Education and Virtualization each Month

Thank you to our sponsors:

Xively - by LogMeIn

PLEASE, be sure to RSVP on the VirtG Meetup site MeetUp Logo
so we know how much food to order and speed up registration at the Microsoft Security Desk

Registration Link:

  • 6:00-7:00 Networking, Introductions, Food and Refreshments

  • 7:00-7:45 IoT Business Case and Learning from Early Adopters

  • Description: 
    • Business Value of IoT, delivering a new view of your customer from the lens of your product
    • IoT Land Grab, clarifying the key ecosystem players in IoT and defining example value chains
    • Accelerating Time to Market, determining how to get a minimally viable product to market
    • Product as a Service, new business models that will emerge from IoT

  • Speaker Bio
    Dan Stolts
  • Mario Finocchiaro
    • As Senior Director of Business Development, Mario leads LogMeIn’s IoT partner ecosystem strategy and key customer engagements to drive the adoption of Xively’s IoT solutions.
    • Mario brings more than 20 years of global business development, sales, marketing, and management experience in enterprise software, telecommunications, semiconductor, and connected home.
    • Prior to LogMeIn, Mario held several leadership positions including Director of Business Development at Aware, Inc., Advisor to the BoD and Corporate Officer of HomeGrid Forum, and Director of Business Development at Axis Communications.
    • Mario holds a BS from Babson College and MBA from Suffolk University.

  • 8:00-8:45 IoT in Action - Real-World IoT Demo and IoT Reference Implementation

  • Description:
    • Tim O’Keeffe, CEO of Symmons deploying IoT and transforming to a connected product business
    • Deployed IoT product demo, including the architecture and system integration
    • IoT reference implementation, example IoT product that Xively team created in 3 weeks
    • How to get started tools, we can help you take that first step or to become an expert

  • Speaker Bio
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  • Tim O’Keeffe, Chief Executive Officer - Symmons
    • Tim represents the third-generation of management for Symmons. In 2002, Tim began his career at Symmons in the technology department developing web and software programs for the company. After successfully implementing business software for Symmons, Tim moved to the Design Studio business, the company’s custom design service operation. During his management of the Design Studio business, Symmons created custom product for luxury hospitality properties across the country. Once the Design Studio program was operating successfully, Tim briefly managed the Marketing department before he was promoted to Executive Vice President.

    • In his role as EVP, Tim was responsible for the day to day activities of the sales, operations, engineering and marketing departments. In 2010, Tim was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Symmons Industries and leads the company in new business development, product innovation and strategic planning.

    • Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bates College in Maine. He resides in Hingham, Massachusetts with this wife Sue and his two daughters.
  • Speaker Bio
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  • Mike Hall
    • Account Manager for Avnet and President of Virtualization Group Boston. Mike Hall is a seasoned business professional and technology evangelist with over 25 years of management experience in companies ranging from Startups to Tech Titans. At Avnet, Mike focuses on accelerating business partners' success through a broad scope of system integration, software and supply-chain services and by connecting them with the world's leading technologies through the orchestration and delivery of cost-effective solutions and value-added services. Prior to Avnet, Mike held Sales Management and Marketing positions at Sony, Philips Electronics and Quest Software storage products divisions specializing in enterprise storage and virtualization solutions. Mike holds a BS degree in Computer Science and AS degree in Business Management through his studies at University of Maryland and Daniel Webster College, and served in the United States Army NATO forces in Germany.
  • 8:45- Cleanup and prizes 
  • Registration Link: Logo



 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.


 Future Meetup Schedule

Fall lineup so far...

Thursday September 17 At VMware. FSLogix and Infinio.

Thursday October 15 At Microsoft NERD. Cloudian and Caringo.

Wednesday November 18 At 1 Cambridge Center, Microsoft and RES.

Thursday December 17 At Microsoft Nerd. Xively and Member Talks.

Interested in sponsoring our group? Email

 ‭(Hidden)‬ June Meetup Blog

Final Meetup before the Summer break. In addition to our usual FANTASTIC content this month we also get to vote on the new Board of Directors to run the group for next year. See you there!

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Deep Dive Day 2014 Registration Open

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events.

 ‭(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.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Links

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