I got an awesome group of responses for the initial PASS Virtualization Virtual Chapter. I wish I could have taken everybody, but you know what happens when you have a committee with too many people: nothing gets done. (Come to think of it, nothing gets done on committees period…)
Meet the Hypervisors, also known as the founding members:
- Dylan Finney
- Iain Knight (Twitter – Blog)
- Jorge Segarra (Twitter – Blog)
- Ken Simmons (Twitter – Blog)
- Michael Deputy (Twitter – Blog)
- Tim Edwards (Twitter)
Here’s what we’re working on first:
Work with Blythe Morrow to set up our web site. PASS uses DotNetNuke to host their site, and we’ll get our own subdomain with our own look & feel. We get to pick what we want on the site and how it works. Blythe’s got ideas on how to help, and she’s got experience from working with the other virtual chapters. We need to work with her to figure out what we can put on there.
Build a schedule for meetings. We need to pick dates for monthly chapter-wide meetings. These are not status meetings with just us, but chapter-wide meetings where someone talks about a virtualization/SQL topic and lots of people fall asleep listening. We’ll need to recruit speakers. I’ll speak at the first one to talk about what we’re doing, and that’ll buy us some time.
Figure out how to record & web-enable LiveMeetings. The PASS virtual chapters use LiveMeeting to hold their meetings, and I want to start recording ours and putting the archives up on the web site. I want them to be playable through the web browser like I do with my SQLServerPedia tutorials and I want users to be able to comment on the videos & ask questions. I also want sharks with friggin’ laser beams on their heads.
Build a policy for working with virtualization vendors. The virtualization market is rough-and-tumble right now. There’s a lot of nasty subliminal marketing going on with vendors slinging mud at each other. I want to make sure we don’t get dirty, but at the same time, I want to us to be the gatekeepers for the SQL community. We can help each vendor get training material out to DBAs on the right way to configure virtualization for performance. Before we let them get to first base, though, we need a list of what we’re willing to do and what we’re not gonna do.
I’ve really appreciated the work Andy Warren‘s put into keeping PASS transparent by blogging status updates, and I’ll do my best to keep up that same level of transparency with us too.