The System Administrators Guild announces 19th annual conference

Stephen Gillies, editor

The SAGE-AU 19th Annual National Conference is being held at Hilton on the Park in Melbourne 19-23 September 2011. The theme this year, aligning with the amount of interest in the market around ‘Cloud’, is “The Cloud: Silver Lining of Storm?”

SAGE-AU is a not-for-profit professional organisation which was formed to advance the profession of System Administration by raising awareness of the need for System Administrators, and educating System Administrators in technical as well as professional issues.

SAGE-AU activities include very active online communication forums and mailing lists, regional monthly meetings, regional symposiums and an annual national technical conference. SAGE-AU currently has just over 1,000 financial members.

The Technical Program (22-23 September) offers five keynotes including Simone Brunozzi from Amazon Web Services, Simon Hackett from Internode, Guy Harrison from Quest Software and Dr Raj Buyya from Melbourne University.

The conference will provide two streams of concurrent sessions presented by a wealth of speakers including Lee Damon, University of Washington; Jeff Alexander, Microsoft; two speakers from IBM – Doug Tidwell and Snehal Antani; Lawrence Lim, Red Hat; and many more. For full details are available from the SAGE-AU conference website.

The Training Program (19-21 September) provides three concurrent tutorial streams of six units per day for three days. The program includes a number of full day tutorials from Lee Damon, Geoff Halprin and Shane Hoey and a number of half-day tutorials.

A Vendor Exhibition will be on display from 22-23 September. It commences on the Wednesday evening (21 September for one hour) in readiness for the Welcome Reception at 5.00pm). A trivia night is held with proceeds raised during the night donated to a local charity.

(Stephen Gillies has been a member of SAGE-AU for a number of years)