Unigroup's January 2014 Meeting Announcements


SuSE SLES - SuSE Enterprise Linux Update,
Linux Cloud Computing - SuSE Linux Cloud

Bill Pasquarella, Territory Sales Manager,
Anthony Tortola, Technical Sales Specialist,
Alejandro Bonilla, Technical Sales Specialist,
SuSE Linux.

THURSDAY, 16-JAN-2014      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: CS_506   (5th Floor, Note: Room Changes Month-to-Month)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


Happy New Year! Unigroup's January 2014 meeting will be on Linux Cloud Computing. Our speakers are from SuSE Linux and our meeting topic is: SuSE Linux Cloud.

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Also, a representative of NYCBUG (The NYC BSD Users Group) will be stopping by our meeting to announce NYCBSDCon - The NYC BSD Unix Conference, happening in NYC in February 2014. Discounted paid registrations for NYCBSDCon will be accepted at this Unigroup meeting.

New for 2013: Regarding credit card payment methods, Unigroup now has the ability to accept all major credit cards: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa, Discover.


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

   Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
   new building with the non-traditional appearance.
   Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street.

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   Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
     directions to the Unigroup Meeting Room.

   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                   then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                   then 1 block South.
     '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.
                   Or take the new connection to the uptown '6'!

   Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

   There are also parking lots on Broadway, at (or just south of)
     Astor Place (8th Street).


Topic: SuSE Linux Cloud

Introduction & Description of Talk:

This meeting will be on SuSE Enterprise Linux and Linux Cloud Computing.

We expect to review the latest updates to SLES - SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, discuss running SuSE on the latest hardware such as UltraBooks/Tablets, as well as explore SuSE's implementation of Linux Cloud using OpenStack.

SuSE is bringing a variety of marketing materials for giveaways and prizes:

SuSE will be also discussing several of the coming Marketing events that will be held in NYC this March.

References & Web Resources:

   SuSE Linux:


Bill Pasquarella - Territory Sales Manager for NYC, NJ, and PA

Started with SUSE in 2013. Seasoned account manager with extensive background in handling national and international corporate accounts. Proven leadership, negotiation, and relationship management skills. Been selling IT solutions into the Tri State area for over 20 years.

Anthony Tortola - Technical Sales Specialist

Started with Novell/SUSE in 2006 in Novell Technical Services as a Dedicated Support Engineer for a trading firm on Wall St. supporting their very large (8000+) Linux server Infrastructure. Transitioned to Technical Sales Specialist in 2011.

Alejandro Bonilla - Technical Sales Specialist

Joined SUSE Linux in 2008 in Prague, CZ for Novell Technical Services, moved to Spain as a Premium Support Engineer and back to America as a Technical Sales Specialist in late 2013. Early career started from Intel, Cisco and HP.


SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux and cloud infrastructure solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed today and tomorrow.


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.

Also, SuSE has also provided us with SuSE Linux SLES and SLED Install Media. We gave out SuSE Linux Media at our last meeting and have more DVDs for upcoming meetings.


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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

Our thanks go to SuSE Linux for sponsoring the food service for this meeting!

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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