VMworld 2015 Kicks off Tomorrow

VMworld officially kicks off tomorrow morning with the big keynote and breakout sessions that start right away afterwards. I heard on the VMware Communities Roundtable podcast that they will be live streaming the keynote to the official VMworld app this year, so that will be a good way to watch it if you can’t make it to the morning session.

Personally I plan to hit the solutions exchange, like I said in my previous post and start talking to many of the vendors to find out what they are up to. I keep up to date on most of them, but there are quite a few that I need to circle back on and hope to talk to a few system engineers that are staffed there.

Later in the afternoon is the solutions exchange reception and is always a good time to mingle in a more relaxed setting with food. During this time I hit the “New Innovator” section and this year they have showcased roughly ten of them on the VMworld sponsors page.

Tuesday,  I will be Tech Field Day delegate at VMworld – so tune in at ~4:30pm PST here to see coverage of Reduxio. My preliminary research on this solution is that they have a “time machine” type of hybrid backup solution that data can be restored in 1 second intervals that sounds very interesting.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow!


VMworld 2015 is One Week Away!

Well, looks like its that time of year again! The biggest virtualization event of the year is one week away and this will be my 8th year at the event.

What are some of my top items on my to do list? Well, as always – there is the networking aspect of it that I find to be the most valuable. Meeting all the great social media folks that I’ve known for nearly a decade and to hear what they are up to nowadays and talk shop.

Another top item on my list is to hit the solutions exchange floor opening night and see what’s new (or what hasn’t been announced yet) from the SE’s that work the booths. There is a section off to the side every year that showcases all the new companies and they are at smaller kiosks. I encourage you to go check them out since you never know who the next big player in the market will be. I’ve witnessed first-hand the transition some of these organizations have made to one of the 10×10 booths they sit in today.

I am simply amazed at how close this community is and never thought that I would meet so many people that share the same passion for technology that I do. Just witnessing the personal career growth of these individuals has been awesome. So many that have started on the customer side and are now product evangelists for various vendors, independent consultants that are in the field every day and of course figure heads for VAR’s all over the globe.

The fun (for me) starts with VMunderground Sunday night that has experienced tremendous growth in popularity over the years. I remember going to one of the first few  events they held back in the late 2000’s where there was enough room upstairs at the Thirsty Bear to hold it. Now it has opening acts and is a monster of a party to kick off the week. Hats off to the group for organizing this every year!

I’m sure most of you have your schedules filled to the brim by this time and hope to see many of you this year!

See you there!