What VMworld is really about

I don’t mean the obvious VMware big up but what it means to me.

You can never underestimate how much better it is in meeting people in real life, make the effort and find those internet connections you have at events like VMworld.

Sessions, learning from others and being able to ask questions, the community sessions are fantastic for this and grow in strength and quality every year, check out vBrownBag this year these sessions really stood out for me

  • vDeploy – PowerCLI only method to fully deploy a VM [VMTN5513U]\
  • Community Involvement for Professional Growth [VMTN5595U]
  • Building and Monitoring IOT with Liota and Wavefront by VMware [CODE5546U]\

Hands-on-Labs I hope need no explanation but if you have never done some then there were some real incentives this year, you could randomly win a Raspberry pi, or if you took up the VMware Code coin challenge then certain labs earn’t coins and as always Noell from Cloud Credibility was in the labs area and it was buzzing. This year I struggled to stay in the top ten with Cloud Cred and I’m the world number 1, really looking forward to some strong competition this coming year.

Finally you can not for get the solution exchange, a huge space with all sorts of vendors those you know, those you’ve heard of and those you go who are they. It’s noisy crowded and hectic but there is certainly a buzz. Too many vendors to name them all but a few that stood out are (check them out at VMworld Europe)

What a whirlwind – VMworld US & Europe

I can’t believe it’s October and more than a few weeks since VMworld in Las Vegas, how time has flown and now only a few weeks until VMworld Barcelona.

Thought it was high time I did my write up about Vegas

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The village as always for me was one of the key attractions as the VMTN team were there in force with power sessions, code sessions and the maker space.

Big takeaway – sign up for one of the maker spaces sessions using a raspberry pi and WaveFront with hands on help, to get a working project up in 90 (ish) mins!

All the community spaces were buzzing this year and I’m sure this is to do the VMware Code Coin program that rewarded you for taking part in community sessions and exploring the whole event rather than just doing one thing.

A new community came to my attention VMware Champions check it out

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Theatrics were very event and I felt worked really well, such things as live bands and DJ’s rather than canned music give a much better vibe! or course getting some Storm Troopers to turn up always makes an impression

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VMworld wouldn’t be complete without some parties and again this year didn’t disapoint

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House of blues for the VMUG member party just one of many of the highlights.

Although this all seams just fun there is a serious side to VMworld, the sessions, meeting existing vendors and finding out more about vendors you don’t know much about and this will form the basis of my next article.

 

 

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