VMworld Las Vegas is just around the corner. For some of you it might be the first time you are going to visit this event in Las Vegas. In my opinion there are some things I would have loved to know before I have been there for the first time.
So let’s don’t lose time and start:
- Spend your time wisely. As it’s always been in life, it is important to find a good balance. At VMworld it is important to find a good balance between scheduled appointments (sessions, meetings, etc.) and ‘time-to-discover’. The sessions are great, but remember. They are getting recorded. Pick those session with the real hot topics for yourself; pick those session that have a level of interactivity or expert level. It is always great to ask the questions and interact after the particular session.
- The best sessions are full at an early stage -> Schedule those sessions early.
- VMworld is much more than just sessions. It’s about meeting people that are also as geeky as you are. Don’t hesitate to talk to the people around you. How to meet them? Join twitter and look for the #VMworld hashtag; Join the VMware code channel on Slack; Go to the #VMworld hackaton. How to participate? Register in the schedule builder and go to the hackathon site to join a team.
- Check out the VMware community booth and hang out at the blogger table :-). If you meet me, I am looking forward to any kind of chat.
- Plan the evening. Checkout Andreas Lesslhumers fantastic collection of parties and gatherings during VMworld US.
- Bring a bottle you can fill up with water. One thing I hate during VMworld US is the fact that there is a lack of drinking water. The prices around the convention center are ridiculous -> Bring larger bottle to fill it up once you find a water dispenser.
- Wear comfort shoes ;-) You will walk a lot – no matter if you spend the nights in the Mandalay or Luxor.
- If you walk from the Luxor to the Mandalay Bay in the morning and need a quick coffee. There is a Starbucks just around the corner before entering the shoppes between both Hotels.
- A good place to meet other fellows in the afternoon or evening is the Eyecandy in the middle of the Mandalay Bay. This is always a good gathering point ;-).
- Bring a warm pullover or jacket for the sessions. Even though we have pretty high and humid temperature in Las Vegas they conference rooms will be frozen down close to zero degrees celsius :P.
- Leave as much work at home as possible. Going to VMworld is also some kind of invest. To get the maximum benefit out of it try to spend as much time as possible to extend your knowledge and network. –> Bringing to much work to VMworld will definitely decrease the ROI ;P
Follow me on Twitter and try to reach out for me during VMworld. I will participate in a EUC/VDI Session with fantastic experts on Monday at 1PM. Check out and schedule our ‘ EUC Champions Panel: Everything You Were Afraid to Ask About VDI [WIN3530PU]’ .
You want to see how it has been last year? Check out my video…
It’s this time of the year again where a lot of us need to decide. Shall I go to this year’s VMworld? From time to time discussions come up with statements like:
“(#VMworld) is not the same any more…..When I was young, real knowledge and content was presented… . I was at #VMworld in the old days before it was cool….Virtualization is legacy, Azure and AWS is the only thing that counts”
Who am I to contradict those statements (even though the are wrong :P). I will try to give you my opinion why #VMworld is still the tech-conference highlight of the year.
If it’s your first time visiting VMware’s US event I am going to create a second article called ‘let’s visit #VMworld’ about some personal tips and tricks how to get the maximum out of this years #VMworld
Some of you know that I like doing some movies of tech-events/VMworld after I have visited it. It has only been a few days since a fantastic VMworld in Las Vegas has been finished.
Once again I met fantastic people to talk about current products and issues within the usage of technology. Fantastic sessions like the NSX community leader summit and the EUC Champion Meet-Up gave me an opportunity to meet even more brilliant people out there in the field.
Maybe this video can serve for some of you as a nice memory. So please take the short time and have a look ;-) I am looking forward to any kind of feedback.
I hope to see most of you again next year and if we haven’t met! It’s time to change that!
During (and around) VMworld 2017 VMware has lifted many of their products to a new level to enable their customer a better and more agile software-defined datacenter than ever. Besides their datacenter portfolio VMware is pushing their vision of a digital workspace in the end-user computing field much further.
Horizon + Airwatch -> Workspace One try to combine all relevant subjects within the EUC field (Identities, Desktops, Applications, Devices, Policies, … ) within one single solution.
The following post summarize the EUC announcements within VMware’s current and upcoming products.
During (and around) the general session at VMworld 2017 (US) VMware has talked about their idea how the future infrastructure within a public and private cloud can be managed.
For friends of VMware ‘s existing products hoping for any kind of bigger announcement the general session might have been a little bit disappointing. VMware’s focus are cloud services and how to manage/operate the private & public cloud.
To make you aware of all kind of changes / new releases within the current product portfolio and the new I tried to summarize key elements of the new products or releases surrounding the #VMworld conference. If new products show up or will be announced over the next days I will keep it updated.
A summary about EUC products and announcement will be created on day 2 of #VMworld 2017.
Once a year I am confronting myself with the question. Shall I go to this year’s VMworld? Following the discussion on Twitter and at Customer’s site a lot of people tend to say the good old words every culture of the mankind has been hearing:
“(#VMworld) is not the same any more…..When I was young, real knowledge and content was presented… . I was at #VMworld in the old days before it was cool….”
I think they are wrong and I will try to argument why this is my opinion.
During the beginning of the year I asked myself if they were right or not. What were the reason for those statements. After those technical (broken macbook) and non-technical (lack of dodgeball skills) disasters I was faced with during last years VMworld I needed to reevaluate for myself if my personal invest into going to VMworld is worth the money.
People knowing me better (and understanding what I am actually doing) know that I am very excited going to #VMworld. With the following post I try to give you some reasons why I love it & why VMworld is a great event and foundation to develop yourself a little further (it’s all about personal development, isn’t it?!)
If it’s your first time visiting VMware’s US event I think you will be able to extract some useful information to gain a maximum benefit out of it.
VMworld 2016 in Barcelona. Once again it was quite a successful event for me. I had the chance and luck to extend my knowledge by chatting, discussing (and drinking) with and from all those great people during the conference.
The announcements about VMware’s current and future products were impressive & satisfying for me personally. The powerful public-cloud cooperation with AWS will buy VMware enough time to establish NSX as a key-element within the whole private-, hybrid- and public-cloud field.
For years it is the first time I am really confident that VMware is strategically on the right track.
Once again I created a short video out of the impressions I made. Since I have realized that my filming material was quiet similar to my VMworld Barcelona (& Las Vegas) video from last year I tried to be a little bit more creative with the cutting ;-)
[Update] During the conference I added further information and links to the specific new features, etc.
I am honest right now. I was a little disappointed when I attended the VMworld in the US from an announcement perspective. The whole situation changes a few months later during #VMworld EU in Barcelona. The ‘VMware announcement season was opened by the interesting (and maybe unexpected) deep partnership with Amazon’s AWS.
During the General Session VMware did not stop with their announcements and Pat Gelsinger talked among other about new products within the VMware portfolio:
- vRealize Automation
- vRealize Log insight
- Site Recovery Manager
- vRealize Operations
For sure the announcement of vSphere 6.5 is the most interesting one since we were quiet disappointed with the 6.0 release and the announcement feature are removing some of the constraints we had so far in architecting our environments.
I started in 2015 to create a short video summary of the Barcelona conference. Since more than 300 people watched the video, I thought: Let’s do it again.
Some personal experiences during the conference (not really technically related – you find the technical related articles here (product updates) and here (IMO on VMware’s strategy):
Once again VMworld was a great event and experience. Las Vegas is a extra-ordinary city. Even though not everyone favours Sin City for this tech event, it is very overwhelming (and to be honest… the lights, the buildings, the crazy people, the shows, the gambling…
I don’t like it…………………I LOVE IT!!!!
It’s been a few days since VMworld is over and it took me a while to internally process the input I gathered through sessions, discussions are thinking/sleeping/gambling about them.
After the first 2 days, many of the articles & comments about the general sessions at VMworld have been really harsch. And to be honest, the technological guy inside of me absolutely agrees. No announcements about the next vSphere release. The new features and updates presented on the big stage were only useful for specific customer or user-groups .
- vSphere integrated containers for developers
- NSX enhancements for everyone ;-)
- Horizon and Airwatch within the EUC field
All of the announcements and presentations were solid and sense-making, but most of the people in the room were missing the great thing, this big-bang feature, the vMotion moment that made most of us curious to learn more about VMware’s technology and products.