Sep 212010

I have finally managed to get my self to this years vmworld Europe. Many many thanks to John Troyer(@jtroyer) and Richard Garsthagen(@the_anykey) for helping me get a bloggers pass.

One of my main goals is to get more vocal in the communities and attending conferences like this as a blogger can only help the cause.

As soon as vmware announced that the Europe conference was to be so soon after the main conference every one assumed that europe would be a poor version of the San Fran conference. I must confess I was one of those people.

But now I have a renewed sense of optimism and heres why:

  • Great breakout sessions such as:
    • VMware vCloud Director Technical Overview
    • VDI Performance Benchmarking and Best Practices
    • Design, Deploy, and Optimize Microsoft SQL 2008
    • etc
  • Hands on Labs like:
    • VMware ESX 4.1 – New Features
    • VMware vSphere Performance & Tuning
    • VMware vCenter Configuration Manager – Provisioning, Patching, and Software Distribution
    • VMware vCenter Chargeback – Advanced
    • etc
  • Solutions Exchange



I know there will not be the big announcements like there were at Cannes last year (seems like longer) but there is still enough to get grab my attention. VMworld Europe will never live up to the US version but its well worth the effort.

As I was part of the vCD beta I am eager to catch up with some of the guys that have been tirelessly working (in secrecy) away behind the scenes for some time now and being able to talk in public about vCD. I would also like to get some real world customer opinions on vCD as its one thing believing what the vendor says compared to what the guys on the front line say.

Oh yes and the parties……..

I hope to meet as many of the bloggers and tweeters as possible. If you see me feel free to stop and say hello.

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