Copenhagen VMworld Europe 20011

Well that time has arrived, and myself and the family travel to Copenhagen for the annual european VMware fest, we arrive on Monday and we are staying at the Tivoli hotel in the City Center.  I am hoping to do some live blogging at the event this year.  it all depends on whether I can get WiFi access at the show. Smile 

Hopefully they will have as good connections as they had in Vegas.  There was a vast improvement in connectivity there over previous years.

So what Am I looking forward too?

Well the Veeam party for one Smile  they always throw a good bash, but primarily, the networking with fellow Virtualization geeks like myself and catching up with people from previous meetings.  the majority of VMware Europe will be there including rock stars like Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Alan Renouf and his secret alterego PowerCLIman

One thing I am hoping is that the Solutions Exchange will be a little more interesting than Vegas,  there was a distinct lack of innovation at that show this year, I think that corporate RnD budgets have taken a hammering with the current financial climate.  I think I will actually attend a couple of labs this time too.  The ones at Vegas got rave reviews kudos to all those that were involved in creating and keeping them running.

So for those of you who are going I hope we can meet up, and those of you that can not, hopefully you will get benefit from the content that will be posted here and on other sites

Voting is now closed for this years VMworld submissions

Ok so Voting is now closed,  hopefully the sessions that you voted for will  be accepted and we will be all happy, but some how I do not think that will be the case, once again the party will be overburdened with Vendors plying thinly disguised sales pitches and VCE staff toeing the company line.

To be truthful I was disappointed with the sessions this year,  not the content or subjects, but the presenters.

if you removed EMC or VMware there would have been hardly any submissions that made it through to the voting stage. Now whether that was an indication of lack of external content submission, or more an indication of a Machiavellian plot to reject not VCE content before voting I cannot say.  

Another thing that annoyed me this year has been the blatant hi-jacking of popular independent content and repackaging it with VCE Staff.

Point in case, the Storage Super-Heavyweight Challenge, run by Cody Bunch, with a number of senior Storage bods you may have heard of,  Chad Sacac, Vaughn Stewart etc.  it extremely similar to and Q and A session run by Rick Sherver (EMC) containing wait for it, yep, Chad and Vaughn,

Another one:- The Annual Ask the Experts, staffed by senior Bloggers, has also been hijacked.

One of the things I loved about VMworld was that it was Pseudo Independent.   The little guy had a chance to have his say and do his session. 

I wait with baited breath to see how many of those session are not staffed by VCE personal.

VMworld Session Voting is now Open!!

The Voting is open

This year there are a record 1164  sessions that you can vote for and if you vote for any, vote for Session 1843 – why I hear you ask?

Well to be fair it is a shameless plug πŸ™‚ but that aside, where else are you going to get Forbes Guthrie, Scott Lowe and Maish Saidel-Keesing talking about Design practice.  for the uninitiated these three illuniartie have submitted a session as an opportunity to present your questions and voice your opinions on vSphere Design at VMworld. The Shameless plug relate to the fact that yours truely is the session moderator.

so what exactly is Session 1843 Your vSphere Design and a Session with the Experts all about? below is the blerb from the VMworld website.

Every infrastructure administrator would like to have the best of all worlds from their virtual infrastructure. You want a solid and sound foundation to build your datacenter and your cloud environment for the future. Join in this session with the 3 authors of VMware vSphere Design who have "written the book" on how to get the most out your environment. Come join us for a one hour panel session where you can quiz the Experts on your Virtual Infrastructure Design. Join the Virtualization Experts and Authors; Forbes Guthrie from vReference, Scott Lowe of EMC, and Maish Saidel-Keesing from Technodrone for chance to get the answers to your vSphere design problems.

That side and forget about the fact that I am the moderator, I think that the chance to be in a question and answer session with these three gurus is too good a thing to miss.

If you think so as well – then come on over and cast your vote on the Public Session Voting. You will need a VMworld account – which is easy to set up.

the list below is taken from the site FAQs,

Q: Who can participate in Session Voting?
A: Anyone with a account can vote.
Q: How long is Session Voting open?
A: Session Voting is open May 9 – May 18.
Q: Am I voting on sessions for both events – US and EMEA?
A: Yes, this is global and 80% of sessions selected will occur at both events.
Q: I’d like to vote on a specific track and/or session. How can I do this?
A: Once you login to the voting site, select a Track and a dropdown menu will appear with the relevant topics. You can also search by Area of Interest (Healthcare, SMB, etc.) or Keywords (Session ID, title, speaker, etc.).
Q: How many sessions can I vote on?
A: You can vote on as many sessions as you’d like. You can only cast one vote per session.
Q: How do I cast my vote?
A: Click on the β€œThumbs Up” symbol next to the Session ID. You will receive confirmation that your vote has been counted. To remove a vote, you will need to click on the on the β€œThumbs Up” symbol again and this will remove the vote.
Q: Will my votes be saved?
A: Yes, your votes will be saved and you will be able to view them each time you login to the voting site.

What are the technical level descriptions?
A: There are three technical levels:

  • Business Solution – Sessions in this category will cover business benefits and real world examples. These sessions are suitable for any audience interested in the benefits of using certain technologies within their organization.
  • Technical – Sessions in this category will cover technical aspects and share best practices. Targeted to anyone with a technical background, but with little to no previous knowledge about the specific topic.
  • Advanced Technical – Sessions in this category will dive deep into the technology and will assume that the audience has previous knowledge and experience with the specific topic.

Q: Who should I contact if I have any additional questions?
A: You can send an email to