VMware’s VMworld conference season is now over. Its Barcelona shindig has just finished and everybody has flown home, is flying home, or is winding down on the beaches of the Catalonian coast pending the upcoming OpenStack summit. I did not attend the Las Vegas event; however, from what I have gathered from speaking to folks who attended and from reading about it, it was not well received. Complaints included a lack of new releases and what at first glance appeared to be muddled messaging and poor keynotes. However, fast-forward to VMworld Barcelona, and you could not have had a more night-and-day moment.
Historically, VMware’s European conference has been lackluster ever since it was moved from its original late-February slot to its current Autumn resting-place, October. The larger US conference had a larger audience, lasted longer, had all the important new releases, and got first shout at the keynotes. Not this time. VMworld Barcelona was extended by an extra day, and more importantly, it got all the major announcements: vSphere 6.5, VSAN 6.5, vRealize Automation and Operations, a new version of Log Insight, and the biggie, vCloud on AWS. Further, rather than being able to sit in the hang space and mouth out the keynote in time with Pat’s speech, Europe got brand-new keynotes.
VMworld Las Vegas 2016 could not have come at a worse time for Californian Dude VMware, being as it was just before the September 7th nuptials of their New England Daddy EMC and the Texan Dell. (see what I did there)
There are many saying as usual that the writing is on the wall for VMware, they have lost their way, the IBM of the Millennial generation. Watching from afar (the less said about being afar the better, but at least my back is healing) gives a slightly different perspective, not being dazzled by the bright lights of conference or being subsumed in the cacophony means that you can more clearly see the chaff from the corn and perhaps spot a direction in what at first seems nothing but random white noise.
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 🙂 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.
Abstract 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 vmworld.com 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 “Thumbs 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 “Thumbs 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. Q: 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.
This year in a change to the normal schedule, we mere mortals are being allowed a chance to chose some sessions for VMworld. Can you feel the power of democracy at work. Now many who follow me on twitter @tom_howarth will be aware of my position on Cloudworld 2010, I personally believe that there is way too much focus on what is in reality just a marketing term. Anybody remember ASP in the ‘90’s and the Dot.com bubble ( just a little bit of history repeating…. ) sorry I digress, back to the task at hand 😀
Voting for what you want to see/hear at VMworld, first my election pitch.