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VMworld 2012 – Day -1

October 16, 2012 2 comments

This year I finally manage to go to VMworld. It’s been held in the beautiful Barcelona, just a few hundred kilometers from Madrid, and now that the event is gone, the dust has settled and everybody is back at home I decided to share my experiences from the conference in a few blog posts. Also don’t expect technical posts but personal ones :-)

My personal VMworld really started on Sunday morning when after a short flight from Madrid I headed to the conference venue.

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There I found three of my colleagues from VMware Spain preparing to work as Lab Staff for the next four days. I took the below picture while we were waiting out of the HOL room, from left to right Jesus Huerta, Marti Perarnau and Carlos Sen.

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During the afternoon the HOL Staff and other VMware employees willing to do to labs were allowed to do so. I jumped in and choose the Application Director 5.0 lab, I’ve been trying to find some free time to taste App Director and finally I could.

I was impressed with the product. All the creation process was very straightforward and in the end I had an application with a vFabric Web Server at the frontend, vFabric tc Server as the middleware layer and vFabric vPostgres as the backend. Finally the lab allow me to scale out the app in order to attend a fictitious higher demand. Like I said very easy.

After my satisfactory lab experience I moved to the Solutions Exchange area where all the booths were being built. The transformation process is really amazing. One day there is nothing and a couple of days later… Voila!

Before continuing with the story I have to say that during all day I was tweeting like crazy trying to get in touch with Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) and Josh Atwell (@Josh_Atwell), both from Cisco, and after a couple of funny moments with Amy showing my Twitter avatar to other VMware staff at the labs we were capable to meet and start the preparations for the evening.

Also thanks to Amy and after walking a bit through the Solutions Exchange area I was able to find my dear friend Fred Nix (@NixFred) from EMC.

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We’ve been trying to meet in real life for almost two years without any luck so for me this was a very special moment. The above picture is from Tuesday when the VMworld was “on fire” but I believe it illustrates how funny and awesome is this dude :D

vRockStar Party

Amy, Josh and myself left the conference in the great company of Patrick Carmichael (@VMCarmichael), like yours truly from VMware, and headed to the vRockStar Party. This awesome party was organized by Patrick Redknap (@PatrickRedknap), Marco Broeken (@MBroeken) and sponsored by PHD VirtualNimbleStorage, the DutchVMUG and ITQ, the company my friend Arjan Timmerman (@Arjantim) works for, and of course he was at the Hard Rock too.

We arrived at Plaza Catalunya by bus and from there we felt brave enough to walk a couple of klicks to the Barcelona Hard Rock Café, where the vRockStar Party was going to be celebrated. After a very long and funny walk with me trying to help Josh to improve his Spanish, and Josh and me complaining about Patrick navigation skills, we arrived at Hard Rock Café. We meet there the one and only J Mezt (@drjmetz) and the party begun…

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Lots of beer, geek talk and great friends. You can’t ask more from a party.

Juanma.

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VMworld 2012 Europe… I’ll be there

Yes, this year I manage to get myself to the European edition of VMworld. I’m really excited about it, and the best is that I’ll be lucky enough to have spare time during the event to attend some of the most interesting sessions, meet other vExperts, hang in the solutions exchange with the partners, engage with some customers and of course go to the parties during the night (see you in the Veeam one ;-)

So if you are coming to Spain for the most awesome tech event the year don’t forget to ping me by Twitter or Google Plus :-)

See you in Barcelona my dear readers and friends :D

Juanma.

VMworld 2012, it’s time to vote

June 1, 2012 1 comment

I know that I owe you an apology, it’s been more than a month since my last post but you know how is to join a new company. I had some of the more amazing weeks in my career with long sessions in front of the laptop trying to get all the VMware intranet straight into my brain ;-)

Anyway VMworld is just around the corner and I want to recommend some of the sessions I voted for.

  • 1154 - vCloud Director Infrastructure Resiliency – DR of the Cloud – Chris Colotti and Duncan Epping
  • 1159 - Architecting and Operating a vSphere Metro Storage Cluster – Lee Dilworth and Duncan Epping
  • 1166 – Monitoring a vCloud Infrastructure – David Hill and Andy Troup
  • 1168 – Architecting a Cloud Infrastructure – Chris Colotti, David Hill and Aidan Dalgleish
  • 1504 – Ask the Expert vBloggers - Scott Lowe, Duncan Epping, Rick Scherer, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac
  • 1199 – vSphere Storage Appliance Deep Dive & New Features – Cormac Hogan
  • 2427  - Storage Wars: Conquering and Optimizing the vSphere Storage Layer – Eric Siebert
  • 2430 – How to Increase the Availability of Business Critical Applications Using Virtualization – Andrea Mauro
  • 2431 – To Block or to File: Choosing the Right Storage Protocol for your VMware Environment – Eric Siebert
  • 2442 – Designing vSphere Network using HP Virtual Connect Flex Fabric – Prasenjit Sarkar
  • 2508 – Running vFabric GemFire in a Cloud – the Advantages and Challenges with Data Fabrics in VM’s - Michael Ryan and Sudhir Menon
  • 2619 – Metro Storage Clusters: Two Storage Vendors Discuss Key Considerations for VMware’s Latest HCL Category – Eric Siebert and Scott Lowe
  • 2857 – Building Cloud Ready Applications Using vFabric Application Director - Rajesh Khazanchi

Beside those sessions there are dozens of very interesting sessions to choose so please cast your vote at VMworld.com you have until 8th of June. This edition is going to be huge. Hope to see you there.

Juanma.

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