I am a little delayed posting this final recap but better late than never. The only reason I am posting this information is to encourage those would like to go to VMworld next year and help out those who could not attend VMworld. As you can see with my previous posts there is a lot of value in attending and the volume of knowledge you gain is tremendous.
My final day at VMworld started off by attending Chris Wahal & Jason Nash’s session ‘vSphere Distributed switches – Deep dive’. I have put out a separate blog post on it but it was a good session to have. I was looking for more technical depth but it still was a great session. I headed over to VMUG Leader Lunch thereafter and the VMUG leaders from various geographies met together and were also joined by the top brass of VMware – Pat Gelsinger, Raghu Rajaram, and Ben Fathi.
They took questions during the lunch and Mr. Gelsinger gave us an insight of where VMware is going in terms of future innovations and how they would further participate in VMUG activities. A new thing that will probably get announced tomorrow is the launch of VMTN – yes you read it right. The scope and depth of the program is unknown to us at this time but we are told it will be comprehensive in nature. So I look forward to that announcement either tomorrow or in the upcoming days. This is not very confidential information by any means and VMware has been focussed on launching VMTN as soon as they could.
The VMware executive also spoke about the future of vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center. They clarified that vCD is not going away – it will be available only to service providers. vCAC is for the enterprise environment. All features of vCD except for multi-tenancy are available in vSphere 6.0 which is in public beta. So if you are interested to try it out go for it.
A couple of VMUG leaders enquired about the vCloud Air (formerly vCHS) announcement and hopefully as the infrastructure scales up more people will be able to leverage that in different ways. Further conversation occurred around the VMworld announcement of EVO Rail and EVO Rack. As publicly known now there is some level of overlap with vendors that support VMware platforms but that is a common industry trend. If VMware does not push the innovation in that area, either the vendors will be slow to innovate or else competitors will eat into that market. So look forward to some new stuff happening in the EVO area.
We finally ended the VMUG Leader Lunch with awards and one of the VMUG Board of Directors and a person I know for a while – Ravi Venkatasubbaiah won the VMUG President’s Award for exemplary leadership. Congrats to Ravi for this achievement.
I then headed over STO 1153 – Storage Performance Best Practices for Tier1 Applications on Virtual SAN. However, as was common at VMworld this year (unfortunately) the room was switched again and was in a different building a couple of blocks away. Reaching there would have wasted a further 15 minutes so I sat for another session instead – EUC 2551 – Architecture for Next Gen desktops. They spoke about enhancements to the Horizon Suite, VMware’s acquisition of Cloud Volumes and their strategy of further simplifying desktop deployment. I was more interested in hearing to the presenter so I didn’t take any notes on this one.
The final session I attended was INF3037 – How to build and deploy a well run Hybrid Cloud. The presenters spoke about hybrid cloud strategies – enhancements to architectural products, automation tools, and deployment software. Look forward to the presentations being shared post VMworld for all attendees.
The day ended with attending the VMware Canada Customer Reception party that was just across Moscone West at Jillians. I also headed out later for a private dinner with one of our vendor SE’s who was also in town for VMworld.
With a great level of learning and a lot more insight into VMware technologies I am satisfied and pleased that the conference was a success and brought valuable content to its attendees. I also networked with a few great individuals and am returning more enlightened on VMware and vendor technologies.
If you didn’t attend VMworld but would like to view the content – you can sign up for a subscription (last year it was $600) to get access to all VMworld content (presentations, sessions, etc). Not sure about VMworld lab content but I believe that will be available as well. VMUG Advantage membership ($200) last year also provided free access to VMworld content. So check out what’s available and go for it.
To all my friends who met me at VMworld – a shout out to atleast a few of you – Mathew Brender, Sean Thulin, Mark Browne, Jonathan Frappier, Angelo Luciani, Ravi Venkatasubbaiah, Irfan Ahmad, Rob Kyle, Peter Chang, Dwayne Lessner, Chris Halverson, Avram Woroch, Manjeet Bavage, Brandi Collins, Dave Henry – hope to see you again next year.