I have been out at VMworld since 2012 and this being the 3rd year it has been a very exciting experience. Every year when I have gone out I have learned a lot of new stuff, met some great people, and only added to my wealth of knowledge.
More so with my all favourite – Meet the Expert session where you get one on one session with someone from VMware engineering or specialist team.
Besides, the regular sessions the Labs are my most favourite thing and I personally believe that one should take as many labs as possible at VMworld. Later on, you just don’t have the time or patience to sit through the numerous labs that are available. So take full advantage of the opportunity. I am also a VMUG Leader (Manitoba VMUG) and get to attend the VMUG related events in addition to the all famous vExpert meet-up.
Like last year I am also going to EMC Elect events that would further enhance my engagement within the community. Sometimes you feel like there is a lot to learn, and then you meet even more skilled resources and you feel like there’s a long way to go. But that’s the beauty of knowledge – you can never get enough.
I have some very exciting sessions lined up in my schedule and I’ll mention a few of them here –
- STO2197 – Storage Deep dive and best practices
- INF1420 – Extreme Performance Series – Virtualized Memory Management
- INF3014 – Scripting and Programming Cloud automation
- STO3161 – What can VVOL’s do for you
- INF1864 – What’s next on Software defined storage
- STO2496 – Next Gen Technologies on vSphere storage
- NET2745 – Deep dive on vSphere distributed switch
- STO1153 – Performance Best Practices for Tier 1 Apps
- INF3037 – How to build and deploy a well run Hybrid Cloud
These sessions will allow me to get the maximum bang for the buck – and I tell this to all VMworld attendees, and my VMUG contacts – managers and teams. The value of VMworld is sometimes more far reaching than a traditional course. So it is very important to not see VMworld as a traditional conference where people go to have fun.
I am also going to do an exclusive video chat with the CTO of EMC RecoverPoint & vPlex – Assaf Natanzon, who I have heard is a very passionate IT executive. So look forward to that blog post.
Other than that, the vExpert and EMCElect communities have great stuff planned which I will participate in as well as time permits. If you see me do say hi and you’ll have the chance to win some prizes as well.
Go to the Solutions Pavilion and try some hands-on stuff on new vendor technologies. I like that piece because usually you don’t get to interact much with newer technologies outside of your enterprise environment.
So all in all – enjoy VMworld and I am definitely going to get the maximum out of it.
See you out at SFO!