The last day of VMworld came along sooner than I expected. I decided to drop most of my sessions and just chill out in the hang space. Why did I drop the last few sessions? because I’d finally realised I’d been doing VMworld all wrong… It dawned on me that whilst over the last 3 days the sessions I had attended re-enforced by knowledge, it didn’t (on the whole) enhance it.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 25, 2016 .

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Wednesday night (like most other nights) at VMworld is PARTY night! However this night was the VMware Customer Appreciation Party night, where customers, vendors and partners can come together to enjoy free food, free wacky sunglasses and free entertainment (and most importantly feel appreciated). It definitely had an old-school american theme/vibe with Hot Dogs, Burgers and Ice cream stand littered around the General Session hall. A chance for those with hair to let it down and bond with our newly found friends in the spirit of the VMware Community!

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 24, 2016 .

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To round of the off the first evening at VMworld Barcelona, I attended the very first VMworld Hackathon - Barcelona (#HackVMW) run by Alan Renouf ( @alanrenouf ). Seven teams of disparate (or is that desparate?) individuals came together with one goal in mind: to complete (well nearly) 7 different projects. I was lucky enough to be in Team 7 (AKA Team Anger Management), with Team Captain Mike Foley ( @mikefoley ), sub-team captain Duncan Epping ( @DuncanYB ) ,Myles Gray ( @mylesagray ),Cormac Hogan ( @CormacJHogan ), Paudie O’Reilly( @oriorp ), Dario Dörflinger.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 23, 2016 .

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The day started with the General Session where the pre-show artist was #awesome. This was followed by Jean-Pierre Bruard SVP & GM EMEA ( @vmwarebrulard ) with the obligatory thank you to all attendees and sponsors and also introduced the vminclusion initiative. We were then asked to think about What is Tomorrow? with a though provoking monologue which ultimately showed that “we the people” are tomorrow/the future. Pat Gelsinger ( @PGelsinger ) (minus his recent iconic boot) was then introduced and he delivered his usual high quality show, talking about the power of Digital Transformation and what it means to business.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 23, 2016 .

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VMware 2016 kicked off on Sunday evening with vRockstar 2016 - a social gathering at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona. I was lucky enough to get a ticket to this event as tickets sold out very quickly when they were released. The event was jam packed with people i’d spoken to but never met face to face. Not to mention, the food and drinks were flowing though out the night.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 23, 2016 .

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Day 2 of VMworld 2016 was kicked off with the another General Session. The opening act was a Blues Band, which were very cool and happened to have** Sanjay Poonen** ( @spoonen ) as the piano player. Totally unexpected surprise, but what an awesome way to start a keynote! The EUC focused keynote started off with Sanjay Poonen providing an overview of the VMware Vision for Digital Transformation. In essence, the Any Device, Any Application part of the VMware One Cloud Vision which has been a focal point for the last few years.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 21, 2016 .

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After the first day of full conferencing, it was time to head out to the vExpert party which was held at L’Eggs ( http://www.leggs.es/en) . Unfortunately, I arrived fashionably late as I had to go back to my hotel to drop off my bags, and then get across town, which meant I missed the brief appearance of Pat Gelsinger. The evening was enjoyable enough, the food (scrambled eggs, risotto and creme cataluna) and drinks kept flowing.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 21, 2016 .

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Following on from the awesome keynote, I skipped my planned session (VMware Cloud Foundation on Public Clouds) and headed on over to (probably) the most over subscribed session of VMworld, VMware Cloud on AWS (#INF7849) with Alex Jauch ( @ajauch ) and, the one and only, Frank Denneman ( @FrankDenneman) where it was clear that Frank was finally glad to be able to talk about what he’d been working on recently!

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 20, 2016 .

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I had a fabulous 4 days at VMworld 2016 in Barcelona. I learnt a lot and not all of what was learnt emanated from the sessions. The outstanding sessions/events for me were the inaugural VMworld EMEA Hackathon (run by Alan Renouf), the two General Sessions (with Pat Gelsinger and Sanjay Poonen), and the VMware on AWS session (by **Alex Jauch **& Frank Denneman). I take away more than just the knowledge I have gained, I have learnt that the actual benefit of VMworld is not (necessarily) the sessions, but the ability to talk to the experts, meet with the fellow VMware community (#vExpert) and make new contacts in the industry.

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 19, 2016 .

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The first session of the day was A Technical Deep Dive into VMware Integrated OpenStack (MGT7751) with Pete Cruz and Santhosh Sundaraman. The session started with Pete Cruz providing an overview of what VIO was and how the VMware story fits it. Personally I have kept well clear of OpenStack in my career (and after this session it isn’t a start of a new direction). With component names like Keystone, Horizon, Nova, Neutron and Heat I started to wonder if I was being told about a new Gladiators TV show or a even a new Marvel Avengers team rather than Openstack!

Written by Christopher Lewis on October 18, 2016 .

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