VMworld 2016 – Day 3

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... Continue Reading →

VMworld 2016 – PARTY!

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... Continue Reading →

VMworld 2016 – Hackathon

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... Continue Reading →

VMworld 2016 – Day 1 – General Session

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... Continue Reading →

VMworld 2016 – Day 2 – General Session

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... Continue Reading →

VMworld 2016 – vExpert Party

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.... Continue Reading →

VMworld 2016 – Day 2

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... Continue Reading →

VMworld 2016 – Overview

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... Continue Reading →

VMworld 2016 – Day 1

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... Continue Reading →

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