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Vmworld 2009: Day 3, Wednesday 2nd of September 2009

September 3rd, 2009 No comments

Most of the day today was focused on the Solutions Gallery and Sessions.

There were just so many sessions, no way to attend each and every technology session, but the important ones were around Storage, Cisco Nexus and VDI. It has been very hard to get any labtime. Best bet will be to go back home and start working on some test labs in the office environment to practice various aspects of vSphere and its add-on products.

In the solutions gallery met quite a few known faces from Dell, HP, Vmware, NetApp, EMC, TechTarget and various Analyst. It has been great talking to these folks from Virtualization and Storage backgrounds and get their opinion on the direction of the industry and various other consolidation aspects under the Cloud.

Then was time to spend at the Vmworld 2009 Party, it was just amazing. Thai food, Mexican Food and American burgers, it was just food all over the place. The guy playing the Drums, rocked the floor for 30 mins. Then came the Vmware band (Elastic) – I believe it was called. The final hour was with the Foreigner’s Band, man these guys rocked the floor.

Check out the pictures from the event all updated live on Twitter.

This hall is packed with 8000 people #vmworld

Oh this is awesome #vmworld

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Another one #vmworld foreigner

Another one, @edsai, @hpstorageguy #vmworld

Another one #vmworld

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Another one dancing tube #vmware

Another one #vmworld

Another one #vmworld

Another one #vmworld

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Another #vmworld pic

Vmworld party kicks off

Went to the EMC Rave party from there, thanks to Chad Sakac for hosting the party, it was just great. Another 3 hours of technology conversations after the party about Storage Technology & Virtualization.

Totally worth trip.

Vmworld 2009: Day 2, 1st of September 2009

September 2nd, 2009 No comments

So the day started with Paul Maritz general session early AM today.

Then joined the Press / Analyst / Blogger Session hosted by Dan Chu of Vmware, Inc

See the notes below from the session

Dan Chu opened the Press release session, he heads the VMware’s vCloud initiative.

vCloud Initiative

Paul Maritz

Spoke about workload distribution

Partners like Verizon Business, ATT, Savvis, Terremark

Move apps in the cloud based on business demands

New 1000 service providers being added

Three main components of vmare vcloud initiatives where partners fit in




Ecosystem Partners

AT&T (Cloud Hosting)

ATT Services; Steve Caniano: VP Hosting and Cloud Services

ATT addressing things like Networking, Security, Performance, Reliability

Services called AT&T Synaptic Hosting

Services AT&T Storage as a Service (SaaS)

AT&T looking at Public, Private, Hybrid and Use Case clouds

Vmware: Dino Cicciarelli – Demo of workload migrations

Great vmotion within multiple data centers: SanJose to Sacramento

Savvis (Tiering)

Savvis Corporation:Bryan

Demo of Project Sprit

Industry first virtual data center with Tiering based on SLA’s

Verizon Business Services (Security)

Kerry Bailey, SVP Global Services

CaaS: Computing as a Service


Vcloud Express

Manuel D. Medina: CEO Terremark

Jason Locchead, CTO Terramark

Demo of vCloud Express

Content Partners

SpringSource (Vmware)

Rod Johnson, CEO Springsource

Application deployment in the Cloud


Micheal Crandell, CEO Rightscale

The next in line was the VCE (Vmware – Cisco – EMC) Super Session by Chad Sakac, Ed from Cisco and Scott from Vmware. It was great to see the new vision of the cloud (both private and public) and things that Vmware – Cisco and EMC are doing around it.

Joined the Solutions Gallery along with thousands of other people on the floor. Finally met @sunshinemug @sfoskett, Alex McDonald from NetApp, @dvallente along with a some great other folks from the Storage industry.

Headed to dinner with @edsai, @hpstorageguy @lynx_bat @tscalzott. After a Healthy dinner (burger and fries) headed to the Storage Tweetup at the B Restaurant and Bar @ Moscone.

It was great to finally meet everyone from the Storage Industry there,  @RayLucchesi @DellServerGeek @sanpenguin @spinmasterjp, NetApp’s Alex Mcdonald, @3parfarley @hpstorageguy, @dvellante: @sunshinemug @storageio @siliconvalleypr @sfoskett @StorageNerve @edsai.


The day came to an end at around 2 AM, with the last meeting with Brad O’Neill from TechValidate. This guy is smart!!! Some great Venture Capital talk and his current and past involvement with TechValidate, Stumbleupon and PolyServ.

Stay tuned for more coverage for Vmworld 2009 Day 3.

Vmworld 2009: Day 1 – Monday 31st August 2009

September 1st, 2009 No comments

Finally end of another long day at Vmworld 2009. Though the day started a little late since registration was already done yesterday, things have been busy since arrival this morning.

Heard about some issues with the VMware labs this morning, was planning to attend the SRM lab, but looking at the lines outside those labs, it’s next to impossible to enter one of those. Best bet, is to create a test environment at home with all the equipment where you can practice various aspects of Vmware.

After lunch headed to the partner sessions, heard Paul Maritz, Carl G, Raghu R on the stage talking about various aspects of Vmware partnerships and possible new products being released over the next few months.

Pictures from Partner Session

Picture of Harry (CEO of Compugen, Canada), apparently Harry & Compugen are also a customer of ours.

Vmword 2009 - Harry Compugen

Harry from Compugen chatting on stage with Carl from VMware

Vmworld 2009: Harry

Meetup some other Twitter folks later in the day, it was great to associate faces with twitter names.

Then started the Vmworld 2009 Solutions Gallery at around 5:30 PM. Lots of food, drinks on the house. Its impossible to cover all the booths in one night, but as the day progresses tomorrow and get some time, can go talk to some folks about certain virtualization technologies – vertical products that we may be able to use.

The picture of 1% crowd at Vmworld

Twit’ed this picture live from the floor, check it out


Cisco MDS 9506 Multilayer Switch on the Solution Gallery Floor

Cisco 9506 DIrector Switches

Cisco Nexus 7010 Products

Cisco 7010 Nexus

Dinner at California Kitchen House, highly recommended Pizza’s joint, it was awesome food.

Then went to the tweetup session at the B Bar arranged by the Twitter folks. Meet several known faces there and also some great new introductions.

Then had a chance to talk to @texiwell @ericsiebert @sakacc @vaughn_stewart and many others. Overall a great day, 20 hours of non stop excitement.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s day, the early AM Paul Maritz speech and then a ton of new announcements scheduled. Check out the twits realtime on the blog under the VMWorld 2009 section on the top.

Vmworld 2009: Sunday 30th August – Day 0

August 31st, 2009 No comments

So Vmworld 2009 officially starts tomorrow (Monday).

Today was the day to socialize with folks, partners, some VMware folks, some EMC folks and tons of customers.

After a 6-hour flight this morning, got to San Francisco. Registration for Vmworld 2009 was open today, had a chance to catchup on the possible classes & labs to attend.

See some pictures of Vmworld 2009 here

Feel the heat as you enter the Vmworld North Building
Xsigo, Symmetrix V-Max, Cisco Nexus roaring and dispating heat

vmworld 2009

Cicso UCS Products


While walking around, found a rack of Cisco products with amber lights, may be some maintenance work going on it.

Cisco UCS 1

A Close look

Cisco UCS

The V-Max’s Proudly Standing

EMC Symmetrix V-Max

Then later in the day meet up with @edsai and went to the Thirsty Beers hosted by a bunch of Vendors including Nexanta, Veeam, and many more.

Had a chance to hookup with some familiar faces on twitter @jasonbouche @scott_lowe @duncanyb @vseanclark @rbrambley and many more. See the pictures from the Raffle sponsored by the vendors.

The Party

vmworld 2009 - thirsty beers party

Evan Powell – Nexanta, CEO

Evan Powell - Nexanta

Scott Lowe

Scott Lowe

Other Pictures




Took 10 more pictures, but seems like they are damaged and couldn’t upload it to the site. The Blackberry camera doesn’t work always….some other pictures includes those of @vseanclark @theronconrey @jtroyer, some veeam folks, etc.

Then later meet up with some EMC folks, specifically @davegraham and folks from @sakacc group.

Anyways stay tuned for Day 1 of Vmworld 2009 tomorrow with some technology post.