Early in the afternoon landed here at MCO (Orlando Airport). The plane was full of EMC’ers. Some I knew and some unknown faces.
Orlando weather is great, 90 degrees when landed, but very humid. At Hertz Rental Car, the folks upgraded my car to a 2010 Mustang , great car. Once arrived at the hotel, had to jump on a conference call for couple of hours with the folks to prepare for an upcoming meeting (tomorrow morning). Then at around 5PM headed to EMC World.
The registration was open between 4:30 and 8:30 PM. So it was great to see some known faces from twitter (EMC’ers, partners, customers and independent bloggers). Had a chance to meetup with @Lendevanna, a very nice and approachable person. Len along with his team has done a phenomenal job to put the EMC Bloggers Lounge together with some great looking chairs, nice expresso coffee machine, some flat screen TV’s running live twits on it.
As you twit with #emcworld as a keyword, your twits will be tagged and shown up there live.
One noticeable thing, all these guys are really down to earth when you are talking to them about technology and are really passionate about what they do for living. They are also very pro about the employer they work for (EMC), I guess nothing wrong in that.
Also saw some of our customers, nice to see some of them after a year or so.
As we were leaving, saw @chuckhollis, as usual he is running around. Hopefully get to spend some time with him to understand some of stuff he has been putting up on his blog and where he envisions EMC going with those.
So today was just a reception party, no speakers were spotted, I am sure at the Rosen Plaza or the Peabody, we might be able to spot some Keynote speakers.
From left: Alex, Dennis (Wikibon), Storagezilla, Chris Evans outside the EMC Bloggers lounge
The Gin Blossoms Concert
At Gin Blossoms Concert
At Gin Blossoms Concert
@Storagezilla has been taking some videos, we should see a peek into it over the next few days.
Hope you might see some videos and pictures tomorrow on the StorageNerve blog.
Didn’t see any exhibitors today, since the solutions pavilion opens up tomorrow at 5:30 PM.
Have a few exhibitors, I want to spend some time. You will see some additional details tomorrow.
So the buzz word at EMC World 2009 is V-Max Series. Every 3rd person walking around from EMC had a Symmetrix badge on. Over the next 4 days, EMC will emphasize a lot on the direction in which V-Max is going over the next couple of years.
The Blogging Lounge
@lendevenna, his team and ZDNET have done some great work to get the EMC Bloggers lounge setup. Please look out for the EMC Bloggers Lounge pictures tomorrow. Officially the lounge hasn’t been opened, but some great technology around it and hopefully we will see the extra mile EMC will go to take care of these independent bloggers.
The after Party
No after party for me today, headed back to the hotel, very tired after last night, as responded to a RFP, 130 questions. Writing this blog and then calling the day. Hope to connect with you all tomorrow.
Highlights for Tomorrow
So I have a meeting with a very large customer tomorrow morning and will not be able to make it to EMC World before 10:30 AM. But here are a few things I see important for tomorrow.
7:30 to 8:30: Breakfast
8:30 to 9:30: CX4 New Features
Advanced Report creation with Storagescope
Provisioning Symmetrix Storage for VMware
Symmetrix Performance and capacity panning with symmetrix
9:45 to 11:15: Keynote speakers Joe Tucci (CEO, EMC) and Paul Maritz (CEO, VMware).
12:30 to 2:45: Lunch
12:45 to 1:15: Sanpulse Demo/show in Theatre 2
3:00 to 4:00: Understanding new features of Enguinity 5874 for Symmetrix V-Max series
4:30 to 5:30: Documentum, Networker, RecoveryPoint, Centera, Avamar classes
5:30 to 7:30: Solutions Pavillion and hopefully dinner
Not sure when we will have time to hang around at the EMC bloggers lounge, but I am sure people will walk in and out of there frequently.
Let’s see if I win the Flip Camera at the EMC bloggers lounge tomorrow, more quality pictures to follow.
Oh and I forgot, got a IPOD Nano, 8GB for early registration……great device.