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Vmworld 2009: Day 4, 3rd September 2009

September 4th, 2009 No comments

Unfortunately my Vmworld trip came to an end today. Started to head back home at 6 AM this morning, entire day of travelling.

Vmworld 2009 officially comes to an end today at 4 PM. Most of the people will be leaving later in the day or early tomorrow morning to head back home.

Some people are planning to spend some personal time in San Francisco Bay area with their families and friends since it’s a day off on Monday (long weekend). San Francisco is just amazing, the Golden Gate bridge, the food, the wine, the downtown and oh the Moscone center. For this trip, my walking has only been between the hotel and the Moscone center, absolutely no sightseeing.

The weather has been great so far, almost 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. everyday Overall it was been a joyful trip.

Looking forward to going to Vmworld 2010.

Stay tuned for the final post on Vmworld 2009 tomorrow.

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 http://mypict.me/w0dC

Oh this is awesome #vmworld http://mypict.me/vYJT

Another one #vmworld http://mypict.me/vYDt

Another one #vmworld foreigner http://mypict.me/vYAj

Another one, @edsai, @hpstorageguy #vmworld http://mypict.me/vYsT

Another one #vmworld http://mypict.me/vXHR

Another one #vmworld http://mypict.me/vXGi

Another one dancing tube #vmware http://mypict.me/vXak

Another one #vmworld http://mypict.me/vX7q

Another one #vmworld http://mypict.me/vX0z

Another one #vmworld http://mypict.me/vWY2

Another one #vmworld http://mypict.me/vWCH

Another #vmworld pic http://mypict.me/vWbz

Vmworld party kicks off http://mypict.me/vVBT

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

Content

Technology

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

Terramark

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

RightScale

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.

(STAY TUNED FOR PICTURES FROM THE STORAGE TWEETUP: I WILL PROVIDE THE LINKS)

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

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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 StorageNerve.com blog under the VMWorld 2009 section on the top.