This year I will be attending VMworld 2011 in Copenhagen. The last time I went to VMworld was in 2008 when it was still being held in Nice. I’m excited and very happy I can go this year. The week is filled with sessions, hands on labs, key notes, parties etc. Last time was just an orientation trip. The customer I am work at at the moment was starting with virtualization and wanted more info and people with experience to be able to make the right decisions. So me and 2 other colleagues were sent to Nice. Things have changed since 2008. Now the customer has a production VMware environment, a DTAP environment with Lab Manager and an extra test environment bringing the total to 11 ESXi hosts and running about 85% of the workload virtually.
So my mission this year will be different from last time. I am now looking to checkout the new VMware products and try them out. Look into vSphere 5, vCloud Director, View etc. Half of my trip is being funded by my current employer KPN Consulting. As a Technical Support Specialist (working towards becoming a Technical Consultant) I am looking to expand my knowledge of VMware, it’s products and it’s partners and of course my network of contacts. A lot of my twitter followers are related to VMware in some way and I am hoping to meet a lot of them.
In 2008 you could just attend sessions. If the room wasn’t full…you could join in. This year you have to register for a session. Is your name not on the list then your not getting in. Creating such a schedule was harder then I thought. There are always more sessions then hours in the day, so you can’t visit all the sessions you want. But today I finally finished my schedule. Here it is:
|Start: 10:30 AM End: 12:00 PM||SUP1022 Hall A||Partner Track Super Session|
|Start: 1:00 PM End: 2:00 PM||PAR2368 Auditorium 15||What’s New with VMware vSphere 5.0 Licensing and Pricing|
|Start: 2:30 PM End: 3:30 PM||PAR2377 Auditorium 15||Accelerate Desktop Virtualization Sales|
|Start: 4:00 PM End: 5:00 PM||PAR2944 Auditorium 15||Business Case for Trusted Hybrid Cloud|
|Start: 9:00 AM End: 10:00 AM||SUP1018 Auditorium 15||The Biggest VMware Management Launch Ever! – Find out What’s New & What’s Nex…|
|Start: 10:30 AM End: 11:30 AM||VSP3067 Auditorium 11||Mythbusters Goes Virtual|
|Start: 12:00 PM End: 1:00 PM||CIM1264 Room C1-M3||Private VMware vCloud Architecture Technical Deep Dive|
|Start: 1:30 PM End: 2:30 PM||VSP3868 Room C1-M4||VMware vStorage Best Practices|
|Start: 3:30 PM End: 5:00 PM||General Sessions – Steve Herrod, CTO and SVP of R&D||General Sessions – Steve Herrod, CTO and SVP of R&D|
|Start: 9:00 AM End: 10:30 AM||Senior VP and General Manager of Cloud Platforms||Raghu Raghuram, Senior VP and General Manager of Cloud Platforms|
|Start: 10:30 AM End: 11:30 AM||BCO1562 Room C1-M5||Site Recovery Manager 5.0 and VMware vSphere Replication: Understanding the U…|
|Start: 12:00 PM End: 1:00 PM||CIM2916 Room C1-M2||What’s New in VMware vCloud Director|
|Start: 1:30 PM End: 2:30 PM||CIM2231 Room H-M6||Making Sense of VMware vShield and VMware vCloud for the Average System Admin…|
|Start: 3:00 PM End: 4:00 PM||VSP1926 Room C1-M3||Getting Started with VMware vSphere Design|
|Start: 9:00 AM End: 10:30 AM||Paul Maritz, President and CEO||Paul Maritz, President and CEO|
|Start: 11:00 AM End: 12:00 PM||VCP5. Room BV1||VMware Certification Quickstarts: VCP5|
|Start: 12:30 PM End: 1:30 PM||VCAP. Room BV1||VMware Certification Quickstarts: VCAP|
|Start: 2:00 PM End: 3:00 PM||EUC2846 Room C1-M4||VMware View Enterprise Architecture Design and Implementation Best Practices|
|Start: 3:00 PM End: 4:00 PM||PAR3069 Room 18||Differentiating Virtualization Solutions in Competitive Environments|
I will try to blog about VMworld while I am there. I’m still new to the whole blogger scene so we’ll see how it goes.
It might take a while before everything I want to blog about goes on the site.
I will be arriving in Copenhagen on Sunday October 16th around 18.30 at Kastrup airport and I will be staying at Cabinn Metro a few minutes from the Bella Center where VMworld is held. People keep telling me it’s the only hotel where you can shit and shower at the same time. So I am kinda curious 🙂 You can sign in at VMworld till 20.00 on Sunday so I’ll get that sorted out first. After that there is a Dutch VMUG party. I will be arriving with Eric Sloof so I’m hoping he’ll let me tag along for a while.