VMworld…..What was in it for you ? : Introduction

In this post I’d like to share my recent experience of VMworld at Fira Convention Center in Barcelona.

I plan to write three further posts over the coming week with some notes and commentary on what I experienced.

First and foremost the logistics and facilities at Fira Convention Centre were excellent – getting around was easy – the metro made things very handy and thanks for free Metro tickets, sponsored by Veeam. Weather was warm too. Wasn’t prepared for scale of the Fira so legs were in bits at the end of the week.

Especially from all the standing around networking / talking, meeting old and many new friends. And that’s what VMworld is about – It’s a collegiate atmosphere – very informal and kinda like one giant hang space.

Everyone goes with certain areas of interest in mind. NSX is probably the hot topic. I spent a lot of time researching NSX before the conference particularly after the announcements at VMworld in San Francisco, so wasn’t quite as hyped about it. I worked as VMware architect for a Service Provider Private Cloud multi-tenancy platform for the National Telco in Ireland, so I understand the complexities of building a suite of multi-tenancy Virtual Network Services (virtual load balancers, firewall, VPN, aggregation, backup services). I can see how NSX will help –  no question.

I did take the NSX Hands On Lab which is quite detailed…Here it is @ http://labs.hol.vmware.com/HOL/#lab/558 – I would highly recommend it as it’s always best to get your hands on it.

Regarding VMworld, I tried to focus on the following subject areas to try and keep some focus

  • VDI and Desktop Services / Endpoint Management
    • Product Strategy
    • Understanding Horizon Suite Use cases and how it all glues together i.e. Mirage, View, Workspace
    • Understanding how this plays with other products
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity – SRM/vSphere Replication & vCloud Hybrid Service
    • Where is replication at and what improvements will we see
    • What does vCHS service look like
  • VSAN
    • What is it first and foremost
    • Use cases and differentiators
    • Getting a grip on how it plays with other products/features

I will cover these areas in more detail in three separate posts.

Before I do that we kind of got thrown a curveball with VMware’s Keynote announcement of the acquisition of Desktone – a leading Desktop As A Service (DaaS) provider which again might cause some product strategy juggling in the desktop space.

So until my next posts take it easy and keep flying the flag !!

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VMworld…..What was in it for you ? : Introduction

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