So it has been over a week since the EMC World ended. Last week went by so fast trying to catch up with all the missed e-mails and work issues that had piled up during the EMC World. 16 hour days talking tech all day kind of drained my batteries so I had to do some recharging before getting my toughts together for a blog post. I also edited and uploaded some pictures to Flickr. First I wasn’t going to take the camera with me at all because I wanted to travel light. But I did and took some nice shots.
Like I already mentioned those were long days full of good conversations and information sharing. I met lots of great people some of whom I’ve been tweeting with but never seen before and some whom I’ve never met at all. Just what I was looking for. EMC had also organized a place for meeting other bloggers: Bloggers Lounge. It was nice to sit down on cozy couches after walking around the Venetian, to have a great cup of coffee and connect with other bloggers.
Networking wasn’t all that I was looking for. In my pre-EMC World post I mentioned that I would concentrate more on the networking than I’ve had in the past conferences. But there were just so many interesting sessions that I couldn’t resist attending to. The session itself might not always give you lots of new information but you can ask questions and go talk to the speakers after the session. That’s how I get the most out of the sessions. I had several good conversations with the speakers and got the information I was looking for.
Getting hands on experience was one of the things that I was looking forward to. There were many teasers tweeted and also posted on blogs about the vLabs while they were being put together. But it was all worth the wait. The vLabs were really nicely planned and exceuted and most importantly the labs were great. Thanks to all the vSpecialists who worked hard to make the vLabs possible.
EMC Proven Professional
EMC had a gread deal on the proven professional certifications during the EMC World: 50% off from all certification exams. First I thought it was a really good deal but it wouldn’t concern me. Then a week before the EMC World I ordered the Kindle version of the EMC ISM book and decided if I have time to read the book and feel confident with the practice test I’ll try the exam. Well I didn’t have time to read the whole book but I decided to take the test anyway. I passed and now I have the EMCISA certification. Next step will then be the Cloud Architect certification.
The fun part
There is no conference without parties and the EMC World 2011 was not and exception. Most mentionable ones were Christopher Kusek’s party at one of the suites in Cosmopolitan and storage beers / vBeers organized by Bas Raayman. Met lots of great people and of course had lots of fun too. Thank you Christopher and Bas for getting all the people together. Good times!
Chad and Wade hosted a great Chad’s World live show and with the help of the vSpecialist team they showed some cool live demos. The room was packed and the crowd was really excited. And of course there was also plenty of cold Canadian adult beverages served as I guessed. From there it was nice to head on to the EMC World party where EMC’s Barn Dogs and The Fray was performing. Relaxing atmosphere, good food and good music.
Big thanks to EMC and all the people who made the EMC World 2011 happen. Looking forward to the next years event.