Yes, it’s less than a week to the EMC World kick off. Last year I attended the EMC World for the first time and it reminded me a lot of VMworld, of course the focus was a bit different. Lots of great breakout sessions and hands-on labs. I met many great people there and we still keep in contact on a regular basis. I also met some new vendors with whom I have been working with after the event and even met some old colleagues. I had a great experience attending last year.
This year I will be doing something different than just attending breakout sessions, hands-on labs and hanging in the bloggers lounge. You may have read my post on me and Matt doing the VNXe Ask the Expert event on EMC Community Network (ECN). That event was quite a success and lead to an invitation to the EMC World. So I’m one of the “Ask the Experts” attending EMC World and will be at the EMC online support booth on Mon-Wed during lunch time (2-2.30pm) to talk about VNXe and ECN. Other experts (Ian Anderson, Matthew Brender, Mark Browne, Luigi Danakos and Sean Thulin) are also attending and will be at the booth available for a chat. So come by the booth or stop us on the expo floor to say hi and talk about virtualization, storage and the community. All of us will also be attending the Buzz Talk – Join the EMC Support Forums Legends session on Wednesday at 10.30-11am. There will also be other ECN/Ask The Experts gatherings and those will be promoted on Twitter/ECN when the exact times have been confirmed. I’ve also heard that there could be some “ECN reporters” walking around the expo with notepads interviewing people and posting some cool things on ECN.
“An update from Mark on what’s happening for Ask the Expert @ EMC World”:
Then, of course, there is the fun part: the opening reception, grand opening reception, #CXIparty, Support Community Mixer, #vBeers/#StorageBeers/#vStogies (on Tue I think), customer appreciation event and a concert by Maroon 5. These are great opportunities to continue the tech talk and do some networking in a bit more relaxed environment.
I’m really looking forward to hearing some product announcements, the keynotes, breakout sessions, hands-on labs, chats with vendors and other customers, parties and of course seeing old friends and meeting new people as well. I’ll see you there and if you are not attending make sure to check ECN and blogs for updates from EMC World: Bloggers Lounge – EMC World 2012.
It is good to get to see you again this year my good friend! It has been two years since I last attended VMworld in Las Vegas and this is going to be my fourth VMworld (2006 LA, 2008 LV, 2009 SF and 2011 LV).
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks and I haven’t had time to prepare as thoroughly as I would have liked to. But I’m happy with the sessions that I added to the schedule weeks ago because now all of those are full. Although most if not all sessions will be recorded so if you attend the conference you can watch those recordings later. But if you have any questions about the topic or if you want to talk to the presenter after the session then it would be good to attend that specific session. If you are only planning to listen then you could just as well watch the recording.
Here is my list of sessions that I’m planning to attend:
- VSP1628 VMware vSphere Clustering Q&A
- VSP1926 Getting Started with VMware vSphere Design
- VSP3205 Technology Preview: VMware vStorage APIs for VM and Application Granular Data
- VSP1956 The VMware ESXi Quiz Show
- VSP1425 Ask the Expert vBloggers
- VSP1956 Protecting SMBs Using Site Recovery Manager 5.0 with VMware vSphere Replication
- BCA1995 Design, Deploy, Optimized SQL Server on VMware ESXi 5
- VSP1823 VMware Storage Distributed Resource Scheduler
- VSP3116 VMware vSphere 5.0 Resource Management Deep Dive
- VSP2384 Distributed Datacenters with Multiple vCenter Deployments: Best Practices
Networking, parties and meet ups
The whole conference is a really big networking opportunity. When you are not attending sessions you should walk around the expo floor and talk to people, ask questions and interact. This is your chance to meet people face to face and get your questions answered and maybe answer someone else’s questions too. I’m really looking forward to meeting new people, seeing old friends and I might bump into old colleagues too. If you see me wondering around I’m always up for tech talk. I’m also fairly easy to be recognized wearing my shirts:
When there is a conference there is a party/parties. Vendors are usually organizing customer appreciation parties but there are also some individuals or small groups that are doing the same. These are really good networking opportunities. Here is my party/meetup list:
Tips and links
Here are a few of links to good blog posts about VMworld happenings and tips. My advice is to wear shoes that you know are comfortable, so no new shoes. Pedometer is also nice to carry around if you want to track how much you walk during the week
See you at the VMworld!