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EMC World is right around the corner

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 AndersonMatthew 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.

Week after the EMC World

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.

Thank you!

Big thanks to EMC and all the people who made the EMC World 2011 happen. Looking forward to the next years event.

My first EMC World

This year’s EMC World is going to be my first and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been working as a customer with EMC’s products the past 6 years and our whole storage infrastructure is built on top of their products. I got the ok to go already last year but the due date of my second child was too close so I decided not to go.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been browsing trough the conference schedule and trying to figure out what sessions to attend. There is lots and lots of good breakout sessions but the four days seems not to be enough. I always book my breakout session schedule too tight and end up not spending enough time at the exhibition and meetups. You can watch the recorded break out sessions later, but you can’t meet all the people later. So I decided to spend more time socializing and networking than I have in the past conferences.

Breakout Sessions

There will be over 500 breakout sessions available and here are some that I’m definitely interested in:

EMC Unisphere Analyzer – Hands-on Workshop

VNXe System Architecture

SQL Server on VMware – Architecting for Performance


There will also be a 200 seat virtualized hands on vLab where you can get familiar with several EMC’s products including the new VNX and VNXe product lines. There is a group of EMC employees that have been working hard to make this happen. Big thanks to them already. I know I’m going to be spending fair amount of time in one of those 200 seats. I’m also keen to see Nicholas Weaver’s vLab stats which he’s been teasing about on Twitter this week. This guy can create some cool stuff.

Bloggers lounge

If you are a blogger and attending EMC World you need to check out the Bloggers Lounge. It is the place to meet other bloggers and maybe also do a quick post on your blog. Some bloggers that have been there for a long time might not consider me as a real blogger with my whopping 4 blog posts. But you need to start somewhere right? As a beginner I have lots of questions to other bloggers. I’m also interested to talk to the other newbie bloggers and share thoughts.


Traveling with the family or spouse? Spousetivities is what you need to get your spouse involved with. Spousetivities organizes fun activities and happenings for spouses around the conference city. It was created by Scott Lowe’s wife Crystal after attending several technology conferences as a spouse and found herself bored while Scott was attending the conferences. I wish I knew about this when I travelled to VMworld -08 and -09 with my family. There are also some good deals for all EMC World attendees on Spousetivities site, so check it out.


Apparently this meetup has taken place in the past VMworlds without my knowledge. I like good cigars and I’m not going to miss this one. Good cigars and tech talk sounds good. Follow #vStogies on Twitter for the time and place. I’ve heard there is a good cigar place in Ceasars Palace.

vBeers and storagebeers

Another good meetup organized by Bas Raayman. It is all going to be about good food, drinks and tech talk and socializing. I bet it is going to be good night!

Chad’s World

Chad’s World will be live on Wednesday night before the party and there will also be a happy hour. Wonder if they are serving “frosty cold Canadian adult beverages” there. I’ve been watching Chad’s World episodes and to be honest those are funny but also have really informative content. Getting customers involved in something like that is really awesome. Wade and Chad you rock!

Hopefully I’ll see you in EMC World. It is always nice to meet new people and share thoughts. I’m looking forward to sharing experiences about EMC products, VMware, disaster recovery and anything IT related.

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