VMworld Europe 2012 – Thank You

It’s all over for another year. I’ve had a great time meeting people and learning a thing or two. Before I forget them though, I wanted to say a few “thank you”s. In no particular order they are: Virtual Clarity, my employer, for supporting my attendance here. My wife and family for letting me go almost a week without speaking to them properly! Fira Barcelona – it’s a big space and I’ve heard some people complaining that they’ve had to do a lot of walking but I didn’t come here expecting to sit down all day. The event staff have been good and I thank them all for putting up with so many foreign geeks. Josh Atwell, Damian Karlson and Alastair Cooke for putting on a series of great vBrownbag presentations. All of the speakers for putting together so many great […]

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VMworld Europe 2012 – Day 2 – Solutions Exchange

The day kicked off with the second general session of the conference. This one was focused on the future of End User Computing (EUC) and was hosted by CTO, Steve Herrod. Now many people believe that End User Computing = VDI. They’re wrong, it’s so much more than that and some of it was demonstrated during the general session. I won’t do it justice here but it’s worth trying to watch the video of the general session or looking up some video demos of Mirage and the Horizon Suite. There are some amazing developments coming along. EUC is certainly full of innovation. After the general session I spent most of the day in the Solutions Exchange. I like to set aside a big block of time to visit the vendor stands as it saves me having to run back and […]

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VMworld Europe 2012 – Day 1

This was the day that 8000 or so people descended on the conference centre in Barcelona as VMworld opened its doors wide. Whilst the Fira Barcelona appears to me to be a bigger venue than the Bella Center in Copenhagen, it does still have its pinch points and I was glad to get there early enough in the morning to avoid the rush to the keynote speech. For me, this was the first time that I’d seen (or read) anything publicly from new VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger, since he took office and I was interested to see how or if the message had changed since Paul Maritz moved on. Pat’s keynote speech was well delivered and well received in my opinion. I sensed though that he was being careful to try and establish his credentials as someone who can take […]

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VMworld Europe 2012 – Day 0

I’m calling it Day 0 as the full conference started on Tuesday. Monday was Partner Day at VMworld and a chance for many to just turn up and register as well as take a few Hands-on-Lab sessions and do some networking. I walked to the venue from my hotel and eventually managed to find my way into the Hands-on-Labs as I was keen to try out a few of the changes to elements of the vCloud suite (I haven’t managed to update my home lab yet since 5.1 was released). I’ve enjoyed using the labs in the past and I did so this time as well but I came away with a few observations / suggestions that I’d like to share: The manuals for each accompanying lab were a little tricky to navigate at times. I know a few people […]

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QNAP Gets VAAI

I purposefully wandered past the QNAP booth in the Solutions Exchange at VMworld Europe 2012 yesterday as I have one of their devices at home connected up to my lab (although as it gets older and my demands get higher I find that I’m using it less and less). I also know a few other individuals (e.g. Jeremy – co-author on this site) who have one in their home lab setup and QNAP have a good presence in the SMB market. As the title suggests, QNAP are going to deliver VAAI functionality very shortly. The really good thing though is that this does not mean that you need to buy a new model. As QNAP use the same OS package on all of their devices, the whole range will get the functionality as of version 3.8. Geeks (with QNAPs) everywhere will rejoice and dance […]

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