Xtravirt provided me with the opportunity to attend VMworld Europe this year which was held at the Gran Via conference centre in Barcelona. Being my first time attending the event, I didn’t know what to expect, however I had heard … [More]
By Saurabh Chandratre 27 0
Xtravirt provided me with the opportunity to attend VMworld Europe this year which was held at the Gran Via conference centre in Barcelona. Being my first time attending the event, I didn’t know what to expect, however I had heard a lot about the event and sessions which were to take place over the 4 days as well as a few anticipated big announcements. The feedback from my colleagues about VMworld has always been positive so I was intrigued to say the least. In this blog I aim to give you an insight into my VMworld experience. The sessions During my VMworld experience, I attended various sessions on SDDC, vRA, vROps, NSX, vCloud and took part in some Hands on Labs as well. There were also some great Expert Panel sessions where you got the chance to interact with Experts within a specific product or technology. The quality of some of these sessions for a non-technical audience was spot on, especially sessions such as, Experience the Business Impact of IT Innovation & Transformation, Business Value of Data Centre Virtualisation and Hybrid Cloud Extensibility. The general sessions took place every morning and that’s where lot of the new announcements happened. I personally feel that the biggest announcement was VMware Cloud on AWS. I think it’s a win-win situation for both companies, as VMware are market leaders in SDDC and AWS are market leaders of public cloud. It’s due to be released in May 2017. Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, also introduced some new features with vSphere 6.5 and VSAN 6.5 future releases which I’m looking forward to finding out more about. Solutions Exchange The Solutions Exchange features the latest products and solutions from over 130 sponsors and exhibitors. People may also know it better as the goodies area! It’s a huge hall which is full of lots of booths and vendor representatives who are happy to go through their products with you. This is also where you get a chance to demo some of the products and it helped me to compare a few options that are actually available out there. There was also the chance to enter a number of prize draws, where some booths/vendors even gave away Barca vs Man City tickets for a match taking place over the event’s 4 days. I tried my luck a few times at different booths however unfortunately didn’t win – maybe next time. Your Schedule There is a lot happening at VMworld so it makes a difference to prepare your schedule prior to heading there using the tools provided by the event organisers. You still have the option to add other sessions once there but its best to be prepared beforehand. It’s also worth heading to the Breakout Sessions. These are opened up to all attendees five minutes before the designated start time – but be warned they get full quickly. Networking As with many events of this type, VMworld is a great opportunity to network with peers, industry leaders, tech providers and vendors. The meal times, aside from a chance to pick up some great food, were a good time to meet up with other attendees and gave me a chance to get to know new people, socialise and expand my peer network amongst those all with a common interest. The VMworld party hosted by VMware was held a couple of days into the event and provided another opportunity to get to know other attendees and enjoy some great entertainment. This year it featured a great musical performance by Empire of the Sun with the opening act by FACE-TIC who are one of the biggest names in Barcelona’s DJ scene. The vendor parties held every evening were also a great way to network with colleagues and meet other IT industry representatives. Overall, I enjoyed my VMworld 2016 experience and I cannot Thank Xtravirt enough for this opportunity. Well done to the VMworld team on a fantastic event!