VMware – VMworld 2014 – Wrap-up

Disclaimer: I recently attended VMworld 2014 – SF.  My flights and accommodation were paid for by myself, however VMware provided me with a free pass to the conference and various bits of swag. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.

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Overall Impressions

Since a lot of my blog posts this week have made use of bullet points, why don’t I keep it up here?

  • Massive scale conference (compared to what I’ve been to in Australia)
  • Very helpful staff
  • So good to meet people I know from twitter in real life
  • Content at the presentations was invaluable
  • Solutions Exchange was great too (I’ll pay for all those t-shirts with a bit of extra e-mail though)
  • It’s a long way from Australia but worth the trip

Parties

VMunderground

Great event. I spent a lot of time meeting people I’d only ever communicated with on twitter. Here’s a picture I took from the outside area.

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EMC Agents of Change

Held at the Minna Gallery, EMC put on a Bond-themed party with some nice food and drink. It was a little bit packed, but lots of fun. I also picked up some martini glasses and a shaker. The shaker didn’t really make it though.

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VMworld Party

The Black Keys played in Moscone North and I think they sounded great considering the pretty awful acoustics in the room. Here’s a picture.

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Swag

Too many t-shirts to list. And some nice glassware that won’t survive the baggage handlers I’m sure. But here’s a photo anyway.

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Thank You

Once again I’d like to thank Corey and Amanda from the VMware Community & Social Media team for the amazing opportunity to come to VMworld this year and am looking forward to (hopefully) getting back next year. I’d also like to say thanks Sean Thulin from EMC, and the other EMC Elect people I ran into, for making me feel welcome and part of the community. Finally, a big shoutout to the other bloggers and vExperts I met throughout the week – it’s great to meet people from such a diverse range of backgrounds (and geographical regions) who are driven by a common purpose.

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