VMworld 2017 - Call for papers is open!

VMware have a gift for you this Valentine's day. VMworld 2017 call for papers is open today! This year, VMworld US and VMworld Europe are closer together. Only two weeks separate the two events. I'm interested to see how that changes the makeup of the sessions and announcements. Of course, to make the best assessment I'd have to be at both conferences. Time to talk to my manager and get some session ideas submitted! CFP is open now until March 14th 2017.…

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vBrownBag TechTalks at VMworld EMEA 2015

If you're going to Barcelona next month for VMworld 2015, one thing I can thoroughly recommend are the vBrownBag TechTalks that take place in the Hang Space. If you're not familiar with them, these TechTalks are 10 minutes long and given by anybody from the virtualisation community with something interesting to share. So, if you have a gap between sessions or there's something of interest on the TechTalk schedule (this is published closer to the time) then they're well worth listening to. Of course, it may be that you have something you could talk about for 10 minutes. If so,…

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VMworld 2014 - Day 3

It's also the the day after the night before for some, and hence often quieter first thing in the morning (as was the case again this year). For some reason, all of the sessions that I had originally planned to attend, and already had in my calendar, I had been unregistered from and several I couldn't get back into. I did manage to squeeze into a session about the inner workings of EVO:RAIL (SDDC1337 – Technical Deep Dive on EVO:RAIL) that provided some useful background for me. I like the idea of where VMware (and their hardware partners)…

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Thank you VMworld... see you next year?

As always, the highlight of any VMworld for me is the interaction with other attendees. Meeting new people, discussing technology and ideas with old friends and new is what makes it great for me. Also great was that over €143,000 will be donated to charities by VMware as a result of people participating in vGiveback. Once again, the VMware events team have done a great job and I thank them. VMworld 2015 Dates VMworld US 2015 starts on August 30th (Partner Day) in San Francisco and runs until September 3rd. VMworld Europe 2015 starts on October 12th (Partner Day)…

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VMworld 2014 - Day 2

Day 2 can often get off to a sluggish start for many. Either from hitting the parties too hard the night before, or misjudging the time required to get into the conference centre, there were still quite a few people arriving after Wednesday's keynote session had started. Keynote The keynote on a Wednesday is usually used to take a closer look at some of the new and forthcoming changes in VMware's products and this year was no exception. Naturally, vRealize Operations got some attention, but so did CodeStream – VMware's forthcoming DevOps integration with vRealize Automation. I'm not an application…

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VMworld 2014 - Day 1

Tuesday in Barcelona is when things really get going. First up on everyone's schedule is the VMworld keynote. This is one of times when attendees get to hear from Pat Gelsinger (VMware's CEO) and a number of other presenters and get an overview of the direction in which VMware are going. It's also when the major product announcements are officially made. Historically, VMworld Europe is usually the time when management product updates are announced (with some of the more infrastructure based updates happening at the US conference). It's been slightly different this year I suppose since there was no major…

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VMworld 2014 - Partner Day

VMworld Partner Day – I guess you could call it VMworld Day 0, or the “quiet before the storm”. That's not to say that it's an easy day mind you. Partner day for me is all about networking. Not the NSX / Cisco variety, but talking with and meeting people. From former colleagues and VMware community members and VMware staff, all the way through to existing and potential partners for my employer, Xtravirt. It's safe to say that I had some very good conversations. Monday evening was split between two networking events. The first was hosted by TD Azlan…

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vRealize Automation v6.2 Announced

So, vCAC 6.1 was finally announced at VMworld US in August and went GA in early September. Included in that release were some much needed bug fixes and enhancements in a number of key areas: New consumer API Improved partner support with vCO Enhanced integrations with vCloud Suite (specifically ITBM) NSX integration Enhanced Puppet integration Localised Consumer Interface in 12 languages (but crucially not British English!) Bulk import tool User interface configuration Enhanced HA deployment Today at VMworld Europe, VMware have announced that vRealize Automation 6.2 is coming (hopefully in Q4 this year). Besides the obvious name change…

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