VMworld.next – a couple of suggestions

VMware Partner NetworkNow that the VMworld events are over for 2010, I’m still trying to digest a lot of the impressions I’ve had over the past few days.

However, I do have a couple of suggestions I would like to voice:

  • Add contact information to the attendee badge!
    Just like David Owen (@vMackem) suggested, adding Twitter ID and blog link to the attendee badge would make it easier to keep track of everyone you meet up with. I would even take it a a step further, and actually add a QR code with the contact info in it directly to the badge. That way, we could all run around and scan each other! (Not as dirty as it might sound!). No more need for business card exchanges, business cards you eventually lose anyway.
  • Lab availability at the event
    I’ve mentioned that I want the labs extended to year round online availability in all it’s cloudiness, but how about giving attendees the possibility to run the labs from their own computers while at VMworld? Thanks for that idea, gcballard!

VMworld Europe 2010 – The aftermath

VMworld 2010I’m back home again, after spending the better part of this week in Copenhagen, attending VMworld Europe 2010.

Let me just say, straight off the bat, that attending VMworld is probably the best idea I’ve had in years. In reality, that’s not saying much, but the value of attending is immense.

The way VMworld is organized, with lots of simultaneous sessions, labs and other activities is both a challenge and a blessing. It’s a challenge in the sense that you need to plan your schedule pretty well and really take control over your own experience. The blessing is that you’re not locked into a predetermined path, and you can re-arrange your schedule at any time if you wish to do so. And trust me, you’ll plan one thing and probably end up doing something completely different in the end.
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Extending VMworld Labs

Undoubtedly one of the most popular “features” of VMworld 2010, both in the US and in EU, are the labs. These hands-on exercises in configuring and using various VMware products lets you play around without the need for lab equipment or licenses installed locally.
VMworld Labs - Cloud Lane
What if VMware extended this to not only run during the VMworld conferences?

Let us get our hands dirty all year round! It’s hard to have a full lab setup in the office, and if we could book time in the VMware Cloud Lane to play around with VMware vCloud™, VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager or even VMware ThinApp™ that would be great!

I’m sure VMware can see the value in providing their customers and partners with hands-on labs for training purposes, as well as being a great showcase for their core “cloud” services as enterprise ready.

While I’m not suggesting they give everyone and their mother lab access 24/7/365, VMware should indeed offer a way for customers and partners to book time and play around.

After all, VMware want us to buy their products and their vision for the cloud, don’t they?