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VMware Forum 2012 Oslo

Just like last year, I got up really early and caught a 06:40 am flight from Bergen to Oslo to attend the VMware Forum. A couple of things have changed since the last time, one of them being the venue.

This time around it was held at Ullevaal Business Class, and the venue itself worked great for a one day conference like this, divided into three sections, two for parallel sessions and one for the exhibitor area.

One of the other changes from last year, is that I now work for a VMware Partner, who was also a Platinum Sponsor of the event. This was my first event working for a partner, and I even had booth duty! Talking with customers in a partner setting is quite different from being a customer yourself, so that was interesting in an of itself. Sadly this also meant that I missed most of the sessions, but I did manage to catch the keynote by Brian Gammage, VMware´s Chief Market Technologist.

I even got a “1-on-1″ session with Mr. Gammage, accompanied with a couple of my colleagues from EVRY Consulting, which was really interesting to say the least. Listening to someone extremely knowledgeable and visionary, in a small non-speaking setting was an eye-opener with regards to how VMware sees the future of end user computing. Sadly I can´t go into details about it, but I´m confident that VMware has a strategy in the works that might just surprise more than a few people.

Unfortunately this “1-on-1″ session collided with both Joel Lindberg´s and Lee Dilworth´s sessions, so I didn´t catch any of those, which in reality was the two sessions I was looking most forward to beforehand. Also, what´s up with scheduling both those sessions against each other, that sounds like a bit of bad planning from the organizing committee.

I did however get to meet both of them in the exhibition area, even if only ever so briefly. I also met up with both Vegard Sagbakken and Stein Willhelmsen from VMware, Mike Beevor from Whiptail and Linus Svensson from Veeam.

All in all I think VMworld Forum 2012 in Oslo was a step in the right direction compared to last year, but it´s still not a very technical event and I don’t´really think it is supposed to be. Perhaps my expectations for it last year were a bit high, and this year they might just have been a bit to low.

Oh, I even spotted Cody Bunch´s Automating vSphere with VMware vCenter Orchestrator book in the wild!

Tech Field Day #6 – Arriving in Boston

Yesterday I arrived at Logan International for Tech Field Day #6 in the greater Boston area. Christopher Wells had already arrived earlier in the day, and I was lucky enough to be picked up by Stephen Foskett at the airport and chauffeured to the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference center.

The travel itself was pretty uneventful, the only trouble I had was that when I landed at Schipol for transfer to the US flight, my boarding pass was nowhere to be found, and I don’t think I even received it when I checked in at Bergen Airport Flesland. At the self-service transit counters at Schipol I even got told, by the machines, that my reservation was non-existent. Of course, this was kind of troubling, but thanks to the very nice and service minded KLM employees at Schipol, that issue was quickly resolved and I was on my merry way. At least as merry as one can be when traveling transatlantic.

The flight from Schipol to Logan was incredibly boring though.Normally I have no problems sleeping while flying, but this time around I got the grand total of zero minutes of sleep on the entire trip. Add in the 6 hour time difference, and you’ve got one tired traveling vNinja on your hands.

Stephen and I met up with Chris Wells at the hotel, and went out searching for dinner. Stephen, who seems to know everything there is to know, and then some, about Boston and the surrounding areas, guided us to a local Indian restaurant where we got some great Thali.

After that we ended up at the Horseshoe Pub & Restaurant for some vTFDbeers! How many beers do they have on tap? Who knows, all I know is that it’s a lot!. I haven’t seen that many beer taps since I was at The Gingerbreadman in New York many moons ago.

As you can clearly see, the world has indeed survived the first ever meetup between the vSamurai and the vNinja. Meeting up with both Chris and Stephen was a real treat, and I can’t wait for the rest of the delegates arrive during the day, Tech Field Day 6: You look awesome.

vSoup and Tech Field Day #6

vSoup Episode #10 is finally released, this time with Stuart Radnidge (blog) as our guest. This episode is a bit unusual, as we didn’t really have a set agenda before starting the recording, so we jump around all of the place covering a pretty wide area of topics. Be sure to check it out!

Tech Field Day #6 is approaching really fast, in fact it’s only a week away now! I will leave for Boston on Tuesday, June 7, for what looks to be a very, very busy but fun couple of days. I don’t know what to expect, but Chris Dearden has warned be that I probably won’t be idle much.

This is the first Tech Field Day event that solely focuses on virtualization and the presenter list looks really promising:

VMware@VMware
Embotics@EmboticsCorp
SolarWinds@SolarWinds_Inc
VKernel@VKernel
Symantec@Symantec

In addition to these, there is a couple of more presenters that have not been announced yet. I’ve met a few of the other delegates before, but the majority of them will be new acquaintances!

Since the entire vSoup crew is going across the pond, we’ll try to get some live vSoup recordings done during the event!

The delegates will also be attending the VMunderground BPaaS (Beantown Party as a Service): Tech Field Day 6 Edition, so if you are in Boston on Thursday 9th of June, be sure to get a ticket and stop by and say hi!