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:


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!

VMworld 2011 Session Voting

VMware has opened the public voting for the VMworld 2011 sessions. Personally I haven’t submitted anything, but I do see a lot of familiar names in the voting application.

The voting is available to anyone who has a vmworld.com account, and the voting period is from May 9th to May 18th. The voting is global, which means a vote for a session counts as a vote for both VMworld US and VMworld EMEA as 80% of the selected sessions will occur at both events. You can vote on as many sessions as you like, but only one vote pr. session.

There is a plethora of sessions, in fact there are 854 sessions to choose between! Thankfully VMware has included a search application that enables you to focus on your particular areas of interest and find sessions that fit.

I’ve done my part and voted, and I must say that some of these sessions sound great! Some of the session submitters have done a very good job with titling their submissions, which certainly helps in identifying what sessions to vote on. I won’t go through my entire list of votes, but a couple of sessions caught my eye immediately:

Session ID Title Presenters
2769 You Know You Must Deduplicate
Your vSphere Backups but Which Approach is Best for You?
Ian Blatchford, Product Manager, Hewlett Packard
Doug Hazelman, Senior Director, Product Strategy, Veeam Software
3276 From Epicenter to vCenter:
Surviving natural disasters with VMware SRM
Christopher Wells, Systems Architect, TUV Rheinland Japan, Ltd
1603 How VMware’s Products Are Like a Military Unit Jase McCarty, Sr. vSpecialist, EMC Corporation
1425 Ask the Expert vBloggers Duncan Epping, Principal Architect, VMware, Inc.
Rick Scherer, Senior vSpecialist, EMC Corporation
Frank Denneman, Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.
Scott Lowe, CTO, vSpecialist Team, EMC Corporation
Chad Sakac, VP, VMware Technology Alliance, EMC Corporation
1623 Storage Superheavy Weight Smackdown 2011 Cody Bunch, Blogger, ProfessionalVMware.com
Vaughn Stewart, Evangelist for Virtualization & Cloud Computing , NetApp
Chad Sakac, VP, VMware Technology Alliance, EMC Corporation
Mike Koponen, WW Solutions Marketing Manager, Hewlett Packard
Eric Schott, Executive Director, Dell Inc.

Goes to show that titling your submission properly really does make a difference.

Go forth and vote!

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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