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My first ever VMworld 2017 experience.

This year, it was the very first time I got an opportunity to be part of VMworld Europe, Barcelona & I thought it would be good to share my experience with you. I am sure you will enjoy reading it.

1] My experience as Tech-talk Speaker

I had couple of tech-talks as part of VMworld vBrownBag. This was the very first time I got an opportunity to deliver tech-talks outside India & that too at biggest conference to unknown audience (Customers, partners etc). Personally, it was really a thrilling & exciting experience for me. More exciting was, tech-talks were arranged in open VMVillage community area (I was assuming that they would be in closed hall/room) & tech-talks were being live streamed/recorded as well. Based on the interest and feedback received, I could say both talks were really well received.

Below are the youtube links to my tech talks. Please take a look and please provide your feedback if any

i) VMware Log Tuner (aka vLog Tuner or VLT):
(Project contributors: @chiragarora, @durgakarri & @vThinkBeyondVM (myself))

Youtube link:

ii) DRS Cluster Rules Manager:
(Project contributors: @durgakarri, Gururja Hegdal & Vikas Shitole)

Youtube link :

Take a look at all vBrownBag tech-talks

2] Here are some of the VMworld highlights:

As usual, general sessions by our leaders were awesome. It was truly amazing to be part of such huge community & buzz. Apart from general sessions, as per me, below are the highlights.
i) VMware cloud on AWS (VMC or VMW on AWS): As expected, VMC had a lot of coverage across quick talks and breakout sessions. For me, the most insightful breakout session on VMC was by Solution Architect from Amazon and Technical marketing director from VMware i.e. “Business value of VMware Cloud on AWS”. In addition to these sessions, I attended some more insightful breakout sessions on VMC as well as other VMware products.

Here are some of top sessions from VMworld Europe

Here are some of top sessions from VMworld US

William Lam has compiled very nice list of all breakout sessions available on youtube

ii). Hands on Labs: After attending couple of sessions on VMC, I was very much interested in how this works for customer in action. This is where VMC on AWS HOL helped. It was truly great experience playing with very slick HTML5 based VMC interface & configuring various VMC components.

Here are more learning resources on VMware cloud on AWS

For learning VMware products, please look at Hands on lab

iii) Solution Exchange: This is the place where all of our partner ecosystem display their solutions. I visited 6-7 booths out of many others. It was heartening to see how VMware partner ecosystem has developed solutions around VMware products.

iv) Meeting with people: After communicating with many VMware & vExperts community members over email, blogs & twitter for last 3-4 years, it was exciting to meet some of VMware as well as vExperts community personally.

Selfie with Katie Bradely, vExpert Community manager

v) Things I missed: There are couple of things I missed as my tech-talks were scheduled on back-to-back days. However, as VMworld schedule is such huge, multiple tracks at the same time, we cannot catch everything as well. Having said that, I think, I missed to be part of VMworld Hackthon organized by our very own champs “William Lam”(@lamw) & “Alan Renouf”(@alanrenouf). I heard it was really cool (However, I did personally meet both of them on the way & visited VMware {code } booth to know all the programs they run). Another thing I missed is getting signed copy of this great & most sought book “VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive” by “Frank Denneman (@FrankDenneman) & Niels Hagoort (@NHagoort)”. Of course, I missed some of live breakout sessions but I can listen to recorded ones.

Here is blog post by William on VMworld Hackathon

Know more about VMware {code }

vi) Exploring Barcelona: Since BCN vs IST difference is just 3+ hrs, jet lag was not an issue & even temperature was similar what we have now in BLR. I explored BCN on the way back from VMworld Venue to hotel (5.5 KM) by walk, it was very pleasant experience. Yes, food was the issue but fortunately, I got “Indian Bollywood restaurant” walk-able distance from my hotel. In addition, being in Barcelona, I could feel the craze about football (During Barcelona vs Juventus match), how people worship players like Messi (Similar to Cricket in India). I would have liked visiting some places there but could not manage during my short trip.


vi) Parties/goodies & VMware store:
There was exclusive vExpert party arranged by our digital marketing team. Our own vSphere team has awarded all vExpert a Swag Bag containing “Power Bank, Book, Pen, bottle & some cool stickers”. In addition, many partners were giving away lot of goodies such as T-shirts, stickers, hat, bags etc. As I visited some of booths, I did get some of them & who does not like goodies? In addition, I enjoyed looking into VMware related books & official merchandise at VMware store. It was heartening to see the book that I reviewed as technical reviewer i.e. vSphere Design essentials.

vii) Other interesting booths: There were some more exciting booths/lounge such as “meet the experts” & “vmware educational services”.

Overall, I had a great trip, met many people, and learned a few things. Clearly, VMworld is a great platform to interact with VMware people, customers & vExperts

VMworld 2017 session voting : Great opportunity to influence VMworld 2017 agenda

VMworld 2017 session voting is started couple of weeks back and if you ask me, this is great opportunity for us to influence what we would like to see at this mega event. I thought to just have one small post asking for your votes for some sessions we have submitted.

If you do not know what is VMworld: VMworld is a global conference for virtualization and cloud computing, hosted by VMware. It is the number-one event for enabling the digital enterprise. VMworld 2017 brings you innovation to accelerate your journey to a software-defined business—from mobile devices to the data center and the cloud. Every year VMware hosts this mega event both in US as well as Europe

This year, there are record 1300+ sessions submitted by VMware fraternity (VMware customers, partners, vExperts, Employees) on multiple areas such as Cloud Computing, End User Computing (EUC), Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) and mobility management etc.

Below are the sessions we submitted. If you like these sessions,please make sure you vote before 13th April.

1. DRS Cluster Rules Manager :New configuration management approach [2175] (Breakout session: 60 min)

2. Quick talk on VMware Log Tuner (VLT) [2203] (Quick talk: 30 min)

3. Overview on DRS Cluster Rules Manager :New configuration management approach [2752] (Quick talk : 30 min):

Session 1 & 3 are about the fling that we recently released. i.e. Cluster Rules Manager . We would like to take the configuration management approach demonstrated by this fling to the several specialized use-cases from vCenter server.

Here are some of FAQs can help you on casting your valuable vote

Q: How do I cast my vote?
A: First, head over to the voting site: https://my.vmworld.com/scripts/catalog/uscatalog.jsp

Next:
1. Click on the each above link or Search for each sessions listed above, you can either search using session name or ID
2. To vote for a session, click on the star value (1-5 stars) on the Session ID to indicate your preference. off-course, we want 5 stars.
3. You’ll be prompted to log in (if not already logged in) to your VMworld account to have your vote recorded. (If you don’t have a VMworld account, you can set one up for free: https://www.vmworld.com/myvmworld-update!input.jspa)
4. Colored stars confirms that you have successfully voted.

Note: As per me, it is great to open VMworld account using our official email id.

Q:How many sessions can I vote on?
A:You can vote on as many sessions as you’d like. However, you may not vote multiple times for the same session.

Q: How does my vote impact the VMworld 2017 agenda?
A: Your vote will be considered by the VMware Content Team as they make decisions about 2017 session content. In addition, the VMworld 2017 program reserves space on the agenda for “customer choice” sessions that receive particularly high ratings. Tell a friend to vote, and you might see your favorite session on the agenda this August or September.

Q: Who can participate in session voting?
A: Session voting is open to everyone. You will need to log in to your vmworld.com account to participate. If you do not have a vmworld.com account, you can set one up for free. : https://www.vmworld.com/myvmworld-update!input.jspa

Complete VMworld 2017 Session voting FAQs