So, today was day 2 of the conference. Before I go into the details of today's sessions, a word or two about last night.
First thing was the keynote by VMware CEO Paul Maritz in the General Session area in the Sands. Dazzling opening sequence followed by information about the shift of focus from infrastructure to the cloud. All together I got the impression that the audience were left a little flat but there were some die-hards stayed, wooped and applauded.
Next came the opening of the Solutions Exchange. Vendors all displaying their wares, all competing to be the best, loudest and most colourfal stands in the hall. Mixed in with the stands were free bars, more food than you can shake a stick at (including chefs carving beef from giant joints, large salvers of pasta and savories, and a range of pastries). Highlights were the superhero boys and girls at the Fusion IQ stand, and the fantastic range of giveaways and prizes on offer. My personal tally was 14 t-shirts and some other goodies.
Today's sessions were mainly focused on the Operations side of vSphere implementations. A session on SRM 5, two sessions on the new vCenter Operations product (Best Practices and Capacity Planning) confirmed in my mind the fact that we need to implement some form of Operations Management within the silo'd environments at Eduserv. Definately, something to bring up for discussion when back in the office. The third session was about the new vMotion architecture and best practices for vSphere 5 implementations.
The second part of today was discussions with Partner Network staff at VMware at The Wynn hotel about company partner status and how we as a company can further exploit the relationship we have with VMware. We discussed extending Partner Network status and competencies - something to be taken forward on my return to the office.
After this, I returned for a second (quicker) go around the Solutions Exchange, on my way back to the hotel. Just loads of free beers and more giveaways. My personal tally increased by 3 t-shirts and a fleece jumper.
Total = 17 x t-shirts (+ 1 from VMware with Registration), plus 1 x black fleece.
Tonight I plan to go outside and get some fresh air, maybe watch the Bellagio fountains. I need to sleep as tomorrow is the Killers at the Aftershow Party!