vmworld 2010 – My thoughts after Day 2

For those of you who have been at these sort of conferences you will know that there is a careful balance between marketing and deep technical sessions. So far I have managed to choose wisely with my sessions and avoid the pure marketing and hype sessions. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need for them and it is up to me to make the choice to avoid these since they aren’t appropriate to my needs.

The sessions I have attended have been informative and beyond that I am very pleased with how vmworld closes the gap between the presenter/subject matter expert and the consumer (me!). Truth be told it’s like meeting rock stars face to face for someone like myself. I liken my experience to rock stars because for me and other senior technical folks, these are the people that we follow on Twitter and whose books and blogs we read for leading information on these technologies.

Technical rock stars are the same as musical ones. They are just like the rest of us, but they have honed their skills and marketed their abilities to reach another level. I have a huge appreciation for what they have done, and continue to do to provide myself and my peers with information and skills that make my day to day easier.

It’s early on Day 3 right now and I’ve chosen to sit for a session about “Building a Secure Private Cloud”. It’s much more marketing-oriented than I would have hoped, so I’ll chalk this one up as a small win. At least it will give me some more tools to sell the concepts once I get back to work.

vmworld 2010 – My thoughts after Day 1

The buzz is incredible here at vmworld 2010. It’s my first time at a vmworld event and I am very pleased with the overall experience so far.  Although I was bumped from my first session due to overwhelming lineups I have been able to get to each of my other planned sessions.

As a technology architect I am very excited by what I am seeing here. From a pure technology perspective vmware does a phenomenal job at what they do. The transition from data centre optimization to providing a platform for complete virtualization of application and technology infrastructure. Nobody else has competed at their level in this space.

Wearing my business hat now provides an entirely different view. The message is clear: Is your business ready? So what does this mean?

The vmware virtualization products  a platform where you build solutions. I know what you are thinking…huh? This is not a plug and play solution. The key factor in adoption of virtualization at the workstation, data centre and up to “the cloud” is mapping and potentially changing your business processes with relation to technology.

It goes back to the old saying that “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”. Cloud computing as a practice hinges on these concepts:

  1. Stop doing. Start enabling
  2. Change the way you think about the computing platform
  3. Security, security, security
  4. Know your business. Build against your Service Level Agreement (SLA)

These key items are going to be very important. The message being sent is that technology and business must both adapt to be successful in deploying cloud infrastructure.

More to come after Day 2. Exciting times!

Heading to VMWorld 2010

Needless to say, I am very excited to be going to VMWorld 2010 from August 30-September 2. There will be an incredible array of great resources there.

It’s pretty much going to be a festival of geekdom there, but let’s all admit that being a geek pays well 🙂

I’m looking forward to digging deeply into advanced VMWare. I’ve built up a base and my company successfully leverages VMWare today. Time to raise the stakes.

There will be lots of reports coming back with me. Stay tuned!