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Sep 7 2009   2:44AM GMT

VMworld 2009: Day Two

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

Well, I’m back in the UK but I thought I would catch-up on some blogging. On Wednesday I had a meeting with Hannah Drake of TechTarget.com. Just informal chat about the possibility of me contribiting to their site. I’ve got this idea for a VMware PowerCLI web-page that makes hyperlinks of all the cmdlets that currently make up the PowerCL (some 160 cmdlets in total). I got the idea from picking up a wall chart (now in up on my office wall). Idea would be to “mark-up” the wall-chart with each cmdlet having a link to a cool example – I want to try and aggregate some of the PowerCLI stuff from my own and other peoples sites – to give one handy place for sample and example. The other idea I had was a day-by-day or week-by-week guide to PowerCLI, starting with the absolute basics – following into step-by-step guide to the SDK.

The rest of this blogpost isn’t really technical but social – so read on McDuff if your bothered.

At lunch I headed down to the meals area to hang out with my fellow vExperts. Just chewing the fat with my peers.

In the afternoon I hung out at the Solutions Exchange and hunted down a friend-of-friend, Brian Matherson who works at http://www.xsigo.com/. In case you don’t know – they I/O virtualization. As far as I understand it – its along the same lines as the new OEM blades where you go get two fat 10GB pipes which can then be cut up and presented to ESX (or any other OS for that matter) for whatever purpose – network or storage. The interesting thing about xsigo is that it should work with any server vendor. I guess people would say its I/0 virtualization without the OEM lock-in. Anyway, the main reason to catch-up with Brian was a social one. He and a pal of his from Palo Alto took me “tailgating” for the first time in 2007 at the Raiders Game.  My US reads will be well familiar with the concept of tailgating – so for the ROW – this where you turn up in the morning at an American Football ground – with BBQ and Beers – and party for few hours before the game. It’s basically an all day thing where you find yourself having a beer at about 9.30am… Anyway, I hooked up with Brian later that week for chinese at Chris house to watch the Raiders get beaten by Seatle in a pre-season warm-up…

On the evening I went out with my friend Donna. She’s a brit working out here, and ex-wife of mate of mine who is also in Palo Alto. She’s engaged to be married to firefighter in San Francisco. He proposed to her on the tower in Paris. Talk about big romantic gestures huh? Anyway, they moving into to new condo soon. I missed out on the vWire diner this night because I felt it was important to catch-up with a friend who hadn’t seen since 2007…

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