Like many other virtualization professionals, I am anticipating a very exciting VMworld 2009 in San Francisco. One thing I have in my mind before the event start is, how big is too big for an event like this?
I am amazed at how action packed the schedule can be. Make no mistake, VMworld is not an easy 6-hour training class that you may take at your local IT learning center. VMworld is an all-engulfing immersion into a very broad virtualization space. An official number of expected attendees is not yet available, but I suspect it will top the 2008 numbers in Las Vegas.
From VMware’s perspective they have a dead ringer. I have yet to meet anyone who has gone to VMworld and not found the experience enriching. In a way, I want it to continue on as-is instead of going all-virtual as Eric Siebert indicates in this post. In a way, I also want it to become a smaller and more personal affair. Maybe I’ll go to Copenhagen for VMworld Europe next year instead, it is a beautiful city and I love to ride my bicycle!
For many in virtualization, today is the calm before the vStorm. We will all be inundated with news and other information, but VMworld is the virtualization event and it should be a great time.