I arrived in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon for VMworld, having not been here in about nine years my first impression is how much the strip has grown and how crowded it has become. It’s also very hot here; it was 99 degrees on Sunday making you want to stay inside the air-conditioned hotel. After checking in to the Venetian I wandered the hotel trying to get a feel for the layout of the place. After walking around for about an hour I discovered that the Venetian is huge and it is very easy to get lost. After receiving a call from fellow blogger Edward Haletky we arranged to meet and went down to the VMworld registration desk to check in and get our badges. The registration area was not very busy on Sunday afternoon, which may have been result of the fast and efficient check in process. To register you simply typed your name into one of the many computers and it automatically prints out the information for your badge. You then you walk up to the counter to show your ID and get your conference badge. Next, off to the other counter to collect your VMworld goodies which included a nice VMworld travel bag, t-shirt, water bottle, notebook and pen.
Afterwards we met up with security guru Christofer Hoff for a drink and conversation on some security topics, and then off to the Vizioncore welcome reception at the Tryst nightclub located in the Wynn hotel. One thing about Vizioncore is they sure know how to throw a great party, lots of great food, drink and entertainment. I had the opportunity to meet with Mike Laverick and Scott Herrold who recently released a great new VMware book and will be available for a book signing later in the week. I also met with fellow VMTN forum members Steve Beaver, Thomas Bryant, Ken Cline and Matthew Johnson. Having interacted with them online in the VMTN forums for almost two years it was nice to finally meet them in person.
Next up, Monday, which is Partner day where VMware business partners get a briefing from VMware on sales strategies and best practices. Monday is also TAM day where VMware provides technical briefings and product road-maps for TAM customers who have signed a non-disclosure agreement. Finally, the formal Welcome Reception from VMware is Monday evening where everyone gets a chance to socialize and meet with VMware personnel and vendors in the Solutions Exchange.