Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMworld 2008
I’m a little late in posting this as I had so much to do and see and it seemed like very little time to do it in (plus limited Internet connectivity). For me, Tuesday started with the judging for TechTarget’s Best of VMworld awards. I was judging the security category and was looking forward to finding out more about the great security products that had been nominated.
I spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon visiting the nominees and spending time learning about their products. When judging, we are looking for products that are innovative and stand out against competing products so I asked plenty of questions to each vendor to get a good understanding of their product.
Some notable products I saw in the security category included Altor Networks Virtual Network Security Analyzer, Catbird’s V-Security and the one that really stood out to me was Reflex Security’s Virtual Security Center. Once we were done meeting the vendors we all met up in a conference room to talk about each category and pick the winner for each and the two runner-up finalists. After we reviewed each category we had to choose a single Best of Show winner amongst all the category winners which ended up being the product I had picked as the winner from the security category; Reflex Security.
After the judging was over it was off to a dinner hosted by the folks from Hyper9 where we had a great meal and received copies of the recently released book, VMware ESX Essentials in the Data Center by David Marshall, Steve Beaver and Jase McCarty.
Wednesday was the day of the panel session (PO1861 – VMTN Community Experts Live) that I was speaking at along with other VMTN community notables which included Ken Cline, Tom Howarth, Steve Beaver, Edward Haletky and Thomas Bryant. Our session was at 11:30 am, I arrived around 11:15 am and met up with the other panel speakers and prepared for the session to begin.
Our session was in a question and answer format, audience members could ask questions and we would do our best to provide answers. I’m pleased to report that we were able to provide answers to every question that was asked including one that the VMware Genuis Bar could not answer. Afterwards we picked up a box lunch and went over to the Communities and Blogger lounge with John Troyer from VMware to do a live recording of our weekly podcast along with Tom Howarth, Edward Haletky and Jason Boche. This week we talked about our thoughts and experiences at VMworld. Next it was off to the Best of VMworld award presentation, you can read more about all the winners and finalists here. After that I was scheduled to do a few video interviews with TechTarget; one on security and the other on I/O virtualization which will be published on SearchVMware.com.
Finally it was off to the races, as in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the big VMworld party. I was able to get in early thanks to Jason Boche who had one of the limited pit passes that provided early admittance to the party. We hopped on the bus and headed over to the track, once we arrived our first stop was to the cars that they had waiting in Pit Row that would take you for a 90-mph ride around the race track. The cars were a variety of new model production cars from a variety of manufacturers. Our car was an Infinity. Riding around the track was a lot of fun, not as fun as driving a Nascar car but enjoyable none the less. Next stop was to wait in the long line to get our picture taken with Indy car driver Danica Patrick. Afterwards it was off to try some of the numerous food choices that were provided and to check out the entertainment.
There were lots of neon glow tubes being passed out to everyone which party goers promptly took advantage of to do all sorts of wacky things with. A few people tried to see how many they could wear on themselves which provided some good entertainment, many others used them to pelt the DJ drummer with which seemed to greatly annoy him (a note to VMworld party planners, you might want to re-think providing neon glow tubes to people in the future). I took a lot of pictures of the party which I will be posting on my website in a few days.
Thursday was the final day, I spent the morning checking out vendors in the Solutions Expo and saying goodbye to everyone I had met. I can truly say that I had a thoroughly enjoyable time and wish it could have lasted longer. There was just an overwhelming amount of things to see and do, it was so busy I hardly had any time to gamble in the casino. Finally meeting in person all the people I deal with electronically was the highlight of the show to me. I had many great experiences and learned a great deal from the show. Now it’s time to try and catch up, there was a lot of online coverage of the show that I want to review and to also try and digest everything that VMworld had to offer.