Looks like VMware has finally made all the sessions available to non-attendees via an annual subscription program. I inquired about this at VMworld this year and was told that this year they would be offering a subscription program for all the sessions that non-attendees could purchase. Well it’s been several months and they have finally released it; hopefully next year they offer this at an earlier date.
The subscription includes access to all of the VMworld 2008 sessions and also the upcoming VMworld 2009 Europe sessions when they are released. The cost for this is $699 US dollars which includes access to the flash audio/presentations, MP3 recordings of the sessions, PDF downloads of the sessions and lab materials and also demo videos and scripts from the labs. As an added bonus you also get a VMworld.com t-shirt, VMworld 2008 shoulder bag, notebook/pen, water bottle and a deck of cards.
To purchase a subscription simply go to VMworld’s website and create an account (if you do not already have one) and then click the Purchase button. Once you have access you can begin to enjoy the huge amount of information that the sessions and labs provide. This is a small price to pay for the amount of information you will get out of it and in my opinion is better and cheaper then any training class that you could take. If you do purchase a subscription be sure and check out the VMTN Communities Experts session which includes myself and other well-known experts answering questions from the session attendees.