RTFM Education – Virtualization, VMware, Citrix

Oct 13 2010   3:19AM GMT

VMworld Day 1: Solution Exchange and the SwagBag Competition

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

For me Tuesday was all about the Solutions Exchange. I failed to make it down into the pit of vendors at SF. I was just too busy. So one of my goals was to spend the day there. I had a couple of objectives. Firstly, I had some specific appointment to make with Centrix, and F5 – I did have another meeting but my schedule overran – and I was just too late to make it.

Secondly, I wanted to quickly touch base with a number vendors who I wanted to line up for a chinwag. I was really looking at the smaller guys who are doing cutting edge stuff – as opposed to speaking to the big corp guys like Dell or IBM. Not that they aren’t doing cutting-edge stuff (sic), but I like to see what’s coming up on the horizon…

Thirdly, my emphasis was skewed by those vendors who had an iPAD draw – where I didn’t have to be at the draw to stand a chance of winning. I know I would never make it back to the Wyse booth for 6pm draw, when I knew I would be at the meet the CTO Party at the same time.

Fourthly. Swag. I finally managed to get a VMworld 2010 bag from my friend – Jane Rimmer (I think she donated her own bag!). My plan was to walk around the Solutions Exchange filling it with goodies from the vendors. My pitch was “I want swag for my swagbag”. Quickly introduce myself as vExpert/Alumni/Blogger/Author/Podcaster/Foul-Mouthed Self-Promoter. Why? Personal Greed?

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been doing competitions recently, and that my royalties this year have been donated to UNICEF. So here’s my plan. Fill the VMWare Swag Bag. I’ve got some good quality stuff still to give away at home as well. I will be opening a raffle via which you can win Mike’s Bag ‘O’ Swag. Not decided how much a virtual tickets – bought via Paypal – will cost yet. But any monies raised during the raffle will be donated to UNICEF. The bag weighs and absolute ton, so I will probably dip into the money raised to cover the shipping charges. Stay tuned next week for the competition being opened, and video showing all the lovely loot you can win! I’m thinking I will close the draw a week or before Xmas so you can see it as a Xmas present from Mr RTFM….

So as you can tell I was working really hard on the Solutions Exchange yesterday…

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