RTFM Education – Virtualization, VMware, Citrix

Aug 27 2009   6:45AM GMT

Why VMworld will never be P2V’d

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

This a quick and humourous response to the ishttps://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com post by pal, Eric Siebert.


About 2 years ago I cornered John Troyer about the ideas of having a virtual VMworld. It seemed so odd that a company which prioded itself of virtualization, would be so physicalized about its main conferrence. In truth I’d just caught wind of SecondLife, and had thought of setting up an RTFM Education location there – from where millions would drop by to sample my peculair pearls of wisdom.

Anyway, the idea of virtual VMworld was quickly poo-poo’d for a number of reasons. Firstly, there’s concern that you make a virtual experience as good as being there, people will not show up for the physical event. Secondly, there is a geniune belief that face-to-face communication offers a rich set of experience than any virtual hall or web-ex. For fun I thought I would hang out for a moment at the virtual VMWorld that exists at the moment.

I went down to the solution exchange. But they must have been setting up – because despite the noise of the crowd it was very quiet. I thought I would drop in the Dell booth to see if I could beg/steal/borrow some hardware of the them. NetApp and EMC have both donated storage to RTFM Labs, but what I could really do with is some new servers that support the vLockstep attribute for VMware Fault Tolerence, and also ready for the day when VMware thinks “Record & Replay” is good enough for ESX. As you can see it was very quiet in the Dell booth. I guess I would have to check out the HP/IBM booths to see if there were any servers to steal there…

So I stumbled on, and decide I would visit the VMware both – catch-up with all the great contacts I have there. They must have saw me coming – because they’d scarpered leaving me with just a video of Paul Martiz…

So I gave up on the solutions exchange, the pretty girls and freebies – and thought I might grab a beer with my pals in the Lounge:

Well, even the bartender had seen me coming, and run away. Fortunately, he left the bar unattend so I could drown my sorrows with hard liquer. A proper “Billy No Mates” as they say where I come from…

By now I was think maybe it was those labs that folks were doing – checking out the kewl technology. So by now somewhat worse for wear for the dwink – I thought I would toddle down there. I mean really a man in my condition should be put anywhere near a keyboard. Not unsuprisingly the HA session was pretty quiet – maybe I arrived to early/late:

There were some folk lottering about outside. Clearly, someone had been busy with vCenter because they looked like linked clones!

Well, I hope the VMworld Physicalization event is NOT so quiet next week… :-)

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