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Feb 26 2009   5:54PM GMT

Attenting VMworld Europe 2009… virtually

Texiwill Edward Haletky Profile: Texiwill

While I could not attend physically, I have been able to attend this year’s VMworld Europe remotely. This has got to be one of the most connected conferences I have had the privilege to virtually attend.  Blogs, tweets, chats, videos and emails have been flying around and because of it all I have had a chance to keep up with all the announcements, sessions, and shenanigans. I even virtually “ran around” looking for the same information I would look for there, specifically on VMware vShield Zones. The guys on Twitter were a great help in getting me information and pointers to other information.

Twitter has been the best source of instantaneous information. I may have trouble walking and chewing gum but there are tweets galore from attendees of all types in a constant flow. Everyone at VMworld must have a PDA phone!

To get in on the virtual action, check out these resources:

Videos have also been a great source of information and are fun to check out:

The blogs have been fantastic, from the moment-by-moment blog posts written during keynotes, as well as the end-of-day blogs by presenters and attendees. Some to check out are:

If you want to turn on the floodgates, read the PlanetV12N which pulls from many virtualization blogs. (RSS –

Jason Boche, a fellow VMware vExpert 2009 and VMware Communities Round Table Panelist also called in from the VMworld VMware party to give us a brief scoop. Thank you Jason!

Being remote from VMworld I felt disconnected at times as I am waking up six hours after the show day has started, but it was very easy to keep up. I was able to sit back and really think about the announcements and presentations. So now you may wonder, should I forgo attending VMworld 2009 in San Francisco? Not at all. The press, and deluge of information is heady, but at the same time it is hectic at best.

Even so, after having time to think about the announcements, I’ve concluded that there was quite a bit of VI4 clarification, but there was also some new announcements. First, the clarifications and updates:

  • a new name (vSphere) for the VMware Virtual Infrastructure, and
  • more specs for what vSphere 4 can handle in way of virtual machine hardware (8 vCPUs and 256 GBs of memory), and
  • information on new cluster limits (manage 64 hosts and 4,096 cores), and
  • information on amount of memory a single ESX host can contain and use (512 GBs), and
  • another new name (VMware vShield Zones) for the BlueLane Product, and
  • more vendors involved in VMware VMsafe, and
  • plus many others

The new Items:

The really cool item, I asked if I could drive over (since the engineers are local) and get them to install this on my own Nokia N810….

I know I probably missed some announcements and improvements in all this, but I was only there virtually, and VMworld offers just as much if not more information than any other technical show. Perhaps the Cloud is already here!

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