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Sep 2 2009   5:36PM GMT

vCloud Express, VMworld booth babes, and vSphere 4.1?

HannahDrake Hannah Drake Profile: HannahDrake

SAN FRANCISCO — Attending VMworld is like going to college (and no, I’m not referring to the many parties, although those are certainly present as well). While 15,000 people may go to the same school, one person can have a completely different experience than another. I thought I’d recap my experience with day one, which involved attending the opening keynote, chatting with other bloggers and journalists about the new technologies, and judging the best of VMworld awards. One of the most interesting parts of my day, however, was the keynote — and not because of what was said in the keynote, but because of the Twitter commentary going on during the keynote.

vSphere 4.1?

While most attendees were focusing on VMware Go and vCloud Express, a few attentive bloggers in the press section noticed that during one of the keynote’s demos, the version number on vCenter Server was 4.1.0, build 000000.

gabvirtualworld: #vmworld did you see the version number of the vcenter install??? 4.1.0

Iamw: Wonder if ESX 4.1 will be out today.

Although there hasn’t been any official announcements about vSphere 4.1 or a new vCenter release, one can only wonder whether this was an oversight by VMware or if perhaps VMware wanted its more attentive viewers to get an informal peek at what’s ahead. (Feel free to share your thoughts on this by commenting below.)

Live podcasting, vCloud Express and booth babes

Later on that day I was corralled into a live podcast session hosted by John Troyer with Dominic Rivera, Simon Seagrave, and Gabrie van Zanten, which you can watch here. We chatted about day 1, vCloud Express and the presence of booth babes at VMworld — which doesn’t seem to be as popular as you might think.

As fellow TechTarget journalist and co-host of the Hypervisor Huddle podcast Bridget Botelho put it after attending VMware User Group, the tech space can be “a boys club,” so it was refreshing to hear Troyer talk about how he doesn’t think booth babes should be a part of VMworld, as technical conferences are attended by users who want to know about technical aspects of a product, not be handed a free pen or shirt by a smiling scantily-clad young woman.

As far as vCloud Express, many that I spoke with are excited by the new release, but some such as vExpert and senior systems engineer Jase McCarty are a bit skeptical and would rather use internal cloud computing first before putting data out in a public cloud. Over lunch that day, McCarty has also wondered aloud whether VMware’s objective to bring the internal cloud to the data center would affect IT jobs, as less people would be needed to “keep the lights on” with IT architecture and infrastructure.

Best of VMworld Award judging

Finally I sat down with several other judges in the deliberation room and we went over the top choices for the coveted Best of VMworld awards. I was truly impressed at the knowledge this year’s judges have about all areas of the virtualization space. I may have been too busy to attend any VMworld sessions thusfar, but I can certainly say I learned quite a lot during the two-hour conversation around that table.

We have a great list of winners this year, and I hope to see a good crowd today at the Solutions Exchange Theater come 12:30.

Also check out our video coverage so far over at our VMworld conference coverage landing page.

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