VMworld 2012 San Francisco / Barcelona

 

 

It is done! VMworld 2012 in Barcelona is over and today I will fly back home. Yesterday I mainly bested by visiting suppliers and sponsors of VMguru.nl.

The things that really matter to me and jumped in my daily work directly also can use were:

• The new ExpressPod by Cisco and NetApp; • The storage solution of Violin Memory; • The Cisco UCS Central Manager.

So yesterday was relationsmanagement/networking time and at the end of the day I said goodbye to the rest of the VMware Community. Most of them I see probably next year again until the next VMworld.

If I will be going again or if it’s going to be a VMworld in Barcelona or San Francisco I do not know. It was another great VMworld but I’m going home with mixed feelings.

Barcelona is definitely a very beautiful city, the temperature is lovely and the people friendly but the Fira Congress Center where this year’s VMworld was taking place is huge and therefore very stretched. When you had to travel from the Solutions Exchange or Hands-on-Labs to a breakout session it took you 10-15 minutes to get there. In addition, the transportation to and from the Fira conference center is a problem. If your hotel is not within walking distance, and that goes for most, you had to rely on taxis or metro. The metro is 15-20 minutes walk and the daily queue for taxis was more than 100 meters long.

Yet I go home with lots of new knowledge, ideas and contacts. Enough to make good use of in the coming year, so in that sense it was certainly successful. Thanks again for VMware for another VMworld and maybe until next year.