VMworld Barcelona

MTI Technology has arrived in VMworld Barcelona!! =)

So having left a soggy London and swapped it for a hot and sunny Barcelona, one of the first things I wanted to do was head to the convention centre in order to register and beat the massive queue that is bound to materialise tomorrow morning when non-partners and non-TAMs arrive!
Registration was quick and simple…. although I couldn’t help noticing all the signs on display regarding the €50 charge for re-printing any lost badges! *Mental note* Best keep mine safe!

Obviously with this being my first time at VMworld (my previous company was too stingy to send people to any sort of vendor events!), one of the first things you have to do is stand around like a tourist and take snaps of the venue to post online! =)
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With that quickly out of the way, my next call of business was to go grab my goodie bag! It’s nice when you take the time (and money) to go to one of these events and you’re greeted by a pretty decent bag of freebies!
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A pretty handy laptop bag with the usual load of flyers inside, plus a VMworld t-shirt, notepad and water bottle (obviously to keep us delegates hydrated as we salivate when finding out about all the new stuff being announced!)

I’m pretty excited at my first foray to VMworld, and in my excitement I’ve packed my schedule full of breakout sessions!
To be honest, it’s only just dawned on me that I don’t think I’ll make it to every one given how big the venue is and that I actually want to visit some of the vendor/sponsor booths…. as well as hunt down and meet some of the VMware community bloggers that I respect for their insight and blogs! (@vladan, @eSloof, @esiebert, @DuncanYB, @frankdenneman, @scott_lowe…… just to name the big guys….)

Seems that there are loads of people wandering around Barcelona carrying VMworld bags….. I wonder if any are staying in the same hotel as me?
Pretty cool hotel I’ve checked into….. Space themed…… spent ages trying to think up a smart and witty comment to tweet – the best I could come up with was “Checked into a Space themed hotel…. Defying Gravity before Defying Convention!”

Anyways, if anyone’s interested…. here’s my room location (cool eh?):
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Anyways, best get a good nights sleep….. long 4 days ahead of me!

 

#VMworld, #MTI_Technology

vForum 2013

Just a quick blog before I hit the sack regarding an upcoming VMware event that some people may not have heard of….

VMware Forum 2013

http://www.vmwareforum2013.com

VMware run this FREE event across the world and it’s coming to London at Wembley Stadium on the 2nd May 2013. (There’s another in Manchester at Old Trafford – on the 22nd May).

It is predominantly aimed at End-users and IT professionals who are keen to learn how they can engage with VMware and what they can do with the VMware portfolio either to start their virtualisation journey or to expand their virtual environment.

The agenda this year will be focusing on 3 key areas:

Cloud Computing – this will be focused around the vCloud Suite of products and how VMware envisage a ‘software defined datacenter’.

Virtualization – with the majority of clients having an idea of what virtualisation is about, this looks to be focusing on virtualising business critical/tier-1 applications as well as managing/monitoring an users virtual environment.

Mobility – this is pretty much End User Computing focusing on the new Horizon Suite and how it will affect VDI.

Whilst I would love to go to the event, it’s pretty much a non-partner event (i.e. VMware Partners – like my company MTI – are not really invited!). So if you’re interested in finding out more about VMware and how to introduce it into your IT environment….. register NOW and head down to Wembley! =)

Right… off to bed…. got an early start as  I’m heading down to an EMC VSPEX event organised by MTI at the London Transport Museum…. should be interesting stuff! (http://ecommunication.mti.com/acton/rif/1192/e-0481-1302/-/l-tst:30/l-tst/showPreparedMessage)

End of the 1st week…..

So what have I learnt after a full week in my new job?

Well….

  1. That EMC actually have quite a decent storage proposition and portfolio…… far better than any other vendor I’ve worked with…. and I’ve actually been very impressed with what I’ve seen and learnt so far.
  2. That NetApp (for all their publicity) are going about their Cluster storage in a very difficult and painful way…… whereas it’s far easier with EMC (for example Isilon).
  3. That EMC Isilon is quite an impressive product!
  4. That Networker can be a bit flakey sometimes when setting up, and isn’t the ‘easiest’ of backup products to configure and get working correctly!
  5. That EMC practically own the dedupe market with Avamar and Data Domain

From what I’ve learnt over the past week, I’m surprised at how well EMC can predict the market and how clever they are at acquiring businesses and turning them into big successes…. VMware, Avamar, DataDomain, RSA, Isilon……  What successful acquisitions have the rest of the market vendors done?

HP – well they bought Palm and killed it, 3Com and merged it with their ProCurve division, 3PAR & Lefthand since HP StorageWorks had practically been overtaken by everyone else! Autonomy – yeah that’s going well!….. tbh, Autonomy will probably come good for them, but none of the others have set the world on fire…..

Dell – EqualLogic & Compellent because they didn’t have a storage proposition, Sonicwall for security, Force10 for network and Wyse for thinclient… again, none have been market leaders or big name market players (apart from Wyse)!

NetApp & IBM – zero decent acquisitions that were game changers!

 

So having come from a background steeped with HP knowledge, I’m pretty impressed with what I’ve seen from EMC so far…… tbh, I had always viewed that when it comes to storage EMC were streets ahead of the rest of the market!

 

Yes…. I’ve pretty much been brainwashed already!

New Road Ahead…..

Been a bit silent on my blog recently due to the number of interviews I’ve been going to over the past 2 weeks…..

However, I’m thankful to say I’ve landed on my feet and will be starting a new role next Monday at MTI (http://www.mti.com) as a Technical Account Manager!

Yay….

 

Looking forward to the new role as it’s going to give me the opportunity to fill in two LARGE holes in my knowledge – Storage & Networking!

Got a lot of learning to do in the up-coming months as they put me through training on EMC storage and also on Cisco Nexus…..

In addition, I get to brush up my Cisco UCS skills and continue honing my VMware skills! Result! =)

 

Now that my interviews are over (or cancelled in some cases….), need to decide whether to study for some HP exams I was due to take before 2e2 went under or focus on putting some content on this blog and getting it out to the VMware community! =)