I’m not even there yet and I’m excited. VMworld 2011 is upon us.
I’ve had the pleasure of attending VMworld since 2007, when I was just getting into virtualization and wanted to learn more. VMware Workstation was it for me, but I wanted to learn and prepare for server virtualization. We had no suitable servers and no shared storage.
Fast forward to this year where my team manages a heavily virtualized environment with very high densities including a unique business case. VMworld was a major destination on the path.
Sure, it was all achievable without. But I’d venture to say that a proper course includes VMworld.
The ability to learn at VMworld hit new highs last year with course content, Solutions Center, and the excellent Hands on Labs. This year can only be better.
That said, one of the biggest opportunities is to network with your peers. I missed out on much of that the first two VMworlds that I attended, and that was a mistake. Get out there and meet your peers. You’ll find a vast pool of great folks that can relate to your virtualization and cloud efforts and others that will blow you away with endless possibilities in real world scenarios.
Will you be there? Please come up, say hello, and forgive me if I can not quickly connect your name to your Twitter handle or the discussion that we had a couple of years back.
I look forward to seeing you there!