VMworld 2018 – Day 3 – Wednesday

Another exciting day

Tuesday evening we had the vExpert reception at Club Ocana. A really nice chillout atmosphere with tapas and drinks to discuss the news of the day with other vExperts. This is one of my favourite activities outside VMworld, because I usually get in touch with people I knew digitally but not in real life yet. Many thanks to the vExpert team for making this possible.

Having lots of vendor parties on Tuesday night, takes its toll on Wednesday morning. Although I went home early, I almost lost my voice while talking with a friend at the Veeam party. I’d rather say shouting, because that was the only way to communicate against the beat.

The good thing about attending sessions is, that you don’t need to talk and just listen. It’s good to know that many sessions are available on demand after VMworld. So you can watch the ones you’ve missed. Sometimes two or three interesting sessions take place in parallel and you have to decide which to attend. I’ve already got some on my list for watching at home or watching again.

Blogging Area

In Virtual Village there’s a designated blogging area. Like last year I’ve met many interesting people there by chance. Usually two persons start a discussion and it is likely to be expanded to the whole table.

At this point I’d like to send a big Thanks to Gareth Edwards, who has organized the production of vExpert T-shirts with individual Twitter tags stitched on the front side. So you can easily follow people you’ve met.


20 years of VMware

This year VMware celebrates its 20th anniversary as an industry pioneer. The company was launched in February 1998 and changed data centers forever by virtualizing workloads. Time passes quickly. See an interesting timeline over the last 20 years of VMware history. Twenty years later it is not just virtualization, which has become a mainstream – it’s an entire ecosystem made of servers, security, cloud, end-user computing, IoT, AI and services.

In Solutions Exchange a big doughnut-panel was set up as a birthday cake to celebrate the anniversary with all attendees. As you can see, many birthday doughnuts are already missing.

Here’s a close-up of the little “circles”. 🙂

Hall Crawl and VMworld Fest

Traditionally Wednesday closes with a gathering at the Solution Exchange (Hall Crawl) and the VMworld party. With live bands and food everybody celebrates the last evening of VMworld. But there’s more to come tomorrow.


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VMworld 2018 – Day 2 – Tuesday

And so it begins


Tuesday is traditionally a tough day. It starts with vBreakfast at 7:00 am and usually ends with vendor parties late at night. Although you need to get up very early to meet with others for vBreakfast before VMworld, it is totally worth it. A little crowd of vGeeks gathers at restaurant La Vid before sunrise to talk about virtual and non-virtual stuff. It is a place to meet people in real life that you’ve known so far only by Twitter or blogs. The owner of the location doesn’t seem to be a morning guy. Look for hashtag #grumpywaiter on Twitter for (funny) details.

Let the show begin

13.000 visitors are registered for VMworld 2018. So no wonder the Virtual Village  is crowded with people waiting for the first general session.  Hall 4 was filled up to the last seat, but attendees can follow general sessions from large video screens in Virtual Village too.

General Session: Technology Superpowers

Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, leads us through the opening keynote of VMworld 2018 Europe. Together with Ray O’Farrell, VMware CTO, he focused on the four current technology superpowers: cloud, mobile, AI/machine learning and edge/IoT. Continue reading “VMworld 2018 – Day 2 – Tuesday”