By David Davis
Can we have VMworld US in Barcelona next year? It was a thought I had while walking along the waterfront in beautiful Barcelona. Yes I know, it’s a silly one because VMware has already announced that VMworld Europe will be in Barcelona in 2014, around this time next year. However, my thought was geared toward “I wish that the 22,000 US attendees at VMworld in the US could see how beautiful Barcelona is, the fantastic weather, how nice the people are, and how well thought out the VMworld convention center is”.
My first time to Barcelona, I arrive Sunday night (sadly missing the popular vRockStar Party) and registered Monday, mid-day, after getting some sleep. The conference is in the “Fira Gran Via” – a large conference center that can house much more than the 8,500 attendee VMworld conference. I registered, got my bag, and backpack with no lines and with friendly staff. From there, I got a free metro pass from the information desk (the conference has its own metro stop which is good because it is a good taxi ride from my hotel). I visited the Press/Analyst room, the “hang out space” (hang space outside), VMware Store, VMworld hangspace, Community Lounge, Alumni Lounge, and hands-on labs.
Note that “Day 0” of the conference (Monday) is technically “TAM Day” and “Partner Day” where VMware technical account managers and VMware partners discuss and learn about VMware’s products and how to sell them. Being as I am neither, I took the day to network with peers, familiarize myself with the conference, and see a bit of Barcelona in the late afternoon/evening.
Here are some pictures from VMworld Day 0:
It was in the community lounge that I saw the vBrownbag “news desk” where they will be streaming live community presentations.
From there, I checked out the Hands-on-Labs, where I spoke to VMware’s Brian Smith (the first VCDX in VMware’s IT group) and I learned about the two datacenters that make up “One Cloud” – the infrastructure that powers the HoL. Brian told me about how the labs are really made up of three major components – the infrastructure (One Cloud, not to be confused with vCloud Hybrid Service), Project Nee (the authentication and broker for the connections to the lab), and the Lab content authoring group (that creates the labs and authors the virtual desktop images). As all labs are nested and virtualized virtual infrastructures all managed by VMware vCenter Operations Manager and Log Insight, VMware is “eating their own dog food” this year even more than other years in the past. All built on vCloud Director, it’s likely the most powerful and best tested VMware cloud infrastructure with over 90,000 virtual machines being powered, just over the 1 week period that VMworld covers.
As I left the hang space, I was honored to see the gurus behind VMware and Cisco social media – John Troyer and Tony Dunn of VMware with Amy Lewis of Cisco (with John and Amy making of 2/3 of the Geek Whisperers Podcast).
That night was the VMUG Member Party, has as well as a number of vendor parties. Besides those events, I took a bit of time to see the beautiful Barcelona water front that offers shopping, dining, entertainment, and miles of beach front board walk for biking, running, or just walking (as I did).
I went to bed early to ensure I was up and ready for the day 1 keynote, sessions, and opening of the solution’s exchange – which I’ll be reporting on in my next post.
Overall, it was an exciting start for VMworld Europe 2013 in Barcelona. Stay tuned for more updates and you can find additional resources on the show at the following links:
- VMworld 2013 Agenda
- VMworld 2013 Blogger List and Rollup
- VMworld 2013 Europe Gatherings and Parties
- VMworkd 2013 Europe Sessions
- You can find all the photos I took of the VMworld conference so far in this Flickr slideshow- http://flic.kr/s/aHsjKLY39d
David Davis is a virtualization author at Pluralsight.com, the global leader in video training for IT pros. He holds several certifications including VCP5, VCAP-DCA, and CCIE #9369. He has been awarded the VMware vExpert award 5 years running. Additionally, Davis has spoken at major conferences like VMworld and authored hundreds of articles for websites and print publications, mostly around virtualization, for respected publications like Virtualization Review and ComputerWorld.
David’s personal blog is www.VirtualizationSoftware.com