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By: David Davis

Yesterday was the first day of VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2012 and we’re off to an amazing start! I heard that this is the greatest attendance in PEX history, with an expected attendance around 4000+.

In my previous post, It Starts Here – VMware Partner Exchange 2012, I talked about how this is my third partner exchange and how you should make sure not to miss specific sessions. Those sessions will start tomorrow, after the keynote session – I can’t wait!

VMware and its major partners offered bootcamps on their products. At the EMC bootcamp, Chad Sakac (of VirtualGeek), Tommy Trogden (of vTexan.com) and Scott Lowe (of Blog.ScottLowe.org) spoke about the latest news from EMC. Over the weekend, numerous bootcamps were offered on VMware products like VMware vCloud Director.

On Monday, I was honored to be invited to a VMware vExpert meetup with VMware VIPs. That was where I met (and had my picture taken with) VMware’s CTO, Dr Stephen Herrod.

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I was also honored to see a large sign outside the door that recognized every one of the VMware vExperts in 2011, by name (I am on there under “D”, in the first column): 

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On Wednesday, we’ll find out more about the upcoming changes, the application process, and awards associated with the vExpert program for 2012.

Next, I attended the opening of the Solutions Exchange at PEX, which was a huge deal. I don’t ever recall the PEX solutions exchange welcome reception being so large and impressive (they even had a chocolate fountain). The hall was packed with partners enjoying food and drink while visiting the PEX booths. There was even an Indy race car! 

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And my company, TrainSignal, had their first booth ever!

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After that, I attended the unofficial community tweetup at Margaritaville, sponsored by HP, where I met up with so many great people in the virtualization industry. I love this picture of (left to right), Scott Lowe of EMC, Christopher Wells of NetApp, Eric Siebert of HP, and Jason Boche of Compellent. It shows that storage vendors of all types can finally get along.

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Day 2 Preview

Today things are really getting exciting, especially after the keynote address at 9am. Scott Aronson, Paul Maritz and Steve Herrod annunced new Partner Programs, solution competenceies, and rewards designed to help VMware Partners succeed.

On the vCloud blog this morning, they also announced a new vCloud Director Client for the iPad.

Besides that, VMware will be live blogging numerous sessions. I will be attending as many sessions as I can to give you the latest in vCloud news. Stay up to date on what’s happening at PEX with the PEX social media feed and make sure you blog using the hashtag #VMwarePEX.

Have a great Day 2 at VMware Partner Exchange 2012!

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for TrainSignal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP, VCAP-DCA, and vExpert level status over his 18+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and over 10 video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere video training package. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his new vSphere 5 video training course over at TrainSignal.com.