By David Davis

To follow up on my last two VMworld 2013 posts (Day 1 and Day 2 Wrap-Up), let’s talk about what happened at days 3 and 4 of VMworld 2013!


On Day 3 of VMworld, with no general session of the day, attendees went directly to labs and sessions. In fact, the top 10 sessions of VMworld 2013 have already been announced over at the VMworld community. They included awesome vSphere-related topics like PowerCLI Best Practices (by PowerCLI authors Luc Dekens and Alan Renouf of VMware) as well as vSphere Replication & SRM Technical Update (by Lee Dilworth and Ken Werneburg of VMware) as well as a couple great vCloud-related topics. In my opinion the coolest of the top 10 sessions that was related to vCloud was…

PHC5605-S – Everything You Want to Know About vCloud Hybrid Service – But Were Afraid to Ask by Matthew Lodge (of VMware) and Christopher Rence (of Digital River). You can watch a video recording of that session here:

In fact, all of the top 10 sessions are immediately available to watch, for free, at the top 10 sessions link above (kudos to the VMworld group for making that happen!)


Besides the sessions, the labs were “rocking”, as I heard one lab Capitan say. For the show, the preliminary lab stats as of Thursday morning were that over 70,000 virtual machines had been deployed and they were estimating that over 90,000 VMs would be deployed by the end of VMworld. This year there were 500 lab seats available with 350 of those in the hands on lab hall and another 150 accessible through “bring your own device” (BYOD). There are about 40 separate labs including 7 partner labs. Additionally, there were lab seats available outside of the lab room such as in the other Moscone convention halls and over at the Marriot hotel. This year, the labs were very modular so that you could pickup where you left off in complex labs and pick and choose what piece of the lab you want to do first.

In this video from VMworld TV, Eric Sloof interviews Curtis Romano of VMware and HoL creator Curtis Pope (also of VMware).

One of the coolest announcements is that the labs will continue on after VMworld via remote access over the web.

“The Party”

Wednesday night was the biggest and best VMworld party that VMware has ever created. To do it, they needed an entire major league baseball park. In the San Francisco Giant’s MLB park (AT&T Field) VMware setup carnival rides, midway games, and offered tons of free food. After everyone had their fill of food and fun, the bands – Imagine Dragons and Train – took the stage. It was a great night for all!

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It’s tough to sum up the 6 days that I spent at VMworld 2013 in a few sentences. Undeniably, the 10th anniversary of VMworld was an amazing event filled with 24×7 education, networking, and fun.

The 5 best things about VMworld 2013 were:

  1. Launch of vSphere and vCloud Suite 5.5 including features like double the configuration max in ESXi, massive scalability of vCSA, the new VSAN, vFlash, and much more!
  2. The Best of VMworld awards
  3. The new vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) will be available for not only public hybrid cloud use but also desktop as a service (DaaS) and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)
  4. All attendees of VMworld US and Europe 2013 receive 5 free licenses of VMware Log Insight
  5. All the awesome people that I met on the show floor, who attended my session, and who I met at events like the vExpert party and vBacon! It’s the people that make VMworld the best technology event in the world!

And for another great VMworld 2013 wrap up, watch Eric and Jeremy’s VMworld TV video below…

See you at VMworld Europe 2013 in October! Barcelona here I come!

David Davis is a virtualization author at, 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. 

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