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Top Tips and Take-Aways from VMworld 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since 23,000 forward-thinking IT professionals converged in San Francisco for VMworld 2013. With VMworld Barcelona just around the corner, we asked a few of our consultants to reflect back on highlights from San Francisco and offer advice for how to get the most out of the event.

What nugget of information from VMworld did you take back to your work?

“Pay special attention to NSX and vSAN because VMware is changing the way IT delivers networking and storage services.” –Jung Hwang

“Automating SDDC is now more than an idea—it’s a reality. It has a huge impact on the Business Critical Applications space.” –David Gallant

“Almost anything can now be virtualized: monster VMs are now commonplace; systems that previously required an entire Unix platform to run can now be accommodated in a single Virtual Machine on VMware vSphere 5.x.” –Michael Webster

“For me seeing was believing in the NSX lab; seeing distributed routing and distributed firewalling implemented right into the kernel made the 4-hour lab fly by.” –Eiad Al-Aqqad

“BYOD:  It’s all about the users, not the device.” –Mike Marx

What words of wisdom would you offer to someone attending VMworld?

“All the sessions were recorded. Be sure to go back and watch those you did not get a chance to attend in person.” –David Gallant

“Go prepared with your objectives and key questions you want answered; that will help you move to the next level and seek out the experts that can help you.” –Michael Webster

“Socialize! I was blessed this year to meet many other VCDXs, bloggers, & technology experts, who I had exchanged endless emails with but had never met. It’s great to see someone’s name tag and realize he is some one you know virtually really well.” –Eiad Al-Aqqad

The VMware booth in the Solutions Exchange area is a great place to network with VMware professionals and get real-life insight into VMware products and deployments.” –TJ Vatsa

“Wear comfortable shoes!” –Mike Marx

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