Day 2 of VMworld 2019 Europe was a big one 🤩
In the opening session, VMware’s Executive VP, Ray O’ Farrell discussed the challenges of digital transformation today and for the future. He was joined on stage by various colleagues to highlight how best to take advantage of the modern infrastructure available to us and to emphasize that complex challenges require complex solutions. Several guided technical demonstrations (including new product updates) were categorised into four key areas that help demonstrate the power of the VMware solutions that are now available:
It was then over to Greg Lavender – Senior VP and CTO – who affirmed that: “The culture of innovation at VMware is the best I’ve ever experienced, anywhere (and that’s coming from someone who has previously worked at Citigroup, Cisco and Sun Microsystems). We’re better together. Let’s go out and Make Our Mark.”
As if this wasn’t enough to energise and empower attendees for their digital journeys ahead, extreme adventurer, Special Forces serviceman, two times BAFTA winner, best-selling author and Honorary Colonel, Bear Grylls concluded the session with a motivational speech around his tried-and-tested formula to tackle self-doubt and encourage innovation:
To see everything that happened during the General Session watch the livestream replay over at our on-demand video library.
Other showcase keynotes from the day included:
Other announcement and news from today:
As well as the main sessions, there was so much for the 13,000+ attendees to do on site. Over 4,369 Hands-On Labs were taken, delegates completed more than 124 exam certifications, and more than 253 people attended 62 Meet the Expert roundtables. In between all of that, 40,000 coffees and 10,000 beers were consumed.
Those that needed to take a moment to unwind enjoyed a relaxed seating area called the Meadow – sponsored by HP, complete with seed cards to takeaway and grow your own garden. The Solutions Exchange was, of course, a VMworld hot spot- full of exhibitors serving food and cocktails, as well as some special sights such as motorcycles and a racecar!
We’re truly impressed by the number of attendees who’ve shown up to invest in their careers, skills expansion, and professional training and to meet with friends and colleagues across the industry.
Now that another busy day has come to an end, what better way to celebrate than by rocking out at VMfest? The DJ in the main hall, the RJP band, as well as a special performance by the Showman Circus kicked off the night, and the Stereophonics wrapped things up.
That said, it’s not quite over yet… and there’s plenty of ways to participate from home. Take one of our Hands-On Labs to try out the products you’ve always wanted to test. Watch our all of our replays available on-demand. And of course, join the conversation online using #VMworld!