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We’re off to an incredible start in San FranciscoSunday was a busy day as attendees arrived and registered. The welcome reception was a hit, complete with an epic performance with Chinese dragon dancersFinally, the Solutions Exchange opened, complete with plenty of decadent drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres. 

 

 

 

 

VMworld 2019 officially kicked off on Monday with an inspiring opening keynote and general session by VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger. The day’s theme was “Tech in the age of any,” reflecting the natural tension between choice and complexity. While this is a challenge the IT industry must continually adapt to and face, innovations and breakthroughs are also possible in unexpected ways. One of the key take-home points? Practitioners who master multi-cloud will own the next decade. To that end, Pat introduced several new projects VMware is launching to help IT practitioners adaptCatch all the details of what Pat announced and how they’re relevant to you and your business by watching the full session replay here.  

 

 

 

 

VMware COO Sanjay Poonen also took the stage during this year’s General Session. Sanjay reiterated the importance of and the results that are possible when you invest in the digital employee experience. He also sat down with VMware customer Freddie Mac and discussed how they’re migrating all their apps to the VMware Cloud of AWS. Sanjay brought the session home sharing about our partnership with Carbon Black, and what becomes possible and even better when you build together. Want to see Sanjay’s remarks in its entirety? Check out the replay here.  

Besides the informative general session, attendees had a blast exploring the rest of the venue. Between the Pac-Man and Mario Kart arcade, the Data Therapy Dog Park, the 5G drone VR game, the gaming lounge, the Relaxation Stationand, of course, the bean bags, it was hard for attendees to pick a favorite activity 

 

 

 

 

There was also plenty of swag to discovered and obtained, including the renowned VMworld backpack. By the way, if you’re on the lookout for super special and exclusive swag, attendees who attend a Showcase Keynote can take a survey and receive an official VMworld hat. Check out the schedule to find a Showcase Keynote that interests you!  

 

 

 

 

And, of course, there was the food. Today, attendees consumed: 

  • 1,631 pounds of Swedish Fish at today’s PM Break 
  • 8,261 breakfast sandwiches 
  • 14,500 box lunches 
  • 9,850 beers and 3,013 sodas at the Welcome Reception  

 

The fun is only beginning though! A few handy tips as we head into the rest of the week: 

  • Be sure to download the VMworld app to see your map, agenda, sessions, and networking contacts all in one place. 
  • Watch the livestream or the replay to catch up on what you missed, or if you can’t attend a session in person. 
  • Follow @VMworld on social and use the hashtag #VMworld to participate in the conversation. 

 

Check back in tomorrow, when we’ll share some updates from this year’s Hands-on Labs, notes from the General Session, and other surprise and delight activities throughout the event. Until then! See you tomorrow.