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Day 2 of VMworld 2019 US was a big one! Tuesday opened with a couple of major news drops during the general session. We announced that Ray O’Farrell, VMware’s current CTO, will lead VMware’s cloud-native efforts and oversee our new Tanzu portfolio. Meanwhile, Greg Lavender, current SVP & CTO of Cloud Architecture in the Office of the CTO, will take over the CTO role. We’re thrilled for both of them and excited for our what’s to come from our leadership team! 

 

 

In addition to that, we made a few other product updates, and Ray shared several technical demosNext up was Lindsey Vonn, Olympic Gold and Bronze Medal-Winning Alpine Ski Racer, and Steve Young, recordssetting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. The two athletes led a very entertaining panel in which Steve attempted to take over the interview and ask Sanjay PoonenVMware COO, the questions instead! To see everything that happened, watch the livestream replay over at our on-demand video library. 

 

 

 

After the general session, attendees dispersed to visit the Hands-on Labs, Certification Exam Center, and, not to be missed, the legendary Hall Crawl. Attendees that needed to get some work done or a moment to unwind enjoyed The Meadow, complete with seed cards to grow your own garden once you’ve returned homeThe lines for swag and Tanzu shirts were packed, although quite a few of you opted to screenprint your own shirts at the VMUG lounge. The Solutions Exchange was, of course, a VMworld hot spot, serving food, cocktails, beers, and even a few celebrity sightings! Joe Montana was spotted at HPE, while Klay Thompson was seen hanging out at Rubrik. 

 

 

 

We’re truly impressed by the number of attendees who’ve shown up to invest in their careers, skills expansion, and professional training. There were 174 Meet the Experts roundtables with 889 attendees. And, to date: 

  • 9,080 Hands-On Labs were delivered 
  • 79,127 virtual machines were provisioned 
  • 10,827 NSX networks 
  • 5,896,034 GB of vSan storage used 

 

 

We applaud everyone who’s taken the time to develop their learning! Of course, those aren’t the only stats worth mentioning. Attendees have been enjoying sunny meals out at the Yerba Buena Gardens, plus other snacks. In fact, today: 

  • 23 chefs and cooks prepared breakfast  
  • 307 hotel pans were used to serve hot breakfast sandwiches 
  • 13,260 brownies were consumed during the afternoon break 
  • 7,417 lemon bars were indulged in 

 

We’re halfway through the conference, and we hope you’ve been having a great and informative experience so far. Stay tuned for more highlights tomorrow! If you haven’t already, be sure to: 

  • Download the VMworld app to have all your conference information at your fingertips.  
  • Watch the livestream replay to catch up on what you missed. 
  • Follow the conversation on social using #VMworld and connect with other VMworld attendees.