Lobstah, Chowdah, and Virtualization Field Dah – Here I come #VFD5

VFD-Logo-400x398Boston is known for many things – as the title suggests they have their lobstah and chowdah, the infamous and tasty Boston cream donut (don’t know if that’s an actual Boston thing but it is at Tim Hortons) – outside of food they have the New Kids on the Block (don’t ask how I know, wait, I mean, I don’t know anything about them 🙂 ).  They have the perhaps the biggest rivalry in the NHL with my beloved Habs having played the Bruins over 350 times.  Aside from all this perhaps the biggest thing they are known for, or soon will be, is that they are the host of Virtualization Field Day 5 – and lucky for me I’ll be there to see it all go down live!

If you haven’t had the chance to check out one of the Tech Field Day events then you should probably peruse over to the their site and have a look at all the resources they have to offer.  I really like the format of these events, essentially stuffing vendors and delegates into a room together to have a deep, technical discussion about their product or offering.  The action is streamed live and the back channel on Twitter is a lot of the time just as, if not more amazing then the discussion in the room.

I was lucky to be chosen as a delegate for Virtualization Field Day 4 in Austin and placed all my content on my VFD4 event roundup here.  When approached with the opportunity to follow it up with VFD5 in Boston (I know, Boston/Austin – neat) I jumped on it.  If you have a look at the sponsors below I think you might see why…

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See what I mean – there is definitely some great tech backing up all those logos and I can’t wait to hear more about it!

Sure you get to hear from each vendor for a few hours and that’s exciting, but what really makes your Tech Field Day experience is all of the delegates (and of course Stephen, Tom and Claire).  You are in a room for 8 hours a day with these people, being rushed in and out of offices and cars – you get to know each other pretty well.   Without further ado the VFD5 delegates are Alistair Cooke (@DemitasseNZ), Amy Manley (@WyrdGirl), Bob Plankers (@Plankers), Chris Marget (@ChrisMarget), Chris Wahl (@ChrisWahl), Eric Shanks (@Eric_Shanks), Ethan Banks (@ECBanks), Justin Paul (@recklessop), Luc Dekens (@LucD22), Sean Massey (@SeanPMassey), Vladen Seget (@Vladan) and myself.  That is for sure a smart group of people and I’m excited to get rushed around like cattle with them :).

And of course the Tech Field Day events couldn’t be made possible with the countless hours of work put in by Stephen Foskett and the whole crew at GestaltIT – honestly they treat you like gold while you are there and it’s quite a humbling experience.

I suppose I should leave it at that as June 24th is not that far away, although I’m sure it will feel like an eternity.  I’ll just have to take it step by step and hang tough for the next few weeks (see what I did there, ugh!).  Watch this space as it is where I will post all of my #VFD5 related material – See yah in Bawston!

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