I know, VMworld is sooooo two weeks ago, the biggest announcement of vSphere 5.1 has already been delivered and is GA and the world is all basking in its new features and enhancements, the vCloud suites have been blogged to death, most of the sessions have even been made available on the VMworld Socialcast site, so why go and throw yet another VMworld post out there? Well, it was VMworld last year that gave me the final push to start this blog (see post here) and a lot of vGoodness has happened to me since then ( sponsors, certifications, vExpertiness) so I guess i just feel like i owe it to the VMworld gods to throw out my experience at the show.

Last year was my first VMworld and to tell you the truth i had no idea what to expect and after the first day lets just say i was a little overwhelmed, crazy tired and a whole lot excited. So this year i knew what to expect and thought i was more than enough prepared for the awesomeness the show could throw at me….well, not really, i was left with the same symptoms i had in 2011. I had no idea what was in store for me that week in San Francisco but by no means was I ready for what was to unfold. A few highlights of my week below…

I got to meet Pat Gelsinger and Steve Herrod at the CTO reception. How cool is that? You know, just chattin it up with CEO and CTO of the billion dollar company that produces the software that has been consuming every ounce of your free time.  Let me say, being a vExpert at VMworld is pretty awesome!

I had dinner with a bunch of rockstars. I had the chance to sit down and have a fabulous dinner with John Troyer, Martin Klaus, Ben Scheerer, David Davis, Eric Sloof, Tommy Trogden, and vCOps contest winner Joe Filippello.   Due to the massive amount of brainpower in that room you can imagine there were some great conversations – and the food was fabulous. Thanks Ben for the invite and the re-invite 🙂

My session (OPS-CIM1940). I had the opportunity to participate in a panel session (titled Real World stories of Operational Performance Troubleshooting, Capacity, and Configuration management with vCenter Operations Suite) with a few other attendees and present my stories and experiences with vcops to over 600 people. Never had I spoke in front of that many people before so i was a little nervous but overall i think the session went great and am thankfull for the opportunity

Last but not least is this group of guys (and girl). Honestly they truly make the conference what it is. Most i knew from Twitter already.  Some I met at VMworld 2011, and some I met for the first time this year.   These guys truly made the social part of the conference awesome!  Great group of guys and watch big things to come out of this group 🙂
There really isn’t much information in this post that anyone will benefit from in it and it probably comes off like a little bit of bragging (cuz it is :)).  Either way I guess one takeaway you can pull out of it is get yourself to a VMworld!   Aside from the massive amount of technical information you can bring back, the real value is the contacts you make.  Every subject matter expert is there and no question I had during the show went unanswered, so just get there!  See you in Barcelona!!! – actually I won’t but it just sounded like a good ending…. 🙂