VMworld 2017 EU Day Two

*BEEP BEEP BEEP*… That moment your alarm goes off at 7am while it feels you just went to bed… But never mind, it’s time for VMworld 2017 EU Day Two! Let’s go!
 

VMworld 2017 EU Day Two
 

Queue the “General Session” for day two and again we (Johan van Amersfoort, Sam McGeown, Matthew Bunce, Niels Hagoort and Giuliano Bertello) were doing our thing on the CrowdChat which you can read here: #VMworldDayTwo

If you missed the “General Session” you can find the replay here: General Sessions – VMworld Europe

The rest of the day for me was filled with meetings, round tables and whisperer sessions so the day flew by before I knew it.

In the evening my employers from ITQ organised an awesome trip to Mara Nostrum Supercomputer. So you would think OK supercomputer nice but not special… Well actually this is one of most cool supercomputers you will see, because it is located in a church!

And it has some impressive numbers:

  • Speed 13,7 PFlops
  • Storage 14 PB
  • Power 1,3 Kw
  • OS SUSE Linux
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    Unfortunately, there were not a lot of new announcements made on day two. But I found the following articles interesting, so I would like to share them with you.

  • Security in the Age of Internet Separation
  • VMware Continues to Drive Momentum for NFV in 2017
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    VMworld 2017 EU Day One

    No time to recover from VMworld US because it’s time for VMworld EU Day one again!
     

    VMworld 2017 EU Day One
     

    I flew in on Sunday afternoon which gave me some time to get settled and enjoy some proper tapas before the Partner Exchange began on Monday. Like every year my employers from ITQ organizes a good diner for all 30(!!!) employees that are attending VMworld EU. It’s amazing to work for a company that puts so much time and effort in getting people at VMworld, because they simply see the benefit of people attending this event. For example where else do you have the opportunity to meet up with peers from the IT industry and share knowledge. Or attend sessions led by the experts in their field.

    On Monday there was one meeting in my agenda that I was really looking forward to, a meeting with Pat Gelsinger. It was arranged by the NSBU as part of the NSX Partner Summit and it was something special, we could ask him anything we wanted! It was really interesting to listen him talk about all kind of topics and boy he know his stuff, in depth? No problem, High Level? No problem. Eirik Vada perfectly describes it in tweet:
     


     

    So now I’ll Fast forward to Tuesday morning and the general session. I’ve been asked to be one of the hosts on a VMworld 2017 EU Day One Crowdchat for VMware EMEA together with Matthew Bunce, Rebecca Fitzhugh and Sam McGeown which was pretty fun to do. You can find it here: #VMworldDayOne

    If you missed the keynote you can watch it here: General Sessions – VMworld Europe

    As I did in VMworld US, I’ve gathered some of the interesting announcements made on the first day, which you can find below.

  • VMware Speeds Customer Time to Value for SDDC and Multi-Cloud Management with New vRealize Suite 2017
  • VMware Unveils New Innovations to Cloud Provider Program
  • GDPR and Addressing Data Security Gaps with VMware
  • VMware Offers Communications Service Providers the Fastest Path to OpenStack for Network Functions Virtualization
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    VMworld 2017 Day Four

    Yay I made it! VMworld 2017 Day Four! While the dust starts to settle at Mandelay Bay and a big chunk of the attendees are slowly returning home, there are still a lot of cool things to do like the Hand on Labs. It will give you the opportunity to play with the newest addition to the VMware family VMware Appdefense.
     

    VMworld 2017 Day Four
     

    Today I attended another VMware Design Studio session, this time the topic was “vSphere: Next Generation Lifecycle“. It was a Deep dive into ESXi lifecycle challenges like: VMware Update Manager (VUM), Host Profile, Auto Deploy, HCL, firmware and other co-create solutions. It was an interactive small group session with the VMware User Experience team. The goal is to provide the VMware User Experience team information about your stuggles and issues with your day-2-day work, and to help them understand your needs as a customer, consultant and / or architect. These sessions are also held in Barcelona in 2 weeks, if you would like to attend these sessions look for the link in my other post VMworld 2017 Day Two.

    My ITQ colleague Johan van Amersfoort aka “The Bearded VDI Junkie” has created a really cool video blog with some of the highlight of VMworld 2017 US. Enjoy!

    Some cool VMworld 2017 US numbers:

  • 11024 Labs Completed
  • 109991 VMs Completed
  • 500+ breakout sessions offered
  • 4,910,976 pixels in the VMware booth LED wall
  • 375 exams completed
  • 200+ sponsors and exhibitors
  • 500+ sessions replays watched at the re-run bar
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    VMworld 2017 US you were fantastic! Met a lot of new people, met up with old friends, learned a whole lot and walked more than what was good for me! Now I must get ready for VMworld 2017 EU in Barcelona which starts little over a week from now, looking forward to see you all there!

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