VMworld 2019 Roundup: Day 3

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It’s Tuesday already at VMworld. Hopefully not too many attendees have broken their step counters yet.

General Session

Once again the General Session was live blogged here. It was great to see how the announced products from Monday’s keynote come together to holistically address business needs.

vExpert Daily – Tuesday [VMTN5062U]

First session up today was one where I didn’t sit in the audience so much as get up on stage and join the panel. I got a bit of feedback later on in the day that it went well. Don’t know if I dare watch it myself, so I’ll leave it to you to decide.

VMware Inner Circle Panel & Luncheon

I had to join the VMware Inner Circle Panel a little late due to the aforementioned vExpert panel. By the time I arrived the panel, made up of various VMware folks, and audience were engaged in a Q&A session. Most question focused on licensing and support, with many expressing frustration with procurement, the ELA process, and reasonable GSS turn around times.

To the panels credit they took the time to listen to and address each concern. While there may not have been many immediate resolutions available, by and large the panel members either mentioned that something was in the works to improve things, or that they would take the feedback back to their teams.

It’s appreciated that VMware chooses to incorporate customer and partner feedback like they do. I get the impression that they too understand that a mutual vendor/customer relationship is key for all to benefit.

I hope to catch the full panel session next time around.

60 Minutes of Non-Uniform Memory Architecture [HBI2278BU]

This was one of the session I was most looking forward to this year. Presented by Frank Denneman, his deep-dive style session always increase my understanding of the depths of the vSphere hypervisor engine.

Unfortunately this year the session was cut short. The power to the building, and apparently about a city block’s worth of buildings, went out about ten minutes in. We were all advised to exit the building for safety reasons. At least things weren’t shaking. It is San Francisco after all.

I ran into Frank afterwards, and as of Wednesday morning the session hadn’t yet been schedule. Due to the logistics of an already full conference, it may or may not be rescheduled. Check the VMworld calendar for details.

vExpert Party

I rounded out the evening by attending the vExpert Party at Spin, which is basically a ping-pong pub. Yes, it’s exactly how you’re picturing it. Table tennis and treats on tap. Ariel Sanchez Mora brought his Street Fighter V setup to add even more “sport” to the event.

It was great catching up with and socializing with folks who you basically only get one opportunity a year to meet with in person. Playing a few rounds of table tennis, or SF5, is a great way to further cement the community bond.

Thanks to Corey Romero and the rest of the VMware Social Media and Communities Team for all they do, all year round.

Put a Bow on It

That’s Tuesday taken care of. We’ve run out of General Sessions for the week, but the breakout sessions keep rolling on and the Solutions Exchange will keep going strong until Wednesday afternoon. Stick around.

Dee Abson

Dee Abson is a technical architect from Alberta, Canada. He's been working in the field of technology for over 20 years and specializes in server and virtualization infrastructure. Working with VMware products since ESX 2, he holds several VMware certifications. He is a 9x VMware vExpert. You can find him on Twitter and Mastodon.

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