By Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy
I get very excited when I talk about VMworld and today was one of those days that made me really proud to be a part of the community. Lots to cover so let me jump into the day at VMworld.
I spent much of the morning in the Community Lounge and at our HP booth. Eric Siebert, Marc Farley and I did a live VMworld Community TV webcast. We met about 5 minutes before we did this to talk sketch out at a high level what we would talk about. We called the session "Then and Now: Storage guys' perspective on virtualization". I thought it was a very interesting discussion about virtualization over the years and we focused a lot of our discussion on how VMware has changed the storage requirements. Here's the video:
From there, I was able to grab Brad Katz, product manager for our P4000 LeftHand SAN Solution and talk about what's new in the latest release of SAN/iQ software, SAN/iQ 9.5. The newest release of SAN/iQ has some pretty cool features so take a listen to the podcast with Brad.
You can also download this podcast by right-clicking here and saving the file OR you can download all of my podcasts from iTunes by clicking here - it will open iTunes and allow you to download all of my recent podcasts. If you have any issues with this second link, paste this into your browser: itpc://recordings.talkshoe.com/rss69339.xml. "itpc" is a special format that opens iTunes and lets you download the podcasts from iTunes.
Next up was the VMworld CTO Party. There were about 150-200 people invited to this and Steve Herrod, VMware CTO was the host. I was able to have brief conversations with Steve, Carl Eshenbach (Co-President of VMware), and even CEO Paul Maritz. I was a little star struck. Paul wasn't aware that HP had part of the storage business in Boise and we talked about a few things leading him to conclude that we had both been in the industry for a long time. I was surprised at the time all of the the VMware team gave to this group of vExperts, few customers and partners. It was also great to talk to many of the vExperts at the party. The only downside was that space was limited and several of the vExperts at VMworld were not able to join.
If you remember, a few weeks ago I did a podcast with a couple of VMware rockstars Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman; in that podcast we talked about some of the latest features in vSphere 5.0. I had bumped into them a few nights ago and they told me a funny story how someone recognized them from across the casino at the Palazzo (a distance of about 50 yards) and was calling their name because he wanted to take a picture with them. For a laugh (and because I really did want a picture with them since I had the recent podcast with them), I got this picture with Duncan (on the left) and Frank (on the right).
(Note: Duncan and Frank just released a new book called VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deep Dive that is available on Amazon.com in a Kindle edition and print.I just finished reading it on my HP TouchPad)
The day wrapped up with the VMworld party with a concert by the Killers and then a pool party. John Troyer who runs the VMware Community got a little wet!
I love VMworld and as I told Steve Herrod, in many ways, I like it more than HP Discover. Don't get me wrong - I love HP Discover too. But John Troyer has done an amazing job creating the VMware community and I'm very honored to be a part of the community and like being around this amazing group of people.
Tomorrow is the last day of VMworld - and while I'm looking forward to going home (and the Boise State vs. Georgia football game this coming weekend), I'll really miss VMworld.