I attended VMware Partner Exchange this week in Las Vegas. I must say I was impressed. To be completely blunt; I wasn’t impressed with Vegas. Vegas is definitely not my cup of tea. I love a bit of “history” and Vegas hardly has any. Give me San Francisco, New York, Boston or any other city anytime!
I do however was impressed with Partner Exchange. From a logistics standpoint PEX was well organized so my compliments to the organization. The labs, the sessions, the workshops… I wish I could have joined any of these. I’m not complaining though as being part of the VCDX Panel is also a great experience. Seeing the creative solutions people come up with is a learning experience for me as well. Some people have a different view on a concept or solution and this also gives me food for thought. Another thing what I love about being part of the panel is making people think about their own design. I can’t say much about the interviews I conducted though as the NDA police would kill me. I hope to see some of you who are taking the defense in Munich!
I did manage to see the keynote by Steve Herrod by the way. I was impressed with all the insights Steve gave in terms of upcoming products, brand new projects and even a couple tech previews. I am looking forward to the upcoming version of VMware View and a new project which I can’t disclose as the VMware NDA Police would again kill me. I am also looking forward to start using Zimbra.
Especially “Zimlets” seem to be really powerful. Zimlets are basically hook-ins for your email/colaboration tool. A good example would be an Oracle plugin. When an email for instance contains a PO number the PO number will appear as a link to the PO system. But not only a link, when hovering over the link a pop-up will appear with for instance the total amount for the PO and the approval status.
Other upcoming new features that were revealed are IO DRS, Memory Compression and a new View management interface. I recommend reading some of the other blog posts on this topic as there is a lot I can’t write about:
- Gabe’s Virtual World – News from VMware Partner Exchange
- Brian Knudtson
- Scott Lowe – Session 1 – Session 2 – Session 3
- Steve Jin – PEX Day 1|party – Day 2 – Day 3 – Day 4
- Chad Sakac – VMware Partner Exchange 2010 from where I sat…
And by the way; Congrats Frank and Andrew Mitchell for becoming VCDX 029 and 030!