Those who follow me on twitter know that I was one of the Lab Captains at VMworld. I was not allowed to talk about the topic of my lab as the product was to be announced at VMworld(vCloud Director). I must say that I have never worked so hard in my life. Days of 14 hrs were considered “normal”, all just to ensure that the quality of the labs would meet your expectations.
It was the first time at VMworld US that it was self-paced labs only, and I guess you can say it was one huge hit. To be honest, I expected nothing less after the successes we had with this concept in Europe.
Many people have asked for the final numbers so I contacted the Lab Cloud team and here you go:
- Lab Cloud served up 30 lab topics. In 2009 we had 21 lab topics to select from. We had 480 lab seats, with 44 hours of labs resulting in a total of 21120 total lab hours!
- Every hour Lab Cloud was creating (deploying) and destroying (un-deploying) approximately 4000 Virtual Machines
- Lab Cloud delivered 15,344 labs. In 2009 we delivered approximately 4500 labs in total.
- Lab Cloud deployed a total of 145,097 VMs
The Top 10 labs were:
- VMware View 4.5 Install and Config (1515)
- VMware vSphere Perf & Tuning (1229)
- VMware ESX 4.1 new features (1112)
- VMware vCloud Director Install & Config (1019)
- Basic VMware vSphere Install & Config (829)
- VMware View 4.5 Advanced (811)
- VMware vSphere Troubleshooting (791)
- VMware vCenter SRM Install & Config (789)
- VMware vDS & Cisco Nexus 1KV (761)
- VMware vShield (734)
I am proud that the lab that I was responsible for, vCloud Director, came in fourth out of 30 topics. Especially considering there were many other excellent labs. By the way, the picture above is the actual dashboard that was used to display how many labs were done, VMs deployed etc…
Although VMworld EMEA will clearly not have 480 seats, I am 100% confident the labs will be a hit again. If you are planning on going to VMworld make sure you reserve time to attend the self paced labs, I guarantee it is worth your time!