VMworld 2012: Day 4

Day 4 started out very rough, and very late. I was slow moving all morning and was recouping from the previous night. I decided to get some work done, both personal and corporate, instead of catching the Solutions Exchange early in the morning.

2:00pm rolled around and it was time to head across town again to the Tech Field Day round table with Veeam. Veeam is a backup solution for virtual environments and they have a bunch of new enhancements coming out including some really cool integration features for SAN systems (post coming soon). Again, I sat for the briefing and let the experts do the recording. Afterwards, I headed to the Solutions Exchange.

I got there at about 4:00pm and wandered around a bit, chatted with a few companies, but ended up talking with RedHat at length about their KVM-based virtualization systems. I must say, the amount of competition that is growing in the open source community for VMware is becoming quite nice, hopefully it keeps them on their toes. RedHat’s offering looks great, uses KVM, and is very cheaply licensed although I don’t know what the support costs are. The interface is clean and looks to be on par with the features of VMware.

Once I was done there, I caught up with Matt Oswalt again to grab some dinner. Chipotle was right there and we talked for a while about all things tech. Smart guy, follow him on Twitter (@mierdin), you won’t be sorry. We tossed around the idea of going to see Bon Jovi but ended up going to a cigar bar instead and finishing out the night by 7:30.

Since I had a mountain of work waiting for me at home, and my family missed me, I decided to head back that night. I got all packed up, checked out, and on the road by 9:00pm and hunkered down with a few cans of Monster and a Megadeth playlist to keep me going on the 5.5 hour drive back to LA.

VMworld 2012 was nearly as exhausting as Cisco Live earlier this summer in San Diego. Even though I didn’t have quite as much scheduled when I got up there it felt like I never stopped moving. I learned a lot about some cool emerging tech as well as some that I just didn’t know enough about (or at all) and hope to get it all up here within the next week or so.

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