We kicked off the second general session (day 2) today at VMworld 2013, with VMware president and COO, Carl Eschenbach, taking command of the stage in the absence of show fan favorite and former CTO of VMware, Steve Herrod. Big shoes to fill.
Carl kicked things off announcing what many of us already figured out due to the lack of wifi and seating at the event -- there are more than 22,500 people in attendance of the show this year, way up from the 1,400 that joined VMware at the very first show back in San Diego 10 years ago. Of course, Carl likes to round up, so he claims 23,000 attendees. Either way, attendance is up from the previous year and it shows. Many asked on Twitter if the show was in fact getting "too big."
VMblog speaks with Mike Thompson at the Solarwinds booth (#430) about Virtualization Manager 6.0 and gets a quick demo of the integration with Orion.
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With over 22,000 attendees this year it was difficult to fit everyone into the hall so we chose to spend the general session from within the comfort of the Hang Space where they were broadcasting the General Session.
First up was Robin Matlock, Chief Marketing Officer at vmware. Robin invited up 10 Alumni members to do a top 10 countdown of the best moments at vmworld which included moments like "Smashmouth playing at Treasure Island", "Checking out the cars at the racetrack in Las Vegas" and when "vRAM became a 4-letter word".
Unbelievable! It's already been a year since we last came together as a community at the world's largest virtualization trade show event, VMworld. And in less than three weeks, we're getting the virtualization band back together again for VMworld 2013 in the beautiful city of San Francisco. Moscone, prepare yourself!
As usual, if you are attending VMworld, your schedule is already filling up as quickly as the hotel rooms around the city. This show is jam packed with hands on labs, breakout sessions, certifications, booths on the solutions exchange floor, keynote presentations, food (hoping for something good this year), networking and a number of other things taking place in the hang out space. All that, and we haven't even talked about what's going on OUTSIDE of the Moscone walls yet. Talk about trade show goodness! There is something going on for everyone at every waking minute of the day.