David Marshall

David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, VMblog.com. And co-founded CloudCow.com, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add Pivot3 to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the companies on VMblog's list this year is Pivot3. Visit them at VMworld and find out more about the company's dynamic hyperconverged solutions.  Pivot3's patented solutions improve data center simplicity and economics by increasing scale-out performance, driving down complexity and cost, saving an extraordinary amount of disk and physical space and ensuring fault tolerance. With Pivot3's unique Quality of Service and Virtualization Management capabilities, customers are able to prioritize data and application performance based on business value. 

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with Pivot3 to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

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Key Tips for VMworld 2017 - A Survival Guide

In less than two weeks, somewhere north of 23,000 virtualization and cloud users are expected to converge on the streets of Sin City to take part in the annual virtualization reunion known as VMworld.

VMworld US 2017 begins on Aug. 27th, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV and the show returns to the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center.  The event will feature more than 500 unique breakout sessions from VMware and its community of partners and customers, and the expo hall will be packed by more than 200 vendor sponsors and exhibitors.  

As the show is nearly upon us, VMblog would like to send out its "survival guide" for those first time attendees or those individuals who might just want a refresher.  Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your VMworld event a little bit more successful or enjoyable.  

[ Also Read: List of Parties at VMworld 2017 | VMworld 2017 Hands-On Labs - What to Expect ]

Let's begin!

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add PowWow Mobile to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the companies on VMblog's list this year is PowWow Mobile. Visit them at VMworld and find out why they are a leader in enabling enterprises to simplify and extend business apps to mobile, and see first hand how they are redefining the mobile enterprise.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with PowWow Mobile to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

PowWow Mobile, the leader in enabling enterprises to simplify and extend business apps to mobile, today announced that it will sponsor and exhibit in the Mobility Zone at VMworld 2017, taking place from August 27 - 31 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas. During the event, PowWow Mobile will showcase how its award-winning rapid mobile app platform, SmartUX, empowers organizations to accelerate the creation and delivery of secure and intelligent mobile apps to support their digital business.

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add Turbonomic to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the companies on VMblog's list this year is Turbonomic.  This company helps organizations accelerate their adoption of virtual, cloud, and container deployments for all mission critical applications.  Here's more about the company:

Launched in 2010, Turbonomic delivers a hybrid cloud management platform that enables on-premises and public cloud to self-manage in real-time, thereby assuring performance, lowering cost, and continuously ensuring compliance. The Turbonomic patented decision engine curates workload demand to dynamically control resource supply, maintaining a perpetual desired state of application health.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with Turbonomic to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add Druva to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the companies on VMblog's list this year is Druva.  You will want to see why they bill themselves as "The Next Generation of Cloud Data Protection."  Here's more about the company:

Druva provides cloud data protection and information management, leveraging the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to protect, preserve and discover information - dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it. Druva's award-winning solutions intelligently collect data, and unify backup, disaster recovery, archival and governance capabilities onto a single, optimized data set.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with Druva to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add StarWind to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the companies on VMblog's list this year is StarWind.  StarWind HCA is a turn-key hyperconverged platform that unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, with multiple options for hypervisor and Software-Defined Storage into a single manageable layer.  Here's a bit more about the company:

StarWind Software is a pioneer of storage virtualization and provides a unique blend of simplicity, performance and affordability, yet with the ultimate in flexibility. Being a leader in low-entry hyper-converged appliances, StarWind also offers software-only or storage appliance variants of its product, therefore being able to adapt to any organizations data center be that entry-level or large enterprise.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with StarWind to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add Liquidware to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the companies on VMblog's list this year is Liquidware.  I've been following them for ages now, always impressed with the technologies they introduce in the EUC space.  At Citrix Synergy, they showed off their new name and logo (changed from Liquidware Labs) and showcased new features and product updates (watch the Liquidware Citrix Synergy video interview).  At VMworld, you won't want to miss what they are doing with FlexApp, so make sure you go visit their booth.  Here's a little background on the company before we begin:

Liquidware is a pioneer in the development of desktop virtualization solutions that complement leading platforms including Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View, and physical Microsoft Windows PCs. The company's Stratusphere solution deliver visibility into desktop environments and support assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks) of both the desktop user experience and supporting infrastructure. ProfileUnity delivers a universal user profile that can span versions of Windows OS.  In addition, the solution provides advanced features to for granular control of user access to desktop resources, including application and user rights management and context-aware policies. LIquidware FlexApp feature delivers advanced Application Layering to allow admins to centrally manage applications, yet deliver them to users on demand. These solutions are available in an extremely cost-effective bundle called Liquidware Essentials.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview between VMblog and Liquidware to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

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Are you attending VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, NV?  If so, I invite you to add HyperGrid to your MUST SEE list of vendors. 

With so many vendors exhibiting at VMworld, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your busy schedule?  One of the companies on VMblog's list this year is HyperGrid.  I really like what they are doing, offering a fully featured public cloud service that's delivered as a full-stack appliance.  Here's more about the company:

HyperGrid is the Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service leader that simplifies IT for the enterprise by providing consumption based, full stack cloud services on premises. HyperGrid's offering, HyperCloud, uniquely addresses enterprise IT needs by combining IaaS, PaaS, and applications services on premises with security and governance for application management. For DevOps, it delivers lifecycle management and push-button VM, bare metal and container deployments. These capabilities, combined with multi-cloud management and orchestration, all delivered via a consumption model, offer a truly compelling value proposition. 

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with HyperGrid to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2017 event.

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VMworld 2017 is a few weeks away!  And VMworld and its list of sponsors are bringing the party to Las Vegas.  

In addition to all the great education and networking that will take place at VMworld, attendees have also become accustomed to having fun as well.  So far, things are shaping up quite nicely on that front.  There are plenty of opportunities to have a good time, and the list is growing.  

NOTE: Most events require you to take some signup action.  Yes, even if the event is free so that they can get a head count or shut things down once the list grows too big.  These things are first come, first served.

If I'm missing an event, drop me an email or send me a Tweet (@vmblog) and I'll get it added.

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