VMblog: You guys are becoming experts at showcasing at VMworld. How can show attendees find you? Where is your booth located this year?
Tegile: Thanks for the compliment! Yes, this is our sixth year at VMworld. Tegile is in booth #633 - the 20X40 one with an Audi R8 V10 in it that has a beautiful wrap on it with our logo and our partners' logos on it.
VMblog: Anything new or unique about this year's booth setup?
Tegile: The entire team at Tegile is very excited to be showing more about our technology direction with our N Series NVMe-based arrays - these new arrays are screaming fast and all feature Tegile's rich set of data management features. This allows our customers to drive performance up to 10X beyond where they have been able to in the past with our SAS-based all-flash arrays.
VMblog: For attendees who visit your booth, what's the takeaway message going to be?
Tegile: Tegile has not only the world's most intelligent flash storage, but now the fastest as well. We are the only next-generation storage vendor that offers hybrid AND all-flash arrays, block AND file connectivity, SQL 2014 and Oracle Validated configurations - the list goes on and on.
VMblog: With so many booths at VMworld, and so little time, why should an attendee put you on their MUST SEE list this year?
Tegile: If attendees want to see the fastest and most intelligent flash array on the exhibit floor AND potentially win an Audi R8 V10, they must come to visit Tegile at booth #633.
VMblog: Do you have any speaking sessions during the show? If so, can you share the details?
Tegile: We have two speaking sessions in the Solutions Exchange Theatre this year. Our very own Rob Commins will present: "Are You Down with NVMe? Yeah You Know Me!" on Monday, 8/28 at 11:20 AM- this will be very informative and fun. Then, Tegile's VP of Eastern Regional and Federal Sales will moderate a panel with experts in Cyber Security on Tuesday, 8/29 at 3:50 PM. If you are interested in orchestration at the highest level at scale, this session is for you. We also have 23 presentations in our booth throughout the show. Swing by to see the schedule.
VMblog: From speaking to parties! Are you guys throwing a party during the event?
Tegile: No party off site in Vegas from Tegile - there is plenty of that going on. Do visit our booth #633 on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30. The keg will be flowing!
VMblog: And after a good party, attendees also like to hear about giveaways. Anything special or interesting this year?
Tegile: We have our latest edition of our Winner's Circle Cocktail Recipe Book, but did I mention the Audi R8 V10?
VMblog: As a returning vendor, what do you like most about sponsoring VMworld?
Tegile: VMworld is by far the must-sponsor event of the year for Tegile. With over 23,000 attendees and so many advancements in technology, it is an awesome opportunity to talk with end users on what's been happening over the last year and where we're all headed for the upcoming years.
VMblog: Do you remember your first VMworld? What can you tell us about it?
Tegile: I remember Tegile's first VMworld in 2012. I was the first and only marketing person in the company (well, I had just hired some help a couple weeks before, but all the prep was on me). I'm a product guy - not an events guy. I have been in many shows, but never ran one. Big difference. I was horrified. What did I forget? Will the demos work? Are the big screen monitor stands strong enough? What if they fall on someone's head? Luckily, the show ran flawlessly, and we've had similar success every year since. I'm definitely glad we have a fantastic marketing team that helps carry the load now. They're the best.
VMblog: Based on past experiences, what are you looking forward to most at this year's event?
Tegile: When we give away that Audi R8 V10 on Wednesday afternoon - I'll be on fire.
VMblog: Finally, do you have any tips for first time attendees of VMworld that you'd like to share?
Tegile: Plan plan plan. There are so many sessions to see, so many booths to visit. It can be overwhelming. Log in to the VMworld site and make a plan. Oh, and plan on having fun! Don't walk around collecting pens and data sheets - talk to people! Go to the parties - you will have a blast.
Definitely get Tegile and booth 633 on your MUST SEE list. I've been visiting with them since they started sponsoring VMworld, and they never disappoint. Come to witness the technology they bring, and stay to earn a chance at that beautiful Audi R8 V10. The place will surely go crazy!