After arriving on Sunday it was a smooth logistical process from start to finish and I had a chance to meet up with a lot of friends & customers at the vRockstar event in the evening. This event is always great to meet up with like minded passionate individuals from varying backgrounds so is a good warm up to the event itself.
Monday was all about TAM day and Partner day. I elected to attend the VMUG session focused on Dell EMC and VMware HCI offerings as well as a captivating session by Brian Graf covering VMware Cloud on AWS.
Paul Mackay (EMEA CTO for Modern Data Center team) hosted a session focused on HCI in particular the use cases and outcomes that customers are asking for. He was assisted by Steffen Matthias who covered the technical aspects of Dell EMC HCI solutions and this was well received by the audience. It was a frank, informal discussion and I felt that this is what customers want especially when they can hear from vendors on how to get to the software defined datacenter and eventually hybrid cloud.
The rest of the day was spent networking with my customers and talking to the various VMware staff and old acquaintances at the various booths about the new themes this year.
The next few days are bound to be hectic with a lot of announcements and some interesting sessions so will give you my take on these as we go along with the event.