The Build Up to VMworld San Francisco

So, we are only a couple of days away from VMworld in San Francisco and my feelings towards it are mixed at the moment… not because of the content of the sessions or the event itself but more of the unknown.

Let me explain some more about this… I’ve gone and visited VMworld in Europe for the past 4 or 5 years and know what to expect.  This is my first time visiting the big brother over in the US.  Therefore I think that I know roughly what to expect but everything is on a bigger scale.  On top of this, the flight to San Francisco from the UK is the longest flight I’ve ever taken… 10 1/2 hours… and I’ve never visited San Francisco before so I’m quite excited to see the city.

We all know that VMworld can be a very busy time… you have the conference itself, all of the sessions to visit, the vendor stands, hand-on labs, one-to-one meetings and then there are also the extra evening events organised by vendors and VMware etc. to attend.  There isn’t going to be much sleep but it is thoroughly worth it.

I have already had to turn down a tour of the VMware Campus (something that I really wanted to do) because it conflicts with my return flight back to the UK.  There are so many things to do, that, unfortunately, you have to pick and choose and often it is a tricky decision to decide which events to choose.  The same can be said about the sessions, there are so many good sessions that you want to try to visit as many as possible… just be warned that having back to back sessions can be quite tiresome.

I’m hoping to provide some blog posts from VMWorld but when I’ve tried to do it in the past, I’ve never really had the opportunity… we’ll see what happens this year.

About the Author


I have been in IT for the past 15 years and using virtualisation technologies for around the past 8 years. I started, as quite a lot of people do, working with PCs after playing with such iconic systems like the ZX81, ZX Spectrum and then progressing through 386s, 486s, Pentiums etc. After being headhunted at sixth form to work for a small company based around Hertfordshire, UK. I began working with small businesses and gaining a lot of hardware experience. Three years later, after helping to increase the size of the business, I needed to gain exposure to a larger environment to progress my own career. I joined a large manufacturing company around Electronic Test and Measurement which progressed my skills onto more PC work, hardware work and then onto Server Operating Systems. I progressed again onto a consultancy company based in Reading, UK. Initially working as an engineer performing hardware / software installations for larger companies contracted out to the consultancy company, I moved up into a Consultant position continuing my travel across the UK assisting and providing solutions to companies. I finally moved on again to my current position, working back in Hertfordshire, UK. Again working for a large manufacturing company, this time with over 50,000 users worldwide. I am responsible for the datacenter hardware, the storage environment, the vmware environment and also implementing their new Citrix XenApp farm. My days are busy but also productive, its a friendly environment and in my four years of being with the company, I have seen many changes in technology and infrastructure in use within the company. About the site I started this site as I had been thinking of having more of a presence on the web for a while. On a daily basis, I perform tasks and use tools that others may not use or may not think to do and therefore I thought that I would share some of these experiences and tips with others to help with their day to day work. Currently, my main focus of work is around VMware and Veeam Backup & Replication but hopefully as my tasks progress, I’ll be able to share useful bits of information about other areas of IT as well.

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