VMworld Europe 2016 – Build up

So the time has come for another VMworld.  I’m writing this as I sit in an airport on my way off to Barcelona.

I feel like this VMworld could be different to ones that I’ve been to previously.  I think that VMware will be making some big announcements at the European conference this week… Most notably could be the announcement of the general availability of vSphere 6.5.  Obviously this is only rumour but vSphere 6.5 has been in beta for a number of months and was tipped to be announced at the US conference.  As it happens, the announcements at the US conference didn’t include the vSphere announcement and many feel that the announcements weren’t that significant.  The Europe conference has often been seen as the poor brother of the US conference simply because all of the main announcements are always made at the US conference.  I think that VMware may look to buck this trend this year with the vSphere 6.5 announcement taking place at the Europe conference.

Other interesting items is that it is believed that Michael Dell may appear on stage with Pat Gelsinger during the general session on Tuesday.  Although this is the first year that VMware has been part of Dell, I think that we’ll begin to see more influences from Dell within VMware during this conference and over the coming year… Even though VMware is going to continue to function independently.

Anyone who knows me will know that I have always been a big fan and supporter of Veeam.  This year sees Veeam hit a big milestone, they turn 10 years old.  I’ve been using their Backup & Replication software since version 3 and was one of the first to utilize the software in the UK… I’ve seen many changes with the company and the software since those early days and it just keeps getting better and better.  I wish everyone at Veeam the very best for the future and also recognize the people that helped Veeam in the earlier days before moving on to other things.  I’m also looking forward to helping Veeam celebrate their birthday at their VMworld Europe party.

As I edge closer to my flight leaving, my thoughts turn to Barcelona and the welcome that everyone seems to get during every visit… I also think about the fact that there is the Barcelona vs Manchester City football match on Wednesday.

Anyway, time for me to go now.

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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