VMworld. One word says it all. VMworld is the the epicenter of x86 virtualization, the conference of the company that started the x86 virtualization revolution. Yes, there are other companies that provide virtualization solutions. And guess what, they will be there. They will be there, albeit in the Solutions Exchange, but they will be there.
Since VMware started offering x86 virtualization solutions, everyone else has been playing catchup. VMworld is where the newest virtualization solutions come to bear. Some offerings from VMware, others from third-parties, and others from competitors.
But that’s not what VMworld is really about. VMworld is about bringing people together to learn about virtualization. Whether they are consumers, solutions providers, or vendors. When VMware puts on VMworld, it isn’t just about the sales aspect. The breakout sessions and technology labs are a really big deal. Where else can so many different sessions on how to use virtualization, best practices, and training be found? Nowhere.
VMware training classes typically cost several thousand dollars, and typically only cover a single topic, or limited range of topics/products. VMworld covers every aspect of virtualization, whether it be through the sessions, labs, or interaction with those in the Solutions Exchange.
There it is, the magic word, interaction. Where else can so many virtualization enthusiasts be found in a single venue? Nowhere.
I have been to 3 VMworld conferences. 2005, 2006, and 2008. Each one of them brought me more understanding of virtualization technologies, as well as more interaction with others like me, those with their “boots on the ground.”
I am still hopeful I will be able to attend, because it is the virtualization place to be.
I hope to see you there.
Update: I will be there!