Are you going to VMworld Europe 2016 in Barcelona? If yes, the chances that we will meet there are high: I had the luck and privilege to be granted a VMware Blogger Pass.
I’m very excited about this new opportunity and am deeply grateful to the VMware folks who considered my blogger pass submission. I count on my good friends in the community to provide their advice about the do’s & don’ts – where to go, what to do, what to avoid. This will be my very first VMworld, 8 years after discovering virtualization, and 4 years since being first nominated a VMware vExpert. And less obviously, my first time in the Iberic peninsula as well.
Although everybody expects major announcements at VMworld US, I am certain that there will be a lot to cover in Barcelona and this promises to be a great time. The Dell acquisition is a pivotal (pun intended) moment in the EMC / VMware history. I expect to hear a couple exciting announcements on VMware’s core product, their ESXi hypervisor. A few analysts have already provided their view of what VMware may announce, whether it is about general strategy and about their cloud offering.
VMware is not the underdog it used to be but still, even if x86 server virtualization has been around for a decade (for such a long time that it has become the standard platform for x86 workload provisioning), they have proved that they can catch up rapidly. VSAN anyone? The jump from v1 to v6.2 was tremendous. Maybe the DELL acquisition will mean new energy, new aspirations and more appetite. Maybe I’m too optimistic. In any case, we’ll see in a few weeks!
See you in Barcelona!