I landed in Las Vegas about 9:30PM local time on Saturday evening, having not executed my plan to sleep on the flight! I had planned to sleep on the Toronto to Vegas leg, which would have meant I could head over to the Sips and Stogies pre-event, however a very rowdy hen do a couple of rows away meant that I didn’t sleep at all, so I grabbed a taxi down to my hotel, the Excalibur, and got myself checked in.
After a relatively decent sleep I headed of to registration, which was a really slick process once I joined the right wifi network! I grabbed my VMworld 2016 bag, which contained the standard water bottle, t-shirt and half a rain forest of advertising.
I headed over to the vbrownbag opening acts which included a vBrisket BBQ and finally managed to catch up with my colleage and chief troublemaker, Gregg.
There were some fantastic panel sessions covering how to get on in your career (Gina Minks (Moderator), Sean Massey, Tom Hollingsworth, John Arrasjid, Mike Letschin, Jeramiah Dooley), what’s coming in “next gen IT” (Jody Tyrus (Moderator), Tim Carr, David Klee, Guru Chahal, Josh Coen, Matt Brender), hyperconerged infrastructure (Scott D. Lowe (Moderator), Gabriel Chapman, Marcus Puckett, Howard Marks, Tim Antonowicz, Phoummala Schmitt) and automation (James Bowling (Moderator), Luc Dekens, Eric B Lee, Jon Hildebrand, Amy Manley, Kyle Ruddy). If you’re on twitter, you should be following all those guys – it’s amazing the breadth of talent the #vmunderground event attracts – not only on the panels but in the audience! (more…)