It was my second VMworld and the first one with ITQ. And because we attended VMworld with almost 40 people, we flew in different groups. My group arrived Sunday late afternoon. And as VMworld was on our way to the apartments, we stopped at VMworld to get our badges an already score some swag. ITQ had organized a dinner at the El Nacional. And because Barcelona is beautiful to see plus the restaurant wasn’t that far from the apartment, we decided to walk to the restaurant. While enjoying some good food and drinks meanwhile more and more of my colleagues landed in Barcelona and showed up at the restaurant.
Monday we decided to get up early and walk to the venue. It was about 5 kilometers it took us about an hour to get to the venue. On our way to the venue we got to play tourists. Taking pictures of buildings and monuments. That Monday, I only had one session and that was a four hour session about vSAN operations. And I must say that was a really informative session that had plenty of deep dive into vSAN.
Later that day Francisco went on stage during the general partner forum. That was really awesome to see! That wraps up my VMworld day one.
The whole team of ITQ got together at La Tramoia and while enjoying ourselves, we said goodbye to Monday and headed to Tuesday.
Tuesday was going to be a busy day so we decided to catch the metro to the venue. My agenda was filled with the performance series. I would recommend everybody to watch those sessions. For those who don’t know, you can watch (most) of the sessions online. All you need to do is log on to myvmwold.com and on the lower right side you will see a pane called “VMworld On-Demand Library”. I highly recommend the session of Valentin Bondzio (HBI2526BE – Extreme Performance Series: Performance Best Practices). His approach on performance was an eye opener for me. The session had plenty of technical depth and was the best session I attended that day.
What better way to end a busy VMworld day? Exactly… BeNeLux party! ITQ was one of the sponsors of the party and had some cool giveaways (custom Ajax/ITQ jerseys), super cool! While socializing and watching Ajax – Chelsea another great day came to his end.
Wednesday I woke up and I could feel my legs hurting, so I knew it’s time to take the metro to the venue. After the general session I had some spare time so I thought why not check out the solution exchange. As I hate spam (who doesn’t?) I was eager to keep my badge hidden! Hehehe! My colleague Rick Verstegen arranged a one-on-one session with John Dias (Senior Technical Marketing Architect specializing in Cloud Management solutions). That was a really cool setup to ask questions about vRealize Operations Manager 8.x. Sorry, NDA so I can’t tell you more about it. That was the only highlight of the day. The other sessions didn’t match my expectations.
And again what better way to end a VMworld day? Exactly… early to bed! Just kidding! After skipping the VMworld Fest we decided to head out into Barcelona city…
…and then all of a sudden it was Thursday. Time to pack our bags and fly back home.