It’s been a hectic and exhausting week at my first VMworld. I’ve been to tech conferences (such as NetApp Insight), but never to anything of the sheer size and scale of this one. It’s not a storage conference, but you better believe storage was on the forefront of the conversation as the virtualization message starts to shift to converged, hyper-converged, flash and cloud.
Luckily for NetApp, we happen to have all of those bases covered already with FlexPod, EVO:RAIL, All-Flash FAS and Cloud ONTAP/NetApp Private Storage, as well as the NetApp Data Fabric.
My primary role at VMworld for NetApp was to man the NetApp booth and offer my knowledge and expertise regarding NetApp technology. I had some very good discussions with customers regarding their challenges and how they could potentially solve them. In the Meet the Engineer sessions I had, I made sure to emphasize that those customers should be doing an open and honest evaluation of their options for two reasons:
- Doing your homework is always a good thing.
- I was confident that once they did the research, they’d see that NetApp offered the most value.
While I was there, I managed to snap some photos of the booth and what we were doing.
Meet the engineer!
The illustrious All Flash FAS 8080
Dan Isaacs grinning about his Vaughn Stewart argument
The guys from TechONTAP solving real problems
Rachel Dines showing a customer how awesome AltaVault is
For more photos, check out the Google Album.
I also was here to meet new people, both at NetApp and in the tech community. I got to know a ton of really smart people and interacted with folks that I previously only knew on social media.
Some highlights (and blatant name dropping):
So my first VMworld is in the books and now I get to give my aching feet a break. Bring on the next one!