VMworld 2007 – Day 3

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I was expecting more hippies, with long hair, and piercings and hip clothes and stuff. – Joe
Not from Corporate IT, dude. – Scott
Oh, yeah. – Joe

It’s strange. I think of VMware as so cutting edge that I just assume that their adopters are really going to be edgy, too. But I noticed that there is so little variation in the people here; white men, in their 30s to 40s, button-downs and polos, with khakis everywhere. The occasional woman (I’ve been sitting in the main hall for about 15 minutes now and I counted only three women walking through the door). It’s making me contemplative.

The quote above, too, is telling. There is a cost-barrier-to-entry for VMware; I think it’s about $5000 for every 2-cpu license; not typically in the ballpark for the hipster startups.

But enough of the sociological survey (at least for now…I’ve got some ideas brewing).

Today’s VMworld schedule is similar to yesterday’s.

  • 8am – 9:30am | General Session (aka Keynote address)
  • 10am – 11am | VMTN Community Experts LIVE (Panel)
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | Virtualizing Exchange 2007 – The Final Frontier? (presented by Dell)
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm | The Green Grid’s Recommended Best Practices for Data Center Energy Efficiency
  • 2pm – 3pm | ESX Server 3 – Patch Management
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm | The Complete Clustering How-to with VMware Infrastructure and Microsoft Cluster Server
  • 5pm – 6pm | Tips and Tricks – Disaster Recovery in a Box

Again, translated from Geek-to-English for my non-VMware-savvy readers:

  • 8am – 9:30am | Some CEO is gonna be talkin’, but then there’s a panel on Energy Efficiency (w00t!)
  • 10am – 11am | Panel of people who spend a lot of their time online answering questions from other people who spend a lot of their time online (including me)
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm | How you can get Exchange 2007 support from Microsoft, even though they can’t officially support it in virtualization
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm | The awesomest presentation of the whole show.
  • 2pm – 3pm | Keep your servers safe from harm
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm | Keep your servers available 24×7
  • 5pm – 6pm | What to do if the floor falls out from under you.

As you might be able to tell, I’m totally excited for the Energy Efficiency panel as well as the Green Grid’s presentation on Data Center efficiencies.

I forgot to mention that IBM’s presentation on Going Green yesterday was actually really cool, and gave me some ideas on what we can do back in Philly. Oh, and I think I need to get a title-change to be “Greengineer”, along with my “Chief Blogging Officer” colleague, Scott.

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