A few of my favorite things from VMworld2009, so far

I’ve been here at VMworld2009 in San Francisco since Sunday.  Monday was Partner Day and marked the unofficial first day of the event.  Yesterday, however, was the actual first day, open to all attendees.  There is much coverage of the event by numerous bloggers, so I won’t reinvent the wheel and bore you with duplicate content.  Instead, here are a few of my favorite things, so far (we’ve to two more days).  Oh, and this is by no means a complete list.  there are a LOT of cool things happening here and I don’t have the time and/or energy to write about all of them.

John Troyer Streaming Live from the Solutions Exchange

First, I often find myself watching John Troyer’s live coverage from the Solutions Exchange.  Which is weird because I could literally walk there in about 2 minutes.  But when I’m in my room in between meetings, it’s nice to have it on in the background so I can listen in on all the stuff I’m missing.  And John has been interviewing some very cool people.  

Check it out here … http://www.ustream.tv/channel/vmworld

 

vCloud Express

The vCloud Express is …

The VMware vCloud™ Express service delivers the ability to provision infrastructure on-demand, via credit card, and pay for use by the hour. As a VMware Virtualized ™ service, it ensures compatibility with other VMware environments both internally and with external services.

(Taken from http://www.boche.net/blog/index.php/2009/09/01/vmware-announces-vcloud-express/)

VMware actually demoed vCloud Express with Terramark, one of the service providers in the program.  It was pretty slick to see them simply add some user and credit card information and then spin up a VM quickly and easily on stage. 

Now that I’m having serious power problems in my house because of my home lab (hence the reason this blog keeps going up and down), I really think I’ll be using vCloud Express very soon.

 

SpringSource

VMware’s acquisition of SpringSource was actually announced weeks ago, but this was the first time there was really any lengthy discussion about it.  Frankly, the SpringSource acquisition is probably the thing that I am most excited about.  And I personally believe it will play a significant role in VMware’s future.  There is actually a lot of things I’d like to say about this, but will save it for a later post.

 

Running VMware View / RDP sessions on your iPhone with the Wyse Pocket Cloud client

Given the fact that I “eat the dog food” and actually run my VMware corporate desktop as a VMware View image, and I am also an iPhone user, I think this is super slick and something I know I will use …

 

A Shameless Plug

The folks over at Virtual Strategy Magazine have asked me to do a video blog of the event.  Our first recording was last night and I would guess they’ll have it posted sometime today.  When it’s up on their site, you can find it here … http://www.virtual-strategy.com/VMworld-2009.html

Also, if you’re here at VMworld and undecided about your Thursday schedule, why not come to my session?  :)  I’ll be presenting at 10AM in room 135.  The topic?  How to convert old PCs to thin clients using a Linux OS and the VMware View Open Client.  Hope to see you there!

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