I'm going to VMworld 2018 US, my 7th time attending, and I get to present!

Posted by Paul Braren on Jun 13 2018 (updated on Jun 14 2018) in
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  • I just got approval and booked my trip to VMworld yesterday, awesome! Like last year's retrospective, here's a summary look back at the variety of roles and activities I've done at VMworld over the years, ending with my plans for this year.

    VMworld 2007 / 2008 / 2012

    VMware's software defined storage, get your VVol [Virtual Volume] overview here!

    Back at my previous IBM job, I found ways to get to VMworld 3 times, as one of those employees who tried to keep up with VMware vSphere since the VMware GSX days of the early 2000s. Even had the chance to perform dozens of hands-on consulting jobs 2006 to 2009, but honestly, at VMworld, I barely knew anybody. It was actually a somewhat lonely experience, with my focus only on education and discounted certification testing. Years later, I sure realized that the more folks I met and befriended, the more fun attending became, and the more value I got from the experience.

    VMworld 2015

    Co-presenter/demonstrator of VMware VVols


    Later on, I got to help with the VVols announcement by doing live demos next to Eric Siebert at the top of the escalators at Moscone West, at the very last VMware Partner Exchange. Yes, that was the big vSphere 6.0 announcement, back on February 2nd of 2015.

    I was responsible for training my storage hardware technical peers in all-things-vSphery upon my return, which was fun to do, and quite a challenge.
    VMworld 2015 in pricey San Francisco was covered by my employer, when I was asked to do a live demo of VVols. Phew! What an honor, and a lot of fun and learning the rest of the week. Yes, I was able to present, attend sessions, and had blogger badge as well. Busy, educational, and fun!

    VMworld 2016


    As a continually busy content creator for my TinkerTry.com, I was again blessed with a blogger pass from Corey Romero at VMware, which wasn't exactly a secret. This pass made all the difference, relieving much of the financial strain of getting to VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas by covering the cost of the all access pass. That's right, I wouldn't have been able to attend without him, thank you again @vCommunityGuy!

    VMworld 2017

    Booth duty


    In 2017, I wasn't at VMworld as a blogger that gets to hang with Pat Gelsinger, but I'll certainly be blogging anyway. I'm mostly at VMworld this time to work, but as a VMware Systems Engineer for vSAN! It's great opportunity to meet with my customers too. My job is part of VMware SABU, the Storage and Availability Unit, and I know full well that a great majority of VMware employees don't get to go at all.

    In Vegas, it wasn't quite as hard to stay safe and save money as it was in San Francisco, but it's still pretty pricey, even for VMware sending its employees. I'm one of those people that doesn't mind working at events to earn my keep, having done so many times in the past. And I actually enjoy talking to people, people I know, and new people. I'm always the AV geek fixing projectors at user groups anyway, whether I'm presenting or attending. Seeing how it all goes down behind the scenes has always interested me.

    VMworld 2018



    Here's what I wrote last year:

    There are so many employees and IT heroes and vendor booths I hope to try to visit, and inevitably never enough time. That's OK, more reasons to look forward to hopefully attending in 2018, when I plan to submit presentation topics for a general session, and some topic ideas to the great folks who run the VMTN/vBrownBag community area.

    I'm quite happy to say that it worked out, a customer of mine submitted a topic that I'm co-presenting, many months ago. The call for papers process is a bit emotionally grueling, and I admit I've also experienced my share of many rejections over the years, this year included. I wasn't kind of bummed the proposed home lab related panel didn't work out. Never a great feeling, those feelings of dejection.

    Gladly, this year was different. A few minutes after the rejection, another email arrived:

    From: VMworld 2018 US [mailto:no-reply@vmware.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:46 PM
    To: Paul Braren
    Subject: Your VMworld 2018 US Session Proposal(s)


    Dear Paul,
    Congratulations! We are happy to announce that your session proposal(s) has/have been accepted for VMworld US, taking place at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV from August 26 – 30, 2018. To confirm your place in the program please accept your invitation, by logging into the Speaker Resource Center (SRC), no later than Friday, June 15, 2018.

    I can't share the details or session title quite yet, since my co-presenter doesn't quite have his final approvals squared away just yet. I should be able to share more details soon. This is a first for me, and quite an honor. So glad the lead presenter encouraged me to join him in this submission, I probably wouldn't be going to VMworld without him! My first time speaking at VMworld back in 2015 was really an IBM sponsored session, so this time extra special.

    Booth duty

    Looks likely I'll also have some hours at one of the storage related VMware booths, details on that still being squared away. Always a great chance to talk to VMware customers about a variety of interests, which I quite enjoy.

    Home Lab Demonstrating


    I will have my home lab gear with me this time, special thanks to Corey Romero for this opportunity! It will likely be somewhere in blogger area, details are still being worked out.

    Please don't be shy and introduce yourself to me, wherever you bump into me! I'm always happy to give out stickers, and/or do live demos of my home lab cluster. Who knows, I might even show you a live vMotion of an OS/2 VM, running on Optane storage. You think I'm kidding?

    Hopefully some TinkerTry readers who are also planning to attend VMworld 2018 can make sure our paths cross at some point Las Vegas, with @paulbraren being the best way to reach me while there, or contact me by email in advance.

    vBrownBag TechTalk

    I submitted a proposal for a 27 minute session about NVMe SSD storage technology, but I won't know if it's accepted until some time after submissions close on June 30th. Fingers crossed!

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