VMWorld 2014—No Limits! is here. Already the buzz is phenomenal, and the hype is really just ramping up. So what are we expecting this year? A few things...and I am sure there will be some surprises, too.
Whether it's EMC, VMware, Cisco, or any other number of companies, there are a number of internal code names for projects (i.e., Project X) that are expected to be announced this week during the conference. Speculation is not quite as high as the rumors for the iPhone 6, but pretty close. Look for updates from me throughout the week as these projects are released.
Last year, I think I counted 22 different startups in the Solutions Exchange where all the vendor sponsors gather (I think entry-level sponsorship is ~$25k). This year, I have already seen a couple of new ones I have not heard of before, so I will be checking them out. There is still a lot of speculation around the so-called "software-defined data center" and what that will look like in the long term, and this is the fertile ground in which startups sow their seed.
The Twitterverse has made it possible for IT employees, aficionados, and über-geeks to interact via the Internet and other social media outlet—though Twitter is certainly the mainstay of these. For me, last night was filled with "Oh, you're @_______. Good to finally meet you." Above the technology, VMworld is about relationships, both personal friendships that will develop and professional relationships that will extend a person's ability to learn, grow, and operate professionally.
I am here to learn. I always learn so much at VMworld. Whether it is VCDX Bootcamp, the VMware Hands-on-Labs, break-out sessions, or just conversations over any number of meals, I am constantly learning—which is a must for any IT professional, as the landscape changes so quickly.