Thursday, September 2, 2010

VMWorld Wednesday

Today I noticed three things:

1) All the good sessions ran today.

2) Lines for everything!

3) You can't do back-to-back sessions all day without burning out.

Today's sessions were not to be missed, and everybody knew it because lines starting forming 45 minutes before some sessions. VMWorld has been on their toes, however: I didn't miss any session that I wanted to hit, and the most popular sessions from Monday and Tuesday got added back to the schedule on Wednesday and Thursday so everyone would have a crack at them. This is some very nimble work for a conference this big. Well done, VMWorld!

Here's the photolog:

My morning run takes me down to ferry building and up the Embarcadero. Here's the view at sunrise.

This lovely scene is the hallway in my hotel. Creepy, but swank!

Lines! Today was the day of lines! This was the line first thing in the AM for the Labs.

More sidewalk art outside of Moscone South.

Bean-bag Alley - where people and devices go to recharge.

The line for the Active Directory session. Yes, it extends all the way into the distance. And yes, I made it into the session!

The exhibit floor! This is where geeks get our wardrobe. I have 17 T-Shirts from the conference.

VMWare Party Wagon!


The view from above. I snuck into the press area for a second to snap this photo from the mezzanine. 
Blogger Powers, Activate!

HP. Lots of HP lovin'. Their new G7 servers running VMWare can replace 15 G4 servers. The electricity saved alone buys the new server in 3 months. Sheesh.

These guys? Not working.
Great shot of the freebie VMWare 2010 backpacks we got, though!

Say, "Cadillac"! This one's for Randall.

Well, well, well. An historic carousel, where have I spotted one of these before?

So the conference day winds down and it's time for 17,000 I.T. nerds to party. What does that look like you ask? Let me show you:

VMware Saloon on the Green.
By "Saloon" they mean: "booze + 80's cover band". I saw no swinging doors, which I thought was essential for "Saloon-ness".

Pool tables outside. Also, a picture with more than two women in it. Both novelties at this conference. More women in I.T.!

Slot Car! Slightly more popular than the 80's cover band playing.

99 Luftballoons in German was impressive, though. 


Mostly Dudes.

So, bless those VMware folk. They threw one swank-ass party. It was like one of those parties you see in movies, it was so swank. This was the "Taste of Heaven" room, with sampler foods and groovy DJ beats. 

The problem? No matter how swank a party you throw, there's 17000 people, and 16900 of them are dudes.

Here we see the VMWorld attendees in our native habitat. In front of Tekken 5.


Very important iconography. Future anthropologists will be puzzling over this one for sure.

Geek Slingshot.

Geek Ball.

The other 80's cover band, INXS. Of course, they were covering their own material. 


More INXS. 

INXS in excess.

Turns out, us nerds love us some INXS. Or free booze. Or Both. The concert actually got to rocking pretty hard for a bunch of I.T. folk after three days of conference-going.

Thus ends Day 3 of VMWorld. Tomorrow is the big finale! I get to make my CIO jealous because at 9AM, Pranav Mistry is presenting at the general session.

More to follow!

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