My VMworld2013 Survival kit

vmw2013-map-moscone-campusIt is that time of the year where conferences are blooming all over Uncle Sam land. From East to West, North to South, everyone in North America (and beyond) is getting ready for it.


As i was writing this post, a question came up… Why the US land is referred to as “The land of Uncle Sam”?

My preliminary findings, that might not be the most accurate one is that in the year 1812, a large quantity of provisions for the army was purchased at Troy, N.Y., by Elbert Anderson, a government contractor. The goods were inspected by two brothers, Ebenezer and Samuel Wilson. The last named was invariably known among the workmen as “Uncle Sam.” The packages were marked E.A.-U.S. On being asked the meaning of these initials, a workman jokingly replied that he didn’t know unless they meant Elbert Anderson and Uncle Sam. So, the title became current among the workmen, soldiers, and people, and the United States Government is now known affectionately as “Uncle Sam”.

Uncle Sam became a useful, popular icon in cartoons, much like the John Bull character who represented the United Kingdom. John Bull and Uncle Sam have squared off in hundreds of political cartoons throughout the years.

In a nutshell, Uncle Sam (initials U.S.) is a common national personification of the American government that, according to legend, was named for Samuel Wilson, a meat purveyor to the United States army during the War of 1812.

Hum… I did not know that …. interesting


So, The last week of August is typically a week where all bells are ringing: VMWorld is taking on the floor.

It will start on August 25th in San Francisco, California at the Moscone Center and conclude 4 days later with a myriad of training sessions, keynotes, presentations, product announcements and opportunities to network and get you up to your next certification level.

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A long way…

i was reading on the VMWorld2013 web site and remember my first 2004 experience. I frankly didn’t know we were less than 2000 attendees and 30 sponsors, and when i looked at my last attendance to the conference, it has surely been a journey for VMware to accommodate 21000 tech geeks from all over the world.

Vmware has certainly been a true game changer in the datacenter space. I have a few seasons behind me and i have been a privileged witness of the tremendous changes it generated for the businesses financials. With a Go To Market like : “Minimize IT infrastructures” and “Maximize competitive value, agility and profitability” we were all over it! And  today, what to say about the “Software Defined DataCenter”?? Steve Herrod is a hero!


For the Engineers in us,  over 350 technical sessions and labs will be provided covering the latest and greatest about virtualization of course, along with a strong ephasis on innovations in the data center for storage, networking, security, management, workforce mobility and hybrid cloud services. Get your brain ready! and your fingers because you’ll be entering a lot of parameters, configure, destroy, fail, succeed and feel rewarded by the experience. Take the time to understand the Software Defined DataCenter… my advise; i am discussing with more and more organizations all over North America and they all want one thing: Get that investment to auto-generate profits through a simple and user intuitive single point of management.

i have enjoyed the vCD journey and surely enhanced by vCAC, you have there two pillars of the most compelling offer in the market space. This is an area where organizations will see the next savings they are looking for, and that will have a direct impact on how your doing your day-to-day. Become the teacher, and guide non-computer savvy on how to deploy their own virtual content! I found there is there a huge opportunity to enhance the value we are, individually, bringing to our organizations


Looking for researches or what vendors are working for? What’s in their technology pipeline? Always wonder how Cisco UCS differentiate itself from HP, IBM or Dell? Solution Exchange is the place to be. Give it a try and review the latest competitive solutions side-by-side with more than 275 sponsors and exhibitors. Cut the FUD and get the real life, real time vision to separate hype from reality when making purchasing decisions

Truly giving the opportunity to interact with the most forward-thinking IT solution providers that showcase their products the Solution Exchange is the place to check in with your current vendors and check out the hottest technologies to add to your IT toolbox is not something that happens every day and for an engineer the right moment to touch it, feel it and understand it through deep dive technology talk.


With so much content, so much sessions, so much people to meet, such a large event with so many professionals, in a City that could be far far away, it is a good thing to get ready… and you have 7 days to do so.

i have gathered what i thing is the minimal you should know and use when planning to go and one you’ve arrived. SFO is a beautiful city, and the people warm and welcoming. Don’t lose time by searching around what you need to do, how to plan your sessions, where is the hotel…etc.

So to simplify it, here’s my “Survival Kit” :

  1. Schedule Builder
  2. Sponsors list
  3. Hotels list
  4. VMworld2013 GatheringSSSSSSSSS
  5. VMworld San Francisco 2013 Social Media Details

In Conclusion

After a week of “brain surgery” if i may call it this way, the traditional closing party is definitely something you don’t want to miss and it is a sweet way for Vmware to say “Thank you”. VMware is among the most generous vendors and i strongly suggest you don’t miss the opportunity to attend it.

This year’s VMworld party will be held at the AT&T park (if you don’t know…. it’s the home of the San Francisco Giants

For the occasion, the park will be completely transformed and you will experience exciting carnival rides and interactive midway games…. with a stunning backdrop of the gorgeous San Francisco Bay.

Enjoy it and give me your feedback after the fact

Stay focus

Cheers friends.


About florenttastet

As an IT professional and leader, my objective is to help an organization grow its IT department with new and innovative technologies in order to have production at the most efficient level ensuring the right alignment in the deployment of such technologies through a precise Professional Services results in a extraordinary experience for the customer. Team member of multiple projects, I have developed a strict work ethic allowing development of superior communication skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and meet precise deadlines. As an IT veteran with a broad background in consulting, management, strategy, sales and business development, I have developed an deep expertise in virtulization using VMware and Citrix products with a strong skillset on Storage Arrays (HP, EMC, Netapp, Nimble & IBM). I have also developed a Security practice through CheckPoints NGX R65-R66 (CCSA obtained) and Cisco PIX-ASA product line. Specialties: Microsoft infrastructure products; Monitoring HPOV, SCOM, CiscoWorks, Firewalls: checkpoint, PIX and ASA. Virtualization with VMware (ESX through vSphere & View/Horizon), Microsoft (Hyper-V server, VDI and App-V), Citrix (Xenserver, XenDesktop, Xenapp), Storage (EMC, HP, Netapp, Nimble & IBM), Reference Architectures and Converged Datacenters (vSPEX, Flexpod, vBlock, PureFlex & HP Matrix)
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