VMworld 2014 Wednesday Recap

After all the partying that I did Tuesday evening, it was hard for me to getup and get going.

I attended STO2480 – Software Defined Storage – The VCDX Way Part II : The Empire Strikes Back

Then I hung out in the Hang Space a little while before the VMUG Leader Lunch.

A couple months ago I became one of the leaders of the St Louis VMUG, so I had the opportunity to attend the VMUG Leader Luncheon.

  • They provided us with a great lunch and a small gift bag.
  • An updated was provided on the status of VMUG
  • Awards were passed out to various leaders.
  • VMware’s top brass was in attendance for Q&A.  Pat Gelsinger CEO, Ben Faithi CTO, and Raghu Raghuram EVP SDDC sat on stage to answer questions.

VMUG Lunch Q&A

After the Q&A was over I was able to get a picture with Pat Gelsinger.  This was the highlight of my day.

Pat & I

After the VMUG Leader Lunch I attended EUC1744 – What’s New in VMware Workstation.  I always attend this session.  I use VMware Workstation a lot of love to hear what new features are being added.  The other reason I love to attend this session is because you receive a key for the next release of VMware Workstation.

There was another session I was scheduled to go to today, but I went back to my room and took a nap.  There was no way I was going to be able to go to the VMworld Party if I did not get some rest.

After a good nap I made my way down to Yerba Buena Gardens for the start of the VMworld Party.  After seeing a few thousand people waiting in line at the Moscone North entrance, I decided to see if there was another entrance with a few less people.  I am glad I did, because there was an entrance on Mission street that only have about 30 people waiting.

Yerba Buena Gardens

After getting in I had some food and drinks and watch the entertainment.  I did not stay too long because there was nothing really to hand out that long for.  The food was not that great.  Plus I wanted to be in front of the line when the doors opened for The Back Keys.


I was so glad I left Yerba Buena Gardens early because the line to get into see The Back Keys filled up fast.

The Back Keys

Doors finally opened and everyone rushed to the front of the stage.  I am not a huge Black Keys fan, but I like going to concerts.  I thought they put on a good show.  I thought many of there songs sounded a like, but over all it was a good show.

After the show I was invited to go out for drinks, but I had to get up early to fly home the next day, so I went back to the hotel room and instantly fell asleep.


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