VMworld 2014 – So far

Well I have been in San Francisco since Saturday and I am already exhausted. Lot of great tech and even more great people. VMworld 2014 “officially” kicked off today but there was a lot of things going on before the conference. This is my first VMworld and I was not exactly sure what to expect, but so far the conference has been a great experience. Just a short post about what I have been up to so far.

On Sunday I stopped in the VCDX Study Session sponsored by Nutanix. Pretty cool thing they have going on there giving tips and letting future VCDX’s practice parts of the defense. It was a huge help to me when I was preparing and I am glad to see they are continuing on with it.


Sunday was also the v0dgeball tournament and that was a fun time for a great cause. I think I heard them announce that they had raised over $20k for the Wounded Warrior Project. That is amazing!

Sunday evening was the VMunderground party. This was a really great time! Awesome venue and lots of great people. A lot of folks there that I have known for a long time only by their Twitter handle, it was great to finally meet them in real life. Big kudos to the folks that organized this.

This morning I had the pleasure of having pCoffee (Physical Coffee) with the vCoffee folks that I have been virtually sharing my Saturday morning coffee with for about the last year and a half or so. @coolsport00, @susangude, @mattvogt, and @tscalzott it was great to finally meet you guys. I hope we can meet up again for coffee before the week ends.


After coffee this AM, I went to the general session. Then on to a few sessions. Attended a great Storage DRS deep dive session and a really good VDPA/vSphere Replication session. I also attended a VSAN session which was OK but I had already attend a similar one at PEX a few months back and it was really the same information.

I roamed around the Solution Exchange for a bit, picked up some swag, and a few great vExpert gifts (Thanks Tegile, SimpliVity, and COHO Data). Then I spent a little time in the hang space chatting with folks and listening to the vBrownBag Tech Talks – a lot of great topics be presented there as well. Saw a pretty good Tech Talk on the new EVO:Rail – pretty interesting new platform.

Headed out to a few parties tonight but none of them were really my kind of scene (not sure I have a scene but if I do it isn’t that). Too crowded and too loud. All good cause I am exhausted anyway so figured I would type this out, call it an early night, and try to get a good nights sleep. Looking forward to tomorrow…


Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for HPE SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc

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