VMWorld 2014, Day 0

I arrived here at VMWorld 2014 in San Francisco yesterday (Saturday) and the conference doesn’t actually start until tomorrow (Monday) so for the sake of organization I’m going to refer to the events of the past couple of days as Day 0. Yesterday after arriving and getting checked into the hotel I found myself right on time for registration to open up so I walked down. One of the nice thing about the conference being here in SFO is that most hotels are within a 1/2 mile walk to the Moscone. I was very surprised when I got there in that I believed myself to be coming very early and found a pretty significant line. It seems everybody comes early for this one. After that Jet Lag for the most part won and the rest of the day was given to getting past that with the notable exceptions of checking out both the vBeers and Community Kickoff events. Neither of these were sponsored events but well worth the time for the conversation.

So today evidently started with a Bucket List for many that in true Jim form I slept through. At approximately 3:20 AM Sunday a magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook the Bay Area, the largest since 1989. I’m not sure if my sleeping through it is a measure of how tired I was or how comfy Marriott beds are, but nonetheless I missed it entirely and learned about it as friends  back home started checking on me. Once up is when the schedule got crazy and I will use today to illustrate just how busy these things are.

  • 7:30-9:45 – Catch shuttle from Moscone West to the VMWorld Fun Run 5k at the beautiful Crissy Field, literally in the shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge. Included in the time is the shuttle back and forth in addition to actually running the race (29:04 was my time for those keeping track).
  • 10:00-12:00 – I had a few months back scheduled both the run and my VCP5-DCV at 11 AM without thinking about the time constraints. So I found myself going in and taking my exam, successfully (yay!), stinky and still in my running clothes.
  • 12:00-1:00 PM – Clean up quickly from the morning’s activities and grab some food. Both days so far I haven’t been able to make it past this food truck right on the route to Moscone called Señor Sisig, great food and I highly recommend it to any of my fellow attendees
  • 1:00-4:00 PM – As I mentioned in my last post VMWorld seems to do a great job of facilitating the community to interact. New this year to VMWorld the guys from vBrownBag and vmUnderground came together to create Opening Acts, a series of 6 panel discussions with some of the brightest minds in the fields including Social Media & your career, Storage, Networking, Cloud, Automation, and Infrastructure. I have to say I learned a great deal from these sessions and when the videos get posted I highly recommend them.
  • 4:00-6:30 PM – The welcome reception of in the vendor area for any conference as best I can tell is when the swag free for all is in full force. Vmware’s is no different. I tend to take the conservative approach of only hitting booths that a) I’m already a customer of or b) have a legitimate interest in the products so I won’t mind hearing from them. Even with that my backpack was heaping.
  • 7:00-8:00 – Writing this and getting cleaned up again. 🙂
  • 8:00-? – The evidently legendary VMUnderground party is tonight in the same space as Opening Acts today. I’ll be attending hoping to blow off some steam and reach out and meet some new people in our industry.

With all that said, it looks to be time to go and I’ll try to update with some pictures tomorrow.