VMware PEX 2011 – Day One
Today is the first day of VMware Partner Exchange 2011 in Orlando. It’s again at DisneyWorld as two years ago. Unlike last time, the conference hotel Coronado is too far for me to walk over. As a result, I have to take bus back and forth. Other than this small inconvenience, DisneyWorld is really a pleasant place for conference.
Together with the main event, there are other smaller events like ISV forum for software vendors, VCDX certification at Contemporary Hotel. My colleague Justin Murray, who is behind the famous Java on ESX white paper, introduced VMware vFabric at the ISV forum. For folks who don’t know about vFabric yet, it’s a brand name for a collection of products that fit in platform layer in a similar way as vSphere for infrastructure layer. The core of the vFabric is Spring family and thereafter acquisitions like RabbitMQ, GemFire, and etc. For more details of vFabric, you can check here. If you are interested in the latest development, you should follow Carter Shanklin (@cshanklin) who is now vFabric product manager.
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Like most other events, the partner exchange started with a reception party at the same place of SolutionExchane exhibition. I really like this mixture where you can talk to vendors and other partners while enjoying good food/beer/wine. Since I was mainly around VMware booth introducing and demoing products, I didn’t get much chance to walk around and chat with vendors/partners, which I think is the most fun of an event. But I did talk to Dell evangelist Kong Yang before the reception party today. If you are interested in cool projects at Dell TechCenter, you should follow him (@KongYang) on twitter. I will try to chat with more vendors and partners tomorrow while I am off duty. So stay tuned.