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Our First Community Meetup Event

Our first community meetup event on Wednesday night was a great success. It attracted about 200 developers/QAs and administrators globally either on site or online with live streaming. An EMC development team flied all the way from Irvine to join us; so did Huawei Symantec from Chengdu of China.

At the end of the meetup, we gave way 20 copies of these books: VMware VI and vSphere SDK by me, VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical deepdive (Volume 1) by Duncan Epping, VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration by Luc Dekens and Alan Renouf, and VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise: Planning Deployment of Virtualization Servers (2nd Edition) by Edward Haletky; and many gadgets.

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We know our attendees took their personal time mainly not for our giveaways, but want to learn, network and have fun. So from 7:00 to 8:35PM eight of distinguished speakers gave 8 tech talks on various topics as listed in my previous post. We are working to make the slides downloadable and post the recorded talks online. So stay tuned…

For the networking side, hiring managers and recruiters from VMware, EMC, Juniper, Huawei Symantec had brought many career opportunities. As one email sent to me after the meetup says, “I especially liked the first part where people could call out that they were hiring!” Yes, this is a community event. Helping people to grow is one of our priorities.

The event was not possible without sponsorships from VMware and EMC. I would like thank them for the sponsorship. To get a lot of works done, I am also lucky to have my colleagues at VMware to help out so we can have a nice venue, food, drinks, etc. In particular, I would like to thank Pablo Roesch, Sheela Toor, Luke Kilpatrick, Michele Rioux, Sheryl Sage, Tsun Tsun Ho, Gilbert Lau, Stanley Ho, Matt Dhuyvetter, Lan Xue,  Zhaoyu (Christina) Qian, Nancy Mojica, Lu Yu, Rich Hogan, Doris Lippitt, John Troyer for supporting the event. I am so proud to be part of VMware team with these great colleagues. Thank you all!

Here are several pictures taken from the meetup (courtesy of Gilbert Lau):