Well, VMWorld2015 has come to a close, and i’m safely back in the real world.
Overall, I felt really happy about the conference. A couple over things I took away
VMWare has a real focus on Software Defined Networking - So many sessions focused on designing, implementing, automating, and maintaining (Day 2 Operations) of the SDDC suite. We’re in exciting times with this. I’m no one of those guys that thinks the network team is going to be marginalized - I think their roles are going to be all the more critical now as we shift the repetitious work off of them. It’s uncomfortable now, it’s going to get better.
The future of the vRealize Automation suite is glorious - Unified blueprints thought the merging of Application Services, NSX Automation, and vRealize Automation. Tight integration with the other VMWare suite of products.
vRealize Orchestrator is the business - Learn it, leverage it, love it, automate with it. Every session I attended had call outs for integration with Orchestrator. It’s an incredibly powerful tool and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how much more I need to learn. Its uses are only limited by what you can step through process wise and design.
I have a lot of lessons learned from VMWorld. Things that people told me I needed to do, that I ignored. Things I knew I needed to do that I didn’t get around to. A few of those thoughts are below.
Be Social - I focused so much on learning, that I feel like i missed out on some great opportunities to do knowledge transfer and network with some of the top players in the game.
Attend Parties - I wasn’t very strategic about what I attended. Next year I’d like to attend more parties where the people I’m really interested in are at. Networking is critical in this business, and I don’t think NSX will help automate it :)
Hands on Labs - Some people say not to do these, because they end up available weeks later via the website, but I think the expert led ones actually would’ve been really good to attend
Take Good Notes - Having better notes makes writing blog posts about the stuff you see a heck of a lot easier. Imagine that!
Anywho - that’s about all I have to say about VMWorld2015. Hopefully i’ll get a VMWorld2016 to write about next time!