San Francisco bound for VMworld 2012!

I’m leaving for San Francisco tomorrow, where I’ll have the privilege of representing Brocade at VMworld for the 4th year in a row. We are a Platinum sponsor with a 30×30 space at booth #901, see attached map so you can find us. Brocade will be presenting 3 “must-see” sessions this year:

Monday, August 27th:

  • SPO3283 “Deploying Large-Scale Virtual End User Computing Across Data Centers with Business Continuity and Continuous End-to End Monitoring”
    by Chip Copper – Global Solutions Architect, Brocade

Tuesday, August 29th:

  • SPO3284 – “Disaster Avoidance for Mission Critical Applications using Metro vMotion”
    by Jon Hudson – Virtualization Jedi, Brocade
  • SS1003 “Building the Next Generation Data Center for the Cloud”
    by Chip Copper – Global Solutions Architect, Brocade

I’m looking forward to seeing many of my social media friends that I only get to see once or twice a year, so I hope everyone has a chance to drop by and say hello. I’m also thrilled to be participating in EMC’s Annual #v0dgeball Charity Tournament 2012 this year for the first time.  This is a rules-based dodge ball tournament to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, and it should be a lot of fun.  Stay tuned to this blog for pictures and videos of the event on Sunday!

EMC World 2012 – Where’s Charles?

I’m excited to be back in Las Vegas this week for EMC World 2012! My employer is an Elite Sponsor again this year, so you will find me in booth #426 doing demos and talking about all of great things that Brocade is doing with EMC these days. There are a lot of folks that I only see once or twice per year, or I only know through social media, so I do hope everyone will try to stop by and say hello. The Solutions Pavilion opens today (Monday, May 21st) at 5:00 pm PDT.
If I’m not working the booth (they do give me occasional breaks) then I can probably be found at the Blogger’s Lounge. siliconANGLE has theCube setup here again this year, with some excellent content teed up. Speaking of which, Brocade CEO Michael Klayko will be streaming live at 2:45 pm PDT today, so don’t miss it! (More on this later, so stay tuned!)

It’s all about ME: Confessions of a Domain junkie

Today I registered “CharlesHood.Me” and “CharlesHood.Org” domain names, and redirected them here to my main site at CharlesHood.Net.  Kudos to Hover, my registrar of choice, for their genius marketing campaign — they emailed me to let me know that the domains were available.  Yes, they know all too well… I’m a domain junkie.  But how important are domain names now in the age of social media?  It seems most of my interactions these days are either on my Facebook page or on Twitter, not this blog.  So tell me dear readers, did I just blow $25?  Sound off in the comments!

Microsoft TechEd, May 16 – 19, 2011


  • I will be working the Brocade kiosk (booth #7) in the Microsoft Private Cloud Partner Pavilion:
Microsoft TechEd, May 16 - 19, 2011 - Private Cloud Partner Pavilion


I’ll be talking about Brocade solutions for Hyper-V, SharePoint, Exchange, SQL Server, Lync, and SCOM.

Don’t miss the Tweetup on Monday, May 16, in the Microsoft Server & Cloud Platform Booth at 12:30pm!

Hope to see you there!


VMworld 2011 Session Voting

It’s time for VMworld 2011 Session Voting, and the process couldn’t be easier.  Just login to (or create an account) and click “Vote Now” on the right side of the page under Session Voting.  Find the session name you want and click the Thumbs Up icon.  (Click OK to confirm – the icon should turn green to indicate a successful vote!)

Here are the three Brocade sessions:

  • 3182 – “Scaling Virtualized Data Centers with Cloud-Optimized Networks” –
  • 3185 – “Virtual End User Computing with VMware View and Brocade’s VCS Technology” –
  • 3200 – “Delivering Business Continuity Solution with VMware” –

You only have until May 18th, so get clicking!


P.S.  My friend Tommy Trogden (aka @vTexan) could use your votes as well!  Details here.