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!
It’s time for VMworld 2011 Session Voting, and the process couldn’t be easier. Just login to vmworld.com (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” –http://goo.gl/Yy5ja
- 3185 – “Virtual End User Computing with VMware View and Brocade’s VCS Technology” – http://goo.gl/a3aQQ
- 3200 – “Delivering Business Continuity Solution with VMware” –http://goo.gl/PlYzU
You only have until May 18th, so get clicking!
Congratulations to Rainer Domke who won Brocade’s big $16,000 give-away at EMC World this year! Brocade Vice President Charlie Leeming was on-hand to present the check.
The big news on Wednesday was the Arrow announcement of an integrated, cloud-optimized solution bundle called CloudTrack that features best-in-class products from EMC, VMware and Brocade. I can’t wait to start talking to EMC resellers about this solution!
I actually had to leave EMC World early this year, so in my stead, I’d like to point you to the following two blog posts for a wrap-up:
- The first one is from Ian Whiting (aka @IanTheBlog), SVP of Worldwide Sales at Brocade, in a blog post titled, “Speed Dating in Sin City.”
- The second is from Emory Epperson and Pavel Radda with their Ethernetfabric.com debut post titled, “Postcard from Vegas – EMC World & Interop 2011.”
See you next year!
The crowd was excellent on Tuesday, with no loss of enthusiasm whatsoever. Booth traffic was heavy. Our “game show” format was a big hit; Ken Newman really knows how to engage the audience. (Nice job as always Ken!)
The highlight of the day, for me, was the opportunity to meet Brocade CEO Michael Klayko before his interview by SiliconANGLE on theCube. (You may think it’s funny that I haven’t met our CEO in person, but remember I’m a field guy in Atlanta, I’m never at HQ in San Jose.) Mike did a great job on the interview, he really knocked it out of the park. If you missed it live, the replay is available here. After the interview, I was able to snap this photo of Stuart Miniman, Dave Vellante, and John Furrier posing with Mr. Klayko.
Spring is in the air, and you know what that means… EMC World is right around the corner! EMC World will be held in Las Vegas this year on May 9-12 at The Venetian, and if you’re not yet onboard with social media, now is the time. Social media is huge at EMC World, and it’s a great way to keep your fingers on the pulse of what’s going on at the conference. Here are a few things that I recommend to get ready for EMC World:
- “Like” the EMC World page on Facebook, this is how I first found out that The Fray will be the band for the customer appreciation event on Wednesday night.
- “Follow” @EMCWorld on Twitter, another great source of information. Once the conference begins you will want to monitor the #EMCWorld hash tag to stay connected to what’s going on.
- If you are a blogger, be sure to sign up for the Blogger’s Lounge on Len Devanna’s blog.
- If your spouse is accompanying you to Las Vegas, make sure they know about Spousetivities.
- Start planning your sessions now, the Agenda Builder is your friend!
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so leave a comment and let me know what I’ve left out. Hope to see you at the conference!
Day 3 was another big day at EMC World. It was the last day the Exhibition hall was open, and we went out with a bang. The big press release news of the day was that the Brocade Encryption Switch won the EMC Partner Solution Award for Best New Offering for RSA.
At 2 PM we held the drawing for our big $10,000 give away. Brocade VP Charlie Leeming was on hand as master of ceremonies to announce the winner. Four runners up were awarded iPads before the final drawing for the grand prize. After a couple of false starts due to no-shows, the prize was ultimately awarded to the gentleman in the picture on the left. Pictures from the ceremony, as well as pictures of the runners up can be found on Flickr. Congratulations to all the winners!
At 4:15 PM we had the distinct honor of being interviewed by EMC’s Stuart Miniman, broadcasting live from the Blogger’s Lounge at EMC World. On the hot seat were Doug Ingraham, Brocade Vice President of Product Management, and myself, to talk about Converged Networking and the EMC/Brocade partnership. Mr. Miniman was a gracious host, as always, asking good questions and speaking highly of our 10+ year partnership. The entire interview is available here for replay if you missed it.
At 5PM, Roger Bouchard wrapped up a long day with our final session on the award winning Brocade Encryption Switch. Even though sessions continued on Thursday, this marked the end of the line for us, as exhibitors starting breaking down their booths for shipping. Soon we were all moving to the final evening event, the Beantown Bash at Faneuil Hall.
First, the big news for us on Monday: EMC announced an agreement to resell the Brocade IP networking portfolio of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching products through the EMC Select program. Needless to say, we are all very excited about this announcement. This move will streamline our customer’s migration toward high-performance virtualization, data center convergence and private cloud infrastructures. I can’t wait for this to go live this summer.
Hot off the heels of this news, Christopher Kusek (@cxi) stopped by the Brocade booth and did a nice write up on us in his blog! Be sure to check out the video link to see Seth Fiermonti give a most excellent MLX overview!
Monday night was the Brocade party at the House of Blues, starring the Fried Ice Cream band. These guys really rocked the house, and a good time was had by all. I uploaded some pictures and a short video to Flickr, be sure to check ’em out.
On Tuesday it was back to work, with our first break out session of the conference, titled “Be Virtualized” delivered by AJ Casamento from Brocade. The session was packed, with over 100 people attending, with some folks standing in the back of the room. Meanwhile back in the booth, Roger Bouchard was hard at work giving away signed copies of his book, “Securing Fibre Channel Fabrics“. Roger will be doing a break session on Wednesday on SAN security titled, “Be Protected.” (Can you tell we are really loving the Be Next campaign?)
EMC World 2010 kicked off tonight in Boston, and registration was packed! I can already tell this is going to be a great show — there is lots of enthusiasm and excitement in the air. Social Media is always huge at EMC shows, and this year is bigger than ever. I’ve already met some new friends through Twitter — big shout outs to @ldanakos, @Niketown588, @the_super_dave, and @basraayman!
Tonight was the welcome reception and concert before the real work begins tomorrow. The Counting Crows were the entertainment, and I actually got a chance to get my picture taken with them before the show thanks to Len Devanna! (Thanks Len!) I don’t actually have a copy of my picture with the band yet, but hopefully they will email it to me soon so I can post it.
Lots of fun tonight, but tomorrow the event begins in earnest. I hope to catch the Joe Tucci keynote at 9:30 am, before I have to scurry off to the Exhibition hall at 10:30 am. I’ll be working the Brocade booth (#409) so please stop by and say Hello if you get a chance!