Well – here we are – a full week after VMworld 2010, and I’m JUST finishing up my event summary :-)
Summary: VMworld 2010 was insane in size, scope, and success.
Obviously the key product things were vCloud Director and View 4.5 along with the Tricipher and Integrien acquisitions (both of which I’m a superfan of), but I think there was a more important subtle takeaway.
Between the sheer size (17000 people, seemingly endless vendors/partners, and the HoL), the sheer koolaid (there are few technologies/companies that turn customers into promoters like VMware) and all the strategic messages Paul’s keynote about where VMware is going – there was a subtle change in the “gestalt” around VMware.
I hear less these days about “they’re going to be the next Netscape” and more about how:
- “VMware, along with changes in client computing that are happening all over are making the traditional OS obsolete”
- “VMware is accelerating the commoditization of physical infrastructure – in some cases through building functionality in their stack and in others making some technologies no longer as critical. This is forcing major changes in the things server/network/storage vendors do and major industry changes”
- “It’s not about a hypervisor, and VMware is no longer just a hypervisor company”
- “VMware could reasonably become a $100B company”
Getting that sort of macro level change in mindset is a small miracle, something that people should step back and respect that VMware is accomplishing.
Here’s a good 3rd party summary of the event that captures some of the “in the air” things I’m talking about (and an interesting dialog about online metrics :-)
But forget the 3rd party’s this is MY blog :-)
So – without further ado, here are my key “funny” highlights and also the summary of all the stuff we did around VMworld 2010. Read on!