VMworld has been, and continues to be (IMO – but I’m biased) the most awesome tech conference (and that’s saying something, considering that EMC World is right around the corner – REGISTER NOW). One thing I’ve always dug is the degree of “community” around VMware.
BTW - I think this sense of VMware community is changing a little – hard to put my finger on it. I think part of it is the magic is moving to other parts of the stack – partially around networking (think of folks like Scott Lowe and Brad Hedlund going to Nicira), partially around new storage models (so much going on here in startup and big company land), partially around automation (whether it’s crazy awesomeness around Puppet, vCAC, or any of a million startups). Part of it is around the “who’s who” changing as people move into new things, new roles, and new stars appear.
While parts of what make up the community may be changing, it is the community that makes VMworld magic. If I think about other conferences, they don’t have the same community submission and voting process. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: in my experience the process is very fair. I’m not always happy with it, but it does tend to be fair.
The community (vendors, customers, partners, VMware folks) all make submissions, and then we all vote.
I’ve put some of my favorites (not just the EMC ones) past the break – check them out, and if you are intrigued, VOTE!