VMworld 2014 US, Tech Field Day Extra enabled!

This has been an amazing year for me so far. It held fear for the unknown (moving between houses), excitement and tension (presenting at our annual meeting for many a colleague), interesting work projects (amongst others, designing and implementing one of the most challenging environments for me so far, combining Nimble Storage, vSphere and SRM into a complex dual datacenter design for a Dutch local government. VCDX worthy, but that’s for another post) and, above all, passing the VCAP-DCD exam. But the coolest thing still has to come ..

My employer granted me the opportunity to have a blast at VMworld 2014, US conference. Even better though; I’ve been selected to be a delegate at the 2014 Tech Field Extra event. It is spread across three days, with different delegates attending presentations of different vendors.  Schedules and delegates can be found here. I will be attending the Wednesday session with EMC, Infinio and Nuage Networks, expecting nothing but fireworks from these three companies. EMC has proven itself as a steady force, Infinio keeps innovating and improving, and Nuage networks jumps in at an unbelieveable level in network virtualization. And I can attend presentations of all three.

The whole idea of Tech Field Day is that bloggers / techies/ anyone with a healthy sense of technology and willing to share their opinions to their audience are given the opportunity to interact with companies at a level that could not be achieved with any other event. They will bring the newest technologies and developments to table, presented by guys that get It. No support phonecalls here. And, the new setup of the Tech Field Day is that the delegates of a particular day will stick together the whole day through the presentations, starting at noon till after dinner and beyond (hello party crawl). The group will bring each other at a much higher level, I am really looking forward to that as well.

Still some weeks to cover. I  realize that this will be a trip to remember, and will get the most out of it. Will blog 🙂 And many thanks to Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth for giving me this opportunity. Very much looking forward to it!


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