My Schedule for VMworld 2014 EMEA, Gatherings and more

I’m very happy that I can attend my 6th VMworld in a row and I’m very pleased and honored that VMware selected me for a blogger pass. I will do my best to spread as much info as possible during the conference. Over the years I learned a lot about how to attend VMworld. For this year my primary focus will be the hang space and the Solution Exchange. I have also scheduled some session I’m interested in, but I can watch them after VMworld so there is no need to attend to much. Why the hang space? It’s a place where I can meet people (twitter follower, blogger fellows), I can’t get in touch  personally over the year because they are spread across the globe. I’m really looking forward to some great tech talk with all the awesome guys and ladies! 🙂 It’s also a great place to write some post if time will permit it.
The second area you will find me is the Solution Exchange. I love to learn about other technologies beside VMware and the Solution Exchange is the place where you get all the information and product demos of the technology you’re interested in or maybe you don’t even know that such product exists.

My VMworld Sessions

Here is a list of sessions I will attend this year.

V.I.P. Lab Tour13/10/149:30 amHall 7.0, HOL Infodesk
General Session TuesdayPat Gelsinger, Kit Cobert, Bill Fathers, Sanjay Poonen14/10/149:00 am
MGT1969 -- vCloud Automation Center and NSX Integration Technical Deep DiveZackary Kielich, Ray Budavari14/10/1411:00 amHall 8.0, Room 25
NET1743 -- VMware NSX - A Technical Deep DiveRoberto Mari, Ben Basler14/10/142:00 pmHall 8.0, Room 43
General Session WednesdayCarl Eschenbach, Ben Fathi, Raghu Raghuram, Simone Brunozzi15/10/149:00 am
NET1468 -- A Tale of Two Perspectives: IT Operations with VMware NSXScott Lowe, Brad Hedlund15/10/1412:30 pmHall 8.0, Room 45
STO1279 -- Virtual SAN Architecture Deep DiveChristian Dickmann15/10/145:30 pmHall 8.0, Room 24
STO2521 -- Virtual SAN Best Practices and Use CasesRawlinson Rivera, Kiran Madnani16/10/149:00 amHall 8.0, Room 24
TEX1985 -- Lessons Learnt from a Real Life VSAN POC at Trend MicroCormac Hogan, Arsenio Mateos16/10/141:00 pmHall 8.0, Room 27
STO3098 -- Virtual SAN Best Practices for Monitoring and TroubleshootingChristian Dickmann16/10/143:30 pmHall 8.0, Room 42

VMworld Gatherings

After a long day at the conference it’s time to relax at one or more of the gathering that happens during VMworld. Here is a list of all gathering so far. If you need an updated list, please click here. You can also see which activities I will attend.

Event DateHoursEvent NameLocationContact or RegistrationEvent Details or Info URLWill attend?
Sun, 12 Oct20:30 - 23:30#vRockstar pre-VMworld Meetup/PartyHard Rock Cafe - Placa de Catalunya, 21 Placa de CatalunyaLinkThis year will be our 3rd year of holding the event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Placa de Catalunya in central Barcelona! The previous 2 parties were a hit with well over 400 attendees registering to kick start the conference in style!YES
Mon, 13 Oct16:00 - 21:00EMC TEEAM and Avnet Welcome ReceptionCamp Nou
Carrer d'Aristides Maillol, 12
08028 Barcelona
EMC Customer and Partner event primarily for Austria.YES
Mon, 13 Oct18:00 - 23:00AppSense Experience PartyHesperia Tower, Gran Via 144, 08907 Hospitalet De Llobregat, B-08798837LinkDoors open at 18:00 for drinks, presentations 18:15 - 19:00 followed by local tapas and the drinks until 23:00.
Mon, 13 Oct20:00 - ?Dell, VMware, Nexenta ReceptionHotel Porta Fira, 1st floorLinkEvening in relaxed atmosphere and networking on the garden terrace of the Hotel Porta Fira.Enjoy a good glas of wine, cool drinks and a fine selection of finger food under the open sky after a day in the exhibition hall. VMworld reseller partners, vExperts, anyone who is interested in meeting is is welcome!
Mon, 13 Oct20:00 - 23:00VMUG Member PartyClub Catwalk C/ Ram—on Trias Fargas 2-4 / 08005LinkJoin us for the VMUG Member Party at VMworld Barcelona! We'll provide the drinks, networking, and virtualization conversation - all you need to bring is your registration badge! Feel free to invite your fellow VMUG members and colleagues to attend.YES
Mon, 13 Oct21:00 - 24:00PernixData PartyOca–na
Placa Reial 13-15
LinkKickstart the week at an exclusive party in Barcelona's hottest plaza. Enjoy great food and fun nightlife with the PernixData team and fellow virtualisation experts. RSVP required.YES
Tues, 14 Oct11:00 - 16:00Community Tech Talks, presented by #vBrownBagTech Talks Stage in the Hang Space, Grand Fira, Hall 7Link
Tues, 14 Oct17:30 - 19:30VMworld Welcome ReceptionGran Fira, Solutions ExchangeOpen to all attendeesOfficial kickoff to VMworld 2014 Europe. Enjoy appetizers & drinks in the Solutions Exchange. Network with sponsors, exhibitors & attendees.YES
Tues, 14 Oct20:00 - 22:00#vExpert, #VCDX, NSX Party/ReceptionOca–na
Placa Reial 13-15
invite only - if you are a vExpert or VCDX please reach out to program mgrs for detailsTake some time to relax as we recognize the achievements of this phenomenal group of VMware technologists and evangelists. Enjoy amazing food and drink (courtesy of Digital Marketing, Certification, NS BU) and engage in great conversations.YES
Tues, 14 Oct20:00 - 24:00EMC & Intel Customer PartyLa Monumental BullringLinkPick up your EMC party credential at the EMC stand D306 from 11:00-19:30 on Tuesday 14 October. A limited number of passes are available and will be distributed first come, first served.
Tues, 14 OctTBATintri PartyTBADrop by Tinitri boothDrop by Tinitri booth for details
Tues, 14 OctTBADataCore PartyTBADrop by DataCore boothDrop by DataCore booth for details
Tues, 14 Oct20:00 - 01:00Veeam PartyShoko ClubLinkBack Up Your Future! Veeam's annual VMworld PartyYES
Wed, 15 Oct11:00 - 16:00Community Tech Talks, presented by #vBrownBagTech Talks Stage in the Hang Space, Grand Fira, Hall 7Link
Wed, 15 Oct17:00 - 19:00VMworld Hall CrawlGran Fira, Solutions ExchangeOpen to all attendeesEnjoy networking with appetizers & drinks in the Solutions Exchange where you can see the latest products and services from over 125 exhibitors.YES
Wed, 15 Oct19:00 - 22:00VMworld Attendee PartyGran Fira, Hall 6Open to full conference pass attendeesOfficial VMworld 2014 Europe Party - network and relax with excellent food, music and entertainment. Guest pass details available within VMworld registration.YES

VMworld Swag

For the first time, since I started blogging, I will also have some swag in my bag. Andreas Lesslhumer (@lessi001) and Chris Wahl (@ChrisWahl) gave me the idea of creating my own buttons for VMworld. If anybody wants some, find me and get one. I hope I will spread half of the 100 buttons I got with me!
VMworld 2014 Buttons
I will be accompanied by my friend Andreas Lesslhumer (first vExpert in Austria, VMUG Leader Austria) who also has some buttons to spread. If you will see us don’t hesitate to join us for a little tech talk if you want.

Transportation: Airport and Metro Shuttles

A shuttle service is offered to attendees to/from the airport.  Attendees will be greeted in the arrival hall. Look for the VMworld 2014 sign on arrival. There is no shuttle service offered to/from hotels.
Airport Shuttles
Shuttle drop off/pick-up: Fira Gran Via, North Entrance, Hall 8.0.
Sunday, 12 October: 16:00-20:00
Monday, 13 October: 10:00-20:00
Thursday, 16 October: 12:00-18:00
Metro Shuttles
Shuttle drop off/pick up: Fira Gran Via, North Entrance, Hall 8.0.
Sunday, 12 October: 14:00 – 20:00
Monday, 13 October: 07:00 – 21:00
Tuesday, 14 October: 07:00 – 20:00
Wednesday, 15 October: 07:00 – 00:00
Thursday, 16 October: 08:00 – 16:00
Safety in Barcelona
Cause of my 3rd VMworld in Barcelona it would be advisable to remove your VMworld badge when you are out enjoying Barcelona, so you don’t draw unwanted attention to yourself as a visitor. Same should count for the VMworld back bag, although I didn’t have any problems with that in the last years.
If you need further Tips & Tricks for your first VMworld or your first in Barcelona you can check out this post.
Finally I would like us to have an awesome VMworld 2014.

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