VMworld 2012 is rapidly approaching, and believe it or not, it will be here before we know it! Call for papers is open now, and you have till May 18th to submit your idea to the VMworld team. Just in case you missed some of the details, VMworld US is to be hosted in San Francisco August 27-30 and VMworld Europe will be hosted in Barcelona, October 9-11. It will be an amazing event as always, with some really awesome technology announcements from VMware. Mark it in your calendar now, socialize the concept to your manager, inform the family, tell the neighbors, do what you need to do but get there!!
This year I wanted to participate in the creation process of the VMworld Labs as I think it’s such a remarkable component of the event. In 2010 we delivered over 200+ thousand VM’s to customers across 27 different labs, that is an amazing accomplishment. This years hands on labs will only be bigger, better, and even “more epic”. I can’t reveal all the details yet but stay tuned, as we have some very exciting things in flight right now.
One of the labs that caught my interest was the Socialcast labs. I wanted to do something outside my core knowledge base and pickup something that I haven’t had much exposure to. Socialcast is something I have had a lot of experience with from an end user consumption aspect but nothing on the backend infrastructure perspective. VMware has a great internal implementation of Socialcast that we have been using excessively for some time now. I can’t underscore how important Socialcast has become for our company as a place where we can share technical product infromation, idea’s and concepts, presentations, status polls, and basic collaboration. (There is even a Pets of VMware Photo Group)
“Socialcast software unites people, information and applications across the enterprise in a collaborative community. Help employees focus on meaningful work, share knowledge and discover data in real-time. Behind the firewall or in the cloud, Socialcast enables
secure enterprise collaboration in-context. “
Many people reading this blog post understand the power of collaboration and social media. It is an important component of our being to give back to the larger community to help foster idea’s and innovation. Socialcast is a framework that allows this collaboration to exist within the confines of your own protected environment.
I will be working with the Socailcast team over the next several months to design a impactful lab that I am hoping many of you will take. I have reached out to our CMO, and the VMworld team, to see if we can integrate Socialcast into the VMworld.com website so attendees of the event can actually utilize Socialcast during the convention. (Idea is still being considered). I am reaching out to one of my largest customers that has one of the biggest implementations of Socialcast in production to see if they are able to present at VMworld this year as an additional topic.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at VMworld, if your there please sign up for the Socialcast lab and give it a test drive!