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VMWorld 2007 – The Big Bang of Virtualization

September 14, 2007

j0401430.jpgJust got back from VMworld 2007 in San Francisco and what an amazing time it was. 10,000+ people gathered to discuss virtualization from every point of view. Strangely absent this year was much talk about Workstation. It was there but all the focus was on server virtualization. What this meant for development and testing was Virtual Lab Management. No real news around VMware Lab Manager, but it was a strong presence in the VMware exhibit and a very well attended part of the sessions. Both Surgient VQMS and VMlogix Lab Manager were also exhibited at the show. This was the largest show of its kind that I’ve seen in many years. It almost felt like the 2000-bubble again! I’m certain that VMware’s IPO only served to increase the drumbeat around them and drove further attendance at the show. If we saw you at our booth at VMworld, thank you for stopping by. If not, we look forward to meeting you next year!

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4 comments

  1. I attended as well and went to a the Lab Manager Deep Dive as well as the Intuit discussion. It was funny that during the deep dive when the Engineer logged in he had VMLogix as the top two configurations in his workspace. šŸ˜‰


  2. Yes, *very* funny!


  3. Kevin, or anyone else, what if anything was said at the “deep dive” covering the Lab Manager product. I am curious to see what if anything was said to differentiate Lab Manager from Surgient or VMLogix. I went to the deep dive at last year’s VMworld, but was extremely upset with the lack of deepness to the dive. It was more or less a marketing session on their product, which wasn’t much more than what Akimbi had already done.

    Would be great to see what you guys that about it or what you got out of it.

    Thanks!
    David


  4. Hey David,
    The deep dive wasn’t as technical as a lot of people would have liked, but because quite a bit of the crowd wasn’t familiar with the product, Steven Kishi had to spend extra time providing context. The crowd raised questions about some of the things that Surgient supports that neither Lab Manager does, things like complex network topologies (e.g. more than one virtual network or nic), deployments that span multiple hosts, etc. Overall, it was a good presentation without too much marketechture; it would’ve been nice to make one of the intro sessions a mandatory prerequisite…



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