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VMworld 2018 - Highlights from another great experience

September 21, 2018

Finally after a good weekend of rest, I can clearly think and write some of my highlights from VMworld 2018!

This was my second year at this show along with Uila, and the first time as a #vExpert. This year was incredible because I got to put a face to the names I’ve been interfacing through twitter and slack. I’ve had so many wonderful conversations and I got to know many of these vExperts personally during this VMworld.  
The Uila booths were busy this year as well! There has been a lot of interests from the vCommunity and we got some great inputs, feedbacks and compliments with regards to the product. We had recently announced our multi-cloud support with Uila and the ability to draw out Application dependency maps across the cloud boundary. A lot of conversations I had at the booth were around the topic of pre-migration assessments, post-migration validation and monitoring. These conversations were very helpful in understanding the needs and requirements of the industry as they are going through a large industry wide transformation.
This year I also spoke for the first time at the vBrownbag stage. I am very proud of this and I look forward to contributing more to the community.
Although, during VMworld I spent majority of my time at the Uila booth, every opportunity I would get, I would go to the solutions exchange and meet people either at the VMTN tables or the vBrownbag area. We would have some great conversations. Although I was not physically present for some VMware announcements, I would get my updates talking to my friends out here. Here are some updates that got me excited –

1)    NSX-T – VMware has announced this will be available in VMware’s third fiscal quarter of 2019. This is quite exciting as it will take networking to a whole new level with the ability to support any infrastructure, any cloud or any platform.
2)    Adaptive Micro-segmentation -  Very interesting concept where microsegmentation will be able to provide higher level of application intelligence, workload control and adaption to change.
3)    Support for Amazon RDS – This service will make it versy easy for customers migrating to set-up, operate and scale databases in a SDDC and hybrid environemt and to migrate them to a AWS or VMC environment.
Moreover, I almost forgot to mention the parties. Every year we have amazing parties organized by the #VMunderground crew. Although I couldn’t make it to the Cohesity or Rubrik parties this year to see Snoop and RUN DMC, I managed to go to the Veeam party. I had wonderful conversations here and met some friends. We would also hang out at the “EyeCandy” for the afterparty. I didn’t realize the bars actual name is eyecandy. I thought someone just made it up.

With this year’s VMworld ending I’m really looking forward to next year’s VMworld! This time looking forward to seeing everyone in my backyard in San Francisco!

Note: This article was published originally on the Data Center Dummy blog site . 
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