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Win a Free Pass to VMworld 2011 from vDestination!

July 15, 2011


Free Conference Pass, Air Fare and 5 Nights Hotel Accommodations

CONTEST IS CLOSED, THANKS FOR ENTERING
Do you want to go to VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas? Well now is your chance! Thanks to my good friends at Symantec, Xsigo and Veeam, I’ve put together a full VMworld 2011 package to include your conference pass, air fare and 5 nights hotel at Harrah’s. It doesn’t get any better than that! Last year was my first trip to VMworld thanks to Jason Boche’s contest to give away a free VMworld pass, and thanks to Stephen Foskett for covering my air fare. Since VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, I’ve been blogging hardcore and attending VMUGs in Maryland, DC and Phoenix, and just was awarded the vExpert 2011 award from VMware! It’s been a whirlwind year, and I really owe it all to winning Jason’s contest and being able to attend VMworld. If you’re looking to get the most up to date information, demo the latest software in the labs or rub shoulders with some of the best bloggers, SMEs and minds in the industry, there’s no better place to do that than VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas.

The Sponsors and The Details

Symantec stepped up to sponsor the full conference pass to include both breakfast and lunch, the Solutions Exchange floor, lots of great sessions and more. This will mean the world to the winner, can’t thank you enough!

Veeam generously offered up one of their rooms for 5 nights, starting Sunday August 28th and checking out Friday September 2, that is incredible, thanks Veeam!

Xsigo contacted me immediately upon hearing about my idea of paying it forward, and offered to cover up to $500 for air fare to Las Vegas, thank you so much Xsigo, this is the cherry on top!

How To Enter

To enter this contest, post one comment/reply including the following information:

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011

In your comment, please include the following:

    * First and last name
    * Email address to contact you if you win
    * Twitter handle (if you have one)

The Rules
There aren’t too many rules, but there are a few, they are:

    1. The contest is open to anyone in the world, however, the air fare is only covered up to $500 US dollars.
    2. You must be able to attend VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada (conference pass is only valid for the US conference). I don’t want this pass to go to waste.
    3. Only one valid entry per person.
    4. Contest entry must be received by Sunday July 24th 11pm EST, no entries will be considered after 11pm EST.

    * The winner will be randomly drawn Sunday July 24th, notified via email and announced Monday morning July 25th on vDestination.com.

If You Are The Lucky Winner

Now here’s your part, after all, this isn’t just a free trip to Vegas. First of all, please don’t enter if you can’t go to VMworld. You’ll have to take off almost an entire week to really get the most out of your trip. Secondly, if you win, you’ll need to do a write-up of your experience at VMworld, and post it as a guest blogger on vDestination.com. This could be a video diary, or just a running blog post with pictures and all. We want to know what your experience was like at the conference, be honest and share as much as you want. Also, being that the sponsors have so generously offered to fund your trip, we’ll plan to meet up on the Solutions Exchange floor and visit each one of their booths for a quick demo, or interview to be posted on my and/or their blog. I think that is a fair exchange for your time.

Thank you again to all of my great sponsors. If there are any other sponsors out there who would like to be involved, please contact me. We can set up a dinner and a demo one of the nights, I’m open to any suggestions, anything to make this VMworld 2011 experience amazing is welcome.

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102 Comments
  1. Andrew Dauncey permalink
    July 15, 2011 6:31 am

    Fav thing about VMware: the awesome magic they come up with like vMotion.
    I’m looking forward to just seeing VMworld. Seeing all those people, just there for VMworld!
    I hope to meet other sys admins in healthcare, and compare stories on how they cope with budgets, and policies.

    @daunce_

  2. July 15, 2011 9:41 am

    My favorite thing about vmware is that it makes my life so easy. all the tools integrate so well to provide administration, monitoring, BC – its just a real timesaver. I’m looking forward to the hands on labs at vmworld, always a good training session. i can’t wait to meet other users and exchange tips and tricks. the networking is really great.
    Sharon O’Brien – sobrien82@comcast.net

  3. July 15, 2011 10:19 am

    * Your favorite thing about VMware: VMware is always two steps ahead of its competitors, no way it can be caught!
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011: to have the chance to witness, experience and experiment with the latest in virtualization technology
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011: all the smart people that keep raising the bar

    * First and last name: Pietro Piutti
    * Email address to contact you if you win: chromewave AT gmail DOT com
    * Twitter handle (if you have one): stingray92

  4. July 15, 2011 10:24 am

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    The thing that I like the most about VMware is the amazing technical engineering that the company turn out that makes the technically impossible possible.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    The sessions and labs around the next release of vSphere, its new capabilities, and how to get the most out of it.

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    The list would be a who’s who of Twitter/blogger in/around the virtualization space, but if I had to nail it down to a single person it would probably be John Troyer since once you know him you can get introduced to most anyone.

    * First and last name
    Brent Quick

    * Email address to contact you if you win
    brent.quick@toddherman.com

    * Twitter handle (if you have one)
    @brent_quick, @vAcronym, @TriadVMUG

  5. Ted Norris permalink
    July 15, 2011 10:45 am

    My favorite thing about VMWare is HA. I’d like to see all the new features of VSphere 5 at VMWorld. I’d like to meet Greg Stuart

    Ted Norris. tednorris@gmail.com twitter is tednorris

  6. July 15, 2011 10:59 am

    Registering for the VMWorld 2011 giveaway…

    *Your favorite thing about VMware:
    My favorite thing is a near-perfect pairing of two things that rarely go together in the IT industry: a) the limitless and creative possibilities VMware has leveraged from the deceptively simple idea of abstracting logical servers from the physical world. and b) the fact that it’s not all just pie-in-the-sky whiteboarding and theory. It’s revolutionary concepts implemented as “enterprise-ready” as anything out there.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    Learning the in-and-outs, gotchas, best-practices of vSphere 5 and the automated labs

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    co-leagues going through the same challenges we are going through and the folks at the genius bar (best part about VMware 2009, I thought)

    * First and last name
    Benny Hauk

    * Email address to contact you if you win
    benny.hauk@lifeway.com

    * Twitter handle (if you have one)
    @bennyhauk

    Thanks!

  7. July 15, 2011 11:35 am

    Really great way to pay it forward! Great job organizing the whole thing (which is no trivial task).

  8. July 15, 2011 11:44 am

    Favorite thing about VMware: Awesome tech with strong community support.
    What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011: VSP1708 VCDX Panel Defense Preparation
    Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011: Blogsphere heavyweights

    Name: Andy Grant
    email: andybgrant@gmail.com

  9. Mark Dubois permalink
    July 15, 2011 11:47 am

    The absolute best thing about VMware is the network of partners out there making an already great product, incredible. Companies like Symantec, Veeam and Xsigo give you the tools you need to take VMware to the next level. VMworld is the perfect opportunity to see what’s new in vSphere 5 and what the partners are working on. I’m always impressed at the new products coming out and how they address the pain points we all face. I look forward to meeting colleagues who can share experiences about their successes and woes and what they have done to make life easier.

    Best of luck to everyone at VMworld 2011…. It will, no doubt, be an incredible event!

    -Mark D

  10. Kim Mensior @Kimgeneer permalink
    July 15, 2011 12:32 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware: Innovation. There are SO MANY things to like in terms of product features & functions, etc. that I can’t list them (and would be preaching to the choir). It is hard to be a technology leader but VMware is the best there is!

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011: As a category, the labs. Otherwise the entire experience! This would be my first time and I’d be like a junkie in a drug warehouse. I’ll stop when I’m dead (with exhaustion)

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011: Scott Davis (w/o the wookie costume), John Troyer, David Davis, and Scott Lowe – just to start

  11. July 15, 2011 12:58 pm

    My favorite thing about VMware is its innovation. Truly ground breaking features.
    I’m looking forward to network and exchange experiences about desing, implementation and designing. To gain more knowledge from people in the field.
    It will be cool to meet @duncanYB

    Allan Ruiz
    acruizu at g mail dot com
    @allruiz

  12. July 15, 2011 1:12 pm

    The ability to reduce operating costs while increasing uptime of business critical services.
    Learning more about vCloud, best practices and new vSphere5 features
    Dennis Smith, Kong Yang

    Michael Davis
    mdavis @ carpeinferi.com

  13. July 15, 2011 1:22 pm

    My favorite thing about VMware is to use it as a virtual lab. I love being able to test changes without affecting production.

    The things i’m looking to most at WMworld are the hands on labs!

    I hope to meet John Troyer. I will finaly get to put a face to the tweet,

    Name: Sean Thulin
    Email : sthulin (at) gmail (dot) com
    twitter: sthulin

  14. Engels Thomas permalink
    July 15, 2011 1:43 pm

    My favorite thing about VMware is that they are the pioneers when it comes to virtualization, they have great products which are easy to use, robust and reliable, you can’t go wrong with VMware, forget about the old school way of setting up multiple boxes, just use 1 physical box, virtualize with VMware products and you’re good to go. Most of the time I use VMware Workstation to set up lab environments to train myself and others.

    VMworld is an awesome event where I look forward to boost my knowledge regarding VMware products, get hands on experience, know what to expect in the future from Virtualization, The Cloud and many more things from the conferences.

    I hope to meet people who have been on this since the beginning, they sure have a lot of experience and knowledge to share, the guys who are behind the scenes and making of these products and all the community of WMware professionals, networking is a key element on this kind of events.

    Engels Thomas
    engels.thomas@gmail.com

  15. July 15, 2011 3:16 pm

    Sign me up!

    My favorite thing about VMware is the cost savings when consolidating. After all, isn’t that what virtualization is about?

    What do I look forward to at VM world 2011? Probably the presentations. It’s always nice to learn something new or something that’s coming around the corner!

    People I’d like to meet: The people behind all the great virtualization blogs I follow.

    Please let me know if I win, I’d love to go and don’t get out of Iowa much:
    Tyler Coan
    tylercoan@gmail.com
    @tylercoan

  16. July 15, 2011 4:21 pm

    Lets see if my luck holds out twice in a row:

    Your favorite thing about VMware – It just works. We’ve been using VMware since VI 3.5 U2 and gradually 90% of our server estate has been virtualized. I very rarely have to do anything to maintain it. Showing the business what VMware does and watching peoples reactions to vMotion and SvMotion are priceless.

    What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011 – Watching and talking to people who I read about on a day to day basis via their blogs and twitter feeds. I’m also looking forward to giving ESXi5 and SRM5 a try in the demo labs. From what I read last year from bloggers the amount of information that you can pick up from both the session and also talking to people was unbelievable. It’s also a prime networking location.

    Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011 – I’d love to speak to the likes of David Davis, Simon Seagrave, Simon Long, Jason Boche, Kendrick Coleman, Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman and many many others. These are the people who go above and beyond their daily workload to show you exactly what VMware technology can do and how we can utilize this stuff in our daily workload.

    In your comment, please include the following:

    Michael Armstrong
    michael @ m80arm dot co dot uk
    @m80arme

  17. July 15, 2011 5:27 pm

    My absolute favorite thing about VMware is the incredible support for FCoTR. I can say that other vendors in the hypervisor space just don’t understand the awesome forward momentum that FCoTR has in the marketplace. VMware has really anticipated the adoption curve ahead of the competition.

    I most look forward to talking with all the booth vGeeks. I know many are drawn in a blueish haze to gander at some of the “Booth Babes” on the floor, but myself, I truely enjoy engaging with the Booth vGeeks and dialoging about xmodem, FCoTR, IP over HAM Radio, BBSes, Commodore 64, or many of the other great advancements in technology. Perhaps they will all sign my petition to opensource OS/2.

    I hope to meet the elusive vWookie in the wild and spend some quality time with Irish Spring in the labs. Perhaps I can also find my elusive nemesis @DellServerGeek.

    Scott Hanson
    scotthan AT gmail dot com
    @CiscoServerGeek

  18. Rotem Agmon permalink
    July 16, 2011 3:15 am

    I want in!

    My favorite thing about VMware is the ability to create new application workloads in seconds/minutes!

    What do I look forward to at VMworld 2011? the labs! having such a great lab infrastructure @VMworld surely allows the labs users to experience VMware products in “the way is should be”

    Who are the people I’d like to meet? I would say VMware developers. I always wanted to meet the people behind the scenes…

    Rotem Agmon
    agmonr@hotmail.com

  19. July 16, 2011 12:36 pm

    Favorite thing about VMware is that it just works. The added benefit it gives any organization is peace of mind in any DR situation(if it is setup correctly :) ).

    I was lucky enough to go last year for my company. Not so lucky this year as I made a career move internally which moved my fingers off VMware.

    I really look forward to putting faces to names that I have been following on twitter and the networking is great. the sessions rock! BUT, I can’t wait to go to through all the labs again!

    I look forward to meeting a ton of people!

    Matt Brauchler
    brauchma [@] gmail [dot] com
    http://www.twitter.com/mattbrauchler

  20. JOshua Groda permalink
    July 16, 2011 12:51 pm

    My favorite thing about vmware is really just how consistently good it is. Each new version really adds value, and makes my life easier

    I cant wait to really see the meat and potatoes of the vspere 5 suite at vmworld. I like whatt I see so far. Storage drs is reason enough for me to want to upgrade by itself

    I would like to mett Duncan epping or Frank deeneman, I have to say that their clustering deep dives books are some of the better technical manuals I have ever purchased.

    joshua groda
    jgroda@gmail.com

  21. Jon Harris permalink
    July 16, 2011 6:24 pm

    My favorite thing about VMWare is its flexibility. How it allows allows IT departments to be agile and quick in deployments and meet the businesses needs.

    I hope to meet other Sys Admins, network, and learn more about the new vSphere 5 suite. Get my hands on it in the self service labs. Wouldn’t mind meeting Duncan Epping and Scott Lowe.

    Jon Harris
    jonharrisnm@gmail.com

  22. July 16, 2011 7:36 pm

    You have come very far in past year and it really show’s the power of social networking and community, which leads me into my favorite thing about VMware. My favorite thing about VMware is the community. No other IT company has the type of grass roots following like VMware. VMware has the most active independent bloggers, Twitter users, and podcasts which makes learning the technology social.

    I look forward to putting faces to Twitter names and bloggers. I have never been to VMworld so the experience and networking with the experts is what I look forward the most.

    I hope to meet all the people I talk to on Twitter like John Troyer, Kendrick Coleman, David Davis, Scott Lowe, and many more.

    Name: Scott Cochran
    Email: scochran85@gmail.com
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/ScottCochran or @ScottCochran

  23. July 17, 2011 9:32 am

    * Your favorite thing about VMware – My favorite thing about VMware is how the product just works. I don’t have to jump through hoops or recompile anything to get things to work. The product has come a long way and continues to get better and better.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011 – I have never been to VMworld before so I would be looking forward to experience everything that it has to offer and to meet, network & talk with other admins.

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011 – I hope to meet and talk with the industries leading experts like Scott Lowe, David Davis, Kendrick Coleman & others.

    * First and last name – Marc Crawford

    * Email address to contact you if you win – marc.techguy@gmail.com

    * Twitter handle (if you have one) – @techguy1234 or http://www.twitter.com/techguy1234

  24. Ramin Garayev permalink
    July 17, 2011 11:31 am

    Innovation,labs,experts

  25. July 18, 2011 6:31 am

    Hi,

    The thing I really like on VMware is the Live migrations (I already like this since vCenter 1.0)
    And another thing alike by VMware is that they are always helping to make the life of the sysadmin more easy by introducing nice new stuff (cfg vSphere V)

    What I want to see @ VMworld is a lot of new information on the new relases.

    JTroyer is the guy I really want to meet and say thanks for all his work he is doing for the VMware community.

    Gert Van Gorp
    gert @ V-Consult.be
    http://www.twitter.com/gertvangorp

  26. David Sincavage permalink
    July 18, 2011 8:34 am

    I read through the responses before posting and see one similar to what I was thinking, but I would like to say it again. My favorite thing about VMware is that their products work, and they work well! They simplify infrastructure management and maintenance and make my job much easier so I can focus on other innovative areas.

    If I were able to attend VMworld 2011 this year, I would look forward to soaking up as much cloud knowledge as possible. Cloud computing has only become less “cloudy” for me this year and I believe it will really accelerate and revolutionize IT as we know it. I’m working on a POC right now and the additional knowledge from VMworld would be greatly beneficial.

    I would hope to meet any from VMware’s Cloud team to help insure a more successful implementation of vCloud Director and associated products, as well as vendors with cool, innovated products to assist in cloud implementation and management, and last but not least, I would like to meet representatives from Symantec, veeam, and xsigo systems to thank them personally for great opportunity they gave in sponsoring my trip.

    Thank you,
    David Sincavage
    techprofessional@comcast.net
    @davidsincavage

  27. Stephen Fulmer permalink
    July 18, 2011 5:33 pm

    My Favorite thing about VMware is the great and different varieties of products they offer. Instead of one you get SRM for DR, View for VDI, ESX for Servers, Director for management. This tied together with vShield and Ops Manager, and IQ, and Chargeback make VMware a force to be excited about and reckoned with.

    I look Forward the most to learning about vSphere 5 and the new version of SRM.

    I hope to meet smart people who I can share questions and ideas with.

    Stephen Fulmer
    stevefulme@yahoo.com
    (no twitter)

  28. July 18, 2011 6:04 pm

    VMware has transformed how we handle computing at so many levels its difficult to name one favorite part. But simply go back to the start and say its the most robust hypervisor out there currently.

    I personally look forward to networking with the professional and meet other people/institutions that are using VMware in higher education. Specifically I am curious about private cloud usage at universities.

    Taylor Judd
    tjudd@sfsu.edu

  29. July 18, 2011 6:48 pm

    My favorite thing about VMWorld is all the Hands-On information you gather from all the labs, break out sessions and events. There is no other event like it with such focus and not all sales orientated. Being an engineer, I have used VMWorld as the equivalent of spending countless hours investigating products and company websites and literature, I get access to sales, engineer and all the companies represented focused in one event.
    The thing I look forward to is possibly attending, wandering the booths, checking out the labs, and meeting with great people whom are involved with this event.
    I think the question is not who do I hope to meet…but who did I not get to catch at the event!!!

    Derek Niedermayer
    dereksn-at-gmail-dot-com
    @dsniedermayer

  30. Anton van Rensburg permalink
    July 18, 2011 6:55 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware: The passion they have to bend boundries in Virtualisaiton
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011: To be part of a conference of thousands of people that feels the same way about vmware as I do. wow
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011: David Davis and the sponsors of this pass.
    * First and last name: Anton van Rensburg
    * Email address to contact you if you win: vmworld@mooihawens.com
    * Twitter handle (if you have one):

  31. July 19, 2011 8:09 am

    * Your favorite thing about VMware – It makes my job so much easier, I can’t imagine what it would be like to go back into the dark ages and start building physical servers again.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011 – Throwing back a few cold beers while standing in the registration line with thousands of others who understand what it all means, and of course the showcase, labs, sessions etc.
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011 – Fellow IT experts and VMware employees.
    * First and last name – Bryce Arnold
    * Email address to contact you if you win – brycea@gmail.com
    * Twitter handle (if you have one) – @beminus http://www.twitter.com/beminus

  32. Jodi Shipp permalink
    July 19, 2011 12:55 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    It works and it’s efficient. I also appreciate that it supports green initiatives.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    Seeing the new features of VSphere 5, as well as seeing products that integrate with it.
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    Peers that have similar environments. The best opinions about products are always from others that have actually used them in a production environment.

  33. Mitch Cullins permalink
    July 19, 2011 1:15 pm

    Favorite thing about VMware – Flexibility that allows me to match load to environment.
    Looking forward to most at VMworld 2011 – hearing about how OSX will be supported (and sold?)
    Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011 – Peers with similar tasks/needs.
    Mitch Cullins
    mitch.cullins@gmail.com

  34. Arthur Jelonek permalink
    July 19, 2011 2:31 pm

    Your favorite thing about VMware – How the product just works. Easy to understand for the most part. Always coming out with new products and thinking “Green”.

    I personally look forward to meeting people that have the same interest in vmware that i have. Learning about the new product offerings.

  35. July 19, 2011 5:47 pm

    tweeted…..

  36. July 19, 2011 5:49 pm

    I’ve worked with VMware products since 1998, looking forward to attending the many sessions at VMworld, and meeting fellow vExperts.

  37. Bilal (Cloud Buddy) permalink
    July 19, 2011 7:45 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware: I am simply amused by the products VMware has to offer. Every single time a VM gets created and lives on a host clueless about any other VM thats shares the same hardware, makes me want to jump up and give high fives to everyone around. It simply awesome. Though there are other products out there, but VMware is clearly the industry leader.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011: Opportunity to work in the labs, hear about upcoming products and meet and interact with all the smart people that will be there.

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011: Duncan (YB) and Frank Denneman

    * First and last name: Bilal Hashmi
    * Email address to contact you if you win: bilal @ cloud-buddy.com
    * Twitter handle (if you have one): http://www.twitter.com/hashmibilal

  38. Frank Harris permalink
    July 19, 2011 8:31 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware is the networking with other Professionals and participating in dynamic discussions on VMware centric issues.
    * What I look forward to most at VMworld 2011 is the presentation of new tools and procedures developed around vSphere 5
    * Who I hope to meet at VMworld 2011 would be the same as my Favorite thing, fellow Professionals willing to exchange ideas and experiences.

    Frank Harris
    frank@frankharrisconsulting.com
    Twitter: franklharris

  39. Dan Chen permalink
    July 19, 2011 9:12 pm

    Your favorite thing about VMware: ESX 2.x,3.x., vSphere 4.x

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011:
    vSphere5 license Enterprise:512GB RAM, Enterprise Plus: 1TB RAM

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011: whoever will share their VMware knowledge, experience, success and lessons ;

    In your comment, please include the following:

    * First and last name
    Dan Chen
    * Email address to contact you if you win
    monica_fly@hotmail.com

  40. Alex Musicante permalink
    July 19, 2011 10:29 pm

    Favorite thing about VMware is they make my life easier being an admin (well most of the time!)
    I can’t want to attend a lot of the deep-dives, and hearing the keynotes, and not to mention see vegas!
    Who I hope to meet at VMworld Zach Galifianakis aka Alan

    Alex Musicante
    amusicante.vmworld2011@gmail.com

  41. July 19, 2011 10:45 pm

    My favorite thing about VMware..hmmm..its hard to name just one! I would have to say that their genuine passion to make the world a better and greener place by simplifying IT is at the top of the list.

    What I would look forward to the most is just having the opportunity to attend the event! Having never been to a VMware event, to see all the new and exciting technologies, coupled with (hopefully) meeting just a couple of the VMware professionals whose blogs I follow and read religiously would be a FANTASTIC way to spend a few days and talk shop!

    Of all the people I would like to meet at VMworld2011, it would have to be David Davis. With the numerous hours I have spent watching his trainSignal videos, it would be nice to finally put a face to a voice!

    Matt Winstanley
    matt.winstanley@hotmail.com
    @matt_winstanley

    Special thanks to Greg, Symantec, Veeam & Xsigo for this awesome opportunity! Look forward to blogging my first VMworld experience in exchange!

  42. July 20, 2011 12:21 am

    With 2011 the Global solution providers have set the direction of ‘Simplified Technologies by Innovation’ giving businesses, a range of ‘off the shelf’ solution offerings for infrastructure simplification giving the trust to grow their operational business performance.

    I look forward to see, what the solution providers have to offer in the area of setting standards for infrastructure, security and services, for cloud and virtualized delivery.

    Meet New startups and of course see what the official sponsorers of vDestination have to offer :)

    Dainel Jim Antony
    daniel_antony@yahoo.com
    Twitter : danieljantony

  43. July 20, 2011 12:43 am

    FYI: The winner also is guaranteed a ‘ticket’ (such a relative term ;)) to #CXIParty on Monday night! :)

  44. July 20, 2011 1:50 am

    It’s an honor to be mentioned as someone people want to meet! I am looking forward to meeting all of you at VMworld 2011!

  45. Nicholos Griffin permalink
    July 20, 2011 2:11 am

    My favorite thing about VMware is how easy it is to maintain the VM environment my company has deployed, I have at any given time 75 to 100 users interfacing with VM workstations via PCoIP portals throughout the building.

    What I look forward to the most would be getting to get an in depth look at all the upcoming innovations and ideas that VMware has.

    I hope to meet the fine technical staff at Solori, they are quite possibly the best administrators of VMware I have ever seen, able to quickly diagnose and support any issues I contact them with.

    Nicholos Griffin
    njgriffin@gmail.com

  46. Richard Cardona permalink
    July 20, 2011 2:18 am

    My favorite thing about VMware is them kicking Windows off of the hardware and putting it in a nice padded cell of a VM, especially on my Mac. I look forward the most to seeing the exciting roadmap for the next two to five years. I hope to meet Elvis or any World Series of Poker Champion.

  47. July 20, 2011 2:37 am

    what I like the most about VMware is that it still is the first in line. It doesnt bring you features, it brings reliable solutions. And off course the whole storage integration is awesomeness.

    really looking forward on how good the vendors have integrated the VAAI en how that goes up-the-stack (for ex. backup & vss integration). And a second one for those (products) that are not VAAI integraded I’d like to see how that sDRS turns out.

    I hope to meet loads of twitter techies we’d never see together in EMEA. Especially the HP & DELL storage boys/girls.

    Hans De Leenheer
    hans.de.leenheer@ferranti.be

  48. July 20, 2011 4:00 am

    You can’t like one feature more than the other, VMware is as complete as what most sys admins needs for their day to day job, VMware made data centre management as simple as good to manage and surely the new vSphere 5 will be a hit for both SMB Large organizations.

    Looking forward to meet and talk with VMgeeks and also look around for the partnership built with 3rd party enterprises.
    mourad@boubchir.co.uk
    @mouradfs

  49. Sioeli Tonga permalink
    July 20, 2011 5:12 am

    For a relatively small IT shop, it’s the accessibility to proven best-of-breed enterprise class virtualization technology and tools that inspires confidence and peace of mind. Trusting your tools and technology is gold to any techie.

    I would look forward to just having the time away from the office to focus just on VMware (and partner) solutions and getting the most out of our technology investment. Hopefully get to meet some of the rock stars of the storage and virtualization blogosphere!

    Sioeli Tonga
    sio@sio.net.nz
    sio_nc

  50. Michael permalink
    July 20, 2011 6:29 am

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    Vmware make my job as systems engineer so must easier and bring so must benefits to IT as a hole and in turn brings value to the Business
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    Never been there so I do not know what to expect, but my Manager who has been there last here says in was terrific
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    All the people doing the same work as I do, so we are like minded and want the same things.
    * First and last name
    Michael Michiel
    * Email address to contact you if you win
    mmichiel@shoprite.co.za
    * Twitter handle (if you have one)
    @Mrm1ke

  51. July 20, 2011 7:21 am

    VMware was the initiator and still remains the leader of one of those oh so rare truly ground-breaking technological changes. VMware started out with server consolidation which from day 1 saved companies money. Now the benefits of virtualisation extend into the fabric of IT departments where they no longer ask if something can be virtualised but rather why it cannot creating a far more manageable IT infrastructure than ever before. This is testimony to VMware’s products which have enabled this.

    I have never been able to attend VMworld as I would have to self-fund the trip so would love to have the opportunity to meet fellow IT people and share tips and secrets and see what the vendors are creating to augment vSphere 5. Getting some lab hands on time would also be great as well as finding out as much as I can about actual practical private cloud implementation.

    As for people to meet, there are many but vRockStars Duncan Epping and Frank Denneman would be up there along with John Troyer who has been instrumental in managing the phenomenal VMware community.

    Julian Wood
    julian@wooditwork.com
    @julian_wood

  52. July 20, 2011 9:10 am

    I like VMware because…..
    ************************************

    VMware has been a guiding force for me and my career. I was a technology professional working on enterprise technologies before I was introduced to VMware, since then I understand the meaning of the word “TECHNOLOGY”.

    Innovation in today’s world is not a big deal. In my experience. The true value lies in “MEANINGFUL INNOVATION” & VMware technology defines this term better than any other technology vendor today. As a matter of fact, I was a part of this prestigious organisation which was a launchpad to my career and very soon I will join them back, this time to be with them forever and see the IT transform into a Virtual World. Hats off VMware!!

    At VMworld 2011, I look forward to…
    **************************************************

    I always wanted to be a part of VMworld and have been following it for more than 4 years now. My interest levels of being at VMworld has grown leaps & bounces just like the company and the event which are growing, just like a VM Sprawl :-)

    As always I would be interested in meeting the partners and other technology vendors to understand their technology road-maps with VMware products and how they plan to be a part of this Journey to the CLOUD. In the past I have seen videos of some amazing innovators who have developed solutions which compliment VMware technology and makes them tenfold efficient. Along with the technology vendors, I would have great amount of interest in attending the VMworld labs and we all know the reason, “They are truly world-class”.

    In my journey, I hope to take an ACTUAL ROAD to VMworld 2011 while I am moving towards the VIRTUAL CLOUDS.

    At VMworld 2011 I wish to meet…
    ********************************************
    I do have specific names whom I want to meet, to name a few, Ramprasad (an Escalation engineer from VMware support), Duncan Eping, the product development teams and the business intelligence teams. All these people and groups have inspired me in some way or the other all throughout my journey. I would definitely want to hear out the VMware Leadership teams and other industry experts from EMC, Cisco, Symantec etc.

    Whether I get this opportunity to be there or not, I will be virtually around and would ensure that I be at VMworld at-least once in the years to come. I wish VMware and all the associated organizations continued success and thank VMware again for shaping the future of how we compute.

    Regards,
    Sunny Dua
    email – wickedsunny@gmail.com
    twitter – @Sunny_Dua

  53. July 20, 2011 10:10 am

    My favorite thing about VMware would be its capability to expand and enhance what I once thought was a stagnate datacenter into a thriving living entity capable of agility and flexibility to meet our business demands. What VMware does with virtualization is IMO truly innovative.

    The things I would most look forward to at VMworld would be networking with other VMware professionals and in-depth seminars/discussions about what is/isn’t possible.

    I would like to meet Duncan Epping or Frank Denneman.

  54. July 20, 2011 10:15 am

    * Your favorite thing about VMware: VMware is a wonderful technology that has taken my career in a direction I couldn’t have imagined as little as 5 years ago. People forget what it was like to try and manage racks full of (non virtual) servers; it was a nightmare. VMware reduces the hardware footprint of the modern datacenter significantly and that makes my job easier.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011: The announcements by VMware and everyone else at the show. I think VMware has a few additional tricks up their sleeves yet to be announced and I would imagine their partners have a few things to share as well.

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011: Duncan Epping, Mike Laverick, and Frank Denneman. Big VMware gurus and people whose blog posts and other published material are required reading to me.

    * First and last name: Jason Ventresco

    * Email address to contact you if you win: jventresco@gmail.com

    * Twitter handle (if you have one): @jasonventresco

  55. July 20, 2011 10:17 am

    The things that I love about VMware could fill a novel. But the #1 favorite thing about VMware is that it just works! There are no surprises. The features do what they say they do, the setup is predictable and you know what to expect every time!

    I most look forward to networking the VExperts and having nothing else to think about for one straight week other than VMware!

    I hope to meet Duncan Epping. I love his yellow-bricks blog and I see him as one of the most knowledgeable VExperts in the world.

    Adam Bergh
    ajbergh@gmail.com
    twitter: @ajbergh

  56. July 20, 2011 11:31 am

    I’d have to say my feature feature is vmotion, because it just works and free’s me from a single physical server without downtime.
    At vmworld 2011 I’d love to get deeper with thinapp, we just started testing it and I need a better understanding of the product to get more apps working with it.
    I’d also like to get my first vbeer!
    Jason Benway
    benwaynet@gmail.com
    @benwaynet

  57. Jason Beltrame permalink
    July 20, 2011 11:46 am

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    Being able to consolidate entire environments and move them anywhere at anytime.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    Seeing where the industry is heading.

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    All the developers who make the product

    Jason Beltrame

    jbeltram@melloncollie.org

    jmbeltrame

  58. July 20, 2011 11:54 am

    What I like about VMware is the huge scope of products they have, it has something to offer everyone out there interested in some form of virtualisation (be it Server or Desktop, Home or Workplace, PC or Apple). Something for everyone :)

    What I would look forward to at VMworld 2011?? The social networking, having attended a couple of VMUGs already it would be great to do it on a MUCH larger scale as it would give me an opportunity to meet all the people I follow on blogs and twitter.

    There are so many people I would want to meet at VMworld 2011, this includes but is not limited to likes of Rick Vanover, Rich Brambly, John Troyer and Kenny Coleman these are the guys who really got me into blogging and listening to Podcasts. I would also like to meet Frank Denneman and Duncan Epping (VCDX #029 and #007), David Davis and Scott Lowe as these are the guys who just know so much about everything. Finally I would like to meet Susan Gudenkauf (VCP#1) in real life as she comes across on Twitter as really nice and she is VCP #1 :)

    * First and last name – Simon Davies
    * Email address to contact you if you win – Simon@everything-virtual.com
    * Twitter handle (if you have one) – @EV_Simon

  59. July 20, 2011 12:01 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware

    The ease of using Update Manager when you have auto-DRS. The fact I can update all the hosts with zero downtime to the 100s of VMs is invaluable to me and the users.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    vSphere 5.0. This is the next step in virtualization and really would love to get some in-depth sessions on the new bells & whistles.

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011

    @vDestination…. i’m not above sucking up for a free trip to VMworld.

    Miguel Medina
    medinawi@gmail.com
    @medinawi

  60. July 20, 2011 12:42 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    Their technical support. Any time I have seen people go down, VMware is right there to pick them up and get you running. Countless times customer’s have had problems (even self inflicted), yet they get you back on your feet.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    I want to see the next gen “big vm” in action (Specifically 1,000,000 IOps). There is one thing to state this, but I need to see it live. SAP, Oracle, Exchange, or whatever app … not something synthetic.

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    The cheap pop would be to say you, but really …. whole bunch of people. A lot of the bloggers I have been in following or in contact with, Duncan Epping and Mike Laverick, people from VMware. All the guys from VMware Underground (WuPaaS)!

    In your comment, please include the following:

    * First and last name = Jon Hemming
    * Email address to contact you if you win = Jon.Hemming @ gmail.com
    * Twitter handle @vJonHemming

  61. July 20, 2011 12:44 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware:
    the flexibility it gives me in deploying & maintaining my infrastructure with vmotion & DRS
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011:
    learning new things at all the sessions & labs
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011:
    other sysadmins & CXI

    G. Michael Bridge mike AT mikebridge DOT net
    twitter.com/mikebridge

  62. July 20, 2011 1:25 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware – vMotion by far
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011 – Being able to possibly go for the first time
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011 – Other people who can help me expand upon my knowledge
    In your comment, please include the following:
    * Chris Hummert
    * Email address to contact you if you win – hummertc AT gmail DOT com
    * Twitter handle (if you have one) – None

  63. Rob Sevick permalink
    July 20, 2011 1:57 pm

    1. My favorite thing about VMware is they always seem to be ahead of the innovation curve. And… the technology is just cool (in a geeky kind of way).

    2. I most look forward to at VMworld is learning all about vSphere 5 and associated products. The parties are always great too. Can’t beat Vegas for a good time.

    3. At VMworld, I hope to meet Danica (again), Michael Jordan, or Tiger Woods

    4. My contact info:
    name: Rob Sevick
    email: rsevick @ hotmail.com
    twitter: twitter.com/rsevick1

  64. July 20, 2011 2:24 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware:

    While I really like and appreciate vSphere/ESX and give it tons of credit as the most mature hypervisor on the market, my favorite thing about VMware is actually ThinApp. I’ve used all the major application virtualization/packaging technologies and ThinApp has consistently been the lightest weight and most successful.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011:

    Learning more about vSphere, especially hands-on labs, as well as more about VMware’s plan for supporting our move from the large private clouds we’re currently building to, for some systems anyway, larger, and hopefully cheaper, commodity clouds.

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011:

    Jeramiah Dooley. He’s consistently interesting to read on Twitter and seems to advocate for customers even if it sometimes means questioning companies close to his own. I’d also like to meet Joe Onisick because he’s the most vocal advocate I’ve found for Cisco UCS, the blade platform we’ve just deployed in large numbers.

    * First and last name

    Mike Stanley

    * Email address to contact you if you win

    mikestanley00 AT gmail dot com

    * Twitter handle

    @mikestanley

  65. Jesse Cross permalink
    July 20, 2011 3:06 pm

    * Your favorite thing about Vmware
    Well that would be how much less time I have to spend managing my servers. It just works.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    Tech labs and meeting other VCP’s like myself.

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    No doubt I would love to meet Paul.

    Name: Jesse Cross
    Email: jcrossdaboss@yahoo.com

  66. July 20, 2011 4:52 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    ESXi (vSphere) solves many of our compliance issues and simply works.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    Networking with some of the vExperts and listening to their real world issues and scenarios.
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    Scott Lowe, John Troyer, Duncan Epping, Jason Boche and Rich Brambley. Mike Laverick as well if he can make it across the pond.

    Jay Moore
    jay.moore@yahoo.com
    @jazzerjay

  67. Steffan Røstvig permalink
    July 20, 2011 5:54 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    DRS and HA!

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    Meeting people and hearing about vSphere5

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    Duncan Meyer, Frank Denneman, Jason Boche, David M Davis, Alan Renout

    Steffan Røstvig
    steffan.rostvig@gmail.com
    @srostvig

  68. John Clark permalink
    July 20, 2011 6:13 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware

    My most favorite thing about VMware is the ability to lower my power footprint, increase my performance dynamically, and backup my whole environment within hours!

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011

    I would take in the experience of being at the conference. I have never had the opportunity to attend VMworld and would look forward to the sessions, speaking with the vendors, and meeting new people that are passionate about VMware. Most of all, I would look forward to attending the “Ask the Expert vBloggers”, and meet them face to face.

    * Who you hope to meet at VMworld 2011
    Duncan Epping

    Name: John Clark
    Email address:
    jclark962 AT hotmail dot com

  69. July 20, 2011 9:34 pm

    Favorite thing about VMware:
    My favorite thing about VMware is their community. There is always someone willing to help out or point you in the right direction and the community has helped me solve countless problems.

    What I look forward to most at VMworld 2011:
    What I look forward to most this year at VMwold is EVERYTHING! That might sound a bit cheesy, but this will be the first year I am able to attend and I’m excited about every aspect; the keynotes, the labs, the deepdive sessions, the networking…hec, even the vendors! ;)

    Who I hope to meet at VMworld 2011:
    If there is one person I could meet at VMworld it would be Steve Herrod, definitely a visionary.

    Josh Coen
    Josh.coen@gmail.com
    @joshcoen

  70. July 20, 2011 10:01 pm

    My favorite thing about VMware is the opportunity to see the endless possibilities virtualization affords us. With each generation of VMware offerings, new potentials are realized. I find this often brings on new perspectives for how we bring services to end-users

    Although I am interested in seeing the new bells and whistles VMware has to offer, I am most interested in seeing how third party vendors plan to integrate. VMware builds great products, but the full potential of virtualization cannot be realized without all the other components, storage, network, and other hardware that work together.

    For starters, I have to mention the Virtual Deities. First, the guys who literally wrote the books on virtualization. There are simply too many to list, and the list of technical contributors is even longer. Jon Troyer and the VMware Communities Podcast has been a saving grace for my hour long drive to work. Scott Lowe’s “Mastering vSphere 4″ was the first book I picked up on the subject, and deserves a great deal of credit to my success. I would love to say thanks in person.

    I have only heard great things about VMworld, but have never had the opportunity to go. I am very excited about the opportunity to go for the first time. My good friend and I are on a joint venture to do whatever it takes to raise the money we need. This may be the literal ticket for one of us. I am feeling lucky, and because I am going to win this (fingers crossed) I am going to split the cost of his travel to make sure he gets there too.

  71. July 20, 2011 10:39 pm

    My absolute favorite thing about VMware has be the idea it has introduced to the tech community of having an entire infrastructure completely virtualized! The idea is extremely exciting to me and I rest faith in the fact that VMware’s ESXi is the future of computing!

    I look forward to seeing what new ideas are in store for VMware. I am excited to learn a little about ESX 5 I have heard a lot about the beta but have not yet tried it for myself!

    I honestly hope to just network and meet who I meet! I tend to not get too wrapped up in meeting a famous tech/business person. I suppose if I had to choose one person it would be Scott Lowe haha. I would like to talk to him about his book and ask him a few questions (man is a genious).

    Name: Christopher Willis
    Email: chriswill99@gmail.com
    Twitter: twitter.com/chris_willis7

  72. Daniel Zeldis permalink
    July 21, 2011 8:38 am

    I like the continuous advancement in all facets of VMWare.
    I hope to able to learn more about the cloud offerings.
    Las Vegas is a fun city, so just being there + meeting people and learning would be pretty close to heaven for me.

    Daniel Zeldis

  73. RL Jones permalink
    July 21, 2011 8:50 am

    Your favorite thing about VMware – I can save on hardware cost.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011 – The new storage features in vSphere 5
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011 – Paul Maritz
    * First and last name – RL Jones
    * Email address to contact you if you win – site.accounts@hotmail.com
    * Twitter handle (if you have one)

  74. July 21, 2011 10:58 am

    My favorite thing about VMware is that when I found VMware Workstation 1.0 beta (!!!) in 1999 (to be honest – by accident trying to find virtuall CDROM software) I was totally impressed and thought – ‘this is a future’, company and its products still evolving keeping 1st place on the market. Till now nobody could say VMware gets successed and he settled on his laurels. What’s more, they still set the standards for virtualization solutions.

    The most I look forward at VMworld 2011 is to educate with future virtualization and cloud computing trends and how VMware strategy relates to.

    I hope to meet many proffesionals who are not only VMware users, but funs and enthusiast as well.

    Remigiusz Mikula
    remigiusz.x.mikula@gsk.com

  75. Neeraj Kaushal permalink
    July 21, 2011 1:31 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    The one thing I like about VMware is uninterrupted virtualization.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    I would like to see improved VDR appliance.
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    Meet other enthusiastic VMware administrators; share and learn from their experience.

    Neeraj Kaushal
    n_kaushal77@yahoo.com

  76. July 21, 2011 2:36 pm

    My favorite thing about VMware is their reliability! I look forward to learning about the latest and greatest ideas and products in virtualization and what’s to come in the future. I hope to see Brian Madden, and other vSpecialists I follow on the web and twitter. I also look forward to the great networking opportunity with virtualization experts to get new ideas and share what we are doing at the college I work for.

    I’m a Virtualization Systems Administrator at a 4-year state college in Georgia that like other IT Pros in Higher Education are turned down from going to VMworld because of the tough economic times with state budgets :(

    Lance Hundt
    lhundt@gsc.edu

  77. Jason Silva permalink
    July 21, 2011 4:01 pm

    *My favorite thing about VMware: The immediate and positive impact it has in a Data Center. The technology just rocks!
    * What I look forward to most at VMworld 2011: Awesome sessions, being able to catchup and network with my peers, and of course Vegas!
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011: vDestination, vExperts

    Jason Silva
    mjsilva@gmail.com
    twitter – @silvaecs

  78. Brandon Gammon permalink
    July 21, 2011 4:03 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware – The ability to abstract applications and servers from hardware, and to really utilize the hardware you purchase.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011 – More info about vSphere 5
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011 – Any other VMware users to learn from and find out how they are using the product.

    * First and last name – Brandon Gammon
    * Email address to contact you if you win – brandon.gammon at gmail.com
    * Twitter handle (if you have one) – @bgammon

  79. July 22, 2011 1:31 am

    * Your favorite thing about VMware:
    My life became too easy, after VMWARE deplyoment. Thank you very much, my wife is happy now, because I return to bed early!!! Now I became a vmware adicted!.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011:
    New features, stirage virtualization, new possibilities.
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011:
    People like me, finding the way to live our technical live more easy and do more with our job time.

  80. Brandon Bazan permalink
    July 22, 2011 7:24 am

    My favorite thing ah, well hard to choose. VMware has increased my passion for tech once again after being a little discouraged in the corporate world. It has made my job fun once again.
    I look forward to actually seeing/hopefully meeting everyone that I read about everyday and see all of the new technology that will be there especially with 5 being released.
    I hope to meet many different people such as David Davis, Jason Boche, etc (and Simon Long but I am guessing he isn’t going to the U.S. VMworld)

    Brandon Bazan
    brandon.bazan AT gmail.com
    @bbazan

  81. Mike Dowjat permalink
    July 22, 2011 9:52 am

    I just reviewed all the new feautures in the New Announcement that just occurred. I’m going to spend more time understanding and recommending this technology to my clients. I think we have a company on its way to challenging the likes of Oracle. Definitely going to change the game in alot of dimensions that we haven’t even thought of.

    Want to understand the different dimensions of the products so I can translate its value to customers.

    Planning on make some significant contacts and getting technically dirty with all that is now available.

  82. Michael Alexander permalink
    July 22, 2011 10:40 am

    favorite thing about vmware: Finally put CPU cycles to use.
    what I look forward to at VMworld 2011: attending it for free by winning this contest :)
    Who I hope to meet: Other VMware users to learn from and share experiences with.
    F&L name: Michael Alexander
    e-mail: malexand at milwaukeevalve dot com
    twitter handle: @lxzndr

  83. July 22, 2011 6:21 pm

    * My favorite thing about VMware is how it’s changed so much of what we sys admins do on a day-to-day basis and how it continues to amaze me.
    * Learning about vSphere 5 and taking my VMware skills to the next level.
    * Like-minded vSphere admins who have elegant and simple answers to problems and solutions that haven’t yet occurred to me.

    * Aaron Rogers
    * aaronrrogers@gmail.com
    * @arogtech

  84. Jon Harris permalink
    July 23, 2011 1:53 pm

    My favorite thing about VMWare is how it allows IT to be agile and flexible. Allows the business to provision what they need on the fly. I look forward to learning more about vSphere 5 and getting my hands dirty with it in the labs. Getting more info on vCloud also and the enhancements in version 1.5. Would love to meet Duncan Epping and get his new DRS book signed.

    Jon Harris

    Jonharrisnm@gmail.com

  85. Marco Schneider permalink
    July 23, 2011 6:20 pm

    Hi there,

    at first thanks for another great chance to win a trip to VMworld this year!

    My favorite “thing” about VMware is especially the way they build software that fits the customer’s needs. Most functions are where you expect them to be and you usually don’t need lots of tools, additionals, cheats and tricks. It’s always a pleasure to see how their products work and a big fun discovering new features (e.g. see latest vsphere5 release).

    At VMworld 2011 what I definitely look forward to the most is just to _BE_ there. I have not yet been able to attend VMworld the past years. It would be a real pleasure to participate and to be part of this amazing event.

    Well finally I’d hope to meet there all the famous guys from the blogs whose posts helped me a lot in learning and discovering new and exciting things in the world of VMware and who are the living proof that I’m not the only “fool” who puts a small datacenter virtualized under his desk just to “play” with ;-)

  86. jason carney permalink
    July 23, 2011 7:20 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware vmotion
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011 the labs
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011 John Troyer, Greg Stuart

  87. July 23, 2011 7:28 pm

    Your favorite thing about VMware:
    The innovation of VMware, and all the awesome new features included in each new realese of vSphere. This means a continue process of learning, which is really cool. I look forward to keep learning about virtualization, and I’ll be watching the evolution of VMware and Cloud Computing!

    What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    I look forward to learn all about Cloud Computung and all the new solutions and releases of VMware. I want to participate in this great event, and to be part of a conference with a lot of people which likes VMware and all about virtualization, just like I do!

    Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    I hope to meet with John Troyer, David Davis, Scott Lowe, and all the vExperts and VMware experts. This is a great oportunity to learn from all of them. Obviously I hope to meet the sponsors of this pass.

    Name: Patricio Cerda
    E-Mail: info@patriciocerda.com
    Twitter: @patote83

  88. Patrick Robinson permalink
    July 23, 2011 8:03 pm

    My favorite thing about VMware is, as an admin and implementer, how much easier it makes my job! What I look forward to VMworld 2011 is seeing the new vSphere 5 in action. And I hope to meet more admins like me that work in the SMB market.

    Patrick Robinson
    yrlesboy(AT)rogers(dot)com

  89. Pete Margellos permalink
    July 24, 2011 12:08 am

    * Your favorite thing about VMware – Ease of Use.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011- Learning more about Cloud Computing.
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011-Scott Lowe
    PDAboy

  90. @squarie permalink
    July 24, 2011 8:50 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware – Lately, it’s the humble snapshot. Thinking (just a bit) bigger, we all know this is the future of IT.
    I also really enjoy the constant opportunities for learning from my local VMUG.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    The labs. I will trade lab time for a boring marketing presentation any day. I want to break stuff.
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    All the virtualization types I follow on twitter.

  91. July 24, 2011 9:34 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware
    Just how amazing it changes life in the datacenter. I just recently went (after using it for 7+ years), “WOW.. vMotion ROCKS!” It always just works.

    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011
    Looking forward to seeing the Labs on the new vSphere 5 everything, the keynotes showing the future near term & far term, presentations on how to design to Tier 1 environments, networking with great folks like vExperts, vSpecialists, VMUG members & leaders along with great developers & Product Managers from all the various vendors coming.. everything about it!

    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011
    Sean Clark, Rod Gabriel, Duncan from Yellow Bricks, @susangude (VCP #0001), Greg Stuart and so many more I have met on Twitter, Forums and blog postings.

    * First and last name
    Ian Koenig
    * Email address to contact you if you win
    iguy@ionsphere.org
    * Twitter handle (if you have one)
    iankoenig

  92. July 24, 2011 9:36 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware – Getting rid of old physical servers.
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011 – Labs
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011 – Nigel Poulton

  93. Alfredo Gonzalez permalink
    July 24, 2011 10:52 pm

    * Your favorite thing about VMware: learn leading edge technology and how other professionals in the field are implementing them
    * What you look forward to most at VMworld 2011: Learn about cloud infrastructure and its steighs and weakneses using VMWare.
    * Who you hope meet at VMworld 2011: people who i can network and learn from the triumps and mistakes so i can have a smooth implementation.
    In your comment, please include the following:

    * Alfredo Gonzalez
    * alfredogonzalez1@hotmail.com

  94. Seth Bokelman permalink
    July 24, 2011 10:55 pm

    My favorite thing about VMware is how it not only makes being a SysAdmin easier, it saves money doing it. I spend far less time micro-managing the lifecycles of 1U application servers now, and have a more reliable and robust infrastructure to boot. I’m also the “backup guy” in our environment, so I also appreciate how much easier VMware makes recovery from system failures. Restoring a single VMDK with only a few clicks, and having it power itself on is far easier than any bare metal restore technology I’ve used.

    I’m hopeful to attend VMworld 2011, as 2010 was my first time, and it was simply the best technology conference I’ve been too. Most of those I’ve attended in the past turn negative quickly, with people wanting to air their grievances about the real or imagined shortcomings in the products. The positive attitude at VMworld last year was a great surprise to me, and I really look forward to being around more people excited about the possibilities of this technology, and having the new vSphere 5 release, and all the changes it brings will provide for some great discussions and possibilities.

    I hope to meet more admins like myself, I work for a public university, and had some great interactions with other admins from higher education last year. We tend to face some unique challenges due to how IT is organized and managed in higher ed, and finding out how my colleagues have solved the same challenges I’ve faced has proved extremely valuable. The networking opportunities were fantastic. Winning this trip would be great, as our university has suffered a large budget cut, and our training & travel budget suffered a huge cut to save staff. I so want to go to VMworld that otherwise I’ll probably have to find a way to pay for this out of my own pocket. It’ll hurt, but I know it’ll be worth it!

    Seth Bokelman
    seth.bokelman@uni.edu
    @sethbokelman

  95. krival96 permalink
    July 25, 2011 7:09 am

    * favorite thing about vmware is it just works.
    * learn about all the new features in vsphere 5
    * like to meet duncan Epping

    krishna valaboju
    krival96@gmail.com

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