Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tech Field Day Extra: VMworld 2014 in San Francisco!

I'm very happy to share with you all that I've been selected as a delegate for Tech Field Day Extra at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco!

The Tech Field Day Extra event spans three days, and will give us a chance to learn about new solutions from companies such as SolarWinds, EMC, and SanDisk. And perhaps more importantly, it's a unique opportunity to ask good questions in order to dive deep into the inner workings of these things. It's certainly not a lunch'n'learn led by a salesperson who can't go beyond the glossy exterior of the product packaging.

Each day will have a different selection of delegates; I'm excited to be included on Monday's panel. That means I'll be getting smart(er?) on SolarWinds, Asigra, and the infamous SECRET COMPANY. Most of you know that I'm a regular contributor at Thwack!, the SolarWinds community forum. I was even fortunate enough to take a turn as a Thwack Ambassador in April of this year. I'm doing my homework now on Asigra; I just might have a two part question to ask. And secret company... more later.

You'll likely recall the discussion that occurred on Duncan Epping's blogpost about a TFD from earlier this year. I think it was a great conversation, especially my dialogue with Hans De Leenheer. I was happy to see that we'll be delegates for Monday's session.

And that's really the point, isn't it? The esprit de corps that springs into existence when you get some social geeks who would otherwise only interact via comments and tweets into the same room... that's truly an amazing opportunity.

And for that reason, I'd like to sincerely thank Stephen Foskett, Tom Hollingsworth, and Claire Chaplais for selecting me to participate, and for covering my travel and lodging for the event. I mean really, I'm just a guy with a blog and a Twitter account. But maybe that's the point. Maybe TFD is for all of us.

See you in SanFran.