Today was different. Instead of spending too much time at sessions, I chose to go to the solutions lab. Solution lab is a place where you can do hands on learning on various VmWare products and technologies. The entire solutions lab setup is pretty impressive. They have literally thousands of seats. Each seat has two monitors side by side and one WYSE zero client box. You choose a lab and connect to it. Then on one screen you are presented with step by step document for that particular lab and on the other screen, one to many VMs are at your disposal. I ended up working my way through Capacity IQ lab and learned about it’s features and functionality. At the end of the lab, the VMs are disposed off! In the center of the solutions lab there is a big screen showing everyone interesting stats of number of labs being run and total number of VMs in use. Here are some photos of those screens. I plan to go back and do some more solution labs for sure.
Later on I roamed around on the exhibition floor. I really don’t like this part of attending a conference. Every booth that you go to they look at you suspiciously until they are sure that you don’t work for their arch nemesis company. And as it always turns out the booths that interest me most are the ones that don’t really want me there! So it is always a lose-lose situation! So essentially I end up going through the aisles taking mental note of various companies so that I can go back and do some more research on the web!
Towards the end I attended a very good session by Chris Wolf of Gartner. Chris talked about couple of very interesting things. One of them was a concept of “Infrastructure Authority” and Cloud Maturity Model. This is the first cloud maturity model I have seen that makes lot of sense.