Its been a while since Matt and I teamed up to do another installment of the I Tech Therefore I Tool Around Podcast. With EMC World right around the corner, we decided to preview the upcoming event! Being located near the EMC Headquarters has it’s benefits, and one of those is that many people were in town working on projects for the show. We invited two vSpecialists Jase McCarty and Dave Robertson to join us in talking about the show.
In this podcast we talk about several different subjects revolving around EMC World. We started off by talking about the vLabs, what went into them last year, and what we can look forward to this year. Jase is going to be head of operations this year at the vLabs and will be the man to make sure things get done. Dave has been up here working on a VMAX VSA that will be used as vLab demo this year.
Next we moved on to Project R.A.M.P. Matt takes us through the first big public result of his new role at EMC. For those of you who don’t know, Matt has transferred from Engineering to the Social Media team here at EMC. As of this blog post, Project R.A.M.P has gone live on the EMC Community Network but there will be mission for those attending EMC World.
New this year are BUZZ sessions. These short 20 – 30 minute gatherings are modeled after the TED Talks and will encompass a variety of subjects. Matt, myself, and several of the support forum legends will be having a BUZZ session on Wednesday, May 23rd @ 10:30 AM PST. Be sure to join us both in person and online (more on that later). In addition to the buzz talk, you will find myself and several other ECN members at the EMC eServices / Social Media booth and around the show conducting interviews and reports. And be sure to come check out the Bloggers Lounge and catch up with other bloggers.
While at this years show, be sure to visit the EMC Proven Professional area where they are offering 50% off the price of exams. The show floor will always have some great swag to give away, so be sure to bring an extra bag to fill up. Closing out the show this year will be another live episode of Chad’s World as well as a special concert by Maroon 5!!!!!!! I look forward to seeing as many people there again this year.
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First off, my apologies for not having this final EMC World post out sooner. Traveling and lack of sleep has pretty much kept me away from writing until now. Day 3 was the last full day of EMC World and it was just as packed as before.
Today was EMC Proven day at EMC World. Attendees that had received a proven certification were given an orange shirt and asked to wear it to show their support. After hearing news that Matt took 3 different exams yesterday, I decided it would be a good idea to take one as well. Being that it has been over a year since I started in NAS support, I should have retained enough knowledge to pass the NAS Specialist exam. Apparently I wasn’t the only one to have this idea because the line to register was out the door and it took over a half hour to get signed up for my exam. This also meant that all the timeslots were taken and it was standby only. The people at the proven center were well aware of this surge to pass exams, so a second testing room was opened up and my wait time was only a few minutes. This whole experience was well worth it as I passed my NAS Specialist exam.
We also had our #nerdherd today and it was a great experience. While several people joined us on camera, even more joined to watch, or participated via twitter and the live chat. All sorts of topics were discussed like the keynotes at EMC World, the vLabs, the VNXe, local #nerdherd meetings, and many other things. One of the comments that were brought up was the notion that “EMC eats its own dog food”. Taken out of context, this sounds like it has a negative connotation, but it really doesn’t. What was meant by this statement was that we use internally the same thing we are trying to sell to customers. We have a very large VDI deployment that works very well.
The day closed out with the final keynote, Chad’s World Live. Hopefully most of you already know the Chad’s World videos, but if you don’t, you should check them out. The venue was full of beer and laughs and it was a great time. The tech demos on stage were great. They powered on 100 Wyse thin clients only to reveal that it was powered by the new Iomega PX6 (I want one of these). My only concern with this was the time. The performance was right after the sessions and show floor ended, so people were being pumped full of beer on an empty stomach. This did cause a lot of noise to be coming from the back of the room.
Las Vegas is a great place for a conference. Everything is within walking distance and there are plenty of things to do when you’re not on the show floor. You can take in an after party, a club, some great food, or a performance. When you are ready to unwind, the view can be incredible. I had an incredible time at EMC World. Len Devanna made a great place for a blogger like myself to get work done while at the show. Thanks to everyone who made this an event to remember and I can’t wait to go to EMC World next year.