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VMworld 2015: 5 Trends To Watch

VMworld is so expansive, it's easy to lose your focus. We'll be following these hot topics.
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VMworld floors in San Francisco next week, taking up residence at the Moscone Center as well as most habitable space in a 5-mile radius. The VMware user conference has become a must-attend event in IT, growing in leaps and bounds from 1900 attendees in its first year to more than 20,000 expected to flock to the Bay Area in its ninth annual event.

The theme of this year's show, "Ready for any," kind of sums up the vague apprehension I have in attending. While my main focus is to meet with readers and industry experts face to face, the options for where to go and what to do are truly overwhelming. The session catalog boasts 870 sessions given by 925 different speakers. Revealingly, one of these is the "V Welcome" orientation session to help new participants navigate the schedule. And then there are the 249 exhibitors, as well as dozens of auxiliary programs, charity events, social soirees and meals hosted by organizations outside VMware. Ready for any, indeed. 

Further complicating things is VMware's expansion into all things IT. Although VMworld is billed as an educational experience for technologies based on virtualization and cloud, just about anything on your radar -- networking, storage, security, mobility, you name it -- is covered at length. VMware has become a floor wax and a dessert topping, all in one. 

So if you're heading off to VMworld, you may want to narrow down the possibilities. I've identified five major topics I have my eye on and hope to learn more about. If you see me there, flag me down. I'll be easy to spot -- just look for the woman with the wide eyes and confused expression on her face.

(Images: VMworld Social Stream)

 

Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio

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Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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10/15/2015 | 12:01:38 PM
Re: The Future
virsingh,

That's good to hear!

More companies should follow the lead of these firms which work extra-hard to make things happen in for dedicated and hard-working employees currently.

I know a lot of Consulting-type folks say-Adapt ,Innovate or Die but its just not happening quick enough as far as I am personally concerned today.

 

 
virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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9/21/2015 | 12:16:15 PM
Re: The Future
Some of the companies take this learning curve very seriously, and i don't blame them as this is one of the top need in today market, to be competent enough. Employees are primary way to show or present your competency. But apart from this, one of the fact is when an employee gets learning as their annual targets they eventually feel lot of pressure added to their day to day responsibility.
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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8/31/2015 | 1:18:00 PM
Re: VMworld 2015
Zerox,

Great-Great point!

Its good to see Vmware as an industry leader stay attentive to customer concerns and adapt accordingly.

Ultimately,that is the absolute Key here.

Is'nt it?

 
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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8/31/2015 | 1:16:17 PM
Re: The Future
virsingh,

Its a good thing that coming Grads are getting all their certifications,etc in place even before they officially enter the workforce.

The other fascinating trend I have observed is of Grads(who are still in University)work part-time for Startups on cutting-edge stuff which has always fascinated the Young Kids.

What seems to be happening is that older Generation of working Professionals struggles to upskill /upgrade their skills after a particular point in time while the Young Kids are hungry and willing to learn as well as work for less because they get the neccesary work experience.

Its obviously a win-win model for all concerned .Is'nt it?

 
zerox203
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zerox203,
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8/31/2015 | 1:12:33 PM
Re: VMworld 2015
After reading Howard Marks' and others' commentary and criticisms of EVO:RAIL and various storage technologies over the last year on this site, it's interesting to see some of the industry's choices crystallizing at VMworld 2015; reduced focus on EVO:RAIL, increased focus on storage. Like many conferences, it's a referendum on the year prior and a preview of the year to come.
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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8/31/2015 | 1:11:52 PM
Re: The Future
VirSingh,

Who will Bell the cat first!



LOL!!

I like your description very-very much!

Yes this is definitely a fair way of putting it.

We need to keep the Initial Learning curve as small as possible so that we can atleast initially get as many people on board of the new Technology as is possible.

Eventually,as the really interested folks get more involved/immersed in the Technology they will tend to learn more and more on their own even if the future learning curve is much-much harder.

Just my two cents to the excellent points you have raised here.

 
virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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8/31/2015 | 12:58:29 PM
Re: The Future
I cannot deny the fact @Ashu, i guess more than dividing the responsibility it is about understanding the responsibility. The more i will understand the more i will learn and simplify. About skilled manpower i saw good shift in last few years, where students were attempting and clearing their technical certifications like CCNA during their graduation itself so they can get good jobs.
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virsingh211,
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8/31/2015 | 12:49:31 PM
Re: The Future
Yes indeed i have good experiance @Ashu. Bell Curve is well suited acronym in almost all the areas either it is your annual performance review with your manager or Technology strategy. If we talk about interest, believe me numbers are very high many companies and IT folks are interested in the technology the only challnege is who will bell the cat first.
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Ashu001,
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8/31/2015 | 10:54:22 AM
Re: Isolation and protection.
Joe,

I really like the fact that VmWare is focussing on all this critical issues so explicitly.

Sometimes when Consultants and Practicioners focus on these very issues with Enterprises;Business part of the Enterprise just does'nt get it.

However,now that it comes with the added weight of having been displayed in VmWorld it just changes the entire dynamics of the whole story bigtime!

Good Job VmWorld!!

 
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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8/31/2015 | 10:48:24 AM
Re: The Future
Virsingh,

I appreciate exactly what you are suggesting here.

Thing is these responsibilities get divided between many-many different teams because there are'nt enough Skilled & Trained Multi-Disciplinary Practicioners out there.

For this to change ;One will have to see Enterprises training their existing employees so that they are more upto the task of moving around and look at things on the IT Network from a Holistic Point of view as against looking at things just from a DevOps or Security point of view.

It will take sometime coming but believe me it will happen eventually!

 
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