Scott Drummonds on Virtualization

Meet Me at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco


Those of you following me on Twitter know that I have landed in San Francisco and am prepping for next week’s big event, VMworld 2010.  In addition to the two topics I will each present twice, the conference organizers were kind enough to consider me among the technical gurus they selected for their experts program.  So, if you would like to see either of my talks or come by the for some Q&A in the knowledge experts meetings, here is my schedule:

  • Monday, 30 Aug, 3:00-4:00PM: EXPERTS – 02 – Knowledge Experts One on One (Moscone West – Level 2)
  • Tuesday, 31 Aug, 11:00AM-12:00PM: EA7726 – Virtual Machines Outperforming Physical Machines (Moscone South Room 307)
  • Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2:00-3:00PM: TA7171 – Performance Best Practices for vSphere (Moscone South Room 104)
  • Wednesday, 1 Sep, 12:00-1:00PM: EXPERTS – 08 – Knowledge Experts One on One (Moscone West – Level 2)
  • Wednesday, 1 Sep, 3:00-4:00PM: EA7726 – Virtual Machines Outperforming Physical Machines (Moscone South Room 308)
  • Thursday, 2 Sep, 12:00-1:00PM: GD 35 – Performance with Scott Drummonds (Moscone West Alcove 2)
  • Thursday, 2 Sep, 1:30-2:30PM: TA7171 – Performance Best Practices for vSphere (Moscone South Room 302)
  • Thursday, 2 Sep, 2:30PM-1:00AM: XX1234 – Post Conference Celebration (Various Bars in SF)

The registrations for the performance best practices talk are insane!  1100 people have already signed up for the talk and we are positively thrilled and humbled at the interest.  I know that you will not be disappointed with this year’s talk, because I am bringing a secret weapon.

This year, VMware’s head of outbound engineering will be leading the session.  Kaushik Banerjee has been at the helm of the outbound group since before I joined the company (Jan. 2007).  Every time I talked, blog, tweeted, wrote, or presented performance information Kaushik was behind me doing the research and providing the technical credibility.  It was his team that did the research for the Exchange 16K, 100K IOPS, 365K IOPS, DRS, and SPECweb announcements, among dozens of other white papers and blogs.  It is my pleasure to be able to share the stage with him next week.

On top of that, my good friend and former colleague Dave Korsunsky has asked me to co-present with him on the other topic, “Virtual Machines Outperforming Physical Machines”.  Dave and I co-presented the record-breaking “16,000 Exchange Mailboxes” talk at VMworld Europe 2008 (the data for which Kaushik gathered).  Dave’s expertise as a manager in VMware’s alliances organization goes beyond performance and he has worked on dozens of applications on a wide variety of configurations over the years.  I am again lucky to be invited to join him on stage.

As you can see it is going to be a fun show, and I am looking forward to it.  I’ll be on Twitter and trying to keep up with email so let me know if our paths will cross.

2 Responses


Am I right in thinking that you’ll be replicating these sessions in Copenhagen? I’ve seen that the “Outperforming” module is in the schedule.


    • Definitely the “outperforming” session. A mistake was made in the best practices perf talk that got it knocked off the Copenhagen agenda. But there are are 1100 people signed up for that talk in SF so I hope to get the mistake corrected soon.