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VMworld Europe 2010: Copenhagen

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The VMworld conference organizer just sent me feedback from my presentations at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco.  He also sent me my VMworld Europe schedule, which I want to share with you.  You’ll have seven opportunities to catch me talking performance at the show and many more to catch me talking trash at a local pub.  Here is my schedule and some comments on what you can expect at each appearance.

Date Time Activity Session
12 October 12:30-13:30 Breakout Session EA7726 – Virtual Machines Outperforming Physical Machines – Crossing the Performance Barrier
12 October 14:00-15:00 Breakout Session TA7171 – Performance Best Practices for vSphere
13 October 10:30-11:30 1-on-1 Four, 15 minute scheduled one-on-ones where we talk about whatever you want.
13 October 13:30-14:30 Breakout Session EA7726 – Virtual Machines Outperforming Physical Machines – Crossing the Performance Barrier
13 October 16:30-17:30 Group Discussion This is a one-hour Q&A with an interactive digital survey to drive discussion.
14 October 10:30-11:30 1-on-1 Four, 15 minute scheduled one-on-ones where we talk about whatever you want.
14 October 15:00-16:00 Breakout Session TA7171 – Performance Best Practices for vSphere

For EA7726 – Virtual Machines Outperforming Physical Machines – Crossing the Performance Barrier, VMware’s Dave Korsunsky and I provide a survey of the performance history of VMware and the applications that have defied expectations.  This session highlights the characteristics of applications that inhibit scalability and the improvements in hardware and software that have allowed the circumvention of scalability limits.  We scored 4.46 out of 5 (conference average 3.93) so this was a well-received presentation.

In TA7171 – Performance Best Practices for vSphere VMware’s Kaushik Banerjee and I reprise this perennial favorite at VMworld.  I presented this topic at both previous VMworld Europe shows and Kaushik’s broader performance engineering team presented it in the US shows.  We scored a 4.47 out of 5 (conference average 3.93) for which I entirely credit VMware engineering’s fantastic research.  Unfortunately the projector was not online for the first 20 minute so we filled time with an early, extended Q&A.  I am sure the same problem will not be repeated in Copenhagen.

The 1-on-1 events allow you to schedule a 15 minute meeting with me to discuss anything you want.  I have only been scheduled to two 1-on-1 hourlong sessions which means no more than eight people will be able to get a slot.

The Group Discussion was this year’s best addition to the show.  In this forum the organizers have provided an interactive survey that drives group discussion and questions.  I have preloaded the survey with some of the hottest topics in VMware performance but you are encouraged to ask any question you want to hear my thoughts as well as those of your industry peers.

See you at VMworld Europe 2010!

2 Responses

Is there much ‘refreshed’ content in the Performance Best Practices session? I’ve watched last year’s session on VMworld.com and while I’d love to attend (I’m registered for this year’s session) I’m wondering if I’d be better off with one of the alternatives (Transitioning to ESXi is quite appealing)…

    • The content for the performance best practices is mostly new and based largely on content I developed for EMC World earlier this year. Because so many of the problems in virtual environments that are caused by storage, we spend a few minutes reviewing the fundamentals of storage then jump into thin provisioning, VMFS, storage queueing and troubleshooting. We also include content on memory management, which is increasingly more important.

      If you are strapped for time and cannot make either of the best practices talks, come to the group discussion and you can certainly get your questions addressed in a small setting.