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Can you afford not going to VMworld Europe?

October 6th, 2011

VMworld Europe is just under two weeks away and there’s still time to register if you haven’t already done so.

VMworld is one of, if not the best technology conferences in the world. Yes, there has already been a huge one in Las Vegas this year but if you weren’t able to attend, there’s still time to register for Copenhagen.  If you think you’ve already “done” VMworld because you watched the interviews, read the blog posts and saw the Twitter feed, you are seriously missing out. VMware, its partners & other vendors will be announcing new cool stuff that wasn’t announced in Vegas.

VMworld is a deep-dive training course & networking event on steroids that you can’t really afford to miss. I’m funding my own way just to be there as I see it as a vital opportunity to further my knowledge and career which I just couldn’t do remotely. Yes, it is does cost money but how much does that instructor led course cost you or your company and you’ll learn so much more at VMworld.

So, why can you not afford to miss it?

Being there!
The advantage of actually being at VMworld is being surrounded by thousands of like minded IT professionals who are working through the same challenges as you are and trying to do their best to design and support their IT infrastructure. Sitting next to someone in a session and introducing yourself, connecting with someone at lunch or enjoying a beer with an expert at one of the parties is an integral part of VMworld. Speak up, ask questions, get involved, talk to people, look for the expert who can answer your burning questions, don’t be shy! The more you put into VMworld the more you get out of it. You cannot do any of this from home.

You get to hear from VMware executives in the keynote General Sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 18: Steve Herrod, CTO and SVP of R&D
  • Wednesday, October 19: Raghu Raghuram, Senior VP and General Manager of Cloud Platforms
  • Thursday, October 20: Paul Maritz, CEO

You get to hear about key VMware products and solutions in the Super Sessions on Tuesday, October 18:

  • VMware will be launching major new additions to its management portfolio, find out what’s new & what’s next in Virtualization and Cloud Management.
  • Learn how VMware View and ThinApp are delivering on the promise of a new way to work.
  • Find out why and how to transition to ESXi.
  • See how the vShield 5.0 suite and partner solutions can secure Your Cloud.

Breakout Sessions
See expert presentations from VMware employees and partners on every aspect of VMware infrastructure. This year you register in advance for the 115 Breakout Sessions so you’re sure you get to see the sessions that are important to you and your business. You can use the Session Builder to put together your conference agenda. Most sessions are repeated so you hopefully have a choice of when to attend to fit as much in as you want.

Hands-on Labs
There’s nothing like getting your hands dirty with new technology to truly understand how it all works rather than just watching PowerPoint. The more than 20 hands-on labs are a massive VMware cloud deployment delivered to you through a self-service portal where you get to choose which labs you want to take and when you want to take them so you get to learn the information that is important to YOU!

Knowledge Experts
You can actually meet and interract with VMworld Knowledge Experts who are gurus on a specific topic either on-to-one or in a group discussion. Knowledge Experts are VMware Employees, Customers, Partners or Bloggers.

Group Discussions
Join a Knowledge Expert and others attendees in an informative and interactive session to gain insight from like-minded colleagues in similar industries. Topics include: Cloud Security, Storage, Memory Management, Data Protection, Applications Management and Network. Specific sessions will be available in Schedule Builder by the end of July.

One-on-One Meetings
You can schedule 15 minutes with an expert of your choice for a One-on-One meeting with no set agenda. You get YOUR questions answered.

Solutions Exchange
The Solutions Exchange features more than 125 companies showcasing the latest virtualization and cloud infrastructure products, services and solutions. You’ll be able to talk with experts from the leading companies in the virtualization industry and get hands on experience with the newest tools and technologies. It’s the perfect place to network, learn and explore.

Convince your boss!
VMware will even help you convince your boss its a good idea and have written a ROI message for your manager.

Fill in the letter and give it a try!

The official early bird discount has passed but EMC is still offering the discount code, even more reason to go!

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