VMworld 2013 San Francisco: Day 4, Makers and Shakers

VMWORLD 2013 SAN FRANCISCO: DAY 4 MAKERS AND SHAKERS

For the popular Innovator’s Day at the end of the VMworld Conference…

 

Jay1Jay Silver, Founder and Director Joylabz, and Maker Research Scientist at Intel Labs.

Jay went to Ken Burns’ place in Massachusetts and went on a nature awareness walk. He had a guide, but Jay didn’t see anything new… so he went to downtown Boston and did some urban discovery. Another student licked his finger and stuck it in the air all around the area… and noted wind patterns that led to a vortex at the center.

“If we can see the invisible, can you change it? Can you make the world a construction kit?”

He attached a “squeaky set” sound sensor to a pencil and after spreading the graphite on a paper found you could play music. Ditto with water on a surface, or water pouring from a tap. Or copper stripes on a one’s body that when you hula hoop across it, makes music.

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco: Day 3, the Gadgets

iphoneVMWORLD 2013 SAN FRANCISCO: DAY 3, THE GADGETS

During this week amongst 22,500 geeks it was noticeable how many devices I saw, especially mobile devices. Here’s the quick breakdown…

Cell phones:

  • iPhones by a vast majority, mostly iPhone 5s.
  • Androids as the largest minority, mostly Samsung Galaxy 3 and 4.

Tablets:

  • iPads by a vast majority, with some iPad minis.
  • Androids in the minority, including the smaller Nexus 7 size.

Laptops:

  • MacBooks were a surprisingly significant fraction
  • PCs of all flavors
  • Ultra thin laptops running Android or Windows 8, including the Microsoft Surface, were more prevalent than in the general population

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco: Day 2

Day2VMWORLD 2013 SAN FRANCISCO: DAY 2

In Day 2, the focused moved to details of the big announcements from Day 1, including NSX, vSAN, and a bit on automation.

Carl Eschenbach, President and COO, VMware

Carl started with the observation of “More attendees than expected this year, 22,500 attendees rounded up to 23K, making this the largest IT Infrastructure event of the year”. Wikipedia reports that the 2009 Oracle OpenWorld had 37,000 attendees, but let’s not quibble.

He recapped yesterday’s announcements: vSphere 5.5 & vCloud Suite 5.5, NSX Network Virtualization, and vCloud Hybrid Services, Cloud Foundry on vSphere — through partnership with Pivotal — and Virtual SAN.

3 Imperatives for IT Infrastructure:

Virtualization extends to ALL of IT

  1. IT management gives way to automation
  2. Compatible hybrid cloud will be ubiquitous
  3. Done with the Software-Defined Data Center as the Architectural Foundation.

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