VMWorld 2016 – Las Vegas, NV

From August 28th through September 1st I spent some time in Las Vegas attending at VMworld 2016 conference.

This was my first trip to VMworld and was quite an experience.

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Las Vegas

paris

Paris in Las Vegas

One of my favorite things I saw on the trade floor was BigDaddy+ – this absolutely blew me away.

An 8 node Supermicro* SuperServer 2028U-TN24R4T all-flash NVME vSAN cluster.

  • Dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2687Wv4 (12 Core @ 3.0 Ghz)
  • 256 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Boot Drive – 1x Intel® SSD DC S3710 Series (200 GB, 2.5”)
  • Virtual SAN SSDs – 4 Disk Groups comprised of
    • 4x Intel® SSD DC P3700 Series (800 GB, 2.5” SFF)
    • 20x Intel® SSD DC P3520 Series (2 TB, 2.5” SFF)
  • Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X540-DA2
BigDaddy+ Supermiro 2028U-TN24R4T

BigDaddy+ An 8 node Supermicro* SuperServer 2028U-TN24R4T all-flash NVME vSAN cluster.

https://blogs.vmware.com/virtualblocks/2016/08/26/new-virtual-san-6-2-performance-record-intel-ssd-p3520-series/

Luns suck!

Luns suck!

Hands-on Lab

Hands-on Lab

Got to spend a bit of time in the Hands On Lab doing some courses on vRealize Automation and a bit of time in an invite-only session for SDDC manager.

VMworld solution exchange floor

VMworld solution exchange floor

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Ferrari F430 challenge car

Ferrari F430 challenge car

And the ultimate highlight of the trip, was getting to do a few hot laps (as a passenger) in a Ferrari F430 Challenge car.

Whilst most of the VMworld attendees got to go around the outside track in standard cars, a few select people were given the experience of a lifetime going around a smaller inside track inside the challenge car. Amazing experience and one that will last in my memory for a while (or at least until next VMworld!)