The Next Big Thing in Virtualization: Data

The first VMworld gathering in 2004 drew 1600 participants. Not a particularly big deal. Didn’t even have a rock band. It was a gathering of curious IT geeks wanting to understand this budding notion of server virtualization better. Not a lot of notice either — until EMC’s acquisition of VMware that same year. Still, there were plenty of “show me” virtualization skeptics, and it took some time for the change magnitude to register. But register it did. Conference attendance doubled in each of the next few years and this year is expected to exceed 23,000. A big deal.

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Bringing an Amazing Community Together: The Ingredients of vFlipCup

By Andrew Gilman – Sr. Dir. of Corporate and Channel Marketing – For 5 years now, we’ve hosted a variety of community events around the world ranging from local user groups, online chats, demo days to larger events like vFlipcup at VMworld.  It’s been especially rewarding to see our users, partners, and even our competitors come together year after year to celebrate the awesomeness that is Enterprise IT, build relationships and share ‘best practice’ information.

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