This was my 2nd straight year attending VMware Partner Exchange (PEX). Last year, this conference was the first I attended after joining NetApp, late in 2011. At that conference, I presented in the NetApp partner “boot camp”, but this year, I had the privilege to participate in a “breakout session”, co-presenting with VMware on Horizon Workspace & NetApp.
The session was well attended and we provided some detailed information about system requirements, storage scenarios, and other useful information about implementing Horizon Workspace on NetApp as well as other reference architectures.
Here is a Speaker Deck of my presentation entitled: Sharing Enterprise Files Safely and Efficiently:
In addition to the session, I worked the NetApp booth where my colleagues and I had great conversations with partners and VMware alike. We discussed lots of ideas regarding how to better collaborate with VMware in the future as well as ways to spread the word about Clustered Data ONTAP.
Finally, the parties provided an informal atmosphere for furthering relationships with folks that I already know as well as developing relationships with new folks. At the vExpert/VCDX party, me and my colleague also had an opportunity to chat with Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, for a few minutes about NetApp and VMware’s partnership and the great things coming on the horizon.
The environment at PEX is very different from VMworld. It gives partners the ability to talk with our partners and VMware on a more personal level; something that’s very difficult to do at VMworld. It was great to participate again this year. It serves as a great way to kick-off the new year’s conference season and the content that I will present throughout the year builds off this show.
Now we look forward to VMworld, Insight, and beyond!
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