I survived.  The VMUG 2017 welcome party was an incredible way to start the week here at VMWorld.  The band was incredible, and I got to meet a bunch of new folks.  What continues to astound me is how incredibly welcoming this community is to new folks, and how approachable the VMUG staff is.  Who would have thought that after a few minutes, I'd be on a first name basis with Brad, the president of VMUG?  Who would have thought I would be having a beer, literally 4 feet from Michael Dell.  (Picture on my twitter feed @indylinux)

Well, VMWorld 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I think overall this is my 12th VMWorld.  I am still looking for that incredible feeling like the first time I saw vMotion, or Fault Tolerance at work.  It's been a somewhat quiet evolution of products for VMware in my mind.  Each one bringing more and more of the Software Defined Data Center vision closer and closer to reality.  The last of those being full on network virtualization with VMware NSX.  I have to say, NSX has me the most curious of all of the recent work put out by the folks at VMware.  

I'm sitting here at breakfast, looking over my schedule for the conference.  I think I see a theme.  Do you?


NSX Features Deep Dive:
Today, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lagoon H, Level 2

The NSX Practical Path:
Today, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Mandalay Bay Ballroom H, Level 2 

How to Describe NSX to your Grandmother:
Today, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
VMvillage - VMTN Community Theater

Introduction to VMware NSX for Security:
Today, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Mandalay Bay Ballroom F, Level 2 

Customer Panel on VMware NSX for Automation:
Tomorrow11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Mandalay Bay Ballroom D, Level 2 

Kubernetes Networking Using NSX:
Tomorrow12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
VMvillage - VMTN Community Theater

Deploying NSX on a Cisco Infrastructure:
Tomorrow1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lagoon H, Level 2

NSX Performance Deep Dive:
Tomorrow4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mandalay Bay Ballroom F, Level 2 

NSX-T Advanced Architecture Concepts:
Aug 30, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Breakers E, Level 2

NSX Design—Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere: Part 1:
Aug 30, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Oceanside B, Level 2 

NSX Design—Reference Design for SDDC with NSX and vSphere: Part 2:
Aug 30, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Oceanside B, Level 2 

NSX Service Insertion: Platform for Advanced Networking and Security Services:
Aug 30, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Mandalay Bay Ballroom B, Level 2 

NSX Logical Routing :
Aug 30, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Mandalay Bay Ballroom I, Level 2

NSX and VMware Cloud on AWS: Deep Dive:
Aug 31, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Breakers E, Level 2

Advanced VMware NSX: Demystifying the VTEP, MAC, and ARP Tables:
Aug 31, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lagoon L, Level 2

NSX DMZ Anywhere: Modernizing the DMZ:
Aug 31, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Mandalay Bay Ballroom I, Level 2