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Five Lessons Learned from VMworld 2011

VMworld 2011 was once again a major event for the world of virtualization and cloud computing, with 19,000 people in attendance at this year's extravaganza in Las Vegas.

I'm happy to report there were no tigers in my hotel bathroom, no babies left in my closet, and I made it home with the same amount of teeth in my mouth as when I left and my full memory of the event. I still needed some time to decompress from my experience and to think about the things I heard, the discussions I had, and the trends I noticed at the show.

Here are five key takeaways that I came away with from another great VMworld experience.

1. VMware's partner ecosystem is doing just fine.

With the number of acquisitions taking place and the number of companies running out of VC funding, I thought for sure this year's exhibit hall would be much smallercompared to VMworld last year in San Francisco. I was pleasantly surprised to see that wasn't the case. When I walked into the hall for Monday night's Welcome Reception, my jaw hit the floor. Maybe it was the Vegas lighting or the noise from the casino still ringing in my ears, but it actually felt much larger to me. As I went from booth to booth and navigated from aisle to aisle, I knew that VMware's partner ecosystem was going to be just fine, in spite of the virtualization giant's spending spree of acquisitions, which may ultimately challenge many of its partners.

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Published Monday, September 12, 2011 9:04 AM by David Marshall
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