Just to let you all know that you can now apply for the 2017 vExpert.
Hop over to http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/11/vexpert-2017-applications-are-now-open.html to fill out your application.
I have already filled out mine, and fingers are crossed until February 8th when they announce the new vExperts for 2017.
I can only encourage you to apply, the vExpert community is truly outstanding and have made quite a few new acquaintances through this.
So here’s the second and last part of this T-Shirt review for this years VMworld. And as before I hope you can find this useful for Barcelona.
Name : Platform 9
Model: Next Level Apparel 60% Cotton 40% Polyester
Size: XL (why oh why no XXL ???)
Quality: Feels really nice and soft and guessing the 40% polyester will help it stay better in shape than 100% Cotton.
Print: A city landscape with a Platform 9 blimp on it and a few different technologies that they support I guess, pretty low-key and thus usable elsewhere than home.
Conclusion: I would have given this shirt an 8, but by not having XXL sizes I have to drop them down a few points. I mean why not bring XXL and since this was the US XXXL as well. I was almost tiny compared to some of the people there, and XL wont last more than 1 or 2 washes then they shrink 😦
Name : Nimble Storage
Model: C Port and Company 100% Cotton – Ring Spun
Size: XL (Why do you only have XL in the US ????) and these are not US sizes
Quality: Somewhat stiff version of this shirt, again have to wait and see whether or not this Ring Spun cotton does anything for shrinkage when washing these T-shirts.
Print: The Nimble Logo and then an kinda ugly red version of the vExpert logo both on the front and back. That would have been better with the normal White on Black.
Conclusion: Both the vExpert and only size XL drags this shirt down.
Name : Cortado
Model: C Port and Company – 100% Cotton
Quality: A bit thicker than the other T-shirts from C Port, but otherwise seems quite ok. Guessing it will warp some when washed.
Print: A superman like version of the Cortado logo, but very stiff and you can feel that on the inside of the shirt.
Conclusion: What brings this shirt down is the Stiffness of the logo, which you can feel like plastic on the inside of the shirt.
Name : Dell Software
Model: The Concert Tee – District 100% Pre-shrunk Cotton
Quality: First T-Shirt I’ve seen from this company, but being pre-shrunk it should hold up good when washed. Very soft and thin T-shirt
Print: A print that’s supposed to make it look like you have a clock on a gold chain around your neck. and a message that’s continue on the back.
Conclusion: The shirt is nice and soft and pre-shrunk should help a lot. But the print makes this another shirt I wouldn’t wear in public, but can be used around the house 🙂
That’s it for this year. As I wrote in the first post, I haven’t had much time in the Solutions Exchange and therefore didn’t get to grab that many T-Shirts this year.
I hope you still found this funny/useful/whatever 🙂
I have to start by apologizing, that this review comes after VMworld, but I’ve actually had a really busy schedule at VMworld this year, and didn’t get much time to spend at the Solutions Exchange to find all the T-shirts or evenings free to actually write a few posts about the T-shirts. I do hope that most of the Vendors I list here will be represented at VMworld Europe in Barcelona, so people can still use this review for something useful 🙂
Name : Official VMworld T-Shirt
Model: C Port and Company 100% Cotton
Quality: Seems like VMware has degraded the quality of their T-shirt this year. Last years pre-shrunked cotton was really good after washes, this one seems a bit too stiff. It however is still alot better than some of the else T-shirts I’ve collected the other years.
Print: A few variations of the be_TOMORROW message that was all over the conference. Not too excessive, but still a bit bigger than I would have liked it, if I should wear this shirt anywhere but at VMUG’s and the like.
Conclusion: An ok Shirt that doesn’t feel all that soft, but still quite ok.
Name : Veeam
Model: Gildan Softstyle – Ring Spun 100% Cotton
Quality: Feels really soft to the touch and hope that it feels this soft after a few washes. Not sure what the Ring Spun means but I hope that it’s somewhat like the Pre-shrunk thing that some of the other T-shirts have, that really keeps the shape of the T-shirt after you wash it a few times.
Print: As always Veeam has some big lettering on the front, which makes you notice this shirt when people walk around with it. Not sure I would wear this one anywhere at home though (or at a Veeam convention)
Conclusion: Nice shirt, but the big print drags it down, to get a high score I want a shirt that I could actually wear in public too.
Name : Docker
Model: Canvas – 100% Cotton
Quality: A nice soft and thin T-shirt that’s from a new T-shirt Vendor that I don’t think I’ve seen before. Hope this stays in shape after washes.
Print: Just the well-known Docker logo on the front and a simple ” Build Ship and Run Any App Anywhere” message on the back. Not too brazen.
Conclusion: A nice quality and not too big a logo, I think i could wear this one once in a while 🙂
Name : Turbonomic (former VMturbo)
Model: Canvas – 100% Cotton
Quality: The same company and same quality of T-shirt that Docker use.
Print: A big brain on the front where one half is the normal brain and the other half is a computer circuit version
Conclusion: Like Docker a very soft and nice T-shirt with an ok print, and not too brazen company logo. Actually surprised that the earlier VMturbo company has this understated company logo 🙂
My humble opinion is that this years best vExpert gift comes from Datrium Storage
Cohesity had a really nice Timbuk2 backpack with a 6000mAh power bank, charger cables and a water bottle also a very nice and useful gift.
Over at the Nimble booth they gave out t-shirts, unfortunately the largest was XL and not American sizes.
Docker gave out a vExpert Cap and a T-shirt if you sat in on 15 min session about docker, by a very enthusiastic speaker.
At the Solidfire booth I picked up the new version of Cards against humanity and a pair of the famous Solidfire socks 😉
I saw that both Datacore and Catalogic Software had something too, but didn’t get around to picking those up.
Only sad thing this year is that no one did the really nice vExpert Polos, that I see a lot of fellow vExperts wear at VMworld.
First off I have to admit I’m still jet lagged so if the wordings come off a bit negative that is not the intention of this post.
I have to say that Las Vegas is a completely different city than San Francisco. I like most of the other attendees live on a hotel on the Strip. And that seems to be nothing but casinos, hotels and bars. Shops that you find everywhere in SF like T-mobile or say a Target are 2-3 miles away and in this heat you need to take a cab to get there. So eventhough the hotels are much cheaper than SF I think this willbe a more expensive trip than last year.
The Strip at night however is an amazing sight, kinda creates a magical atmosphere with all the colourful lights on all the casinos, seems no expense spared to try to attract potential guests to their hotel or casino.
Last night i attended what i would deem the best VMuG party ever. The inaugural VMUG Members Party. Held in The House of Blue at the Mandalay. I have actually no idea what the bands name was, but damn did they play great music. 80’s Rock coverband, with a lot of ACDC , Aerosmith Run DMC and the like, that really got the crowd going.
Michael Dell took the stage and we had an air guitar competition, and of course the legendary #wreckingcrew was there as well.
Really nice way to kick off VMworld.