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.
So the time has arrived where I can unveil what I’ll be doing next. After Seven years at the Central Bank of Denmark, I’ve been offered the position as Platform Owner Hypervisor & Chief IT Infrastructure Specialist at Nordea Bank. They have one of the nordic’s biggest VMware farms, where I will be responsible for the strategy for the hypervisor platform in the Bank.
It’s not that easy leaving a job you really liked, but opportunities like this don’t come around that often. And I must say it’s the first time ever I’ve seen a job posting that should have started with “Dear Terkel…”
So June 1.st I’ll have to remember to travel 1 stop longer with the Metro in Copenhagen to take me to The Nordea Headquarters just across the water from the Central Bank.
I can honestly say that I’m really excited about the challenges ahead.