Two of the mostly highly rated sessions presented at VMworld 2010 were TA8133: Best Practices to Increase Availability and Throughput for VMware & TA8623: Storage Super-Heavyweight Challenge. I believe part of the reason these two sessions were so highly rated was that they both presented the role and future direction of storage in a shared cloud infrastructure from multiple storage industry experts including NetApp, EMC, HP, and Dell.
Topics discussed by multiple storage vendors tend to be very popular with the public. Their appeal has also resonated in the blogosphere where joint efforts like the iSCSI & NFS posts are some of the most read on my blog.
Well some of us are back at it again, submitting a number of sessions for your consideration as sessions presented at VMworld 2011. If you’d like to get the inside scoop, literally G14 classified information on storage integration, performance, and capabilities, then please consider voting for the following sessions.
Sessions 1623, 2481, & 1427 appear to be rather redundant in content (especially 1623 & 1427). I expect there is a desire to repeat the success of last year’s TA8623: Storage Super-Heavyweight Challenge. I have some concern that by having three similar sessions, the voting may get fragmented resulting in none of the submissions being selected.
I’d hate to see that happen. Thus, I would suggest you either vote for 1623, Storage Super Heavyweight Smackdown, or vote for all three sessions. The later will communicate to the VMworld selection committee the desire for such sessions and may allow them to consolidate and eliminate any redundancy.