VMworld 2018 Day 1 – good day, bad night

Well today started like any other Day 1 at VMworld, It was great to wander round the hall and catch up with old friends, it wasn’t long before I had met most of the community people I like to hang out with. The list is endless but, Anna Lawler, Eric Nielsen, Angelo Luciani and Noell Grier to name but a few, apart from the entire UK vExpert and London VMUG community who appear to be 100% here.

I managed to get some Labs completed In the HOL area including the new lightening Labs; these are a great way to start a lab off. The concept is that you can start and finish a lab in 30 minutes, I did the lab SPL-1988-01-EMT Enterprise Blockchain getting started, and this is basically a 30 minutes introduction and walk through of the VMware Blockchain application, and worked really well.

At this point Gareth Edwards turned up with a suitcase of vExpert special order Polo shirts for most of the UK vExpert’s. Just one of the reasons why Gareth has been recognised as a vExpert Pro. One of just two in the UK.

garethpolos.

It was at this point that we decided to head off back to our apartment and prepare for an evening at the VMworld Rubrik sponsored Cocktail party.

However despite all my preparation’s and heightened awareness as I entered the Metro train at LCollblanc to Verdaguer (L5 line) a team of pickpockets skillfully blocked my path on to the train, grabbed my rucksack which stopped my movement and then made it off with my wallet. Luckily for me I had split my cash and plastic over two wallets so I didn’t lose that much. However I was with 3 of my colleagues and all of us were taken in by this distraction technique that ended up with my wallet going. So please be extra vigilant when out and about especially when using public transport.

After getting back to the apartment and blocking the cards that were taken, I did head off to the police station that google suggested. However it was shut when I got there. So decided that at 21:00 to head off to the Rubrik party and drown my sorrows whilst I was there.rubrik

I’m sure tomorrow will be a better day as we start VMworld off with a keynote from Pat Gelsinger and Ray O Farrell on Technology Superpowers.

So remember people let’s be careful out there.

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