Opinion

Not everything is virtual at VMworld

As more than one observer has already remarked, this year's VMworld Europe event in Copenhagen was occasionally like a conference in reverse. This was most obviously manifested in the fact that the keynote from VMware CEO Paul Maritz was delivered on the final day of the show (20 October), rather than the first.

That it happened the morning after a big party in an old Carlsberg brewery for those attending the show didn't help to lift what seemed, on the whole, to be a fairly muted atmosphere at the morning's event. It probably didn't help that after two busy days at the show, many people in the audience were probably starting to turn their attention to the journey home.

The strange timing of Maritz's keynote was dictated by his attendance at the high profile "mastermind keynote interview" at The Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, 18 October, the opening day of VMworld.

Sadly, while VMware may be able to make it possible for businesses to have as many identical virtual machines in as many different locations as they like, short of creating a virtual Maritz, the company still doesn't have the technology to make its CEO appear in two different places at the same time.

This was first published in October 2011

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