Dare to Thrive is the theme at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2015. And that theme is reflected by the BIG online event, the new beginning, and the PEX experience.



First off, there is VMware's Online Launch Event on February 2nd. Tech buzzwords like software defined data centers (SDDC) software defined networking (SDN), software defined storage (SDS), containers such as Docker, Kubernetes, CoreOS Rocket, and App Volumes aka cloud-native apps, and hybrid cloud will almost surely be used. VMware's been talking about and demoing some of these technologies for years. It'll be interesting to see how they extend their portfolio now that they have an update to their big fundamental, VMware vSphere.

New Beginning

Back for our 3rd season with a new performance-centric focus is So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud with Todd Muirhead, Sr. Staff Engineer in Performance R&D at VMware and me. We're just two virtualizing, cloud sizing, and performance optimizing subject matter experts (SMEs), who happen to enjoy sports.



VMware PEX is more signal and less noise than VMworld and aims to provide VMware partners with the means to succeed. I'm expecting better engagements and more personalized experiences from the following:

  • New Hands-on-Labs - An absolute must if attending any VMware event.
  • NDA sessions and product briefings including invites to the vCloud and the Software-defined Storage events.
  • Solutions Exchange conversations with attendees and fellow VMware partners.
  • Community events like #vBacon and #vExpert tweet-up.


In closing

I look forward to catching up with friends and making new connections. Follow my updates on Twitter with hash tags: #VMwarePEX #SolarWinds. If you want to meet up with me at VMware PEX to discuss Virtualization Manager or any other SolarWinds products, just send me a message on Twitter - @kongyang.