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VMworld 2010 diary: Tuesday

Eric Siebert weighs in on the keynotes by Paul Maritz and Stephen Herrod, plus the Best of VMworld 2010 Awards judging, in the Tuesday edition of his VMworld 2010 diary.

Read the Monday edition of Eric Siebert's VMworld 2010 diary.

Tuesday started with the big keynote to officially open VMworld 2010. I really liked the format this year. Instead of having separate keynotes by VMware CEO Paul Maritz on Tuesday and CTO Stephen Herrod on Wednesday, they combined them into one morning event.

Paul's keynote is always about the vision, message and direction of VMware, and Stephen's keynote is always about the technical details behind Paul's keynote. This year the event opened with Rick Jackson, the chief marketing officer, who gave out some neat statistics and discussed the cloud data centers that were powering VMworld this year.

Paul Maritz then came out and talked about the layers of virtualization and the need for innovation. That basically set the stage for Stephen Herrod. His keynotes are what the techie people in the crowd love to hear, because he often discusses new features and products. Stephen highlighted some of the big features in the recently released vSphere 4.1, such as network and storage I/O control, and he also announced the new vCloud Director product and a brand new version of vShield (which was particularly interesting to me, a big security geek). The flow from CMO to CEO to CTO ended up being an excellent keynote format.

For me, the rest of Tuesday was all about judging the Best of VMworld 2010 Awards. I had the security category for the third year. All the judges had to visit the nominated vendors on the show floor to determine a winner and one or two runner-ups for each category. Judging this category the prior two years was much easier, because there seemed to be a single standout product.

This year it was much tougher. Not only were there more products in the category than in prior years, but there were a lot of good products as well. Ultimately the winner was VMware's new vShield suite. Compared to the prior version, the product was vastly improved and had significantly more capabilities. The runners-up were Catbird's vCompliance and the HyTrust Appliance, which was last year's winner.

After the judging deliberation meeting, which went till 6:30pm, it was off to the Veeam Software party, where I tried unsuccessfully to avoid drinking imported Russian vodka.

Unfortunately, I had to do a repeat of my deep dive session early Wednesday morning. Some valuable advice I can pass on: Don't drink imported Russian vodka the night before you have to speak in the morning.

Read the final edition of Eric Siebert's VMworld 2010 diary.

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