It looks like I didn’t annoy my big bud Tom Hollingsworth (@networkingnerd) enough last time, so I get to try again! I also see my friend Bob Plankers (@plankers) again, as he rejoins the crew as a fellow delegate. Bob and I were both delegates at Tech Field Day 9 last year, and I saw both he and Tom at Dell World 2013 recently in December. I look forward to meeting all the other delegates, many of whom I know of, though I don’t yet know them personally.
One of the things I like most about these events is the community, which was described really well by both Eric Wright (@discoposse) and Alastair Cooke (@DemitasseNZ) in their presentations at the recent Virtualisation Field Day 3 event. Watch Eric’s presentation here, and Alaistair’s here. Though it will have been months since we last saw each other in the flesh, we chatter constantly on Twitter and through blogs, so it really does feel like meeting up with old friends.
Also fun: it’ll be my first ever trip to Silicon Valley. Weird as it may sound, all the events I’ve been to in the US have always been held away from the Valley. I know Austin, TX better than Perth, Western Australia!
I’ll also be arriving in time (travel gremlins permitting) for the Software Defined Data Center Symposium on April 22. With all the recently developments in data centre networking and storage, there’s lots to talk about, and I look forward to learning more about the state of the art.
I’ll be doing my traditional deep-dive analysis on the companies presenting in the lead up to the event. I have a little twist planned, which I hope to be able to announce later this week. It’s going to be big.
If you’re part of the technical marketing team for the companies presenting, I encourage you to get in touch with me.