If you were looking for Legos, VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas this week was the place to be.
I spent four days in Las Vegas for VMware's annual customer event, probably because I learned nothing from going to CiscoLive there two months earlier. I braved 100-plus degree temperatures outside, excessive air conditioning inside and bad coffee to bring you the latest news.
As always when I travel for Enterprise Cloud News, I took photos of weird and interesting sites, and peppered my social media friends with observations (when I wasn't doing serious work or stuffing my face-hole with food). Here's some of what I saw and said.
Prior to the first day's keynote, an entertainer warms up the crowd creating art in virtual reality in real time, accompanied by jazzy music.
The view from my hotel window.
Obligatory "holy cow it's so hot out!" screenshot of my iPhone weather app. The temperature hit 113 degrees earlier this week.
A contest at the Densify booth: Guess the number of workloads in the block and win a prize. I guessed "more than two" but did not win. What a ripoff! Densify provides cloud tools for workload placement.
Recruits get indoctrinated for a digital mind-control cult. Either that or VMworld attendees get a virtual reality VSAN demo at the Intel booth.
The Spectrum Navisite booth displayed a Lego model of the Mandalay Bay hotel, with a contest for folks to guess the number of bricks in the model.
Breakfast. I like to start the day eating healthy when I travel. By the end of the day I'm shoveling lard into my mouth with a spoon.
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