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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Guest post by Kevin Komiega
I was bummed when Hurricane Irene derailed my planned trip to VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas last year. My hopes of blogging from the event were dashed when I was unable to rebook my flight in time to make the show. This year, however, it's a different story.
Blogging used to be part of my gig. Some of you may recognize the byline from various storage industry publications like SearchStorage, Storage Magazine, InfoStor and Enterprise Storage Forum. Yes, I was once an intrepid industry reporter.
That's why it fills me with great glee to be turned loose to blog about VMworld 2012 San Francisco! As a member of the CommVault team here at the show, I get to run around with my camera snapping pictures with old friends and taking in the latest news and tech talk. It's the pinnacle of geekdom.
In roaming the show floor today, I heard – and had – a lot of conversations. Many of which focused on virtualizing applications. A lot of enterprise IT pros seem to be pretty far along the virtualization path and have begun to look past simply deploying VMs and are aiming to virtualize everything. As they look for ways to get fully virtualized, they're starting to think ahead and consider data protection.
Customers are starting to ask themselves how they're going to recover virtualized apps, what their DR plans might look like, and how backups and archives will work in the virtual data center.
It's shaping up to be an interesting show, not to mention a bit of a "family" reunion with my former comrades in arms. Plus we have a unicyclist in a straitjacket in our booth. I'm not kidding.
Tomorrow, CommVault COO Al Bunte will take the stage in a Super Spotlight session to lay out CommVault's vision for helping enterprise customers "Virtualize Fearlessly." It's going to be a great discussion around why data management is so critically important in virtualizing applications and getting you to that 100% virtualized mark.
Al will also be joined by one of our great customers, Gina Tomlinson, CTO for the City and County of San Francisco, who is way down the virtualization path and is an expert on the cloud.
The video clips will be rolling out soon and the updates will keep coming as long as they don't revoke my blogging rights. Meantime, check out our schedule of customer, partner and CommVault events at VMworld.
Kevin Komiega Public Relations Manager for Data Management with CommVault.
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