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The 2014 spring (EMEA) edition of E2EVC is now over and it’s time to archive it and take some considerations.
E2EVC Virtualization Conference is an independent, non-commercial, virtualization community event build from experts to experts.
As usually the contents of this event: rich agend, good speakers and good contents. There is a detailed report of the sessions in the first two days, but basically there was a good choice between different arguments and topics. Also the vendor sessions (this kind of event is payied both with sponsors and also with event fee) where really interesting and sometimes funny.
Personally I’ve appreciated Helge Klein presentation of its UberAgent and its approach at the presentation (this time the goodies where only for people with questions) and Andrew Wood presentation about Citrix XenClient vs. VMware Mirage (because was a thrully objective and honest presentation). But for the technical contents also several other sessions, like the one from Mike Resseler on Windows Server Deduplication, or the one from Aidan Finn on building a system based on Windows Storage Spaces, or the one from Benedict Berger with a deep discussion on how Automating Microsoft Hyper-V Disaster Recovery or the one with Wilco van Bragt & Freek Berson on RDS vs. XenApp/XenDesktop (nice the idea of the Agenda as a Service).
Other sessions remain a milestone for the capacity of the speakers, like the long one (mainly two consecutive sessions) from Thomas Maurer and Michael Rüefli or other E2EVC “rockstars”.
And of course the technical level and skills of the attendees is a huge value of this kind of event: is not so easy found so much MVP and CTP (and also, although still too few, vExpert) in the same rooms and discussions, during the questions or also outside the sessions could be really interesting (maybe sometime “polarized”, but it’s really great have also different point of views).
What could be improved remain almost the same: the Wi-Fi (but I understand that is not so easy, considering the more bandwidth requirement, but also the increasing number of device that each is carrying) and the food (two lunch in a row with the same type of sandwiches maybe is too much) and maybe the agenda schedule that has changed some times. Is almost difficult say if the week-end position of this kind of event is good or bad: is good because you don’t loose too much working time (and you don’t have big distraction at least on Sat and Sun), maybe is not so good, when you have to start working on the day after. But probably remain a good choice and something different like several other conferences.
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Next E2EVC 2014 (the Autum edition) will be in Barcelona during October 23-26, 2014 (this this will be a four day event) in Novotel Barcelona City, alternate Hotel “IBIS Barcelona Pza Glories 22”. Thursday will start from 10.00 with some Master Classes and Workshops” (3 or 6 MasterClasses & Workshops on XenMobile; NetScaler 10.5;XenApp/XenDesktop; etc.) and the tradition event will start on friday from 10.00 the until Sunday 13.00. This time seems that the Master Classes have no addition fee! If you are interested just register at this event.