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Virtualization Review Conference Coming

I'm a content guy, not a marketing guy, so I'll make this announcement with as little fluff and hype as possible:

THE GREATEST CONFERENCE IN THE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION IS GOING TO BE HELD DEC. 9-11 IN ORLANDO!!!!!!!!

How's that for understatement?

Joking aside (but only for a moment), we'll be holding our inaugural Virtualization Review conference on those dates (with a workshop day on Monday, Dec. 8) at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Resort, a seriously swanky place. I'm conference chairman; what that means is that I get the blame if the show's lame. Actually, what it means, at least in the context of this show, is that I help shape the content that will be presented.

About that content: we have three tracks of coverage. They are:

  • Virtualization Planning and Implementation

This track covers the basics of virtualization -- how to lay the groundwork for getting the most out of your virtual infrastructure.

  • Management

Once your virtual infrastructure's in place, you need to manage it. Virtualization brings unique management challenges, and we'll help you get a handle on them.

  • Best Practices

Your virtualization infrastructure is humming along, but you need to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.

That copy is from the call for papers, which can be found on the Website. If you're interested in speaking, make sure to fill out the form and send it in ASAP. We're on a pretty tight deadline with this show, so the sooner you contact us, the better.

If you're thinking about attending, I think we'll offer a lot of very cool stuff. This is a content-focused show, and we're planning on having a lot of vendors, including start-ups, at the show. You'll learn a lot about virtualization, and meet really interesting peers, as well as see some of the most inventive products that have come along in years. The virtualization industry is nothing if not tremendously creative; I've talked with many, many of the vendors you'll see at the show, and have been impressed across the board at the forward-thinking of these companies.

Both Executive Editor Tom Valovic and I will, of course, be at the show, and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. One of my favorite parts of the many shows I've attended (the TechMentor shows during my time with first Microsoft Certified Professional magazine, which became Redmond magazine) is sitting down with the publication's readers at meals and just chatting with them about what's happening in their jobs, and picking their brains about what they like and don't like about the magazine and associated properties.

In the meantime, please let me know what you think about our tracks, what you'd like to see at the show, and anything else on your mind about the conference.

Posted by Keith Ward on 07/29/2008 at 12:48 PM


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