After E2EVC is Before E2EVC
About a week ago I returned back home form the Expert to Expert Virtualization Conference (E2EVC) in Hong Kong – and in about a week I will be speaking at E2EVC in Berlin. For those of you who don’t know E2EVC, it’s an independent community event initiated and organized by Alex Juschin (@E2EVC). It’s original name was PubForum and it first started in 2003 with just four terminal server geeks meeting in a pub and sharing deep technical insights of what was called server-based computing at the time. The first PubForum I attended was in 2004 during Oktoberfest in Munich. Later, when PubForum started becoming a popular event with more attendees, Alex changed the name to E2EVC to give it a more serious label. As a side effect, it was easier for attendees to convince their employers to pay their travel expenses and the relatively low admission fee. Now there are two E2EVC events in Europe, one in the US and one in Asia every year!
But even after all these years, a name change, more attendees and a growing budget, E2EVC is still dominated by technical experts and independent geeks who are the primary speakers and represent the majority of attendees. E2EVC still lives in this kind of subversive spirit of an authentic and sometimes brutally honest expert to expert information exchange platform – no vendor marketing BS which makes it a real fun event for geeks. Traditionally, WLAN sucks and the food is – well, let’s phrase it that way: it’s geek food. But the breakout sessions and the line-up of speakers compensates for that as it always includes a substantial number of well-known and respected independent technical bloggers and community guys and gals, such as Microsoft MVPs, Citrix CTPs and VMware vExperts. Vendors sponsoring the event have learned the hard way that they cannot send their marketing folks, but need to make sure their hard-core techies are on-site if they want to make a mark. In essence, Alex does a great job of bringing together the “Who is Who” in our virtualization industry.
E2EVC Hong Kong was event #25 (!!!), located in Asia for the first time. We were 17 people in total, which is a good number for doing the event for the first time on a new continent. We had a wide spectrum of sessions. Alex, Claudio Rodrigues (@crod) and I started with an overview and analysis of what was announced at Citrix Synergy in May. Next were Richard Eilenberger (@RTEilenberger) and Saša Mašić covering VMware Horizon View and vSphere 6 in two separate sessions. Then Microsoft MVP Adnan Hendricks (@Microspecialist) presented what’s coming with Windows 10 and Server 2016. Andy Mills (@Drutanix) from Nutanix and Jack Liu from NVIDIA did the sponsor sessions which were both well received. Ton de Vreede (@TonDeVreede) walked us through user management solutions in virtualization environments and then I did a session on GPU-accelerated graphics remoting in Citrix, VMware and Microsoft environments. In the last full session, Ronnie Isherwood educated us about what’s new in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. During the last couple of minutes, Alex and I gave the audience a very brief overview of what’s new in Remote Desktop Services in Microsoft Windows Server 2016. As you can see, it was a packed agenda. BTW, very soon you will find videos of all full sessions on YouTube, which is also the case for many session of previous E2EVC events.
Next week’s E2EVC Berlin event will be bigger, in the range of 200 attendees. I want to recommend that you check out the event home pager under http://www.e2evc.com/home/. The event has a packed agenda over three days, from Friday morning, June 12 to Sunday, June 14. I will contribute two sessions, one is on Friday at 16:05 together with Sinisa Sokolic (@SinisaSokolic) titled “Why would you choose RDSH over VDI – a Microsoft, Citrix and VMware solution overview”. The other one is on Saturday at 12:40, covering “Microsoft Azure RemoteApp Benchmarking Results”. I’m really looking forward to meet with the community folks and learn from the other experts.