Yesterday, I attended the first day of the Tokyo leg of the VMware vForum. The keynote featured VMware's COO, Tod Nielsen as well as Sr. VP and GM of Virtualization and Cloud Platforms, Raghu Raghuram.
A lot of the content was a repeat of what was discussed at VMworld 2010 back in August, but the information was useful nonetheless.
I ran into and spoke briefly with Raghu, who I have meet several times before, about what I am trying to accomplish with my blog as well as the VMware user community in Japan. I know he is very busy, but the more people who are aware of me and this blog, the better.
In the Solutions Showcase, I said hello to a few members of the VMware team at the big booth. I also thanked them for their support in the various seminars and focus groups to which I have been invited and participated. I also briefly talked with Education Services about the number of VCAPs in Japan. Apparently no one has taken the certification exam yet, so I or one of my colleagues have the potential to be the first VCAP in Japan. Same for the VCDX (version 3 and 4) for that matter.
Finally, I met with VMware's marketing team regarding how to increase membership and mobilize the user group community here. I will be reaching out to the various VMUG leaders for help as I find my footing.
The VMUG for Japan/Tokyo was officially announced during the keynote by VMware Japan President Miki san, so I expect I will be involved with VMware directly to get things started and have some official VMUG meetings in Q1 2011.
I plan to draw upon my network of colleagues in the cloud, virtualization and storage industries to put on good seminars over here, so if you are someone or know someone who is interested in giving a talk here, please contact me.