Dear TechEd Diary,
Sure, if there is such a thing as “too much fun”, I came close to it. But even though last night’s Exhibit Hall Reception and the later “MCP Celebration” party at Howl at the Moon was a lot of fun, I managed to get home before midnight. Plus, there’s not much to do in the area around my hotel.. so that’s another reason to call it a night.
Today I kicked off the day with a very good session on migration strategies for moving from VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization. (Session DCIM-B412, in case you’d like to view the recording). I have to give these guys credit for doing an excellent job delivering topics that are sometimes confusing in a very easy-to-understand way.
Right now, as I type this, I’m waiting for the next session to start. (“Best Practices Integrating On-Premises Datacenters with Azure IaaS” – DCIM-B330)
I haven’t decided upon what I want to learn this afternoon. I’ve got 3 potential good topics at 1:30pm, 5 at 3:15pm, and 2 at 5pm to choose from. And no matter what I pick, I bet the words “Mobile” and/or Cloud” will be used frequently.
“So, what’s the vibe been this year?”
A lot of the people I’ve talked to are very impressed and very excited about the transition to a “Mobile First / Cloud First” focus. Some are still apprehensive, but I think they all understand how important it is for their businesses. In particular the support we’re adding for management of all of the most popular devices is well-received. And the improvements to Windows Azure are causing many to consider using it as an extension of their datacenters.
To close out this blog post, here is some photo-evidence from last night…
Lots of people gathering lots of swag
I really want to win this!
I don’t care so much about winning this.
Howl at the Moon for the MCP party
Other more incriminating photos have been withheld to protect the not-so-innocent.