VMworld 2013 was an enormous success for VMware. It attracted 22,500 attendees from all over the world. Its sheer magnitude cements VMworld’s spot among the biggest enterprise IT infrastructure conferences. In my view it is THE EVENT OF THE YEAR for anyone involved in IT operations, whether they are a technology provider, a service provider or an SI partner.
Last week, OSCON brought together people in the open source community from around the world. While attendees heard experts talk about their respective languages and projects, I noticed several overall trends that emerged throughout the conference.
August brings us International Left-Hander’s Day on the 13th. Columbus set sail on his first voyage to the new world in August of 1492. International Homeless Animals Day takes place on the 17th. This month saw the premiere of the movie The Wizard of Oz in 1939. Celebrate International Strange Music Day on August 24. Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Ind. in 1958, and became a worldwide music sensation on MTV, which made its debut in August of 1981. The 44th President of the United States, Barak Obama, was born this month in 1961. And, in the words of musician, writer, actor and activist Henry Rollins, “Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity.”
July brings us International Joke Day on the first day of the month. Jokester Bugs Bunny first debuted in cartoons this month in 1940. Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14, dates back to 1790. Princess Diana was born in 1961. You can make your best move on the 20th during International Chess Day. And, in the words of Shooter Jennings, “You were pretty as can be, sitting in the front seat, looking at me, telling me you love me, and you’re happy to be with me on the 4th of July. We sang Stranglehold to the stereo, couldn’t take no more of that rock ‘n roll, so we put on a little George Jones and just sang along.”
Cloud Expo 2013 kicks off today at New York City’s Javits Center and Rackspace has plenty of opportunities for you learn about the cloud, mingle with Rackers and discover new ways cloud computing can help your business.
Heading to Cloud Expo in NYC from June 10 to June 13? We hope to see you at our booth (#300) and invite you to check out some of our featured educational sessions hosted by Rackers, including a keynote by Rackspace Vice President of Enterprise Cloud Solutions Lisa Larson that examines the innovation behind the hybrid cloud.
June brings us World Environment Day on June 5, celebrating the anti-food waste and food loss campaign themed Think.Eat.Save, that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. Radio was patented in June 1896. Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929. The first United States astronaut to walk in space was Ed White in 1965. Steve Jobs introduced the Apple II computer in June 1977. The first day of summer is on June 21. And, in the words of Dr Seuss, “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
If you live in the Greater New York City metropolitan area, are a fan of Rackspace and want to learn more about cloud computing technology, we’re giving away FREE VIP Gold Pass tickets to Cloud Expo 2013! That’s right; you can join us for free with just a few clicks. It’s our way of saying thank you to our customers, fans and friends.
May brings us International Space Day on May 3. Check out the space-related organizations, groups and agencies holding celebrations, demonstrations and educational programs in your area. The Eiffel Tower opened to the public in May 1889. Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican heritage and pride. The 35th President of the United States, John F Kennedy, was born this month in 1917. Mother’s Day takes place on Sunday, May 12. And, in the words of Edwin Way Teale, “The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”
I’ve been lucky to have been a part of a really cool project, and I wanted to use the Rackspace blog to get the word out a bit more. For the past few weeks, I’ve hosted a Google Plus hangout that includes me, a few of my Racker friends and some of our customers. It has been a fun, informal way to have a conversation. We’ve answered questions on a number of topics, including Cloud Load Balancers, Active Directory in the cloud, transferring video files to our CDN and many more.