For those of you that didn’t get to attend the conference(s), didn’t get to take any Hands-On-Labs at either show, or have been living under a rock, the big news of the show this year was that Diamond partners/sponsors (Cisco, EMC, & NetApp) were given the opportunity to create their own lab for users to take, alongside the other 24 that VMware themselves created.
This was HUGE and we jumped right on board!
(In case you missed it in my last post, there is an in-depth interview with the man, the myth, the legend, Irish Spring, telling the story of the evolution of the HOL, and how they got to where they are today, and where they are going in the future!)
Hat’s off to my two main cohorts throughout this process. If you took any of the Hands On Labs, you likely met one of them if you were escorted to your seat by a NetApp shirt. For those of you that I met in Copenhagen while proctoring, it was a pleasure!
Julian Cates (aka @vSkeptic) is a fellow Solutions Architect teammate. While I threw in some input in the design process, he was almost single-handedly responsible for making the Lab a living, breathing entity inside of VMware’s HOL vCloud Director environment, and deserves some serious recognition! If you took the lab, send him a tweet and tell him about your experience!
For my part, I was mostly responsible for the development of the lab guide initially. But once I was done with my handywork in the initial technical drafts, it was handed over to Jim Weingarten for spit & polish. And boy did he deliver!
Several others deserve honorable mentions for their participation and contributions:
Hat’s off to all of you!