Maybe it's the free drinks of the welcome reception but 2 hours after the breakout sessions have finished the show floor is still buzzing with deep and serious conversations in every corner.
Green is the overarching theme of this years EMEA VMworld in Cannes, from the issues of data centre power all the way to the powerpoint template used for every presentation thru to the shirts worn by VMware staff. General messages from Diane Green's ( there's that green element again ) opening keynote were around - flexible & dynamic IT, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Streamlined software development and client virtualisation. BT, IBM, HP & Dell provided walk-on parts during Diane's keynote with BT talking to how they are implementing a fully virtualised infrastructure across their data centres.
Walking the show floor key major themes are management, data backup & security, Virtual desktop and of course Green IT with everyone having their own spin on what this means. At previous VMware events in EMEA around 50% of the exhibitors have been focused on Virtual desktop, this year it feels that there is more of a bias towards management and backup, but this may just be as a result of VMware expanding their focus beyond their previous technical audience in EMEA. Either way VDI is still a key element of many of the sessions and the show floor booths. Its difficult however to judge how many end-customers are really taking this path with their client infrastructure - I'd be interested to here your thoughts on whether this really is a viable usage model for client systems.