From February 8-11 2011 VMware will have it’s annual VMware Partner Event (PEX2011) in Orlando. This event is much like VMworld except is it exclusively for VMware partners. Partners will get an inside in the VMware roadmap, info on new releases, get breakout session, get sales and marketing sessions and a lot more.
An iPhone app is made available for free and with it you can view the conference agenda, search for sessions that interest you most, follow your favorite speakers, provide feedback on sessions, and much more. Download here
Another VMware event was organized last week in Las Vegas called World Wide Sales Kick-Off. This is an event for VMware sales staff. Although no info on future products has been revealed some interesting new products are to be expected in 2011.
In 2011 we will most likely see:
-the release of vSphere 4.1 Update 1 having bug fixes and updates. Expected very soon!
-the release of VMware iPad apps for management scheduled for April 1
-the release of vCloud Connector 1.0 (within 1 or 2 months)
-the release of VMware vSphere 5.0 (just before VMworld USA starting August 29. Some of the new features will be Storage DRS, Storage I/O control for NFS and host based replication.
-the release of a new version of Site Recovery Manager (version 5.0?)