This was a great first experience at EMC world. Of course, everything on the trade show floor is pretty EMC heavy, I think they took a good 40% of the floor. EMC does have a pretty large product line. Compared to VMWorld, you get to see a wide mix of technologies, just not any other hypervisors or VDI brokers. I wonder how the other vCenter management tools like Quest vFoglight and BMC will be treated at VMWorld this year now that VCOps is released? It's all business, you won't see 3par or IBM strage at EMC world.
At EMC world it was nice to see a small presence from Citrix, Wyse and Riverbed. Ohh, and thank you to Riverbed for the Apple TV. I have used they're products before (RSP and Cascade), they are defiantly worth checking out. A big thanks to Unique Digital from houston for taking us out.
Overall I felt there were plenty of great sessions and labs going on at the event. I really didn't care of the Birds of a Feather gathering, it turned into more of a "let's beat up the speaker" instead of having a good discussion. The BOAF sessions I attended were pretty packed, i was hoping for 20 to 30 in a session but they packed in @ 200.
Will I return next year? I am a pretty big EMC fan, but I like to see more diversity. I mainly attended for the customer awards we received for our datadomain and Avamar implementations from the EMC BRS group. It was a pleasure to get to meet BJ Jenkins in person. He is a president of the BRS division for EMC. That being said, I think next year I will attend Interop or Synergy next year. VMWorld is fun and there is a ton of good events + sessions to attend, but i just don't care to visit San Fran twice in a year.