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Counting Clouds and Operating VMware – Another Awesome Open TechCast Guest!

On day two of VMworld Barcelona 2017, our team of intrepid podcasters were able to catch up with Chief Operating Officer of Customer Operations, Sanjay Poonen, for a chat about life, careers, cloud architecture, VMware strategy and the startup space!

It was a great conversation and clear to see how passionate Sanjay is about the organisation, but more importantly, the people around him. He ended the podcast with a few nuggets of career advice which I think are well worth taking on board for anyone, regardless of seniority or time in the industry. The episode is well worthwhile a listen for this alone!Sanjay Poonen Career Advice

Once again, KevAtherAmit and myself were there in person, with Gareth remotely dialled in from the UK via Zoom, albeit via a rather dodgy wifi connection at our end!

We were fortunate enough to sit down with both Sanjay and Pat Gelsinger at the event (find interview post here!). It’s great to see senior leadership at as huge an organisation as VMware taking the time out of their insane conference schedules to involve themselves in community initiatives, such as the Open TechCast!Sanjay Poonen and the Open TechCast crew!

Community engagement is one thing I think VMware continues to do better than most organisations in the industry. It’s probably (at least in part) VMworld continues to attract larger audiences every year, even when other public cloud vendors are taking such large chunks of attention and market share.

Finally, massive thanks again to Sanjay for taking the time to hang out with us! It was a blast!

If you want to catch this extra-special episode of the Open TechCast, you can tune in at:

EP7:- A Bit of a COO – A quick Conflab with Sanjay Poonen

Make sure to subscribe to the show using your favourite pod-catcher of choice, and follow us at @OpenTechCast on Twitter, where we hope to continue our conversations well into the future!

Open TechCast – The One with Pat Gelsinger

The title does kind of give it away, but the co-hosts of our humble little community podcast were fortunate to spend 40 minutes or so this week with VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger.

We discussed Pat’s journey into to VMware, the difficulties of maintaining a healthy work/life balance, gender equality in the workplace, the transition from traditional licensing models, the future of SDDC and much, much more!

Needless to say, it’s been pretty difficult keeping this one under wraps, especially as we didn’t want to jinx it!

The Interview

Kev, Ather, Amit and myself were able to be there in person, but we also managed to dial in Gareth remotely from the UK via Zoom, for a full complement of co-hosts! At one point in the show we happened to be discussing Moore’s law, when Moore’s cousin Murphy decided to jump in unannounced!. Despite putting fresh new batteries into the recorder shortly before the interview, they gave up the ghost, mid-session!

Fortunately, our keen eyed co-host and sound man, Kev, spotted the issue and was able to avoid disaster! There were a nervous few minutes after the session when we were testing the recording for corruption, I can tell you! It just goes to show that no matter how much planning you do, unexpected events can still crop up!…

Anyway, massive thanks again to Pat for taking the time to hang out with us, and we very much look forward to a re-run next year if the opportunity arises! 🙂

How can I listen?!

If you want to catch this extra-special episode of the Open TechCast, you can tune in at:

EP6:- Life, technology and everything with Pat Gelsinger

We also have another very special guest coming up in our next episode, so make sure to subscribe to the show using your favourite pod catcher of choice, and follow us at @OpenTechCast on Twitter!

And finally… whatever you do, just keep an eye out for that Alan Renouf, he’ll be CEO before you know it…

Time to try something new – how about podcasting?

This old blogging malarkey is getting a bit old hat isn’t it? Well, according to some (many?) people, podcasting is the new blogging (or so I hear on the grapevine, hanging around the water cooler and / or when grafting down at the old rumour mill)!

Well, I’m not sure I quite believe it, but either way I am a massive fan of podcasts and have steadily increased my consumption now to the point where I am subscribed to almost twenty! There is huge value in being able to spend the many hours per week commuting or doing other mundane tasks, simultaneously learning and frankly passing the time a lot quicker for it!

As such, when an innocent twitter conversation late one evening with some of the chaps from the London VMUG and Open Homelab, led to a suggestion that we should have a go at creating some vocal content! Well, one thing led to another, and we have subsequently given birth to a disturbing looking love child!

podcastingfaceThe idea of the show is pretty simple; it spun out from the Open Homelab project as we all like to have a great gab about labs and studying. This is the subject that forms the molten core of the show, with a different key subject for each (hopefully monthly if we pull finger) episode. Around this we will wrap a mantle of other interesting bits and bobs (content TBC but perhaps stretching to the business of IT and one or two discussions on key news items of interest!), Finally surrounded by a hard crust of technical and ‘humerical’ linguistics, or indeed whatever else comes out of the minds of myself or co-hosts, Gareth Edwards, Kev Johnson and Amit Panchal!

As such, you can find the virginal fruit of our labours linked below:

Open TechCast – Ep.1:- The NEW beginning…

We massively appreciate any and all constructive feedback, so please fire us a message on Twitter with any comments, give our new Open TechCast Twitter account a follow, or if you have time, you could even leave us a wee review on iTunes or Stitcher!

opentechcast-logoFinally, thanks very much to Gareth and Kev who have done the vast majority of the organising for the cast so far! 🙂

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