VMworld 2011 Las Vegas in pictures

VMworld 2011 LogoLast week I attended VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, together with my colleague at Wageningen UR, Monique Vanmeulebrouk (Twitter: @moniquevmb, blog: thisvirtualrealm.com). This was my first VMworld and my first time in Las Vegas. And I was really impressed both by the event and the city. In this post I will show you some of the pictures I made last week.

The Venetian

VMworld 2011 took place in The Venetian.
VMworld 2011 at The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas
The Venetian is a huge hotel and congress center. At the outside of the hotel there is a sign that shows how big the hotel is.
Facts about The Venetian

The canal

In the hotel there is a canal with gondoliers like in Venice.
The Grand Canal in The Venetian


There were 19,000 people attending VMworld 2011. All had to register for the event.
Registration for VMworld 2011

This is not Paris

Monique taking a picture of the Las Vegas Eifel Tower.
The Las Vegas Eifel Tower

Our first session

At Monday morning at 8:00 AM we had our first session. Due to a jetlag we had no problem standing up early.
VSP1682 VMware vSphere Clustering Q&A

The first session “VMware vSphere Clustering Q&A” was presented by three VCDX’s: Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman and Chris Colotti (from left to right).
Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman and Chris Colotti

Breakfast and lunch hall

With 19,000 people attending VMworld you can imagine how big the breakfast and lunch hall was.
The breakfast and lunch hall

The first General Session

A lot of people waiting for the first General Session to start.
Waiting for the first General Session

The first General Session almost starts.
The first General Session almost starts

VMware CEO Paul Maritz talking at the first General Session about the number of vSphere admins.
VMware CEO Paul Maritz talking at the first General Session

The Monster VM

In vSphere 5 it is possible to create virtual machine’s with 32 vCPU’s and 1 TB of memory. Such VM’s are called Monster VM’s. Here you can see what it looks like.
The Monster VM

Fountains in front of the Bellagio hotel

Every half an hour there is a big fountain show in front of the Bellagio Hotel.
The Fountains of Bellagio

My own name on a slide

While attending the “VMware vSphere PowerCLI Best Practices” session by Luc Dekens and Alan Renouf I was surprised that suddenly my name was on a slide, with a reference to one of my blog posts. As I only recently started this blog, you can imagine how proud I was.
My name on a slide

The lab room

At VMworld it was possible to take 27 Hands-on Labs. I only took one lab, but I heard some people took them all. The lab room had 480 positions to take a lab. And still there were queues to get in.
The Hands-on Labs room

VMworld Party

At the VMworld Party there was a performance of the band The Killers. Knowing most of their songs and standing almost at the front row, I really enjoyed their show.
The Killers performing at th VMworld Party

After The Killers there was a Pool Party with some real mermaids.
A mermaid at the VMworld Pool Party

The Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam

VMworld finished on Thursday and we flew home on Saturday. So we had an extra day for some sightseeing. We decided to go to the Grand Canyon South Rim in Arizona. It took a six hour bus ride to get there, but it was worth it. While passing the Colorado river we made a short picture stop at the Hoover Dam.
The Hoover Dam

The Grand Canyon was very beautiful. We walked along the 4,1 km trail between Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge and made a lot of pictures.
The Grand Canyon from the South Rim.
And one picture was taken of us.
Monique Vanmeulebrouk and Robert van den Nieuwendijk at the Grand Canyon

Walking the trail we saw a lot of squirrels.
A squirrel at the Grand Canyon

The origin of the cloud

VMworld was all about the cloud. Being a glider pilot, I know that a lot of clouds have their origin from thermals. Normally you can’t see these thermals. But they are below the clouds. That is why glider pilots circle below clouds to gain extra height. At the Grand Canyon for the first time I saw a cloud that showed the thermal below it. I saw the origin of the cloud.
The origin of the cloud


This was my first VMworld and I enjoyed it a lot. I met a lot of people I know from the Internet, but had never seen in real life before. I was impressed by how big the congress was. I learned a lot about vSphere and other VMware products. And luckily we had some time for sightseeing. Next year VMworld will be in San Francisco from 27 till 30 August 2012. I definitely will try to be there.


About Robert van den Nieuwendijk
Robert van den Nieuwendijk is a freelance senior systems engineer with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. He focusses on VMware vCloud Suite and Microsoft Windows Server. He tries to automate as much of his work as possible using Microsoft PowerShell. Robert is the author of the books “Learning PowerCLI” and “Learning PowerCLI – Second Edition.” Robert is a frequent contributor and moderator at the VMware VMTN Communities. He has a bachelor degree in software engineering and holds the following IT certifications and accreditations: VSP 2016, VTSP 2016, VCP4-DCV, VCP5-DCV, VCP6-DCV, VCP6-CMA, VCA-Cloud, VCA-WM, VCA-NV, VMSP, VMTSP, ZCS, ZCP, ZCP-Cloud, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCP+I, PRINCE2 Foundation and ITIL Foundation. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Robert received the VMware vExpert award for his contribution to the community of VMware users over the past year. In 2017 Robert also received the VMware vExpert Cloud award. PernixData made him in 2015 a member of the PernixPro.

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