The application & desktop virtualization forums for Atlanta (March 20) and Washington DC (April 3) went off well.  Here is my recap. 

 

 

Atlanta:

 

 

When we arrived in Atlanta, the town had just survived a tornado on March 14th and was in repair mode (the hotel that many of us were staying at had extensive damage and was doing everything it could to get back in working order).  We had a few interesting times as passage to & from the hotel was often stopped due to the amount of falling glass (we passed the time in the nearby malls and downtown businesses).  One person checked into their room to find that moments later a crack in the window gave way to a breezy view.  The round the clock crews that were repairing the hotel made for some less than desired sleep patterns (3 am hammering in the room next to you is bound to wake the heaviest of sleeper).  The people in Atlanta were as hospitable as ever, confirming that Atlanta is big city with small-town hospitality - even in the aftermath of a tornado!

 

 

We held the event at the 755 club at Turner Field (the Atlanta Braves stadium); the venue was awesome!  The day of the event, started at 8:30 for attendees with a very enjoyable southern breakfast.  At 9 am, Ketan Sampat of Intel gave the opening address, followed by presentations from Citrix, , and Microsoft.  During the lunch time, there were demos and deep dives with experts from Intel, AppStream, Citrix, Dell, Microsoft, and Symantec.  As the attendees left the event, they received a USB thumb drive with all the presentations and collateral here:

 

 

I personally had several great discussions with the Atlanta attendees, and found that the attendees are definitely looking at various compute models to deliver the needs of their business and are eager to see which ones will emerge as the best complete solution - great perspectives and insight received from these talks.  In addition, the team was happy to see the city recover quickly, and as we all left, we look forward to a return visit to a restored Atlanta, and the continued contact with the attendees from the event as they move forward exploring these topics.

 

 

Washington DC:

 

 

We arrived in Washington DC during cherry blossom season, a fantastic time of year.  The venue for the event was the Marriott Hotel in Bethesda Maryland.  The hotel staff was very helpful, the hotel was enjoyable, and the event went off without any major issues.  The agenda was very similar to Atlanta with breakfast/registration time at 8:30 am, and at 9 am Chuck Brown of Intel giving the opening address. This was followed by presentations from Citrix, , and Microsoft.  During the lunch time, there were demos and deep dives with experts from Intel, AppStream, Citrix, Dell, Microsoft, and Symantec.  As the attendees left the event, they received a USB thumb drive with all the presentations and collateral here:

 

 

 

 

 

Many great talks with the attendees in DC as well, confirming a similar message that was received in Atlanta.  We are definitely on the edge of something big in this space - as can be seen by the various acquisitions that have occurred in the past year.  A fantastic first two events for 2008, if you have not been able to attend either of these, see if one of these matches your location. 

 

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Tampa\

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Hope to see you at one (or more) of these events in the near future. 

 

 

-Jason Davidson