Here’s some of the events I’m either attending, presenting at, or might be interesting to you.
- 12-15 May
- George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, USA
This shouldn’t be a big year for announcements on things like Windows Server, desktop, System Center, etc. I think this will be a “here’s what we’ve done, last year we told you what was new, this year you learn how to use it” kind of event. Last year I was catching up on new things on-premise. This year, as you might have noticed from my tweets and some blog posts, my focus is on hybrid cloud, so I’ll be attending as many sessions as I can on using Windows Azure and hybrid solutions with on-premise Hyper-V and Windows Server.
Oh – I have a press pass so no long registration queues for me, and a seat in the reserved press section for the keynote too Plus a very nice buffet in the press room! And if I’m lucky, like last year, I’ll get to interview some folks from Microsoft for the Petri IT Knowledgebase.
- 30 May – 1 June
- Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire, Rue de la Vierge Noire 32, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Once again, virtualization (of all kinds) experts from around Europe and further afield will gather in one location for a weekend of education and networking. Some of the very best Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft folks gather to talk about RDS, XenApp, Hyper-V, vSphere (yuk!), and lots of other related techs. I think this event is already sold out – watch out for announcements about the Barcelona meeting in November.
- 27-31 October
- Fira Barcelona, Spain
Several years ago, this was the location for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 announcements. I believe (and I have no official information) that this will be the site of the preview announcements for Windows Server, desktop, System Center, and Azure vNext releases (March-May 2015). That makes this a must-go event. I am not booked, but I really hope to attend.
MVP Summit 2014
- 3-6 November
- Redmond & Bellevue, WA, USA
Lots of MVPs travel from around the world, sworn to secrecy by our NDAs, to spend time with the product group(s) with which we are specialised with (Hyper-V for me), as well as related techs (System Center, storage, networking, clustering, and more). For me, it’ll be fun times with my Hyper-V colleagues, more “angry Irishman” for the PMs to cope with, and the occasional breakfast in Palamino’s, beer in Joey’s, and some dinner in The Cheesecake Factory.