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VMworld, oversubscribed

VMworld seems to get bigger every year, and with each leap in growth comes some overcrowding. Some years, it’s been long lines to get into first-come, first-serve sessions, for example. And perennially, according to attendees, Hands on Labs at the show have issues on the first day.

This year was no exception. There were widespread reports on Twitter Sunday that the wait for Hands on Labs could exceed 3 hours.

“Apparently there is a script that kicked off the provisioning of all the lab VMs. However, even though the script returned a positive status, the VMs were not actually started up.

“Then about 3:45PM the hosting site that had the HOL manuals died. 60 minutes into my lab, after waiting 4.5 hours, it totally fell flat and died. So that was 5.5 wasted hours,” reported one attendee.

The holdups at the Hands on Labs were such an issue that attendees reportedly appealed directly to incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger in a Q&A session Sunday to fix the problem.

Meals for attendees were also a point of contention this year. Granted, accommodating 20,000 people, even at a venue like Moscone, must be difficult. But Monday’s breakfast saw many attendees forced to find a place on the floor to eat due to inadequate seating in Moscone West. Attendee lunches in Yerba Buena Gardens were a nice idea, but again, users found themselves pulling up a spot of pavement on which to have their boxed-lunch picnics.

Maybe next year, attendees will get a few more creature comforts for their admission fee.

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