My VMworld Experience as a VMware Intern

VMworld 2019 has been marked on my calendar since the first day of my internship, and it certainly did not disappoint. As you have probably already heard, VMworld 2019 was a huge success! VMworld kicked off Sunday, August 25th as attendees registered and visited the Solutions Exchange to fill their VMworld bags to the brim with swag (myself included). The conference lasted through Thursday, September 29th and was packed with tons of keynotes, technical sessions, workshops and other significant events.

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For the duration of the conference, I had the opportunity of working the vSphere Platinum demo station in the VMware booth, on behalf of the AppDefense team – which provided me excellent insight into the minds of our customers. It was here that I was able to run through demos, answer questions, and address concerns about AppDefense. While tiring, “booth duty” was an invaluable experience that allowed me to learn more about what customers are looking for in a security product, in addition to which new AppDefense features they’re most excited about. As expected, an overwhelming amount of questions surrounded the recent announcement of VMware’s intent to acquire Carbon Black. Overall, there was a noticeable buzz of excitement in the air as people wait to see what future of VMware has in store.

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On the second day of the conference, Nolan Karpinski of the AppDefense team delivered a very informative breakout session that covered a demo and use cases of AppDefense. During the breakout session, I couldn’t help but notice how attentive the audience was as they quickly took notes on their laptops. It truly brought me joy to see all of the hard work done by the AppDefense team pay off Benjamin Franklin’s phrase “An Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure” is the motto that Tom Corn carried throughout his showcase keynote on Intrinsic security. During this keynote, Tom laid out the current state and vision for VMware in the cybersecurity space, only adding to the already built-up excitement surrounding VMware’s partnership with Carbon Black. There was even a live attack demo led by Nolan Karpinski and Evin Hernandez of the AppDefense team, allowing the audience to experience first-hand how AppDefense works. Kudos to Tom and the rest of the AppDefense team on a successful keynote.

This wouldn’t be a VMworld recap blog without mentioning the amount of fun that took place in the beautiful city by the bay. The team dinners, activities, and parties were unforgettable. These activities allowed me to form relationships and deepen bonds with my coworkers. I couldn’t imagine a better way to end my summer as a VMware Intern. A special thank you goes out to my mentor Paige Schmidt and the rest of the AppDefense team, as they played an instrumental role in making this the best summer of my life!