Does anyone remember when there was a tradeshow season? I seem to remember three or four consecutive months of shows, and now they seem to be year-round. Of course, the good thing is that I get to go interesting places, talk to a lot of customers, and learn about all of the new things that are happening in the industry.
During the next six weeks Silver Peak is taking part in VMworld Barcelona, NetApp Insight Americas, NetApp Insight EMEA, and IP EXPO in London. I will be at three of the shows, and have speaking sessions at each of them. But Insight Americas is right around the corner, so lets talk about NetApp Insight and the tricks to surviving another Vegas tradeshow:
1. First things first: I will be presenting a session titled “Accelerating SnapMirror Replication with Silver Peak Velocity” on Wednesday the 9th, at 10:45 am in room 104. I have to assume that we are giving away something shiny, with lights, that plugs into the wall, but I’m not sure what it is yet. Hey marketing guys, any insight into what we are giving away? (see what I did there?)
Enough with the advertisement for my session — which you should all attend, by the way — let’s move on to surviving Vegas:
2. Packing. My number one packing tip: Whatever you think you need to bring, leave half of it at home. Really, put half of it back. Now, if you travel a lot you know this and already follow this rule, so go ahead and do what you usually do. If you need anything, they have it in Vegas. Seriously, they have everything there.
3. Where to stay. Most people stay at the host hotel, and the MGM is a perfectly fine place to stay. However, as someone that lives in a hotel a lot of nights a year, I prefer something more traditional, which is a little quieter and doesn’t have an attached casino. You can be at the show all day, go to dinner, have a few drinks, partake in a game of chance, and then head back to reality for a few hours.
4. Where to catch a cab at McCarran airport. This is one of my best tips about Vegas. Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are attached via a short walkway. Most people exit Terminal 1 near baggage claim and enter the taxi line, which is usually an hour long. If you make the short walk to Terminal 3, the line is usually 5-10 minutes.
5. Go to the Mob Museum. If you have a free afternoon, head downtown and go to the Mob Museum. It is a lot of fun, and educational, just plan for three or four hours to see it all properly. The museum is located in the old federal court house and U.S. Post Office.
Finally, while you are at the show, stop by the Silver Peak booth and talk to one of us. We really can help you manage your RPO and accelerate your replication traffic. You can learn more about our free trial, which is fully supported, check out the new RPO calculator, and grab one of the great giveaways that our marketing team always has on hand.
See you in Vegas!