Right now I'm listening to Hugh Njemanze give his keynote on product lines. There's a lot of interesting stuff in the release pipe; Logger 3.0, ESM 4.5, a new Connector appliance, IdentityView content for ESM, and something called "McLovin."
Anyway, here's what's been good so far:
- Customer presentations (other than mine, I mean) - I missed out last year, these are the best talks so far.
- Location - the new hotel is within walking distance of stuff (and by stuff I mean not trees and the NSA.)
- Networking - Always the best part of this conference. I love standing around with free beer, talking to other folks about what they're doing with their SIM, and sharing ideas. Looking forward to more tonight.
Here's what's been not-so-good:
- Wireless - the hotel wireless has been unreliable and overloaded. Frankly, I'm surprised I've been able to stay on long enough to get this post up.
- Vendor/sponsor floor - no offense to these guys, but the freebies this year are unimpressive. I've already got a pen, thanks.
- No bag - Instead of a "conference bag," everyone was issued a plastic file folio thing. Not that I needed another bag, but I can't smoosh the one foam squeezy thing I did get from a vendor booth into this blue plastic thing.
And I would be remiss if I didn't drop a product scoop or two:
- Logger 3.0 has adopted a more-ESM-like boolean filter interface. Big improvement over the chained-regex search in 2.5 and earlier.
- Demo of Logger 3.0 shows that searches of data (no details on data set) are roughly 80x faster than a similar sized search on 2.5. (The claim is 100x faster, but I counted. Still, that's a significant improvement.)
- Hugh has hinted that the slick, high-performance append-only storage stuff that Logger has is going to be integrated into ESM in some release beyond 4.5. That could mean the end of the Oracle / PartitionArchiver storage model. It won't be missed.