I was honored to be invited to present a speaking slot at the keynote of the recent F5 "Pump it up! Hi-5 2008" APAC partner conference, held in the Westin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I've always respected F5's products as being best in class in their field, not to mention that we at Microsoft use their products extensively both internally and externally, as an example for our microsoft.com infrastructure - so it was a 'no brainer' for me to accept (Thank you, Tina).
Equally, I just LOVE partner conferences, because I can be quite 'free' in what I say on stage. Partners are very much our friends, and service the very same customers that we see everyday - we share the same challenges, the same synergies in dealing with our diverse customer base - it brings us together in a silent and respectful understanding of what needs to be done, and so I just love sharing my thoughts with this kind of audience.
I focused on a few, very few, clear messages for my presentation. F5 and Microsoft work well together (obvious, but needs to be stated) and we work well together over three particular workloads:-
Suffice to say, I really enjoyed my session; I loved the stage - it just invoked passion; I loved the crowd; F5 were just great, and I really enjoyed meeting all the partners afterwards. Thanks F5, and thank you everyone at the conference. I'll definitely make a point of dropping into the F5 office next time I'm in Seattle.
Obligatory photos below:-