We are going to take a break from our regularly scheduled program to ask a very important question!
I’ve looked a few times, and there are precious few “SysAdmin” conferences. Most of them are very *nix centric. I’m also very interested in Networking, Windows, emerging technologies and all of that fun stuff.
What I have found happens in reality is there are vendor or developer focused conferences with a SysAdmin type track that you can follow. Which when I think about it for a while is probably a good thing. In my mind it allows me to sneak off the beaten path and go check out what the devs are doing. I feel it’s important to not only stay abreast of sysadmin developments, but also keep up with technology in general.
I’ve been to some really good smaller conferences run by vendors that seemed like they would be just one big sales pitch (ok, maybe they were) but they turned out to have some really great breakout sessions run by some really smart people. On the other side of the equation I’ve been to some large conferences that were just awful, where I didn’t pick up anything that wasn’t already general knowledge and everyone just sat there looking bored out of their minds.
So I wanted to run a little informal poll of you, the Great All Knowing Internet. What conferences to you look forward to going to year after year? What do you like about them? Also in a more general sense, what are the pros and cons of going to conferences at all? I want to harness this internet power for nothing but good I swear!
Right now Kyle and I have a short list of conferences we would really like to attend:
Also, in addition to conferences you get excited to go to every year, are there any you are especially excited about this year? Let us know over on this Server Fault question: http://meta.serverfault.com/questions/1089/conferences-to-go-to-2011-edition
Please let us know in the comments what conferences you attend every year – maybe we’ll see you there!