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VMworld 2013 Day One Recap

VMworld 2013 – the 10th annual – kicked off on Monday with the General Session and some epic announcements. But before we go deep and dive into the details…

2nd Annual TAM Customer Central

The first day of the second annual TAM Customer Central was a resounding success. This exclusive TAM Customer-Only room was designed to ensure that TAM Customers have the best possible experience during the conference. On Monday customers had exclusive access to VMware product managers and experts for in-depth technical deep dives and discussions, product road maps, technical previews, demos and more.

Some of the topics that were covered included:

  • Managing the Lifecycle of the vCloud Suite – Roadmap and Futures
  • vMotion Futures and Multi-vCenter Management at Scale
  • VMware vCenter Log Insight Technical Deep Dive
  • Virtualizing Big Data to Make Your Elephant Dance
  • VMware Storage Vision and Strategy
  • VMware’s Oracle Support

Today we continue with an array of deep dives that you will not want to miss!

Check out the FULL SCHEDULE and join us for this exclusive opportunity at TAM Customer Central.

Now, on to the announcements…

For the reader that prefer awesome video recaps, check out the VMworldTV Day One Recap with Eric Sloof. Always terrific and fun!

A year after introducing the software-defined data center architecture, our pioneering IT framework has gained wide acceptance across global business giants and start-ups alike. And during the Day One General Session we unveiled the next-generation solutions to further enable SDDC. These four products that enable customers to virtualize infrastructure and deliver IT-as-a-Service; providing efficiency, agility and control for building and operating private, hybrid and public clouds include:

  • VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ to seamlessly extend your existing data center to the cloud while leveraging the same tools and processes you use today.
  • VMware NSX™ Network Virtualization Platform to Deliver New Network Operational Model that Improves Agility and Advances Data Center Economics
  • VMware Virtual SAN™ Introduces New Approach to Storage, Delivering Simple, Self-Tuning Storage for Virtual Machines
  • New Versions of VMware vCloud® Suite and VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ Increase Management and Automation Capabilities to Strengthen Foundation of a Software-Defined Data Center Architecture
  • VMware vSphere® 5.5 Extends Support for Business-Critical Applications and New Workloads

VMware vCloud Hybrid Service – vCloud Hybrid Service is now generally available in the US (available globally in 2014) and allows you to seamlessly extend your existing data center to the cloud while leveraging the same tools and processes you use today.

VMware NSX  – Like server virtualization, VMware’s approach to network virtualization enables you to treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity that can be consumed and repurposed on-demand. Virtual networks are programmatically created, provisioned and managed, utilizing the underlying physical network for simple IP connectivity. VMware NSX brings together the best of Nicira NVP™ and VMware vCloud Network and Security™ into one unified platform, delivering the entire networking and security model (Layer 2 – Layer 7) in software. In addition, the VMware NSX virtual networks support existing applications, unchanged, on any physical network infrastructure.

Similar to other distributed VMware vSphere services, VMware NSX is built upon a groundbreaking distributed architecture where the network services are integrated with the hypervisor kernel. This enables network services to scale out in concert with the hypervisor to meet the application’s needs. Since VMware NSX delivers Layer 2 – Layer 7 services entirely via software, all that you need to do to grow your infrastructure is add more server nodes. This architecture enables VMware NSX to handle as much as 1 TB per second of network traffic per cluster of 32 hosts.

VMware NSX is an extensible platform that leverages a distributed service framework for easy insertion of partner services. VMware NSX technology partners are organized into service categories that follow the network virtualization lifecycle and include network service gateways to bridge physical and virtual environments; network security platforms that provide multi-service network security including firewall and threat prevention; application delivery services including load balancing, application delivery and WAN optimization controllers; and security services including anti-virus, IDS/IPS and vulnerability management. Today, more than 20 partners announced support or showed demonstrations of VMware NSX at VMworld.

  • VMware NSX will be available in Q4 2013.
  • Learn more about the VMware NSX network virtualization platform.

VMware Virtual SAN – Similar to VMware NSX, VMware Virtual SAN is built on a unique distributed architecture that will enable storage services to scale out linearly with the needs of the application. Through the seamless integration of VMware Virtual SAN with VMware vSphere, we have redefined the role of the hypervisor to deliver virtualized compute and storage services in an elastic, flexible fashion. The distributed architecture enables VMware Virtual SAN to deliver I/O performance comparable to mid-range storage arrays while leveraging the economics of direct-attached storage.

VMware Virtual SAN offers a policy-driven control plane that automates storage consumption and management via virtual machine-centric policies. Relying on server-side solid state disks (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs), VMware Virtual SAN delivers significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and test/development environments, among other use cases. You can start small and grow storage performance and capacity by adding servers as needed.

  • VMware Virtual SAN will be available via a free public beta program in Q3 2013.
  • Learn more about VMware Virtual SAN.

VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 – We introduced VMware vCloud Suite 5.5, which features new and enhanced product functionality as well as broad product integrations. The VMware vCloud Suite will enable customers to build and operate a vSphere-based private cloud using the software-defined data center architecture, providing virtualized infrastructure services with built-in intelligence to automate on-demand provisioning, placement, configuration and control of applications based on policies. The comprehensive, integrated private cloud infrastructure solution simplifies your IT operations while also delivering the best SLAs for all applications.

The VMware vCloud Suite is built on the foundation of VMware vSphere, the world’s leading virtualization platform. With VMware vSphere 5.5, we continue to evolve vSphere to provide you with the best platform for all of your applications including new workloads through new and enhanced compute, availability, storage and backup capabilities. To improve the availability of business-critical applications, VMware vSphere 5.5 introduces vSphere App HA to detect and recover from application or operating system failure. New VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache virtualizes server-side flash to lower application latency dramatically. To further improve the response time of latency-sensitive applications, VMware vSphere 5.5 introduces a low-latency sensitivity feature. VMware vSphere 5.5 enables configurations two times the previous physical CPU, memory and NUMA node limits.

With VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions, you can now run Apache Hadoop and Big Data workloads on VMware vSphere 5.5, alongside other applications, to achieve greater resource utilization, reliability and agility. In addition, VMware vSphere 5.5 now supports next-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v2 and Intel® Atom™ Processor C2000.

VMware vCloud Automation Center™ and VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite™ capabilities have been added to all VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 editions. VMware vCloud Automation Center provides the agility you need with the control you require through a flexible solution for automating the delivery of IT applications and services. VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite has integrated, proactive performance, capacity and configuration management capabilities for dynamic cloud environments. VMware vCloud Suite 5.5 also features new releases of VMware vCloud Connector, VMware vCloud Director®, VMware vCloud Networking and Security, and VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5 – Originally introduced in February 2013, VMware vSphere with Operations Management combines the industry-leading vSphere virtualization platform with insight to workload capacity and health. VMware vSphere with Operations Management will enable customers to optimize their environment through integrated capacity planning while proactively monitoring and maintaining overall performance of their environment. VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5 will take advantage of VMware vSphere 5.5 to provide customers with the best platform for all their applications and workloads.

  • Learn more about VMware vSphere with Operations Management 5.5.

New Services and Certifications – We also announced a host of new certifications and professional services to help you outline the strategy and technology roadmap to define and implement a software-defined data center architecture:

  • VMware Certified Associate (VCA) available for cloud (VCA-Cloud), data center virtualization (VCA-DCV), and network virtualization (VCA-NV), these certifications offer a new credential to validate entry-level skills before progressing on to the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certifications.
  • New Technology Consulting Services focus on building an extensible platform for a software-defined data center architecture. These services address the key design and deployment elements that deliver the efficiency, agility, control and choice enabled by VMware products and technologies.
  • Strategic Consulting Services, through VMware Accelerate Advisory Services, that help organizations quantify the value of a software-defined data center model within their IT environments, mapping out an actionable strategy to deliver tangible business value. Learn more about VMware professional services and certifications.

More announcements are sure to come during VMworld 2013 – follow us @VMwareTAM Twitter, like us on Facebook or follow us on Google+ for to-the-minute updates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to VMworld 2013

Thank you for making the 9th annual TAM Day an amazing success!

We hope you enjoyed the opportunity for us to provide you a variety of content-rich business and technical breakout sessions designed to address challenges your IT organization is facing through this exclusive event.

There’s More. Join Us at TAM Customer Central

TAM Services is committed to enhancing your entire VMworld experience and are pleased to provide the second annual VMworld 2013 TAM Customer Central beginning today at 10:30 am and continuing through the entire conference.

Through this exclusive opportunity will have exclusive access to VMware product managers and experts, in-depth technical deep dives and discussions, product road maps, technical previews, demos and more.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Headquarters: Foothill G1 & G2
Deep Dives: Foothill H & D (Map)

Monday, August 26, 2013           –       10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013          –       7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013    –       7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 29, 2013         –       10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Today’s include the following topics:

  • Managing the Lifecycle of the vCloud Suite – Roadmap and Futures
  • Manage Multiple Hypervisors with VMware vCenter Server
  • vMotion Futures and Multi-vCenter Management at Scale
  • VMware vCenter Log Insight
  • Virtualize Big Data to Make Your Elephant Dance
  • Cloud Business Management – Do You Know the Cost of Your VMs?
  • VMware Storage Vision and Strategy
  • Introduction to VMware’s Oracle Support

Review the agenda for VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Customer Central for the full schedule and join us for these exclusive opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Day

Welcome to San Francisco, the tenth annual VMworld – and TAM Day!

Today, marks the ninth year of this invitation-only event. It will provide you exclusive access to VMware experts who will discuss the best practices, innovative technologies and strategies that will accelerate your IT transformation.

VMworld 2013 TAM Day will provide a variety of content-rich sessions and roundtable engagements designed to address challenges your IT organization is facing today.  Based on your role within the organization, you have the option of attending a business or technical session to get the most from this experience.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact directly with peers and industry leaders and gain new perspectives and IT strategies to apply within your organization.

Head over to Moscone West this morning for registration. Doors open at 9:00 a.m PST and the event kicks off at 10:00 a.m PST

Everything you need for today’s TAM Day is found in the VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Program Event Guide.

ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIVE EVENTS

As part of VMware’s ongoing commitment to enhance your entire VMworld experience we are pleased to provide the second annual VMworld 2013 TAM Customer Central during the entire conference.

This is an exclusive area designed to ensure that TAM Customers have the best possible experience from Monday – Thursday during the conference. You will have exclusive access to VMware product managers and experts, in-depth technical deep dives and discussions, product road maps, technical previews, demos and more.

Review the epic agenda for VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Customer Central for the full schedule and join us for these exclusive opportunities.

Stay Connected. 

The VMworld 2013 (US) conference in San Francisco promises to be an amazing event.

Both the VMworld 2013 and VMware TAM Services social media activity streams will be very active during the conference and the our exclusive TAM Program events.

Whether you are a VMware TAM Services attending the events live or following from a distance, be sure to tune in and experience this dynamic event with the resources provided below.

Remember to grab your mobile device and bring it along to the conference to make this your best and most valuable conference social media experience ever!

Read Our Blog   Follow on Twitter   Like on Facebook   Follow on Google+

We look forward to seeing you all!

- The VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Day Team

 

TAM Day & VMworld 2013, Your Customized Experience.

VMworld 2013 is just a couple days away and it’s going to be epic.

As we approach this year’s conference we want to reminder you about the exciting events designed exclusively for our TAM Services customers as well as provide you some tips during your time here in San Francisco.

VMware TAM Program Blog   VMware TAM Program on Twitter - @VMwareTAM   VMware TAM Program on Facebook   VMware TAM Program on Google+

TAM Day

Where your VMworld experience begins!

Join us on August 25th for the one-day exclusive event for VMware Technical Account Manager (TAM) Services customers. VMware experts will discuss the best practices and innovative technologies that address the challenges IT departments face as they transition to support this era of technologies — end user computing infrastructure, optimization & management, and executive vision.  You’ll even have the opportunity to discuss topics with solutions experts during the “birds of a feather” lunch and ask questions of VMware executives, including Carl Eschenbach, COO.

Check out the VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Day Agenda and be sure to plan your travel and lodging accordingly – TAM Day starts at 10:00AM on the Sunday, August 25th.

TAM Customer Central

Your exclusive access!

As a part of our ongoing commitment to enhance your VMworld 2013 experience we are pleased to announce that TAM Customer Central is back for a second year!

This exclusive resource is available only to VMware TAM Services customers and is designed to ensure that you have the best possible experience throughout the conference.

There is an epic agenda set for one-on-one, highly interactive deep dive conversations and roadmaps with product managers and experts.

Don’t miss out!  Review the VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Customer Central Guide and get ready to join us for these exclusive opportunities!

Before You Go

A Few Tips & Recommendations

You will be empowered to take advantage of the best educational opportunity to expand your knowledge, maximize your investments, and gain a greater competitive edge with cloud and virtualization solutions all while having some fun in the process.

Solution Exchange

The Solutions Exchange is undoubtedly the most action-packed part of VMworld.

The industry’s most forward-thinking IT solution providers convene in the expo space every year to showcase their innovative products and meet their customers and partners. Be sure to schedule your time and visit these sponsors. This is an amazing opportunity to explore and learn about new cloud-era innovations. Don’t just get your badge scanned – get a live demo, ask the difficult questions and get a datasheet or card so you can follow-up after the conference.

Booths range from the small pods to entire palazzos on the show floor. This year, over 300 exhibitors will be there for you to visit. The VMware booth will include technology demos, and expert bar, and theater presentations.

And – of course – get the swag and get registered for sponsor giveaways.

Hands-On Labs

Each year the VMworld Hands-On Labs (HOLs) are a huge attraction at VMworld. This year will be no different as VMware continues to innovate and provide a user experience greater than any other in the industry. The HOLs are designed around typical customer use case and business scenarios. This allows conference attendees to have a hands-on experience exercising workflows that relate to real-world scenarios.

Take on the HOLs to get more in-depth knowledge of these innovative technologies that you want to learn more about.  If you need help with a lab, flag down a lab captain to speak with a product expert.

Plus, you can take advantage of the the BYOD Lab Hot Spots across the VMworld Campus!

Breakout Sessions

Choose from more than 300 Breakout Sessions covering topics such as the hybrid cloud, enabling IT as a service and delivering end-user freedom while maintaining IT control.  Visit the VMworld 2013 Content Catalog today and explore the session topics, abstracts and presenters across a range of session tracks – IT transformation, applications, end-user computing, infrastructure, and operations as well as sponsor sessions.

The Schedule Builder allows you to register for the sessions you want to attend.  In order to get into a session you must register.  You will not be able to book multiple sessions as the same time. Registering doesn’t mean that you must attend but keep in mind that if you register and don’t attend someone else is missing the session.

There will be many must see sessions. If you review the content catalog and look at the presenters you will notice that presenters are experts – engineers, solution and consulting architects as well as product managers. Many of the names may be familiar to you and the community. Be sure to sign up, as these will fill up very quickly.

The good news is, that if it is a popular session it may be repeated on another day/time. Popular sessions will repeat at least once during the conference. Remember to check the schedule daily – the VMworld event staff will put out daily updates that show any changes, additions, and deletions to the schedule.

Be careful about scheduling sessions back-to-back. Sessions are spread out across the VMworld Campus and there is a chance that the next breakout session is a not near the last. If you’re registered for a session you should have a seat available but if you are late you might not be able to get in.

Get Certified.

The VMware Certification Exam Center will be available this year. Sign up now and get 75% off all certification exams, including advanced certifications, taken during the conference.

Space is limited: Reserve your seat today!

Certifications

  • VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV)
  • VMware Certified Professional – Cloud (VCP-Cloud)
  • VMware Infrastructure as a Service exam*
  • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop (VCP-DT)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Design (VCAP-DCD)*
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Administration (VCAP-DCA)*
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Design (VCAP-CID)*
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Administration (VCAP-CIA)*
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD)*

*Please note: you must have authorization from VMware before you can register for these exams.

This is a great opportunity to validate your cloud and virtualization skills – at a significant discount.

Connect with VMware and Others

Stay connected with the VMworld 2013 Social Media Experience

VMworld 2013 is a powerful networking opportunity. Who you know has a huge influence on your success. Don’t miss out on this chance to build a professional network.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet with VMware engineers, architects, consultants and product managers, industry-leading analysts, bloggers, authors, peers and technology partners. Connect individually or in groups throughout the conference in Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Labs, Discussion Groups, the Hang Space, VMworld Party, Social Media.

It might be hard to read name tags so watch for the color scheme on the badge or lanyard. Each attendee will have a distinct color code that will identify their role. Pins are often used on the lanyards to identify special groups such as VMUG Leaders, vExperts and more. Lunch is also a great opportunity to meet new people.

VMware has an enormous social media community and we want you to be part of it. Stay tuned for a detailed update on how to follow all of the events, conversations, updates and recaps through social media – such as Blogs, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.!

Pack Smart

Business casual attire is appropriate for attending all General Sessions, Breakout Sessions and Hand-On Labs while casual attire is appropriate for the VMworld 2013 Party.

Be sure to have some comfortable shoes – you will be doing a lot of walking.  You might also want to bring a small spare swag bag for all the stuff you take home.

Social Events

We know how to have fun.

Welcome Reception – Sunday, August 25 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Start your time at the conference with good food and good conversation. Catch up with colleagues, talk to technology partners, bump into Knowledge Experts and enjoy some down time with professionals in your field at the Solutions Exchange.

Hall Crawl – Tuesday, August 27 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Enjoy a refreshing beverage while you see the latest products and services from over 250 exhibitors at the Solutions Exchange.

VMworld 2013 Party – Wednesday, August 28 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm

This year’s VMworld party is the culmination of our 10th annual celebration!Join your VMworld community at AT&T park, home of the San Francisco Giants, for an evening of fun, feasting, and fantastic entertainment. VMworld will transform the park with exciting carnival rides and interactive midway games with the stunning backdrop of the San Francisco Bay.

Imagine Dragons and Train will provide main stage entertainment and a 10th Annual finale awaits those who stay until the end.

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons (frontman Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman) independently released three EPs, toured extensively, and racked up numerous best-of-Vegas awards. Then, earlier this year, the band made their major label debut with the release of their Continued Silence EP available on Grammy award winning producer Alex Da Kid’s (Eminem, Rihanna) label, KIDinaKORNER. From the epic slow-burn throb of “Radioactive” to the upbeat percussive intimacy of “On Top of the World” to the delicate blend of acoustic guitar and synthetic pop on “Round and Round,” the collection showcases Imagine Dragons’ signature diversity of sound and sentiment. “It’s Time,” the EP’s anthemic, emotionally bare, foot-stomping lead single has become Imagine Dragon’s calling card. And it’s the song that sets the tone for what’s to come as the band prepares to enter the studio this summer to record their full-length debut with Alex Da Kid.

Train

Train’s current release is California 37 and features the double-platinum hit “Drive By” and platinum hit “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” and quickly rising single “Bruises.” The multi-platinum selling band made its mark on music history with the Grammy Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels,” earning its third Grammy in 2011 for the worldwide smash “Hey, Soul Sister” from Save Me, San Francisco. The top-selling single of 2010, “Hey, Soul Sister” hit #1 at radio in the US and in 15 countries abroad. Save Me, San Francisco has sold over one million albums worldwide and over ten million tracks. In addition to taking the sales and radio worlds by storm, Train has made numerous television appearances, performing on the NFC Championship Game, Daytona 500, American Music Awards, the Grammy Nomination Concert, Crossroads, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Monday Night Football, A&E Private Sessions, America’s Got Talent, The View, Dancing With The Stars, and Live With Regis and Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Bachelor, Rachael Ray and more. Train also offers the award-winning wine label, Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company, and Save Me, San Francisco Chocolate (with Ghirardelli) with proceeds going to their charity of choice, San Francisco-based Family House. For more info go to SaveMeSanFrancisco.com.

Complimentary shuttle transportation from Moscone West to AT&T park will be provided, stay tuned for details.

Casual attire; summer in San Francisco can be cool, a jacket is recommended.

Want More Fun? 

Of course you do!

If you are still looking for something to do outside of the official VMware parties, ask around and monitor the social media venues. There will be a host of unofficial parties nearly every day.

Check out the schedule of Gatherings, Tweetups, Parties and Activities are posted and being updated regularly up to VMworld.

Don’t Worry, It’s Recorded

The fact is that you can’t attend everything. So remember, the General Sessions and most Breakout Sessions are being recorded. The sessions and recordings will be posted and accessible to your account on www.vmworld.com in the coming weeks after VMworld 2013. Catch the sessions that you missed or repeat those ones you want to review again in the comfort of your own home or office.

The VMworld 2013 conference promises to be an amazing event and the VMware TAM Services social media activity streams will be very active during the conference and the our exclusive TAM Services events. Tune in to contribute and experience this dynamic event in a whole new way.

Read, follow and like us:
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See you at VMworld 2013!

VMworld 2013 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Services Attendees

VMworld 2013 San Francisco is approaching fast and will offer a full schedule of learning opportunities that will show you how virtualization and cloud computing can help you spend less time and money supporting underlying IT infrastructure and more time on areas that yield business and competitive value.

You will be empowered to take advantage of the best educational opportunity to expand your knowledge, maximize your investments, and gain a greater competitive edge with cloud and virtualization solutions all while having some fun in the process.

Check out our VMworld 2013 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Program Attendees

No. 1:  TAM Day

Join us on August 25th for the one-day exclusive event for VMware Technical Account Manager (TAM) Program customers. VMware experts will discuss the best practices and innovative technologies that address the challenges IT departments face as they transition to support this era of technologies — end user computing infrastructure, optimization & management, and executive vision.  You’ll even have the opportunity to discuss topics with solutions experts during the “birds of a feather” lunch.

Check out the VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Day Agenda and be sure to plan your travel and lodging accordingly – TAM Day starts at 10:00AM on the Sunday, August 25th.

No. 2: TAM Customer Central

As a part of our ongoing commitment to enhance your VMworld 2013 experience we are pleased to announce that TAM Customer Central is back for a second year!

This exclusive resource is available only to VMware TAM Services customers and is designed to ensure that you have the best possible experience throughout the conference.

There is an epic agenda set for one-on-one deep dive conversations and roadmaps with product managers and experts.

Don’t miss out!  Review and discuss the VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Customer Central Guide with your Technical Account Manager and get ready to join us for these exclusive opportunities!

No. 3:  Solution Exchange

The Solutions Exchange is undoubtedly the most action-packed part of VMworld.

The industry’s most forward-thinking IT solution providers convene in the expo space every year to showcase their innovative products and meet their customers and partners. Be sure to schedule your time and visit these sponsors. This is an amazing opportunity to explore and learn about new cloud-era innovations. Don’t just get your badge scanned – get a live demo, ask the difficult questions and get a datasheet or card so you can follow-up after the conference.

Booths range from the small pods to entire palazzos on the show floor. This year, over 300 exhibitors will be there for you to visit. The VMware booth will include technology demos, and expert bar, and theater presentations.

And – of course – get the swag and get registered for sponsor giveaways.

No. 4:  Hands-On Labs

Each year the VMworld Hands-On Labs (HOLs) are a huge attraction at VMworld. This year will be no different as VMware continues to innovate and provide a user experience greater than any other in the industry. The HOLs are designed around typical customer use case and business scenarios. This allows conference attendees to have a hands-on experience exercising workflows that relate to real-world scenarios.

Take on the HOLs to get more in-depth knowledge of these innovative technologies that you want to learn more about.  If you need help with a lab, flag down a lab captain to speak with a product expert.

Plus, you can take advantage of the the BYOD Lab Hot Spots across the VMworld Campus!

No. 5: Breakout Sessions

Choose from more than 300 Breakout Sessions covering topics such as the hybrid cloud, enabling IT as a service and delivering end-user freedom while maintaining IT control.  Visit the VMworld 2013 Content Catalog today and explore the session topics, abstracts and presenters across a range of session tracks – IT transformation, applications, end-user computing, infrastructure, and operations as well as sponsor sessions.

The Schedule Builder allows you to register for the sessions you want to attend.  In order to get into a session you must register.  You will not be able to book multiple sessions as the same time. Registering doesn’t mean that you must attend but keep in mind that if you register and don’t attend someone else is missing the session.

There will be many must see sessions. If you review the content catalog and look at the presenters you will notice that presenters are experts – engineers, solution and consulting architects as well as product managers. Many of the names may be familiar to you and the community. Be sure to sign up, as these will fill up very quickly.

The good news is, that if it is a popular session it may be repeated on another day/time. Popular sessions will repeat at least once during the conference. Remember to check the schedule daily – the VMworld event staff will put out daily updates that show any changes, additions, and deletions to the schedule.

Be careful about scheduling sessions back-to-back. Sessions are spread out across the VMworld Campus and there is a chance that the next breakout session is a not near the last. If you’re registered for a session you should have a seat available but if you are late you might not be able to get in.

No 6. Get Trained. Get Certified.

Get to San Francisco early and immerse yourself in the unique training opportunities being offered at this year’s pre-conference training courses that run from August 20th to August 24th. Take advantage of these pre-conference training courses at 20% off the regular price.

These special course offerings are your chance to hone your skills with VMware solutions, meet the experts behind VMware products, and exchange ideas and best practices with IT professionals from around the world.

Registration for these VMworld pre-conference training classes is handled via the VMworld San Francisco registration system at www.vmworld.com.

Course Schedule

  • August 22-24 – VMware vCloud: Design Best Practices [V1.5
  • August 22-24 – VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V5.x]
  • August 23-24 – VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1]
  • August 22-24 – VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1]
  • August 22-24 – VMware View: Design Best Practices [V5.x]
  • August 23-24 – VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1]
  • August 23-24 – VMware vCenter Operations Manager: Analyze and Predict [V5.x]
  • August 22-24 – VMware vCloud Networking and Security for vSphere Professionals [V5.1]
  • August 22-24 – vCenter Operations Manager: Advanced Usage and Dashboard Design
  • August 23-24 – Cloud Essentials
  • August 23-24 – Virtualization Essentials
  • August 22-24 – ITIL Foundation
  • August 20-24 – TOGAF 9 Level 1 and Level 2 Combination

The VMware Certification Exam Center will be available this year. Sign up now and get 75% off all certification exams, including advanced certifications, taken during the conference.

Space is limited: Reserve your seat today!

Certifications

  • VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV)
  • VMware Certified Professional – Cloud (VCP-Cloud)
  • VMware Infrastructure as a Service exam*
  • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop (VCP-DT)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Design (VCAP-DCD)*
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Administration (VCAP-DCA)*
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Design (VCAP-CID)*
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Administration (VCAP-CIA)*
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD)*

*Please note: you must have authorization from VMware before you can register for these exams.

This is a great opportunity to validate your cloud and virtualization skills – at a significant discount.

No. 7: Connect

Stay connected with the VMworld 2013 Social Media Experience

VMworld 2013 is a powerful networking opportunity. Who you know has a huge influence on your success. Don’t miss out on this chance to build a professional network.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet with VMware engineers, architects, consultants and product managers, industry-leading analysts, bloggers, authors, peers and technology partners. Connect individually or in groups throughout the conference in Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Labs, Discussion Groups, the Hang Space, VMworld Party, Social Media.

It might be hard to read name tags so watch for the color scheme on the badge or lanyard. Each attendee will have a distinct color code that will identify their role. Pins are often used on the lanyards to identify special groups such as VMUG Leaders, vExperts and more. Lunch is also a great opportunity to meet new people.

VMware has an enormous social media community and we want you to be part of it. Stay tuned for a detailed update on how to follow all of the events, conversations, updates and recaps through social media – such as Blogs, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.!

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No. 8:  Pack Smart

Business casual attire is appropriate for attending all General Sessions, Breakout Sessions and Hand-On Labs while casual attire is appropriate for the VMworld 2013 Party.

Be sure to have some comfortable shoes – you will be doing a lot of walking.  You might also want to bring a small spare swag bag for all the stuff you take home.

No. 9: Social Events

We know how to have fun.

Welcome Reception – Sunday, August 25 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Start your time at the conference with good food and good conversation. Catch up with colleagues, talk to technology partners, bump into Knowledge Experts and enjoy some down time with professionals in your field at the Solutions Exchange.

Hall Crawl – Tuesday, August 27 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Enjoy a refreshing beverage while you see the latest products and services from over 250 exhibitors at the Solutions Exchange.

VMworld 2013 Party – Wednesday, August 28 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm

This year’s VMworld party is the culmination of our 10th annual celebration!Join your VMworld community at AT&T park, home of the San Francisco Giants, for an evening of fun, feasting, and fantastic entertainment. VMworld will transform the park with exciting carnival rides and interactive midway games with the stunning backdrop of the San Francisco Bay.

Imagine Dragons and Train will provide main stage entertainment and a 10th Annual finale awaits those who stay until the end.

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons (frontman Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman) independently released three EPs, toured extensively, and racked up numerous best-of-Vegas awards. Then, earlier this year, the band made their major label debut with the release of their Continued Silence EP available on Grammy award winning producer Alex Da Kid’s (Eminem, Rihanna) label, KIDinaKORNER. From the epic slow-burn throb of “Radioactive” to the upbeat percussive intimacy of “On Top of the World” to the delicate blend of acoustic guitar and synthetic pop on “Round and Round,” the collection showcases Imagine Dragons’ signature diversity of sound and sentiment. “It’s Time,” the EP’s anthemic, emotionally bare, foot-stomping lead single has become Imagine Dragon’s calling card. And it’s the song that sets the tone for what’s to come as the band prepares to enter the studio this summer to record their full-length debut with Alex Da Kid.

Train

Train’s current release is California 37 and features the double-platinum hit “Drive By” and platinum hit “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” and quickly rising single “Bruises.” The multi-platinum selling band made its mark on music history with the Grammy Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels,” earning its third Grammy in 2011 for the worldwide smash “Hey, Soul Sister” from Save Me, San Francisco. The top-selling single of 2010, “Hey, Soul Sister” hit #1 at radio in the US and in 15 countries abroad. Save Me, San Francisco has sold over one million albums worldwide and over ten million tracks. In addition to taking the sales and radio worlds by storm, Train has made numerous television appearances, performing on the NFC Championship Game, Daytona 500, American Music Awards, the Grammy Nomination Concert, Crossroads, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Monday Night Football, A&E Private Sessions, America’s Got Talent, The View, Dancing With The Stars, and Live With Regis and Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Bachelor, Rachael Ray and more. Train also offers the award-winning wine label, Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company, and Save Me, San Francisco Chocolate (with Ghirardelli) with proceeds going to their charity of choice, San Francisco-based Family House. For more info go to SaveMeSanFrancisco.com.

Complimentary shuttle transportation from Moscone West to AT&T park will be provided, stay tuned for details.

Casual attire; summer in San Francisco can be cool, a jacket is recommended.

Want More Fun? (Of course you do!)

If you are still looking for something to do outside of the official VMware parties, ask around and monitor the social media venues. There will be a host of unofficial parties nearly every day.

Check out the schedule of Gatherings, Tweetups, Parties and Activities are posted and being updated regularly up to VMworld.

No. 10. Don’t Worry, It’s Recorded

The fact is that you can’t attend everything. So remember, the General Sessions and most Breakout Sessions are being recorded. The sessions and recordings will be posted and accessible to your account on www.vmworld.com in the coming weeks after VMworld 2013. Catch the sessions that you missed or repeat those ones you want to review again in the comfort of your own home or office.

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The VMworld 2013 conference promises to be an amazing event and the VMware TAM Services social media activity streams will be very active during the conference and the our exclusive TAM Services events. Tune in to contribute and experience this dynamic event in a whole new way.

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An often forgotten VMware benefit – Pick and Mix

By guest blogger, Christian Wickham, Technical Account Manager, South Australia and Northern Territory, and Local Government and Councils in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales at VMware Australia and New Zealand

An often forgotten VMware benefit – Pick and Mix

In my interaction with new and existing VMware customers, it strikes me how often people forget one of what I consider to be one of the best benefits of a VMware based clustered solution. It is often pleasant news for people planning or implementing a new VMware virtualisation solution to find that they can mix together different hardware from different vendors in the same cluster. You might be wondering why this is so good – here are some benefits that I see;

  • You can mix servers from Dell, HP, IBM, Cisco or whoever you want – this means that you can select the hardware that provides the best balance of features for the price. So, if you get a great deal on Dell “pizza box” rack mount servers one day, and then you want to invest in Cisco blades for high memory density the next day – go ahead. The compute resources are abstracted from the virtual machines, so you can mix and match the underlying servers.
  • If you want to expand your cluster onto new server hardware, it does not need to match the existing hardware – just be ‘similar’ (see section below on EVC and storage).
  • You can migrate from old hardware to new hardware without downtime (depending upon your license), and as above you can have parallel running for as long as you want.
  • Storage controllers (Host Bus Adapters – HBAs) can be different in the same cluster. You can have an Emulex 4Gbps dual port fiber channel PCIe card in one host and a Qlogic 8Gbps mezzanine card in a blade, and they can be in the same cluster. They just need to have the same storage presented to them consistently.
  • As with storage HBAs, your network interface cards can differ too – different manufacturers, LOM (LAN on Motherboard) or add-in cards. The same points as above about consistent access apply.
  • You can mix in multiple SANs and (providing you have the vSphere license for Storage vMotion) move VMs between them – allowing you to move running VMs from old to new (faster, cheaper, more reliable) SANs, including between vendors.

The benefits for your own business needs may vary, but for SMEs and businesses with lower capital budgets, being able to gradually increase the size of a cluster or re-use existing hardware that was previously used for a physical server is a significant benefit. For larger businesses too, the ability to transition to new hardware or even try out a new vendor or technology is a function that is not available from other software virtualisation providers.

A few years ago, before I started working for VMware, I deployed a physical SQL 2008 R2 failover cluster with shared storage – just 2 nodes. When the company grew, we needed to add a new node and then hit a roadblock – the HBAs in the existing nodes were no longer available. Microsoft’s requirements for Failover Clustering (Server 2012 requirements are here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612869.aspx ) specify that “all elements of the storage stack should be identical […] host bus adapter (HBA), HBA drivers, and HBA firmware—that are attached to cluster storage be identical.” although we did buy the same physical servers as per Microsoft’s recommendation “We recommend that you use a set of matching computers”, the Validate Configuration Wizard would not accept a differing HBA. A rip and replace was required, causing lengthy over the weekend downtime and a very scary time for me when I crossed the ‘point of no return’ where compute and storage were separated and I had to trust that I would get access to the volumes again.

Microsoft’s Hyper-V depends upon Windows Failover Clustering, so this requires upfront planning and procurement of matching hardware to suit not only the current needs of the business, but any future growth – for many years…

In a VMware based vSphere cluster, these barriers do not prevent expansion or modification of the existing cluster. I have many customers who have upgraded from ESX 3.0 to ESXi 5.1 and completely changed all the underlying hardware (in one case from 2Gbps FC and 1Gbps Ethernet, dual core CPUs and 36GB RAM – to 8Gbps FC and 10 Gbps Ethernet, 8 core CPUs and 256GB RAM) – all without the scary rip and replace weekends with ‘point of no return’ moments.

Although you could run a cluster on servers, HBAs and network cards that are completely different with vSphere, best practice is to keep similar hardware whenever possible. This makes fault-finding easier, and can ensure that the VM experience is consistent. When putting in new hardware, please do make sure you visit the VMware Hardware Compatibility List page (http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl) to look up what the hardware vendor has tested and recommends for each version of vSphere. The manufacturers contribute to the VMware HCL from their own testing, you can be assured that this is done by the hardware vendor and not VMware’s software people.

In a scenario where you mix older CPUs with newer CPUs, mix FC or Ethernet speeds, this can have an impact on VM performance. Imagine your 4 vCPU VM is running on a host with the latest 3 GHz CPU, and this is vMotioned to a host with a 1.6 GHz CPU – performance can be affected. On this point, it is also possible that a VM might be using some of the CPU features on a newer generation of CPU, which will not be available when it moves to a host that does not have those instruction sets. To cope with this scenario, starting with ESX 3.5 Update 2 released in August 2008, VMware introduced “Enhanced vMotion Control” – EVC http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003212 – where the cluster can be configured to mask off the newer features of modern CPUs so that VMs do not attempt to use them. When a VM is powered on, the Hypervisor will present the available CPU features as per the EVC setting, ensuring consistent CPU features in the cluster and ensuring CPU compatibility for vMotion. Two important points to note are that when people steadily upgrade their clusters, take out older hosts and put in newer hardware, that 1) the EVC level should be increased to match the lowest CPU capabilities in the cluster at that time, and 2) the VMs don’t get the additional features until they power on – not a reboot but a full cold power on (not much of an impact considering that the VMs will get the additional features with just a power cycle). A question I often get asked about EVC relates to masking features ‘down’ to a lower generation of CPUs – this does not decrease the CPU speed or remove other benefits that Intel or AMD have done to accelerate their latest CPUs, so if you put in a new host with the latest generation CPU into a cluster which is enabled for EVC, VMs will still be able to benefit from the speed of the newer CPU – just none of the additional features, as they will be masked by EVC.

vMotion between AMD and Intel CPUs is still not possible whilst the VM is powered on. You will need to power off the VM and sometimes clear CPU masks manually. As this reduces some of the benefits of features such as DRS, we recommend that your clusters contain one CPU vendor – although, you don’t have to!

In a couple of the points above, I mention that the features depend upon your license. One other benefit that people often forget is that with ESXi, the installed software is the same no matter what license you have. So, you can start with the basic “Essentials Plus” license that gives you basic vMotion and clustering capabilities, and then by simply changing the license key, enable features such as Storage vMotion and DRS without needing to even restart a service or server.

Investing in a VMware based environment enables a business to get a start and then grow as their needs eventuate. You can re-use existing hardware that can be mis-matched, providing it can access the same shared storage and networking, apply the lowest license and then grow, and grow.