Cloud-Native Applications is set to make quite a splash at this year’s VMworld US conference, taking place Aug. 27-31 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Over the course of these five days, the Cloud-Native Applications Business Unit at VMware will be holding sessions, Hands-on Labs, product demos, Meet the Expert roundtables, hackathons, and, of course, gatherings and parties to help you kick back after a long day of conferencing.

VMworld may still be a couple weeks out, but it’s never too early to start planning ahead for which events you should attend. In this post, we’re highlighting the Hands-on Labs and Meet the Expert roundtables (which you can start signing up for now!) that you absolutely can’t miss. Check them out below.

Hands-on Labs:

  1. Photon OS and Container Basics – Getting Started Workshop [ELW183001U]Sunday, Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m.

This lab is perfect for those new to the world of containers and looking to jumpstart their knowledge of this exciting technology. Principal Systems Engineer Pontus Rydin will guide you through the basic concepts of containers and offer a peek at more advanced topics, such as multi-component deployment and container networking. Gain hands-on experience by deploying a classic three-tier application using PhotonOS.

  1. vSphere Integrated Containers – Getting Started Workshop [ELW183002U] Tuesday, Aug. 29, 12:00 p.m.

Explore the vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC) platform, along with two other VMware open source tools (Projects Harbor and Admiral) for easing container management in this hands-on workshop led by container expert Pontus Rydin.

  1. Kubernetes – Getting Started [ELW183101U] Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1:30 p.m.

Dive into the components of the Kubernetes system in order to better understand the role of each component in this hands-on workshop led by Technical Product Manager Michael West. This workshop will grant you the opportunity to build, deploy and manage container-based applications with Kubernetes running on vSphere.

  1. Kubernetes – Getting Started [SPL183101U] Self-Paced

Explore the components of the Kubernetes system and get a better understanding of their roles in this self-placed lab. Attendees will also get the chance to build, deploy and manage container-based applications with Kubernetes running on vSphere

  1. VMware NSX-T with Kubernetes Workshop [ELW182602U]Tuesday, Aug. 29, 3:00 p.m.

Explore the ins and outs of Kubernetes and how to leverage NSX-T with Kubernetes in order to control and manage the virtual network of your containers. This hands-on lab will be led by Staff Systems Engineer Hadar Freehling and NSX Ninja Mark Meulemans.

Meet the Experts:

  1. What Is Developer-Ready Infrastructure with Merlin Glynn [MTE4797U]Monday, Aug. 28, 2:15 p.m. & Tuesday, Aug. 29, 4:15 p.m.

Join this expert roundtable hosted by Technical Product Manager Merlin Glynn for a discussion around how to manage containers at scale with tools already familiar to vSphere administrators in order to make your container environments more secure, agile and highly available.

  1. Criteria for Selecting Container Frameworks with Merlin Glynn [MTE4793U]Monday, Aug. 28, 3:15 p.m.

During this expert roundtable, attendees will get the chance to meet with VMware experts, including Technical Product Manager Merlin Glynn, who have operational and field experience on containers. Get all of your pressing questions about best practices around choosing container frameworks answered, and learn the pros and cons of various container frameworks like Docker Swarm, Kubernetes and Rancher.

  1. Everything You Need to Know About Kubernetes with Nathan Ness [MTE4794U] Monday, Aug. 28, 4:15 p.m.

Get ready to explore container orchestration solutions like Kubernetes in this expert roundtable hosted by Technical Product Manager Nathan Ness. Discuss Kubernetes and deployment options with VMware, and get answers to all of your burning questions around the deployment, scaling and management of containers with Kubernetes answered during this event.

  1. Top 3 Cloud Native Use Cases with Steve Tegeler [MTE4792U]Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1:15 p.m.

Director of Technical Product Management Steve Tegeler will discuss three key use cases leading the trend in the cloud native space during this expert roundtable. Learn more about the critical considerations, technical choices and trade-offs around cloud native digital transformation from the perspective of applications owners and DevOps professionals.

  1. Modernizing Traditional Workloads with Patrick Daigle [MTE4791U] –. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2:15 p.m.

During this expert roundtable, Sr. Technical Marketing Architect Patrick Daigle will answer questions about best practices on how to reliably transform traditional workloads, modernize applications and operationalize management and logging for production-grade deployments.

  1. Get the Basics of Microservices and 12 Factor Apps with Merlin Glynn [MTE4795U]Wednesday, Aug. 30, 12:15 p.m.

Learn the basics about microservices architecture and how to use microservices to decouple applications into smaller, more modular services that can be deployed, maintained and upgraded independently in this meet the expert session led by Technical Product Manager Merlin Glynn. Ask our VMware experts questions about containerizing applications, microservices and 12 factor methodology while getting a sneak peek at the latest in software development and operations.

  1. Build Your Own Container Deployment Checklist with Patrick Daigle [MTE4796U] Wednesday, Aug. 30, 3:15 p.m.

Join this roundtable talk hosted by Sr. Technical Marketing Architect Patrick Daigle to find out how to manage containers at scale with tools already available to vSphere administrators, making your container environments more secure, agile and highly available.

For a complete list of Cloud-Native Applications events at this year’s VMworld, consult this handy field guide.

Stay tuned to the Cloud-Native Applications blog for more information on VMworld, and follow us on Twitter (@CloudNativeApps) for additional updates.