VMworld kicks off Sunday, Aug. 26, with a full-throttle agenda centered on relationship building, outreach, and education, all taking place in fabulous Las Vegas. The expanded portfolio of our cloud-native products makes it so you can develop and deploy cloud-native apps on your terms, in the way you want, and this year’s VMworld helps you do just that.


Cloud-Native Apps on the Main Stage

Look out for  cloud-native apps activities on the main stage at the general sessions on Monday and Tuesday. One of our customers and Wendy Cartee, Sr. Director of Product Marketing of Cloud-Native Apps BU, will be on the main stage talking about PKS.

Showcase Keynote

The Cloud and Developer Keynote session — Public Clouds and Kubernetes at Scale — will bring several VMware executives, including our cloud-native apps GM Paul Fazzone, on to the stage to describe how VMware is creating the industry’s most robust platform for managing multiple cloud environments. Paul will be joined on stage by VMware CTO Guido Appenzeller; and Milin Desai, the VMware Cloud Services GM.

Quick Talks on Sunday

Quick talks on Sunday cover the container portfolio at VMware, emerging use cases with PKS, DevOps culture, and how to integrate VKE with AWS Services.

Workshop: Run Kubernetes on VMware

This workshop on Sunday, which will also repeat on Thursday, starts with the basics of containers and Kubernetes and goes all the way to teach you how to implement them within your enterprise. Why do we need an orchestrator like Kubernetes? What are the different elements in Kubernetes and how are applications deployed with Kubernetes? The workshop will include labs and live exercises.

CNA Sessions and DevOps Talks

There will be many CNA and DevOps sessions and talks running the gamut from overviews to technical deep dives. Recent CNA blog posts highlight several of the sessions. Even more of the sessions have been illuminated on Twitter.

A full listing appears in our handy VMworld CNA Field Guide.

Booths and Demos

Come by, say hi, and check out a demo at the CNA, DevOps, and Cloud Services booth. There will be demos on a variety of topics related to our products:

  • VMware Pivotal Container Service: The PKS demos show how to run Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and GCP, automate life-cycle management of Kubernetes, and integrate with NSX, vSAN, Wavefront, and vRealize.
  • VMware Kubernetes Engine: The VKE demos show off Smart Clusters, high availability, security, and other features of this new Kubernetes as a service.
  • vSphere Integrated Containers: The demos of vSphere Integrated Containers reveal the common tooling that you can use with containers on vSphere as well as how to monitor, log, and troubleshoot containers.

In addition, there are DevOps demos, which highlight infrastructure as code, integrated CI/CD pipelines, and the Harbor container registry, which is now part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation through a donation from VMware.

VMware {code} Power Sessions

VMware {code} is also bringing focused presentations and workshops called “Power Sessions” to VMWorld Las Vegas. Held in the VMware {code} Theater in VMvillage, Power Sessions run the gamut from presentations to demos, but they’re all short, focused bytes of DevOps knowledge.

In this cloud-native world, it seems only natural that you would want to find a safe Harbor from which you can develop applications on Kubernetes, integrate with AWS Services, or use a VMware Kubernetes Engine to drive it all to fruition.

If you’re feeling too stately for all that, why don’t you hire a butler by the name of Jenkins to handle your CI/CD pipeline while you go off to create a serverless function.

More of the active-active type? Then put it all into motion by running Spark or Istio, or by attending any of the many other VMware {code} sessions listed in the VMworld CNA Field Guide.

Power Sessions with Partners

We have worked with our partners at Redis Labs, Crunchy Data, Confluent, and CloudBees to bring you a set of power sessions that explore the power of PKS in conjunction with other technologies.

VMware {code} Hackathon on Monday

The hackathon lets participants develop projects that are aligned with predetermined themes. About ten teams of ten participants will collaborate during the hackathon, and there will be pre-hackathon trainings sessions aligned with the subtopics in the VMware {code} Theater. SME judges will select winners based on pre-specified criteria. This year’s themes include Blockchain, cloud-native apps, hybrid cloud, and an open theme. For more information, see the VMworld Content Catalog.

VMware {code} Maker Space

Maker Space sessions are 1- to 2-hour workshops in the VMvillage where up to 24 participants build something that they can keep. To add a session to your schedule, search the VMworld Content Catalog for “Maker Space.”

Hands-on Labs

Cloud-Native Apps BU has updated and expanded our portfolio of Hands-on Labs available at VMworld. This year’s labs include an update of PKS and a new lab for VKE.

There are two types of HOL available at VMworld. You can either register for the expert-led workshops to try these labs with the help from our PKS and VKE experts, or attend the self-paced lab at times that work for you. Check out the PKS HOL and VKE HOL in the VMworld Content Catalog.

Both the PKS and VKE labs will be online after VMworld, too; you can go to https://labs.hol.vmware.com and register for an account, and then take the lab anytime and anywhere at your convenience.

Meet the Experts

CNA has more than a dozen Meet the Expert sessions so you can find out everything you need to know about PKS, vSphere Integrated Containers, image management, VKE, and how to select the right container platform for your use case. See the listing of the Meet the Experts sessions in the VMworld CNA Field Guide.

Container Squad

Then there is the Container Squad, a small pod of enthusiasts who dress for success in the cloud and illuminate the benefits of cloud-native applications. If you see them on the floor of the exhibition hall or at VMvillage, don’t just stand there, tweet something.

If you take a picture with the Container Squad and tag and tweet the picture to @CloudNativeApps and @vmwarecode, you will receive a surprise gift from us.

Field Guide and Tips and Tricks

To help you get the most out of the conference, we interviewed a few VMworld veterans in the Cloud-Native Apps BU and asked them for their tips and tricks. Check out the three-video series to find out how to take full advantage of the conference.

For a complete listing of all the CNA sessions, Hands-on Labs, workshops, Meet the Expert sessions, VMware {code} sessions, and the Hackathon, download and print out the VMworld CNA Field Guide.