VMworld is finally here, and with all the great sessions and events taking place, we thought it would be helpful to provide a guide on what to expect at VMworld 2012. We’ll be on-site providing live coverage from the show, including photos, videos and live-tweets from vCloud sessions – be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Activities at the VMware Booth 

Interested in the new vCloud Service Evaluation? Stop by the VMware booth for more information and to check out the service firsthand! We’ll also be launching a $50 credit promotion at VMworld – attendees can obtain the promo code by solving a vCloud scramble puzzle (distributed at OPS-CSM sessions) or by visiting the VMware booth and providing the secret passcode. The passcode will be revealed via the vCloud blog, Twitter and Facebook during the week of VMworld US.

VMware attendees can also drop by the Expert Bar to get their VMware questions answered in-person by VMware experts, or visit our demo pods to test out vCloud Connector and vCloud Director (vCD).

Want to learn more about other customers who have deployed VMware-based clouds? At the VMware booth, attendees will be able to read customer summaries and testimonials on our interactive touch screen. Attendees will also have the opportunity to “Share Your Cloud Journey” and be entered into a raffle to win prizes!

The Solutions Exchange

The Solutions Exchange will feature 250 of the leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure companies showcasing the latest in virtualization and cloud products, solutions, and services.

The hours for the Solutions Exchange are:
Sunday, August 26: 4-7pm (Welcome Reception)
Monday, August 27: 10:30am-6pm
Tuesday, August 28: 10:30am-6pm
(With the Hall Crawl Happy Hour taking place from 4:30 – 6pm)
Wednesday, August 29: 10am-5pm

Sessions We’ll Be Live-Tweeting

Unable to attend VMworld? We’ll be live-tweeting highlights from vCloud-related sessions, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @vCloud and @VMwareSP. We’ll also be tagging all of our live-tweets with #vmworldops – just follow the hashtag to see our live updates.

vCloud Scramble Puzzles will be passed out randomly during these sessions – attendees can solve them and bring them by the VMware booth for prizes, such as a vCloud Service Evaluation promo code!

Here’s the list of sessions we’ll be live-tweeting:

OPS-CSM2083  What’s New with VMware vCloud Director with Manish Lohani and Tom Stephens
OPS-CSM2150 Lab Management with VMware vCloud Director: Customer Panel with DST Systems, Symantec and McKesson. Moderated by Murthy Mathiprakasam
OPS-CSM2258 Industry Leaders Share the Impact of Their Cloud Deployments with eMeter, A Seimens Business, Star Alliance, Columbia Sportswear, Lufthansa, eMix, Fluor Corporation. Moderated by Paul Strong
OPS-CSM1307 vCloud Architecture Toolkit 3.0 Overview with John Arrasjid and Joe Sarabia
OPS-CSM3045 How to Run Amazon Web Services Workloads on Your vCloud with Adrian Cole and Mathew Lodge
OPS-CSM1930 VMware Private Cloud: OneCloud: Architecture and Best Practices with Venu Aravamudan and Ford Donald
OPS-CSM1917 Becoming Operationally Ready for Cloud with Rohan Kalra and Kevin Lees
OPS-CSM1379 Extending vCloud Director with Christopher Knowles and Thomas Kraus
OPS-CSM1167 Architecting for VMware vCloud Allocation Models with Chris Colotti and Frank Denneman
OPS-CSM1449 Tech Preview of the Next Generation of vCloud Connector with Patrick Chang
OPS-CSM2248 A Class on Deploying a Production Cloud Architecture  with Christopher Knowles
OPS-CSM2033 Auto Scaling and Cloud Bursting in the Hybrid IaaS Cloud with Christophe Decanini and Christopher Knowles
OPS-CSM2975 Orchestrating the Cloud:  From API to Workflow with Alex Mittell
OPS-CSM1340 FedEx Case Study:  Lessons Learned Integrating vCloud Director, vSphere and Third Party Solutions with vCenter Orchestrator with FedEx Services and Chris Norton
OPS-CSM1340 Securing the Virtual Environment: How to Defend the Enterprise with Davi Ottenheimer and Matthew Wallace
PAR1519 How to Sell and Deliver Services Powered by VMware vCloud with Joe Andrews


Following VMworld 2011 and VMware Partner Exchange 2012, we’ll be holding #vTrivia again this year for VMworld 2012! Here’s how to play:

  • During the show, follow @vCloud on Twitter, and look out for trivia questions posted with the #vTrivia hashtag.
  • #vTrivia questions will cover big announcements at VMworld, as well as highlights from key vCloud sessions and events.
  • If you think you know the answer to a #vTrivia question, @reply to @vCloud with your guess, making sure to tag your tweets with #vTrivia.

#vTrivia participants will have a chance to win laptop bags, VMware pins, flash drives, iTunes gift cards, and other great prizes! 

Here are some photos from last year’s winners:











Social Events

Besides attending breakout sessions and learning from experts in the virtualization and cloud fields, VMworld is also about networking. Join us and other VMworld attendees at any of the many social events taking place at VMworld.

Welcome Reception
Sunday, August 26, 4-7pm 

Kick off the week right! Check out the Welcome Reception at the Solutions Exchange to chat up Knowledge experts, talk to technology partners, and catch up with colleagues and professionals before things get rolling during the week.

Sunday, August 26, 8-11pm

(Packed house at last year’s #vmunderground at the Nine Fine Irishmen)

Were you lucky enough to get a golden ticket? Mingle with fellow VMworld attendees over drinks and snacks at Jillian’s after the Welcome Reception in the Solutions Exchange. We’ll also be on-site providing live coverage, such as photos and videos, from the event!

#cloudtalk Tweetup at Roe
Wednesday, August 29 5-7pm

Join us for our second annual in-person #cloudtalk at VMworld! This Tweetup is the perfect opportunity to get in the mood for the VMworld Party with vCloud experts and fellow cloud enthusiasts over some drinks and light snacks.

If you plan on joining, don’t forget to RSVP to our Twtvite. You’ll be able to find us in the Upstairs Lounge at Roe on Wednesday night.

For those who won’t be able to make it, look for updates with the #cloudtalk hashtag, or follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP for live tweets, photos and video throughout the event.

VMworld 2012 Party  
Wednesday, August 29 7-10pm

End the week with a bang at the VMworld Party! This year’s party is comprised of three parts: The Sports Lab, The Hi Tech Lab, and The Music Lab. Each area will have plenty of entertainment, food and beverages.

The Sports Lab: You’ll find 10 giant screens showing your favorite sports games from the week, pool tables, foosball, and all of your favorite old time sports bar games.

The Hi Tech Lab: Check out the coolest and latest in video gaming.

The Music Lab: Jam out at our rock concert featuring Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia.

Are you getting as excited for VMworld as we are? Be sure to follow us on Twitter @vCloud and @VMwareSP for live updates from the show, and we look forward to seeing you there!