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Monthly Archives: July 2013

VMworld Schedule Builder Now Live!

We’re excited to announce the schedule builder for VMworld San Francisco 2013 is now live. Considering this year’s 350 in-depth sessions, 26 hands-on labs, 275 sponsors and exhibitors, and networking opportunities galore, you’ll be glad for the help making the most efficient use of your VMworld time. And if you haven’t registered, now is the time!

As you’re building your ideal schedule, consider adding some sessions from our Professional Services Consultants. We’ve been highlighting their sessions the last few weeks, and are finishing up this week with one from Joerg Lew on vCenter Orchestrator.

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Keep It Simple and Integrated: Out-Of-The-Box Cross-System Automation with vCenter Orchestrator (vCO)

With Joerg Lew (VMware) and Savina Ilieva (VMware)

 For service providers and enterprises alike, automation and integration is the key to efficiently building and operating your IT infrastructure, whether it’s virtualized or still contains legacy devices and applications. With vCenter Orchestrator (already included in vCenter), you can build reliable “enterprise-ready” automation solutions based on workflows. vCO and its plugins allow you to integrate a broad number of systems, protocols, and services, including but not limited to VMware products.

In this session you’ll learn about:

  • The business case for automation and integration in enterprise IT
  • New features planned for the next vCO release
  • Using existing plugins to auto-generate workflow for many use cases
  • Integrating external systems with vCO

You will see a live demo of the newest vCO capabilities, presented by Savina Ilieva, Product Manager for vCO at VMware, and Joerg Lew, Senior Consultant in VMware’s Professional Services Engineering team. A guest speaker from a third-party vendor will also share his experience building a vCO Plugin. Who is it? Attend the session and see!

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Are You Ready To Get The Most Out Of VMworld?

Since the sessions for VMware 2013 were announced, we’ve been highlighting a few favorites from our Professional Services Consultants and Service Architects each week. The planner will be launching soon, and with 350+ sessions this year, we imagine you’ll be carefully laying out your schedule in the coming weeks.

This week we recommend you check in with David Hill about building a hybrid cloud and Wade Holmes about software-defined storage. And don’t miss our earlier recommendations in the End-User Computing and Virtualization tracks.

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How to Build a Hybrid Cloud in Less than a Day

With David Hill (VMware)

In this session you’ll hear how you can build a hybrid cloud in less than a day. We will look at the multiple technologies available today enabling the hybrid cloud and how you can use them to turn your current vSphere infrastructure into a hybrid. This helps businesses lower total cost of ownership and operational costs.

Attendees will leave the session with:

  • An understanding of how to deploy vCloud Connector in a vSphere infrastructure
  • Clarity on the potential pitfalls and mistakes real customers have made in the past
  • Knowledge of how to move workloads seamlessly between clouds

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Software-Defined Storage: The VCDX Way

With Wade Holmes (VMware)

Storage is one of the key pillars within every datacenter. Leveraging software-defined storage is key to unleashing the full benefits of the software-defined data-center. But, as with any new technology, you must understand how software-defined storage fits into your current datacenter architecture.

VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs) utilize an architectural methodology that eases the adoption of new technology to meet your business needs. Join us to learn how to design, implement, and integrate software-defined storage solutions—the VCDX way.

At this session you’ll learn:

  • How the VCDX architectural methodology can assist you in adopting new technology into your data center
  • How leveraging software-defined storage can assist in meeting your business needs
  • Key features and capabilities of VMware’s software-defined storage offerings

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Don’t Miss Our PS Consultants at VMworld

This year’s VMworld in San Francisco is fast approaching: August 25–29. Are you ready? Have you been perusing the list of sessions to decide which breakouts and panels you can’t miss?

With 350+ sessions this year, we imagine you’ll be carefully planning your schedule in the coming weeks. We’d hate for you to miss the great sessions led by our VMware Professional Services Consultants and Architects, so we’ve included two on Virtualization below. Plus, don’t miss our run-down of End-User Computing sessions from last week.

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Strategic Reasons for Classifying Workloads for Tier 1 Virtualization. Why Classify?

With David Gallant (VMware) and Denis Larocque (MolsonCoors)

Virtualizing business-critical applications can be a daunting exercise. It’s not just another application you’re putting on the virtual infrastructure. In most cases, it’s the system of record or the major finance application, the app that runs the supply chain, etc. You need to get it correct—the first time.

Workload classification of the existing environment is key to the success of virtualizing business-critical applications. Workload classification determines sizing for performance and capacity as well as application dependency.

“Getting rid of our costly UNIX environment was a good reason to virtualize, but SAP was a critical part of our portfolio, and we had to guarantee performance and reliability of the new system,” explains MolsonCoors Virtualization Architect Denis Larocque. “Having deep understanding of current state to be able to classify the workload and make a projection is the secret. It is not that difficult when you have the right information available.”

At this session you’ll hear from Laroque and VMware Virtualization Architect David Gallant, and discuss who, what, when, why, where and how to classify workloads for virtual environments.

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How SRP Delivers More Than Power to Their Customers

With Girish Manmadkar (VMware) and Sheldon Brown (SRP)

SRP, the third-largest public power and water company in the country, with over 1,000,000 customers, has completely virtualized its entire SAP landscape (inclusive database). Since completing the production environment build in December, SRP has been busy stress testing, load testing, performance testing, and monitoring and tweaking the environment to ensure an excellent customer experience on Go Live day.

In this session you’ll hear from VMware (Consulting Architect – BCA/SAP practice North America) and SRP (hands-on SAP Technology Manager) about their reasons to virtualize the SAP environment and to migrate SAP workloads to elastic but optimal virtual environments. You’ll also find out what they did to resolve earlier performance issues like SAP BI, quick resource allocation, Oracle licensing, and much more.

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Start Your VMworld Schedule On The Right Foot

Getting excited about this year’s VMworld, August 25–29? We are—especially now that the full list of sessions has been posted. Breakout and panel sessions are at the heart of the VMworld experience, with dynamic speakers, rich content, and constructive discussions.

With 350+ sessions this year, we imagine you’ll be carefully planning your schedule in the coming weeks. Here’s a great place to start: sessions led by our VMware Professional Services Consultants. We’ve collected a few from the End-User Computing track below; keep your eyes out for others in the coming weeks, focusing on Virtualization and the Software-Defined Data Center.

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Demistifying VMware Mirage: Tips and Tricks for Success
With Justin Venezia and Simon Long

Wondering what Mirage really does, how it works, and how to successfully design and implement it? VMware’s Global Professional Services team will present a technical walk-through of a real-world end-to-end Mirage design and implementation. Hear first-hand how VMware Architects address technical and operational challenges, such as networking and server and storage sizing. The team will also share lessons and best practices, giving you everything you need to successfully deploy VMware Mirage.

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Getting Started with Horizon Workspace: Use Cases and Configuration
With Kristopher Boyd and Stephane Asselin

VMware Horizon Workspace opens the door for a new world of use cases—from SSO (single sign on) to remote enterprise applications. Properly configuring and deploying a Horizon Workspace environment requires careful planning and execution. In this session Kristopher and Stephane will go over new use cases, discuss configuration and deployment tips, and share pointers to help you avoid roadblocks when you deploy your first Horizon Workspace environment.

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PCoIP: Sizing For Success
With Simon Long and Chuck Hirstius

Baffled by the PCoIP sizing minefield that can accompany a Horizon View deployment? No idea where to start? Join Chuck and Simon as they give an introduction to PCoIP, helping you understand important characteristics of the protocol, which need to be considered when sizing for PCoIP. The session will then guide you through the critical steps required to optimize, measure, and calculate PCoIP bandwidth requirements tailored to your environment.

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EUC Experts Panel – Successful Implementations
Moderated by Kristopher Boyd with panelists Simon Long, Stephane Asselin, Justin Venezia, Ray Dusseault

In this panel discussion, EUC Architects from Global Services Engineering with experience designing and implementing some of the largest, most complex EUC environments to date will answer your pressing questions: Issues with virtual desktops and virtualized apps.  How to scale your virtual desktop environment. Where do  Horizon Workspace and Mirage fit into your desktop strategy? The panel includes experts in all of the Horizon Suite products, as well as critical infrastructure support elements for EUC, such as Active Directory and anti-virus, storage solutions, networking, and load balancing.

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Join our VMware PS Consultants, TAMs & Solution Architects at VMworld 2013!

Ready to defy convention? Ted Ohr, Senior Director of Americas Service Delivery, personally invites you to join industry leaders and colleagues at the 10th annual US VMworld event in San Francisco, August 25—29. Gain the tools you need to simplify your operations and transform conventional practices into business advantages. Details at http://www.vmworld.com