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Meet the Bloggers Today!

Don’t forget to stop by the Professional Services booth at VMworld today from 4:15–5pm for our Meet the Bloggers event. Get in-person answers to all your pressing IT questions and meet the consultants and architects behind this blog and the VMware Accelerate Blog.

If you can’t join us in San Francisco, we hope you’ll still join us here on the VMware Consulting Blog. We have lots of great posts scheduled for the coming months, including several by new bloggers. You won’t want to miss them!

Your Questions Answered—In Person—At ‘Meet The Bloggers’

By Ted Ohr, Senior Director of Americas Service Delivery

Here at the VMWare Consulting Blog, we are lucky to be able to gather an incredible range of knowledge under one roof, from BYOD and security policies, to SDDC and Tier-1 applications. Our goal is to share insights across many topics, and to help you get to know the professional services consultants through their posts.

We’ll be extending that mission from the digital realm into the real world at our Meet the Bloggers event, Tuesday, August 27, at VMworld San Francisco 2013. Stop by the VMware booth from 4:15–5pm to get in-person answers and additional information on topics at the heart of this blog, as well as the VMware Accelerate blog.

Here are some questions and topics our bloggers are eager to discuss:

Where should you start when virtualizing Tier-1 applications?

Are your applications ready for data center transformation?

What is the best storage design strategy for a successful VDI deployment?

What security questions need to be asked when considering virtualization?

But that’s not all! We have lots of great posts scheduled for the coming months, many by new bloggers who will also be at Meet the Bloggers. Stop by and meet with our architects and consultants.  It’s a great opportunity for all.  Join us!

With over 18 years of technology experience, Ted Ohr is the Senior Director of Americas Service Delivery, which includes Software Defined Data Center, Mobility, Project Management and Technical Account Management. In addition to driving services revenue growth in Latin America, he is also responsible for leading all aspects of service delivery, thought leadership and best practices for VMware’s Professional Services business for both North and Latin America, helping to ensure customer success and satisfaction.

Don’t Miss VMworld’s Hands-On Labs: Now More Mobile & Flexible

For many of the 21,000 attendees expected at VMworld 2013 San Francisco, a main draw will be the Hands-On Labs (HOLs), which have grown from 120 users in 2004 to 45,000 square feet of space and 2.5 days worth of content this year.

HOLs allow participants to try out VMware products on provided computers or—starting last year—their own device, powered by hotspots around the convention center. This means users don’t have to change licenses or buy equipment, and product experts are available to provide immediate guidance. You’ll recognize many of the HOL experts and speakers as the same Professional Services Consultants who share their expertise on this blog.

Every time a lab is run, the environment is reset to a fresh state for the next participant. This is made possible by the very tools VMware lets participants test: Each workstation has a VMware Horizon View virtualized desktop running Lab Manager software, powered by VMware hybrid cloud technology. The vSphere virtualized infrastructure integrates onsite and offsite data centers (in San Francisco, Ashburn, and Miami) to enable 4,000 virtual machines to be deployed and un-deployed every hour.

Brand new this year are the Lightning Labs of 15 or 30 minutes, providing a shorter alternative to the usual 60-minute sessions—for attendees dedicated to optimizing every minute of their schedule.

This year VMworld will also serve as a testing ground for the public beta of VMware Hands-On Lab Portal, built on the Project Nee (Next-generation Education Environment) Application, which launched in November to much excitement.

Don’t forget to register for the 2013 HOLs—and VMworld if you haven’t! You can even self-register for HOLs for the first time. More details on HOLs and this year’s topics here.

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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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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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