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With Las Vegas behind us and Barcelona ahead, it’s official: VMworld season has arrived again!

Didn’t make it to the party at the Mandalay Bay in August? That’s too bad! Nothing comes close to the in-person VMworld experience. But the Education Services team still wants to give you bit of an idea of what you missed in the Education and Certification Lounge at VMworld. To that end, we’ve put together a short list of our top three takeaways from the week.

Read on to discover all the learning, certification opportunities, and invaluable connections you missed out on this year. And for those among you starting to get that feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out)—fear not: Just pencil in VMworld US 2019 on your calendar!

 

 

1) Learning

So many sessions, so much to learn. That’s only part of what makes VMworld such a fantastic place to discover the latest in all things digital infrastructure. More specifically, we’ve structured our Lounge sessions to focus on actionable insights—insights you can actually take back to the office.

This year, the following sessions were particularly popular:

  • The Time is Now: Upgrading to vSphere 6.7
  • VMware Cloud on AWS: What It Is and Why It Matters
  • Preparing for Your VMware Certified Professional 6 (VCP6-DCV)

Head over the VMware Learning Zone to watch the recordings for these (and all the other) Lounge sessions.

So, what else makes VMworld such a great place to learn, you ask? Experts like you! We saw so many post-session conversations where attendees collaborated with each other to work through challenges and share best practices.

 

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Outside the sessions, we loved all the instructive and electrifying conversations we had over the week in the Education and Certification Lounge—especially those from the all-star VCDX panel. Featuring Brett Guarino, Rebecca Fitzhugh, Paul McSharry, and Chris McCain, this power panel opened up the floor to the audience, answering the many questions from the audience had to ask (…that was until we had to stop them to get ready for our next session!)

 

  

 


2) Certifications

If you’re looking to take your IT career to new heights, the VMworld Education and Certification Lounge is the place to be! Take a quick stroll through our Twitter and you’ll see a small fraction of the parade of certifications from the week.

 

  

 

Between those that came to VMworld with existing certifications and those that passed certification exams onsite, there was plenty of cause for celebration—and plenty of enviable certifications pins to give away. Congratulations to all our certification superstars!

Studying up for your own certification? Freshly minted VCAP Valter Junior has a few words of wisdom to share with you: “It’s important to study hard and keep your focus, and read all the materials. And control your emotions—very important!” (Well said, Valter. And kudos on your achievement!)

 

  

 


3) Connections

Come for the certifications, stay for the connections. At VMworld US, we had a great time getting to better know and learn from each other. It was by far our (and many of our guests’) favorite part of the conference. We enjoyed the sessions and certification celebrations portions of the week, but there’s something special about making those human connections.

 

  

 

And as you can probably imagine, we weren’t all business—we also had a ball! (Hey, we were in Las Vegas, after all!) From the rocking main stage at VMworld Fest to the buzzy social media conversations, VMworld US was abuzz with activity. It was a place to celebrate. To cheer on those who passed certification exams. To delight in each other’s company. And what a week it was!

Thanks to all our attendees for making this event so memorable—our best one yet, in fact. We hope to see you next time in Las Vegas!

Last thing: Don’t forget to head over to VMware Learning Zone to watch recordings from our Las Vegas sessions.

 

Until next year!