VMworld 2019 Europe: Your Guide to Hyperconverged Infrastructure Activities

Posted on 04/11/2019 by vmwareemeasmt
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by Nick Cross, EMEA Senior Director HCI, VMware

The VMware HCI team is incredibly excited about the week ahead at VMworld 2019 Europe and we can’t wait to meet you! If it’s not obvious, we are hyped about hyperconverged infrastructure, and the same can be said about our 20,000+ customers.

VMworld is the ideal place to check out VMware’s innovative technologies, including our market-leading hybrid cloud solution VMware Cloud Foundation powered by vSAN.  Get ready to nerd-out, because we have thrilling keynotes, engaging panels and leading insights waiting for you in Barcelona!

We’ve mapped out the top hyperconverged infrastructure activities at VMworld 2019 Europe. Catch all the highlights here:

Stop by at the Solutions Exchange

First stop: the VMware Booth on the Solutions Exchange floor. When you spot the Modernize the Data Center area, you’ll know you’re in the right place. We’ll be showcasing both VMware Cloud Foundation and vSAN so stop by and get your questions answered.

Swerve on Over to Hands-On-Labs

Ready for a test drive? VMworld attendees gain special access to the latest VMware technologies without the purchase of equipment, software or licenses. You’ll want to check out the vSAN 6.7 lab as well as our VMware Cloud Foundation lab which shows how to get started with a HCI appliance. It doesn’t get any easier to stand up hyperconverged infrastructure than that!

Plan Your Ideal Schedule

So many options, so little time! We can tell you this, there’s no such thing as a bad session. Come armed with questions for our storage experts and customer panelists. Make the most out of your trip!

Our sessions will include real-life customers, industry analysts, and technical and business partners. Learn from and network with people who have common interests and questions. From spotlight sessions, to breakouts and group discussions, check out this blog with our Must-See HCI sessions.

Still struggling to choose? Don’t miss the sessions below!

HCI Keynote: The Foundation for your Future-proof Infrastructure [HCI3551KE]

John Gilmartin, GM & SVP for VMware’s Hyperconverged Infrastructure Business Unit and Cormac Hogan, Director and Chief Technologist at VMware and John Gilmartin, will use this session to talk about the customers at forefront of HCI, pushing the envelope on VMware vSAN and VMware Cloud Foundation. Providing an opportunity to up-level HCI knowledge and get a sneak-peek at what’s coming, there will also be chance to see demos of the latest capabilities. This is a must-attend session for anyone seeking to lead one of the most transformative IT trends in their organization.

Door prizes will be awarded at the keynote – make sure you register today for your chance to win.

Customer Panel: What You Need to Know About Hyperconverged Infrastructure [HCI1615PE]

Lee Dilworth, Chief Technologist for Storage and Availability in EMEA for VMware, will lead a selection of customers in a discussion on what they’ve learnt from deploying HCI, from the good and the bad to the ugly. What are the use cases, benefits, and potential pitfalls? Should you buy an appliance or deploy software? Who deploys and operates it—the virtual admin, storage admin, or someone else—and what organizational changes are required? This is the session to attend to be better prepared for the HCI wave.

VMware Cloud Foundation: Strategy, Capabilities, and Technology Direction [HBI1432BE]

As the industry goes through dramatic changes, rapid delivery of applications and services is the key business differentiator. But with continuous pressure on IT budgets, IT teams must change how they deliver infrastructure to focus more on delivering applications and services. That’s where VMware Cloud Foundation comes in by delivering a complete private and hybrid cloud. VMware’s Mark Chuang and Jayanta Dey will cover the capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation today, plus our strategy and technology evolution to support multiple application types spanning multiple data centres or hybrid clouds. This is a session for anyone who wants to move beyond VMware vSphere to a complete hybrid cloud.

Meet the experts!

Hear from our top VMware solution experts at these small group round table sessions taking place in Hall 8:

vSAN with expert Kiran Sreenivasamurthy [MTE6176E]

Tue., 05 November | 11:15 – 12:00

Spend time discussing vSAN features, capabilities, use cases, and competitive information with vSAN product management.

vSAN Design and Sizing with expert Pete Koehler [MTE6199E]

Wed., 06 November | 12:15 – 13:00 

Learn the proper methods and recommendations for designing and sizing vSAN clusters.

VMware SDDCs – Cloud Foundation & VVD with expert Tom Harrington [MTE6026E]

Tue., 05 November | 16:15 – 17:00 

Ask Tom Anything – During this roundtable he will talk about Cloud Foundation & VVD, and how to design, deploy, operate, and upgrade the VMware SDDC stack (vCenter, NSX, vRealize, etc)

At VMworld, attending our exciting sessions is only half the fun. There are also plenty of opportunities to socialize, network, meet new friends, relax, and enjoy yourself.  Don’t miss the best VMworld Fest yet, featuring The Stereophonics, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to rock and roll!

We’re looking forward to meeting you this week.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the updates!

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