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Are you interested in open source at VMware, software development kits (SDKs), vSphere PowerCLI or vSphere APIs? Come join Alan Renouf and his colleagues at these top VMworld open source sessions in the U.S. and Europe to learn more from the experts!

Alan Renouf is a Senior Product Line Manager at VMware focusing on APIs, SDKs, and CLIs. He is responsible for providing the architects and operators of private and public cloud infrastructure with the tool kits, frameworks and command-line interfaces they require to build a fully automated software-defined data center.

Here are Alan’s top VMworld open source sessions on APIs, SDKs & CLIs:

1. VMware & Chef: Leveraging the vSphere API Together

Add to your VMworld U.S. agenda: SER1906BU
Date: Monday, Aug. 28
Time: 1-2 p.m.

In this session, you will get an overview of the current VMware vSphere API and how to use it in your own data center. We will explore some of the different methods and tools available to a variety of audiences (vSphere administrators, developers, security admins, auditors) when automating against the vSphere API.

Leveraging the new vSphere representational state transfer (REST) API, we will show how to use the new Chef integration to build a virtual machine using a DevOps workflow.

Before that, though, we will start with a basic overview of Chef, going into the knife-vcenter plug-in, comparing it to the legacy knife-vsphere, and introducing a new test-kitchen integration. We will also touch on the InSpec framework to show the basic integration testing to confirm the virtual machine is in the desired state.

2. vSphere APIs with Alan Renouf & Kyle Ruddy

Add to your VMworld U.S. agenda: SER3036GU
Date: Monday, Aug. 28
Time: 4-5 p.m.

Join this discussion to learn about the vSphere APIs, how to use them, where to use them and more!

3. Hackathon Event: 15 teams Hack On Ideas!

Add to your VMworld U.S. agenda: VMTN6722U
Date: Monday, Aug. 28
Time: 8-11:45 p.m.

Sign-up for this session, Join a team or add a new idea and wait for others to join your team in this spreadsheet here.

You can coordinate with your fellow team members to determine what project you would like to do for your selected theme.

Register for VMware {code} and join the vmworld-hackathon group to discuss. This is sure to be a highlight for everyone who joins this year, just as much as it was last year.

4. Simplifying & Accelerating Your Multi-Cloud Strategy

Add to your VMworld U.S. agenda: IPC7001KU
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 29
Time: 2-3 p.m.

Alan Renouf on his top VMworld open source sessions, covering everything from vSphere APIs to Project Clarity.
Join Alan, who will be presenting a must-see demo in this session with some of the key VMware employees.

The need to integrate multiple clouds is the new normal. We are living in a multi-cloud world and your cloud strategy should enable you to choose the right clouds for the right workloads at the right time. In this session, we’ll showcase how VMware’s rapidly expanding Cloud Services portfolio is helping customers optimize their cloud strategy by matching application requirements to the right cloud destinations—based on needs for cost savings, application agility, and timescales.

VMware executives will showcase our latest capabilities including VMware Cloud on AWS and Cross-Cloud Services. And hear from VMware customers using our cloud solutions to accelerate cloud transformation, extend existing data center investments, gain insights across cloud environments and achieve consistency in managing, securing, and delivering in multi-cloud environments.

5. VMware Open Source SDKs: From Getting Started to Web App In One Hour

Add to your VMworld U.S. agenda: SER1912BU
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 29
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Add to your VMworld Europe agenda: SER1912BE
Date: Tuesday, 12 Sept.
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

In this session, you will get:

  • A brief introduction to the VMware vSphere software development kits (SDKs);
  • The history of when VMware first introduced programmatic interfaces; and
  • The recent fantastic enhancements made in this space.

You will learn how to:

  • Start with nothing;
  • Gain access to the vSphere automation SDKs;
  • Prototype simple API calls; and
  • Work with the SDKs and other free tools to produce your own simple web-based application.

We will also show how to further this project by using the other VMware open-source project, Clarity, all in one hour! This session is a must for vSphere admins, developers and DevOps teams looking to integrate with vSphere and further their education on the vSphere APIs, SDKs and CLIs.

6. The Power Hour: vSphere PowerCLI 10th Birthday Edition

Add to your VMworld U.S. agenda: SER1875BU
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 30
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Add to your VMworld Europe agenda: SER1875BE
Date: Tuesday, 12 Sept.
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

In this special edition of the Power Hour, marking the 10th birthday of VMware vSphere PowerCLI, Alan and Luc will not only bring you new features and deep dives, but also show how far vSphere PowerCLI has come and how it has evolved over the past 10 years.

The deep dives will extend far beyond vSphere administration. Since vSphere PowerCLI, PowerShell and your learning have changed over the years, we will revisit some of the more memorable scripts that vSphere PowerCLI has spawned and see how they can be given a modern look.

The examples will demonstrate how to manage your VMware products with vSphere PowerCLI in a consistent and user-friendly way. This trip along memory lane from early beginnings to the current rich feature set will show you again why vSphere PowerCLI should be your preferred management and automation tool.

7. vSphere PowerCLI What’s New: The Next Evolutionary Leap Is Now

Add to your VMworld U.S. agenda: SER2529BU
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 30
Time: 4-5 p.m.

Get the latest scoop on PowerCLI Features and Capabilities with Alan and Jake! Acquiring the latest version of PowerCLI has never been easier! Learn about the latest improvements of PowerCLI Installation and Upgrade using the Powershell Gallery. We’re always adding new cmdlets to PowerCLI, and the latest release does not disappoint.

We’ll share the breadth of everything new you can do with PowerCLI including added vCenter functionality, VSAN functionality and even how these cmdlets can be used against Vmware Cloud on AWS. If all this wasn’t enough, we’ll also give an overview of multi-platform support and a technical preview of upcoming features. If you’re just getting started in PowerCLI or have already made a significant investment, you’ll want to be here!

8. VMware Cloud for AWS & the Art of Software-Defined Data Centers: API, CLI & PowerShell

Add to your VMworld U.S. agenda: LHC1748BU
Date: Thursday, Aug. 31
Time: 12-1 p.m.

Learn about the VMware Cloud for AWS API and how we can enable your automation goals through our representational state transfer (RESTful) API, along with our CLI and PowerShell integrations. This session will focus on automation and include demonstrations and code samples.

You can read more of Alan’s work at VMware Blogs and his personal blog Virtually everything is POSHable. You can also follow Alan on twitter at @alanrenouf.