VMworld 2018 US: Know Before You Go

VMworld 2018 US, taking place August 26 – 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada is quickly approaching and we’re looking forward to sharing five days of innovation, education, and collaboration with our partner community.


This year, partners with a full conference pass have complimentary access to the Partner Forum sessions, as well as perks of the Partner Lounge. Below is a snapshot of what’s included within the Partner Forum, beginning Sunday. For those attending, make sure to add these partner sessions to your conference agenda today.


SUNDAY, August 26

  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Partner Sales Training Sessions [Mandalay Bay Ballrooms B-D, Level 2]
    These sales sessions cover key topics to help you sell, grow, and win more business through VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware NSX, and VMware vSAN/HCI solutions.  Note, these sessions will also be offered on Thursday morning.
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Partner General Session [Mandalay Bay Ballroom E, Level 2]
    Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Brandon Sweeney, SVP Worldwide Commercial & Channel Sales, Jenni Flinders, Worldwide Channel Chief, and a Special Guest Speaker will share their insights into VMware’s strategy and vision and highlight the cloud and services opportunity with VMware.
  • 5:05 – 5:45 PM – Americas Regional Partner Session [Mandalay Bay Ballroom E, Level 2]
    Join Frank Rauch, VP of Americas Partner Organization at VMware, as he discusses why we need to think differently to maintain a mindset of accelerated growth. Partners across all regions are welcome.

THURSDAY, August 30

  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM — Partner Sales Training Sessions [Breakers Rooms, Level 2]
    These sales sessions cover key topics to help you sell, grow, and win more business through VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware NSX, and VMware vSAN/HCI solutions.


The VMware Partner Lounge [Located in VMvillage, Bayside C, Level 1] opens Sunday at Noon.  It’s the ideal place for you to host a customer meeting, or simply network, relax, refuel, or recharge your devices throughout the week. And, new this year are the partner-only theater sessions, spanning various programmatic topics including a session on Master Services Competencies, a PKS Partner Primer, special Partner Spotlight sessions, multiple VMware Cloud on AWS sessions and more. You do not need to pre-register for any of these sessions. Pro tip: Stop by the lounge on Sunday to see the schedule, or browse sessions online, and add your favorites manually to your calendar so you don’t miss this bonus partner-only content running Monday – Wednesday. Seating will be limited.


Following are additional partner sessions, training, tools, events, and activities being offered throughout VMworld….

Big Savings on Training & Certification for Partners

Develop your skills and build your VMware Master Services Competencies with special discounts on training and certification at VMworld. Sign up for as many as you’d like and easily add them to your conference agenda:

  • 25% off exclusive-On Demand courses – including NSX, vSAN, vSphere, and vRealize Automation
  • 25% off a VMware Learning Zone (our 24/7 training hub) Premium Subscription
  • 50% off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams and practice tests

Cloud City
This year VMworld will be home to Cloud City – a fully-interactive event, taking you on a journey through the ultimate hybrid cloud experience. Our Cloud City representatives will guide you through the features of the multi-cloud solution and show you how it can transform your business.  You will have the opportunity to explore the benefits of the cloud, gain invaluable hands-on training, and discover the ideal multi-cloud infrastructure solution for your organization.

VMware Cloud on AWS Updates at VMworld US 2018
Partners are flocking to join the VMware Cloud on AWS partner programs. In just 6 months, we have over 150 channel partners and over 100 validated software solutions available on VMware Cloud on AWS. Find out how VMware is helping our partners build their hybrid cloud business. If you’ve completed the VMware Cloud on AWS Solution competency, get the latest updates on our partner programs. And come learn about the latest features and capabilities available on VMware Cloud on AWS.

VMware’s Assessments and TestDrives
VMware’s Assessments and TestDrives provides systematic processes and sets of tools to approach your customers, evaluate their environment, and assess gaps between where they are and where your customers want to be in a hyper-connected world. Visit the Assessment Lounge in the VMvillage [Bayside C, Level 1] to meet and talk with VMware experts.

Veeam Availability Suite to be Showcased at VMworld 2018
Veeam, a VMware Global Strategic Technology Partner and VMworld Platinum Sponsor, will be showcasing Veeam Availability Suite and how it complements VMware technologies such as vSAN and VMware Cloud on AWS. Click here to view or register for the Veeam sessions and activities available to you throughout the week.


You can download the VMworld 2018 Mobile App from Google Play (Android) or the App Store (IOS) and use it to find all the latest information, update your schedule in real-time, and network with other attendees.


Be sure to check back next week for Partner Forum general session highlights and launch announcements.