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The 10 Sessions at VMware Explore 2022 You Can’t Miss

VMware Explore 2022 is fast approaching and I’m sure you’re wondering what we have in store for you. As you already know, we’ve changed the name of this event from VMworld to VMware Explore. We’ve done this to better communicate our position as a strategic leader in multi-cloud environments, modern applications, and the “work from anywhere” movement.

This also means that the sheer breadth of our event content has evolved with the name change. While there are countless valuable sessions for you to attend, there are some you should attend if you’re looking to get a leg up on the multi-cloud future. At VMware Explore you’ll learn how to accelerate your cloud transformation, build and operate cloud-native platforms, connect and protect your applications, and secure your hybrid workforce.

I know it sounds like a lot, but not to worry, we’ll give you a head start. But before we get into it, we can’t forget the keynote driving it all. Senior Vice President of NASBG, Tom Gillis, will set the tone with an exploration into the future of your networking and security cloud. The cloud operating model has increased the adoption of modern applications and multi-cloud, creating the need for better networking and security. Tom Gillis will demonstrate how VMware is enabling customers to implement zero trust across these multi-cloud environments all with zero appliances, zero trickets, zero taps, and zero disruptions.

Join Tom Gillis’ keynote: Are Your Networking and Security Cloud Smart?

Now that you have a better understanding of the direction at VMware Explore 2022, these are the ten sessions that you can’t miss.

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Security Focused Sessions – Register Here

1.     Enforcing a Strong Zero-Trust Ransomware Defense

In a zero-trust world, you must assume that attackers are already in your network. These threat actors are living off the land, using legitimate pathways to start and progress their attacks. Increasingly, the attacker’s goal is to get into your network and stay there to explore, probe, eventually ransomware, and exfiltrate data. Join this session to learn about the strong and highly differentiated lateral security defense that sees more and stops more, finding and evicting threat actors before they do damage. Built on the principles of the cloud operating model, this solution delivers better security.

Vice President of Product Marketing, Ambika Kapur, will lay out VMware’s broad portfolio that delivers effective and easy-to-operate security controls within a Zero Trust framework.

2.     Innovations in Networking and Security

The increasing sophistication of cyber-attacks requires an equally sophisticated defensive strategy to protect your enterprise. The growth of multi-cloud, modern applications, and work from anywhere has opened the door for equal growth in productivity as well as your attack surface.

VMware is reframing traditional security structures through enriched threat intelligence on a global scale, while simultaneously overcoming the most common network management challenges. Join VMware’s CTO, Scott Lundgren, and VP of Security Services, Christopher Kruegel, to discuss how we’re winning the battle against growing threats by innovating on multi-cloud solutions and protecting workloads delivered via software-as-a-service.

3.     Defining XDR with Forrester and the XDR Alliance

Today’s cyberattacks are successful because an attacker’s activity is obscured. Bad actors lurk between the cracks of IT and IT security technology silos and workflows. When no one in the enterprise can see the big picture or make a data-driven enforcement decision, the attackers continue to persist in breaching our defenses. To combat these vulnerabilities, industries have begun to adopt extended detection and response (XDR). Attend this panel discussion with VMware VP of Product Management, Jason Rolleston, VP of Security Services, Christopher Kruegel, and Forrester to learn all about XDR.

4.     Delivering Ransomware Protection with VMware NSX, VMware Carbon Black, and VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

Ransomware protection is the need of the hour. With one attack taking place every 11 seconds, it is imperative for organizations of all sizes and across all verticals to have a plan to fight back. Get holistic ransomware protection that’s built directly into the virtualization layer, and achieve streamlined protection and recovery across the five main cybersecurity functions by:

  • Implementing best practices for defending against ransomware, improving IT and security collaboration, and reducing the attack surface
  • Securing your infrastructure control points
  • Operationalizing network security at scale inside the data center
  • Accelerating recovery from ransomware at scale with an intuitive disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) solution

Join a discussion with VMware experts to learn more about the breadth of our ransomware prevention and response capabilities.

5.     The Future of Cloud Security

As cloud and Kubernetes usage become more commonplace, they need a fresh approach to security. Cybercriminals have more opportunities to exploit these environments to deliver destructive attacks, with many targeted at cloud workloads and containers. Organizations must stay aware of trends and challenges within cloud-native technology to make sure they understand how modern applications are being exploited.

VMware helps cloud security, operations, and development teams address these risks and reduce opportunities for attackers to breach their workloads. In this session, you will learn a customer’s perspective on cloud risk and why it matters, as well as how to:

  • Prevent security breaches faster
  • Operationalize cloud governance easily
  • Leverage core concepts of cloud-native to meet ever-changing security requirements

Gather the insights you need to make the right decisions regarding your cloud-dominated future with VMware’s Senior Product Line Manager, Ashwin Manekar, and Director of Product Management, Tai Tran.

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Networking Focused Sessions – Register Here

6.     Multi-Cloud Networking and Security with NSX

Many enterprise IT organizations today have both multi-cloud and multi-site deployments to support their workloads and applications. These companies wish to have a common management solution to configure networking and set security policies across all of their workloads, regardless of location.

Join VMware’s Senior Vice President of NSBU, Umesh Mahajan, and Senior Director of Product Management, Srinni Nimmagadda, as we share exciting new developments that allow customers to connect and protect any workload in any location using a multi-cloud VMware NSX solution.

7.     A Light in the Darknet: Stopping Cyberthreats with SASE

Industries and governments worldwide are adopting multi-cloud, remote workforce, and SaaS-first strategies. However, rapid digital growth has exposed organizations’ most critical assets to threats. Industry and government cannot afford to slow down, so digital transformation must also become cybersecurity transformation. Secure access service edge (SASE) combines networking and security to do just that. Organizations are no longer forced to compromise between connectivity and protecting their assets. With the right SASE solution, you can continue to accelerate your organization’s growth and defend against threats emerging from the darkest parts of the internet with no compromise.

In this session, you will learn from multiple c-suite and security professionals about recognizing threats across different verticals, industry security adoption for dealing with threats, and how VMware SASE can help.

8.     Advanced Networking and Security for VMware Cloud on AWS

Scale, security, and speed to cloud: What were the advantages that prompted Loyalty to select VMware Cloud on AWS? Loyalty runs the largest customer engagement platform in New Zealand, Flybuys, with 3 million members.

In this session, we will discuss how VMware NSX helps the customer achieve their strategic outcomes to reduce operational costs by 30 percent by faster migration to VMware Cloud on AWS, improve business continuity using VMware Transit Connect, and strengthen their security posture by adopting NSX Distributed IDS/IPS and NSX Advanced Firewall.

9.     End-to-End Network Security Design with VMware NSX

Security is no longer the sole purview of the security team. Everyone, from developers to cloud architects, is now responsible for securing the enterprise. Fortunately, the VMware security portfolio provides a holistic security architecture that covers many customer needs. It may sound complex, but it’s not. Our goal is to help you operationalize network security at scale.

VMware’s Senior Technical Product Manager, Luca Camarda, walks you through the primary security use cases for VMware NSX. We will cover implementing segmentation, the industry’s only distributed IDS/IPS solution, advanced threat protection, and next-generation firewall with practical design and implementation guidelines.

10.  VMware SASE: What’s New and What’s Next

VMware SD-WAN, a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN infrastructure, has evolved into VMware SASE with the integration of cloud security services today, and additional edge services in the future. More specifically, VMware SASE enables enterprises to deliver modern applications to the branch, the home, or the remote consumer in a secure, reliable, and optimal manner.

Whether you would like to modernize applications, embrace edge computing, or rethink the future of work, VMware SASE is evolving in ways you will want to understand. Join our VP of Product Management, Ankumah, and VP of Marketing, Pejman Roshan to hear our updates on the new capabilities and extensions of VMware.

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Join us at VMware Explore 2022

These five sessions are only just the start of it too. There are lots of other valuable sessions you won’t want to miss that cover all sorts of topics, from modernizing your security operations center to scaling your container, networking, and API security with VMware.

Join us to learn more about the future innovations driving security and networking at an event near you:

  • United States (San Francisco): Aug 29th – September 1st
  • Europe (Barcelona): Nov 7th – Nov 10th
  • Brazil: Oct 19th – 20th
  • Singapore: Nov 15th – 26th
  • Japan: Nov 15th – 16th
  • China: Nov 17th – 18th

Even if you can’t make it to an in-person event, we’re also offering on-demand content and replays from the sessions. Either way, you won’t want to miss out on the sessions, communities, and experiences at VMware Explore 2022.

Register for the Event Here