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By: David Davis

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VMworld 2012 is just around the corner. The most popular sessions, as voted on by the public, havebeen selected and it’s time to get registered!

Once registered for VMworld, what sessions should you attend? There are some excellent vCloud sessions that you must consider. After all, vCloud datacenters, vCloud Director, and vCloud solutions are one of the hottest things in virtualization. With so much news around vCloud, you don’t want to miss these vCloud sessions!

Here’s the latest list:

INF-BCO2155 – vCloud DR for Oxford University Computing Services – Real World Example
Resiliency is a key aspect of any infrastructure—even more important in IaaS solutions. This session will include a tour of a real world vCloud DR solution deployed at Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS). This session will offer a perfect complimentary follow on from the session regarding the high-level process presented by Duncan Epping and Chris Colotti and the Automation session by Alan Renouf and Aidan Dalgleish. Those sessions will describe the process and the automation principles where as this session will describe a complete real world implementation.
Gary Blake – Senior Consultant, VMware, Inc.
Aidan Dalgleish – Consulting Architect – Global COE, VMware, Inc.

INF-NET1927 – vCloud Networking: an Extensible and Open Platform
Networking infrastructure in the physical world relies on known products from trusted vendors. Learn how vCloud Automated Networking Framework lets you include the wealth of offerings from known vendors in the virtual data center realm, with easy provisioning, flexible insertion points, and automated lifecycle.
Adina Simu – Sr. Product Manager, VMware, Inc.
Anirban Sengupta – Director, R&D, VMware, Inc.

INF-NET2161 – VMware Networking 2012: Enabling the Software Defined Network
This session will provide an overview of the networking functionality in the 2012 release across the vSphere platform, VDS, VXLAN, Edge and vCloud networking. This session will include product demos and will also highlight a real world use case of the full VMware stack.
Milin Desai – Group Product Manager, Networking, VMware, Inc.
Sachin Thakkar – Networking & Security R&D, VMware, Inc.

INF-NET2163 – Troubleshooting and Monitoring Virtual Networks
vCloud Networkng provides multiple capabilities to troubleshoot and monitor virtual networks including overlay networks with capabilities such as Port Mirroring, Netflow, SPAN, RSPAN, ERSPAN, SNMP, Network Healthcheck, Edge CLI, Edge stats etc. This session will give an overview and demonstration of the troubleshooting capabilities of VDS including VXLAN.
Christian Elsen – Staff Product Integration Architect, VMware, Inc.
Dimitri Vlachos – Sr. Director, Product Management, Cascade, Riverbed

INF-NET2373 – Best Practice for Deploying VXLAN with Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware vCloud Director
Cisco Nexus 1000V is the first virtual switch to provide Virtual eXtensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) providing cloud network isolation and is fully integrated with VMware vCloud Director. Come to this session to find out how to deploy VXLAN with VMware vCloud Director.
Han Yang – Product Manager, Cisco Systems Inc.

INF-SEC2031 – Building YOURcloud: the U.S. Government’s first Secure Hybrid Community Cloud
This session will show how Infrastructure on Demand evolved from a secure private cloud three years ago into the U.S. Government’s first secure hybrid community cloud: YOURcloud. Learning Objectives: 1) How to evolve your virtualization investment into a cloud, 2) Key Architectural Components to consider when building your own cloud, 3) Methods to address Security, Disaster Recovery, Lifecycle Management and Chargeback
Anil Karmel – Solutions Architect, Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration
Travis Howerton – CTO, National Nuclear Security Administration
Ravi Kumar – Group Marketing Manager, VMware, Inc.

INF-VSP1196 – vCloud Director Networking Deep Dive
This session will go into details on the different networking layers, and how they are consumed in vCloud Director when building solutions. The session will also touch on how to scale virtual machines networking across the whole datacenter using VXLAN, in order to provide for scalable Virtual Data Centers.
Kamau Wanguhu – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.

INF-VSP1295 – vCAT 3.0 – Architecture to Implementation in 5 Easy Steps
This session will provide an overview of the Architecting a Cloud and Implementation Examples documents in the vCloud Architecture Toolkit 3.0. Several examples of how IT practitioners can leverage the content in these document will also be highlighted.
Thomas Kraus – vCloud Solutions Architect, VMware, Inc.
Ben Lin – Staff Systems Engineer, VMware, Inc.
Wade Holmes – Technical Solution Architect – Cloud, VMware, Inc.
Chris Colotti – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc. 

INF-VSP1329 – PowerCLI Best Practices: The Return!
Building on the success of the PowerCLI Best Practices sessions from VMworld 2011, Alan and Luc will show their next collection of PowerCLI Best Practices. This session will show and demonstrate PowerCLI in all its aspects managing and automating not just vSphere but also vCloud Director, View, vShield and more.
Alan Renouf – Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.
Luc Dekens – System Engineer, Eurocontrol Maastricht 

INF-VSP2164 – Automation of vCloud Director Disaster Recovery
This session will include guidance, examples and demonstrations of the use of VMware vSphere PowerCLI (PowerCLI) to automate the recovery of a vCloud Director–based infrastructure. In particular the session will focus on the automation of the recovery steps for vCloud Director managed vApp workloads that cannot be recovered with vSphere Site Recovery Manager (SRM). This session will offer a perfect complimentary follow on from the session regarding the high-level process presented by Duncan Epping and Chris Colotti.
Alan Renouf – Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.
Aidan Dalgleish – Consulting Architect – Global COE, VMware, Inc.

INF-VSP2448 – Automating Bare Metal to the Cloud and Beyond
Cisco, VMware and Bluelock will show you how to automate the build of your complete vCloud Director Infrastructure from the bare metal up to the cloud and beyond. Learn how PowerShell can be used to create a single easily readable and adaptable script to ensure your system is built quickly and efficiently, watch as a system is built before your very eyes with no magic tricks or rabbits in sight.
Eric Williams – Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco Systems Inc.
Alan Renouf – Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc.
Jake Robinson – Solutions Architect, BlueLock

ITT1918 – Is My Organization Ready to Reap the Benefits of the Cloud?
Based on the VMware Cloud Operations Framework, this session will help providers and consumers understand the changing roles and responsibilities that are required to operate the cloud and the services it offers. Leave this session with a good understanding of what a Cloud-aware Organization should look like along with possible changes that can be made to ensure you are ready for a successful deployment of a VMware-based cloud.
Andy Troup – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.
Kevin Lees – Senior Consultant, VMware, Inc.

OPS-CIM1309 – vCAT Part 3: Operating a VMware vCloud
Part 3 of 5 – The ‘Operating a VMware vCloud’ component of vCAT provides operating guidelines and considerations for operating and maintaining a vCloud environment. This is the third of five sessions recommended for vCloud Architects and Operators.
Rohan Kalra – Business Solution Architect, VMware, Inc.
Kevin Lees – Senior Consultant, VMware, Inc.

OPS-CSM1167 – Architecting for vCloud Allocation Models
In this session Frank Denneman and Chris Colotti will break down the three vCloud Director Allocation models in depth. This session is a must for anyone implementing vCloud Director that wants to maximize their cluster and vCloud resource designs.
Frank Denneman – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.
Chris Colotti – Consulting Architect, VMware, Inc.

OPS-CSM1340 – FedEx Case Study: Lessons Learned Integrating vCloud Director, vSphere and Third Party Solutions with vCenter Orchestrator
FedEx has been running an internal pilot to see how different technologies can be used to streamline the end-to-end provisioning process. FedEx Architects and VMware Account team members will discuss specifics around using vCloud Director blocking tasks with vCenter Orchestrator to enhance the provisioning process.
Vivienne Cleveland – Technical Advisor, FedEx Services
Chris Greer – Chief Engineer, FedEx Services
Chris Norton – Solutions Consultant, VMware, Inc.

OPS-CSM2150 – Lab Management with vCloud Director – Software Development Customer Panel
In this session, listen to a panel of thought leaders from Symantec, McKesson, and DST Systems to learn about how they are accelerating infrastructure delivery in software development lab environment with vCloud Director.
Eric Lee – Virtualization Engineer, DST Systems, Inc.
Merritte Stidston – Director, DC Strategy & Operations, McKesson
Jon Sanchez – Sr. Manager, Symantec

PAR1519 – How to Sell and Deliver Services Powered by VMware vCloud
Do you provide or resell cloud hosting services? In this session, we'll cover the VMware cloud strategy and opportunities for service providers and partners to build a business based on VMware's vCloud Services platform.
Joe Andrews – Director, Product Marketing, VMware, Inc.

PAR1782 – Understanding the VMware Cloud and Infrastructure Operations Management Competitive Advantages
The VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite has unique capabilities and takes the fullest advantage of tight integration with the vSphere and vCloud platforms to deliver powerful management capabilities for your customers. In this session you will learn how to best position key advantages of VMware management solutions to open up upsell opportunities for your VMware business.
Ben Scheerer – Sr Product Mgr, VMware, Inc.

PAR2172 – Built to Last: Why VMware vCloud Should be the Cornerstone of Your (Customer’s) Private Cloud
System Center 2012 and the upcoming new release of Hyper-V have no doubt led your customers to ask you why they should continue their journey to the Cloud with VMware. In this session discover why VMware’s approach to virtual infrastructure management, high availability, and resource management provide an unrivaled foundation for the Private Cloud.
Randy Curry – Competitive Marketing Engineer, VMware, Inc.

PAR2202 – Selling vCloud Suites in Competitive Environments
For customers looking to build a private cloud, the VMware vCloud Suites offer simple, integrated solutions to stand up the most agile, secure, and cost-effective clouds. Learn why the vCloud Suites are a better solution than other vendors’ suites and how to successfully sell the suites in competitive environments. Also see how the vCloud Suites deliver the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – especially against clouds based on Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center 2012.
Jenny Fong – Product Marketing, VMware, Inc.

TEX1409 – A Reference Architecture for Cloud Application Design using VMware’s vFabric and Cloud Infrastructure Suites
This session is designed for VMware’s ISV partners who are supporting their applications in a traditional on-premise model today and considering a move toward new delivery models such as virtual appliances or cloud (private, public and/or hybrid). For cloud-based delivery, VMware’s vCloud Director can be used to provision multiple customers in secure containers using shared underlying infrastructure. This session will give attendees an understanding of VMware’s thinking in the cloud application area and be able to execute it in their own business.
David Korsunsky – Director, ISV Alliances, VMware, Inc.
Justin Murray – Systems Engineer, VMware, Inc.

TEX1899 – vCloud Automated Networking Framework – Network Extensibility (NetX)
The vCloud Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) offering has brought to bare the need for infrastructure components be inserted and deleted on demand by the end user of the cloud. The networking element of the IaaS is extremely critical since the concept of multi-tenancy starts with networking services. NetX is an integral part of the a new vCloud automated networking framework that is being introduced to enable third party network vendors to insert the service on demand. This session highlights the different technology integrations of the framework, and also provides an insight to the ecosystem program that is being developed for scaling the ecosystem integration effort.
Ravindra Neelakant – Partner Solutions Architect, VMware, Inc.

TEX2225 – Deliver New Cloud Services with vCloud Director: Extending the vCloud API (TAP only)
vCloud Director in 2012 provides more than a basic IaaS – with the new feature of vCD API Extensibility it delivers an extensible platform for cloud services that can be leveraged by providers and ISVs to deliver wide array of *aaS Solutions. This session will introduce the vCD API Extensibility Framework and walk through the process of building an extension.
Ryan Sweet – Group Product Manager, vCloud Director, VMware, Inc.
Yatin Patil – Staff Product Manager, VMware, Inc.
Mahesh Ramachandran – Group Product Manager, VMware, Inc.

There may be more sessions added to the content catalog between now and VMworld 2012, but I am especially excited about vCloud sessions like those from our own vCloud blogger Chris Colotti, Frank Denneman, Wade Holmes, Jake Robinson, Alan Renouf, Luc Dekens.

In case you don’t have it on your calendar, VMworld 2012 will be held in San Francisco, CA August 27-30 and in Barcelona, Spain October 9-11. Register now!

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere 5 and vCloud Director video training courses. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video training course from TrainSignal.com.