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Summer is halfway over but here at VMware the fun is just getting started. That’s because the vCloud Air team is gearing up for VMworld 2015 and just like our theme this year, we’re “Ready for Any.”

Ready for Any

As always, VMworld 2015 will be packed with enough deep dives and inspirational highlights to give even the most cynical convention-goer a serious case of FOMO. To help you stay on top of it, our team has put together an insider’s view of what to put on your not-to-be-missed list.

1. Attend Can’t Miss Sessions

If you’re looking for news on all the latest tips and tricks from the greatest minds in the cloud, be sure to get into as many Five Starting Points Sessions as you can! If your aim is to build a foundation for a stronger, more agile enterprise, you can get some solid advice by attending our other priority sessions listed below.

Five Starting Points Sessions:

ID Number: Session: Date and Time:
HBC5008 vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Technical Deep Dive Monday 2-3 pm
HBC5732 Mobility as a Service: Better – Faster – Stronger Mobile App Backends in the Cloud Monday 5-6 pm
HBC5784 Extend Your Development and Testing Practices to vCloud Air Tuesday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
HBC5356 Technical Deep Dive: Microsoft SharePoint in vCloudAir Wednesday 8-9 am
HBC5769 Hybrid Devops Using vCloud Air: You Choose the Tools Wednesday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Other Recommended Sessions:

ID Number: Session: Date and Time:
HBC6546-QT How to Get Started with VMware vCloud Air: Five Options to Deliver Business Value Sunday 3 – 3:30 pm
HBC4849 vCloud Air 2015 – Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud Monday 12:30 – 1:30 pm
HBC6629-S No App is an Island Monday 2 – 3 pm
HBC5201 Technical Deep Dive on vCloud Air Advanced Networking & Hybrid Networking Services Monday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
HBC5311 vCloud Air Advanced Compute Features Tuesday 1 – 2 pm
HBC6027 VMware vCloud Air + Google Cloud Platform – The Best of Both Clouds for Enterprises Tuesday 2:30 – 3:30 pm
HBC4814 Database-as-a-Service: Getting Started with vCloud Air SQL Wednesday 10 – 11 am
HBC5788 Top Ten Troubleshooting Tips for vCloud Air Wednesday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
HBC6144 How I Learned to Love Nested ESXi Wednesday 4 – 5 pm

Whether you’re a vCloud Air Network partner or you’re interested in working with a vCloud Air Network provider for your hybrid cloud needs, below are a few key sessions you won’t want to miss!

For vCloud Air Network Customers:

ID Number: Session: Date and Time:
HBC5579 How to Integrate VMware Hybrid Clouds with Your Enterprise Monday 12:30 – 1:30 pm
HBC4983 Success in the Cloud: Strategies to Drive Customer Profitability – A Panel Discussion Tuesday 2 – 3 pm
HBC5848 Hybrid Management for Hybrid Clouds: Best Practices in a Complex World Tuesday 5 – 6 pm
HBC5327 Building and Enabling a Hybrid Cloud with vCloud Director – A Perspective for the End User Wednesday 1 – 2 pm
HBC5613 A Pragmatic Journey of Moving Enterprise On-Prem Workloads to the Cloud Wednesday 4 -5 pm
HBC5180 Avoid Cloud Surprises: Top Tips and Case Study on Cloud Adoption and Global Expansion 24/7 Operation Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 am

For vCloud Air Network Partners:

ID Number: Session: Date and Time:
PAR4883 The Advantages of Owning Both Primary and Secondary Sites When Offering DRaaS Sunday 8:30 – 9:30 am
PAR5824 VMware vCloud Air Network Program: Leverage the New Managed Services Provider Model to Accelerate Growth Sunday 8:30 – 9:30 am
RTM6805 Service Provider and ISV Partner Keynote Sunday 11:30 – 12:30 pm
HBC6544-QT Accelerate Implementation of your Hybrid Cloud with Hyper-Converged Software-Defined Data Center Architecture Sunday 1 – 1:30 pm
PAR5322 Building and Enabling a Hybrid Cloud with vCloud Director – A Perspective for Service Providers Sunday 4 – 5 pm

Partner Exchange at VMworld

For vCloud Air Network Partners, new at VMworld 2015 is Partner Exchange. This gives attendees access to all the enablement, sessions, and info you need to succeed in selling VMware products, as well as the added opportunity to learn about the VMware partner roadmap. Whether you are a Solution Provider, Service Provider, OEM, System Integrator, or an ISV partner, you’ll want to be sure you check Partner Exchange out!

 

2. Sign Up for vCloud Air Hands-on Labs 

You won’t want to miss this year’s vCloud Air Hands-on Labs! Below are the vCloud Air-specific HOLs that you can take on-site at this year’s VMworld:

ID Number Session Title
SPL-HBD-1681 VMware vCloud® Air™ – Jump Start for vSphere Admins
SPL-HBD-1682 VMware vCloud® Air™ – Networking & Security
SPL-HBD-1683 VMware vCloud® Air™ – Manage Your Cloud
SPL-HBD-1684 VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery
SPL-HBD-1686 VMware vCloud® Air™ Data Services

Sign up for vCloud Air OnDemand and get started today or use your account to test drive vCloud Air at VMworld through the Hands-On Labs.

 

3. Win Prizes

The vCloud team will also be holding a few contests to give you a chance to win VMware swag and some other cool prizes at the show.

#vTrivia – Here’s how to play

  • Follow us on Twitter at @vCloud and keep an eye out for trivia questions posted with the #vTrivia hashtag.
  • #vTrivia questions will center around major VMworld announcements and key highlights from popular sessions and events.
  • Think you know the answer? Then tell us by replying to the @vCloud handle and tagging the #vTrivia hashtag.

Winners are chosen based on the accuracy of the response and the time submitted. Participants have the chance to win a variety of prizes, including a VMware lunch tote filled with goodies, gift cards and more!

Claim Your Free Dilbert T-shirt in the Hang Space

Want a free Dilbert t-shirt? Last year our Dilbert t-shirts were such a hit, we had Scott Adams, creator of the popular Dilbert comic, return to create 3 new custom comic strips for vCloud Air! Visit our kiosk in the Hang Space, sign up for vCloud Air OnDemand and get one of 3 new Dilbert t-shirts – it’s that simple.

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4. Hackathon

As a part of VMworld 2015, the DevOps team will be hosting its maiden Hackathon event on September 2nd! There will be a traditional open-ended development competition, as well as a series of skilled tasks to complete.

You can participate in one or both of the following tracks :

Track 1: Complete a variety of infrastructure-focused tasks on the vCloud Air platform to achieve status and prizes. Since it’s an open competition, participants can freely utilize the vCloud Air platform in any way they choose. You’re also free to begin working on your project prior to VMworld.

Track 2: Compete in an open-judged competition where you’re free to build any application or service you choose leveraging the vCloud Air platform.

Visit the registration page for more information or to sign up.

 

5. Join Us at the 5th Annual #Cloudtalk2015 Tweetup! 

Mix and mingle with fellow cloud enthusiasts over food and drinks at our annual Tweetup at uber-hip art space 111 Minna from 4:30-7:30 pm on September 2nd. Better hurry, though — we expect to quickly reach 100 percent capacity. RSVP to our Twtvite and reserve your spot today!

If you can’t make it to the party, you can always join virtually and get a little taste of the fun. We’ll be covering the event through the @vCloud Twitter handle – just follow the #cloudtalk2015 hashtag!

See you at the event!

Now that you’ve got the VMworld 2015 download, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud to get more of the latest updates that are sure to bubble up!

Also be sure to check out the vCloud Air Community, where you can join or start a discussion, watch our latest vTech Talk video, enter for a change to win swag in our monthly giveaways and more. Get started here!

For future updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @vCloud and Facebook.com/VMwarevCloud.