Each year VMware provides blogger passes to both the VMworld US and the VMworld Europe conferences. The program is simple: if you are a technical blogger or have a publication around Virtualization then you should apply for a complementary blogger pass to one of the conferences. We provide the pass, you provide the transportation and hotel accommodations. The blogger passes are full conference passes so you will still be able to register for sessions just the same as a regular conference pass difference is these are free of charge.
Since passes are limited, we will only provide one pass per person per year. Meaning you can go to either VMworld US in Las Vegas or VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Keep in mind that in the past we have always had more passes to Las Vegas then Barcelona and both are limited. U.S. Limit is 50 blogger passes while the Europe conference is limited to 35 blogger passes.
April 12th – Blogger Pass Applications Open
May 12th – Blogger Pass Applications Close
June 2nd – Blogger Pass Allocation & Announcement
June 12th – Early Bird Registration Closes
Not everyone will be chosen for a blogger pass since the passes are limited and I’m sure we will see a tremendous response this year. If plans change please email cromero at vmware.com with the cancelation so we can allocate the blogger pass to the next qualified blogger.
If you’re at Interop, don’t miss these key spotlight sessions:
Interop Theater Session Automating Security Workflows: The SDDC Approach –Bruce Davie, CTO Networking
Wednesday, May 4 – 11:30 – 11:45 AM
Location: Interop Theater in Exhibit Hall
Abstract: Security in the data center today involves mapping policies to the network topology.This results in imperfect security (the network is under constant change), which is slow to deploy, and even slower to adapt when change is required.But what if it were possible to move away from the traditional source/destination way of describing policy?What if you knew deep information about every element in the data center and could take advantage of this “total inventory” to create better security policies that adapt automatically to changing conditions?With VMware NSX and its SDDC approach to network security, you can. This session will help you start this approach and start your journey to the SDDC.
Storage Vendor Tech Session The Easiest Path to Hyperconvergence – Virtual SAN and VMware Hyper-Converged Software – Rawlinson Rivera, Principle Architect, Storage & Availability
Wednesday, May 4 – 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Location: Mandalay Bay L
Abstract:The ubiquitous use of server virtualization and the emergence of the cloud has increased end-user expectations for performance and responsiveness, while adding pressure on IT to lower costs and increase efficiency. Join us in this session to learn how you can easily and cost-effectively extend your virtualized datacenter into a hyper-converged architecture using VMware’s market-leading hypervisor, vSphere, and the hyper-converged storage solution, Virtual SAN. We’ll specifically examine how Virtual SAN is helping solve traditional IT and storage challenges through a flash-optimized, high performance architecture, unified management and the simplicity of consuming, operating and scaling infrastructure.
VMware Booth #405 in the Expo Hall Explore the VMware product demos, Theater presentations and meet the VMware team!
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“Software-Define Your Future” with VMware at EMC World 2016 If you will be attending EMC World 2016 in Las Vegas (May 2-5), join us for a value-packed agenda of VMware keynotes, sessions, demos and labs for SDDC, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud and Cloud-Native Apps.
Visit our VMware booth (Solutions Expo) for theater presentations every 20 minutes and meet our technical staff in person at any of the booth pods for product demos and Q&A. The VMware booth team will be offering fantastic raffle prizes for attending booth demos and instant prizes for participants in other activities.
VMware Keynotes (General Session Theater):
Tuesday, May 3rd, 10am – Ray O’Farrell – VMware Management & Orchestration
Wednesday, May 4th, 10am – Kit Colbert – VMware Cloud Native Apps
VMware Breakout Sessions & Booth Theater Presentations:
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With the announcement of VSAN 6.2, Workspace One and Horizon 7, our vExpert community released some in-depth insight into these announcements. The articles mentioned in this post are written by VMware vExperts who are the best IT professionals in the virtualization space. Throughout the day we will update this blog with new highlighted blog articles from additional vExperts.
vExpert Blog Articles
Christopher Kusek – CTO at @Xiologix – EVP of Engineering, Technology Evangelist, vExpert, EMC Elect, Cisco Champion, Brocade Distinguished Architect (BDA), CISSP, MCT, Cloud, Ninja, Vegan, Single, Father, Cat, Humorist, Author. Follow Christopher Kusek on Twitter
Eric Siebert – an IT industry veteran, speaker, author and blogger who runs and maintains vSphere-land.com. Siebert is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events including VMworld and has been recognized as a vExpert by VMware each year since the programs inception in 2009. Follow Eric Siebert on Twitter
Gregg Robertson – VCDX #205 is a Senior Consultant, EMEA vBrownbag host & Saffa geek working for Xtravirt Limited in the UK. Gregg has been awarded the vExpert designation from 2011 to 2015. Follow Gregg Robertson on Twitter
Anthony Spiteri – Architectural lead of award winning Australian vCloud Provider ZettaGrid, VMware vExpert, vChampion. Hosting and Cloud Professional since 2002 doing great things with great technology. Follow Anthony Spiteri on Twitter
Andrea Mauro – works in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (VCP-*, VCAP-*, VCIX-NV, VCDX-DCV, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA). And he’s also a VMware vExpert (2010-2016). VMware Italian User Group founder and board member, VMTN Community Moderator, #vBrownbag and passionate blogger, runs his personal blog on vinfrastructure.it (both in Italian and English). Follow Andrea Mauro on Twitter
Cédric Quillévéré – is a senior IT Architect for more than 10 years now working in a great regional hospital in France. He’s also an IT blogger since 2013, author of vBlog.io, A French speaking blog about virtualization technology, storage and more generally talking about production experience and strategic orientations. Follow Cédric Quillévéré on Twitter
Les trois mousquetaires : Horizon 7, Workspace One et Horizon Air -Les annonces de VMWare ce mardi 9 Février 2016 feront sans doute date. En effet, ce ne sont pas juste des généralités et de la continuité dans l’effort auquel nous avons eu droit aujourd’hui, mais ni plus ni moins que 2 nouveaux produits et une mise à jour majeure. Avec Workspace One, Horizon 7 et Horizon Air, la société frappe fort et affiche très clairement ses ambition dans le poste de travail virtuel partout, tout le temps, avec son accroche marketing « The Digital Workspace Strategy ». En effet, on comprend désormais parfaitement le rachat de Air Watch à la lumière de cette orientation.
VMWare VSAN 6.2 ! – Après une journée particulièrement chargée et très riche en annonces autour du « Digital Desktop », hier, VMWare remet le couvert ce Mercredi pour présenter la nouvelle version de VSAN qui passe de 6.1 à 6.2. Derrière cet progression d’indice relativement modeste ce cache en réalité des avancées MAJEURES tant en terme de fonctionnalités pures qu’en terme de technologie. Faisons le tour des nouveautés.
VSAN vient-il d’écraser ses concurrents ? – L’annonce récente de VSAN 6.2 provoque actuellement un petit ras-de-marée au sein de la communauté Twitter VMWare. Nul doute que les nouvelles possibilités offertes par cette version rende ce composant de la suite « Enteprise Virtualization » de plus en plus attirante et de plus en plus crédible, en comparaison de … de beaucoup de monde en fait. Cela m’amène à quelques réflexions au sujet des 3/4 ans à venir, qui me paraissent difficiles voir sombre pour certains, de mon point de vue.
With VMworld San Francisco just around the corner and schedule builder on July 21st we’ve put together a list of the session being presented by VMware vExperts at both San Francisco. If you are interested in hearing from some of the best in IT be sure to register for VMworld and on July 21st start signing up for sessions. See you at VMworld! VMworld US vExpert Breakout Sessions:
Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a good time ringing in 2011.
Our friends at EMC have scheduled a number of new webcasts for January, covering solutions for using EMC technology with VMware. All January webcasts will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays.
The Value of VMware Integration Thursday, January 6, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT Learn about the benefits of tight VMware integration, and find out how EMC's 60+ points of integration with VMware enhance the performance, scalability, security, and ease-of-management of virtual environments.
Deploying Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to Accelerate EHR Adoption Thursday, January 13, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT Hear Columbia Memorial Hospital discuss how the EMC Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Solution for Healthcare helps solve the challenge of ever-increasing costs–while increasing clinical productivity, improving workflow, and securing patient information.
Automate Unified Recovery of VMware Hosts Thursday, January 20, 2011 – 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 16:00 GMT Learn about strategies for protecting data within a unified storage infrastructure. Discover how to define protection policies, identify protection gaps, and prove compliance, as well as instantly recover from data corruption with DVR-like rollback.
Did you know that vmworld.com was more than just a place to register for VMworld Europe? The team has some interesting developments in the pipeline, including building an increased presence on the site from across the broader virtualization ecosystem. The first of these developments is a new series of Expert Sessions. You can think of these sessions as a bit of slow-motion Q&A — an expert on a topic comes in, gives a recorded presentation, and then sticks around for two weeks and answers your questions.
The first one is on Chargeback, and the session leader is Alex Bakman of VKernel.
Learn how to achieve Cost Visibility and implement Chargeback in a
virtualized datacenter. Understand why Cost Visibility and Chargeback
are needed, what organizations need to Chargeback for and discuss when
to begin the process. The advantages and disadvantages of various
Chargeback models will be explored followed by a presentation of how to
calculate Chargeback rates for CPU, memory, storage and network. The
discussion will conclude by reviewing a suggested roadmap for
Chargeback adoption and implementation to help you move forward with
your current project.
You’ll need to register for a free VMworld account, separate from your VMware Communities/VMTN account. You’ll also get access to a white paper and a chargeback calculator spreadsheet. This seems like an interesting way of getting access to industry experts who otherwise don’t often hang around in a community setting.
From Karl Rumelhart, Senior Product Manager and TSX EMEA presenter:
We had a fun session this afternoon at EMEA TSX called “The Next Big Thing for VMware.” I had the pleasure of hosting the event but credit for the concept and the organization go to Richard Garsthagen. Five conference attendees were invited to present a product idea that they felt could be the “next big thing.” The audience then voted on which idea they felt was the most compelling with the winner getting a 24in iMAC – along with a copy of VMware Fusion, of course. Briefly, the ideas were the following.
“ESX SMB Edition” proposed an offering for SMB that includes all VI3 features (and others) but removes the need for traditional shared storage by using the ESX Server hosts themselves as storage targets with striping across hosts for availability.
“Virtual Applications” suggested introducing an ‘Application Object (AO)’ primitive in VirtualCenter that would be the point of management and availability for the potentially numerous virtual machines running on multiple ESX Servers that make up the application.
“Virtual Document Management” proposed a tool to automatically generate documentation in various formats that captures the full configuration of a VI environment – “enough to rebuild the environment.” By introducing version control the tool could be used for change and configuration management.
“Access Control on Virtual Equipment” pointed out that VMware needs to provide the same degree of control over Networks and Datastores that it does for Virtual Machines and Hosts.
“Virtual Appliances as Templates in VirtualCenter” suggested that VI Client have consistent treatment (e.g. deployment wizards) for local templates and remote virtual appliances and that the virtual appliances available for download appear in the client similar to the way songs do in Apples iTunes.
The voting was secret ballot and I can report that it was very close. But a plurality of the crowd chose the “Virtual Document Management” tool. This is definitely a cool idea as it neatly links change and configuration management with a problem faced by every solutions consultant: the need to document what you build. The other ideas are also very important. In my opinion, if we had all the solution ideas available today, the ESX SMB Edition (which implies VI3 without traditional shared storage) would be responsible for the biggest change in our business.
While the votes were being counted we did another fun exercise with the audience. I proposed a series of questions and the audience members held up red or green papers to express their opinion. There were some interesting results. For example, by an estimated 70/30 split the audience felt that long term DR was a bigger market for VMware than VDI. And approximately 80% of the participants felt that within 18 months virtual appliances would be a good way to purchase, and not just evaluate, software. But an almost equal fraction felt that that is not the case today.
As with any product feedback, it is important to review who is giving it. And one of the best thing about the event for me is that fact that we were engaged with folks who are very hands on with the technology, a large percentage of them folks who consult on VMware technology for a living. In my opinion, VMware product management should miss no opportunity to engage with our technical channel. And in this case it was particularly special since the attendees were all from EMEA, folks obviously pretty far away from our base in Palo Alto. The presenters were from Belgium, South Africa, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. That is awesome.