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Visit the VMware User Group at VMworld 2017!

The VMware User Group will be onsite and active at VMworld with a booth in the Solutions Exchange (#1631 in Vegas and VMUG425 in Barcelona) and our always popular Member Party. VMUG members: be sure to visit the VMUG Booth to learn about the latest programs, connect with VMUG board members, leaders, fellow members, and also to win fantastic prizes all week long! Not a VMUG member yet? Join for FREE by stopping by the booth. You’ll also be able to pick up the annual VMUG t-shirt (while supplies last!).

VMUG Advantage
Stop by the VMUG Booth in the Solutions Exchange to learn how you can become a VMUG Advantage member and receive exclusive access with EvalExperience for 365-day evaluation licenses for personal use in a non-production environment (now with NSX!) plus discounts on VMware training courses, certification exams, and more!

What is VMUG?
The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes its members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events. Connect with IT professionals like yourself in one of our 200+ online or local communities, 400+ local meetings, 40+ UserCon events, and more.  Become a VMUG member and Accelerate Your Success in 2017 and beyond!

Support and engage with the community at www.vmug.com – stop by our booth and follow us on twitter at @MyVMUG to check out all the benefits. See you at VMworld!

VMworld 2017 US: Time to build your custom curriculum!

Make the most of your VMworld experience – reserve your seat today with our schedule builder tool within the content catalog

When it comes to getting the education you need to create the future you want, VMworld is the place to be. Book your preferred sessions now with our schedule builder – and get targeted recommendations based on your profile and interests.

Sessions on technology’s hottest topics

Whether you want to explore a single topic in depth or sample a broad range of sessions in multiple areas, there’s no better place than VMworld. Our advanced curriculum on today’s leading technologies and topics can help you chart your own course in tomorrow’s more connected and collaborative world. Not sure where to start exploring? Learn more with our how-to guide.

Content Catalog How-To Guide

Take a look at some examples of sessions offered this year below! As a reminder, only registered attendees can reserve their seat in sessions, so make sure you register today to ensure you have a seat!

Learn how VMware can help IT provision and operationalize all application types – legacy, client-server, and cloud. Sessions include:

Hear the latest on how VMware is exploring and identifying disruptive technology trends to shape future solutions. Sessions include:

Find out how VMware cloud solutions offer enterprises increased speed and agility, reduced risk, and lower costs. Sessions include:

 Sessions fill up fast, so don’t delay! Register today.

Solutions Exchange, Hall Crawl, and New Activities… Oh My!

With VMworld 2017 fast approaching, the excitement is mounting for the new activities at this year’s conference! Whether this will be your first time (pro tips for first timers) or your tenth time at VMworld, there are always new things to be on the lookout for.

Besides hosting a myriad of workshops, sessions, and customer bootcamps (you can find what you’re looking for in our content catalog), VMworld also has many networking opportunities. Today we’re sharing some of the top areas to join your peers at, and grow your network!

Solutions Exchange
Housing partner booths, lounges and interactive demos, the Solutions Exchange will be your go-to destination during the conference. The perfect area to exchange ideas and information, the Solutions Exchange allows you to explore over 220 companies with ease. While you’re walking the show floor, you can also chat with vExperts and discover new VMware products and product advancements. Swing by this area to see VMware partner booths, kick your feet up at a lounge, catch presentations, and watch demos of the latest technology.

In addition to being the location for technological exploration during the conference, the Solutions Exchange will also be hosting the highly anticipated Welcome Reception and Hall Crawl.

Welcome Reception
You only get one chance at a first impression. Kick off the first night of VMworld the right way, at our Welcome Reception. During this event, attendees will get the low-down on the happenings and events of the upcoming week. Enjoy delicious food and drinks and take this time to get yourself acclimated with fellow VMworld attendees!

Hall Crawl
The Solutions Exchange not only houses our Welcome Reception, but it’s also the location for our famous Hall Crawl. Here, you’ll be able to socialize and network with the industry’s best and brightest. Interested in swag or want to stay updated with the latest technology? Then the Hall Crawl is for you! All attendees are welcome, but innovators, challengers of the status quo always steal the show here.

Mobility Zone
Although VMworld alumni might recall this section as AirWatch Connect, we’re entering a new era with the Mobility Zone! Swing by to network with the industries brightest minds and connect on all things enterprise mobility. This zone will feature over 20 mobility partners on the show floor. Here, we’ll have featured speakers, demos on new technology, and trainings. Want to network with past AirWatch Connect attendees? Look no further! Mobile-loving folks, we’ll see you there.

Fortunately for VMworld attendees, some of the most memorable and educational experiences are made possible by our VMworld sponsors. Keep an eye out for special activities from our Global Diamond sponsors during the show. From opportunities to work on your golf swing, to testing your wits in an escape room, there will be plenty of action you won’t want to miss.

We’re excited to see you at VMworld 2017. Cheers!

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep posted on the latest VMworld happenings. Make sure follow the hashtag #VMworld and check in with this blog to stay in the know.

Leading the Digital Transformation at VMworld 2017

In this era of digital transformation, businesses are increasingly relying on IT to deliver innovative solutions to solve complex problems. VMware wants to enable you to be that problem-solver and thought leader by helping you to drive the conversation and arming you with the necessary tools to be successful.

“How is VMware addressing this management gap?” you may be asking yourself? We are introducing a brand new track to our expansive VMworld content catalog: Leading Digital Transformation. This track will offer more than 30 sessions, led by VMware IT leaders, practitioners, and customers who have hands-on experience in digital transformation. These sessions are designed specifically for IT leaders including, CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, senior directors, cloud and network architects, and other next-gen IT managers. Some sample sessions include:

  • LDT3097: JetBlue’s Private Cloud Journey: Improving Application Availability
  • LDT2346: CIO Whisperer – How to Successfully Become Your CIO’s Trusted Technology Advisor
  • LDT2867: Automation Deployed – Now What? Four Different Perspectives of Day 2 Operations in an Automated Environment

How can you best navigate this era of digital transformation? Hear directly from CIO, Bask Iyer, both here and during this new VMworld offering:

What are you waiting for? These sessions will fill up quickly so register today to revitalize your digital transformation journey.

New @ VMworld: Industry Workshops & Showcase for Financial Services, Healthcare, Government & Retail

VMworld attendees last year gave some of our industry-specific sessions such high marks that we’re taking it up a notch this year.

Join us for two VMworld firsts:

  1. Free, half-day, pre-conference industry workshops on August 27
  2. A full-featured industry showcase August 27–31

Our increased commitment to industries at VMworld this year mirrors our dedication to solving unique business challenges with VMware technology and services. Through greater investment in industry experts, solutions and associations, we are staying closer to the business challenges and opportunities that matter most to you.

The new sessions and showcase provide IT pros in financial services, healthcare, government and retail with an opportunity to meet with peers and industry experts to discuss key business challenges, and how to overcome them with technology. From keynote speakers and robust discussions to free sessions and demos, there will be powerful insights for everyone.

Join us for our first-ever VMworld Industry Workshops and:

  • Learn how financial tech democratization and robo-investing are change the financial services landscape, along with the benefits of cloud, IoT and defense-in-depth security.
  • Hear how state, local and federal agencies disrupt business models and build new business cases for modernizing infrastructure IT.
  • Understand the vision driving the future of healthcare and how IT innovation improves the cost, quality and delivery of patient care.
  • Discover how retailers address proposed legislation, security threats and the “Amazon effect.”

Throughout the show, visit our full-featured industry showcase. Experience secure mobile banking in a branch of the future, meet the mission of a new government agency, enter retail 2020 and discover IoT and AR innovations for improved patient care.

Learn more today to participate in an unprecedented opportunity to network and solve key business challenges with your industry peers during our Industry Workshops and Industry Showcase at VMworld 2017.

A First-Timer’s Guide to VMworld

Is this your first year attending VMworld? Have no fear! We’ve got everything you need to know. Apart from attending all the keynotes and all of your favorite sessions, we’re sharing some key tips for first-timers.

Content Catalog
To start, before heading to VMworld, be sure to choose what sessions you want to attend. Considering the copious amounts of sessions, trainings and other activities, one person couldn’t possibly attend everything. So, ahead of your trip, utilize our content catalog to plan your must-see sessions. Pro tip: to speed things up, you can search the catalog by topic.

Get to registration early. With thousands of eager-to-learn attendees, we recommend getting to registration as soon as possible to find the shortest lines! After you’re checked in, you can spend the time you saved getting acquainted with the delicious restaurants Las Vegas or Barcelona offer.

Party like an IT rock star
A very important tip: save your energy for networking events. There will be plenty of after-hour events throughout the week, so ensure you’re well rested before touching down in Vegas!

Participate in as many booth events, giveaways and contests as possible to get all the free swag! Last year some of the lucky winners walked away with prizes ranging from Amazon Echo to drones— pretty cool, eh? Quick tip: you’ll be able to find most contests via the #VMworld hashtag, so be sure to follow along and join in on lively online conversations during the show!

Hands-on Labs
Remember to check out our Hands-on Labs (often referred to as HoL). We know the best way to learn is by doing it yourself, so our labs allow you to collaborate directly with VMware product experts. You’ll have the opportunity to troubleshoot and walk through any technical difficulties while having someone there to answer your questions and help guide you through the process. Plus, if you participate at VMworld, you get to try new labs before they go public!

Becoming a VMware expert, or as they’re commonly known, a vExpert, is no easy task. As a part of this process, VMware offers numerous certifications to help you earn your vExpert status. The great part is, if you participate in the certification programs at VMworld, you get an exclusive discount. Check out our programs and pricing, here.

Welcome to the community
Once you’re officially accepted into the VMware community, there is a wealth of resources available at your fingertips. A great group to know is VMware User Group (VMUG). Follow the community on Twitter (@MyVMUG), and stay up to date on its latest offerings! From webinars to exclusive access to VMware applications and discounts, you won’t want to miss out on this community’s valuable offerings.

Getting around
Headed to VMworld U.S., but not staying in the Mandalay Bay? No problem. Catch a local cab in front of your hotel or simply hop on public transit. In fact, the Las Vegas Monorail is conveniently located behind The Strip connecting various casinos.

What to wear?
Wear what you feel the most comfortable in, even if that means leaving that brand new (yet highly uncomfortable) pair of shoes at home. At the conference, you’ll see people dressed on the spectrum of casual to business dress. Pro tip: be sure to add a few layers since the convention center’s temperature can fluctuate. Here’s what one VMware pro has to say:

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ (U.S. FAQ and Europe FAQ available) or leave a comment below. For more tips leading up to the show, follow VMworld on Twitter and Facebook, and follow the hashtag #VMworld to keep track of latest updates. We’ll also be sharing more tips and tricks on this blog, so stay tuned for more!

Spousetivities at VMworld 2017

VMworld season is upon us once again! It’s just a couple months until VMworld US in Las Vegas, and only a few short weeks after that when we’ll gather together in Barcelona for VMworld Europe (it’s earlier this year than it has been in previous years, so plan accordingly!). One of the things that makes VMworld season so exciting is the vibrant community that has grown up around these industry events.

The VMworld community encompasses so many groups: the VMware partners who come to show how their products work with VMware’s products; the VMware customers, who have come to learn more about what VMware can do for their business; and non-VMware customers, who are at VMworld to see if adding VMware to their technology stack will help them. The community also encompasses conference non-attendees, through—family members, spouses, and partners who have traveled with the conference attendee. Fortunately, the VMworld community embraces even the non-attendees via a program called Spousetivities.

Spousetivities was born at VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas when one conference attendee spouse said to herself, “Surely I’m not the only one that comes to these things!” Indeed she wasn’t, and 2017 marks 10 years of her vision—Spousetivities—providing organized activities for non-attendees. Since 2011, Spousetivities has also been present at VMworld Europe, providing safe and organized activities for folks traveling to or within Europe. The activities organized by Spousetivities provide a safe yet enjoyable way for non-attendees to enjoy the conference location. Conference attendees can enjoy the conference, knowing their spouse or family member is not alone, is safe, and is having an enjoyable time. Further, all of the organized activities are planned during the day, so your partner is free to join you for some of VMworld’s lively evening activities!

So what does this mean for you?

  1. If you’re planning on having a spouse, partner, or family member join you for your VMworld experience this year, we’d invite you to check out Spousetivities. You can visit the Spousetivities web site for more information, including a link to activity registration when it opens after the July 4th holiday.
  2. If you haven’t considered bringing a family member or partner with you in the past, perhaps this year would be a great year to try it! Check out the Spousetivities web site, the Spousetivities Facebook page, or follow @Spousetivities on Twitter to get a feel for what these events look like.

Spousetivities is a great example of the energetic community that surrounds VMworld and makes these events so great for attendees (and non-attendees!). We hope to see you—and maybe your spouse or family member—with you in Las Vegas or Barcelona!

The VMworld 2017 Content Catalog is now live!

Envision your ideal VMworld 2017 agenda by viewing this year’s content catalog. Packed with hundreds of breakout sessions, panels and group discussions, this is your opportunity to map out your conference experience to maximize the learning!

Open and available for everyone, the content catalog allows you access to the VMworld agenda with the ability to browse breakouts sessions and, if you’re a VMworld attendee, log into your profile to note sessions of interest so you’re ready to save your seat when the scheduling tool goes live.

Having trouble finding what you are looking for within the content catalog? Be sure to use the search and filter functions within the tool to better isolate your sessions of interest. We also have a detailed overview of the VMworld US and VMworld Europe track structure to help guide you on your content-building journey!

Whether you’re a registered attendee, or looking to see what’s on the schedule, the VMworld 2017 Content Catalog will help you get an idea of your schedule!

View the VMworld 2017 US Content Catalog here.

View the VMworld 2017 Europe Content Catalog here.

Please note, you will not be able to schedule sessions within the content catalog – this is a feature exclusive to the schedule builder, which will be launching in July.

VMworld 2017 Session Hashtags

Networking and the social community is a huge part of the VMworld experience. This includes the sessions you decide to attend! Be sure to add the #VMworld hashtag to all your tweets and share your favorite sessions with the VMworld community. To share and search session and lab conversations on social, consider adding a hashtag before any session ID#, for example: #NET1234.

For more updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter @VMworld, and ‘like’ our Facebook page Facebook.com/VMworld.

Get the Training and Certification You Need at VMworld 2017!

Make the most of your time at VMworld 2017 and get the training and certifications you need to advance your career and shape the future of digital business.

VMware Education Services delivers special training programs at VMworld to help you explore our newest technology and prepare for certification exams. And with discounted exams offered at the on-site certification exam center you can leave VMworld with a new certification or renew your current one.

This year’s training and certification program includes

  • Discounted training classes taught before VMworld
  • Discounted On Demand courses so you can train when and where you want
  • Discounted VMware Learning Zone video library subscriptions
  • Discounted certification exams taken onsite
  • Free VCDX Workshop for potential candidates

Learn more:

VMworld US 2017 Training & Certification

VMworld Europe 2017 Training & Certification

First Look: VMworld 2017 Content Catalog

At VMworld 2017 you’ll get the knowledge, build the skills and be inspired to take your organization to the next level of IT. How? By attending hard-hitting sessions that enable you to grow in your business and apply those key learnings to your role.

While our content catalog doesn’t launch until June 20, we’re excited to share a sneak preview of just a few examples of the rich content that will be offered at this year’s event.

Modernize the Data Center: HCI and Storage

vSAN Vision – The Future of HCI

Get an in-depth look into VMware’s software-defined approach to hyper-converged infrastructure and see why customers trust the power of vSAN to run everything in their datacenter from business critical applications to virtual desktops. Learn more about where the industry is going and how VMware positions you to be ready for the datacenter of tomorrow.

Modernize the Data Center: HCI and Storage

What’s New in vSAN 6.6 Technical Deep Dive

First native security. Highly available stretched clusters. Intelligent operations. Go beyond the marketing into how different features work, what are the best ways to leverage them and expert recommendations on vSAN design and planning. Join this session to get up to speed on all the new features of vSAN 6.6.

Modernize the Data Center: HCI and Storage

The Top 10 Things to Know About vSAN

This session will focus on the top things to know about vSAN – starting from the design phase to benchmarking to operations. You will learn tips, tricks and best practices along the way for each of the items.

Modernize the Data Center: SDDC – Plan, Build, Operate a Cloud Infrastructure Platform

VMware Cloud Foundation Architecture Deep Dive

Deep Dive on the latest features and capabilities from VMware’s next generation cloud infrastructure platform.

Modernize the Data Center: SDDC – Plan, Build, Operate a Cloud Infrastructure Platform

Simple, agile, secure. VMware Cloud Foundation, the next generation hybrid cloud platform.

Learn how Cloud Foundation evolves VMware’s market leading server virtualization, vSphere, by extending the core hypervisor with integrated software-defined storage, networking, and security services that can span private and public environments.

Modernize the Data Center: SDDC – Plan, Build, Operate a Cloud Infrastructure Platform

VMware Validated Design for SDDC Architecture Deepdive

Deep dive into the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center, a comprehensive and extensively-tested blueprint to build and operate an SDDC

Networking and Security

The Future of Networking and Security

Learn how new technologies like containers, and the percentage of workloads running in public clouds increases, network virtualization must expand to offer a full range of networking and security services in these environments.

Networking and Security

Networking across On-Prem, Private and Public Clouds with NSX

In this Spotlight session, we will look into how to connect, manage and gain visibility into your cloud networks using VMware NSX and vRealize Network Insight. We will demonstrate these NSX capabilities for on-premises, VMware Cloud on AWS as well as native AWS.

Networking and Security

The NSX Practical Path

Learn how customers are using NSX today with highlights of use cases around security, automation and app continuity and, of course, with demos.

Empower the Digital Workspace

The Evolution of Endpoint Management within a Digital Workspace

We turn the spotlight on our customers themselves as they share their journeys to radically transform PC management, unify management across desktop to IoT, and enable transformative experiences for users and IT.

Empower the Digital Workspace

Goodbye VID 1.0. Hello VDI 2.0- A Modern Approach to Planning, Building, Running and Securing Virtual Desktops and Apps as Part of Your Customized Digital Workspace

Join this session with Shankar Iyer and special guests to find out how VMware is bringing converged VDI and your end-to-end digital workspace to life.

Empower the Digital Workspace (note: this session is only offered at VMworld 2017 US)

The Transformation of Identity and Access Management in the Age of the Digital Workspace

Learn how Workspace ONE is built on a powerful access control layer that is dynamic, based on context. This access control layer in Workspace ONE transforms how organizations implement access control without compromising the end-user experience.

What’s more, the Manage Multiple Cloud track focuses around 7-8 to different new VMware services solving several different problem areas for the customers. Most of these services are being launched for the first time at VMworld.

  • MMC2820 – Deploying Applications into AWS EC2 with VMware Cross-Cloud Services
  • MMC3066 – How do you use NI SaaS to secure multi-tier hybrid apps running on vSphere, VMC on AWS and AWS native
  • MMC3164 – Wavefront: An introduction to big data analytics …
  • MMC2046 – Using VMware NSX for Enhanced Networking and Security for AWS Native Workloads

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from subject-matter experts in your key field!

Register Today