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VMworld 2016 Europe Video Roundup


After a great week in Barcelona, many videos are now available on our VMworld TV YouTube channel to help digest the news, announcements, sessions, interviews, demos and highlights. Here is a quick roundup to watch below.

General Sessions / Keynotes

VMworld TV Crew Highlights

Watch our VMworld 2016 Europe playlist on YouTube for video interviews, demos and highlights by the VMworld TV Crew during the week in Barcelona.


Breakout Sessions

Visit VMworld.com Sessions and login to view the full set of VMworld 2016 session recordings, or archives from previous years. Watch our VMworld 2016 Sessions playlist on YouTube for many of the sessions from both the U.S. and Europe (more will be uploaded over time).


Community Tech Talks, hosted by vBrownBag

Watch our VMworld 2016 Tech Talks playlist for technical presentations and demos from our VMworld community of vExperts, bloggers, customers and partners.

VMworld 2016 Europe – What to Know Before You Go

We’re less than a week away from the virtualization event of the year! If you’re like us, you can’t wait to get to Barcelona for VMworld 2016 Europe! To help you out, we’ve outline a few things that will be helpful to know before you go to VMworld!


Fira Barcelona Gran Via

North Entrance – Hall 8.0

Carrer del Foc, 30

08038 Barcelona

Click here to download a .pdf version of the venue map.


Badge Pickup

You’ll be able to pick up your conference badge at Registration, located in Hall 8 Foyer (North Entrance).


Conference Shuttles

Conference shuttle service will be available between the airport and Fira Barcelona Gran Via on Sunday and Monday, and from Fira Barcelona Gran Via on Thursday.


Shuttle Schedule*


*shuttle hours of operation are subject to change 

From airport to Fira Barcelona Gran Via

  • Sunday (every 30 minutes): 15:45 – 19:30
  • Monday (every 30 minutes): 09:00 – 18:30

From Fira Barcelona Gran Via to airport:

  • Thursday (continuous service): 12:00 – 18:00

Shuttle Pick-up and Drop-off Locations

  • Airport: T1 and T2 (look for staff with placards)
  • Fira Barcelona Gran Via: North Entrance

Schedule Snapshot

Date Registration VMvillage Solutions Exchange
Sunday, 16 October 16:00 – 20:00 n/a n/a
Monday, 17 October 07:00 – 19:30 08:00 – 18:00 n/a
Tuesday, 18 October 07:00 – 19:30 10:30 – 18:30 10:30 – 19:30
Wednesday, 19 October 08:00 – 18:00 10:30 – 19:00 10:30 – 19:00
Thursday, 20 October 08:00 – 16:00 09:00 – 16:00 10:30 – 14:30

To see the full VMworld schedule, please visit our Agenda page.

Personalize Your Schedule

At VMworld 2016 Europe, you have the option to personalize your schedule using the Schedule Builder feature in the Content Catalog or our Mobile App.

As a reminder, reserving your seat does not guarantee your seat in the event of a late arrival. Breakout Sessions are opened up to all attendees five minutes before the designated start time and those waiting in line are given priority.

Mobile App

The VMworld 2016 Europe Mobile App is available for iOS and Android. Your go-to resource to keep up with what’s happening and get daily highlights, you’ll also be able to get information on breakout sessions, labs and exhibitors. Learn more about the Mobile App by clicking here.

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play today!

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Solutions Exchange

The VMworld Solutions Exchange features the latest products and solutions from over 130 sponsors and exhibitors.

At VMworld 2016 Europe, it also hosts 2 popular VMworld events – the VMworld Welcome Reception and the Hall Crawl.


Meals and Food Service

There will be a cash concession available on Monday, 17 October. Please note: These purchases are not included in your VMworld registration.


On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, VMworld attendee meals will be served in three main locations:

  • Hall 8.0
  • Hall 8.1
  • Hall 7.0


Food services options will include light refreshments, pre-packed lunches, hot and cold “grab and go” lunches, and a hot and cold buffet.


Location Tuesday, 18 October Wednesday, 19 October Thursday, 20 October
Hall 8.0 11:00 – 17:30
Refreshments12:00 – 14:00
Packed lunch
11:00 – 17:30
Refreshments12:00 – 14:00
Packed lunch
09:00 – 16:00
Refreshments12:00 – 14:00
Packed lunch
Hall 8.1 09:00 – 18:30
Refreshments12:00 – 14:00
Hot and cold “grab and go” lunch
09:00 – 18:30
Refreshments12:00 – 14:00
Hot and cold “grab and go” lunch
09:00 – 16:00
Refreshments12:00 – 14:00
Hot and cold “grab and go” lunch
Hall 7.0 10:30 – 17:00
Refreshments12:00 – 14:00
Hot and cold buffet lunch
10:30 – 16:30
Refreshments12:00 – 14:00
Hot and cold buffet lunch
10:30 – 14:30
Refreshments12:00 – 14:00
Hot and cold buffet lunch

VMware Booth

VMware Booth

We invite you to join partners and VMware employees at the VMware Booth, V209 in the Solutions Exchange.


Learn more about our cutting-edge solutions from VMware product experts as well as how VMware enables partners and customers with the tools they need to succeed.


Social & Community

Join in on the VMworld conversation by connecting with our social communities at VMworld 2016. Visit the Social and Communities page on VMworld.com to learn more about how you can get engaged.


You’ll also want to stop by the VMvillage, where you’ll find our Hands-on Labs, blogger tables (with all the ameneties you need), and Community Tech Talk Theater (by #vBrownBag). Here, you’ll discover plenty of opportunities to socialize with fellow VMworld attendees or to have a quiet conversation in the Hang Space.


VMworld Customer Appreciation Party

Wednesday, 19 October

19:00 – 22:00

Join us for an evening of high-energy celebration at the VMworld 2016 Customer Appreciation Party! Full-conference pass holders will be treated to an epic musical performance by an internationally recognized recording artist, all while enjoying food, drinks, and socializing into the night.

VMware Training and Certification: Save 25% – 50%

VMworld 2016 offers training and certification programs to help you build the skills and experience to design, deploy, and operate your VMware platform and evolve your organization. Take advantage of special training and certification offers at VMworld, including 25% off our On-Demand courses and 50% off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams. For more details, visit the VMworld Europe Training & Certification page.

We’ll see you in Barcelona!

For the latest and greatest updates during VMworld, be sure to follow us on Twitter @VMworld and ‘like’ us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VMworld.

VMworld 2016 Europe Mobile App – Download Today!

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The VMworld 2016 Europe Mobile App offers VMworld attendees a convenient way to access event and personal information with greater ease.

Download for iOS or Android today!

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Both phone and tablet-friendly, the app gives users fingertip access to:

  • Create and view personalized Breaktou Session schedules
  • Review personalized Breakout Session recommendations
  • See the latest in Social & Community
  • Keep current with What’s Happening, Daily Highlights, and Notifications
  • Watch Breakout Session recordings on-demand
  • Find your way with the interactive and searchable Solutions Exchange map
  • Get express badge check-in
  • Network with other attendees
  • Leverage our global search functionality

Additionally, a new feature for VMworld 2016 Europe, is the “Attendee Networking” function. A great way to network with other attendees at the conference, attendees must login to access this and opt-in or allow the connections.

Take a look at some screenshots of the functionality in action:

VMworld Mobile App

Users click the “+” symbol in the top right corner of Connections.VMW App 2

After that, click in the “To:” field, which triggers the magic of “Add Connections”, where you can search for other attendees by:

  • Name
  • Company
  • Job Title
  • Interests

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For iOS users, the VMworld 2016 Europe Mobile App requires iOS 8.1 or later. For Android users, it requires 4.0.3 or later.


For any assistance needed with the VMworld 2016 mobile app, please visit the Mobile Help Desk at Fira Gran Via, or drop us an email at vmworldsupport@built.io.

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

Stay up to date with the latest updates and announcements around VMworld by following us on Twitter @VMworld, and ‘liking’ us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VMworld.

AirWatch Connect @ VMworld

Fun Fact: Your VMworld Full Conference registration gives you full access to AirWatch Connect!logo-connect-blue

AirWatch Connect is the leading event for event enterprise mobility – connecting you to the people, tools, and technology create and implement a mobile centre of excellence.

Now in its 5th year, Connect will have you collaborating on mobile initiatives with the brightest minds in the industry, growing your network by joining the End-User Computing (EUC) community.

Featured speakers include some of the brightest minds in enterprise mobility, including David Pogue, Yahoo Tech Founder; Jason Silva, Brain Games host; Sanjay Poonen, VMware EUC GM; Noah Wasmer, VMware EUC SVP of Mobile Products; and Blake Brannon, VMware AirWatch VP of Product Marketing.

At AirWatch Connect:

  • Get the first look at new technology and innovations
  • Train on Windows 10 management and digital workspace deployment
  • Network with industry leaders and the VMware mobile ecosystem
  • Learn how to build a mobile centre of excellence in your organization
  • Get insights from your industry’s most forward-thinking leaders
  • Get hands-on with self-service labs 

Session Tracks

Session tracks at AirWatch Connect will help attendees focus their experience in key areas:


Understand the unique challenges that different organisations are facing in today’s mobile landscape and discover solutions that meet your industry’s business requirements.


Hear from organisations changing the way people live and work with VMware AirWatch solutions.


Learn about the latest releases and new products from technical experts.


Get a first look at the newest technologies from the most comprehensive mobile ecosystem in the industry.


Achieve AirWatch accredited status and attend technical breakout sessions or one of our Workshops.

Click here to register for AirWatch Connect! We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

#VMworld 2016 Europe Social Media & Community


VMworld community and social media activity is surging as we head towards VMworld 2016 Europe in Barcelona. Here are resources on vmworld.com to prep for the conference:


  • #vmworld (official hashtag)
  • #vmworldHOL (Hands-on Labs)
  • #vmworld3word (3-word social posts)
  • #vmworldselfie (selfie photos)
  • #vmwarePEX (Partner Exchange)

Onsite Offerings
If attending VMworld 2016 Europe this year, please plan to spend time at the Social Media & Community area within the VMvillage this year. Here are some of the onsite offerings:

Social Channels & Communities
Follow all our VMworld Social Channels as we share VMworld updates and visual highlights.  Be sure to follow and browse the multiple VMware social media channels and VMTN communities for additional news, updates and engagement with the VMware community.

Social Media Stream
Watch our real-time social media stream, aggregating Twitter, Facebook and Instagram updates from our VMworld community. This social stream will also be displayed on big screens in the Hang Space in the VMvillage.

Video & Photos
LIVE video is a big part of the experience and we encourage all attendees to share their experiences with Facebook and Periscope LIVE video, or sharing Instagram, Vine or YouTube recordings. Photos are also a great way to share VMworld highlights across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Add the #vmworld hashtag to be included in our social media stream.

Mobile App
Download the VMworld 2016 Europe mobile app from the iOS and Android app stores.  Find “Social Media & Community” and take advantage of the in-app social stream and key resources. There is also a separate area for Attendee networking to discover and connect with other attendees by names, roles or interests/topics.

We look forward to seeing everyone this year at VMworld 2016 in Barcelona!

VMworld 2016 Europe: Hot Topics

At VMworld 2016 Europe, our goal is to help guide you on the path to accelerating your journey to a software-defined business – from mobile devices to the data center and the cloud. With 300+ breakout sessions to choose from (not to mention all of the hands-on labs, group discussions, and more), learning and knowledge will not be in short supply.

Looking to get the inside scoop as to what the hottest topics in virtualization are? We’re happy to help. The areas of compute virtualization, mobility, networking, and storage were hot topics during VMworld 2016 US and their momentum is continuing through VMworld 2016 Europe.

Take a look below at some our featured sessions in those areas.

Compute Virtualization

The virtualization event of the year wouldn’t be complete without sessions packed with information around compute virtualization. VMworld will help you learn how desktop virtualization, endpoint management & security, hybrid cloud resources, cloud storage and other technologies can help reduce the complexity and cost of the connected enterprise, while providing a consistent, secure, and user-centric experience across all endpoints. From learning about the transformation of VMware IT by the private cloud, to exploring what’s new with vSphere, our featured compute virtualization sessions are here to help you.

Featured Compute Sessions:

  • Business Value of Data Center Virtualization and Hybrid Cloud Extensibility
  • What’s New with vSphere
  • Technical Introduction and What’s New with Auto Deploy and Host Profiles
  • vSphere Client Roadmap: Host Client, HTML5 Client, and Web Client
  • vSphere Logs Grow Up! Tech Preview of Actionable Logging with vRealize Log Insight
  • Extreme Performance Series: vSphere Compute and Memory
  • The vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller Guide to the Galaxy
  • How Did the Private Cloud Transform VMware IT?
  • Through the Looking Glass: An Overview of the vCenter Server Appliance Management Interface and API


Eager to discover the latest advancements in Enterprise Mobility Management? How about how they can help you boost your mobile productivity, uphold security and compliance standards, and establish a platform to support collaboration. Dive deeper into Workspace ONE Apps, take a look at the future of Windows Management and Security, or learn the technical ins and outs of VMware Identity Manager during out featured mobility sessions. 

Featured Mobility Sessions at VMworld 2016 Europe:

  • Connect Keynote Work Reimagined: Delivering the Digital Workspace
  • Drive End User Adoption and Unlock the Potential of BYOD
  • Detect and Remediate Security Threats with VMware TrustPoint with Spencer Pitts
  • Latest Innovations and Best Practices for Apple in the Enterprise
  • Turbo-charge Employee Productivity with Next-Generation Workspace ONE Apps
  • An Introduction to VMware Identity Manager
  • Latest Capabilities for Google and Samsung Platforms
  • Workspace ONE Apps: Bring Teams and Information Together
  • A First Look at the Future of Windows Management and Security
  • Build an Information-Centric Security Architecture Your CISO will Love
  • Internet of Things (IoT): Make It Real in Your Enterprise
  • Technical Deep Dive into VMware Identity Manager
  • A Deeper Dive into Windows 10 Management with VMware AirWatch
  • Discover What’s New in Workspace ONE and AirWatch
  • Cut the Cost with Cloud-First Scalable Windows Software Distribution
  • Prepare Your IT Organization for Augmented Reality in the Enterprise


Managing enterprise networks in this age is more complex than ever. At VMworld, our featured networking sessions are here to help. We’ll have technology experts on-hand to help you build the skills you need to fully deliver the benefits of network virtualization. Get introduced to VMware NSX, hear how virtualization will transform security, and hear operational best practices for VMware NSX.

Featured Networking Sessions at VMworld 2016 Europe:

  • Introduction to VMware NSX
  • NSX – The Network Bridge to the Multi-Cloud Future
  • How Virtualization Will Transform Security
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting NSX with vRealize Network Insight (Arkin)
  • NSX for vSphere Logical Routing Deep Dive
  • The Architectural Future of Network Virtualization
  • Operational Best Practices for VMware NSX
  • PowerNSX and PyNSXv: Using PowerShell and Python for Automation and Management of VMware NSX for vSphere


Storage – a business critical job, means IT must create reliable, highly available solutions that store and protect data and apps, ensuring business continuity. One of the hottest topics at VMworld US, our storage sessions at VMworld 2016 Europe will illustrate how the latest advancements in storage can help you design and deliver storage environments that will reliably protect your data and your business. Register for our featured storage sessions to dive deeper into the power of VMware Virtual SAN and Hyper-Converged Software.

Featured Storage Sessions at VMworld Europe 2016

  • An Industry Roadmap: From Storage to Data Management
  • Virtual SAN Technical Deep Dive and What’s New
  • Building a Business Case for VMware Hyper-Converged Software with Virtual SAN

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

VMworld Ends With the Speedway and a Little Dancing – Recap

As VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas comes to a close, we wanted to thank the VMware community – Attendees and VMworld Alumni alike – for joining us at this year’s conference. Here’s a recap from yesterday’s events:

And the Winner Is

Attendees gathered one last time at the Solutions Exchange to grab their prizes before heading out to the Las Vegas, Motor Speedway. Guests walked away prizes like drones, smart speakers and more. Check out a few of the 2016 winners.




VMworld Customer Appreciation Party 2016

The VMworld Customer Appreciation party was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Wednesday night with over thousands members of the VMware community.  Attendees danced the night away with the help of Capital Cities and Fall Out Boy. But dancing wasn’t the only thing to do. VMworld attendees shared that they too had a need for speed, signing up to drive in an actual pace car on the famous track, take photos as a rock band, race virtually, and of course, eat some great food. Check out a few photos from last night:




— Robbie Phillips (@RobbieP_IT) September 1, 2016

That’s a wrap for VMworld 2016. We hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did. For those joining us in Barcelona, we’ll see you in October! For those of you coming to VMworld US 2017, we’ll see you back in Las Vegas August 28-31!

Check out more highlights and recaps from this year’s conference on @VMworld and @VMworld on Twitter and Facebook.

VMworld 2016 Hits the Las Vegas Strip! Day 0-1 Recap

Here at VMworld – what happens in Vegas doesn’t need to stay in Vegas. With the first two days of VMworld 2016 in the books, we’ve got the highlights for your viewing pleasure.

Sunday, August 28

As usual, Day 0 kicked off on Sunday, with VMworld early birds attending Partner Exchange @VMworld, Quick Talks and TAM Customer Day.

The Welcome Reception presented by Accenture in the Solutions Exchange provided food and fun and got attendees in the mood for what’s to come in the week ahead.

VMware Booth

Monday, August 29

Day 1 of VMworld started with an exciting General Session about what the future will bring for VMware customers, especially those that are interested in NSX.GenSession

In case you missed it, below are highlights from the announcements made today:



Ready for another jam packed Day 2? Below is just a quick look at what’s happening tomorrow:

  • Want to win a Smart Speaker and a cool Virtual SAN t-shirt? All you have to do is drop by the HCI Zone (located in the Solutions Exchange), take a Selfie, and tweet it to @vmwarevsan with the hashtag #HCISelfie. Easy!
  • Check out the VMworld Facebook page for Live streams and see what’s happening around the conference.
  • Hall Crawl in the Solutions Exchange can’t be missed. Join fellow VMworld peers to network, socialize and more!

Follow @VMworld on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook for more live updates from the show floor.

VMworld 2016 – What to Know Before You Go

We can now count down the days to VMworld on one hand – it’s right around the corner! Before you get to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, we’ve gathered some bits of information that will be helpful on your VMworld journey to be_TOMORROW.


VMworld will be taking place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center.

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119

Phone: 702-632-7777


Event Logistics

Badge Pick-up
Attendees pick up their badge at the Registration Booth, located at Bayside B, Level 1 in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.


On-site Registration

Haven’t registered for VMworld yet – no problem! On-site registration is available at the rate of $2,195.


Conference Shuttles

Conference shuttle service will be offered from the MGM Grand to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Shuttle Schedule:

  • Saturday (every 30 minutes): 6:30am-7pm
  • Sunday-Wednesday (every 15 minutes) 6:30am-10:30am, 4:30pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday (every 15 minutes): 6:30am-10:30am, 1:00pm-4pm

Shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations:

  • Shark Reef Shuttle Entrance, Mandalay Bay – Level 1
  • MGM Grand Garden Arena Entrance


Mobile App

The VMworld Mobile App is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

This app offers attendees an easy way to access event and personal information with ease. Create and view your personalized schedule, watch breakout session recordings on-demand, get express badge check-in, plus much more.


Session Surveys 

On the VMworld Mobile App, please remember to take the session surveys available to you! These surveys provide important feedback about your VMworld experience and help us curate content for our future events.

For each survey you complete, you will be entered into our daily drawings. Monday through Thursday, we will draw once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once end of day. Winners will receive up to $100 for the VMware Store!


Solutions Exchange

VMware Booth

Every year at VMworld, one of the main attractions is the Solutions Exchange!

At the Solutions Exchange, we invite you to visit the VMware Booth (#1245), where you’ll be able to learn more about the cutting-edge solutions we have to offer, as well as how VMware enables partners and customers with the tools they need to succeed. In addition to having technical experts on the floor, there will also be continuous theater presentations during the hours of the Solutions Exchange.

Below is just a list of some of the topics and solutions you’ll find at the VMware Booth:

  • Software-Defined Data Center
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Cloud Management
  • Networking and Security
  • Software-Defined Storage and Business Continuity
  • Virtualizing Applications
  • VMware Trust and Assurance
  • Network Function Virtualization
  • vCloud Air and the vCloud Air Network
  • End User Computing, including AirWatch
  • Cloud Native Applications

Also at the VMware booth, there will be a dedicated area where you’ll be able to discover some customer success stories of businesses that utilize VMware technologies. For more information please visit http://www.vmware.com/radius/impact.

The Office of the CTO will also be present at this year’s VMware Booth, showcasing new VMware innovations. This is also a chance for attendees to contribute their ideas for what they would like to see in future product releases.


Social & Community

At the VMvillage, we encourage you to join the VMworld social conversation by connecting with our social communities at VMworld! Fully stocked with a vlogging station, offering self-service video and podcasts, as well as blogger tables with every amenity, you’ll discover a number of opportunities to connect with your fellow attendees.

Visit the Social and Communities pages on VMworld.com, as well as the space within the VMvillage for more info.


VMworld Customer Appreciation Party 

Wednesday, August 30th


Las Vegas Motor Speedway


The VMworld Customer Appreciation Party is putting you in the driver’s seat. Taking place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, all full-conference pass holders are invited to join in on the fun of pace car rides, VR racing games, remote control car races, and much more.

For more details on the VMworld Customer Appreciation Party, click here.

Have a question about VMworld? Tweet us at @VMworld, or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VMworld.

We’ll see you in Las Vegas! be_TOMORROW!

VMworld 2016 Schedule Roundup

Most attendees are furiously building schedules for the week of VMworld 2016 U.S. Many have completely full schedules, some have gaps to fill, and some never book their time to remain flexible.  We all know about Schedule Builder for breakout sessions.  But what other schedules exist out there?  Here is that list of essential or “extra” schedules to plug into your week. Check back, as we will add more “extra” schedules of interest that may help. If you know of other public VMworld 2016 schedules, please add them to the Comments for this blog.

VMworld 2016