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Thank you for all the great feedback since we announced our partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) on October 13! We have seen a lot of interest for VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC) from customers, partners, industry analysts, and social media. Following on from the announcement in San Francisco, we went on to Barcelona for VMworld Europe, and had multiple sold out sessions with our customers and partners in attendance. The #VMWonAWS hashtag on Twitter was pretty active as well, and we had our hands full answering all your questions!

Next stop is AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, and we will be there in full force with our product management team to talk about the service offering, use cases, architecture, Tech Preview demos and a lot more. VMware is a Platinum Sponsor at re:Invent this year, and here are the top three ways to learn more:

  1. ENT317 – VMware and AWS Together – VMware Cloud on AWS
    Thursday, Dec 1, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location: (UPDATE) Venetian Level 2, Opaline Theater (please check exact location on the portal)
    Speakers: Matt Dreyer, VMware Product Management, Paul Bockelman – AWS Sr. Solutions Architect
    Description: VMware CloudTM on AWS brings VMware’s enterprise class Software-Defined Data Center software to Amazon’s public cloud, delivered as an on-demand, elastically scalable, cloud-based VMware sold, operated and supported service for any application and optimized for next-generation, elastic, bare metal AWS infrastructure.  This solution enables customers to use a common set of software and tools to manage both their AWS-based and on-premises vSphere resources consistently. Further virtual machines in this environment have seamless access to the broad range of AWS services as well. This session will introduce this exciting new service and examine some of the use cases and benefits of the service.  The session will also include a VMware Tech Preview that demonstrates standing up a complete SDDC cluster on AWS and various operations using standard tools like vCenter.
    UPDATE: A separate presentation of this session has been scheduled which will be translated real-time in Japanese and Korean.
    JKT302 – VMware and AWS Together – VMware Cloud on AWS
    Wednesday, Nov 30, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location: Venetian Level 2, Venetian F (please check exact location on the portal)
  2. PTS205 – VMware Cloud on AWS
    Wednesday, Nov 30, 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM
    Location: Partner Theater – Expo Hall
    Speaker: Marc Umeno, VMware Product Management
    Description: Learn about how VMware and AWS are joining hands to deliver a new vSphere-based service running on next-generation, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure with seamless integration with AWS services.
  3. VMware Booth 2525 at Sands Expo, Hall D. Full exhibitor list and map is here
    Tue Nov 29th 5-7 pm ; Wed Nov 30th 10:30am-6pm ; Thu Dec 1st 10:30am-6pm
    Description: We have three demo pods: a) VMware Cloud on AWS, b) Networking & Security, and c) Cloud Management

Beyond the sessions and booth, you can also engage with us using the following means:

  1. Sign up for Beta, news updates, or both
  2. Follow us on Twitter @vmwarecloud
  3. Ask a question, share a use case, or just give us a shout out using #VMWonAWS hashtag
  4. Pick a 30 minute slot to talk to a member of the product team 1:1

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

About the Author

Narayan Bharadwaj

Narayan Bharadwaj leads the product management team for "VMware Cloud on AWS" offering and core vSphere product features (DRS, HA, vMotion etc). Prior to VMware, he led several products to market at Salesforce.com, Oracle, and ClearStoryData (big data startup). Narayan is an alumni of IIT Kharagpur, University of Maryland, and the Haas School of Business. He has spoken at several events including VMworld, Oracle Open World, Dreamforce, and Strata on topics that include cloud, enterprise management and big data. He is a published author, and a startup advisor.