VMworld 2019 US and Europe events feature many opportunities to learn about the latest in VMware vSphere server virtualization technology and operations.

This page is a quick reference to the VMworld 2019 sessions and other events where customers are  able to engage with VMware experts on a range of topics, as well as network with industry peers. Links to the EU sessions will be added to the coming days.

You can also still access the presentations, recordings, and session information from last year here – VMworld 2018 Archive.


Application Workloads
Automation, PowerCLI, APIs
Hardware Acceleration
Storage and Networking
vCenter Server
vSphere Client
vSphere Upgrade and Lifecycle Management

Automation, PowerCLI, APIs

How PowerCLI Makes vSphere Configuration Management Easy
Level 300 – [US: CODE2214U]
Configuration management is a key DevOps principle. PowerShell and PowerShell DSC are easy ways to make use of config management in your environment. However, there’s one area that’s been missing that ability: VMware. PowerCLI has introduced the key to close that gap, and it’s open-sourced!

The Art of Code That Writes Code
Level 300 – [US: CODE2216U]
REST APIs are everywhere these days. A majority of those are backed by what’s known as OpenAPI (swagger) specifications. Using the vast ecosystem of OpenAPI tooling, we can generate documentation, SDKs, and even PowerShell modules. During this session, we’ll cover the tooling available to interact with OpenAPI specs, methods available to convert VMware vSphere and VMware Cloud on AWS APIs in to OpenAPI specs, and some live demonstrations of how to create some resources.

Introduction to PowerCLI
Level 100 – [US: HBI1743BU]
VMware PowerCLI is one of the easiest ways to manage your VMware environments. From VMware vSphere to VMware NSX, PowerCLI can save hours of your day. This session will take you through a high-level look at what PowerCLI is, demonstrate several common administration scenarios typically performed, and share those resources in a way you can easily get started in your own environment.

Fully Automated Template Management
Level 300 – [US: HBI1734BU]
Today’s software-defined data center (SDDC) requires the consistent, repeatable, and streamlined creation of a VM or template. Using open-source projects—Packer to create the template, Ansible to do your configuration management, and InSpec to scan your compliance policies—you can build this nirvana on VMware vSphere. In this talk, we will walk through the required foundational knowledge to build this pipeline. You will get an overview of Packer, Ansible, and InSpec, and why creating pipelines is important; see a demo of these technologies working together; and get access to resources to start learning how to implement portions for yourself.

PowerCLI Deep Dive
Level 300 – [US: HBI1729BU]
Remember the deep and deep(er) dives from previous VMworlds? Take anything away from those sessions? This time, Kyle and Luc have a completely new collection of VMware PowerCLI gems to show you. This session will contain a collection of quick wins that highlight new features and possibilities of both PowerCLI 11 and PowerShell. Plus, they’ll show some demos of things you never imagined possible. Regardless of whether you’re an intermediate or advanced scripter, you will walk away with new ideas and ways to improve your scripts.

VMware Cloud on AWS: Advanced Automation Techniques
Level 200 – [US: HBI1463BU]
In this session, you will get an overview of the VMware Cloud on AWS API and how to get started—from logging in to the VMware Cloud Services platform to deploying your first software-defined data center (SDDC). Kyle and William will then dive into various automation techniques using tools familiar to administrators, such as PowerCLI, DCLI, and Python, and they will also demonstrate other advanced tools and integrations using Terraform, GitHub Actions, and more. If you want to take advantage of VMware Cloud on AWS and automate all aspects of the SDDC lifecycle and workload consumption, you won’t want to miss this session!

Python 101 for the vAdmin
Level 200 – [US: CODE2219U]
Bring your laptops, IDEs and Git providers! In an extension of last year’s Python for REST APIs session, you will learn how the Python language can up your operational skills. We’ll take you through how to create and consume functions in the world’s most popular and fastest growing programming language.

Automating vCenter Server Appliance Update Lifecycle with APIs and PowerCLI
Level 300 –  [US: CODE1817U]
VMware vSphere 6.7 included new APIs to handle VMware vCenter Server Appliance patching. Based on these APIs, we created a Postman collection and PowerCLI module that can interact with them. Join this session to see how you can manage your vCenter Server Appliance at scale with APIs and PowerCLI.

vSphere Storage and Networking

How to Get the Most Out of vSphere vMotion
Level 300 – [US: HBI2333BU]
VMware vSphere vMotion, the coolest feature in the vSphere stack, allows for workload portability. With workloads increasingly growing, what can be done to increase vMotion performance? In this session, you will learn detailed information about the vMotion process, and get best practices on how to lower migration times and debugging. Find out how to tune vMotion to get line-rate performance using 100GbE NICs, and what to do to ensure the maximum vMotion performance on WAN links in the context of vMotion to VMware Cloud? You will also learn options to tune vMotion in VMware Cloud environments.

Innovations in vMotion: Features, Performance, and Best Practices
Level 300 – [US: HBI1421BU]
This session will provide a technical deep dive into the new cutting-edge features and capabilities of VMware vSphere vMotion. With the ever-increasing size of virtual machines (VMs), the new enhancements to vMotion provide dramatic improvements in performance when migrating monster-size VMs. These include optimizations to the page tracing algorithm that improve guest performance, vMotion duration, and stun time, and can scale to hundreds of vCPUs and tens of TB. We will discuss the enhancements with vMotion performance data from a variety of tier-1 applications, including SAP HANA and Oracle, and provide best practices. In addition, performance data and best practices will be presented for the latest features in vMotion that support persistent memory (NVM), virtualized GPU (vGPU), and migration to/from the cloud.

vSphere External Storage for the Hybrid Cloud
Level 200 – [US: HCI3451BU]
Hybrid cloud storage infrastructure is rapidly evolving to meet the demands of the most complex workloads. Learn how VMware is advancing the vSphere external storage stack to address these workloads now and in the future. This session will cover storage topics including; VVols, VMFS, NFS, NVMe-OF, and iSCSI for on-premise and cloud deployment.

Why should I use Virtual Volumes? A technical review.
Level 300 – [US: HBI3416BUS]
vSphere Virtual Volumes have been gathering steam as partners, customers, and vendors have begun to realize the value they bring. Traditional VMFS-based storage has for a long time stymied the features and functions of your SAN storage. Lack of granularity, loose integration, and little insight between the storage layers. Without a single point of integration for storage, storage vendors have had to create dozens of plugins, modules, toolkits, packs, and more to integrate with the ever-growing VMware ecosystem. vSphere VVols have been designed to solve all of these problems. This session will go into detail on what Virtual Volumes are, why they exist and the problems they solve. A special focus will be given to use cases, design decisions, and the additional value that they can bring above and beyond what they are generally advertised for

VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes and Storage Policy Based Management
Level 100 – [ELW-2005-02-HCI_U]
Use VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVol), Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM), and PowerCLI to deliver optimized storage to applications and VMs. Manage policies in this new model and explore new vSphere Virtual Volumes capabilities in vSphere.


What’s New with vSphere?
Level 100 – [US: HBI2893BU]
This session is a VMworld staple. Come find out what’s new with the most robust and widely adopted virtualization platform in the industry. This session will provide a high-level overview of new and existing features, direction updates and changes, tech previews, and other critical data points (such as end-of-support reminders) that will help you stay on top of VMware vSphere in 2019. Don’t miss your chance to get the latest and greatest details on vSphere.

A Year in the Life of an HCI Admin
Level 100 – [US: HBI1576BU]
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) administrators today must deal with system complexity, many moving parts, the software lifecycle, and learning new feature sets on the fly. It can, of course, become overwhelming. Join us on a journey from Day 0 through Day 365 as a VMware vSphere HCI administrator. Learn how to leverage vSphere features for evaluating health, scaling out, as well as being prepared before you have to contact support.

Hardware Acceleration

Leveraging the Latest Server Technologies in vSphere
Level 300 – [US: HBI2362BU]
New and traditional enterprise applications are putting ever-growing demands on data center infrastructure. Machine learning and deep learning applications are becoming key components of real-time, business-critical applications, while databases are required to handle orders of magnitude more transactions and users than ever before. These requirements drive the development and evolution of hardware technologies such as GPUs, FPGAs, RDMA, and non-volatile memory. This talk will go into details about how VMware vSphere virtual machines can consume and expose these modern technologies to virtualized workloads. You will learn how these technologies are relevant to enterprise applications, and various configuration options to start using these innovative hardware devices.

How GPU-Assisted ML for Medical Research Proved to Be a Force for Good
Level 300 – [US: HBI1546BU]
What is the difference between a GPU and a CPU? Why do machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) workloads benefit greatly from utilizing GPUs for computations in bulk? In this session, we will explain the details about GPU architecture and elaborate on how VMware vSphere ESXi supports the usage of GPUs. Learn how you can benefit from GPU compute power while maintaining the virtualization abstraction layer for enhanced data center consolidation, operations, and performance using vSphere. We will go into details about a medical research institution customer case where TensorFlow-enabled DL applications are used for photo analyses to detect skin tumors/cancer. We will also talk about a GPU-enabled application that is running to extrapolate DNA sequences from a large (many TBs) data set using ML.

High-Performance Virtualized Spark Clusters on Kubernetes for Deep Learning
Level 300 – [US: BCA1563BU]
With its machine learning library, Spark has been a popular platform for data science workloads. Spark provides users with the ability to automate their data workflows, from data acquisition and pre-processing to model training and deployment. New Spark features and frameworks move Spark into the next generation of neural network-based deep learning (DL) applications. Additionally, Kubernetes has been integrated into Spark to provide fine-grained control of DL container deployment. In this session, we will demonstrate performance best practices for designing such clusters with VMware Essential PKS running on VMware vSphere 6.7, using a variety of DL tasks. To further demonstrate the utility of Spark for these workloads, the very powerful H20 suite from H20.ai will be demonstrated, using both CPU and GPU computational resources.

Supporting Machine Learning Workloads and GPUs on vSphere
Level 300 – [US: MLA3014WU]
In the first part of this workshop, you will learn about the concepts of machine learning (ML), including inference and training, supervised and unsupervised learning, and deep learning. Bring your laptop to build a neural network model yourself. Gain an understanding of how ML works and what types of problems can be solved with these techniques. You will also see a demo of a data science automation tool to illustrate how ML is used by data scientists. The second part of the workshop will focus on the IT infrastructure needed to support ML, including a detailed discussion of the ways specialized hardware accelerators such as GPUs are enabled on VMware vSphere, along with a discussion of ML performance. Learn about the role of Apache Spark and Hadoop in supporting machine learning.

The Different Forms of Machine Learning: How They Fit with VMware
Level 300 – [US: BCA1332BU]
This session explains the different types of data and algorithms that make up the field of machine learning. Certain approaches are suited to modeling tabular data, such as gradient boosted machines, whereas others are more suited to handling image or voice data, such as neural networks. Both types can be implemented and perform very well—using GPUs or otherwise—on VMware vSphere. This talk goes into details on how this may be done at a technical implementation level. A demo will be shown of a data scientist’s toolkit in action on training on a dataset, producing a trained pipeline that will also be deployed in the business. In this session, you will learn how to optimize your ML workloads for training and inferencing for both CPUs & GPUs on vSphere’s End-to-End Machine Learning stack.


Secure Your VMs with vSphere and AppDefense
Level 200 – [US: SAI2134BU]
Explore best practices for protecting VMs with AppDefense and vSphere Platinum, including actively securing workloads, protecting data with VM encryption and TLS, consuming audit logs, and enabling guest operating system integrity protections.

vSphere Security Update and Tech Preview
Level 200 – [US: HBI1953BU]
Security never stops at VMware. We will be discussing the latest security-related improvements to VMware products. This will also include a technical preview of features under consideration, continuing our work to make products fully secure by default and making it easy for admins to do the right things.

Ask the Security Experts Panel
Level 200 – [US: HBI2131PU]
Security is a topic on everybody’s mind, and no session answers all the questions. Here’s your opportunity to bring the questions on your mind to VMware’s information security professionals. No question is too silly, and no judgment will be rendered—though we will always strongly urge you to patch, upgrade, and use great passwords.

Managing vSphere Certificates: A Simplified Technical Overview and Preview
Level 300 – [US: HBI1688BU]
There has always been a lot of ambiguity and issues with managing certificates for VMware vSphere, making it a pain point for customers. In this session, find out how we are simplifying the entire certificate story and coming up with APIs and UI to manage certificate operations, such as Gen CSR and replace/renew for both custom and VMware Certificate Authority certificates. We will provide a technical preview on how you can manage certificates in your scaled vSphere environment with the utmost ease. We will also demonstrate how using PowerCLI or an API can automate the entire certificate management operation.

Encrypting VMs on Standalone Hosts: Tech Preview
Level 200 – [US: HBI1947BU]
VMware ESXi is used in multiple situations other than a typical data center—from the back of Army vehicles to submarines, gas stations, supermarkets, and the edge. In many of these cases, there is a need to encrypt virtual machines (VMs). However, in all of these use cases, the use of a key manager is impractical. This tech preview session will share with you how we are exploring these unique use cases.

vSphere Upgrades and Lifecycle Management

What’s New in vSphere, and How to Upgrade to the Latest Version
Level 300 – [US: HBI1812TU]
With VMware vSphere at the core of your data center and its integration with products such as VMware Horizon, VMware Site Recovery Manager, and VMware vRealize Suite, upgrade time can be overwhelming. What resources can you use to prepare? What order should you update each component? What do you need to know about VMware vCenter high availability, PSC convergence, or file-based backup and recovery? Where do you start? We are here to help. This technical tutorial with a subject matter expert from the vSphere technical marketing team will take you through the process from start to finish.

VMware Tools: The Lowdown
Level 100 – [US: HBI1540BU]
In this session, we will be running the gamut of everything involved in VMware Tools. Find out why you should install, which versions you should install, when to upgrade, how to minimize reboots, how to manage at scale, and much more.

Upgrading your vSphere Environment: HM Health Solutions’ Experience
Level 100 –  [US: HBI1464BU]
HM Health Solutions is a leading provider of health and wellness services as well as the second largest integrated delivery and financing system in America. During this session, you will learn how they were able to upgrade their VMware vSphere environments to vSphere 6.7. Learn about what it took to plan, coordinate, and execute their upgrade, which included VMware NSX, VMware vRealize Automation, and vRealize Orchestrator.

Planning for a Successful vSphere Upgrade
Level 100 – [US: HBI1462BU]
Does upgrading your VMware vSphere environment seem like an overwhelming task? Armed with the correct knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. Join us as we review resources that will help get your environment running the latest and greatest version of vSphere. During this session, you will gain new insight into tips and tricks, resources, and best practices to prepare and implement successful upgrades.

The Next Generation of Lifecycle Management for vCenter Server
Level 300 – [US: HBI1973BU]
Upgrading to a new VMware vSphere version can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. In this session, we will provide a technical preview of the next generation of vSphere lifecycle tools that will help successfully guide you through your vSphere upgrade.

vCenter Server

How to Care for Your vCenter Server on Day 2
Level 200 – [US: HBI1584BU]
VMware vCenter Server is deployed, your environment is updated, so now you’re ready to rock and roll, right? Well, not so fast. What about converging those external PSCs over to embedded, setting up your vCenter Server Appliance file-based backups, repointing to a new SSO domain, or even setting syslog targets? These are just a few of the important Day 2 operations action items that are often overlooked but can provide added value when properly completed. You will leave this session with a better understanding of how these vCenter Server features add value to your environments.

Leveraging vSphere Content Library for Template Version Management
Level 100 – [US: HBI2474BU]
Managing templates, changing settings, and keeping track of all those edits in VMware vSphere can be challenging at times. vSphere Content Library now supports OVA/OFV and VMTX templates for content distribution and for creating new VMs. What if vSphere Content Library worked similar to a real library by allowing check-in or check-out operations for tracking versions or edits to your templates? Join this session to learn more about native VMware template version management for the hybrid cloud world, including a technology preview of new features.

A Practitioner’s Guide to vCenter Server Architecture
Level 300 – [US: HBI2227BU]
The foundation of a VMware vCenter Server environment is a well-architected VMware vSphere single sign-on domain. With the recent announcement of the deprecation of external Platform Services Controllers, it’s important to understand how to transition to VMware’s simplified, recommended topology. In this session, learn about the tools available to help you transition from an external deployment model to an embedded deployment model. Find out strategies and best practices related to designing and implementing linked mode, multisite, and multidomain that align to your business requirements. This knowledge will serve as a guide to reduce the unneeded complexity for existing and greenfield environments.

Deep Diving in What’s New with vCenter Server
Level 300 – [US: HBI2217BU]
In this session, you will learn about the all-new features and capabilities in the latest VMware vCenter Server release. We will deep dive and showcase improvements to the vCenter Server topology, including the tooling available, certificate management, performance and scale, and much more. You will receive guidance and best practices along with a peek at more potential enhancements beyond this release.

vSphere Client

vSphere Client Journey from a Customer’s Perspective
Level 100 – [US: HBI1469BU]
In this joint customer/VMware session, you will hear their experience with the VMware vSphere Client journey, covering the transition from the vSphere Desktop client to vSphere Web Client to vSphere Client (HTML5).

vSphere and VMware Cloud Customer Feedback Forum: Product Management Panel
Level 100 – [US: HBI1475PU]
In this panel discussion, you will hear from VMware Cloud and VMware vSphere product management leads on the product changes being considered around the customer feedback and feature request forums. This session will give you insights on how product teams are working toward partnering with customers to shape product roadmaps. You will also find out more about the new avenues being introduced to submit feature requests.

Application Workloads

Microsoft Application Workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS: Doing It Right
Level 300 – [US HBI1545BU]
This session will focus on deploying, maintaining, and migrating Microsoft applications (Exchange, Active Directory, SQL Server) to VMware Cloud on AWS. We will cover the architecture approach for hosting Microsoft applications on VMware Cloud on AWS, configuration recommendations, migration planning, and much more.

Architecting and Implementing Microsoft Active Directory on VMware
Level 300 – [US: BCA2162TU]
Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) allows organizations to deploy a scalable and secure directory service for managing users, resources, and applications. Although virtualizing domain controllers has been a simple and supported operation for many years, many organizations have been reluctant to do so. Organizations struggle to understand how to properly navigate and avoid the pitfalls (such as synchronization, convergence, security, time management, availability, and data integrity) inherent in virtualizing a production, enterprise-level ADDS infrastructure. Even when they have virtualized their domain controllers, admins still worry about the security, safety, and integrity of their ADDS infrastructure. This session will discuss and demonstrate considerations and practices for optimally and securely virtualizing AD infrastructure.

Virtualize Active Directory the Right Way
Level 300 – [US: BCA2082BU]
Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) allows organizations to deploy a scalable and secure directory service for managing users, resources, and applications. Although virtualizing domain controllers has been a simple and supported operation for many years, many organizations have been very reluctant to do so. Organizations have struggled to understand how to properly navigate and avoid the multiple pitfalls (such as synchronization, convergence, security, time management, availability, and data integrity) inherent in virtualizing a production, enterprise-level ADDS infrastructure. Even when they have virtualized their domain controllers, administrators still worry about the security, safety, and integrity of their ADDS infrastructure. Join this session to see how to virtualize AD the right way.

strong>VMware SDDC: An Ideal Platform for Running High-Performance Computing
Level 300 – [US: BCA2058BU]
The majority of high-performance computing (HPC) environments are still bare metal, inefficient, and underutilized. This session shows how the VMware software-defined data center (SDDC) can be leveraged to optimize existing and new HPC environments. VMware NSX provides multitenant capabilities to logically separate HPC security domains. VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler provides resource optimization by balancing HPC workloads across the entire cluster. VMware High Availability can minimize downtime and protect against single points of failure. VMware snapshot capabilities can be leveraged to capture state and reproduce HPC environments. The VMware SDDC can help consolidate and optimize HPC environments across the enterprise.

VI Admin’s Guide: Supporting Container-Based Machine Learning with PKS
Level 200 – [US: MLA2036BU]
PKS solutions need to be extended to support container-based access to GPUs for machine learning (ML), but any extension of PKS worker nodes seems all but impossible for the VI admin. But armed with the right knowledge, things get much easier. Join this session to learn how to extend any VMware Essentials PKS or VMware Enterprise PKS cluster to provide container-based GPU access for more efficient ML development and inference execution. In fact, the strategy used will work for any software extension needed at PKS worker nodes. We will go through a step-by-step demo (from a VI admin’s perspective) of an automated means of adding GPU support to PKS that doesn’t break VMware support and survives automated PKS upgrades. All of the automations are open sourced by VMware for use by VI admins as they move forward with this new knowledge.

Keys to Successful SQL Server Availability Deployments with vSphere
Level 300 – [US: BCA1257BU]
The most common methods for having highly available SQL Server installations involve Always On availability groups (AGs) and Always On failover cluster instances (FCIs). This session will include best practices and recommendations for properly configuring AGs and FCIs under VMware vSphere, whether on premises or VMware Cloud on AWS. Currently supported SQL Server versions, including the upcoming SQL Server 2019, will be covered along with both Windows Server- and Linux-based deployments. If you need to successfully deploy and administer AGs and FCIs with vSphere, this is a can’t-miss session.

SQL Server Workloads on VMware vSphere: Configuration Recommendations
Level 300 – [US: BCA1542BU]
This session will go deep into configuration details for hosting Microsoft SQL Server workloads on the VMware vSphere platform—vNUMA, PVSCSI, disk queues, VMXNET3 advanced settings, perennial reservations, usage of pRDMs, and many more. We will discuss relevant performance metrics and the way to monitor the workload. Find out how to achieve the best performance and maintain supported configuration for SQL Server workloads on vSphere from industry SMEs.

Microsoft SQL Server on VMware: Deep Dive and Performance Optimization
Level 300 – [US: BCA2156TU]
This deep technical tutorial will help you to efficiently and effectively run mission-critical Microsoft SQL Server workloads on the VMware vSphere platform. With a lot of live demos and field examples, this tutorial provides detailed information on configuration recommendations and performance optimization for SQL Server workloads on vSphere.

SQL Server Workloads on VMware vSphere: Architecture Recommendations
Level 300 – [US: BCA1543PU]
This panel discussion will provide details and reference architectures for hosting different types of SQL Server workloads on VMware vSphere—combining vSphere High Availability features with SQL Server High Availability concepts, disaster recovery strategies, SQL Server workloads on VMware Cloud on AWS, and many more. You will have a unique opportunity to meet with leading SQL Server SMEs and MVPs to learn more about architecture of SQL Server workloads on VMware.

Architecting Oracle and SAP on VMware Cloud on AWS
Level 300 – [US: HBI1418BU]
In this session, you will learn about the deployment and lifecycle management of business-critical application workloads (Oracle, SAP) on VMware Cloud on AWS. We will concentrate on the solution architecture with a focus on availability, manageability, and disaster recovery (DR). We will also go over options for storage, including storage policies and scaling of storage capacity. Find out about application migration from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS, including large-scale migration using VMware HCX. We will cover Day 2 management and operations of the workload using VMware vRealize Suite. You will also learn key use cases for cloud migration, data center evacuation, and DR. This session will also include a short demo demonstrating the ease of migration and deployment of enterprise apps on VMware Cloud on AWS.

Accelerating Oracle and SAP with vSphere 6.7 Hardware Accelerators
Level 300 – [US: HBI1420BU]
Enabling and sustaining the highest possible performance along with continued application availability is a major goal for all mission-critical applications to meet demanding business SLAs. Harnessing key new features in VMware vSphere 6.7—for example, persistent memory (PMEM) in app and memory mode, para-virtualized RDMA, 1GB Huge Pages, 4K sector drives, and others—helps achieve these business goals. In this session, you will learn how to accelerate Oracle and SAP Enterprise workloads with these new vSphere features for I/O-intensive workloads to enhance high availability, speed up data loading, and more. We will also share key considerations and lessons learned. This session will also include a short demo on the use of hardware accelerators for Oracle workloads.

SAP on VMware Performance and Sizing
Level 300 – [US: BCA2158TU]
Valid sizing and maximum performance are essential for the successful operation of SAP business systems, which drive a large proportion of the world’s supply chain. SAP defines strict performance criteria for certifying the SAP HANA platform with infrastructure vendors. In this tutorial, multiple SAP experts from VMware will share their experiences in optimizing performance and sizing of SAP NetWeaver and SAP HANA on the VMware vSphere platform. Learn about the SAP on VMware certification process and see examples. You will also get performance and tuning guidelines for the application and database tiers on traditional storage and VMware vSAN. See example performance escalations and monitoring with SAP and VMware tools. Find out about sizing SAP landscapes based on business requirements.

Architecting and Implementing Oracle Workloads on VMware Technologies
Level 300 – [US: BCA2171TU]
This Oracle on VMware tutorial will prepare you to lead your organization’s virtualization effort, with instructor-led demos and in-depth course work designed to put you in the ranks of the IT elite. You will learn the skills necessary to run Oracle implementations on VMware vSphere. The best practices and optimal approaches to deployment, operation, and management of Oracle database and application software will be presented by VMware expert Sudhir Balasubramanian, who will be joined by other VMware and industry experts. This technical workshop will include real-life, instructor-led, live training and incorporate the recommended design and configuration practices for architecting business-critical databases on vSphere infrastructure.

A Journey of Oracle Workloads from On-Premises to VMware Cloud on AWS
Level 300 – [US: BCA1117BU]
This session will show the lifecycle of an application all the way from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS. This includes provisioning, management, monitoring, troubleshooting, and cost transparency with VMware vRealize Suite. This session will also include best practices for running Oracle databases on the software-defined data center (SDDC), including sizing and performance tuning. Business continuity requirements and procedures will be addressed in the context of the SDDC. It is a formidable task to ensure the smooth operation of critical applications running on Oracle, and the SDDC simplifies and standardizes the approach across all data centers and systems.

Architecting Business-Critical Oracle Workloads on the VMware SDDC Platform
Level 300 – [US: BCA1116BU]
Enabling and sustaining the highest possible performance along with continued application availability is a major goal for all mission-critical applications to meet demanding business service-level agreements (SLAs). Oracle workloads are very resource intensive with high SLA, recovery point objective/recovery time objective (RTO/RPO), and key requirements. Architecting Oracle workloads is the key for ensuring performance, high availability, scalability, reliability, and more. This session will also include best practices for running Oracle databases on the software-defined data center (SDDC), including sizing and performance tuning.

A Journey Toward a Data-Centric Future with Virtualization and RDMA
Level 100 – [US: HBI2002BU]
The data-centric world is challenging the IT infrastructure industry’s current status quo. Remote data memory access (RDMA), already proven in the high-performance computing (HPC) market, is making early in-roads in enterprise infrastructure to address a common set of problems. Join this session to learn how RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) will play a key role in addressing future data-centric challenges. Find out how VMware vSphere embraces RDMA technology to enable various use cases, such as VMware vSAN, artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), HPC, and business-critical application workloads on cloud deployments powered by VMware. We will also talk about how to consume RoCE in a virtualized environment, and some of the networking challenges and future enhancements to be addressed to make RDMA adaption more mainstream.


Extreme Performance Series: Performance Best Practices
Level 300 – [US: HBI2526BU]
Are users complaining of poor application performance? Demanding more resources to compensate? Do you know where to start looking for issues? Are you confident you have the right configuration in place? In this breakout session delivered by VMware’s most experienced performance gurus, you will get answers to these questions and more. This session will explain the most important performance practices that need to be applied across the stack, from application to hardware. Based on real customer case studies, this session will empower you to identify the most common performance issues and remediate them by applying best practices. You will leave with the tools, methodologies, configurations, and confidence that you can provide maximum performance to all your users and their applications.

Extreme Performance Series: vSphere + Intel Optane DC PMEM=Max Performance
Level 300 – [US: HBI2090BU]
Persistent memory (PMEM) is a new technology that has the potential to change the storage hierarchy. Intel has implemented PMEM in a DIMM form factor, known as Intel Optane DC persistent memory module (DCPMM). This talk will cover how VMware is helping to advance this technology by driving the virtualization enhancements needed to exploit DCPMM. The PMEM feature in VMware vSphere supports both DCPMM operating modes: memory mode and app direct mode. See a detailed performance analysis of using DCPMM technology in both operating modes on top of vSphere using various workloads. This includes tier-1 applications using databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL, VMmark, a key value store such as REDIS, analytics, and many more. Find out how VM density can be increased and how databases can get a big performance boost using DCPMM.

Extreme Performance Series: DRS 2.0 Performance Deep Dive
Level 300 – [US: HBI2880BU]
VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) is the flagship resource management feature of VMware vSphere. In this talk, we will present the new and improved DRS 2.0, which is very different in design due to a new adaptive cost and goodness modeling used for load balancing. It remediates the cluster load imbalance more often (every minute instead of every five minutes) and much faster than before. It also brings a host of new features, such as balancing network load and an adaptive vMotion flow to cater to the needs of emerging workloads. Overall, the goal of DRS is to keep the VMs in your vSphere clusters happy by automatically mitigating resource contention. This talk will cover in detail some of these new features and their performance implications with real-world use cases using standard benchmarks.

Extreme Performance Series: Low Latency Media and Entertainment Workloads
Level 300 – [US: BCA2551BU]
This advanced session will explore VMware best practices and recommendations for running low latency media and entertainment applications in VMware vSphere 6.7 virtual machines, or in cloud or hybrid cloud environments. In the past, this industry and these workloads have remained on physical servers due to their sensitivity to UDP packet loss, network jitter, processor scheduling delays, requirements for precision timing, and the effects of power management. Now, they can be virtualized successfully by leveraging the key configurations we will highlight. The tools, methodologies, and configurations we will share can also be applied to many other latency-sensitive and real-time applications, such as in-memory databases, financial data processing platforms, and high-performance computing.

Extreme Performance Series: vSphere Compute and Memory Schedulers
Level 300 – [US: HBI2494BU]
Join one of VMware’s core scheduler engineers for this session discussing the architecture and operation of the compute and memory schedulers. The goal of this session is to highlight the new capabilities and advanced features of the VMware ESXi schedulers and how they provide maximum performance and flexibility. Learn about specifics such as core and NUMA placement, the side-channel-aware (SCA) scheduler, virtual NUMA, contention and demand, large memory pages, and memory reclamation and oversubscription. Gain insight into the ESXi state-of-the-art scheduler through case studies and examples. Take away how to configure virtual machines for maximum performance, and identify and resolve performance issues. Don’t miss this advanced session.

Extreme Performance Series: SQL Server, Oracle, and SAP Monster DB VMs
Level 300 – [US: BCA1482BU]
Recent VMware vSphere 6.7 enhancements allow for bigger monster virtual machines (VMs) than ever before. We put SQL Server, Oracle, and SAP HANA monster VMs under heavy database benchmark workloads to measure how they perform using four-socket hosts. In this session, we will compare multiple generations of Intel Xeon processors (including the latest Cascade Lake series) to demonstrate how vSphere continues to keep pace with more powerful servers and increasing customer database VM sizes. We will also share best practices and configuration tips for running monster database VMs at peak efficiency with vSphere.