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Join VMUG at VMworld Europe! The VMUG booth will be #S213 - we hope to see you there!

The VMUG Booth is the place to meet VMUG Board members, Leaders, and your fellow members. We encourage you to use the VMUG Booth as a meeting place – feel free to hang out, get the latest VMUG information and win some great giveaways!

Free VMUG T-shirt
Stop by registration on Monday, October 13th between 13:00 – 17:00 or Tuesday, October 14th before the general session to pick up your VMUG t-shirt. Wear your t-shirt on Wednesday, October 15th to show the strength of the VMUG community!

VMUG Member Party
VMUG will be holding a member party on Monday, October 13th sponsored by VMware. Check out the VMUG VMworld page to RSVP for the party.

VMUG Advantage
Join us at the VMUG booth to learn more about all of the discounts on training, software and more! VMworld attendees will receive a special discount when you purchase on-site.

Show Us How You VMUG!
Join in #ShareVMUG and post your pictures leading up to and at VMworld.

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As the demand for IT professionals with virtualization and cloud skills increases, it becomes more and more essential to distinguish yourself in the market. VMware’s industry-recognized certifications validate your technical capabilities and knowledge, giving you an edge.

At the VMworld Certification Exam Center all VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams will be 50% off the regular price. This is an excellent opportunity to recertify your certification or validate new skills at a significant savings.

Space is limited so reserve your seat today! VMworld Europe Registration

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While you’re in Barcelona, make sure you stop by the Education and Certification Lounge in Hall 7. We’ll have last minute study materials available, answer any questions you may have about recertification, and can even get you registered for an exam onsite.

 

Follow @VMwareEducation on Twitter for the latest updates!

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Continuing to track the international representation in registration: here's this week's update on attendance!  With only 20 days left until VMworld 2014 Europe, Norway, France and Italy have jumped up the rankings with registrations from Italy doubling over the last 10 days. In addition, we have seen new registrants for the first time this year from Senegal and South Korea.

Follow these channels for regional updates: Spain, United Kingdom, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Latin America, APJ, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Middle East, and South Africa.

What does everyone recommend to prepare for VMworld? Answer: REST
Check out these 3 interviews for what to expect this year:

Joe Baguely, EMEA CTO of VMware, gives his advice and personal experiences:

Gavin Jackson, VMware VP and GM of Cloud Services in EMEA, recommends great sessions:

Can you image VMworld with just 600 attendees? Matt Piercy, VP of Northern EMEA, reminisces about the first VMworld, plus he shares the top 10 reasons to attend Partner Exchange this year:

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A couple of days ago I had a discussion with someone. That person asked me why I felt people should attend VMworld Europe. I didn’t have to think too long, to me the European event has always been special. I know some may have a different opinion, but I personally always liked the European event and there are a couple of simple reasons for it. So let me explain why I feel that the European event is worth attending.


Networking is of course useful anywhere, but what are you truly going to get out of a US based event when all of your business is in Europe? On top of that, typically the event feels less crowded and I have noticed people are a bit more laid back because of that which makes it easier to have random conversations. I find myself just sitting down during lunch with random people and chatting away with people from various countries. It is always interesting to find out if technology adoption is different, what the trends are etc. Some countries in Europe are a couple of steps ahead when it comes to deploying certain solutions, these make very interesting conversations.
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VMworld is not just about networking of course, it is also very much about gaining knowledge. When I went to VMworld as an attendee I would fill my agenda up with deepdives and the one thing I noticed is that for Europe it was always easier to get in to sessions and especially the ones covering new features or products. On top of that, you have probably seen all the buzz from VMworld US which means that you can now pick that one session everyone was raving about!

And of course I should not forget the VMworld labs. As just stated, by now you have all digested the product announcements and know what you want to learn more about… so you can go and take that Lab you wanted to take. Of course you can also do this online, but at VMworld you have experts walking around who can provide help and answer questions whenever you have them. Great right?

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Last but not least: Barcelona. Don’t get me wrong, San Francisco is a great city… But so is Barcelona. The cultural and historical richness of it makes it worth visiting, and if I have to give one tip: Basílica de la Sagrada Família. Also, there are some great restaurants there, so if you enjoy good food it is a great place.

To summarize: Register now, and don’t miss out!

Duncan is a Chief Technologist on VMware’s Emerging Solutions R&D team.  He has written numerous industry publications and books and is the owner of Yellow-Bricks.com, the #1 ranked virtualization blog in vSphere-Land.com’s annual top 25 list
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    Have you heard of Eurovision? The annual song contest is based on each European country selecting one musical group to represent their nation, then the winners are chosen by popular vote. Much like Eurovision, VMworld brings together 92 different nationalities to share their newest endeavors (in technology and sometimes air guitar abilities).  Based on the idea of attendee diversity and some friendly competition, we thought it would be interesting to rank the top 10 European countries represented at VMworld 2014 Europe in Barcelona, Spain.

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    We found it interesting to compare last year’s attendance to see any changes. This year the top 5 countries by percentage include: UK (15.13%), Germany (13.35%), Netherlands (6.77%), Switzerland (4.55%) and Sweden (4.23%). The rankings were fairly different in 2013, when the top 5 countries by percentage were: UK (13.79%), Germany (11.78%), Netherlands (6.24%), Spain (6.10%) and France (5.90%), followed by Sweden, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and Russia.  Some new countries this year in attendance include: Aland Islands, Armenia, New Caledonia, and Reunion Island.
    Hope you enjoyed these statistics and will follow along as we continue to track the top 10 countries attending VMworld 2014 Europe.  Excited to meet all attendees in less than 30 days in Barcelona! Try these sites for more information on the 3-day agenda, travel, training, networking and sessions or hands-on labs.

    Check out the "Official" Music Video from VMworld 2013 Europe!

    Cheers!

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    What a great week at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco! As we wind down to recharge and then gear up for VMworld 2014 in Barcelona, here are a few resources to help wrap-up:

    Blogs on news and announcements:
    VMworld 2014 Bloggers Rollup
    VMware Tribal Knowledge Blog wrap-up

    Video playlists on VMworld TV (YouTube):
    VMworld 2014 U.S. Highlights from San Francisco
    VMworld 2014 U.S. Keynotes and Top Sessions
    VMworld 2014 U.S. Interviews by theCUBE
    VMworld 2014 U.S. Community Tech Talks (vBrownBag)

    NEW! Watch video recordings of the Top 10 Sessions for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from VMworld 2014 U.S. (available for everyone). Scroll through the pages for top 10 from all 3 days. For all sessions, you must be a paid VMworld 2014 U.S. attendee.  Attendees will be notified when available in early September.

    Watch for variety of offerings from our VMworld Social Media & Community page as we head into VMworld 2014 Europe. For example, the VMworld team curated a series of community postings into a VMworld Storify account. We will also be posting VMworld 2014 photo albums on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest.

     


    VMworld 2014 Social Stream
    NEW this year, we are offering a VMworld 2014 Social Stream of postings and photos from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, directly from you, our community.  Watch this stream and participate by adding the #vmworld hashtag to any of your postings to appear in the stream.  This will be running for all of VMworld 2014 — from San Francisco through to Barcelona!.

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    Watch VMworld TV highlights from VMworld 2014, Day 1 through Day 4:

     

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    There are two parts to the Solutions Exchange: the countless number of solutions (try to count – we dare you!) and the exchange of ideas, information, and some great swag. The expo hall  truly illustrates VMware’s story. We are excited to highlight about 250 companies who are part of our very important Partner ecosystem. Malery Lassen, Sponsorship Manager, says “we’re an industry event and we’re happy to let our customers interface with companies who hold different philosophies… seems fitting that 2 out of the 3 major networking events at VMworld happen inside the Solutions Exchange!”

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    Speaking of events - what do you hope to see at the Welcome Reception and Hall Crawl?
    With such a myriad of products, displays, banners and stages it can be easy to get lost in the hall for hours! Here is a helpful checklist to help you navigate:

    - Stop by the Welcome Reception sponsored by HP and Intel on Sunday from 4PM-7PM 
    - Grab a drink at the Hall Crawl on Tuesday from 4:30PM-6:00PM
    - Check out what’s changed at this year’s new VMware booth
    - Get a sneak peek of the next ideas for VMware at the Office of the CTO booth
    - See the new product pavilion for VMware opening on Monday morning
    - Catch a ride on one of the VMUG pedicabs
    - Reenergize your mind, body and devices at the Refueling Lounge sponsored by CDW with free popcorn, cookies and a golf tutorial
    - Grab your popcorn and catch one of the Theater sessions (see schedule)
    - Get your Service Provider Passport inside the Pavilion, booth#334 for your chance to win a Go-Pro
    - Daily Hours:
       o Sunday 4 PM – 7 PM
       o Monday 11AM-6PM
       o Tuesday 11AM-6PM
       o Wednesday 10AM-5PM

     

    Check out the VMworld Storify for recent tweets and
    follow Twitter @VMware_Partners for more information!

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    Cheers!

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    The VMworld Hang Space is a huge open-space room next to the General Session auditorium in lower Moscone North (just below the escalators).  Whether new to VMworld, or experienced alumni, plan to spend time here networking with bloggers, subject experts, co-workers and VMworld attendees. It's the perfect place to meet-up, get organized, catch up on news & email, write blogs, browse social media streams, charge devices, or just relax.



    Community Tech Talks
    Our Community Theater, hosted by vBrownBag, will offer brief technical presentations, demos and discussions with audience seating. The Tech Talks will be streamed LIVE for viewing online and made available as recordings for viewing later. View the schedule of Tech Talks with details on time/presenter.  Be sure to thank the vBrownBag crew for what a great job they do, because they put in a lot of effort to host talks just for you. If you can't stop by, watch online.

    Bloggers
    There will be a dedicated Blogger table with seating for ~20 bloggers, equipped with high-speed internet connections and power strips. This is an excellent location to meet fellow bloggers and vExperts to talk about the conference or make connections face-to-face. There will also be dedicated blogger tables at the front of the General Session auditorium. To increase awareness and exposure of bloggers, please visit our VMworld Bloggers page and sign-up for our Blogger list for listing and inclusion in the VMworld blog rollup.

    VMware Communities Booth
    Drop by this fantastic resource to meet actual VMware Community Managers from our VMTN Forums, vExpert Program, Beta Programs, VMware Social Support team, VMware Education and Certification team, TAM Program and VMUG User Groups. These Community Managers, many you may recognize from their Social Media accounts, can provide demos and answer questions on programs, events, support, and social media & community offerings.



    CloudCred Booth
    Attached to the VMware Communities Booth, you will find CloudCred, which is offering a special alliance with Hands-on-Labs this year. Whenever you complete a Hands-on-Lab, you will be given a verification code for CloudCred which will give you the opportunity to win awesome prizes. Drop by this CloudCred booth to learn more about the cool alliance and to join the CloudCred community if you haven't already. Read the recent CloudCred-HOL blog post.

    Social Media Command Center
    Located between the Community Tech Talks and VMware Communities Booth, the Social Media Command Center is where the pulse of VMworld Social Media will monitored and amplified. Drop by and talk to our Social Media team about tips and tricks for social media at VMworld. We always love to talk to our community about insights and opportunities to increase reach and amplification while monitoring the buzz of the show.  For an overall listing of social media offerings, visit our VMworld Social Media & Community page.

    Jumbo Projection Screens
    A favorite every year, we will have 3 jumbo screens spread across the Hang Space to view social media streams, conference highlights and live/recorded video throughout the week.  Share your own Tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram photos using #VMworld hashtags to see yourself included on the big screen realtime social media streams. Theses same screens will be showing LIVE streams of General Sessions on Monday and Tuesday morning, so consider watching from in the Hang Space to avoid the General Session auditorium crowd.

    There will be several other highlights of the Hang Space that will make it a highlight of the show for all attendees.  Be sure to schedule time to "hang out" here and either network or relax. And don't forget to download the VMworld 2014 Mobile App.
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    Hello Friends,
    We are very excited about another great Hands-on Labs at VMworld and happy to give you an inside peek at what is coming.
    Why attend Hands-on Labs during VMworld ?
    #1. Be the first to take the latest Hands-on Labs.  Our labs are released every year at VMworld US. The labs feature the latest products, features and solutions from VMware and partners.
    #2. Interact with over 225 VMware product experts under one roof. Our experts are ready to provide guidance, share best practices when using our products.  This is probably the only place in the universe where you can get access to this many product experts under one roof.
    #3. Interact with your peers, and colleagues. This year we are featuring “Focus Areas” where like-minded individuals can take the same lab and share their experiences in a very casual and interactive manner. 
    VMworld Hands-on Labs Cloud Credits
    Attendees taking Hands-on Labs during VMworld will get points for taking labs. This is a great way to gain an upper edge on your peers and have fun taking Hands-on Labs.
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    We have over 225 Product Experts under one roof to answer your product questions.
    Meet Joshua Schnee, Andrew Hald and Doug Baer from the team and follow us during VMworld on Twitter @vmwarehol
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    Sneak Peek at the VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs Room
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    New Hands-on Lab Content for 2014
    We are extremely proud of our new Hands-on Lab content for 2014. We have taken the best from last year and improved upon it based on your feedback and comments. This year we are showcasing labs like Airwatch that will have outbound access to your device. This means you will be able to get an up close and personal look at how to manage mobile devices using Airwatch Management platform. 
    NSX Partner Solutions – we are featuring labs show casing integration with leading partners such as Palo Alto Networks, Juniper and Symantec. The NSX was the number one lab around the world last year and destined to continue to be in the top ranking this year. Be the first to test out our new labs.
    The world around storage – We have great new modulus dedicated to storage and storage performance monitoring. This is a great opportunity to get ahead on Virtual SAN technology.
    We have a great deal of new content so be sure to check out our Hands-on Labs catalog.
    Partner created Hands-on Labs
    This year we are featuring some top solutions created by our Partners who we incorporated as part of our development teams. We are very product of our solutions and hope you have time to take our Partner Hands-on Labs.
    Please take a look at our complete Hands-on Lab catalog for VMworld 2014.
    Introducing The Expert Led Workshops
    The Expert Led Workshops provide an intimate experience with you and our product experts. The workshops are small by design and geared for you to take a lab, learn best practices and tips from the product Experts. You will follow along the Hands-on Lab and more important hear from the Experts on the tips and tricks when using our products. The Expert Led Workshops are scheduled through the Schedule Builder – they have filled up fast. 
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    Self Paced Hands-on Labs
    The Hands-on Lab we have known over the years. We are offering Traditional seating with desktops sponsored by Dell. These include the Dell Z90 and D90 Thin Clients and the beautiful 24” Monitors. We are also offering the ability for you to bring your own laptop to take a lab. If you do decide to take the lab using your laptop you will need the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer (10+) Please be sure to check the Lab hours – You do not need to register to take a Self Paced Hands-on Lab – just show up.
    Product Focus Areas
    As we mentioned above these areas are dedicated for you to come in with your like-minded individuals, take a lab and share experiences. We will have Product Experts in the area to help with any questions if they come up.
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    The Hot Spot is Back
    We are planning on having 1 Hot Spot in Moscone West for users that would like to take a Lab in between sessions and breaks. We will have the area supported with product experts who can help you with product questions.
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    VMworld Hands-on Lab HotSpot – easy way to take a lab during VMworld 2014
    Hands-on Labs Infrastructure Overview and Data Center Global Footprint
    Its seems like just yesterday we were getting by with one datacenter but as demand has increased we have started building out global capacity to meet the needs of our global user base.
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    Hands-on Labs Wants to See You at the Feedback Corner

    Hands-On Labs wants to hear from you! This year at VMworld, the Hands-On Labs will feature a Feedback Corner where you can drop in to let them know what’s on your mind. They want to talk to customers, partners, consultants, and virtualization enthusiasts from all industries.

    Help HOL improve the customer experience by participating in a usability test. They are looking for feedback about a range of products and ideas. Throughout the week they will also be interviewing virtualization rockstars. Stop by to see who is on our interview couch, give your feedback, and fill out a survey to be entered for raffle prizes. They are giving away GoPro Cameras, Bose speakers, Beats Pills, and a swarm of Hadoop elephants.

     
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    Women of Purpose is a community that promotes, elevates and connects women within VMware, customers, partners and employees. We were founded in 2010 and are thrilled to host our 5th annual Women of Purpose at VMworld 2014.

    We have an exciting agenda for Women of Purpose with a featured industry speaker, a women executive panel and networking exercise. In addition, there we will be hosting a reception post-event to continue the conversation. VMworld attendees can register today to join us on Tuesday, August 26th from 4-6PM (VMworld pass and badge are required to attend this event).

    Please connect to Women of Purpose Group on LinkedIn.
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    The theme of this year’s Women of Purpose event is “Building Your Personal Brand

    Personal Branding is about identifying and communicating what makes you unique and relevant to your target audience, so that you can reach your career and/or business goals. The idea is that if you understand your strengths, skills, passions, and values, you can use this information to separate yourself from others and really stand out. For women, creating and promoting an authentic personal brand can be a difficult task to accomplish. Research shows that some women have trouble with this because self-promotion is not part of their upbringing as women. The Women of Purpose event at VMworld hopes to bring awareness to and help women create their own personal brand.

    In 2014 VMware launched VMwomen, an enterprise-wide initiative to increase the representation of women. It builds on research showing how greater diversity results in increased innovation, which in turn leads to better business outcomes. VMwomen is led by VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger, and holds each business leader accountable for a measurable plan to increase representation in hiring, promotions and retention within their organization.

    Women of Purpose is a customer, partner and VMware employee program within the VMwomen initiative.

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    If you are planning your schedule of sessions and labs for VMworld 2014, you are among hundreds or thousands of other attendees doing the same.  As you login to Schedule Builder and start building your schedule, or browse through Content Catalog, be sure to take the time to research the session details, speaker info, and time/location. NOTE: Remember to leave enough time between sessions to walk or travel between locations.  

    Session Guidance
    Utilize online networking with other attendees, past alumni and Partners for suggested sessions and labs to attend. Leverage the VMworld community for recommendations, but ultimately choose the best sessions to attend for yourself, based on your learning needs and goals. Here are a few posts from VMware and the community on suggested sessions:
    Yellow Bricks | Chris Wolf | VirtualGeek | VMware VSAN Team | VMware PowerCLI Team | VMware Cloud Mgmt Team | VMware EUC Team

    Session & Lab Hashtags
    Utilize online networking with other attendees and alumni for any suggestions or recommendations they may have. You can also view conversations and comments for specific sessions or labs Twitter, using hashtags available for each. The SessionID or LabID is the actual Hashtag on Twitter (SessionID BCO1152 would be #BCO1152). You will find some tweets already posted, others just beginning.  If you are attending or involved in any of these sessions or labs, please start or expand this conversation by including the #VMworld hashtag for further reach. Learn more

    VMworld TV on YouTube
    There are a few 2014 session preview videos posted on VMworld TV (look for more later).  There are also dozens of session video recordings (2013, 2012, etc.) posted on VMworld TV to help get a sense of what the breakout sessions are like. Be sure to Subscribe to VMworld TV to stay informed of the latest uploads, especially the new 2014 top sessions.

    VMworld.com Online Sessions
    Most of VMworld 2013 breakout sessions (recordings and resources available) can now be accessed and viewed at VMworld Online Sessions (2013 back to 2004) without an attendee subscription, by logging in with your vmworld.com account. NOTE: VMworld 2014 Sessions will be made available online to all paid attendees (only) following the conference.

    SlideShare
    Another great resource available is our VMworld SlideShare channel.  Here you can browse or search for the presentation slides from all VMworld 2013 breakout sessions.  These are great for reviewing sessions online or offline when deciding what to attend in 2014. Be sure to Follow our SlideShare channel to stay informed of new slides posted for 2014 sessions.

    Please take the surveys onsite or by mobile device to help us with feedback and improving the overall experience and offerings.  We hope eveyone has a great session and lab experience at VMworld 2014 this year!
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    BlogVMware.com is blog specializing in Virtualization Technology & Cloud Computing. Awarded a blogger pass to VMworld Barcelona 2014/2013 for second year consecutive. Ranking 123 & TOP 25 of New Virtualization Blogs 2014 on vsphere-land.com, covering all aspects VMware vSphere.
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    Come to VMworld US early and take advantage of these pre-conference training courses at 25% off the regular price. These special course offerings are your chance to hone your skills on the latest VMware technologies and solutions.

    New this year! Some of these classes will offer “hybrid” delivery which gives you the option to attend in person or live online remotely. This gives you the ability to fully participate in class without requiring additional travel days.

    Space is limited, so register today. Registration for these classes is handled via VMworld registration. When you register for the conference you will be given the opportunity to add a training class. Select the class and location you are interested in, and complete your event registration. 

    Course Schedule

    vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] - August 19 - 23
    This course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vCloud® Automation Center™. This course covers the configuration and use of the vCloud Automation Center platform, including self-service provisioning and the creation of multivendor cloud services. 

    VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [6.0] - August 19 - 23
    This comprehensive, fast-paced course focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware NSX™. NSX is a software networking and security virtualization platform that delivers the operational model of a virtual machine for the network. Virtual networks reproduce the layer 2–layer 7 network model in software, enabling complex multitier network topologies to be created and provisioned programmatically in seconds. NSX also provides a new model for network security where security profiles are distributed to and enforced by virtual ports and move with virtual machines. 

    VMware Virtual SAN: Deploy and Manage [v5.5] - August 22 - 23
    This course focuses on deploying and managing a software-defined storage solution with VMware® Virtual SAN™ 5.5. This course looks at how Virtual SAN is used as an important component in the VMware® software-defined data center. The course is based on VMware® ESXi™ 5.5 and VMware® vCenter Server™ 5.5.

    Find more information from VMware Education

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    As the demand for IT professionals with virtualization and cloud skills increases, it becomes more and more essential to distinguish yourself in the market. VMware’s industry-recognized certifications validate your technical capabilities and knowledge, giving you an edge.

     

    At the VMworld Certification Exam Center all VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams will be 50% off the regular price (save up to $200). This is an excellent opportunity to recertify your certification or validate new skills at a significant savings.
    Space is limited so reserve your seat today!

    VMworld US Registration

    VMworld Europe Registration

    To get tips and stay connected, follow the VMware Education Blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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    VMUG will be hosting a number of fun activities while at VMworld and we want to see you there!
    You can start by picking up your free VMUG shirt at registration from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. We are asking all VMUG members to wear their green shirts on Tuesday for the VMUG Green Out. Be spotted in a green VMUG shirt on Tuesday and you could win!


    Stop by the VMUG Booth #1037

    The VMUG Booth in the Solutions Exchange will be our base of operations for the week. Stop by and see us at the booth to get the latest VMUG information, win some great giveaways, and post your picture on our member wall! You’ll have a chance to win an Alienware 14 gaming laptop by picking up a card at the VMUG and Global Knowledge Booth (#534).

    The VMUG Booth is also the place to meet the VMUG Board of Directors, Leaders, and your fellow members. We encourage you to use the VMUG Booth as a meeting place – feel free to hang out!

    Along with the Solutions Exchange, VMUG will be joining in the VMworld activities for:

    • VMUG is excited to sponsor VMunderground (blog)
    • A hosted VMUG table at the TAM lunch on Sunday
    • Spousetivities- Is your spouse or partner joining you in San Francisco? Hook them up with the Spousetivities crew so they can have some fun while you're attending VMworld sessions

     


    Join in the VMUG 5 Week Challenge!

    Starting on July 21st, VMUG will post a new challenge on Twitter every Monday at 10:00 a.m. CST.  Complete the challenge each week, and you’ll be enter to win one of four VMunderground passes, a VMworld party you won’t want to miss!


    VMUG Advantage

    Join us at the VMUG booth to learn more about all of the discounts on training, software and more! VMworld attendees will receive a special discount when you purchase on-site.

    Calling all current subscribers: Stop by the VMUG booth to win some great prizes and pick up your complimentary VMUG Advantage shirt!

    For the latest updates on VMUG’s activities at VMworld, visit our VMUG at VMworld page and follow us on Twitter @MyVMUG.

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    http://vmwebapp.com/images/social.jpeg It's that season again... not summer or fall, but VMworld! Bigger than ever, the theme says it all — NO LIMITS.  With so many online conversations, so many social postings, so many community gatherings, social media and community has arguably become the heartbeat for much of VMworld.

    Networking Opportunities
    If you are planning to attend, welcome to one of the greatest networking events in the IT industry. If you go through the week at VMworld without exhausting all your networking opportunities, you may be missing the biggest takeaway of the conference. Take advantage of every moment, from discussions with session & theater speakers — to demos with booth staff — to hallway conversations with other attendees. Don't be afraid to tap the shoulder of that person standing or sitting next to you and introduce yourself.  Use VMword social media conversations to amplify your networking with the extended VMworld community.

    NOTE: if you are attending and haven’t done so already, be sure to add your Twitter @name in the VMworld registration form. This is an opt-in option for printing this on your badge.

      Hang Space
      The Hang Space, a huge open-space  room next to the General Session theater, will be a destination for many attendees who share a passion for social media.  Plan to spend time at the Hang Space to network with bloggers, subject experts, executives and VMworld Attendees.  It's the perfect place to meet-up, get organized, catch up on news & email, blog, charge devices, or just relax with lounge seating, interactive games and beverages.

      » LIVE streamed Community Tech Talks (stage and seating)
      » VMware Communities Info Desk (meet VMware Community Mgrs)
      » CloudCred Pod (prizes based on Hands-on Lab tasks)
      » Blogger Tables (powerstrips and high speed wired internet)
      » Social Media Command Center (monitoring & publishing for VMworld social media)
      » Jumbo Screens for social media, General Session video broadcast & show highlights

      Solutions Exchange
      The Solutions Exchange offers fast-paced networking at the Sponsor & Exhibitor booths. Plan to spend time with company reps, watching demos, listening to theater presentations and meeting hundreds of attendees exploring this area. Don't forget to bring business cards or contact apps, as well as your backpack or swag bag to collect materials and goodies.

      Other Lounges
      Explore the various Lounges around the VMworld venue — from the Partner Lounge — to Advocacy Lounge — to Certification Lounge — to Alumni Lounge.  Each of these lounges offers a unique networking experience based on different audiences. Check the Conference maps for exact location of each.

    Social Media Offerings and Opportunities
    For a summary of all offerings, visit our VMworld Social Media & Community page or download the Social Media Guide . Please share this with your peers.

      VMworld Mobile App
      We highly recommend all attendees download and use the Mobile App this year. It has been refreshed for 2014 and integrated with social media, session and schedule info (with hashtags to tweet about specific sessions), daily agenda highlights and even a mobile game for attendees with leaderboard. The mobile app will be available for download for both iOS and Android devices from Mobile App Stores. (mid-Aug for U.S. and Oct for Europe).

      VMworld Hashtags
      The official VMworld conference hashtag is #vmworld. We are also encouraging fun hashtags such as #vmworld3word (your best 3-word tweet) and #vmworldselfie (for selfies and group pics). Hashtags are also available for every Session & Lab by making a hashtag out of any SessionID or LabID (remove all dashes).  For more details on hashtags and to view realtime VMworld Twitter streams, visit VMworld Twitter Hashtags.

      VMworld Discussions
      Post VMworld discussions, reply to threads, share Q&A or upload documents for the community at our VMworld Discussion Forum. This is a great place to connect with other attendees, browse topics or reach out to the Event staff. If you prefer Twitter, use the VMworld hashtags listed above to view conversations, network and post your tweets.

      VMworld Bloggers
      Blogger tables will be setup in the Hang Space and at the front of the General Session theater for use by VMworld bloggers. Blogger buttons will be available at the Hang Space tables and an unofficial Blogger list is available online along with a rollup of blog posts from contributing bloggers. View and signup at VMworld Bloggers

      VMworld Videos
      At the Hang Space, there will be a Community Tech Talks stage with LIVE streaming video for sessions throughout the week. In the lobby of Moscone South, theCUBE, hosted by SiliconAngle and Wikibon, will be LIVE streaming interviews with executives, tech influencers and analysts. And roaming the conference hallways will be our own VMworld TV crew, providing conference highlights and interviews. Watch it all online and learn about schedules and signup at VMworld Videos.

      VMworld Photo & Video Sharing
      If you plan to take photos at VMworld, please tag them with #vmworld or #vmworldselfie and share them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For any videos you create, please upload them to YouTube, Vimeo or try short video loops using Vine App and Instagram.

      VMworld Gatherings
      Plan time in your schedules for both official and unofficial conference events, community gatherings and sponsor parties — happening all week, night and day. We’ve put together a VMworld Gatherings list for you – and if you have an additional gathering you wish to add, please use the submission form on this page.

    VMworld Channels / Social Networks

    Here is a quick rundown on VMworld Social Media accounts to follow or subscribe to:
    Follow @vmworld on Twitter
    Subscribe to VMworld TV on YouTube
    Subscribe to the VMworld Conference Blog
    Like the VMworld Page on Facebook
    Follow the VMworld Page on Google+
    Join the VMworld Group on LinkedIn
    Follow the VMworld Pinterest Boards
    Follow the VMworld Instagram Account
    View the VMworld Flickr Photosets
    Check-in at VMworld 2014 locations on Foursquare

    For anyone attending, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible — and for those online, I hope you can join the VMworld conversations or follow along with the wide range of social media and community offerings that VMworld offers. If you would like to connect, you can find me on Twitter: @tony_dunn

    Download the PDF: VMworld 2014 Social Media Guide
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    You’ve searched the Content Catalog, and made your list of must-attend sessions. It’s time to make it official and log in to Schedule Builder, sign up for the sessions you want to attend, and create your VMworld schedule.

     

    If you haven’t registered yet, register now for VMworld --you have to be registered to access Schedule Builder, and some sessions fill up quickly. Pre-registration is strongly suggested.

     

    VMworld offers 350 technical and content-rich sessions and labs, the ability to review 250 solutions side-by-side with sponsors and exhibitors in our Solutions Exchange, and multiple opportunities to connect and network with other IT professionals, VMware and subject matter experts.

     

    The possibilities are endless. Register, and you could sign up for sessions like these right now:

     

     

    This is the year for boundless opportunities and the chance to define your VMworld  experience with No Limits. Register now. Create your schedule. Get ready for a great VMworld 2014!

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    After an absense of a year I will be able to come back. I hope to meet with some of my fellow CCIEs to discuss the network design issues we are facing. Just have to figgure out how to do that, hopefully VMWare will host some meeting.
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    If you have been waiting to register for VMworld 2014 Europe, the wait is over. Registration is now open and you can join your colleagues in Barcelona 14-16 October.

    Register now for VMworld 2014 Europe and connect with the people and partners who are transforming IT.

    You’ll have access to more than 115 technical and content-rich sessions and labs covering the latest in virtualization innovations in the data center for storage, networking, security, management, workforce mobility and hybrid cloud services. You can view the VMworld agenda online via the Content Catalog, which gives you a comprehensive list of breakout sessions, labs, and group discussions.

    You can search by fields such as track, session title, speaker names, or location; or you can filter with a variety of tags or key words. If you still need guidance in searching and using the Content Catalog, you can view our User's Guide for step by step instructions.

    The opportunities are within reach. Get registered, access the agenda via the Content Catalog, and get ready for VMworld 2014 Europe in Barcelona!






     

     




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    It’s time to take your first look at the VMworld agenda.  The Content Catalog is now live, giving you a comprehensive list of breakout sessions, labs, and group discussions. Registered attendees and prospective attendees alike use the catalog to see what topics will be on the agenda, who is speaking, and to start noting their sessions of interest.

     

    You can search by fields such as track, session title, speaker names, or location (US or Europe), or you can filter with a variety of tags or key words.  Need guidance in searching and using the Content Catalog? Check out our User’s Guide for step by step instructions.

     

    The Mobile-Cloud era has arrived—and it’s all about software. Software that empowers you to break down walls, demolish barriers, and reveal the virtually boundless opportunities ahead. The time to break through is now.

     

    At VMworld 2014, you’ll learn how.

     

    The opportunities are within reach. No limits. Get registered, check out the agenda via the Content Catalog, and get ready for VMworld in San Francisco in August.

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    Time is running out to attend VMworld 2014 US in San Francisco on August 24-28, 2014 at a discounted rate.  Register now and save $300 with Early Bird pricing. You can’t afford to miss this VMworld—showcasing the latest products and offering the practical sessions to improve your working knowledge base to help you and your business succeed.

     

    Why you can’t miss VMworld 2014 US this year:

     

    •     Access to over 350 technical and content-rich sessions and labs covering the latest in virtualization innovations in the data center for storage, networking, security, management, workforce mobility and hybrid cloud services.

    •     Opportunities to connect and network with other IT professionals, VMware and subject matter experts to share information about challenges and opportunities with like-minded professionals.

    •     The ability to review the latest competitive solutions side-by-side with sponsors and exhibitors in the VMworld Solutions Exchange and discuss your specific questions with technology partners who can provide advice and information.

     

    Early Bird Pricing ends on June 10, 2014, so register today.

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    It’s Time--VMworld 2014 US Registration is Now Open  This is the year to be at VMworld. Join us in San Francisco, August 24 -28, and connect with the people and partners who are transforming IT. The wait is over—VMworld 2014 US registration is now open.  From the data center to the device, VMworld 2014 will deliver the essential tools and training to provide real business value back to your organization.

     

    Register now and save $300 by taking advantage of our Early Bird pricing. You will have access to over 350 technical and content-rich sessions and labs covering the latest in virtualization innovations in the data center for storage, networking, security, management, workforce mobility and hybrid cloud services.

     

    Need help convincing your boss to send you to VMworld 2014? Download our letter to demonstrate why you have to be at VMworld this year. The letter guides you in breaking down the costs and benefits of VMworld, why attending is so important, and the value you and your organization will see in return.

     

    Register now. VMworld 2014 is waiting—are you ready? We are, and we can't wait to see you there.

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    Here’s your opportunity to help influence the content at VMworld 2014. Public Session Voting opened this morning, and you can vote for your favorite session proposals. Session Voting is open May 5 – May 18 at 11:59 pm PDT.  Voting is open to anyone-- you will be required to login to your vmworld.com account to participate. If you do not have a vmworld.com account, you can set one up for free.

     

    If you already know of a specific session or track you want to vote for, once you login to the voting site you can select a Track, Sub-track, or do a Keyword Search (Session ID, title, speaker, etc.) to find specific session(s). To cast your vote, click on the “Thumbs Up” symbol next to the Session ID.  You will receive confirmation that your vote has been counted.  To remove a vote, you will need to click on the “Thumbs Up” symbol again and this will remove the vote.

     

    Your vote, and the votes of others who participate in public Session Voting, will be reviewed by our VMware Content Team and will influence the final session selection.

     

    Check out our the Public Session Voting FAQ for more information.

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    Don’t let the deadline slip by you. The VMworld Call for Papers submission window closes on    May 2, 2014, so it’s time to put the final touches on your abstract and mark your submissions complete. Late submissions will not be eligible, so don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this year’s conference, and to make an impact by leading a session at VMworld 2014.

     

    You still have time to get your submission complete and into the system for consideration.

     

    Below is a guide of the steps for you to follow to complete a winning abstract for this year’s VMworld Call for Papers.

     

    • Visit the VMworld website for all of the basic information about the submission process.
    • Read over the submission guidelines carefully. These guidelines will help you expertly craft your titles and abstracts, and avoid common reasons for rejection.
    • Review the suggested content areas for submission on the VMworld website. These areas will give you guidance for important topic areas for your abstracts.
    • As noted in the submission guidelines, have someone else carefully proofread your title and abstract before submission.
    • Finally, submit your title and abstract via the VMworld 2014 Call for Papers submission link.

     

    Notification letters will go out by early June. Good luck to everyone submitting this year!

     

    The VMworld Team

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    It’s official. It’s open. It’s time to finish those rough drafts for submission and get your abstract in the running for VMworld 2014. First, head on over to the VMworld website for all the important information about submitting an abstract.

     

    We want to help you submit winning proposals. So take the time to review our Abstract Submission Guidelines. These helpful recommendations will guide you in preparing your titles and session descriptions and will assist you in avoiding the common pitfalls that lead to abstract rejections.

     

    To get really inspired, check out the sessions that were accepted for the VMworld 2013 agenda. (Please note you will need a VMworld login to access this content).

     

    Below is a listing of just a few of the topic areas* to consider for your content submissions:

     

     

    Software-Defined Data Center

    Public and Hybrid Cloud

    Cloud Infrastructure

    Hybrid Cloud Network

    Management

    vCloud Hybrid Service

    Networking and Security

    Storage and Business   Continuity

    End-User Computing

    Operational Management

    Desktop and   Desktop-as-a-Service

    Virtualizing Applications

    Mobile Management

    Social and Collaboration

    Partner Track
    (VMware employee submissions only)

    General

    Technology Exchange for Alliance Partners


     

    *In addition to the above topics to choose from, you will also find tags in the Call for Papers to further help you categorize your session proposal. These tags include Technical Level, Products/Topics, Market Segment, and Attendee Role.

    We strongly encourage you to utilize these tags thoughtfully to better your chances of being accepted onto the agenda. The more we know about your session the better. Unless otherwise noted, we will assume your session is appropriate for the general audience. Please DO NOT check every tag, as it will not increase your chances of acceptance. 

    Finally, as you complete your abstract and are ready to submit, use the link below. Good luck and we look forward to reading your submissions.

    VMworld 2014 Call for Papers Submission Link

     

     

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    We are already in preparation mode for VMworld 2014 and before you know it, we’ll all be gathering in San Francisco. What better way to make an impact at VMworld 2014 than by leading a session at this year’s conference. Do you have something new to offer in Software-Defined Data Center, End-User Computing, Hybrid Cloud or another area? Then, start putting your ideas together, and get ready to submit for the 2014 VMworld Call for Papers, opening on April 4th.

     

    In the meantime, we would like to help you prepare to submit winning proposals. For inspiration, view previous sessions in full from the 2013 conference by clicking on the track areas below. You will need a subscription to use this feature. If you don’t have one, you will be prompted to sign up for an account once you click to view a session.

     

    Business ContinuityStorage
    End-User ComputingTechnology Exchange for Alliance Partner
    NetworkingVirtualizing Applications
    OperationsVirtualization and Cloud Management
    Public Hybrid CloudvSphere and vCloud Suite
    Security & Compliance

     

    The official Call for Papers submission process will open on April 4th, and you will receive an email communication including links, directions for submission, contacts for questions, and additional information regarding the conference. As always, check the VMworld website for updates and information. Good luck in preparing, and we look forward to seeing your submissions this year!

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    We are getting close to the 1 year anniversary of moving to Fusion ioControl, formally known as NexGen Storage.  I must say we haven't had any performance problems or complaints from end users since we installed it.   My comments below and in other posts should help anyone looking for fast affordable storage decide which way to go.

     

    The new version of ioControl 2.1.1 has proven to be a winner in my book.  We aren't using the snapshot capabilities yet but we are growing volumes on a regular basis.  Disk tier performance has increased by 70%.  I am not a huge fan of the vSphere plug-in yet.  For our environment the response time is just too slow compared to me manually creating a new volume and datastore.  I think this might be due to their plug-in design and how it integrates with ESX.  It does work well once you get it loaded and I think they will dial things in with future updates.

     

    Their reporting features on performance are great as well.  If you think you have an issue you can easily nail it down quickly.  I would like to see a report for all volumes at once though.

     

    Since the 2.1.1 update our Disk Storage tier (physical disk storage) has stayed below 0.1K IOPS.  This tells us the Solid-state Tier is performing most of the work which is what we wanted.  I have also as of yet not been able to tax the system for IOPS at all.  I was concerned that the dashboard wasn't showing the correct numbers.  So I decided to run a few iOMeter tests to see if it was.   Turns out the dashboard was 100% correct.  We are averaging 800-2000IOPS at any given time.  This is hard to believe as we have over 100 Server Class VM’s running along with 65 volumes (45TB).   I can only attribute this to my expertise in System Administration or just the raw performance FusionIO provides.  All of the numbers for IOPS that Microsoft provides for their applications are far higher than what I am seeing.  Around 10x higher to be exact.  Likely this is due to spinning disk vs solid-state performance.

     

    I continue to enjoy the relief that Fusion has given us.   I suggest you look at Fusion for any IO intensive needs.  They have a lot of great products that are inexpensive compared to what you could spend on a competitive solution.

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