Follow our video crew for the week in Barcelona for VMworld 2014 Europe highlights. Watch the kickoff video below -- then follow the entire series from Barcelona on our VMworld TV channel on YouTube. And for more VMworld Conference video coverage, including Tech Talks and Keynotes/Sessions, visit our VMworld Videos page.
Hola Barcelona! We have a great show planned for our attendees this year and we wanted take a few minutes out to call out some highlights. In preparation for VMworld Europe in Barcelona, we’ve updated the VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs Guide. This updated edition includes all the new content created just for this event. If you are not familiar with the guide, it will help you get the most out of your lab session by listing out the labs that will be available during VMworld, broken down by Software Defined Datacenter, Mobility, Hybrid Cloud and Partner Labs. Under each lab, we have also listed the individual Lab Modules, with the estimated time to complete, whether the Module is Beginning or Advanced content, and if it is a Feature or Use-case type Module.
We have almost 50 labs for attendees to enjoy. Here is some of the new content that will be available at VMworld Europe: HOL-SDC-1401 – Cloud Management with vRealize Operations This lab has been completely re-written and updated to showcase the vRealize Suite and offers a preview of vRealize Operations Manager 6. HOL-SDC-1420 – OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX This lab now includes two new Modules, one focusing on Python APIs and another on an Introduction to VMware Integrated OpenStack. HOL-SDC-1421 – Brokering IT Services and Applications with vCloud Automation Center A What’s New with vCAC v6.1, App Services v6.1 and ITBM Standard v1.1 Module has been added. HOL-MBL-1453 – VMware workspace Portal – Explore and Deploy A new Module has been added showing how to upgrade from Horizon Workspace v1.8 to v2.1. HOL-MBL-1454 – Applied ThinApp with Horizon Suite A new Module has been added to highlight What’s New with ThinApp v5.1.
Gamification – Take a Hands-on Lab – Chance to Win Cool Prizes In San Francisco the Hands-on Labs teamed up with the VMware CloudCred group to make taking labs more fun and rewarding. Attendees at VMworld Europe in Barcelona have the same opportunity to win cool prizes! If you are not familiar with CloudCred, it is a way to build your cloud expertise, broaden your professional network and earn rewards at the same time. You earn points by performing tasks that help show off your cloud skills and bring you up to speed on things you may not be familiar with. You can then turn those points into rewards, like CloudCred merchandise, a 3D printer or other electronic gadgets. CloudCred runs year round, but the team is creating special tasks just for this year’s Hands-on Labs at VMworld. You can find out more about CloudCred and sign up for an account at their website: https://www.cloudcredibility.com/ Once you are at VMworld and have completed a lab, a new screen will popup asking you to take a survey, but you will also see a QR and verification code to signify that you have completed the task. All you need to do is scan the QR code and it will take you directly to the CloudCred task for the lab where you can then enter the verification code to complete the task. The verification code is unique to you and the lab you have completed. Also, in order for the lab to count, you will need to spend a minimum of 20 minutes in it. If you don’t have a smartphone with you, just write down the code and enter it in when you have access to a computer.
The CloudCred team has created a ‘World’ just for the Hands-on Labs, including our own leader-board. We will give away prizes every day to the top lab takers. You can find the leaderboard throughout the conference on the information monitors and in the Hands-on Labs. While you may not be at the top of the leaderboard, you will still have an opportunity to win! Each day we will randomly select users in the lab to receive prizes.
Expert-led Workshops Expert-led Workshops are back at VMworld Europe. This year, we will have 14 Expert-led Workshops covering a range of topics from vRealize, Virtual SAN, NSX, to Horizon 6 with View and vCloud Air. This is your opportunity to learn from the Experts as they guide you through the content. It is also a great forum to ask questions of the Experts who can offer their real world experience and make it relevant to your environment. These 90-minute Workshops are not scheduled in advance. We will seat the first 20 attendees in queue at the lab start time. Based on what we saw at VMworld US in San Francisco, we recommend that you arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the Workshop.
You have already seen the new content we have added just for VMworld Europe. Please drop by Hall 7 any time the labs are open and take any one of the labs we have to offer. No scheduling needed! We will also have a Hands-on Labs HotSpot located near the Registration Desk in Hall 8.
Besides the labs that include content around VMware solutions, we also are offering 11 labs created by our valued Partners. Don’t let the name Partner Labs fool you! These labs were created by Partners, but are available for everyone to take. These are labs developed by our Partners to showcase their solutions and seamless integration with VMware technology. These labs are great for experiencing how well our Partner’s products integrate with VMware and enhance the overall solution.
Staff Picks– Where to hang out in Barcelona… Café Academia – This is one of our absolute favorite restaurants – very small and intimate, looked after by some of the very best staff. We had 10 people in our party and the team was able to accommodate us with dinner access in their wine cellar. http://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-de-l-academia-barcelona
Ginger Bar – Our favorite place to be seen, hang out. We love this place as it serves the very best Absynth adult beverages and great place for deep conversation about vPods and Pre-pops. The bartender keeps pretty busy and is always up for a great conversation. http://www.ginger.cat/benvinguts_a_Ginger_Barcelona.html
La Bodegueta – Rambla de Catalunya – This is our favorite tapas spot in Barcelona – we have known the owners for years and it is always a great time waiting for a seat and chatting up with the local folks. English is not so much, but if you point and smile the folks there will be nice to you. The tomato bread is the best and the calamari is the best. Please be sure to tell them the guys from “VMware Hands-on Labs” sent you… http://rambla.labodegueta.ca/
See you soon! We cannot wait to meet you at the VMware Hands-on Labs at VMworld Europe in Hall 7!
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Next week marks the European edition of VMworld 2014. Over the past 10 days, we have seen a drastic change in the number of registrations from across different countries. This week, Spain has joined the list of top 10 nations with the most attendees and Russia came close in 11th place. In addition, there have been new registrants from Albania, Andorra, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Finally, we will have some special guests joining us from Scotland to perform at the Customer Appreciate party - Simple Minds! See more details on Wednesday's party on the Networking page.
As you start to pack your bags and finish last-minute preparations, here are some recommendations to help you prepare: 1. Pack an umbrella for possible rain on Monday 2. Check out the latest updates on parties and meetups on the Gatherings page 3. Looking to fill free time? Don't waste a minute while at VMworld and sign-up now for some of these highlight sessions, Customer Panels and Group Discussions on Schedule Builder:
¡Tiempo para el VMworld 2014 Europe de nuevo en Barcelona! We're excited to bring the VMworld community together again in Barcelona -- such a great venue for an impactful global event. As a guide for social media resources, please share this blog post with other attendees or online followers of the conference.
Our Social Media & Community team will be in the Hang Space within Hall 7 of the Gran Fira Conference Centre. Find the "Social Media & Community" large hanging banner next to the Hands-on Labs. Besides being a great area to work, network with attendees, blog, watch live streams, charge devices and relax -- experience the following:
Community Tech Talks The vBrownBag production team will be running a series of 30 minute LIVE presentations Tues and Wed in the Hang Space on stage for audience viewing. These will also be filmed for watching as a LIVE stream or recordings. Please read the Tech Talks blog post for the schedule of speakers and topics.
Social Media Command Center Drop by to see the latest VMworld topics and trends buzzing on social channels and say hi to our team. Ask about best practices, tips or questions on social media content at VMworld. And if you have content of value to share with the VMworld community, ask about amplification and/or retweets.
VMware Communities Drop by and meet with a community manager to learn more about VMware Discussion Forums & Communities (VMTN), our Product Beta Program, our vExpert Program or any of our specific Communities for Developers, Support, Training, Certification, TAM and more.
CloudCred Rewards for Hands-on Labs Hands-on Labs and CloudCred are teaming up at VMworld to reward you for doing something you already love doing -- taking Labs! By signing up for CloudCred and completing Labs, you will have the opportunity to win prizes such as a GoPro or iPod. Drop by the CloudCred station to learn more or pick up prizes. Read http://vmw.re/hol-cloudcred.
Blogger Tables If you are a blogger and contributing with VMworld related blogs during the conference, join fellow bloggers at our dedicated Blogger table (with internet connections and power charging). Ask for a VMworld Blogger button/pin. There are also blogger tables available at the front of General Session. Sign-up to be added to our "unofficial list of VMworld Bloggers" for networking and stay current with all blog rollups: http://vmw.re/bloggers.
Big Screens We will have 3 jumbo big screens in the Hang Space for viewing realtime social media streams of posts and photos from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Highlight loops will display conference info, lab stats, leaderboards and highlights. General Sessions will be broadcast on screens Tues and Wed morning.
Mobile App There will be a new VMworld 2014 Mobile App for Europe (available soon, separate from the U.S. version). Download this from either the iOS or Android app store. Under "Social Media" you will find a realtime stream and social media links. Session abstracts with session hashtags, sponsor/exhibitor info and your own tweets and photos can be shared directly from the mobile app. Visit http://vmw.re/mobile.
VMworld Gatherings & Parties And if you need even more to fill your schedules, make room for parties and other gatherings during the week. See a growing list of official/unofficial gatherings at http://vmw.re/gatherings.
Social Media Stream NEW this year, is an online realtime social stream of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to follow VMworld postings and buzz. Watch this stream leading into, during and after the conference. Online at http://vmw.re/social-stream.
Videos Watch General Session keynotes, VMworld TV interviews & highlights, Community Tech Talks and other VMworld videos all in one place. Both LIVE streams and recordings will be availalble: http://vmw.re/videos.
Social Media Channels For a listing of all VMworld channels to follow and subscribe to, visit http://vmw.re/social.
Photos Photos are one of the best ways to experience VMworld online. Search Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and other networks for the #VMworld or #VMworldSelfie hashtags. You can also visit http://vmw.re/photos for links to our albums.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!.
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!”
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
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.
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.
We have over 225 Product Experts under one roof to answer your product questions.
Sneak Peek at the VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs Room in Esplanade Moscone South
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.
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.
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.
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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