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Comprehensive Learning Paths

VMware experts have created paths from our content offerings to help guide you. For each of the following select areas, we have identified sessions addressing both “getting started” and “advanced” curriculums in key areas of virtualization.


Recommendations include select, high-value sessions aligned with additional areas of our event program (labs, demos and group discussions). This further compliments your educational experience and provides you a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. Create a schedule that supports your business needs.


  • Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) - The software-defined data center is a cloud architecture that extends the familiar virtualization principles of abstraction, pooling and automation to all data center resources, and governs them with policy-driven automation and management. Software-Defined Data Center technology from VMware helps you achieve groundbreaking business agility—reducing application provisioning time from months to minutes.
  • Hybrid Cloud - VMware cloud services enable organizations to run any workload, anywhere—onsite and offsite—and move workloads between private and public clouds as needed to meet business and user demands.
  • Storage - Virtualized environments require dynamic storage allocation. Software-defined storage meets the challenge by abstracting storage resources to enable pooling, replication, and on-demand distribution.
  • End User Computing - The scope of end-user computing is expanding, as the workforce increasingly adopts devices and platforms that provide mobility and productivity anywhere. For IT, the result is an increasingly complex and dynamic environment that’s hard to administer with rigid PC-centric tools and processes.
  • Management - VMware Cloud Management solutions help you better provision, manage, and demonstrate the value of the software-defined data center with policy-driven automation and management.Below are suggested sessions aligned with hands on labs, discussion groups and product demos to take you further on your journey.
  • Networking - To realize the full potential of the software-defined data center, IT must move networking and security into the twenty-first century with a software abstraction layer—network virtualization.
  • Architects - A new architecture is emerging for the datacenter, an architecture where compute, storage and networking resources are defined by software, freed from their hardware boundaries and intelligently automated and managed by software. VMware calls this the Software-Defined Data Center
  • Security - The VMware NSX platform for network and security virtualization is at the heart of the software-defined data center. The NSX platform will help customers accelerate operations, improve enterprise agility, and change the economics of networking and security in the cloud era.
0 Comments Permalink 2013 Europe is gearing up for another exciting week of amazing networking, education, announcements and experiences.  Social Media has become the best source of sharing this among attendees and the rest of the world watching via social networks.

For an overview of the Social Media and Community channels, offerings and activity available for the conference in Barcelona, visit the following page on
You can also download the VMworld 2013 Europe Social Media Guide (PDF)

Highlights include:
VMworld on Twitter (with signup for contributors - conference hashtag is #vmworld)
VMworld Bloggers (blog rollup with signup for contributors)
VMworld Gatherings (party & gathering list with signup for adding more)
VMworld Mobile App (Barcelona refresh available week of Oct 7th)
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VMworld TV Highlights

Posted by tdunn Aug 29, 2013

Monday General Session:


Tuesday General Session:


> Playlist of General Sessions and Top 10 Session videoo on VMworld TV



Daily wrap-up videos from VMworld TV Crew:





> Playlist of VMworld TV Crew coverage, interviews and highlights

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We're excited to bring something new and valuable to attendees and the VMworld community. Inside the Community Lounge within the Hang Space, we are offering a VMware Community Bar, staffed by team leaders and social media managers from the VMware programs listed below.  Meet and network with subject experts to discover a variety of programs and social media channels for engaging with their communities. Don't miss this great opportunity all week during VMworld and for a chance at great giveaways & prizes!

Global Support Services:
Learn about VMware Support social media resources available at any time: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and the Knowledge Base at

Education and Certification Services:
Meet Linus Bourque and Joshua Andrews, two of the active VMware education and certification community members. Both are active on answering questions and providing guidance. Be sure to connect with or

TAM Services:
TAMs advocates your needs inside VMware. Drop by to meet VMware TAMs and learn more about the benefits of the TAM Service. Connect with our channels:

Beta Program:
Members of the VMware Beta Program will be on hand to talk with you about product betas and how they are structured today.  We ca share the recent changes in the beta program and additional enhancements that are being investigated to build better products. Not part of the Beta Program? We can help you to get involved.  Visitors will also have a chance to learn about the customer team behind the Onsite and Hosted Betas.  They will be on hand to talk with you about how we've built the environment that supports these portals. 

The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes it’s members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events. Join our 80,000+ members world-wide taking advantage of the training and networking opportunities available through the VMUG community. Drop by to learn about exclusive member benefits or visit

Are you inspired by working on innovations that imagine, define and deliver what’s next? Have you thought about what’s next for you? See how our talented and diverse teams work together to radically simplify IT through software virtualization. For a limited time during VMworld, when you follow @vmwarecareers and tweet #whatsnext for you, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a free Fitbit. Don’t delay; we have several of the latest versions to give away!

CloudCred is the hub for all things cloud related, and it is your gateway to building your cloud expertise, broadening your professional network and earning rewards and certifications. Through CloudCred, you can improve your knowledge, get recognized, build your network and much more, and tere are opportunities to compete both as an individual and as a team.  At VMworld, we will be running multiple contests with over $10,000 worth of prizes to give away, including Xboxes, iPads, Roku Boxes, and more. We will have a contest for each of the main threads of VMworld 2013: Software-Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, and Mobility, as well as as a team contest. Visit
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It's almost that time again, as VMworld 2013 approaches for it's 10 year anniversary in the U.S. and 6th year in Europe.  There are several ways attendees can participate in social media and community, both onsite and online.

Onsite social media and community activity will be centered at the Community Lounge located within the VMworld Hang Space.  Be sure to stop by and say hello to our team and the rest of your industry peers.  The Community Lounge will bring the VMworld Community together for networking, blogging, community programs, video/podcast creation and social media collaboration .  The Lounge will offer a VMware Community Bar, staffed with Community Managers for VMTN, Support, Education, Consulting, Careers, VMUG and Cloud Cred. The Lounge will also offer Blogger tables, a video/podcast "bring-your-own-gear" studio and digital big screens for streaming social media and conference highlights.  There will also be community gatherings throughout the week to continue networking each evening.

Online, VMworld will be active on Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, Flickr and other social networks.  We encourage use of hashtags for Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram. Tag your posts with #vmworld or tweet your most creative 3-word tweet using #vmworld3word.  Sessions & Labs will have their own designated hashtags to filter through the noise and create conversations around specific topics and tracks that others everyone can follow.  On, our team will be aggregating blog coverage and Twitter streams so you can follow along from any location online.

For a summary of all offerings, please visit

Or download our VMworld 2013 Social Media & Community Guide
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Twitter takes center stage once again at VMworld 2013.  With global audiences tuning into VMworld, Twitter can provide realtime information for announcements, show highlights, trending conversations and insights.  Be aware of how to connect with VMworld information on Twitter for quick access to knowledge, resources and networking with other Twitter users.
Conference Hashtags
#vmworld > add to your tweets for max reach
#vmworld3word > add to creative 3-word tweets
Session & Lab Hashtags
This year, you can tweet about specific VMworld Sessions & Labs, using individual hashtags.  Just add a # in from of any SessionID or LabID and add it to your tweets.  Or search Twitter for these same hashtags.  These hashtags will also be listed within Sessions & Labs abstracts in the Content Catalog and Schedule Builder.  View Session & Lab hashtags by track/topic.
Signup to be a Twitter Contributor
If you plan to provide VMworld 2013 coverage on Twitter, you can signup for the San Francisco Contributors List or the Barcelona Contributors List.
Live Twitter Streams
You can watch live VMworld Twitter streams online or visit the Hang Space at VMworld and watch live streams on the Digital Big Screens.  We are pulling VMworld hashtags into all of our streams, so you can tweet content and see it displayed (usually realtime, depending on traffic load and activity at that time).
Twitter Name on Attendee Badges
If you want your Twitter name printed on your badge, be sure you have added this in your registration w/ opt-in checked.  If you missed this, you can go back into registration to edit.

To view realtime VMworld Twitter activity and all details above, visit:
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VMworld 2013 Bloggers

Posted by tdunn Jul 2, 2013

Blogging at VMworld has become an exceptional way to amplify announcements, deep-dive into technology, provide key insights & editorial or just follow show highlights and share the VMworld experience.  But blogs are just the tools... 'Bloggers' are the heart of our VMworld community.  We really appreciate our community of bloggers who contribute year after year, including vExperts, alumni, new attendees and many followers who are unable make it onsite.

If you will be contributing to blog coverage of VMworld 2013 for either venue (San Francisco or Barcelona), please visit VMworld 2013 Bloggers and signup to be a contributor.  This page offers a feed of blog posts from our VMworld 2013 contributors as well as links to our official VMworld Blog and VMware & Industry Blog Rollup.

We will have dedicated blogger tables within our Community area of the VMworld Hang Space, adjacent to the Solutions Exchange.  If you are a blogger onsite at the conference, please plan time to meetup with fellow bloggers and other social media peers at this location to blog, charge devices, record video or podcasts, or just to relax & network.  Aside from being where the "cool kids hangout", the Hang Space will feature many perks such as a VMware Social Media & Communities Bar (support, certification, consulting, careers, etc.), self-service community video space, social media jumbo screens, recreational games, charging stations, lounge seating and drinks & snacks.  Reserved blogger tables will also be setup at the front of General Sessions.

Be sure to bookmark: VMworld 2013 Bloggers

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VMworld is coming soon, this year for the 10th anniversary in the U.S. and 6th in Europe. VMworld is loaded with valuable knowledge, instruction & experiences.  But as many of the returning attendees can confirm, a big part of the conference is the official/un-official gatherings that happen during the week of the show.

Back for another exciting year, here is the infamous VMworld 2013 Gatherings list for community gatherings, tweetups, parties and all other activities. This list includes both the official VMworld Conference events as well as all other unofficial VMworld Community organized events.  And this includes separate lists for both VMworld 2013 San Francisco and Barcelona.  If you are organizing or managing any gatherings during either conference, please submit your details for consideration to add to the listings.  Please check back often for updates.

VMworld 2013 Gatherings

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the conference, and hopefully, at many of these gatherings!

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VMworld2012-Barcelona.pngVMworld 2012 is ready to hit Barcelona, October 9-11. And with this conference, comes a huge opportunity to participate in VMworld social media -- before, during and after the conference. Be sure you are connected to as many social media channels and opportunities as possible to get the most out of the VMworld experience.

If you are planning to participate in social media at VMworld 2012 in Barcelona, whether attending the conference or following online, please consider these resources:

VMworld 2012 Barcelona Blogger Contributors: Sign-up | Blogger list

VMworld 2012 Barcelona Twitter Contributors: Sign-up | Twitter list

VMworld 2012 Barcelona Gatherings: Sign-up | Gatherings list

View or download the VMworld 2012 (Barcelona) Social Media & Community Guide

Here are a summary of social media pages/resources on
VMworld Discussion Forum (Note: use this resource to post conference Q&A)
VMworld Social Media
VMworld on Twitter
VMworld Blogger Coverage
VMworld News Coverage
VMworld TV on YouTube
VMworld Community Tech Talks
VMworld Photos

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VMworld 2012 Barcelona

Posted by tdunn Sep 17, 2012
Barcelona_next.jpegVMworld 2012 is coming to Barcelona, Spain this October 9-11.  Not only is this an exceptional networking experience and real-world training for anyone in the IT industry, but this year's Europe event will offer new announcements and highlights for all audiences.

Be sure to register today, book your transportation & hotel and prepare for VMworld 2012 in a premier location -- Barcelona!  Do you need to convince your manager to let you attend? Try the VMworld Europe ROI Letter to help your boss understand the importance of sending you.

Once registered and booked, be sure to plan and build your schedule using schedule builder and content catalog.  And share your questions and comments with other attendees using VMworld discussion threads or social media channels.

For a full video recap of VMworld 2012 San Francisco, read the VMworld 2012 Video Roundup
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VMworld 2012 Video Roundup

Posted by tdunn Sep 6, 2012

VMworld 2012 was packed with great video content. As many of you are writing blogs and doing summary reports, I'd like to highlight some of this content available now.  Please spend time on VMworld TV, where we have most of this content hosted for your one-stop destination.

keynote.jpgGeneral Sessions / Keynotes

Day 1 (Monday): Paul Maritz and Pat Gelsinger shared how VMware is helping customers and partners thrive in the Cloud era. Steve Herrod discussed and demonstrated technology at the heart of the software defined datacenter.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Steve Herrod and VMware partners took the stage to demonstrate state of the art technology that is transforming IT and enabling the mobile workforce.

CEO Roundtable: Panel of executives discussing the future of technology at work.

VMware NOW and the new VMware vCloud Suite

Visit VMware NOW, our new year-round site for VMware product announcements, currently featuring the new VMware vCloud Suite announced Monday, Aug 27th at VMworld. Watch dozens of overview videos highlighting vCloud Suite, including new features of vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Director 5.1.


video1.jpegVMworld San Francisco Highlights from the VMworld TV Crew

Watch the up-close series of videos from the VMworld TV crew as they shared conference highlights, interviews and demos from Moscone Center in San Francisco. If you didn't get to attend the conference, these videos offer a bit of the VMworld experience -- or if you did attend, these videos should help summarize the epic week we all shared.

Watch the conference highlights on VMworld TV


video2.jpegtheCUBE Interviews

Watch the in-depth series of VMworld interviews presented by theCUBE (via SiliconAngle and Wikibon).  These interviews include key executives, thought-leaders, technologists, community experts and industry panels.

Watch theCUBE interviews on VMworld TV


video3.pngVMware Community Tech Talks

Whether unable to attend VMworld, or unable to spend time in the Hang Space during the conference, the Tech Talks were one of the best offerings to get up close and in-depth with technical experts in the community.  Watch this series of quick sessions that were recorded on LiveStream.

Watch the Tech Talk recordings | View the topics & original schedule


Top 10 "Most Popular" Sessions

We've posted the top 10 sessions (most popular based on schedule builder demand) for viewing on

View the Top 10 Sessions with Slides


VMworld Community and Partner Videos

We have collected and aggregated over a hundred videos from attendees, community members and partners during VMworld so far.  Take some time to browse through these videos that share the experiences, interviews, testimonials and demos from the conference.

Watch the community & partner videos on VMworld TV


There is much more content to discover on VMworld TV, including archives from past conferences.  So be sure to spend some time on our YouTube channel.  And get set for more videos coming soon from VMworld 2012 Barcelona!

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Share Your VMworld Experience

Posted by tdunn Aug 22, 2012

share-experience.jpegVMworld 2012 is coming to San Francisco and is set to be the biggest conference yet in the epic history of VMworld. VMworld is fast & furious -- loaded with ton of information, networking, education, experience and adventure -- and it goes by before you know it.


So this year, take time to look around, participate in as much as possible and share your experiences with others online.  By sharing content, we will all capture and preserve VMworld 2012 for attendees, alumni and those who are not able to attend.

VMworld Photos
Be sure you have a digital camera or mobile device pre-loaded with photo apps. There are several great mobile apps available for download on IOS, Android & Blackberry. Be ready to take photos as you can throughout the week -- you never know when a great moment will present itself.  VMworld moves fast, so timely photo sharing is appreciated by everyone.


Our VMworld team will specifically be searching Instagram (preferrred), Flickr, Twitter/TwitPic/YFrog and Facebook for all photos tagged with VMworld or #VMworld. Tagged photos will be added on our VMworld Photos page as well as the Big LED Screen in the VMworld Hangspace. After the conclusion of the conference, be sure to upload photo sets & albums with tags to your favorite sites.  We will collect as many photos as possible to highlight on and our VMworld Facebook page.

VMworld Videos
If you are able to capture or record any video during the conference whether on a video camera or mobile device, please upload this to a YouTube channel with the keyword VMworld in the video title, description and/or tags. We will monitor for VMworld related videos and add selected entries to our VMworld Community playlist on VMworld TV or other blog and social rollups.

VMworld Blogs & Twitter
If you are planning to blog about VMworld, be sure to visit VMworld Bloggers to signup to be a contributor.  If you plan to tweet about VMworld (conference coverage or live tweet about sessions or gatherings), please signup to be a Twitter contributor at VMworld on Twitter. And be sure to become familiar with the Twitter hashtags available to tweet about specific sessions or topics during VMworld.  Blogs and Twitter are two of the most active methods of networking and sharing experiences during VMworld.  If you are new to VMworld, jump on in and participate!


We appreciate any and all contributions from VMworld attendees!
Please "Share Your VMworld Experience"

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video.pngVMworld will be packed with live video content.  If you're attending the conference in San Francisco, don't miss General Sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, live at the Moscone Center.  And plan to spend time in the VMworld Hangspace during conference hours to watch live streaming interviews hosted by the VMware (VMTN) Community and TheCUBE.


If you are unable to drop by or are following VMworld online, the following details provide details to stay connected with these video offerings.


Monday General Session
Sign up for this special event on Monday, August 27th -- you don't want to miss the important announcements about VMware's cloud strategy and solutions. Live streaming coverage will be available for the event with a new digital on-demand experience to follow. (Twitter hashtag #VMwareNOW)

Tuesday General Session
A replay of Tuesday's general session will be available on and on VMworld TV.


VMworld Tech Talks & Community Video (Community & Bloggers Lounge)
Community members have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure that the Community & Bloggers Lounge in the VMworld Hangspace will be even more amazing than ever before. Mike Letschin will be back with the vExpert hour; the #vBrownBag crew will power a series of lightning Tech Talks and superstar interviews; and Randy Keener is bringing in the big guns to show the Community a side of VMware products.
TechTalks schedule | TechTalks live stream


TheCUBE.jpegTheCUBE Interviews
TheCUBE, presented by SiliconAngle and Wikibon, will be streaming live video interviews in the VMworld Hangspace with executives, thought-leaders, technologists, community experts and industry analysts. These interviews will be available online.
TheCUBE live stream

VMworld TV

Throughout the conference, the VMworld TV crew will be roaming the Conference Center, Solutions Exchange, Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Labs and other various locations to bring you the latest highlights from the show. Additionally, we will be uploading featured sessions and community videos for on-demand viewing.  Catch up on VMworld before during or after the conference on VMworld TV.

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VMworld 2012 Sessions & Labs

Posted by tdunn Aug 6, 2012

VMworld Sessions & Labs will be offered within several Tracks this year.  Whether attending sessions within these tracks or following along online because you couldn't attend these sessions or the conference, please use the following Twitter hashtags to share details, questions and comments:


#vmworldinf: Infrastructure Sessions
#vmworldops: Operations Sessions
#vmworldapp: Application Sessions
#vmworldeuc: End-User Computing Sessions
#vmworlditt: IT Transformation Sessions
#vmworldsponsor: Sponsor Sessions
#vmworldhol: Hands-on Labs

There are also a set of hashtags for Verticals & Solutions:

#vmworldsmb: Small and Midsize Business
#vmworldgov: Gov't & Federal
#vmworldhealthcare: Healthcare IT
#vmworldfinance: Financial Services
#vmworldedu: Education Services

Add these hashtags to your tweets to help filter conversations and to provide highlights to non-attendees.  These can also be used for pre-conference promotions or post-conference summaries.  Follow along with Tweet streams for all of these hashtags at VMworld on Twitter.

For a preview of VMworld 2012 Sessions, watch the preview videos recorded by session presenters on VMworld TV.
VMworld 2012 Session Previews
VMworld 2012 Technology Exchange Previews

For a full listing of sessions with descriptions, be sure you browse the Content Catalog.  And create your schedule with Schedule Builder.


VMworld 2011 Sessions

Online sessions from VMworld 2011 have now been opened to the public and are all available with a free VMworld account.  Visit the VMworld Online Sessions page, "Select a Track" from the VMworld 2011 Sessions drop-down menu and then "Select a Session" from the following drow-down menu to watch.  PDF and MP3 downloads are available for most sessions as well.


We have also posted the Top 100 VMworld 2011 Sessions on VMworld TV for viewing via YouTube.

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SocialMedia.pngIt's that time again -- VMworld 2012 is here.  This year will be bigger than ever and to take full advantage of all the announcements, networking, opportunities and highlights of the conference, you need to be connected and aware.  That is why Social Media is the key ingredient for every attendee and follower of VMworld 2012.


To get everyone connected with VMworld social media and community resources, here is a guide full of resources and tips to enable yourself for all you can handle.

VMworld 2012 (San Francisco) Social Media & Community Guide
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Highlights of this guide include:

- Hangspace & Community Lounge
- Key Resources, Pages & Channels
- Twitter Coverage
- Bloggers
- Foursquare
- Gatherings
- Live Video
- Sessions & Labs
- "Share Your Experience"
- Attendee Tips
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