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.
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.
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. 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.
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 & 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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Registernow 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.
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.
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.
• 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.
To create a personal blog on VMworld.com, sign into your account, click on "Manage Account" in the top right corner of any page, click on the "Blog Posts" tab and then click on "Create a Personal Blog" or "Write a Blog Post" from within your account profile.
Note: All blogs will be monitored and reviewed for content. Any blogs not related to virtualization or considered to be spam or offensive will be removed.