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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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VMworld Sessions Online

Posted by Tony Dunn Aug 8, 2014
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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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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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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