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Welcome Reception

As the official opening of VMworld, the Welcome Reception is a time-honored way for attendees to kick off the conference with food, drinks, and networking in the Solutions Exchange. But this year, VMware, HP Storage and Intel are taking it to a new level with a special performance by the world-renowned illusionist, Andrew Mayne. You’ll be amazed. You’ll be surprised. And you can follow all the action at #yes2HPStorage and #VMworld


Discussion Groups

Meet with like-minded colleagues and share information about challenges and opportunities; ask for guidance from your peers in similar industries in a casual, discussion-based format. Our Discussion Groups help you find the people at VMworld that you want to have focused dialogues with, and make that possible.


Solutions Exchange

Visit more than 240 technology partners at the Solutions Exchange, and learn how they can provide complementary solutions that can help you dramatically reduce your IT complexity. Review the latest competitive solutions side-by-side with sponsors and exhibitors. Separate the hype from reality when making purchasing decisions. Discuss your specific questions and challenges, hear about solutions, and connect with technology partners who can provide advice and information.


VMworld Customer Appreciation Party

Join us on Wednesday evening at the Yerba Buena Gardens for an opportunity to network, relax and experience a party to excite the senses! Kick off the night by enjoying globally inspired cuisine and incredible entertainers performing on our custom-designed, mobile stage – The Gantry.


Set in the middle of the Garden, watch a variety of cirque entertainers perform the newest and coolest acrobatic performances. Upstairs on the terrace above the waterfall, you’ll find the Nor Cal Beer Garden, serving the Bay Area’s best microbrews. Be sure to check out the East Garden just off of 3rd Street, where you’ll be spellbound by our world class acoustic guitarist. Buffets and bars are set throughout the entire Garden, so make sure you explore everywhere!


At 8:15pm, the doors to Hall D will open and our headliner, The Black Keys, will take the stage at 8:30pm. For those that want to continue to hang out under the starry night, there will be a live feed of the show on a 30’ video wall located on the Mission Street side of Yerba Buena Gardens. Bring a sweater and find a comfy spot on the grass, or grab a seat on one of the many sofas and enjoy the show!


Performing on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30PM: The Black Keys. Described at once as heavy and retro, garage rock and bluesy, the gritty sound of the Black Keys land in San Francisco on the heels of their new album, Turn Blue - heralded by Rolling Stone magazine as “…the best, most consistently gripping album the Keys have ever made…Turn Blue is as apocalyptic, in its way, as that Clash epic [London Calling]: loaded with risk, distress and payoff.” The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach on vocals, guitar; Patrick Carney on drums.


Entry into the Gardens will be at 3rd/Mission or via Howard Street at 7PM. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Fun Run

Kick off the week with your fellow colleagues and other vGeeks at VMworld with a beautiful 5k charity run/walk. Enjoy scenic views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz prison and historic Fort Point, all for a great cause. A percentage of the funds raised will be donated to two a local charities; BUILD and Inveneo.


Learn more about the Fun Run, how to register, and the charities supported.


Hall Crawl

Join us for this special, designated time to see the latest products and services. Enjoy food and drinks provided by sponsoring companies and take advantage of additional networking time with your colleagues.

Hall Crawl Sponsors


Hang Space

Learning from the experts, networking, and talking to exhibitors in the Solutions Exchange all add up to an amazing conference experience, but can also lead to the need to relax and recharge every now and then. We have the perfect place for you to take a break, talk with your colleagues, and prepare for the next session, workshop, or meeting. The Hang Space is the perfect retreat from your conference schedule, until you are ready to head back in, fully recharged.

AUGUST 24-28

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  • Solutions Exchange
    Location: Moscone South, Lower Level
    • Sunday, August 24
      4:00PM – 7:00PM
      Welcome Reception
    • Monday, August 25
      11:00AM - 6:00PM
    • Tuesday, August 26
      11:00AM - 6:00PM
    • Wednesday, August 27
      10:00AM - 5:00pm
  • Solutions Exchange Virtual Event Guide
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  • Fun Run
    Sunday, August 24 - 8:30AM
    • Location:
      Chrissy Field, San Francisco
    • (shuttles will be provided to/from location)
    • Cost: $55
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  • Hall Crawl
    Location: Solutions Exchange
    Tuesday, August 26
    4:30PM - 6:00PM
  • Hang Space
    • Monday, August 25
      7:00AM - 7:00PM
    • Tuesday, August 26
      7:00AM - 6:00PM
    • Wednesday, August 27
      7:00AM - 5:00PM
    • Thursday, August 28
      8:00AM - 3:00PM

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