The 2016 Content Catalog allows registered and prospective VMworld attendees access to the VMworld agenda, with the ability to peruse breakouts and note sessions of interest. You can search and filter to your heart’s content—by track, category, session format, industry, role, technical level, speaker name, location (US or Europe), and keyword search. You cannot schedule sessions in the catalog.
The Schedule Builder is a scheduling tool for registered attendees. Attendees can sign up for Breakouts, Group Discussions, Expert appointments, Quick Talks, Hands-on Lab workshops, and more with this tool. Most attendees use the Schedule Builder to build their comprehensive personal schedule for the week (you can book personal meetings too).
The Schedule Builder launches for the US on July 19, 2016 and for Europe on August 23, 2016. Prior to signing up for sessions, we recommend that you review the Content Catalog, make notes, and prepare your selections ahead of time. Sessions do fill up quickly once the Schedule Builder launches, so take advantage of the early access to the Content Catalog as much as possible in preparation.
Below is a quick overview of the various session formats at VMworld 2016 – all schedulable using the Schedule Builder.
The majority of the VMworld agenda is made up of content-rich breakout sessions. These one-hour presentations are given by 1-2 experts from VMware, a VMware partner, or a VMware customer. While many of these sessions are PowerPoint based, presenters often augment their presentations with videos or live demonstrations. Most breakouts are recorded and made available to attendees after the event.
Panel Discussions are also one-hour sessions. A typical panel discussion has 3-4 panelists and a moderator. The panelists will talk about the same product or topic, but from the perspective of different industries, regions, and/or experiences. Each panel discussion will wrap with a thoughtful Q&A where attendees can seek further insights from the panelists and moderator.
In addition to traditional Breakout Sessions, check out the Group Discussions led by VMware Knowledge Experts. These informative and interactive roundtable discussions are a great opportunity for you to gain insight from like-minded colleagues in similar industries and from the VMware expert moderators.
Quick Talks are abridged breakout sessions focused primarily on non-technical topics. More consumable, the Quick Talk will take the traditional business topic and whittle it down to essential messages, information and clarity in a targeted half-hour timeslot. These presentations can be scheduled in tandem with Group Discussions and/or Meet the Experts appointments.
Knowledge Experts at VMworld (Meet the Experts Appointments)
Connect directly with subject-matter authorities through our Knowledge Experts program. These members of the VMware community will conduct and participate in breakout sessions and group discussions. They are also available for more casual, one-to-few discussions in the Meet the Experts Lounge. New this year, you’ll be able to schedule a 60-minute appointment with a knowledge expert using the Schedule Builder tool in advance of the event.
In addition to the tracks and categories, we’ve also used several tags in the catalog to help you find the most relevant content for you. These tags include:
Market Segment (Industry)
Whether it’s healthcare, financial services, federal, or higher education—or you’re simply a small-to-medium business (SMB) with unique requirements—we’ve got you covered. Use the industry tag to find content targeted to these specific industries and areas.
Product and Topic
Can’t find what you’re looking for in the track and category listing? No problem. New last year, you can search on additional products and topics such as Virtual SAN, NSX, vCenter Log Insight, or Pivotal CF, to name just a few. As always, you can also do a keyword search.
VMworld offers a little something for everyone, whether you’re an Application Architect, Director of IT, or Executive Manager. This tag helps you find role-specific content. Sessions without any role-specific tags are appropriate for all audiences.
The VMworld business sessions cover business benefits and real-world examples and are suitable for any audience interested in how to best use technology within their organizations. Technical sessions cover technical aspects and best practices, targeting anyone with a technical background (though not necessarily previous knowledge about the specific topic). Advanced technical sessions will dive deeper into the technology and assume that the audience members have previous knowledge and experience with the topic at hand.
VMWORLD 2016 SESSION HASHTAGS:
Be sure to add the #VMworld hashtag to all your tweets and share your favorite sessions with the VMworld community. To share and search session and lab conversations, please add a hashtag before any session ID#, for example: #NET1234
SOFTWARE-DEFINED DATA CENTER
Pioneered by VMware and recognized as groundbreaking by the industry and analysts, the VMware Software-Defined Data Center architecture helps enable an automated infrastructure for any application and any hardware, now and in the future. In this track and its sub-tracks, you will learn how to extend virtual computing to deliver the hybrid cloud to increase agility, transform storage to lower costs and raise performance, virtualize the network to improve speed and efficiency, and automate IT operations to redeploy resources for innovation.
SDDC – Plan, Build and Operate
Come to this track and hear from VMware luminaries, as well as hear powerful customer testimonials, on how you can fully capitalize on the Software-Defined Data Center. Learn how you can plan and build a Software-Defined Data Center with VMware Validated Designs, EVO SDDC, and SDDC-as-a-service and leave these sessions with best practices and solutions to effectively operate your SDDC and maximize your investment.
This track provides customers with the latest information related to VMware vSphere, vSphere with Operations Management, including performance and scale, new applications and architectures, and best practices for successful implementation. Hard-hitting customer and partner case-studies demonstrate how these products are used in real-world environments. This track will also tie together how these and other VMware components deliver the industry’s most advanced virtualized infrastructure to support a complete Software-Defined Data Center.
VMware is delivering breakthrough performance and reliability for customers virtualizing their business critical applications. Customers can reap tremendous benefits by virtualizing Oracle, SAP, SQL, Exchange, and other applications that are most important to their businesses. Key topics include the pivotal role Tier 1 apps play in achieving the software-defined data center; how to effectively monitor and manage Tier 1 apps in virtual environments; and why VMware’s platform is best suited to meeting the big data challenge.
This track offers practitioner-oriented sessions focused on managing virtual environments and clouds. Sessions will cover VMware’s hybrid cloud management suites - vRealize Suite and vCloud Suite, and standalone management offerings including Cloud Provisioning and Service Delivery Automation (vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator), Cloud Operations Monitoring (vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight) and Cloud Business Management (vRealize Business), as well as Application Release Automation, or DevOps (vRealize Code Stream). We will also cover the VMware’s implementation of OpenStack – VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) and how this distribution can be managed with vRealize Suite. Join us to hear directly from customers, as well as VMware’s and partners’ experts, how automation and management solutions can deliver agility and efficiency across your private, and public clouds.
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and Storage
Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) allows the convergence of storage onto industry-standard x86 servers, enabling a building block approach with scale-out capabilities. VMware provides a unique, software-defined approach to HCI, leveraging the hypervisor to deliver compute, storage and networking in a single integrated software stack, called VMware Hyper-Converged Software (VMware HCS). VMware Hyper-Converged Software extends the market-leading vSphere hypervisor with natively-integrated Virtual SAN storage to rapidly enable the most flexible, efficient, and cost-effective HCI solution. In this track, you’ll learn how HCI simplifies the datacenter, lowers IT costs and enables faster delivery with higher performance for your applications. You will come away with a deep knowledge of how VMware hyper-converged and software-defined storage solutions eliminate expensive, purpose-built and inefficient hardware with dynamic, agile and automated solutions. Topics will range from storage solutions like Virtual SAN and Virtual Volumes to availability solutions like Site Recovery Manager for disaster recovery and data protection. Sessions include content from VMware, customers, and ecosystem partners.
To realize the full potential of the VMware Software-Defined Data Center, IT must move networking and security into the twenty-first century with a software abstraction layer—network virtualization. The Networking track covers virtual and cloud networking, including network virtualization, logical network services, network management, and extensibility. Sessions explore in depth the concepts and technology embodied in the new VMware NSX platform, including VMware’s vision for the future of network and security virtualization. Sessions also provide prescriptive guidance for customers who wish to initiate and extend their deployment of VMware networking and security products in areas such as design, best practices, implementation, and troubleshooting, and utilizing a 1xx-3xx level-style curriculum.
The VMware NSX platform for network and security virtualization is at the heart of the VMware Software-Defined Data Center. The NSX platform helps customers accelerate operations, improve enterprise agility, and change the economics of networking and security in the cloud era. These new capabilities will transform the way customers architect, deploy, and operationalize networks and security in data center and cloud environments. This track customer success stories and reference architectures (including strategic partners) to technical implementations and hard-hitting deep dives.
Work styles in the mobile-cloud era call for a new end-user computing model that enables seamless mobility and productivity across devices and platforms – anywhere, anytime, anyplace. The challenge is how to securely administer and manage this increasingly complex and dynamic environment. What are the right tools and processes, and how do you integrate with existing systems? The End-User Computing track focuses on strategies, use cases, solutions, technology deep dives, real-world examples, and best practices for IT to securely manage and deliver access to desktops, applications, content, and services across devices and locations. Some products covered in these sessions include VMware Horizon 7, VMware Horizon Air, VMware Workspace ONE, VMware Mirage, AirWatch by VMware, Socialcast, VMware Fusion, and App Volumes.
VMware cloud services enable organizations to run any workload, anywhere—onsite and offsite—and move workloads between onsite data centers an internal private cloud or to a public cloud as needed to meet business and user demands. This track focuses on cloud offerings from VMware and trusted partners – the VMware vCloud Air Network. With cloud services from VMware vCloud Air or vCloud Air Network Service Provider partners, there is little concern about application compatibility or service provider lock-in often associated with other cloud services. This reduces both risk and cost without requiring additional management tools and infrastructure, reinventing processes, or retraining the existing workforce. Users can write, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud the same way they do today, relying on the underlying platform to provide the same level of security, reliability, and performance they get from their current VMware infrastructures. Seamless interoperability provides the freedom to quickly deploy workloads to the cloud with the flexibility to move them between on-premises and off-premises environments as requirements change.
CLOUD NATIVE APPLICATIONS
Competitive businesses today are under increasing pressure to continuously deliver innovative, high-quality experiences to their users and customers in cycles converging towards real-time. Cloud-native applications are architected to address these heightened needs for speed, scalability and security. Building, deploying, and managing cloud-native applications requires harnessing new and adaptive technologies including microservices, containers, schedulers, and orchestration tools. They also require cultural and process changes spanning the entire application lifecycle, from the developer to the production stack. Topics covered in this track include new VMware products for enabling Cloud-Native applications, people and process best practices, and supporting technologies from partners.
VMware offers the industry’s only end-to-end developer-friendly, enterprise-ready platform that supports the entire portfolio of business applications – from complex, business-critical applications to new cloud-native services. Come to our expert sessions and learn how to build and deliver applications sooner on top of VMware’s powerful platform, with technology solutions like vRealize Code Stream, vCloud Air, VMware Integrated OpenStack, vRealize Automation and VMware’s Cloud Native Application portfolio of tools, all of which integrate with popular DevOps tools from other vendors such as Puppet, Chef and Ansible.
TECHNOLOGY FUTURES – ON THE LEADING EDGE AND BEYOND
This technology-focused track is sponsored by the VMware Office of the CTO. It offers future looking Technology sessions, including presentations and interactive panels that will help customers plan and evolve their IT strategies around key technology areas such as: the Software-Defined Data Center, Cloud Native, the Internet of Things, High Performance Computing, Open Source and more. Customers will learn about VMware’s technology direction, research, innovation and products from VMware’s technology leaders within R&D and the Field.