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As loyal followers of our VMworld blog, we wanted to let you know that we're moving to another blog platforms. To access the latest and greatest news related to VMworld, please visit blogs.vmware.com/vmworld. Don’t forget to bookmark this new site and subscribe to the blog feed in order to receive real-time updates regarding VMworld 2015.


This blog will remain available through the end of VMworld US. After this time, all of our latest posts will be available at our new location.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to help influence the content at VMworld 2015. Public Session Voting is now open, and you can vote for your favorite session proposals to help decide what content makes it into our final agenda. Session voting ends on May 26 at 11:59 pm PDT so be sure to select your favorites soon! 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. Now get voting!

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Great news! VMworld 2015 US registration is now open.


A year’s worth of learning in just 4 days—Plus announcements, amazing keynotes, hands-on training, and more? That’s right—this is the year to be at VMworld. Join us in San Francisco this August 30 – September 3, and connect with the people and partners who are transforming IT.


This year we celebrate innovation, focusing on real solutions and showcasing some jaw-dropping new technologies. From the data center to the device, VMworld 2015 promises to deliver the essential tools and training you need to rock virtualization and the cloud.



Register now to save $300 with Early Bird Pricing. Your full-conference pass gives you access to 350+ sessions and hands-on labs covering the latest in virtualization innovations. We’ve got hard-hitting content on data centers, storage, networking, security, management, mobility, hybrid cloud services, and more.


Need help convincing your boss to send you to VMworld? We can virtually guarantee it’ll yield an incredible return on your investment... Download our justification letter for help demonstrating why you can’t afford to miss it.


We look forward to seeing you at VMworld 2015! Register now to reserve your spot.

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The countdown is on! The VMworld Call for Papers submission window closes on April 28, 2015, so it’s time to put the final touches on your abstract and mark your submissions complete. Please be mindful that late submissions will not be accepted so be sure to submit on time!



Acceptance is limited, so please follow the steps below to increase your chances of being selected to present:

  • Visit the VMworld website for all of the basic information about the submission process.
  • Read the submission guidelines carefully; these guidelines will help you craft your titles and abstracts, and avoid common reasons for rejection.
  • Review the suggested content areas for submission; these areas offer a little guidance as you choose a focus for your abstracts.
  • Have someone else read your title and abstract before submission, to ensure it is clear, concise and error free.
  • Submit your title and abstract via the Call for Papers submission link.


Notification letters will go out in June. Good luck to everyone submitting this year!

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Calling all vocal VMware veterans… Have you integrated VMware solutions and technologies in an innovative or unconventional way? Do you have a compelling case study to share with VMware customers? If so, the Call for Papers is now open and we invite you to share your submission with the greater VMware community!


Before you begin, please review our Abstract Submission Guidelines for tips on preparing your titles and descriptions; this will help you avoid common pitfalls that lead to abstract rejections. And the competition is stiff, so do please be thoughtful and thorough when crafting your proposal. When ready, submit your VMworld 2015 session abstract here. All proposals must be submitted by April 28, 2015. Sorry, no exceptions. If your session is chosen, you’ll earn our gratitude, respect from your peers, and a discounted or free conference pass.


Not sure where to start? Browse these key areas of the 2015 agenda.


  • Software-Defined Data Center
    • Software-Defined Data Center General
    • Cloud Infrastructure
    • Management
    • Software-Defined Storage and Business Continuity
    • Networking and Security
    • Operations Transformation
    • Virtualizing Applications
  • Hybrid Cloud
    • vCloud Air
    • vCloud Air Network
  • End-User Computing
    • Desktop and Applications
    • The Mobile Enterprise
    • Desktop-as-a-Service
    • Mobility Perspectives and Solutions


Best of luck—We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Follow our video crew for the week in Barcelona for VMworld 2014 Europe highlights. Watch the kickoff video below -- then follow the entire series from Barcelona on our VMworld TV channel on YouTube. And for more VMworld Conference video coverage, including Tech Talks and Keynotes/Sessions, visit our VMworld Videos page.


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Hola Barcelona! We have a great show planned for our attendees this year and we wanted take a few minutes out to call out some highlights. In preparation for VMworld Europe in Barcelona, we’ve updated the VMworld 2014 Hands-on Labs Guide.  This updated edition includes all the new content created just for this event.
If you are not familiar with the guide, it will help you get the most out of your lab session by listing out the labs that will be available during VMworld, broken down by Software Defined Datacenter, Mobility, Hybrid Cloud and Partner Labs.  Under each lab, we have also listed the individual Lab Modules, with the estimated time to complete, whether the Module is Beginning or Advanced content, and if it is a Feature or Use-case type Module.


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We have almost 50 labs for attendees to enjoy. Here is some of the new content that will be available at VMworld Europe:
– Cloud Management with vRealize Operations This lab has been completely re-written and updated to showcase the vRealize Suite and offers a preview of vRealize Operations Manager 6.
HOL-SDC-1420 – OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX This lab now includes two new Modules, one focusing on Python APIs and another on an Introduction to VMware Integrated OpenStack.
HOL-SDC-1421 – Brokering IT Services and Applications with vCloud Automation Center A What’s New with vCAC v6.1, App Services v6.1 and ITBM Standard v1.1 Module has been added.
HOL-MBL-1453 – VMware workspace Portal – Explore and Deploy A new Module has been added showing how to upgrade from Horizon Workspace v1.8 to v2.1.
HOL-MBL-1454 – Applied ThinApp with Horizon Suite A new Module has been added to highlight What’s New with ThinApp v5.1.


Gamification – Take a Hands-on Lab – Chance to Win Cool Prizes
In San Francisco the Hands-on Labs teamed up with the VMware CloudCred group to make taking labs more fun and rewarding.  Attendees at VMworld Europe in Barcelona have the same opportunity to win cool prizes!
If you are not familiar with CloudCred, it is a way to build your cloud expertise, broaden your professional network and earn rewards at the same time.  You earn points by performing tasks that help show off your cloud skills and bring you up to speed on things you may not be familiar with.  You can then turn those points into rewards, like CloudCred merchandise, a 3D printer or other electronic gadgets.  CloudCred runs year round, but the team is creating special tasks just for this year’s Hands-on Labs at VMworld.
You can find out more about CloudCred and sign up for an account at their website: https://www.cloudcredibility.com/
Once you are at VMworld and have completed a lab, a new screen will popup asking you to take a survey, but you will also see a QR and verification code to signify that you have completed the task.  All you need to do is scan the QR code and it will take you directly to the CloudCred task for the lab where you can then enter the verification code to complete the task.  The verification code is unique to you and the lab you have completed.  Also, in order for the lab to count, you will need to spend a minimum of 20 minutes in it.  If you don’t have a smartphone with you, just write down the code and enter it in when you have access to a computer.

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The CloudCred team has created a ‘World’ just for the Hands-on Labs, including our own leader-board. We will give away prizes every day to the top lab takers.  You can find the leaderboard throughout the conference on the information monitors and in the Hands-on Labs. While you may not be at the top of the leaderboard, you will still have an opportunity to win! Each day we will randomly select users in the lab to receive prizes.

Expert-led Workshops
Expert-led Workshops are back at VMworld Europe.  This year, we will have 14 Expert-led Workshops covering a range of topics from vRealize, Virtual SAN, NSX, to Horizon 6 with View and vCloud Air.  This is your opportunity to learn from the Experts as they guide you through the content.  It is also a great forum to ask questions of the Experts who can offer their real world experience and make it relevant to your environment. 
These 90-minute Workshops are not scheduled in advance. We will seat the first 20 attendees in queue at the lab start time.  Based on what we saw at VMworld US in San Francisco, we recommend that you arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the Workshop.

Self-Paced Labs

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You have already seen the new content we have added just for VMworld Europe.  Please drop by Hall 7 any time the labs are open and take any one of the labs we have to offer.  No scheduling needed!  We will also have a Hands-on Labs HotSpot located near the Registration Desk in Hall 8.

Besides the labs that include content around VMware solutions, we also are offering 11 labs created by our valued Partners.  Don’t let the name Partner Labs fool you!  These labs were created by Partners, but are available for everyone to take.  These are labs developed by our Partners to showcase their solutions and seamless integration with VMware technology.  These labs are great for experiencing how well our Partner’s products integrate with VMware and enhance the overall solution.


Staff Picks –  Where to hang out in Barcelona…
Café Academia – This is one of our absolute favorite restaurants – very small and intimate, looked after by some of the very best staff. We had 10 people in our party and the team was able to accommodate us with dinner access in their wine cellar. http://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-de-l-academia-barcelona


Ginger Bar – Our favorite place to be seen, hang out.  We love this place as it serves the very best Absynth adult beverages and great place for deep conversation about vPods and Pre-pops. The bartender keeps pretty busy and is always up for a great conversation.   http://www.ginger.cat/benvinguts_a_Ginger_Barcelona.html


Restaurant ME – This was a new one we tried this trip – our friend Mark T. introduced us to the Chef – its an interesting fusion of Vietnamese, Catalan and Japanese dishes. We felt like royalty in this establishment – our favorite refreshment here was the Old Fashioned – with tobacco flavoring.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d1083636-Reviews-Restaurant_Me-Barcelona_Catalonia.html


La Bodegueta – Rambla de Catalunya – This is our favorite tapas spot in Barcelona – we have known the owners for years and it is always a great time waiting for a seat and chatting up with the local folks. English is not so much, but if you point and smile the folks there will be nice to you. The tomato bread is the best and the calamari is the best. Please be sure to tell them the guys from “VMware Hands-on Labs” sent you…     http://rambla.labodegueta.ca/


See you soon!
We cannot wait to meet you at the VMware Hands-on Labs at VMworld Europe in Hall 7!

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New at VMworld 2014 Europe: EVO:RAIL Challenge


Complete this survey for the opportunity to be a part of the limited group of 30 attendees to participate in the EVO: RAIL Challenge. If selected, you’ll be given the chance to compete in a race against time to build an EVO:RAIL Appliance. The two challenge participants with the overall best times will compete in the Final Challenge, which will take place on Thursday, 16 October at 12:00 in the Hang Space, Hall 7.0.


1st Prize is a VMworld 2015 Conference Pass. Pass valid for VMworld 2015 US or Europe Conference Pass only, all travel, hotel and all other expenses are the responsibility of the winner.

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Next week marks the European edition of VMworld 2014. Over the past 10 days, we have seen a drastic change in the number of registrations from across different countries.  This week, Spain has joined the list of top 10 nations with the most attendees and Russia came close in 11th place.  In addition, there have been new registrants from Albania, Andorra, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Finally, we will have some special guests joining us from Scotland to perform at the Customer Appreciate party - Simple Minds!  See more details on Wednesday's party on the Networking page.


As you start to pack your bags and finish last-minute preparations, here are some recommendations to help you prepare:
1. Pack an umbrella for possible rain on Monday
2. Check out the latest updates on parties and meetups on the Gatherings page
3. Looking to fill free time? Don't waste a minute while at VMworld and sign-up now for some of these highlight sessions, Customer Panels and Group Discussions on Schedule Builder:

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All social media & community: http://vmw.re/social
Social Media live stream: http://vmw.re/social-stream
VMworld Bloggers: http://vmw.re/bloggers
VMworld Videos: http://vmw.re/videos
VMworld Gatherings: http://vmw.re/gatherings
VMworld "Europe" Mobile App: http://vmw.re/mobile
VMworld 2014 Europe Social Media Guide: PDF Download

¡Tiempo para el VMworld 2014 Europe de nuevo en Barcelona! We're excited to bring the VMworld community together again in Barcelona -- such a great venue for an impactful global event. As a guide for social media resources, please share this blog post with other attendees or online followers of the conference. 

Onsite Offerings

Our Social Media & Community team will be in the Hang Space within Hall 7 of the Gran Fira Conference Centre. Find the "Social Media & Community" large hanging banner next to the Hands-on Labs. Besides being a great area to work, network with attendees, blog, watch live streams, charge devices and relax -- experience the following:
  •       Community Tech Talks
    The vBrownBag production team will be running a series of 30 minute LIVE presentations Tues and Wed in the Hang Space on stage for audience viewing. These will also be filmed for watching as a LIVE stream or recordings.  Please read the Tech Talks blog post for the schedule of speakers and topics.
  •       Social Media Command Center
    Drop by to see the latest VMworld topics and trends buzzing on social channels and say hi to our team. Ask about best practices, tips or questions on social media content at VMworld. And if you have content of value to share with the VMworld community, ask about amplification and/or retweets.
  •       VMware Communities
    Drop by and meet with a community manager to learn more about VMware Discussion Forums & Communities (VMTN), our Product Beta Program, our vExpert Program or any of our specific Communities for Developers, Support, Training, Certification, TAM and more.
  •       CloudCred Rewards for Hands-on Labs
    Hands-on Labs and CloudCred are teaming up at VMworld to reward you for doing something you already love doing -- taking Labs! By signing up for CloudCred and completing Labs, you will have the opportunity to win prizes such as a GoPro or iPod. Drop by the CloudCred station to learn more or pick up prizes. Read http://vmw.re/hol-cloudcred.
  •       Blogger Tables
    If you are a blogger and contributing with VMworld related blogs during the conference, join fellow bloggers at our dedicated Blogger table (with internet connections and power charging).  Ask for a VMworld Blogger button/pin. There are also blogger tables available at the front of General Session. Sign-up to be added to our "unofficial list of VMworld Bloggers" for networking and stay current with all blog rollups: http://vmw.re/bloggers.
  •       Big Screens
    We will have 3 jumbo big screens in the Hang Space for viewing realtime social media streams of posts and photos from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Highlight loops will display conference info, lab stats, leaderboards and highlights. General Sessions will be broadcast on screens Tues and Wed morning.
  •       Mobile App
    There will be a new VMworld 2014 Mobile App for Europe (available soon, separate from the U.S. version). Download this from either the iOS or Android app store. Under "Social Media" you will find a realtime stream and social media links. Session abstracts with session hashtags, sponsor/exhibitor info and your own tweets and photos can be shared directly from the mobile app. Visit http://vmw.re/mobile.
  •       VMworld Gatherings & Parties
    And if you need even more to fill your schedules, make room for parties and other gatherings during the week. See a growing list of official/unofficial gatherings at http://vmw.re/gatherings.

Online Offerings

  •       Social Media Stream
    NEW this year, is an online realtime social stream of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to follow VMworld postings and buzz. Watch this stream leading into, during and after the conference. Online at http://vmw.re/social-stream.
  •       Videos
    Watch General Session keynotes, VMworld TV interviews & highlights, Community Tech Talks and other VMworld videos all in one place. Both LIVE streams and recordings will be availalble: http://vmw.re/videos.
  •       Social Media Channels
    For a listing of all VMworld channels to follow and subscribe to, visit http://vmw.re/social.
  •       Photos
    Photos are one of the best ways to experience VMworld online. Search Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and other networks for the #VMworld or #VMworldSelfie hashtags. You can also visit http://vmw.re/photos for links to our albums.
See you in Barcelona!
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Join VMUG at VMworld Europe! The VMUG booth will be #S213 - we hope to see you there!

The VMUG Booth is the place to meet VMUG Board members, Leaders, and your fellow members. We encourage you to use the VMUG Booth as a meeting place – feel free to hang out, get the latest VMUG information and win some great giveaways!

Free VMUG T-shirt
Stop by registration on Monday, October 13th between 13:00 – 17:00 or Tuesday, October 14th before the general session to pick up your VMUG t-shirt. Wear your t-shirt on Wednesday, October 15th to show the strength of the VMUG community!

VMUG Member Party
VMUG will be holding a member party on Monday, October 13th sponsored by VMware. Check out the VMUG VMworld page to RSVP for the party.

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.

Show Us How You VMUG!
Join in #ShareVMUG and post your pictures leading up to and at VMworld.


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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. 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 Europe Registration

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While you’re in Barcelona, make sure you stop by the Education and Certification Lounge in Hall 7. We’ll have last minute study materials available, answer any questions you may have about recertification, and can even get you registered for an exam onsite.


Follow @VMwareEducation on Twitter for the latest updates!

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20 Days Until Barcelona!

Posted by VMworld Team Sep 23, 2014


Continuing to track the international representation in registration: here's this week's update on attendance!  With only 20 days left until VMworld 2014 Europe, Norway, France and Italy have jumped up the rankings with registrations from Italy doubling over the last 10 days. In addition, we have seen new registrants for the first time this year from Senegal and South Korea.

Follow these channels for regional updates: Spain, United Kingdom, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Latin America, APJ, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Middle East, and South Africa.

What does everyone recommend to prepare for VMworld? Answer: REST
Check out these 3 interviews for what to expect this year:

Joe Baguely, EMEA CTO of VMware, gives his advice and personal experiences:

Gavin Jackson, VMware VP and GM of Cloud Services in EMEA, recommends great sessions:

Can you image VMworld with just 600 attendees? Matt Piercy, VP of Northern EMEA, reminisces about the first VMworld, plus he shares the top 10 reasons to attend Partner Exchange this year:

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A couple of days ago I had a discussion with someone. That person asked me why I felt people should attend VMworld Europe. I didn’t have to think too long, to me the European event has always been special. I know some may have a different opinion, but I personally always liked the European event and there are a couple of simple reasons for it. So let me explain why I feel that the European event is worth attending.

Networking is of course useful anywhere, but what are you truly going to get out of a US based event when all of your business is in Europe? On top of that, typically the event feels less crowded and I have noticed people are a bit more laid back because of that which makes it easier to have random conversations. I find myself just sitting down during lunch with random people and chatting away with people from various countries. It is always interesting to find out if technology adoption is different, what the trends are etc. Some countries in Europe are a couple of steps ahead when it comes to deploying certain solutions, these make very interesting conversations.
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VMworld is not just about networking of course, it is also very much about gaining knowledge. When I went to VMworld as an attendee I would fill my agenda up with deepdives and the one thing I noticed is that for Europe it was always easier to get in to sessions and especially the ones covering new features or products. On top of that, you have probably seen all the buzz from VMworld US which means that you can now pick that one session everyone was raving about!

And of course I should not forget the VMworld labs. As just stated, by now you have all digested the product announcements and know what you want to learn more about… so you can go and take that Lab you wanted to take. Of course you can also do this online, but at VMworld you have experts walking around who can provide help and answer questions whenever you have them. Great right?

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Last but not least: Barcelona. Don’t get me wrong, San Francisco is a great city… But so is Barcelona. The cultural and historical richness of it makes it worth visiting, and if I have to give one tip: Basílica de la Sagrada Família. Also, there are some great restaurants there, so if you enjoy good food it is a great place.

To summarize: Register now, and don’t miss out!

Duncan is a Chief Technologist on VMware’s Emerging Solutions R&D team.  He has written numerous industry publications and books and is the owner of Yellow-Bricks.com, the #1 ranked virtualization blog in vSphere-Land.com’s annual top 25 list

Check out Duncan’s
Top 5 VMworld EMEA Recommended Deep Dive Geek Sessions


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    Have you heard of Eurovision? The annual song contest is based on each European country selecting one musical group to represent their nation, then the winners are chosen by popular vote. Much like Eurovision, VMworld brings together 92 different nationalities to share their newest endeavors (in technology and sometimes air guitar abilities).  Based on the idea of attendee diversity and some friendly competition, we thought it would be interesting to rank the top 10 European countries represented at VMworld 2014 Europe in Barcelona, Spain.

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    We found it interesting to compare last year’s attendance to see any changes. This year the top 5 countries by percentage include: UK (15.13%), Germany (13.35%), Netherlands (6.77%), Switzerland (4.55%) and Sweden (4.23%). The rankings were fairly different in 2013, when the top 5 countries by percentage were: UK (13.79%), Germany (11.78%), Netherlands (6.24%), Spain (6.10%) and France (5.90%), followed by Sweden, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and Russia.  Some new countries this year in attendance include: Aland Islands, Armenia, New Caledonia, and Reunion Island.
    Hope you enjoyed these statistics and will follow along as we continue to track the top 10 countries attending VMworld 2014 Europe.  Excited to meet all attendees in less than 30 days in Barcelona! Try these sites for more information on the 3-day agenda, travel, training, networking and sessions or hands-on labs.

    Check out the "Official" Music Video from VMworld 2013 Europe!


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