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.
¡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.
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.
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.
NEW! Watch video recordings of the Top 10 Sessions for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from VMworld 2014 U.S. (available for everyone). Scroll through the pages for top 10 from all 3 days. For all sessions, you must be a paid VMworld 2014 U.S. attendee. Attendees will be notified when available in early September.
Watch for variety of offerings from our VMworld Social Media & Community page as we head into VMworld 2014 Europe. For example, the VMworld team curated a series of community postings into a VMworld Storify account. We will also be posting VMworld 2014 photo albums on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest.
VMworld 2014 Social Stream NEW this year, we are offering a VMworld 2014 Social Stream of postings and photos from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, directly from you, our community. Watch this stream and participate by adding the #vmworld hashtag to any of your postings to appear in the stream. This will be running for all of VMworld 2014 — from San Francisco through to Barcelona!.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The following is a guest post from VMware partner, Hitachi Data Systems.
As your IT department evolves into a services business, the alliance between Hitachi Data Systems and VMware adapts to bring IT Efficiency, Control, Agility and Choice.
VMware did a great job of virtualizing the server and now it is doing the same for network. What if you could programmatically provision any network to allow you to place any workload anywhere? And that workload could be moved anywhere and is independent of any physical hardware? This would allow you to deploy any of your complex applications within minutes, providing tremendous operational efficiencies. That is the goal of network virtualization, and what the latest VMware and Hitachi Data Systems collaboration is all about.
Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere is a converged infrastructure built with the IT administrator in mind. It features Hitachi Data Systems servers, storage, and network integrated into a pre-validated, pre-configured platform with VMware vSphere and an orchestration layer—UCP Director software that is embedded into VMware vCenter. In the software-defined data center, all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. Compute, storage, networking, security, and availability are pooled, aggregated, and automated by UCP Director software.
And you manage everything—from anywhere and at any time—through your familiar VMware vCenter interface.
We're excited to bring something new and valuable to attendees and the VMworld community. Inside the Community Lounge within the Hang Space, we are offering a VMware Community Bar, staffed by team leaders and social media managers from the VMware programs listed below. Meet and network with subject experts to discover a variety of programs and social media channels for engaging with their communities. Don't miss this great opportunity all week during VMworld and for a chance at great giveaways & prizes!
Global Support Services: Learn about VMware Support social media resources available at any time: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and the Knowledge Base at kb.vmware.com.
Beta Program: Members of the VMware Beta Program will be on hand to talk with you about product betas and how they are structured today. We ca share the recent changes in the beta program and additional enhancements that are being investigated to build better products. Not part of the Beta Program? We can help you to get involved. Visitors will also have a chance to learn about the customer team behind the Onsite and Hosted Betas. They will be on hand to talk with you about how we've built the environment that supports these portals.
VMUG: The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes it’s members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events. Join our 80,000+ members world-wide taking advantage of the training and networking opportunities available through the VMUG community. Drop by to learn about exclusive member benefits or visit vmug.com.
Careers: Are you inspired by working on innovations that imagine, define and deliver what’s next? Have you thought about what’s next for you? See how our talented and diverse teams work together to radically simplify IT through software virtualization. For a limited time during VMworld, when you follow @vmwarecareers and tweet #whatsnext for you, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a free Fitbit. Don’t delay; we have several of the latest versions to give away!
CloudCred: CloudCred is the hub for all things cloud related, and it is your gateway to building your cloud expertise, broadening your professional network and earning rewards and certifications. Through CloudCred, you can improve your knowledge, get recognized, build your network and much more, and tere are opportunities to compete both as an individual and as a team. At VMworld, we will be running multiple contests with over $10,000 worth of prizes to give away, including Xboxes, iPads, Roku Boxes, and more. We will have a contest for each of the main threads of VMworld 2013: Software-Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, and Mobility, as well as as a team contest. Visit cloudcredibility.com.
To celebrate our 10th annual VMworld, each week we'll be looking at a different facet of our event, from the evolution in VMware technology to our place as one of the world's largest IT conferences. For updates on VMworld 2013, please follow @VMworld on Twitter.
The rapidly changing pace of IT industry has made IT certifications invaluable for validation of technical knowledge and career advancement.
In light of technology and product advancements, VMware’s Education and Certification Team implements updates to corresponding certifications to keep skills current. Check out ten “Did You Know?” facts below regarding VMware certifications and their history since training and testing have been introduced at VMworld. As long as IT continues to transform and innovate, VMware will continue to evolve and defy convention:
1. VMware Certification exams have been made available since June 2003.
2.The first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) exam was based on ESX 1.5. It was a written test consisting of multiple choice and write-in answers.
3.Susan Gudenkauf, currently a Senior Program Manager in the Office of the CTO at VMware, is VCP #1 (the first person to ever be awarded the VCP status in the world).
4.The VCP and VCDX titles have gone through a breadth of renaming changes to better highlight specialization, complement evolution of VMware virtualization platforms and to adhere to industry standards.
5.The most popular certification is VCP5-DCV, and there are currently over 100,000 VCPs worldwide.
6.Onsite testing services were first made available at VMworld US 2009 due to high customer demand. The VCP, VCDX Enterprise Administration and Design exams were offered at the Certification Lounge.
7.VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification was introduced on May 24, 2010to differentiate and acknowledge professionals that develop more cognitively complex skill sets beyond the VCP certification, while also serving as a stepping stone to the VCDX level. VCAPexams debuted at VMworld US 2010.
8.At VMworld 2012, VMware Education and Certifications Team debuted a major shift in the program: to help test takers decide which exams will best help them in their careers, product-based certifications have shifted to more role-based certifications. “We have become more focused to help test takers in the world that they’re in, whether they are designers or administrators or engineers.” – Jon Hall
9.VMware’s first cloud certification, VCP-IaaS (VCP-Infrastructure as a Service) launched last year in 2012 and the exam was made available at VMWorld San Francisco 2012.
10.VCDX5-DCV (VMware Certified Design Expert) is the highest level of VMware certification, requiring an in-person panel defense. John Arrasjid is VCDX #001 and has continued his involvement with the program. As of now, there are 116 VCDX holders worldwide.
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.