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See recordings of the showcase keynotes, breakout sessions, and more from VMworld 2019 US.

Monday, August 26, 2019

General Session Summary

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a technologist. Digital innovation is redefining the rules of business and the very nature of our daily lives. Now more than ever, demand is growing for tech professionals who understand digital infrastructure and how to deliver results in a software-defined world.

Join VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO Sanjay Poonen as they explore bold innovations that the VMware ecosystem is bringing to market, with a special focus on new breakthrough offerings at the intersection of cloud, apps, containers, networking, mobility and security. Whether you work in IT, app development or security operations, you need to build existing skills while simultaneously learning new ones. Tech pros today must master new methods of app delivery, new models for operating in a multi-cloud world, and new strategies to address cyber security threats – all while improving the end-user experience. Hear directly from leading-edge customers, and learn how you can hone new skills and harness new game-changing technologies.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

General Session Summary

VMware CTO Ray O’Farrell guides the conversation with a series of hands-on demos as we look at the dynamic interplay between apps, infrastructure, cloud, networking, security, and devices. With business apps dominating today’s IT environments, what is the optimal way to deliver the best experiences to your customers and colleagues as you build, run, manage, connect, secure, and consume apps across a range of environments – cloud, on-premises, edge, and devices? Is Kubernetes part of your vocabulary yet? What are the new skills you need to succeed in this dynamic app-centric world?  What are key considerations when operating in a multi-cloud environment? How should you make security intrinsic to your day-to-day operations in a proactive manner? Assisted by a team of experts, you will discover new and emerging product innovations, best practices, case studies, and a few surprises along the way. 

VMware COO Sanjay Poonen then hosts two professional athletes, skier Lindsey Vonn, the top US skier of all time, and Steve Young, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former 49er quarterback. They share personal stories of their unrelenting work ethic, how they overcame obstacles, and what drives their passion these days.

Meet Our Speakers


Pat Gelsinger

Chief Executive Officer, VMware

Pat Gelsinger has been serving as CEO of VMware since September 2012, nearly doubling the size of the company during his tenure. He brings more than 35 years of technology and leadership experience.

Before joining VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO. A respected IT industry veteran, he was at Intel for 30 years becoming the company’s first CTO and driving the creation of key industry technologies including USB and Wi-Fi. He led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor – while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor.

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Sanjay Poonen

Chief Operating Officer, Customer Operations, VMware

Sanjay Poonen joined VMware in August 2013, and is responsible for worldwide sales, services, alliances, marketing and communications.

Previously, Poonen held the role of executive vice president and general manager for the End-User Computing business unit at VMware. In this role, he was responsible for strategy, products, engineering, marketing and sales across all of VMware's End-User Computing offerings.

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Ray O'Farrell

Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, VMware

Ray O’Farrell joined VMware in April 2003 and currently serves as executive vice president and chief technology officer. His role includes responsibility for VMware’s Global Services and Customer Advocacy, giving O’Farrell purview over VMware’s entire customer product experience.

Prior to this role, O’Farrell co-led the Software-Defined Data Center Division comprising the vSphere, networking, management and storage businesses and was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution.

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Lindsey Vonn

Olympic Gold and Bronze Medal-Winning Alpine Ski Racer

Lindsey Vonn is a recently retired Olympic gold and bronze medal-winning alpine ski racer for the US Ski Team, as well as a New York Times best-selling author.

She is the most successful female skier of all time and holds four World Cup titles, making her one of only six women to win World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing. Vonn is also the founder of the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, established to empower young girls.



Steve Young

Record-Setting Quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers

Steve Young signed with the 49ers in 1987 as Joe Montana’s backup. During his career in the Bay Area, he won three Super Bowl titles – two as a backup and one as a starter. When Young retired after the 1999 season, his resume included being the highest-rated QB in NFL history and winning two league MVP Awards. 

Young and his wife Barb founded the Forever Young Foundation in 1993, which serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges by providing them with academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities. The Foundation primarily focuses its efforts in North California, Arizona, Utah, and Ghana, Africa.