Our VMworld 2017 US general sessions have concluded. Thanks to everyone who joined us in-person or via livestream for these engaging, exciting and inspiring events.


If you missed anything, or want to watch them again, our Day 1 and Day 2 general sessions are available for on-demand viewing on our general sessions playback page

VMworld 2017 US General Sessions

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MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 09:00AM - 10:30AM

Good Technologists Solve Problems. Great Innovators Create Opportunities.


Our Day 1 general session showcased VMware’s strategy in the next phase of its journey. CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO, Customer Operations, Sanjay Poonen partnered together to shine a spotlight on the key pillars responsible for reshaping industries – cloud, mobility, networking and security.


Whether you are in IT, developing software within a line of business, managing DevOps, or working in security operations to fight the latest round of ransomware, you need to build existing skills while simultaneously learning new ones. Software transformed the world in the last decade; the platforms behind it are now unveiling even more benefits: blockchain, artificial intelligence, serverless computing, IoT, machine learning, edge computing, actionable analytics, digital workspace, proactive cyber security and many more. Attendees were able to hear and learn from the firsthand experiences of customers who are succeeding in their own transformation journeys.


Technology transformation is more than optimizing data centers, saving OpEx and driving automation. Offering new methods of software delivery, operating in a multi-cloud world, embracing new programming models, upping your game in user experience, taking containerized apps to production or building modern apps are not just your challenges. These are the collective opportunities for all VMworld attendees. This general session explored how VMware can partner with you in this next turn in our journey, to succeed like never before.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 09:00AM - 10:30AM

Technology Innovation is What Keeps Companies Competitive


Companies today depend on technology to innovate more rapidly and get to market faster. IT now faces high pressure from customers, competitors and executives to successfully transform technology. Such transformative opportunities are the focus of this session.


CEO Pat Gelsinger and CTO Ray O’Farrell took a deep dive into the reality of how a fictional company successfully transforms from industry laggard to industry leader by embracing VMware, partner and open-source technologies from the cloud to the edge.


VMware experts guided general session viewers through demos that will help you deploy compelling and differentiated solutions and services, showcasing how VMware is innovating in exciting and unexpected ways. Today’s highly dynamic market demands nothing less than continual rapid innovation, always-on availability, security, flexibility and scalability, and VMware is at the forefront of helping you make that a reality.


This session also featured a segment with special guest speaker Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Technologies.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 09:00AM - 10:00AM

It’s All Natural


Machines used to act like machines. They weren’t terribly nimble. Didn’t comprehend feelings. Were more generic tools than organic thinkers. But all of that is changing fast. On Thursday morning, three visionary researchers – Hugh Herr of MIT, Rana el Kaliouby of the University of Cambridge and Peter Weinstock of Boston Children’s Hospital – revealed their world of natural machines that have already arrived.



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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Michael Dell

Chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies

Michael Dell is chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies, a unique family of businesses encompassing Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware. Dell Technologies is an innovator and technology leader providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important information.

Dell’s story started when he founded Dell with $1000 in 1984 at the age of 19. Notably quoted as saying that “technology is about enabling human potential,” Dell’s vision of how technology should be designed, manufactured and sold forever changed the IT industry.

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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, ecosystem and alliances, global marketing and communications and cross-portfolio product marketing.

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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Hugh Herr

Professor, MIT Media Lab
Director, Biomechatronics Group

Hugh will bring to life a new generation of robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. It’s a story of electro-mechanical systems attached to the body and implanted in the body that not only bridge the gap between disability and ability but also question long-accepted assumptions about human limitation and potential.



Rana el Kaliouby

Scientist, University of Cambridge
CEO and Co-Founder, Affectiva

Our emotions influence every aspect of our lives — how we learn, how we communicate and how we make decisions. Yet our digital devices have no way of knowing how we feel. Rana el Kaliouby explores the possibility of artificial emotional intelligence (Emotion AI) and its applications, from Siri on your phone to social robots and self-driving cars. Her work developing emotion-sensing algorithms aims to change not only how we interact with machines but also with each other.



Peter Weinstock

Director, Pediatric Simulator Program, Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Doctor Peter Weinstock’s team is employing a blend of Hollywood special effects with 3D printing to revolutionize surgery. By creating lifelike simulations of individual patients’ physiologies in advance, surgeons are able to practice risky procedures prior to performing actual surgeries. Think: "Operate twice, cut once."