VMworld 2014 San Francisco – Live Blogging

Here we are, VMworld 2014. No Limits is the theme, and already new products (VMware EVO), new names (vRealize, vCloud Air) and ton’s of other awesome things have been announced. And we’re not even into the first General Session yet! As I sit in anticipation for Gelsinger to get on stage, this page will serve as the home to all things VMworld 2014.

This aggregated page will serve as a central repository for some live updates (mainly around keynotes, and sessions) as well as a live feed from my Twitter profile as well as my Instagram profile (for pictures). For my up to the minute VMworld 2014 Schedule please visit this post.

This is going to be an amazing week! I can’t wait for the fun to start and ingest all of the great information that will be delivered. I also hope to see all of you throughout the week and especially at my Ask the Experts session and my EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud session.

So that’s it for now… let’s switch on the live blogging, Have a Great Week!

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Created on August 25, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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Do You vRealize What’s in a vName?

VMworld is upon us, a joyous time of year of new product announcements, new features, networking with friends, indulging in delicious cuisine and of course… product re-branding.

The biggest area of re-branding, VMware’s Cloud Management Product portfolio, previously known as the VMware vCloud Operations Management Suite. The new name for this product family, vRealize.

The rationale behind this change is to align better with the capabilities of their CMP. Realize means to bring into existence; accomplish; be fully aware. To “realize assets” is to monetize – tells a business story. It will convey awareness and accomplishment.

So, how does this look on paper?

From To
vCenter Operations Management Suite

  • vCenter Operations Manager
  • vCenter Configuration Manager
  • vCenter Infrastructure Navigator
  • vCenter Hyperic

vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon

vRealize Operations

  • vRealize Operations Manager
  • vRealize Configuration Manager
  • vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
  • vRealize Hyperic

vRealize Operations for Horizon

vCenter Operations Management Pack for XYZ vRealize Operations Management Pack for XYZ
vCloud Automation Center

  • vCloud Application Services

vCloud Automation Center Desktop
vCloud Automation Center Development Kit

vRealize Automation

  • vRealize Application Services

vRealize Automation Desktop
vRealize Automation Development Kit

IT Business Management Suite vRealize Business
IT Benchmarking
IT Benchmarking Starter Kit
vRealize IT Benchmarking
vRealize IT Benchmarking Starter Kit
vCenter Log Insight
vCenter Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ
vRealize Log Insight
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for XYZ
vCenter Orchestrator vRealize Orchestrator

 

The other big name change announcement which I covered last Thursday was that VMware vCloud Hybrid Service will now be known as VMware vCloud Air. The term Air is a brand suffix which could attach to a family (vCloud) or existing product to denote “as-a-Service” delivery.

Another term which would be a brand suffix is OnDemand, this attaches to cloud services that are metered and delivered as a ‘pay-as-you-go’ consumption model. Examples of products that could include this would be VMware vCloud Air OnDemand and VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand.

Other vCloud Air service names would include vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud, vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud and vCloud Air Disaster Recover. Finally, VMware’s strategic network of service provider partners will also adopt the new brand of VMware vCloud Air Network.

A couple other cool names coming out of VMworld are the official product names for Project Marvin, which has been the hype of the summer. We now official see these as VMware EVO: Rail and VMware EVO: Rack.

OpenStack fans, take a look at VMware Integrated OpenStack, which I believe (as of this writing) would be how VMware integrates into OpenStack via Neutron (NSX) and Nova (ESXi) – as well as through vRealize Automation.

VMware View went through a naming change a while back when the entire portfolio suite became VMware Horizon. But look for brand suffixes to come to Horizon like VMware Horizon Air Desktop and VMware Horizon Air Apps which would both be Horizon offerings made available through vCloud Air. We may even see others like vRealize Operations Air and vRealize Automation Air coming as well.

All in all, I like the change to vCloud Air (from vCHS) as in my opinion offers much more opportunity than just being a Hybrid Service.  vRealize will take some time getting accustomed with, but the reasoning behind it makes sense.


Created on August 25, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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So Long vCloud Hybrid Service, Hello vCloud Air!

In a stunning turn of events VMware has ditched the vCloud Hybrid Service name for a shorter, simpler, to the point name of vCloud Air.

vCloud Air will be everything that vCloud Hybrid Service was, it’ll just be less words to type. However, the term “Air” will also become a brand suffix for many other VMware product offerings.

The term Air is a brand suffix which could attach to a family (vCloud) or existing product to denote “as-a-Service” delivery.

Another term which would be a brand suffix is OnDemand, this attaches to cloud services that are metered and delivered as a ‘pay-as-you-go’ consumption model. Examples of products that could include this would be VMware vCloud Air OnDemand and VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand.

Other vCloud Air service names would include vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud, vCloud Air Dedicated Cloud and vCloud Air Disaster Recover.

We may even see other offerings denote Air, how does vCloud Automation Center Air or vCenter Operations Manager Air sound?

Finally, VMware’s strategic network of service provider partners, previously known as VMware Service Provider Partner (VSPP) will adopt the new brand of VMware vCloud Air Network.

So, it looks like the VMworld announcements are starting to roll in… what else do you think we’ll see over the coming week?


Created on August 21, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2014 Itinerary

“Turn Down for What?!”

That’s pretty much how the week goes at VMworld, and here we are, encroaching on what will be my 11th VMworld conference. It’s a week full of education, networking, giveaways, fun and opportunity!  VMworld really packs it all in, and I’m proud to be part of it again this year.

Below is my itinerary for the week, the sessions I’m planning on hitting, the parties and TweetUp I plan to visit. I also throw in some other must-see sessions and some cool vendors to check out.

I look forward to seeing all of my vHomies out in San Francisco, for those attending in EMEA I’m sorry to say that I will not be joining this year, we’re expecting our twin boys in early November so flights for me are grounded around that time. Perhaps next year!  If you’re going to be in SFO next week, find me, say HI, give me a hug… you might even get a cool VMwareTips gift ;)

BTW, the parties/events listed below are just a small fraction of what’s going on.  These events are where you’ll most likely see me, but be sure to check out the full list here http://bit.ly/vmworld2014parties

Safe travels, see you all next week!

Legend
VMworld Session
VMworld General Session
Party/Event
vTweetUp
Sunday, August 24th
1:00pm
#VMunderground Opening Acts 2014
City View at Metreon
135 Fourth Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
A special event put on by the #VMunderground and #vBrownBag peeps. Take your chances, come to VMworld earlier than usual and have some fun!
3:00pm
EMC Annual #v0dgeball Charity Tournament 2014
SoMA Rec Center
270 6th St and Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball! This event should be great fun for a great cause. Come see 16 teams battle it out on the court.
A $5 donation fee is suggested and appreciated. All proceeds go to The Wounded Warriors Project. If you cannot attend but would still like to donate, click here to donate.
4:00pm #VMworld 2014 Welcome Reception
Food, Drinks and Networking….all inside the Solutions Exchange.
8:00pm #VMunderground Party 2014
City View at Metreon
135 Fourth Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
In its eighth year of existence, the VMunderground Party is the largest party out of all of the festivities all week.
Put together by guys who love virtualization and some great sponsors that are down for the cause. This is the Mother of All vBeers, a party not to be missed.
Monday, August 25th
9:00am General Session
Learn what’s possible in a Software-Defined Enterprise and the latest on how this new approach is exploding old limits with new possibilities from the enterprise to the data center and from a unified user environment to the hybrid cloud. VMware customers also share their real-world success, transforming their businesses with software-defined architectures and solutions. Be the first to hear new announcements about VMware strategies and innovations from cloud services to the data center.
12:30pm STO2996 – The vExpert Storage Game Show
Think you know storage? The vExpert Storage Game Show will pit 2 teams of vExperts in a jeopardy style game discussion the latest in storage technologies with vSphere and adds a level of audience participation never experienced at VMworld! Duncan Epping, Cormac Hogan and Rawlinson Rivera represent team VMware who will go head-to-head with team Pure Storage comprised of Vaughn Stewart, Cody Hosterman and Craig Chapman to see who knows more about FlashArray, VSAN, and vSphere Storage Configurations. Each team will be joined by a player drawn randomly from the audience – this could be you, so don’t arrive late! This session is over the top – John Troyer (TechReckoning) will be the master of ceremonies and the show will be judged by Amy Lewis (Cisco Systems) and Friea Berg (Splunk). In addition, some of the questions will be for the audience, which could earn some the adoration of their peers, the respect of the vExperts and a fantastic prize! The categories for the game show are: FlashArray, VSAN, and vSphere Configurations. Questions will span architectural considerations, configuration limits, supported designs, best practices, interoperability and more. Join us for what is sure to be the most talked about session of VMworld. The winners will be adorned in accolades and awarded trophies.
1:00pm NET2747 – VMware NSX: Software Defined Networking in the Real World
Software Defined Networking (SDN) offers a great deal of flexibility and agility for many organizations but often network and virtualization administrators are unclear on how it is actually implemented and leveraged. This session will take attendees through the real world use cases for SDN and what they need to know before VMware NSX is implemented in their environment. The different functions of VMware NSX will be shown. Attendees will gain a firm understanding of how to utilize the components such as distributed firewall, distributed routing, load balancers, edge services, and 3rd party security integration. Also covered in detail are the technical requirements and steps to implement the SDN framework in to the physical networking and virtualization environment along with best practices and deployment recommendations.
2:00pm TEX1991 – vCenter Orchestrator – What’s Next?
vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) is no more the Best Kept secret of VMware. Join our session to get to know the recent updates around the product. Let’s review the overall vCO strategy and RoadMap.
3:30pm NET1949 – VMware NSX for Docker, Containers & Mesos
This session will provide a recipe for architecting massively elastic applications, be it big data applications or developer environments such as Jenkins on top of VMware SDDC Infrastructure. We will describe the use of app isolation technologies such as LxC & Docker together with Resource Managers such as Apache Mesos & Yarn to deliver an Open Elastic Applications & PaaS for mainstream apps such as Jenkins as well as specialized big data applications. We will cover a customer case study that leverages VMware SDDC to create an Open Elastic PaaS leveraging VMware NSX for Data communication fabric.
4:00pm VAPP1807 – Best Practices of Virtualizing Hadoop on vSphere – Customer Panel
Come hear VMware customers discuss their experience of running Hadoop on the vSphere platform. Hadoop is the fastest growing enterprise workload in the datacenter today and customers are looking for cost effective, simple and scalable architectures that make it easy to run, monitor and provide data access to their internal customers. Come here customers from Fidelity Investments, Fedex, Optum and others talk about how they are building out next generation Big Data platforms using VMware vSphere. Hear about the differences between using shared and local storage, self-service tools to offer Hadoop-as-a-Service, and the ability to run Hadoop on existing hardware to reduce costs.
5:30pm SDDC1176 – Ask the Expert vBloggers — THIS IS A MUST SEE
Back for it’s 7th year at VMworld, Ask the Experts is back with an awesome panel of the industries top bloggers. In this session there are no powerpoints, no sales pitches and no rules! Experts in the industry are here to answer YOUR questions while having some fun in the process. Bring your topic, anything from Software-Defined Data Center, to End-User Computing to 3rd Platform Applications… Storage, Networking, Security. No question is off limits.
7:00pm #vFlipCup VMworld Community TweetUp
Folsom Street FoundryEpic community tweetup, flipcup tournament and a chance to donate to a great cause!
8:00pm vGeekfest Party
620-Jones
620 Jones Street
San FranciscoCA 94102
Tuesday, August 26th
9:00am General Session
VMware’s CTO, and a supporting cast of VMware technology evangelists will show just how today’s software-defined architectures can be deployed to transform your business. You’ll see innovative uses of VMware technologies across a wide range of use cases – from the Data Center, to the Hybrid Cloud and in End-User Computing. The session will include an overview of End-User Computing business strategy and announcements across an expanded enterprise mobile platform. We will share interesting ways that IT is delivering value to the business. This session is geared to be highly engaging and to open your eyes to the new possibilities in a mobile-cloud world.
12:30pm STO3161 – What Can Virtual Volumes Do For You?
Come find out what EMC is doing with VMware to deliver on the more granular management and service differentiation capability. Virtual Volumes has been talked about at several VMworlds now and as it is finally coming out next year, you may be wondering: Is it real? What can it do for me? Virtual Volumes (vVOLs) will change how we think about storage management in customer environments, including private and hybrid cloud configurations. In this joint EMC and VMware session you will learn about unique use cases in which storage management is much more streamlined & powerful. Find out how EMC is implementing Virtual Volumes across the broad range of storage offerings and how its integrated storage management portfolio. Learn about details on new storage management policies abstractions and specifications. For example, learn how feature like EMC FAST are better able to optimize application performance when used with Virtual Volumes. We will also talk about how VPLEX will be able to manage VM availability and placement more optimally using VVOLs. Finally, VVOL provides ease of management, increased flexibility and greater resilience by leveraging a more granular storage provisioning to enable new agile and available storage infrastructure. In this session, EMC and VMware will share what all these means to you.
2:30pm SDDC2370 – Why OpenStack runs best with the vCloud Suite
In this session, we will provide a comprehensive overview of how vCloud Suite components are integrated to greatly simplify deployment and operations of OpenStack. We will explore how vSphere, NSX and VSAN provide an enterprise grade foundation for the OpenStack cloud. Additionally, we will learn how management tools such as vCenter, vCOPs and LogInsight are integrated with OpenStack to greatly simplify daily operations such as diagnosis, monitoring, patching etc. We will highlight how customers can leverage existing VMware investments and expertise to not only deploy but also easily operate OpenStack without additional expertise.
4:00pm STO1965 – Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive
Virtual Volumes (VVols) is VMware’s new storage paradigm for external SAN/NAS storage arrays. In this session, we will walk you through key technical concepts of Virtual Volumes, in depth. We will also compare in detail some of the existing features in VMFS/NFS with VVols. In addition, You will also get an overview of some of our partner solutions and their approach with VVols.
4:30pm #VMworld Hall Crawl
Open to all attendees, no sign-up needed. Enjoy a refreshing beverage while you see the latest products and services from over 250 exhibitors in the Solutions Exchange.
5:00pm STO2496 – vSphere Storage Best Practices: Next-Gen Storage Technologies
This VMware Technical Communities Session will present a technical best practices with emerging storage technologies for vSphere. The storage industry is experiencing a high level of innovation that will influence your next datacenter refresh. Storage industry experts present this session in a vendor neutral perspective on best practices with storage infrastructure technologies spanning host-based acceleration, all-flash, and hyper-converged. Vaughn and Chad focused on delivering a deep technical session and have invited Rawlinson Rivera of VMware to join and expand the knowledge transfer. This session will present best practices that span connectivity, performance, availability and failure domains, data protection and automation.
7:00pm #VCDX / #vExpert Party
E&O
314 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 92108
Closed Party to VCDXs and vExperts
8:00pm vBacon TweetUp
Ferry Building
1 Sausalito
San Francisco, Ca 94111You spoke, we listened. Welcome to the newly expanded #vBacon! More bacon, more space, more themed beverages with a side of tech!
Come join @CiscoDC for the community party where everyone knows your Twitter handle.
9:00pm Trace3 VMworld Party
Infusion Lounge
124 Ellis Street
San FranciscoCA 94102
Wednesday, August 27th
8:30am INF1192 – Ask the Experts : Design Advice for Small and Midsize Business
Join several industry experts to talk about the considerations that come into play for small and midsize organizations. IT administrators at small and midsize businesses wear many hats, which requires a breadth and depth of knowledge of not just the technology, but the business as well. In this interactive design workshop, we’ll go through some of the most common challenges we see customers facing when moving towards the next generation of virtualization. Considerations will be made including management, backups, storage, & networking.
11:00am MGT3095 – vCloud Automation Center and Pivotal Cloud Foundry – Better PaaS Solution
vCloud Automation Center provides powerful capabilities for policy-based orchestration of complex infrastructure and application deployments. A Platform as a Service (PaaS) such as Pivotal CF, built on the open-source Cloud Foundry, presents a set of abstractions and capabilities that focus on the application implementation and the run-time services it will leverage.
1:00pm STO1153 – Performance best practices to run virtualized applications on Virtual SAN
Server-local storage has made a comeback in recent years, motivated by the popularity of large-scale distributed computing environments and made viable by the large storage capacities built into today’s servers. VMware’s VSAN allows us to aggregate all local storage in a cluster into a single datastore and present it for use by VMs running on any server in the cluster. Applications can use this clustered storage without any knowledge of the underlying storage hardware or the physical location of data objects within this storage. Needless to say, this shift in storage paradigm demands that we re-assess application performance.
2:30pm INF3037-SPO – How to Build and Deploy a Well Run Hybrid Cloud — THIS IS A MUST SEE
Find out what is a well-run hybrid cloud and why you should care. Learn how you can leverage best practices to assemble intelligent components to rapidly deploy a hybrid cloud that delivers on-demand services in a multitenant, fully functional, integrated VMware and EMC solution stack.
4:00pm SDDC1176 – Ask the Expert vBloggers — REPEAT SESSION — THIS IS A MUST SEE
Back for it’s 7th year at VMworld, Ask the Experts is back with an awesome panel of the industries top bloggers. In this session there are no powerpoints, no sales pitches and no rules! Experts in the industry are here to answer YOUR questions while having some fun in the process. Bring your topic, anything from Software-Defined Data Center, to End-User Computing to 3rd Platform Applications… Storage, Networking, Security. No question is off limits.
7:00pm VMworld 2013 Party
The party of the year! This year VMware brings everyone to the Yerba Buena Gardens for The Black Keys.
8:00pm #BeerTweetup
Location TBD, Check the Website
10:30pm #vStogies 2014
Cigar Bar and Grill
850 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94133A staple of VMworld. End the week with a relaxing stogie and sip of your favorite bourbon.
Thursday, August 28th
9:00am General Session
Can you wake up early enough to check out the final General Session of the week?   I hope to see you there!
10:30am MGT2487 – Built to be Extended: vCloud Automation Center
Are you tired of being told to throw everything away and start over? Does it seem “too lucrative to be true” for the consultant(s) you’ve been paying? Do you want make use of your existing investments in a rational way; as you build up your datacenter’s capabilities? Perhaps you are a solutions architect wanting to offer competitive bids by not re-implementing (and re-deploying) every wheel in the shop. Legacy does not mean broken! VMWare’s vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) was designed from the ground up to be extended. vCAC allows you to orchestrate, coordinate, and govern the services and building blocks of your existing and planned data center as it evolves to meet tomorrow’s changing business needs. In this Deep Dive, we’ll show how you can make use of existing appliances and investments when deploying Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) with vCAC. We will elaborate on how we’ve built our orchestration platform to interoperate with existing assets. Many of our customers employ management solutions to plan, track, and manage internal Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) processes. We will show how you can seamlessly integrate with already-deployed management solutions, demonstrating vCAC’s innate and flexible extensibility mechanisms.
1:30pm NET1589 – Reference Design for SDDC with NSX & vSphere
Networking & Security remained the last bastion of hurdle realizing the benefits of SDDC until the advent of NSX architecture. The NSX enables ground breaking innovations, redefining the data center networking and security architecture. This reference design session enables VMware customers and partners realizing fully automated, flexible and secure data centers with the design approaches utilizing virtualization of essential networking and security components over hardware agnostic IP transport. And how those design choices enables the on demand deployment of the multi-tiers application stack. The specific referance design covers three essential topics 1) Properties of NSX components 2) Design consideration with NSX components such as distributed routing, distributed fire wall, interaction with physical networking for routing and bridging and 3) Orchestration/Automation using vCloud Automation Center with NSX.

Tons of other great parties:

  • There are a ton (literally) of other great parties this week, I obviously cannot attend them all (but I’ll try), and I may have left some off of my calendar.
    Check out the official VMworld Gatherings page for full details on all the parties this week.

Other Must Watch Sessions at VMworld

  • STO2521 – Virtual SAN Best Practices and Use Cases
  • INF3014-SPO – Scripting and Programing Cloud Automation – How To Power Hour
  • INF1864-SPO – Software Defined Storage – What’s Next?
  • STO2754-SPO – New Kids on the Storage Block, File and Share: Lessons in Storage and Virtualization
  • INF1736 – Designing Next Generation Software-Defined Data Centers: A Panel with VMware Certified Design Experts
  • NET1861 – Automating Networking and Security Services with NSX for vSphere and vCenter Orchestrator (vCO)
  • NET1592 – Under the Hood: Network Virtualization with OpenStack Neutron and VMware NSX
  • INF1552 – SDDC: Buzzword to Reality. Discussions with SDDC Architects that Goes Well Beyond Markitecture

Must See Vendors at VMworld

Last year Puppet, PernixData and Pivotal really caught my attention at VMworld, this year I have a new list of vendors that have sparked my interest and I will definitely be checking them out.
From what you’ll see, stuff on automation, configuration management and OpenStack have my interest right now:

  • Mirantis
  • MidoKura
  • SaltStack
  • Docker
  • PLUMgrid

So there you go… A week full of events, sessions, general sessions, parties, vTweetUps and more. This is going to be an amazing week. I can’t wait to see some old vFriends and to meet some new ones!

Be sure to find me while at the show, I love meeting new people and reconnecting with old vFriends, so be sure to keep an eye out on Twitter for my live tweets.


Created on August 18, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2014 Public Voting Now Open

Boy, time really seems to be going by faster the older I get. I can’t believe it’s already been a year and we now preparing for VMworld 2014. This year I’ve submitted three separate Ask the Experts session and it’s up to you to get them included in the session agenda of VMworld 2014.  As you know, these are some of the highest rated, most attended and funnest sessions of VMworld. 7 years strong, let’s have some fun and get your questions answered by a panel of amazing experts.

For those of you that haven’t attended one of my Ask the Experts sessions here’s what you can expect… A packed audience, a panel of some of the best industry experts out there and a forum for you to ask the questions you need answers to. These industry titans have lived, breathed and defeated some of the most complex designs and problems. vSphere? vCloud Automation Center? vCenter Operations? Horizon View? Bring it on!

Remember, these sessions will not be picked up unless you VOTE! So Please, go check out the agenda, filter it by Rick Scherer and vote for these three great sessions! (Click here to vote)

Remember, the Ask the Expert sessions are driven by the audience… no script, no presentation, just a panel of experts hungry to answer your questions live! Please be sure to vote for these great sessions to ensure they’re scheduled at VMworld 2014!

Thanks for taking the time to vote, but please don’t stop once you’ve voted for my sessions. There are a number of other excellent sessions from people like Duncan Epping, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, and Matt Cowger. As well as a  joint session between Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (Pure) which shouldn’t be missed!

Thanks again and I hope to see you at VMworld US and Europe!


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VMworld 2013 San Francisco – Live Blogging

All Systems Go. VMworld 2013 has kicked off and things are in full swing. We’re about 10 minutes away from the Monday morning General Session beginning and there is definitely an excitement in the air. We have bloggers, analysts, customers, partners, attendees that have been to all 10 VMworlds (including myself) all standing around, mingling and anxious to hear Pat Gelsinger give his state of the union address.

This aggregated page will serve as a central repository for some live updates (mainly around keynotes, and sessions) as well as a live feed from my Twitter profile as well as my Instagram profile (for pictures). For my up to the minute VMworld 2013 Schedule please visit this post.

This is going to be an amazing week! I can’t wait for the fun to start and ingest all of the great information that will be delivered. I also hope to see all of you throughout the week and especially at my Ask the Experts sessions (VSVC4569 and VSVC4570)

So that’s it for now… let’s switch on the live blogging and hope this all works out! Have a Great Week!

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Created on August 26, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 Itinerary

An event 10 years in the making! 2013 marks the 10th VMworld Conference here in the US and it has officially begun.  I arrived into San Francisco yesterday and have already reconnected with some vFriends, had a great dinner with an awesome customer and even was involved in a high-speed chase (ask me to tell you the story over a couple beers)!

Like I’ve said in prior years, VMworld is by far the best IT conference on the planet. There isn’t one event that captures everything from core infrastructure components and software all the way up the stack through application development and end-user computing devices. One full week filled with education, networking, entertainment and awesome technology!

The networking opportunities have to be the best piece of VMworld, never will you be able to meet with other people as passionate about a single thing as you are. Now that VMware has a clear cut focus on the Software-Defined Data Center I think we’ll learn a lot more about some exciting new products and technologies focused around Storage, Networking and Security. Over the past year VMware has been trimming a lot of fat, and migrating some key products to a joint initiative between EMC/VMware called Pivotal. I think what this means for the industry is that VMware will be laser focused on SDDC and End-User Computing.

So here is my schedule, full of great sessions, fun networking opportunities, awesome parties and completely slammed from morning to evening….boy I love VMworld! At the bottom of the page I’m going to include some “Interested” sessions and Vendors, these are sessions that I wasn’t able to schedule due to conflict but that I’d still very much like to watch perhaps on-demand after the conference.

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Created on August 25, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 – Ask the Experts Panel Sessions

Wow…another year, and another VMworld coming up.  I can’t believe how fast time goes by, and how fast things evolve in the tech industry. I know it’s cliche to say that this will be the most exciting VMworld, because I say that every year, but honestly every year brings something new and this year is going to be no different.

Lots of changes happening to VMware, specifically around the reorganization of people and products. It finally looks like VMware has a clear cut focus, Datacenter Virtualization (Cloud/SDDC) and End-User Computing. Pivotal was formed to take 100% of the Next-Gen Application space and other products (ie: Zimbra) were sold off. VMware can now focus 100% on what they’re good at. I think we have to thank Pat Gelsinger for the disruptive yet extremely good changes VMware has gone through the past year.

So, enough blabbing, why are we really here? Well, I’ll post a full informative VMworld post in the next few days or so which will detail out my schedule and what sessions I think  people should be checking out.  This post is to remind people of two great sessions that I’ll be running at VMworld.

Ask the Experts is a highly successful session that I’ve ran for the past 6 years and this year it’s only going to get better! I’ve broken it out into two separate sessions, one hosted by expert vBloggers and another hosted by VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX). Don’t let the titles fool you, these sessions aren’t about asking how to get into blogging, or how to obtain your VCDX (although, those are both valid questions). These sessions are for you, the audience, to ask any question your heart desires around any VMware focused topic. Why isn’t this working? How should I architect my vCloud landscape? What type of storage layout should I use for VDI?

With that said, the success of these sessions are strictly dependent on YOUR participation. So, please register for VSVC4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers and VSVC4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s, attend the session and get vocal! Ask some questions!  If you’re a little shy, or perhaps not attending VMworld San Francisco you can also submit your question prior and if there is time we’ll get to it on stage live at VMworld! So please, if you do have a question feel free to submit a questionnaire with one of the links presented below. If you’re attending VMworld SF I hope to see you there, if you’re not extend a hello to me on Twitter! (@rick_vmwaretips)

To submit a question for VSVC4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers, visit http://bit.ly/14EcEKS

To submit a question for VSVC4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s, visit http://bit.ly/15o9O5S


Created on August 10, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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VMworld 2013 Public Voting Now Open

It’s that joyous time of year again! VMworld is fast approaching and Public Voting is NOW OPEN.  This year I’ve submitted three different Ask the Expert sessions with focus on different topics, so there should be an Ask the Expert session for you! I’ve also submitted a great session on integrating two great technologies, vSphere Metro Cluster and VMware Horizon View, you should definitely vote for it if you’re planning on building a geo-clustered View environment. These sessions won’t be picked up unless you vote for them, I’d love to see you all in these sessions so please, vote early and vote often :)

  • 4569 – Ask the Expert vBloggers – Duncan EppingWilliam LamScott Lowe, Rick SchererVaughn Stewart 
    One of the highest rated sessions at VMworld is back for it’s sixth year! We got the top Virtualization Bloggers in the industry and put them on stage answering your questions in a wide array of topics.
  • 4570 – Ask the Expert VCDX’s — Chris Colotti, Matt Cowger, Jason Nash, Rick Scherer, Chris Wahl
    Come get interactive with a panel of five VMware Certified Design Experts, they’ll answer your questions live.
    Experts in Cloud, Application Modernization and End User Computing are here to help.
    Working on becoming a VCDX? Ask you questions about our panel members journey to becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert.
  • 4571 – Ask the Experts – Storage Leaders — Jason Boche, Chad Sakac, Rick Scherer, Eric Siebert, Vaughn Stewart
    Come get interactive with four huge names in the storage industry. Ask your questions to leaders from EMC, NetApp, Dell and HP. How do you build a scalable storage infrastructure to match your vSphere compute deployment? What’s the best storage protocol for your Private Cloud deployment? Should I be using Round Robin or Fixed pathing? What is a SATP or PSP? Come find out!
  • 4572 – Building a vSphere Metro Cluster for VMware Horizon View — Rick Scherer
    Learn how you can leverage the vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC) reference architecture to stretch a cluster used for End User Computing. Say Hello to Always-On Follow-Me Computing.

Remember, the Ask the Expert sessions are driven by the audience… no script, no presentation, just a panel of experts hungry to answer your questions live! Please be sure to vote for these great sessions to ensure they’re scheduled at VMworld 2013!

Thanks for taking the time to vote, but please don’t stop once you’ve voted for my sessions. There are a number of other excellent sessions from people like Duncan Epping, Frank Denneman, Chad Sakac, Scott Lowe, Chris Colotti, Kendrick Coleman, Jeremiah Dooley, a number of them from the EMC vSpecialists as well as a  joint session between Chad Sakac (EMC) and Vaughn Stewart (NetApp) which shouldn’t be missed!

Thanks again and I hope to see you at VMworld US and Europe!


Created on April 23, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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Win Access to VMworld 2012 Sessions

Attention all VMware Junkies!  For those of you that were unable to attend VMworld 2012, here is your chance to get access to all of the content available from VMworld 2012!  Valued at $699 I’m giving away one voucher that will provide FREE access to all of the sessions and their content, including associated MP3′s and PDF’s! Experience all presentations online just like actually being at VMworld!

Sessions and labs are available on-demand at your own convenience in the following formats:

  1. Videos (general sessions and super sessions)
  2. Flash presentations w/ audio over slides (all breakout sessions)
  3. PDF downloads (all sessions and labs)
  4. MP3 podcats (all sessions)
  5. Demo videos and scripts (select sessions and labs)

No gimmicks to win, just submit an easy to enter entry form! That’s it!  Winners will be announced on November 2nd!
Just a final note, attendees to VMworld 2012 already get full online access but if you didn’t attend here’s a chance to get a full access pass!

Congratulations to Nikola Bravo of New York! They’ve just won a free pass to the VMworld Online content.


Created on October 27, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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