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VMworld US 2017 Tuesday Keynote Highlights

Following on from my write up of the Monday keynote, here’s my highlights from the Tuesday VMworld keynote streamed from Las Vegas.

Pat Gelsinger kicked off the Keynote for the second day in a row, starting off with a fireside chat with Michael Dell using questions submitted by attendees from the previous day. A similar format was played out last year, but this was much more relaxed, and felt to me much more like a discussion between two leaders and less like the “Mr Gelsinger interviews Mr Dell” from before.

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VMworld US 2017 Monday Keynote Highlights

vmw2017sqMonday 28th August 2017 and VMworld has officially kicked off and Monday morning in Las Vegas saw the first keynote of the US event. Whilst I’m waiting patiently for my trip to the European leg in two weeks time I was able to keep track as the Keynotes are live streamed for remote viewers– here’s my highlights from this session.

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VMworld Europe 2017

It’s confirmed- I’ll be returning to Barcelona in September as an official Blogger for VMworld Europe 2017. Thanks again to Corey Romero and the VMware Community team for extending me this opportunity.

Following the 2016 event I’m looking forward to a week of intense learning whilst meeting old friends and making new ones. If you fancy joining me, here’s what you need to know about registering and getting to the event:

What, When, Where?

VMworld Europe is the EMEA leg of the largest virtualisation conference in the world. It offers not only an front-row seat to the latest and greatest offerings from VMware themselves but also the newest developments from the massive ecosystem of suppliers that VMware sit in.

This year the conference returns to Barcelona slightly earlier than usual- on the 11th to the 14th of September. This is just 10 days after the equivalent US event.

Getting that Conference Pass

Registration for the conference is open now and there’s a number of discounts available to help keep the cost down. The Early Bird Rate runs till 20th June and takes 200 Euros off the price. Additionally if you’re a VMUG Advantage subscriber or VCP certified you can get an additional 75 Euro reduction. Finally there’s lower prices for groups (if you want to take your colleagues along) and for Alumni of the event.

Check the registration page on VMworld.com for full details and to register online.

Getting There

Barcelona is served by the city airport – El Prat – with flights from most locations. Once on the ground there is a direct Metro connection to both the conference centre (€4.50 per ticket) and the city, shuttle buses (€5.90) to the city centre, and of course taxis are readily available.

Plane

Easyjet. One of the many airlines that serve Barcelona airport.

The conference centre- Fira Gran Via– is located outside the city centre, and easily accessible on the Metro. In previous years I’ve found this to be a quick, safe, and reliable method of getting around town. The entrance to VMworld is adjacent to the “Fira” station on the L9 Sud metro line (see here for some more info) and free metro passes are usually available for attendees from the conference reception. If not a “T-10 ticket” is currently 10 Euros and valid for ten journeys- you can purchase them at the vending machines in any station (which have multi-language support).

Fira Gran Via

VMworld 2016 at the Fira Gran Via conference centre.

Accommodation

When booking your conference pass for VMworld you can also book a discounted hotel room from their official list, but there are many hotels, AirBnBs, and apartments available in Barcelona. In my experience I would recommend finding a hotel near to a Metro station- locations near Plaça de Catalunya, Avenue del Paraŀlel, or north-east of Plaça de Espanya along Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes are all handy for both the metro links to the conference itself but also the evening events which are held in the city centre and beachfront areas.

W Hotel in Barcelona

The W hotel on the beach- one of Barcelona’s premier hotels. Great views, but you’ll want a taxi to get anywhere.

Questions

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me below or on Twitter and I’ll help if I can. The VMworld organisers themselves can be contacted through the conference website or Twitter, or link in the hashtag #VMworld for community assistance.

Go on, VMworld is less than 100 days away so register now and I’ll see you there!

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VMworld 2017-One Month Left on Early Bird Discount

Early-Bird pricing for the annual VMware VMworld events ends June 12th (for the US event) and June 20th (for the European event). That means there’s only a month to go before the price goes up to the regular rate.

The event is (as always) shaping up to be great, and whilst details are still under development I’m expecting the following to feature at the event.

  • vSphere on AWS. This was announced last year (just in time for the VMworld Europe keynote) with release lined up for mid-2017. I’m expecting to see a launch, lots of publicity, and a few customer stories from those who have been trying it out already. I think there will also be a continuing push on VMware products on other clouds- the recent Horizon on Azure announcement and the VMware/Google Partnership as just two examples.
  • vSAN. Version 6.6 was released in April this year and based on the normal release tempo and comments and discussions on podcasts and in community meetings I’m expecting the next version to be announced at VMworld, possibly with a GA date just afterwards. What will the new version bring? At this moment I’m not too sure but I’m expecting continuing developments around the data encryption introduced in 6.6.
  • Dell. The Dell takeover was announced at the start of VMworld Europe 2015 and was finalised September last year. Whilst there have been some worries about the acquisition of VMware adversely affecting it’s independence and the flourishing ecosystem –many of whom are Dell’s competitors – don’t forget that VMware was owned by EMC before this and this didn’t seem to affect other storage vendors interaction. The whole company, from Michael Dell and Pat Gelsinger down have from the outset said that VMware would keep that independence, and I’m happy to believe that. I’m expecting the Dell-EMC presence to be as strong as ever but I’m also expecting the other vendors to continue on.
  • On the Dell EMC front, at DellEMC World they recently announced VDI Complete Solutions– a hyperconverged platform running vSphere/Horizon sold on an Op-Ex friendly subscription model. This has got quite a few people excited and I’m expecting to hear more on this front. I also wouldn’t be surprised if other hardware vendors made a similar offering.

Early-Bird discounts end in June for both the US and European events, so what are you waiting for?

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VMworld 2017 Session Voting

On Tuesday VMware announced that voting for VMworld sessions had started. This is an opportunity for members of the VMware community to “help shape the agenda” for the conference. Lots of people voting for one session isn’t a guarantee that it will appear but high ratings definitely direct the conference organisers to popular topics from the nearly 2,000 submitted in the CFP.

Here’s some of my highlights from the catalogue – have a look yourself and see if you agree with me. Voting runs till April 13th 2017.

The Power Hour – PowerCLI 10th Birthday Edition [1875]

VMworld Europe 2016 Power Hour

Always a staple in my VMworld viewing calendar –  the corresponding session was top of my Sessions to look out for list last year. This session marks the 10th anniversary of PowerCLI and Luc Dekens and Alan Renouf promise to accompany a history lesson with some new features and deep dives into the tool.

Ask the vCenter Server Experts Panel [2894] and/or Meet the vCenter Server Experts Panel [1440]

I’m not sure what the difference between these two proposals is, but these sessions offer the chance to ask questions of some of VMware’s top experts. There’s a benefit here from being a passive audience member or catching up online, but the real bonus is the opportunity for in-person attendees to ask questions based on their real-world vCenter experience.

How to Prepare for VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization [1533] with Steven Baca

An interesting looking session covering what the VCP certification involves and resources available and then diving into exam questions in the second half. Presented by one of the authors of the official certification guide.

What’s New with…..

As always there’s a whole series of “What’s New” sessions – I counted at least twelve titled proposals in the list. The new/recent developments are often the biggest talking points at VMworld – delivered through the Keynote and then in detail at breakouts like these- and always feed the discussions outside of the sessions. In particular I’d like to see what the latest and greatest developments are in vSphere (What’s New with vSphere [2342]) , vCenter (What’s New with vCenter [2779]), and vSAN (What’s New in VMware vSAN? [3054]).

Customer Story: Real world deployment of App Volumes for 20,000 users [1653]

Working in Higher Education IT, this session co-hosted by VMware and Maastricht University on their experience rolling out AppVolumes got me interested. It’s always interesting to see the real-world use cases of the existing technology being demonstrated at these events alongside the fresh-from-the-factory new features.

Battle of the Vs (vSAN vs VVols) [2248]

Drawn in by the title, the abstract of this talk looks interesting too. Pete Flecha and Duncan Epping take VSAN and VVols “head to head” to find out when each technology should be used.

Auto-Deploy 6.5 – you can SEE the Future! [1059]

This session caught my eye- Rebecca Fitzhugh and Mike Burkhart plan to cover the enhancements in Auto Deploy released in vSphere6.5, in particular the new GUI.

vSAN Troubleshooting Deep Dive [1315]

This looks like a heavy-duty session. It’s always interesting to see what the experts do when something goes wrong as opposed to what they do to make things go right. Any session that increases knowledge in a way that might just save the business time and support calls makes sense.

Quick Talks

There are 82 “Quick Talks” listed on the voting pages. These often overlooked sessions, many of which seem to end up on the Monday (in Barcelona at least), are a useful addition to the schedule in my opinion. Shorter than the usual breakouts these sessions either give an introduction to a technology or focus on a small feature in detail. The introduction sessions are great for getting a look at something in the portfolio that is perhaps outside of your regular sphere, but without committing a full precious hour of your planner to at the conference.

Examples from the Quick Talks category that caught my eye include “Exploring Photon Platform [2349]”, “Kubernetes Networking 101 [2603]”, “Site Recovery Manager – Disaster Recovery Testing at it’s finest [2076]”, and of course “Virtually Speaking Podcast – Live Edition! [1948]”

 

The voting catalogue has lots to choose from and I’m just skimming the surface in this post. I couldn’t possibly list all the ones I’m interested in here and I’ve undoubtedly missed some potential favourites . Check out the VMworld blog for more information and a link to the voting pages containing all the proposed sessions. If there’s any sessions that I’ve missed above that you think should definitely be included, drop a comment below and let me know which ones and why.