With 60 days to go to the Barcelona event, the Content Catalog for VMworld Europe 2016 is filling up and the Schedule Builder will be coming online later this month. Here’s a look at some of the sessions already listed that I’m hoping to get onto my timetable. There’s lots to choose from, and this is by no means a complete or final list for my schedule- just five highlights I’ve spotted in the list so far.
1- The Power Hour: Deep Dive, DevOps, and New Features of PowerCLI [INF8092] with Luc Dekens and Alan Renouf
I saw Alan and Luc in action last year where they were “Automating Everything with PowerCLI Deep Dive” (YouTube link) and it was a thoroughly useful session. This is most definitely in my to-do list for 2016.
2- VMware NSX-Deep Dive [NET9152] with Jacob Rapp
There’s a number of sessions on NSX that I’m interested in, but from experience I’m planning on attending the heavier sessions and catching up on the more intro/overview sessions online. This makes my schedule workable, and personally I believe I learn the most this way. This one is currently scheduled for the Tuesday morning straight after the Keynote, so it’s a case of diving in at the deep end!
3- How to Manage Health, Performance, and Capacity of Your Virtualized Data Center Using vSphere with Operations Management [INF8275] with Kyle Ruddy and Himanshu Singh
vSphere with Operations Management is the core of the virtualised infrastructure, and I try hard not to overlook that in favour of the exciting things happening in the surrounding ecosystem. This talk promises demonstrations “of the latest features and capabilities via various scenarios and use cases”, which sounds promising.
4- What’s New with vSphere [INF8375]
Referred to in the Content Catalog as “A VMworld staple”, this session covers everything that’s new to vSphere in 2016 along with future directions the platform is heading in. It was filled last year, so one to book in early this year to get a seat. There’s a series of “What’s New” breakout sessions on throughout the week covering vCenter Server, vSphere, Storage, Horizon, vRealize and more.
5- Troubleshooting vSphere 6 Made Easy: Expert Talk [INF9205] with Ragavendra Kumar and Abhilash Kunhappan
Currently scheduled for last thing on the last day (must make sure I can catch the plane home afterwards!) this session promises insights into the “black art” of vSphere troubleshooting. It will cover the tools and log files available and examples of how to use them.
Not yet signed up for Barcelona in October? You can register here.
VMworld Europe 2015 is next week. Whilst this is my first time at the VMware conference (yep, I’m a NewV), here are some general purpose tips from my other conference experiences.
- Travel: Scope out the transport to the venue in advance- is registration open the evening before? Don’t wait till the Monday morning rush hour to find out how the local metro works. You’re likely to be doing a lot of walking, even when you get to the venue, so make sure you wear comfortable footwear.
- Go to those breakout sessions, even if they are being recorded. This is your learning time, your (hopefully) not interrupted by the day-to-day of the office time. If you skip those sessions you may not get the chance to go back and watch them. You’ll certainly miss out on the chance to ask questions, follow up in person with the speaker, or use that new-found knowledge later in the week.
When you’re at the sessions take notes. Lots of notes. This might be just a personal thing, but I find I can recall the knowledge much better if I write it down, even if I don’t refer back to all the notes.
- Tour the Vendor area. It’s not just about getting free pens and t-shirts- find out about the products. From the big conferences like VMworld and Ignite down to the more local one’s like VMUG or the Insight show you have the opportunity to speak to several vendors in one place rather than arranging separate trips or online sessions with each one. But do pick up the t-shirts anyway 🙂
- Speak to your fellow IT Professionals. There’s a lot of networking activities at these events and it’s a great opportunity to make contacts in the industry and find out how everyone else does things. You might find your next job, next employee, next sale, or next purchase. Even if you feel like the most reserved, shy, introverted person in the room go and speak to someone. If nothing else that might be one more friend for next time.
- Remember, when it’s all over, you can go back to the office and relax 🙂
Here’s five things from the US leg of VMworld 2015 I’m looking forward to finding out more about at the European event in October.
- Project A2– The Enterprise Mobile Management of Airwatch coupled with the application delivery of App Volumes. Could this be another tool for our “Any App, Any Device, Any Where” toolbox?
- VSAN, VVols, and more- There’s a lot of new storage options out there to support a vSphere 6 Virtual environment, so I’m planning on spending some time fighting through the vJargon and finding out which bits are best for the future of the infrastructure I manage.
- Cross-Cloud vMotion. Live migrations of VMs between clouds is (in my opinion) a vital component of the public/private/hybrid Virtual Infrastructure Model. And coupled with the long-distance vMotion features this could be a big step forward.
- Software Defined Data Centre- There was lots of content about the SDDC, the latest iteration of VMware’s modern Virtualisation Architecture, integrating Storage and Network virtualisation into the Server virtualisation package. I’ve got several related breakouts already in my Session Planner around this, both from the technical point of view but also looking at how an organisation can change and benefit from the technology.
- Ready for Any?- The tagline of the conference is “Ready for Any”, but several people have commented that perhaps this is “Any VMware product”. Despite this we’re starting to see more interaction with Microsoft- an MS Exec was even onstage during a Keynote talking Windows 10 and a demo of App Volumes working alongside SCCM, so perhaps the utopia of “any VM vMotioning between any vendors’ cloud” will soon be possible.
I should also give a quick mention to Terkel Olsen’s comprehensive T-Shirt Reviews