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CNA6647-GD - Provisioning Containers to vSphere Ben will demonstrate various approaches of integrating Docker containers into the VMware vSphere® platform and the relative merits of each. He will give particular focus to how virtual administrators can use their existing operational and management processes and tools such as VMware vCenter Server™. Benjamin Corrie - Senior Staff Engineer, VMWare
Program Location: US
CNA6813-QT - Should I be Transforming my Legacy Applications into CNA? To truly get the full value of vCloud Air application deployment should your legacy application be refactored into a Cloud Native Architecture, i.e. broken into a collector of microservices? What is a micro service?Ê Why do microservices give me better value in a cloud environment? How do I decide if it is worth the investment to refactor or redevelop my application in a CNA approach? Answers to these questions and guidance on driving decisions at an enterprise level will be provided. We will arm you with the key concepts and information to start this critical conversation in your organization with the business, app development and IT teams. Chris Crafford - Practice Manager, VMware
Program Location: US
CTO6452 - Policy Unification: Enabling Policy Driven Automation of the SDDC Policy-based management has always been the ultimate goal for IT, but this was impractical due to the number of idiosyncratic services with which solutions would have to integrate and the treadmill of tracking updates to these services. The software defined data center has begun to provide the necessary abstractions to make building a policy layer practical. Realizing this vision is further complicated by the fact that individual products tend to focus on specific policy domains, largely in isolation from one another. These products recognize the value of a policy driven approach to management and have implemented valuable policy support, but because these capabilities were developed in isolation, using them is confusing to customers who have to learn to use significantly different policy mechanisms and then must ensure that everything works together using a largely manual process. In this session, we present a strategy to provide customers with a simple, consistent, unified way to use these policy capabilities, as well as provide a platform on which VMware and its partners can continue to build out complete, unified policy based management solutions. Greg Burk - Senior Staff Engineer, VMware
Program Location: US
CTO6659 - Ask the Experts – Cloud Native Applications In the brave new world of IT there is a shift in customer expectations which which is driving a change in how applications are developed and operated (e.g. DevOps), how they’re architected (e.g. microservices and 12-factor apps), and how they''re deployed (e.g. Docker and containers). This is a shift in the balance of focus from Ops lead to a Dev lead world, where developers become a first class citizen of the datacenter. VMware calls these applications "cloud-native" as they’re designed for the mobile-cloud era. VMware launched Cloud-Native Apps at the beginning of the year to address the shift that is currently taking place how applications are developed today. This session will provide you with a perspective into that world of Cloud-Native Apps. In this panel discussion hosted by one of VMware’s CTO Ambassadors we will discuss all the topics surrounding Cloud-Native Apps and walk you through the vision that VMware has for next generation application development and hosting. The panel will include VMware subject matter experts that will provide insight into what can be achieved with containerization, microservices and DevOps as well as the business impact. They will provide you with examples and real-world scenarios from field experience. As with any panel session it is meant to be interactive and open discussion around the topic of Cloud-Native Apps. We welcome everyone’s input and questions to learn and share with one another. Emad Benjamin - Principal Architect, VMware
Joe Baguley - CTO EMEA, VMware
Robbie Jerrom - Senior Solutions Architect, VMware
Martijn Baecke - Solutions Consultant, VMware
Ed Hoppitt - CTO Ambassador, VMware
Program Location: Europe and US
ELW-HBD-1684 - Disaster Recovery to the Cloud Workshop This Expert-led Workshop will guide participants through VMware's vCloud Air Disaster Recovery to the Cloud service. We will discuss the architecture of the service, perform test and planned failover & failback operations and discuss some advanced options of utilizing this service. This is your opportunity to ask the Experts how this Solution would be relevant in your environment. The self-paced version of this lab, SPL-HBD-1684, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open. Captains:  Brad Schmerbeck, Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 4:30 Ryan Wilson, Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 11:30 Chris Willingham, Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 1:30   Program Location: US
ELW-SDC-1602 - vSphere with Opertaions Management 6 Advanced Workshop In this Expert-led Workshop, you will learn about the more complex features and functions of vSphere with Operations Management including vSphere, vCenter and vRealize Operations Manager. In this Workshop, you will have access to the Product Experts and is your opportunity to ask questions relevant to your environment. The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-SDC-1602, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open. Captains: John Dias and Pvael Dimitrov Program Location: US
ELW-SDC-1610 - Virtualization 101: vSphere with Operations Management 6 Workshop In this Expert-led Workshop, you learn about the core features and functions of vSphere, vCenter and vRealize Operations. This is an excellent workshop for beginners to virtualization. In this Workshop, you will have access to the Product Experts and is your opportunity to ask questions relevant to your environment. The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-SDC-1610, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open. Captains: Carl Olafson and Pavel Dimitrov, Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM Carl Olafson and Pavel Dimitrov, Monday, August 31, 2015 at 2:30 PM Tom Lusk and Phil Balfanz, Tuesday, September 01, 2015 at 11:30 AM Carl Olafson, and Pavel Dimitrov, Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 1:30 PM Tom Lusk and Phil Balfanz, Thursday, September 03, 2015 at 9:30 AM Program Location: US
ELW-SDC-1621 - vRealize Automation 101 Workshop The Expert Led Workshop for 1621 will demonstrate how to use vRealize Code Stream to enable customers to integrate and orchestrate the DevOps release process by leveraging existing software development lifecycle tools. During the workshop the the HOL lab team will present how a developer or release manager can leverage vRealize Code Stream and vRealize Automation to provide continuous delivery by automating the tasks required to build, deploy, and test at each stage in the application release delivery pipeline.  In this Workshop, you will have access to the Product Experts and is your opportunity to ask questions relevant to your environment.  The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-SDC-1621, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open. Captains: Jeff Knous and Marco Caronna Program Location: US
ELW-SDC-1632 - vRealize Automation Advanced Workshop This expert led workshop will cover Advanced vRealize Automation topics, focusing on IaaS lifecycle extensibility.  We will review the workflow stub architecture in detail, and explore how vRealize Orchestrator and its plugins are used to implement a wide variety of? integrations.? In this Workshop, you will have access to the Product Experts and is your opportunity to ask questions relevant to your environment. The Self-Paced version of this lab, SPL-SDC-1632, is available anytime the Hands-on Labs are open. Captains: Jon Schulman and Shawn Kelly, Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 12:30 PM Kimberly Delgado and Grant Orchard, Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:30 PM Program Location: US
EUC6445-GD - UEM: User Environment Manager by Immidio with Pim van de Vis Group Discussions are a good way to join together with peers, guided by a VMware expert, and discuss a VMware key topic as selected by the group. Come to this session prepared to dive-in, engage, and share best practices. Pim van de Vis - IT architect, VMware
Program Location: US
EUC6510-SPO - Best practices to deploy All Flash Virtual SAN VDI workloads using VMware Horizon View and NSX VMware, SanDisk, Brocade and Avago have joined hands to architect highly scalable, secure VDI architecture to deliver high density 800+ virtual desktops per server. This architecture is based on unique capabilities of All Flash Virtual SAN available in VMware vSphere 6.0, 12Gb/s SAS End-to-End components, Application Delivery Infrastructure for high availability and 10 Gbe Networking. This combination of software and hardware delivers a powerful, scalable storage solution for Virtual SAN environments. VMware Virtual SAN software provides the software-defined storage tier for VMware vSphere environments. VMware Virtual SAN is a hypervisor converged storage solution that creates a flash optimized, highly resilient shared data-store. It optimizes the I/O data path to maximize throughput and minimize latency. Being embedded within the VMware ESXi kernel, Virtual SAN lowers costs and offers performance similar to traditional SANs, virtual appliances, or external devices. In this VDI architecture we demonstrate how to deploy NSX to secure VDI infrastructure through micro-segmentation, and monitored by VMware vRealize Operations Manager for Horizon with management packs from VMware, and Brocade. . Network connectivity is provided by Brocade VDX 6740, the industry’s best 10Gbe switches based on Brocade VCS technology. Application Delivery Infrastructure is based on Brocade Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC) Traffic Manager. This solution uses SanDisk Lightning Gen II 12Gb/s SSDs connected to Avago 12Gb/s SAS storage controller, which provide sustained performance over a wide range of write / read intensive, and mixed use applications. With proven endurance and superior reliability, these are ideal combination for demanding environments. Abid Saeed - Sr. Solution Architect, VMware
Nanjunda Somayaji - Sr. Technical Alliance Manager, Brocade, Inc
Biswapati Bhattacharjee - Technical Marketing Manager, SanDisk Corporation
Brian Sorby - Sr. Director, Avago Technologies
Program Location: US
HBC6546-QT - How to Get Started with VMware vCloud Air: Five Options to Deliver Business Value Companies of all sizes and industries are finding value with vCloud Air, a public cloud platform, built on the trusted foundation of vSphere and compatible with your on-premises data center. Come learn how customers just like you are are taking advantage of vCloud Air to integrate a hybrid cloud strategy into their IT operations, starting out with 5 common use cases. In this vCloud Air Quick Talk, you will walk away with a clear direction on how to add value to your organization, leveraging the vCloud Air portfolio. Angelos Kottas - Senior Director, Product Marketing, VMware
Program Location: Europe and US
INF6250-SPO - Beyond Cloud Backup: Enabling Disaster Recovery and Workload Portability Is backup TO the cloud really just a tape replacement? Is backup IN the cloud (protecting applications running in the cloud today) really necessary since you’re replicating data multiple times already? In this session, we’ll answer all of these questions, and talk about why cloud backup isn’t just a feature you “turn on” – it’s a game changer for your infrastructure. We’ll discuss some of the pitfalls of backup to the cloud and why the value is actually in recovery in the cloud, not backup. We’ll talk about why replication of cloud-based workloads alone can leave your data (and your job) unprotected and how to solve this problem. And we’ll talk about ways to protect critical data running in SaaS platforms for recovery or compliance use cases. Robbie Wright - Sr. Manager, Product Marketing - Virtualization & Cloud, CommVault Systems
John Fox - Sr. Manager, Product Management, Commvault
Program Location: Europe and US
INF6394-GD - Vsphere lifecycle with Brian Graf and Salil Suri Group Discussions are a good way to join together with peers, guided by a VMware expert, and discuss a VMware key topic as selected by the group. Come to this session prepared to dive-in, engage, and share best practices. Brian Graf - Senior Technical Marketing Manager, VMware
Salil Suri - Product Line Manager, VMware
Program Location: US
INF6399-QT - vSphere Partner Ecosystem 6.X vSphere is the SDDC platform and partnerhips are critical way to increase vSphere value-add by integrating with solutions that we would not build internally and giving our customers an open platform and choice. We are announcing three new partnership programs for vSphere 6.X in the areas of SDDC Management, Big Data, and Openstack:  (1) We are taking web client plug-in to the next level with a new partner management program to provide certified VMware-ready plug-ins as well as a new Web plug-in Marketplace  (2) Big Data is now moving from R&D to production, but Big Data deployments still move at the speed of IT rather than speed of business. Together with our key partners, we have put together a new Agile Big Data Platform that's an industry paradigm shift (3) Finally, we will focus in on a partner solution that puts open in Openstack and delivers on our vision for Openstack. This session will give an overview of our new vSphere partner programs in these three areas. Esteban Torres - Director, Business Development, VMware
Program Location: US
NET6604-GD - NSX Day 2 Operations Hear how others are using VMware NSX and network virtualization. Group Discussions are a good way to join together with peers, guided by a VMware expert, and discuss a VMware key topic as selected by the group. Come to this session prepared to dive-in, engage, and share best practices. Andy Gill - Hybrid Cloud Architect, IBM
Program Location: US
NET6609-GD - NSX Networking for OpenStack on vSphere This session is a group discussion on OpenStack Neutron's Network Virtualization capabilities with default NSX Plugin. Group Discussions are a good way to join together with peers, guided by a VMware expert, and discuss a VMware key topic as selected by the group. Come to this session prepared to dive-in, engage, and share best practices. Sai Chaitanya - Product Manager, VMware
Program Location:
NewV-101 - New V Welcome Session The focus of this session is to assist first-time attendees of the event in planning and navigating their way through VMworld. This informative session provides insight and best practices on how to get the most out of your VMworld experience. The session can be found in the Schedule Builder, and added to your schedule like any other session. Kristin Horstman
Program Location: Europe and US
PAR6382 - Become a CIO Whisperer! Aligning Sales Strategy to CIO Priorities Solution selling is accelerated when customers see VMware as not a vendor, but a strategic partner. Attend this session to understand the CIO thought process and associated 2015 CIO priorities. Attendees will leave this session armed valuable data from numerous independent CIO surveys, examples of proven engagement techniques and the ability to get CIOs to listen better than your pets. Chris Wolf - VP & CTO, Americas, VMware
Program Location: US
PAR6387 - What's New with vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) Get the latest update to our vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management product line-ups. Learn about our upgrade paths and add-on products that provide the right solution to customers as they grow their virtual environment. This session will also discuss how our power play initiative helps accelerate your business and enables you to become the trusted advisor Martin Klaus, VMware
Diane Pefferle, VMware
Program Location: US
PAR6421 - Best Practices For Deploying IaaS with vCloud Suite and vRealize Automation Two part session focused on how to set good expectations around an upcoming cloud IaaS initiative and how to start the journey by managing your current virtualized environment. With vCloud Suite you can not only gain cloud operating efficiencies but also have a way to being the process for where you are today Hartmann Schoebel - Group Manager, Cloud Management GTM, VMware
Program Location: US
PAR6426 - App Volumes Architecture and Delivery With VMware App Volumes becoming a key part of a Horizon design it is critical to have a solid architecture for App Volumes. In this session we will talk about the do's and dont's when designing an App Volumes Architecture, how you can leverage the new multi vCenter support and how that multi vCenter feature can help to support a Multi Site deployment. We will also discuss the architecture best practices for App Volumes, and how to integrate it with other VMware application technologies, ThinApp and RDSH applications. Nick Jeffries - Senior Solutions Architect, VMware
Dale Carter - Senior Solutions Architect, VMware
Program Location: US
PAR6534 - The vSphere Optimization Assessment (VOA): Best Practices for Closing a Virtualization Deal in 30 Days or Less. Over the past year hundreds of VMware partners around the globe have grown their business with the vSphere Optimization Assessment: a proven best practice that enables you to easily demonstrate the power of Operations Management and quickly close the deal. The vOA is the call-to-action for the vSOM Power Play with an average deal size of $40K and an average close rate of 35%. In this session you will learn the best practices of partners who have successfully closed deals using the vOA. We will also discuss the benefits Operations Management, how to identify your target customers, and what this sales acceleration tool provides so you can solve customer business problems and sell faster. Danny Meeks, VMware
Kyle Geisler
Program Location: US
RTM6806 - Resellers Keynote The success formula to thrive in this the new ear of mobile cloud is partner services capability and strong and enduring customer relationships. Come and hear how VMware helps to support this success. Dave O'Callaghan - SVP, Global Channels & Alliances, VMware
Laurie Evans - VP, Global Solution Providers, VMware
Teri Bruns - VP, Partner Services, VMware
Andy Banks - Vice President Global Distribution, VMware
Program Location: US
SDDC6255-SPO - Steps to SDDC: Architectural Trends, Pitfalls and Opportunities Today enterprises are stretched to the breaking point trying to deliver an increasing number of business capabilities with only an average 2% annual budget increases. Intel and VMware have a common vision and have collaborated on SDDC solutions, including virtualized compute, networking, and storage to help enterprises overcome these challenges through dramatic improvements to agility and efficiency. This session will detail how enterprise leaders have created strategic roadmaps and implemented SDDC. It will answer questions including: What to do 1st, On-Demand Self-Service or Resource Pooling? How to jump start a cloud strategy and maturity level. What are the potential hazards to be managed? Attendees will leave the session with concepts that they can utilize to optimize their own SDDC journey. Sunil Jain - DCG Virtualization Marketing Manager, Intel Corp
Gerald Seaman - DCG Cloud Marketing Manager, Intel
Program Location: US
SDDC6281-SPO - Veeam Availability Suite v9 Deep Dive Join us for a deep dive into Veeam® Availability Suite™ v9. Anton Gostev (@Gostev) and Doug Hazelman (@VMDoug) will introduce v9’s new features and enhancements designed to enable the Always-ON™ Business with Availability for the Modern Data Center™. Don’t miss this breakout to learn about Veeam’s new integration with EMC VNX or VNXe storage snapshots as well as how Veeam Cloud Connect will enable seamless cloud-based DR. Stick around to learn more about numerous enhancements around primary and secondary storage integration, major additions to our Veeam Explorers™ line, new enterprise-focused functionality, and finally – be the first to hear about three top secret v9 features representing the latest Veeam innovations! Each attendee will receive an 8GB USB stick including Veeam Backup™ Free Edition, Veeam ONE™ Free Edition, Veeam Endpoint Backup™ FREE and key product documentation. Anton Gostev - VP Product Management, Veeam Software
Doug Hazelman - VP Product Stategy, Veeam Software
Program Location: Europe and US
SDDC6402-BC - Software-Defined Data Center: Hands on with the Experts VMware will teach a 1 day rapid fire bootcamp session covering the Best Practices of SDDC and view into components Virtual Networking, Virtual Storage, Virtualizing Applications, the creation of Service Catalogs, Automation and Cloud Native Apps (CNA). Students will have an opportunity to take several hands-on-labs to help with their skills in these areas. This day will give you the in-depth experience with Solution Engineering and the technology to drive solutions into your SDDC. PLEASE NOTE: If you are staying in San Francisco, Shuttle service will be provided to and from Palo Alto for this workshop. Alka Gupta - Architect, VMware
Brent Badger, VMware
Brian LaRose, VMWare
Ibrahim Mohamed, VMware
Program Location: US
SDDC6541-SPO - Workload Consolidation- From Silos to the Software Defined Data Center Storage has become an anchor on the ship of progress in the modern, virtualized data center. Up until recently it has been slow, unpredictable, inflexible, and requires far too much operational overhead. Showing its age, storage is still sized, deployed, and managed using methods created in the 1980s. Worst of all, storage capacity and performance are often still locked together in fixed ratios, making it inevitable that even the best-run storage environment will be wasteful and inefficient. It doesn’t have to be this way. The technology and know-how exists to have storage that is a predictable, flexible, and easily managed part of an overall virtualized platform, designed to provide the performance and availability that today’s end user workloads demand. Join us as we examine a year-in-the-life of an enterprise data center. We’ll show how migrating workloads onto a single platform can be the crucial missing step as VMware customers transition from legacy architecture into a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). Jeramiah Dooley - Principal Architect, SolidFire
Josh Atwell - Cloud Architect, SolidFire
Program Location: US
SDDC6642-SPO - The Bleeding Edge: A face-melting technical smorgasbord of Private, Hybrid and PaaS As enterprises are furiously competing to maintain relevancy in the market, innovation and business agility are essential aspects of their long-term success. To support that, IT must provide agile, secure, and cost effective services. This is not an easy task, it is critical that you understand the different cloud models and how they correlate to application and business requirements, these are basic fundamentals for your continued success. In this session, we will discuss the Managed Cloud model and how the EMC Federation with Virtustream solutions will complement vCloud Air’s Public Cloud offerings. We will guide you thru the key dimensions you must consider in choosing the right cloud model for your applications. In this session you will also hear about how EMC will enable Cloud Native Apps, the container ecosystem as well as transforming storage and replication through Virtual Volumes and IO Filters. In typical Chad fashion, we’ll get our hands dirty with tons of live demos and we’ll also provide a sneak peek on how Software-Defined Storage solutions are evolving to accommodate these new application and business requirements, from extreme high performance and low latency applications to huge object repositories. You’ll see how you can start using Software-Defined Storage solutions in your environment with just a few simple steps and with no out of pocket cost, by leveraging EMC’s open source offerings. Chad Sakac - President, Global Systems Engineering, EMC
Program Location: Europe and US
SPL-HBD-1681 - VMware vCloud® Air™ - Jump Start for vSphere Admins What Is VMware vCloud Air? vCloud Air is a public cloud platform built on the trusted foundation of vSphere, compatible with your on-premises data center, that includes infrastructure, disaster recovery, and various applications as service offerings. vCloud Air allows you to extend your workloads into the cloud with ease. You can migrate existing onsite virtual machines (VMs) to the public cloud or start up new application VM’s directly in the cloud. You can easily port VM’s and other business-critical workloads back and forth to the location of your choice, all with the secure and capable foundation of vSphere.Captains:  Cleavon Roberts, Jodi Shely, Patrick Mahoney Program Location: US
SPL-MBL-1651 - Advanced Technical Concepts of Horizon 6 from A to Z. You will gain an in-depth understanding of Horizon 6 Features and Functionality, focusing on newer features and technical details on integration with products such as VMware App Volumes (AppStack Creation and Deployment) and VMware User Environment Manager (Setup/Config). Program Location: US
SPL-MBL-1655 - Introducing Flexible Desktop Management for the Mobile User with VMware Horizon FLEX This lab will provide an understanding on how VMware Horizon FLEX can help I.T. manage security while allowing the convenience of BYO and temporary mobile users. Captain:  Dean Flaming Program Location: US
SPL-PRT-1674 - Dell Storage presents Virtual Volumes, vSphere Metro Stretched Cluster and more Learn how to easy it is to configure a Highly Available Dell Storage solution in a vSphere Metro Cluster configuration and witness Live Volume Auto-Failover technology in action. Get hands on with EqualLogic's full featured Virtual Volumes lab and understand what all the excitement is about. See the ease of hardware manageability that FX2 CMC provides for vison. Captains: David Glynn, Jason Bouche, Darin Schmitz Program Location: US
SPL-SDC-1604 - vSphere Performance Optimization. This Lab covers vSphere performance best practices and various performance related features available in vSphere 6. You will work with a broad array of solutions and tools, including VMware Labs "Flings" and esxtop to gauge and diagnose performance in a vSphere Environment. Program Location: US
SPL-SDC-1606 - Cloud 101 - Deliver your Infrastructure as a Service This introductory lab demonstrates the first steps in the journey to a Software Defined Enterprise by implementing all components of vCloud Suite Standard, which focuses on the core features and functions of vSphere, vCenter, vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Automation. This is an excellent place to begin your Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) experience by moving from the world of traditional templates to blueprints that enable automated infrastructure delivery. Captains: Andrew Murphy, Kelly Montgomery, Danny Farber Program Location: US
SPL-SDC-1620 - OpenStack with VMware vSphere and NSX. VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) is a VMware supported OpenStack distribution prepared to run on top of an existing VMware infrastructure. VIO will empower any VMware Administrator to easily deliver and operate an Enterprise production grade OpenStack cloud on VMware components. This means that you will be able at to take advantage of all VMware vSphere great features like HA, DRS or VSAN for your OpenStack cloud and also extend and integrate it with other VMware management components like vRealize Operations and vRealize Log Insight. In this Hands-On-Lab we provide you with an introduction to VIO, demonstrate how it integrates with NSX and vRealize Operations and let you take the reigns in building out virtual networks with micro-segmentation while providing granular visibility and reporting. Captains:  Ed Shmookler, Marcos Hernandez, Jonathan Cham, Hadar Freehling Program Location: US
SPL-SDC-1622 - VMware Development Tools and SDKs This introductory lab will get you started building and automating cloud infrastructure solutions with VMware development tools and SDKs. These are scripter and developer focused modules and some familiarity with programming in Python or Java is expected. But don't worry, no coding is required. Complete sample code has been provided. Captain: Bob Fraser Program Location: US
SPL-SDC-1632 - vRealize Automation Advanced: Integration and Extensibility. This advanced lab will explore out-of-the-box integrations with other vRealize Suite products, and you will learn all about extending the provisioning life-cycle for many common use cases. Using vRealize Orchestrator and its plugins, you will learn how to implement custom host naming and integration with Infoblox and Puppet. You will explore the vRealize Automation API.Captains:  Shawn Kelly, Kimberly Delgado, Jon Schulman, Grant Orchard Program Location: US
STO6262-SPO - Scaling Software-Defined Storage in Retail with Virtual SAN If deploying Virtual SAN is something under consideration at your organization, come and learn about a real world, large scale Virtual SAN rollout going on at Kroger.  We will discuss the pressures Kroger’s IT architects face in terms of cost, flexibility and nimbleness, and how continuing to evolve their environment required doing something different than traditional approaches to storage and virtualization.  What are the early returns and how has the experience unfolded?  Tune in to find out. Nick Kuhn - Technology Engineer, Kroger
John Hubbard - Datacenter SSD Validation Engineer, Intel
Program Location: Europe and US
STO6286-SPO - The right foundation for the adaptable data center In recent years, innovation has driven immense change in data center infrastructure. Flash and disk hybrid storage systems, all-flash systems, converged compute and storage systems, and hyper-converged systems are platforms that are all vying to shape the future datacenter. But which of these are the right choices for the data center today, as well as the data center of the future? This session will present use cases for each of these various platforms, and discuss their tradeoffs. In particular, the session will focus on the foundation for the adaptable data center - the storage technologies that can serve as the foundation for core data center workloads, while enabling flexibility and agility for the datacenter to adapt to changing business needs. Varun Mehta - VP Engineering, Nimble Storage
Program Location: US
STO6407-BC - vSAN Workshop Software-Defined Storage represents the critical next phase to realize the Software-Defined Data Center vision and journey. VMware Virtual SAN is VMware's Software-Defined Storage approach and solution to managing storage for virtual environments. This Technical Sales Workshop will provide training on how to use Virtual SAN (VSAN) to address the customer's storage pain points around management and provisioning, performance, and costs. Including, i.e., what the product does, benefits, use cases, when and where to position, objection handling. The Workshop will also feature How to Sell VMware Virtual SAN from a Partner perspective, technical deep dive, sizing and design, and troubleshooting. PLEASE NOTE:  If you are staying in San Francisco, Shuttle service will be provided to and from Palo Alto for this workshop. Noel Nguyen - Director of Systems Engineering, VMware
Greg Mulholland - VSAN Specialist, VMware
Mostafa Khalil - Technical Director, VMware
Bo Bolander - Senior Systems Engineer, VMware
Program Location: US
STO6553-GD - Meet the Virtual Volumes Product Team with Ken Werneburg and Ben Meadowcroft Join us for a Group Discussion with the Virtual Volumes Product Team. Ken Werneburg - Senior Architect - Technical Marketing, VMware
Ben Meadowcroft - Sr. Product Manager, VMware
Program Location: Europe and US
STO6558-QT - 10 Reasons Why VMware Virtual SAN Is the Best Hyperconverged Solution As the hyperconverged space becomes more and more crowded it is hard to differentiate one offering from another. Even though many solutions sound very similar the business and operational benefits can be extremely different. If you are having hard time understanding what are the real differentiators and decisions points you need to take into account when considering one solution over the other this is the session for you. We will touch on everything you need to take into account to make an educated choice. Rafael Kabesa - Product Marketing Manager, VMware
Program Location: Europe and US
STO6596-SPO - Storage on Your Terms: Deep Dive Into Software-Defined Storage Technologies and Use Cases Software-Defined Storage (SDS) means different things to different people, with solutions ranging from do it yourself to full-fledged scale up and scale out architectures, the landscape can seem blurry and confusing. This session aims to eliminate the confusion on what all these terms mean by mapping each style of SDS with a corresponding environment. These solutions include the use of virtual server based solutions, containers, bare metal installs and even hyper-converged. Regardless of vertical or company size, from branch offices through the largest enterprise, the right Software-Defined Storage strategy can put you back in control and help you gain unmatched levels of flexibility, scalability, performance, and cost efficiency. Michael Letschin - Field CTO, Nexenta
Oscar Wahlberg - Director of Product Management, Nexenta Systems
Program Location: US
STP6306 - VMware is Easier with the K2 All-Flash Array Virtual environments give customers the required flexibility and agility, however the underlying storage can be rigid in that sense,forcing customers to spend money on storage resources they do not really need.With the Kaminario K2 all-flash array and its unique scalable architecture, it is possible to grow storage according to exact performance and capacity requirements. Shai Maskit - Senior Product Manager, Kaminario
Program Location: US
STP6313 - FlashSoft: Real-World Software-Defined Storage Acceleration Something new and exciting is happening in vSphere 6: the platform has a new enhanced framework to incorporate and support third party software-based data services for host-level solid-state caching for I/O acceleration. With our FlashSoft software, we can now take advantage of this framework to optimize overall storage performance, while running as a data service that is completely deployed and managed by vSphere storage policies. Using your choice of any solid-state device in the server, the software delivers fully automated flash performance without disrupting existing server and storage infrastructure. As a VMware partner technology, the cache is integrated with vSphere and managed through Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM), providing real-world software-defined storage acceleration. Come learn details on how this new technology from VMware and SanDisk delivers improved read and write-back caching and high availability, and how it provides benefits in terms of both storage performance and business value. Tom Matson - Sales, SanDisk Corp.
Program Location: US
STP6628 - Hybrid IT- Moving Workloads to the Cloud without the headaches Moving workloads to the cloud presents many challenges for the enterprise--maintaining agility, infrastructure management hurdles, and unexpected costs. Often hampered by single-solution providers, the technical and network challenges can quickly mount, causing delays, headaches, and financial overruns. In this session we will discuss the challenges every enterprise should be aware of when moving workloads to the cloud, and how to achieve speed, agility, reliability & security, and reduced TCO with your hybrid cloud environment Michael Joffe - Director Product Marketing, CenturyLink
Program Location: US
STP6673 - How State-of-the-art Solid State Storage and Caching are Radically Improving Virtualization Solid state drives are laying the foundation for more precise, usage-supported business decisions in real-time, as the transition from hard drives to SSDs for virtualized and cloud environments accelerates. Ultra-high speeds, greater cost-efficiency, 3D production, 3-bit architecture, NVMe technology, and IO-Filter and (VAIO) optimized caching software will be spotlighted. Bob Napaa - Director of Memory Product and Strategic planning
Program Location: US
VAPP6433-GD - vNUMA & SQL Server with Rob Girard and Shawn Meyers There's more to NUMA than physical boundaries in your server hardware. This session will dive deep into pNUMA & vNUMA settings within vSphere, Windows & SQL Server to aid you in getting the settings right to maximize performance. Rob Girard - Technical Marketing Engineer, Tintri
Shawn Meyers - Principle Architect, House of Brick
Program Location: Europe and US
VAPP6440-QT - Virtualized Business Critical Applications and Databases Virtualized Infrastructure being used as the platform for Business Critical Applications (BCA) and databases has been a viable option since the introduction of vSphere 4. Since that time, the proposition has become more compelling as the capabilities of vSphere in terms of both resource allocation and the plethora of features that allow customers to meet the requirements of their varied Service Level Agreements (SLAs) have been enhanced. vSphere 6 is capable of extending a single virtual machine to 128 vCPUs and 4TB memory which leads to the inevitable conclusion that nearly every application implementation no matter how critical or imposing is a viable candidate for virtualized infrastructure. The idea that "No Application to be Left Behind" is no longer simply a slogan, it is reality. In this session, Nathan Biggs, CEO of House of Brick and Don Sullivan from VMware will discuss the history and present state of Business Critical Applications on vSphere. They will also preview the categories of sessions related to BCA which will be delivered through VMworld 2015. Nathan Biggs - CEO, House of Brick Technologies
Don Sullivan - Product Line Marketing Manager for Business Critical Applications, Vmware
Program Location: Europe and US
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