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BCO6685-SPO - Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Production and Backup Refresh It’s no wonder that improving backup/recovery and disaster recovery top annual IT priorities lists! Your data center is continually changing. Virtualization proliferation, scale, cloud models, expansion with remote and branch offices, and sheer capacity growth, coupled with the ongoing challenges of managing legacy backup and replication products, are creating pain points in organizations of all sizes.   At the same time, initiatives to reduce complexity, consolidate data centers and disparate IT components, integrate management consoles, create efficiencies for operational staff via automation, and scale to keep pace with growth are dictating changes in IT infrastructure. For some, these initiatives have fueled adoption or planned deployment of next-generation architectures like hyperconverged infrastructure.   Whether you’ve taken steps to evolve your infrastructure, or you’re starting to plan a technology refresh, it may also be time to rethink backup, recovery and disaster recovery approaches. Why would you modernize your production environment and not modernize your data protection environment? Jesse St Laurent - VP, Product Strategy, SimpliVity
Program Location: Europe and US
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
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
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
HBC6560-GD - Disaster Recovery as a Service and Object Storage with David Hill and Roshni Pary 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. David Hill - Snr Tech Marketing Architect, VMware
Roshni Pary - Senior Product Marketing Manager, VMware
Program Location: Europe and US
HBC6565-GD - DevOps with vCloud Air with Bob Webster and Ashok Aletty 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. Bob Webster - Technical Marketing Manager, VMWare
Ashok Aletty - Sr. Director, Solution Engineering, VMWare
Program Location: 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
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
NET6320-SPO - Make the data center of tomorrow a reality today: VMware and F5 combine forces in the SDDC to orchestrate Advanced Networking Services for your Horiz The data center of the future will deliver greater agility, lower costs, hardened security, higher performance, and better reliability. Why wait for the future when this is reality today? VMware and F5 are in collaboration to ensure that in this new era of software-defined everything, your apps are able to dynamically and automatically leverage the necessary network services to function at peak performance. In this session we’ll demonstrate how this works and share practical architectural guidance on how to get started today. Imagine being able to orchestrate a real enterprise application from network and application provisioning to desktop deployment with remote access and micro segmented security. We will showcase VMware’s NSX and vRealize Orchestrator working together with F5 to orchestrate the provisioning, remote access, and micro segmentation of a Horizon environment. Paul Pindell - Sr. Solution Architect, F5 Networks
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:
NET6611-GD - Micro-Segmentation for Healthcare 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. Geoffrey Huang - Director, VMware
Program Location: US
NET6616-QT - Creating the SDDC for Healthcare - Mike Feld
Program Location: US
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
OPT6851-S - A conversation with the VMware CIO: Suggestions on being an IT Leader: Beyond the hardware and software Being an IT leader includes: 1) staying abreast of industry trends; 2) leading from a customer-centric view of IT’s mission and; 3) knowing how to apply that knowledge and customer-first perspective to influence your organization. Bask Iyer, VMware’s CIO, talks extensively with customers and vendors grappling with industry’s trends and business transformation. He will share his observations as to the steps IT organizations are taking to move to the cloud, shift to delivering applications on mobile-first basis, and invest more resources in innovation to drive business success and less in ‘keeping the lights on’.  Then, he will discuss how an IT professional can lead his organization to respond to these trends. Bask believes IT professionals should focus on representing the customer (both your business employees and your end users) when building applications, creating business processes, and setting IT strategy. It can be daunting for an individual to steer his department towards this mindset. He’ll share examples of how VMware IT leaders guide their organization’s projects and programs to adopt this perspective. These insights and examples should spark lots of thoughts and ideas about ‘how to’. Here’s your opportunity to tap the experience of VMware’s CIO, who has led three major corporations through IT transformations, each in a different industry over the past 25 years and he now is using that experience to move VMware IT to the next level. So come prepared to learn, be inspired, and ask questions about being an IT leader.   Bask Iyer - SVP & Chief Information Officer, VMware
Program Location: Europe and 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, 7:00a.m. at Moscone North for this workshop. Held at VMware HQ, 3425 Hillview Ave. Hilltop A Lobby, Palo Alto, CA 94304 Alka Gupta - Architect, VMware
Ibrahim Mohamed, VMware
Brian LaRose, VMWare
Brenton Badger - Sr. Manager GPO, 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
SEC6224-SPO - Data Center in Transition - A Journey to a Secure Hybrid Data Center Today, the boundaries for an IT organization’s environment continue to be redefined by adoption of private clouds and hybrid deployments on public infrastructure. Successfully moving to the software-defined data center offers reduced cost with simpler management and demand-driven, any-place accessibility. At the same time, IT struggles to deal with today’s increase in security threats and heightened risk. Fortunately, software-defined infrastructure brings along a transformation of security controls: built-in rather than bolted on - ensuring better protection than perimeter-oriented enforcement. Together, VMware with Intel Security accelerate secure adoption of virtualized SDDC by uniting the technologies for business agility with those providing trust and compliance. This session provides insight into the security technology foundation for virtualized, hybrid data center, examining real world challenges customers face in transition. What critical security capability is enabled by the hybrid data center? How can optimized security policies and management support a shared security model for cloud deployment of critical applications? How does this unify diverse enforcement, sharing virtual micro segmentation? Come see how VMware and Intel Security are collaborating to provide better security than ever, through the virtualized data center. Jeremiah Cornelius - Security Architect, VMware
Ben Andrew - Strategic Product Management Lead, Intel Security
Program Location: Europe and US
SEC6318-SPO - Trusted Security in the Software Defined Data Center: Real-World Use Cases Across VMware Platforms We know by now that the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) automates provisioning and massively reduces time-to-market for applications and services. However, many organizations are still relying on legacy physical server security to protect their SDDC. When securing your virtualized and cloud environments it is imperative that you incorporate a multi-vector security architecture that include anti-malware, IDS/IPS, firewall, integrity monitoring and log inspection to maximize protection against the next big attack. In this session, you will hear proven security practices from a cross-section of industry professionals from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Essilor and FireHost. The panel will provide insight into how they protect their virtualized servers, VDI desktops and cloud environments, all through one security platform. In addition, you will learn how to extend the benefits of VMware NSX micro-segmentation with advanced security controls that enable elastic protection throughout the life-cycle of a VM. Ben McCormack - VP Service Delivery, FireHost
Tanweer Surve - Director, IT End User Services, ESSILOR
Thomas Cifrino Jr - Technology Manager, Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization
Bill McGee - SVP & General Manager, Cloud and Data Center Strategy, Trend Micro
Program Location: 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
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, 7:00a.m. at Moscone North for this workshop. Held at VMware HQ, 3425 Hillview Ave. Hilltop A Lobby, Palo Alto, CA 94304 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
STO6661-SPO - Is An All Flash Virtual SAN Too Expensive? Are you considering implementing flash storage into your enterprise? Are you thinking about implementing a Virtual SAN? Do you believe going with a hybrid solution will save cost? The IT administrators and SSD engineers at Micron will give you a tutorial on the Total Cost of Ownership savings of setting up an all Flash Virtual SAN vs. other options. We will also demonstrate the flexibility of the all flash solution and how to optimize the configuration for your different needs. You’ll be able to articulate to Management the value of an all Flash Virtual SAN. Jason Massae - IS System Manager, Micron Technology Inc.
Jared Hulbert - Software Development Manager, Micron
Program Location: Europe and 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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