My Top 10 Must See VMworld US 2016 Sessions

Posted on 10 Aug 2016 by Ray Heffer

There is a lot of excitement already for VMworld 2016 as it will kick-off in Las Vegas this year. There are going to be some cool announcements, swag, vendors and importantly great content during the keynotes and breakout sessions!

This year I won’t have so many sessions as previous years, so I will get the chance to soak it all up, meet customers, and attend some sessions myself. To get the most out of it I have compiled my own Top 10 must see sessions.

HBC7700 – Disaster Recovery in the Cloud with VMware vCloud Availability

When: Monday August 29, 11:30 – 12:30 Presenters: Diane Bartley and Roger Freixa

vCloud Air Network (vCAN) Service Providers are delivering Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery leveraging the new VMware vCloud Availability product family. Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery is a compelling and fast-growing option for companies of all sizes, worldwide. The Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market is growing rapidly at 30%+ CAGR through 2019 (multiple analyst sources). The new VMware vCloud Availability product family will enable your preferred Service Provider to support native vSphere replication of your critical VMs, as well as physical to virtual replication of your key non-virtualized workloads.

INF10017-EDU – vRealize Automation: Abstracting the vSphere Endpoint as a Cloud Resource

When: Monday August 29, 15:00 – 15:30, Thursday Sep 1, 12:30 – 13:00 Presenter: Brett Guarino

VMware vRealize™ Automation is a phenomenal product that goes beyond Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based cloud delivery solutions, and is wholly dedicated to providing a true Anything as a Service (XaaS) solution. Join us for this session where we’ll define how a traditional vSphere infrastructure built using vCenter Server and ESXi hosts will be abstracted as a resource to be used by the vRealize Automation Cloud Abstraction layer.

EUC7856 – Solve Your Citrix Problems with VMware Technologies

When: Monday August 29, 17:30 – 18:30 Presenters: Mark Ewert and Alex Birch

Are you planning a migration off Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop? Or looking for ways to make them run as well as you thought they should? Then this is the session for you. Come hear from the architect of the VMware Citrix migration and enhancement strategies as he explains how key VMware technologies such as VMware Horizon, VMware App Volumes, Instant Clone, and VMware NSX can help. We will dive deep on how to evaluate the state of the Citrix environment, assess project requirements, and review real-world scenarios. By the end of the session you will know all about the best practices, tools, and services available to ensure your project is a complete success. Come learn how VMware technologies can help solve your Citrix problems.

EUC8648 – Architecting VSAN for Horizon the VCDX Way

When: Tuesday August 30, 14:30 – 15:30 Presenters: Simon Long and Ray Heffer (I’m standing in for Travis Wood)

VMware Horizon is a proven desktop virtualization solution that has been deployed around the world. Balancing the performance and cost of a storage solution for Horizon can be difficult and affects the overall return on investment. VMware Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN) has provided architects with a new weapon in the battle for desktop virtualization. VSAN allows architects to design a low-cost, high-performance hybrid solution of solid state and spinning disks or all flash for the ultimate desktop performance. VSAN now includes features such as dedupe, compression, and metro clustering, which provides greater options to fit your use cases. Learn from two Double VMware Certified Design Experts on how to architect Horizon on a VSAN solution to provide the levels of performance your users need, with management simplicity that will keep your administrators happy and at a cost that will ensure your project will be a success.

EUC7519 – Access Point: Advances in End-User Computing Remote Access

When: Wednesday August 31, 08:00 – 09:00 Presenter: Mark Benson and Vish Kalsi

In today’s mobile workforce era, it has become increasingly important to deliver intuitive access to end-user computing resources while maintaining the strict security policies set out by an enterprise. This is a technical session in which we will be presenting advances and direction in VMware Access Point, the end-user computing virtual appliance remote access gateway. The session covers access security for VMware Horizon View, Horizon Air (DaaS), Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode, Identity Manager, and will briefly touch on AirWatch technologies.

INF9048 – An Architect’s Guide to Designing Risk: The VCDX Methodology

When: Wednesday August 31, 13:00 – 14:00 Presenters: Daemon Behr

This presentation provides an architect’s perspective of how risk affects design decisions. Following the VCDX methodology, this deep dive looks at how a large number of variables can affect the logical design of an infrastructure. Anything that is unknown or unsure can be considered a risk. The criticality and probability of those risks can determine the likelihood of success or failure. Risk management is normally under the purview of security or compliance and comes down to the architect as a set of controls, which dictates the overarching parameters for the design. This presentation argues that an architect equipped with the knowledge and tools of the risk management practice can virtually guarantee the success (or foresee failure) of any design before it has started.

SDDC7502 – On the Front Line: A VCDX Perspective Working in VMware Global Support Services

When: Wednesday August 31, 14:30 – 15:30 Presenters: Aidan Dalgleish, Chris Colotti, Joseph Silvagi and Matt Vandenbeld

How many people get the opportunity to “walk a mile in their colleagues shoes”? This panel of four well-known VCDXs had the opportunity to spend a month working in VMware Global Support Services (GSS), where they were involved in closing nearly 400 support requests. During this period, valuable insight and feedback were shared with customers and GSS, and valuable lessons were learned all around. The lessons learned during that month have been translated into discussions intended to help YOU our VMware customers. Their perspectives on what they observed from customers and the common themes of architectural design challenges were eye-opening. Come and hear from those VCDXs some of the most common issues they identified and the ways to mitigate. Take advantage of their time on the front line with GSS to help you design better VMware solutions. During this session, they will also unwrap GSS processes to help you better understand them overall, and to clarify common misconceptions about GSS.

Partner Exchange Sessions

  • PAR9813 - Cloud Platform for Business Critical Applications by Martin Hosken and Sanjay Amin
  • PAR9847 - vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers - Recipes for vCAN Success by Adrian Roberts
  • HBC8046-QT - Customer Onboarding with VMware NSX L2VPN Service for VMware vCloud Air Network by Harold Simon

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