VMworld Europe: Suggested Sessions

VMworld starts on Tuesday, October 9th. That’s less than week to go! Therefore, I quickly want to share with you some of the highlights of the show:


11:00 EUC-EUC1190 – VMware View 5.1 Reference Architecture

Daniel Beveridge – Sr. View Architect, Office of CTO, VMware, Inc.
Tristan Todd – Reference Architect Engineer, VMware
Shridhar Deuskar – Technical Director, EMC Project X, XtremIO
Mac Binesh – Group Product Manager, VMware

This session provides a review of the VMware View™ 5.1 Reference Architecture – a validated virtual desktop solution with datacenter infrastructure including desktop hardware, networking hardware and storage infrastructure. Validation for the VMware View Reference Architecture was performed at scale in a lab environment simulating concurrent user virtual desktop environment, executing a realistic desktop workload. Included in this session is a description of the test environment and equipment, samples of actual test results and the user profile description. With validated architectures, customers can have confidence that a virtual desktop environment can be efficiently implemented and that it will perform as expected.

12:30 INF-STO2980 – vSphere 5.1 Storage Best Practices

Chad Sakac – Vice President, VMware Technology Alliance, EMC Corporation
Vaughn Stewart – Director for Cloud Computing solutions and Virtualization Evangelist, NetApp

Storage industry experts will discuss a number of best practices for connecting vSphere 5 to SAN & NAS storage platforms with a focus on performance, availability, and manageability.

17:00 INF-BCO2982 – Stretched Clusters & SRM; How and When to Choose One, the Other, or Both?

Chad Sakac – Vice President, Global Presales Manager, EMC Corporation
Scott Baker – Sr. Manager, Virtualization Technical Marketing Engineering, NetApp

Need to deploy a highly-available vSphere cluster that spans two data centers? When should you deploy a geo-spanned storage cluster, a distributed storage cache, or SRM?


11:00 SPO3338 – The Latest in IT Transformation with EMC and VMware

Chad Sakac – Vice President, Global Presales Manager, EMC Corporation

Cloud computing transforms IT, delivering the maximum possible IT efficiency and flexibility. Together, EMC and VMware enable the most efficient and flexible infrastructure and management solutions for virtualization and hybrid cloud environments. This is a must-see session for anyone wanting to hear and experience the latest integrated technologies from EMC and VMware and also what future innovations are being developed, such as stretched active/active clustering. This session will cover the latest technologies including the updates to VAAI, VASA, vSphere 5.1, vCloud Director 5.1, View 5.1, intelligent virtual storage with vCenter Operations, and a service-driven management “mash-up” tool for better visibility and control in cloud environments. It will unveil major EMC platform updates that deliver non-stop reliability and simplicity at unlimited scale for hybrid clouds, Big Data, and virtualized mission-critical applications. EMC will announce its newest, scalable VSPEX reference architecture for VMware View. Likewise, EMC is transforming VMware backups, enabling VMs to be backed up 3x faster with 30x quicker recovery. End-user computing in the post-PC era is very different from an accessibility, application, and security perspective. Learn how you can build, centrally manage, and secure any SaaS, Web, and Windows applications to deliver them to end-users on the device of their choice – and do it with incredible performance, experience, and cost-effectiveness. The session will include real-world customer examples, updates to best practices, and fun demonstrations of the latest cutting-edge technologies.

15:30 INF-STO1545 – Architecting Storage DRS Datastore Clusters

Frank Denneman – Senior Architect Technical Marketing, VMware
Valentin Hamburger – Sr. Technical Account Manager, VMware, Inc.

In this session Frank Denneman and Valentin Hamburger will cover and explain in great detail what to consider when building a Storage DRS datastore cluster. Introducing the concept of datastore clusters can affect or shift the paradigm of storage management in virtual infrastructures. The goal is to demonstrate the relationship between the datastore cluster and existing objects in the virtual infrastructure and how the introduction of datastore clusters can effect various design decisions. This session is a must for anyone implementing Storage DRS that wants to maximize their cluster and vSphere resource designs.

17:00 OPS-CIM1564 – Troubleshooting Using vCenter Operations Manager

Praveen Kannan – Sr. Product Manager, VMware
Kit Colbert – Principal Engineer, VMware

This session will cover some of the common troubleshooting scenarios that users typically encounter when managing a VMware vSphere® environment and show what tools are available in vCenter™ operations to isolate and resolve these problems quickly.

20:00 VMworld Party


12.00 INF-VSP1475 – vSphere 5 Design Discussions

Scott Lowe – CTO, vSpecialist Team, EMC Corporation
Forbes Guthrie – Virtualization Architect, vreference.com

Led by authors Scott Lowe and Forbes Guthrie (co-authors of “VMware vSphere Design”), this session will focus on high-level topics around vSphere 5 design. There are lots of decisions that need to be made in a typical vSphere design, and VMware vSphere users who do not have experience in vSphere design might not be aware of some of these decisions and the effect these decisions can have on the final implementation. This session aims to help provide some high-level guidance on designing a VMware vSphere environment, with information taken from real-world experience and a focus on interactive participation from session attendees.

13:30 – SPO3337 – Transform Your Mission Critical Applications on EMC and VMware

Adam Wagner – Consultant Cloud Architect, EMC Corporation, EMC Corporation
Sam Lucido – Oracle Global Functional Leader, EMC Corporation, EMC Corporation

A vital step towards delivering IT as a Service (ITaaS) is virtualizing mission-critical applications to gain unprecedented efficiency, application availability, business agility, and time to market. Enterprises need to decide whether to virtualize their mission-critical applications and supporting IT infrastructures while upgrading and migrating to newer releases, such as Oracle 11g, SQL Server 2012, SAP LVM, and SAP HANA – and also completely new data and application models using technologies such as Hadoop. Come to this session to learn how Oracle Databases can be successfully consolidated onto cloud environments while managing system resources to maintain SLAs and increase performance of your Oracle environment. Understand where you can benefit the most by leaving the legacy RDBMS model behind – and using next-generation technologies. Understand how to confidently transform your SAP environment and accelerate your application deployments. Together, EMC, Cisco, and VMware are taking a leadership role within the SAP community to deliver certified SAP Landscape Virtualization Manager and SAP HANA solutions to ensure that customers receive the scalability, high availability, disaster tolerance, and continuous access required for their mission critical information. This session explores several customers’ transformational journey with SAP Software as a Service (SaaS)-based application deployments and other mission critical applications and how they built world-class private cloud infrastructures.

Additional Information

Many of the sessions that are listed above are held by my peers from either EMC or VMware.
Besides the sessions I will visit the EMC Hands-on-Labs (HoL), simply because they are great and give you insight in the latest and greatest of EMC technologies. More often than not they are paired with a cool VMware product. So, check it out. You can find the HoL when you take a left in the direction of Folsom Street at the VMware booth and walk almost to the very end of the hall.

Enjoy VMworld!

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