VMworld US 2018 is around the corner

VMworld 2018 US is almost here! That means it’s time for one of the largest and best-visited tech conferences on the planet. VMware will host its annual VMworld US edition from August 26th until August 30th this year at the Mandalay Bay located on the south side of the Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) strip.

Why attending VMworld US

So, what is VMworld all about? There are so many reasons to attend this tech conference, gaining insight into the most important stuff today in IT, as well as being prepared for what is coming in the near future. And of course, there is no better place for educational purposes than VMworld. During this exciting week full of technology madness you will have direct access to Breakout Sessions where almost every topic in the business industry is going to be discussed. And not to mention the training, product walkthroughs and hands-on-labs possibilities you have during the event.

Besides the ‘gaining knowledge’ part of the VMworld week, this conference offers a lot of excitement as well. VMware provides the Solution Exchange during this week where partners have their own stand and are willing to give you all the information you would like to know about their product and the integration with the VMware solutions. The perfect area to exchange your thoughts with vendors. Also, you are allowed to relax at VMworld, and you can do this in the so-called ‘VMvillage’ this is the center of VMworld where you can relax, play games and meet other people. Also, a big fun factor during this week are the parties. VMworld organizes its own party called ‘VMworld Fest’ but there are a lot of parties organized by partners as well. You can easily meet up with new people, have a chat but most important; having fun is mandatory!

Must-Attend Sessions on VMworld 2018 US

As mentioned earlier, VMworld provides a lot of sessions during this conference week. You can choose between 800 – 900 sessions or activities during the days. The content of the sessions varies and is suitable for engineers, specialists, architects and team leaders or decision makers. There is something for everyone! Because there are so many activities to choose from, it can be hard to create a proper schedule for yourself. Luckily VMware created the VMworld content scheduler (also available in the VMworld app)  which I have used to create my personal ‘I-would-like-to-see schedule’. I will highlight some sessions I would like to attend.

Clustering Deep Dive, Part 1: vSphere HA and DRS
Clustering Deep Dive, Part 2: Quality Control with DRS and Network I/O Control

In addition to the brand new released book Clustering Deep Dive by Frank Denneman, Niels Hagoort and Duncan Epping I want to attend the session in the hope to get some deep dive insight which is not covered in the book.

Introduction to NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud: Transforming the WAN
Since NSX SD-WAN is quite new in the VMware solution portfolio and after the acquisition last year I followed some online webinars about the product, but all VeloCloud-Only related. I hope to see or learn about some upcoming integration with VMware products (i.e. NSX).

Security for NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud: Ensure a Secure Path from Any Point
In addition to the Introduction to NSX SD-WAN I want to learn more about the security features and possibilities that the NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud solution makes possible.

VMware Pivotal Container Service and Kubernetes – Workshop
Kubernetes, PKS, you probably heard it already before. All the cool IT dudes are talking about it these days. Is this the only way forward for containerized applications? As I am not that kind of CNA-guy, and never played with it before I would like to learn myself to set this up in the getting-started workshop.

vSphere Host Resources, Part 3
Last year I bought the Host Resources Deep Dive book from Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort and attended both of the Host Resources sessions (Part 1 and Part 2) on VMworld Barcelona as well. Therefore, I want to attend this session where they zoom in on host resources in order to make optimal scaling decisions.

Logical Routing Deep Dive on NSX-T Data Center
NSX-T is being adopted more and more by customers since it supports integration with a lot of other infrastructure vendors and hypervisors compared to NSX-v, which is very much tied to vSphere and the VMware infrastructure. I only have played a little bit with NSX-T in lab environments, therefore I would like to get more knowledge about the differences with NSX-v and certain design decisions you can make with NSX-T.

Cloud Foundation and Composable Infrastructure: The Best of Both Worlds 
VMware Cloud Foundation, a lot of co-workers are talking ‘good words’ about it. I never had the ability to see it or work with it. Therefore I scheduled a session to get more knowledge and insight about VMware Cloud Foundation.

Besides the above-mentioned sessions, I have scheduled a few more, during the whole week I scheduled 26 sessions over 5 days. Since I’m a member of the SDDC team at ITQ with already a lot of knowledge about the current SDDC stack, I’m focusing mostly out of my comfort zone during the VMworld 2018 US tech conference in order to be prepared for what is coming the next few years.

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