Booth Duty:
I’ve #VMworld booth duty. Come and meet me in the EVO:RAIL Pavilion near the Solutions Exchange – Mon 1-3pm; Wed 1-3pm; Wed 2-5pm

If your not at this years VMworld Event – you can post questions to the forum – https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/evo-rail

The conferrence has video all about EVO:RAIL… Check it out here:

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For some reason “No Limits” always makes me think of song by 2UNLIMITED – “No Limits”

This isn’t really my sort of beat-combo music, but its testiment to how some high-energy, high-octane danze music can give you an ear-worm…

Well, this post is long over-due but its really my own recommended list of VMworld 2014 sessions. These particular session are somewhat last minute, and they only appear in the schedule builder recently – so you may want to review your sessions if you have already done so – to free up some slots.  Before I name check those… I shoud pimp my own ride…

IMPORTANT: In order for these hyperlinks to work you must be logged in to BOTH the vmworld.com site AND Session Builder.

Hands on Lab

If you want to actually play with EVO:RAIL there is a HOL-SDC-1428 – VMware EVO:RAIL Introduction

INF1192 – Ask the Experts : Design Advice for Small and Midsize Businesshttps://www.michellelaverick.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=5490&action=edit

Tuesday, Aug 26, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Moscone West, Room 3002
Wednesday, Aug 27, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Marriott, Yerba Buena Level, Salon 7

Join several industry experts to talk about the considerations that come into play for small and midsize organizations. IT administrators at small and midsize businesses wear many hats, which requires a breadth and depth of knowledge of not just the technology, but the business as well. In this interactive design workshop, we’ll go through some of the most common challenges we see customers facing when moving towards the next generation of virtualization. Considerations will be made including management, backups, storage, & networking.

SDDC1337 – Technical Deep Dive on EVO:RAIL, The new VMware Hyper-Converged Appliance

In this session,Duncan Epping and Dave Shanley with provide technical details for VMware and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. Dave Shanley – Lead Engineer, VMware

Tuesday, Aug 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Marriott, Yerba Buena Level, Salon 1
Wednesday, Aug 27, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Marriott, Yerba Buena Level, Salon 7
Duncan Epping – Principal Architect, VMware

SDDC3245-S – Software-Defined Data Center through Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Monday, Aug 25, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Moscone South, Gateway 103
Chris Wolf – VP & Americas CTO, VMware
Mornay Van Der Walt – VP, Emerging Solutions, VMware

The Software-Defined Data Center is the indisputable future of IT. The question for you then becomes how to get your company and IT organization there and where do you start. Key consideration factors include choice, flexibility, time to value, ongoing maintenance, ease of use and budget, amongst others. With these in mind, and understanding that there is no single “one size fits all” solution, VMware offers several ways to get you to the Software-Defined Data Center. In this session, Chris Wolf, VP and Americas Chief Technology Officer, and Mornay Van Der Walt, a Vice President in Emerging Solutions, will dive deeper into new solutions based on vSphere and Virtual SAN that will transform the end-to-end user experience as you know it today—from initial purchase to deployment to ongoing maintenance and support.

SDDC2095 – Overview of EVO:RAIL: The Radically New Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance 100% Powered by VMware

Monday, Aug 25, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Moscone West, Room 3001
Bryan Evans – Senior Product Manager, VMware, Inc.

Come learn how Hyper-Converged Infrastructure can simplify deployment and implementation of your Software Defined Datacenter.

SDDC1818 – VMware Customers discuss the new VMware EVO:RAIL, and how Hyper-Converged Infrastructure is impacting how they manage and deploy Software Definited Infrastructure
Tuesday, Aug 26, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Moscone West, Room 3014

Bryan Evans – Senior Product Manager, VMware, Inc.
Michael McDonough – Director of Business Development and Alliances, VMware, Inc.

Come hear how VMware customers are utilizing Hyper-Converged Infrastructure in their vSphere deployments.

BCO2629 – Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication: What’s New Technical Deep Dive

Wednesday, Aug 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Marriott, Yerba Buena Level, Salon 9
Thursday, Aug 28, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Moscone West, Room 2024

Ken Werneburg – Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware
Jeff Hunter – Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware

SRM and vSphere Replication are mature products that can be used as the bedrock of a disaster recovery plan for your virtual infrastructure. Come learn in technical detail how the advances in these key products in 2014 enhance the capabilities of DR, to protect any environment from small through enterprise environments. We will have top experts from VMware’s technical marketing group present to you on the use cases and features of these two products to give you a full understanding of what these new changes enable, and how they work.

STO2496 – vSphere Storage Best Practices: Next-Gen Storage Technologies

Tuesday, Aug 26, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Moscone West, Room 2020
Wednesday, Aug 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Marriott, Yerba Buena Level, Salon 15

Rawlinson Rivera – Sr. Technical Marketing Architect, VMware, Inc
Chad Sakac – SVP, Global Systems Engineering, EMC
Vaughn Stewart – Chief Technical Evangelist, Pure Storage

This VMware Technical Communities Session will present a technical best practices with emerging storage technologies for vSphere. The storage industry is experiencing a high level of innovation that will influence your next datacenter refresh. Storage industry experts present this session in a vendor neutral perspective on best practices with storage infrastructure technologies spanning host-based acceleration, all-flash, and hyper-converged. Vaughn and Chad focused on delivering a deep technical session and have invited Rawlinson Rivera of VMware to join and expand the knowledge transfer. This session will present best practices that span connectivity, performance, availability and failure domains, data protection and automation.