VMworld 2012 Itinerary

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Here we go again! 2012 marks the 9th VMworld Conference (I remember Steve Herrod, then Senior Director of R&D, giving a technical overview of ESX and explaining what a VMM was) which is only 23 days away, but for some the planning started months ago. This is by far the best IT conference on the planet, it all started with a little love for virtualization and has grown by the need for next generation computing. There isn’t one event that captures everything from core infrastructure components and software all the way up the stack through application development and end-user computing devices. One full week filled with education, networking, entertainment and awesome technology!

The networking opportunities have to be the best piece of VMworld, never will you be able to meet with other people as passionate about a single thing as you are. This year I believe we’ll learn a lot more about where the direction of VMware (as a company) is going. Hopefully we’ll be able to put somethings together about their recent acquisitions, DynamicOps and Nicira to name a couple. And perhaps Paul Maritz will put a little more content to why he’ll be joining EMC as their Chief Strategist. This is still all in addition to the great breakout sessions that you’ll find at VMworld, including (shameless plug) INF-VSP1504 – Ask the Expert vBloggers :).

So here is my schedule, full of great sessions, fun networking opportunities, awesome parties and completely slammed from morning to evening….boy I love VMworld! I’ll keep this schedule up to date as I add new events, so please keep this bookmarked! At the bottom of the page I’m going to include some “Interested” sessions and Vendors, these are sessions that I wasn’t able to schedule due to conflict but that I’d still very much like to watch perhaps on-demand after the conference.

If you have an event that your hosting/sponsoring and you’d like it added to my schedule, please let me know!

VMworld Session
VMworld General Session
Sunday, August 26th
4:00pm VMworld 2012 Welcome Reception
Food, Drinks and Networking….all inside the Solutions Exchange.
4:00pm EMC Annual #v0dgeball Charity Tournament 2012
SoMA Rec Center
270 6th St and Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!This event should be great fun for a great cause.Come see up to 12 teams battle it out.A $5 donation fee is suggested and appreciated. All proceeds go to The Wounded Warriors Project.If you cannot attend but would still like to donate, click here to donate.
8:00pm VMunderground Party 2012
175 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
In its sixth year of existance, the VMunderground Party is the largest party out of all of the festivities all week. Put together by guys who love virtualization and some great sponsors that are down for the cause. This is the Mother of All vBeers, a party not to be missed.
Monday, August 27th
8:30am General Session
Paul Maritz’s, VMware CEO, Opening Keynote for VMworld 2012
10:30am INF-VSP1168 – Architecting a Cloud Infrastructure
Unknown Room
1:00pm INF-VSP1196 – Whats New: vCloud Director Networking
Unknown Room
2:30pm INF-VSP1504 – Ask the Expert vBloggers
Unknown Room
Come to this panel session where you’re the focus point of discussion! You ask the questions and the experts answer them, live on stage. Come have @frankdenneman, @duncanyb, @scott_lowe, @sakacc and @rick_vmwaretips answer your questions!
3:30pm INF-NET3457 – Nicira and the Future of Software Defined Networking
Unknown Room
7:00pm Official/Unofficial VMworld Tweetup and #vFlipcup Tournament
Cable Car Pub
One Hallidie Plaza (5th & Market)
San Francisco, CA 94102
8:00pm vGeekfest Party
Infusion Lounge
124 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Awesome party you will not want to miss hosted by EMC’s Chad Sakac.
Tuesday, August 28th
8:30am General Session
Steve Herrod, VMware CTO, will be presenting his keynote to the VMworld 2012 audience.
10:30am TEX2198 – Cloud Application Platform Roadmap (TAP Only)
Unknown Room
2:00pm SS1010 – Cloud Transforms IT. Trust Transforms Cloud. Big Data Transforms Business.
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Come see President and COO of EMC, Pat Gelsinger, deliver his keynote during this VMworld Super Session.
3:30pm INF-STO2192 – Tech Preview of a Software-defined Storage Technology
Unknown Room
4:30pm DTCUG-IP at VMworld 2012
DellTechCenter.com User Group Event
6:00pm EMC Customer Appreciation Party
The Grand Nightclub
520 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
8:00pm Veeam VMworld 2012 Party
Mezzanine San Francisco
444 Jessie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
9:00pm vBacon TweetUp
Cable Car City Pub & Cafe
One Hallidie Plaza
San Francisco, Ca 94102
Wednesday, August 29th
8:00am TEX2225 – Cloud Infrastructure Suite Roadmap (TAP Only)
Unknown Room
11:30am INF-STO2223 – Tech Preview: vSphere Integration with Existing Storage Infrastructure
Unknown Room
2:00pm TEX1899 – VMware vCloud Automated Networking Framework: Network Extensibility (NetX)
Unknown Room
3:00pm XtremeIO Live
Unknown Room
XtremIO is revealing a huge hands-on opportunity at VMworld 2012. Get face-to-face with an online system and with the Engineers that built it.
3:30pm TEX2158 – Enabling Scalable Virtual Networks with VXLAN – Customer and Partner Scenarios
Unknown Room
7:00pm VMworld 2011 Party
The party of the year! This year VMware brings Bon Jovi to rock-out VMworld 2012
10:00pm VMworld 2012 vStogies
Occidental Cigar Club
471 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94101
vTweetUp event at the Occidental Cigar Club, where you can get your stogie and a smooth cognac.
Thursday, August 30th
9:00am General Session
VMware CMO, Rick Jackson, presents his keynote along with some special guests.
10:30am INF-VSP2203 – Datacenter of the Future
Unknown Room
12:30pm OPS-CSM1449 – Tech Preview of the Next Generation of vCloud Connector
Unknown Room
2:00pm EUC1305 – What’s New and What’s Next for VMware View?
Unknown Room

Other Must Watch Sessions at VMworld

  • INF-VSP3046 – What’s New with Cloud Infrastructure Suite: From Management Application to Integrated Applications and Extensible Platform
  • **EUC1453 Managing from the Middle with Horizon
  • **INF-STO2980 vSphere 5 Storage Best Practices
  • **OPS-CIM1900 Moving from Reactive to Predictive Performance and Systems Management
  • OPS-CSM2033 Auto Scaling and Cloud Bursting in the Hybrid IaaS Cloud
  • INF-BCO2655 “VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance for Multiprocessor Virtual Machines—Technical Preview and Best Practices
  • INF-STO2143 Software-Defined Storage – VMware’s Storage Vision & Strategy
  • **SPO3338 The Latest in IT Transformation with EMC and VMware
  • **INF-BCO2807 vSphere HA and Datastore Access Outages – Current-Capabilities Deep-Dive and Tech Preview
  • INF-VSP2164 Automation of vCloud Director Disaster Recovery
  • INF-NET2373 Best Practice for Deploying VXLAN with Cisco Nexus 1000V and VMware vCloud Director
  • EUC1526 VMware Horizon: Upcoming Attractions and Roadmap
  • APP-CAP1250 Fast Data Meets Big Data
  • INF-VSP1423 esxtop for Advanced Users
  • INF-BCO2982 Stretched Clusters and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager: How and When to Choose One, the Other, or Both

Must See Vendors at VMworld

Last year Nutanix and Tintri really caught my attention at VMworld, this year I have a new list of vendors that have sparked my interest and I will definitely be checking them out:

So there you go… A week full of events, sessions, general sessions, parties, vTweetUps and more. This is going to be an amazing week. I can’t wait to see some old vFriends and to meet some new ones!

Be sure to find me while at the show, I love meeting new people and reconnecting with old vFriends, so be sure to keep an eye out on Twitter for my live tweets.