VMworld 2017 Europe is just around the corner, but it’s never too early to start deciding which sessions to fill out your schedule with. During the four-day event (Sept. 11-14) at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, vSAN will be making quite a showing, with sessions, demos, hands-on labs and so much more.
With so much to choose from, picking which sessions to attend can be a tad overwhelming. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 must-see vSAN sessions at this year’s VMworld Europe. These sessions will cover a host of topics, everything ranging from VMware Cloud on AWS to Site Recovery Manager to the evolution of vSAN. Get ready for informative discussions, insider insights and interactive panels from the following standout sessions.
1. vSAN Vision: The Future of HCI
– Tuesday, Sep 12, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – STO1490SE
Get an in-depth look into VMware’s software-defined HCI approach and learn why customers trust vSAN to run critical business applications. This session will feature Jérôme Viguier, Unix/Linux Engineering, Operations Department at Air France.
2. The Top 10 Things to Know About vSAN
– Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m. – STO1264BE
Chief Technologist Duncan Epping and Director – Chief Technologist Cormac Hogan will lead this session on the top 10 things everyone should know about VMware vSAN, starting from the design phase to benchmarking to operational aspects. If you’ve got questions about anything vSAN-related, sign up for this session.
3. Stretched Cluster or VMware Site Recovery Manager? We Say Both
– Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m. – STO1297BE
This session covers how VMware’s Site Recovery Manager can be implemented with metro storage cluster solutions and vSAN stretched cluster configurations to provide high availability within metro distances and rapid recovery from disasters that affect larger geographic regions. Staff Technical Marketing Architect Jeff Hunter and Sr. Technical Marketing Manager GS Khalsa will be on-hand to show a few demos, share recommendations for implementing and managing these solutions and discuss common pitfalls to avoid.
4. VMware Cloud on AWS: Storage Deep Dive
– Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m. – STO1890BE
If you’ve got questions relating to anything around VMware vSAN capabilities on VMware Cloud on AWS (Amazon Web Services), then this is the session for you! Product Line Manager Ben Meadowcroft and Principal Engineer Matthew Amdur will provide details on the VMware and AWS building blocks of the solution and how they fit together. Discover how vSAN plays a critical role in delivering the full capabilities of the software-defined data center to the public cloud with AWS.
5. vSAN Customer Panel
– Tuesday, Sept. 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – STO1487PE
This panel discussion, hosted by VP of Products, Storage and Availability Lee Caswell and featuring IT Manager Gaetan Enderle and Lead Solution Architect, Enterprise Engineering at Sky UK David Matthews, will highlight vSAN customers who have successfully deployed hyper-converged infrastructure in their environment for a variety of workloads. Get insights on how these customers decided to choose VMware solutions and how they architect their vSAN environments.
6. Key vSAN Use Cases with Customer Case Studies
– Wednesday, Sept. 13, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – STO1885BE
Senior Director of Product Marketing Chanda Dani and Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager Vahid Fereydounkolahi will be exploring how organisations with different needs use vSAN across a variety of use cases, such as virtual desktops and disaster recovery. This session will explore how vSAN is a great fit across various use cases and dive into customer examples for insights on why they chose vSAN as a storage solution and how they went about implementing it.
7. The Evolution of VMware vSAN and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
– Wednesday, Sept. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m. – STO1794BE
In this session, Sr. Director of Product Management Vijay Ramachandran and VMware Fellow – CTO of Storage and Availability Christos Karamanolis will highlight how data centers and customers’ storage needs are evolving. They will also review how the architecture of vSAN can be adapted to meet these new demands.
8. What’s New in vSAN 6.6: Technical Deep Dive
– Wednesday, Sept. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m. – STO2047BE
Be one of the very first to experience the latest advancements in VMware vSAN 6.6! Join this session, hosted by Senior Technical Marketing Architect John Nicholson, for a technical deep dive into the brand-new features in vSAN 6.6. Get real insight into how the different features work, the best ways to leverage them and the unique design considerations to be aware of.
9. vSAN 6.6: A Day in the Life of an I/O
– Thursday, Sept. 14, 9:00-10:00 a.m. – STO1926BE
Senior Technical Marketing Architect John Nicholson and Sr. Technical Marketing Manager Pete Koehler will discuss what a typical day in the life of an I/O looks like. They will also cover the significant under-the-hood changes that have improved vSAN. This session is perfect for anyone looking for real insider information.
10. VMware Site Recovery Manager: Technical Walkthrough
– Thursday, Sept. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – STO2408BE
Senior Product Manager Nabil Quadri and Sr. Manager, R&D Ivan Jordanov will deliver a technical walkthrough on Site Recovery Manager, focusing on both basic and advanced functionalities. This discussion will feature user interface screen shots and a product demo so that attendees can really get a feel for Site Recovery Manager. Learn best practices for deploying and using Site Recovery Manager as part of a holistic availability strategy for virtualized environments.
For a complete list of vSAN sessions and events at this year’s VMworld EUROPE, visit the VMworld 2017 Europe Catalog page.