Hyper-converged Infrastructure is a hot topic, and we’ve got the only vSphere-native HCI solution available. Over 8,000 customers have taken the plunge with vSAN, and VMworld is the perfect place to investigate how it can help you too.
VMworld is the perfect time to check out many of VMware’s technologies, including the hottest HCI product vSAN. We’ve got a full line up of Storage and Availability activities planned for the show and here are some of the highlights.
Start by making a stop at the VMware Booth on the Solutions Exchange floor. Look for the Modernise the Data Center area where HCI & Storage will be nestled. We’ll be showcasing both vSAN and SRM, so stop by and get your questions answered. Another must see attraction on the Solutions Exchange is the HCI Zone powered by vSAN. The Zone is where you’ll find vSAN OEM, and appliance partners showcasing their Powered by vSAN solutions. It is also a good place to learn about vSAN, ReadyNodes and VxRail so you can make an informed decision about what’s good for your organisation.
Hands-On-Labs – Getting hands-on experience is always a great use of time at VMworld. VMworld attendees gain special access to the latest VMware technologies without requiring the purchase of equipment, software or licenses. You’ll want to check out the vSAN 6.6 lab and learn about encryption for data-at-rest, dedup and compression, stretched-clustering enhancements and many more… We also have a VxRail lab available which will show you how to get started with a HCI appliance.
Have you tried the vSAN assessment tool yet? If not, you’ll want to stop by the Assessment Lounge. Our experts will be there to show you how you can download and use this free tool in your own environment, get sizing advice and see which VMs are well-suited for vSAN. The vSAN assessment is fast and in just two days, you’ll know exactly what vSAN can do in your shop, and even how much money it can save you. [More info on the tool can be found here]
Looking for sessions? We’ve got lots for you…over 70 of them actually. So, spend a few minutes reviewing the session list and signing up for your top choices. vSAN & VxRail, SRM, Virtual Volumes, Containers, and VMware Cloud on AWS… they’re all there. We’ve got loads of sessions involving REAL LIVE customers, industry analysts, and technical and business partners. The sessions are a fantastic opportunity not only to learn, but also to network with people who have common interests and questions. The sessions will range from Spotlight sessions, to breakouts, to panels and to group discussions. Check out this great blog which features our Top 10 vSAN sessions.
If you are still having trouble picking sessions? Check out these three which are a must see:
vSAN Vision: The Future of HCI – Tuesday, 12 September, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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.
VMware Cloud on AWS: Storage Deep Dive – Tuesday, 12 September, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
The ability to seamlessly run vSphere workloads on Amazon’s public cloud is a game changer. It’s just a matter of time before you’re asked about it.
vSAN Customer Panel – Tuesday, 12 September, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Hear what our customers are really doing with vSAN HCI and how they made the transition. Featured customers include: Grenoble Alpes University, Sky UK and Thekking.
For our partners attending Partner Exchange (PEX) the weekend before VMworld, we’ll have all-day bootcamps (VSP-HCI & VTSP-HCI), 1 practice builder workshop, breakout sessions and the Assessment Lounge ALL tailored for our partners. The team will also be hosting a partner exec roundtable.
We will also be offering a new “Specialist vSAN 2017” digital badge. VMware digital badges are a great way to prove your expertise, show off your skillsets in social media, and are a valid verification of VMware credentials. Attendees will get the opportunity to prove their expertise on vSAN and HCI environments with this new digital badge. If you’re new to the digital badge concept and want more info click here. Stop by the Education and Certification Lounge to get more information.
Finally, you get to unwind and have some fun at the VMworld Customer Appreciation Party on 13 September. The party will feature Kaiser Chiefs as the headline artist. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to rock and roll!
As you can see, there’s a lot planned at VMworld. See you soon.