20 VMworld Parties, Events, and Sessions You NEED to Check Out!

August 21st, 2019
20 VMworld Parties, Events, and Sessions You NEED to Check O...

Even though High Availability, Inc. is not attending this year's VMworld 2019, some of our partners are, and they have some fantastic activities and offers in store for our customers!

Here is our list of the Top 10 Vendor Events you NEED to check out if you're attending VMworld 2019! All of us at H.A. will be experiencing some major FOMO (fear of missing out) – that’s for sure…

 

  • VMunderground 2019 sponsored by Veeam and Cohesity
    • Sunday, August 25th | 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | Tabletop Tap House
    • VMunderground, also known as the unofficial "pre-VMworld warm-up Party" provides VMworld guests a chance to kick back and relax with a few drinks before the week begins!
    • Click Here for more information.

       
  • Rubrik Customer Game Night
    • Sunday, August 25th | 7:00 p.m. - ???  | Emporium SF | *customers only
    • Hop on the waitlist and join the Rubrik team for a night of pinball, skeeball, air hockey, and fun at Emporium, San Francisco's most popular arcade bar. The event will also feature local bites, craft beers, and cocktails!
    • Click Here for more information.

 

  • Cohesity San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Tailgate Party
    • Monday, August 26th | 6:30 p.m. - ??? | San Francisco Giants Parking Lot A
      • It's game time! Join Cohesity for a VIP tailgate and watch the San Francisco Giants take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. The tailgate includes tickets to the game, pizza, drinks and a chance to take a photo with some of the team's World Series trophies!
      • Click Here for more information.

 

  • Level Up – Career Cafe sponsored by Veeam
    • Monday, August 26th | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | The Grove – Yerba Buena
    • Get real-world support from prominent IT industry leaders and recruiters when it comes to your IT career.
    • Note: $8 ticket price…make sure to get tickets in advance!
    • Click Here for more information.

 

  • NetApp VIP Reception
    • Monday, August 26th | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Natoma Cabana 
    • Join the NetApp data experts at Natoma Cabana, a topical themed bar and restaurant, for a night of craft cocktails, small plates, and networking. Space is limited, so make sure to register ASAP!
    • Click Here for more information.

 

  • Rubrik & AWS VMworld Party
    • Monday, August 26th | 9:00 p.m. - ??? | August Hall
    • Join Rubrik, AWS, and the Wu-Tang Clan for the ultimate VMworld party experience.
    • Note: your VMworld badge and registration is required for entry
    • Click Here for more information.

 

  • Private Hamilton Performance with Cohesity
    • Tuesday, August 27th | 6:30 p.m. - ??? | SHN Orpheum Theatre
    • Take a meeting with Cohesity before VMworld and receive two tickets to Cohesity's private Hamilton performance!
    • Click Here for more information.

 

  • Veeam's Legendary VMworld Party 2019
    • Tuesday, August 27th | 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | The Masonic
    • Check out musician Andy Grammer and DJ Damon with Veeam at The Masonic, one of San Francisco's most legendary concert venues. Space is limited!
    • Click Here for more information.

 

  • VMworld Fest Featuring OneRepublic
    • Wednesday, August 28th | 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Moscone Center and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    • Party with VMware and OneRepublic at the official VMworld extravaganza!
    • Click Here for more information.

 

  • Women of Workspace (WoW) Presented by Vmware EUC
    • Wednesday, August 28th | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Social Terrace at the W Hotel
    • Participate in a panel discussion followed by networking, drinks, and appetizers. Connect with women across different industries who are driving digital transportation.
    • Click Here for more information.

 

However....we weren't allowed to post a blog with JUST party events, so we have also compiled a list of the top 10 educational sessions you should attend between those parties!

 

  • Ask the Experts: Cloud Native Architects Behind Hundreds of Deployments
    • Thursday, August 29th | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Moscone West, Level 2, Room 2024
    • Speakers:
      • Nicholas Lane, Cloud Native Architect, VMware
      • Duffie Cooley, Staff Kubernetes Architect, VMware
      • Hart Hoover, Cloud Native Architect, VMware
      • John Harris, Senior Cloud Native Architect, VMware
      • Scott Lowe, Staff Cloud Native Architect, VMware
    • This panel Q&A session will be led by the VMware Cloud Native Architects, who work directly with customers to install and operate Kubernetes, as well as integrate it with a host of other services for application deployment, monitoring, logging, security and more! These architects have hands-on experience. This is your chance to ask the experts questions about using Kubernetes, architecture patterns and anti-patterns, or integration points with existing services. They can draw on their knowledge and experiences to give you practical answers that will move your Kubernetes journey forward.
    • Note: there is also a series of similar events, facilitated by each expert, where you can ask the expert your toughest Kubernetes questions!
    • Click Here to learn more and to schedule your session.

 

  • Apply Machine Learning to Reduce 2 Day Troubleshooting and Headaches
    • Monday, August 26th | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Moscone South, Esplanade, Room 151
    • Speakers:
      • Frank Chodacki, Sr Solutions Architect - IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions, IBM
      • Jack Benney, Senior Managing Consultant, Office of the CTO, VMware Solutions on IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM
    • VMware solutions such as ESXi, vSAN, and NSX can produce a large number of events to describe the running state of the system. However, the volume of these events can be time-consuming to diagnose and troubleshoot the problems. The VMware on IBM Cloud team has been applying Machine Learning techniques to recognize patterns of events that uniquely describe a single problem and provide relevant known fixes to these problems. This model will learn from real-world, troubleshooting experiences to become smarter over time. This session will explore the tools, techniques, and conclusions around building a Machine Learning model to help Systems Administrators diagnose VMware problems.
    • Click Here to learn more and to schedule your session.

 

  • Technologist for Good, Through Global Mentorship
    • Monday, August 26, 02:15 p.m. - 02:30 p.m. | Moscone South, Lower Level, The Square, Social Media & VMware Community
      • Speaker: Yadin Porter de Leon, Lead Advocate, Tech Level Up Project
    • One in every six children on the planet lives in a "conflict zone." War damages every aspect of a child's life. Children caught up in war lose their access to education, legal protection, and personal safety and security. War Child provides children with education programs, so they can get back into school. It gives them safe spaces, so they can get back to playing. And it trains parents and young people to help restore their ability to provide for themselves and regain a sense of security. Learn how remote "virtual mentorship" can help those in need, learn about things like running virtual machines or building websites. Find out how, with just a donation of your time and expertise, you can be a part of a program that helps to break the cycles of poverty and violence that plague war-torn communities.
    • Click Here for more information and to schedule your session.

 

  • Tackling Common Cloud Security Mistakes
    • Monday, August 26, 05:15 p.m. - 06:00 p.m. | Moscone West, Level 2, Meet the Experts, Table 11
    • Tuesday, August 27, 02:15 p.m. - 03:00 p.m. | Moscone West, Level 2, Meet the Experts, Table 11
    • Speaker:
      • Hadar Freehling, Cloud Security Solution Architect, VMware
    • Misconfigurations are the most common security risk that organizations face in the cloud. Join this discussion to understand what are the most common misconfigurations that organizations experience and how you can easily identify and remediate these issues.
    • Click Here to learn more and to schedule your session.

 

  • VMware CTO Panel: What's Over the Horizon?
  • Tuesday, August 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Moscone South, Level 2, Room 203
    • Speakers:
      • Kit Colbert, CTO, Cloud Platform, VMware
      • Ray O'Farrell, EVP & Chief Technology Officer, VMware
      • Pere Monclus, CTO Network and Security BU, VMware
      • Greg Lavender, SVP & CTO, Cloud Architecture, VMware
    • VMware CTOs are at the forefront of our supersonic innovation pace. Over the past year, VMware has unveiled major solutions and initiatives in the areas of blockchain, edge computing, machine learning, service mesh, networking, and data management. Attend this session to learn what the future holds from VMware R&D. Ample time will be afforded for you to ask your most pressing questions directly to VMware's innovation leaders.
    • Click Here to learn more and to schedule your session.

 

  • How to Become the Platform Engineer of the Future
    • Tuesday, August 27, 12:30 p.m. - 01:30 p.m. | Moscone South, Level 2, Room 201
    • Speakers:
      • Matthew Steiner, Cloud Technologist, VMware
      • Martijn Baecke, Cloud Technologist, VMware
    • Are you thinking about what to do next? Do you see the cloud as a threat or an opportunity? Do you want to be the platform engineer of the future? As we enter the multi-cloud era, the traditional roles in IT are changing. In this talk, we will examine how the cloud landscape is rapidly evolving and the background to this change, as well as look into some of the key technologies supporting this change from VMware and the cloud ecosystem. We will discuss APIs, infrastructure as code, platforms as code, everything as a service, service brokering, and much more. At the end of this session, you will be equipped with what you need to know to become the platform engineer of the future, a role that will be one of the most valuable in the multi-cloud era.
    • Click Here to learn more and schedule your session.

 

  • HCI Management: Current and Future
    • Tuesday, August 27, 01:00 p.m. - 02:00 p.m. | Moscone West, Level 2, Room 2003
    • Speakers:
      • JunChi Zhang, Product Line Manager, vSAN, VMware
      • Christian Dickmann, vSAN Architect and Principal Engineer, VMware
    • This session repeats at every VMworld with great popularity. In this session, the VMware vSAN principal engineer and lead product manager will help you learn what hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) management means and its vision, what new values HCI management has delivered since last year's VMworld, and new considerations from us and trending thoughts.
    • Click Here for more information and to schedule your session.

 

  • Customer Panel: What You Need to Know About Hyperconverged Infrastructure
    • Tuesday, August 27, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Moscone West, Level 2, Room 2008
    • Speakers:
      • Matt Herreras, Senior Director, Product Marketing, VMware
      • Thomas Fukuyama, Sr. Director, IT Operations, Travelers
      • Lester Shisler, Senior IT Systems Engineer, Harmony Healthcare IT
      • Matthew Douglas, Chief Enterprise Architect, Sentara Healthcare
    • Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) adoption is off the charts, but is your organization prepared? What are the use cases, benefits, and potential pitfalls? Should you buy an appliance or deploy software? Who deploys and operates it—the virtual admin, storage admin, or someone else—and what organizational changes are required? Attend this panel discussion to learn the good, the bad, and the ugly in the real world from customers so you can be better prepared for the HCI wave.
    • Click Here to learn more and to schedule your session.

 

  • Protect Data-Driven Storage for Hybrid Multicloud
    • Tuesday, August 27, 03:30 p.m. - 04:30 p.m. | Moscone South, Esplanade, Room 151
    • Speakers:
      • Eric Herzog, CMO, and Vice President Global Channel Sales - IBM Storage Systems, IBM
      • Mitch Patro, Enterprise Systems Engineering / Enterprise Storage Services Manager, IBM
    • Hybrid and multi-clouds, spanning enterprise data centers, private and public clouds; are placing a new set of requirements on customers' storage systems. Customers must deal with the new realities of cloud migration, protecting older applications and data – while supporting for a new generation of cloud-native applications deployed with containers. See how data-driven storage solutions interconnect data among hybrid and multi-cloud solutions reaching extraordinary performance and ease their management among clouds. We will cover best practices, implementation considerations, and lessons learned raised by our customers and business partners who had boosted their productivity and revenue growth.
    • Click Here to learn more and to schedule your session.

 

  • The Virtually Speaking Podcast LIVE: The Future of IT - How Will You Fit in?
    • Wednesday, August 28, 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West, Level 2, Room 2008
    • Speakers:
      • Ken Werneburg, Technical Marketing Group Manager - Storage and Availability, VMware
      • John Nicholson, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VMware
      • Pete Flecha, Sr Technical Marketing Architect, VMware
    • Ready for something different? The Virtually Speaking Podcast crew has three very special guests to discuss the future of IT and how we can position ourselves to excel as IT professionals. The roles of deep specialists and IT generalists are rapidly converging. Administrators now need to be 'specialized generalists' who know a fair bit about a fair number of things. Cloud, containers, hyperconverged infrastructure, network microsegmentation, are all the new wave of technology; With DevOps, AI and machine learning use cases changing not only the way we implement but the way we manage IT. In this session, we examine this shifting IT landscape, and discuss trends for personal tooling - how can we position ourselves to excel in this new landscape? What does the datacenter of the future look like, and what sort of people will it need?
    • Click Here to learn more and to schedule your session.

 

  • Core Storage Best Practices: Enabling Your Storage to Be Reliable
    • Wednesday, August 28, 01:00 p.m. - 02:00 p.m. | YBCA, Lobby Level, Theater
    • Speakers:
      • Cody Hosterman, Technical Director, Pure Storage
      • Jason Massae, Technical Marketing Architect, Core Storage, VVols, VMware
    • With all the different storage arrays and connectivity protocols available today, knowing the best practices can help operational efficiency and enable resilient operations. VMware's storage global service has reported many of the common service calls they receive. We will review some of the common mistakes made when setting up storage arrays. We will also go over the most common and most valuable configurations to maximize the value of your storage arrays and VMware vSphere.
    • Click Here to learn more and to schedule your session.

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