It’s that time of year again! Attending VMworld is always a great way to enhance your knowledge on specific subjects by attending breakout sessions presented by experts in the field of virtualization and cloud computing. Since the conference is only four days long, we have to look at the vast number of breakout sessions being offered and try to narrow down the sessions to which we want to allocate our very scarce time. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of sessions I’m excited to see, and I thought I’d share them with you all.
INF-VSP1168 – Architecting a Cloud Infrastructure
This session will discuss the various design considerations when architecting the foundation for every solid cloud environment: VMware vSphere® 5.0. We will start with sizing and scaling and end with some operational guidance. Different examples will be used to show the impact design considerations can have on the availability of your services.
David Hill, VMware, Inc
Duncan Epping, VMware, Inc
Aidan Dalgheish, VMware, Inc
Chris Colotti, VMware, Inc
This session should be one of the standout vCloud sessions of the conference. The presenters, including Duncan Epping and Chris Colotti, both of VMware, represent some of the most forward thinkers in vCloud design and implementation.
INF-VSP1504 – Ask the Expert vBloggers
One of the highest rated sessions at VMworld is back for its fifth year. Come meet four VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs), who are top industry virtualization bloggers and will be onstage answering your questions about a wide array of topics.
Scott Lowe, EMC Corporation
Frank Denneman, VMware, Inc.
Chad Sakac, EMC Corporation
Duncan Epping, VMware, Inc.
Rick Scherer, EMC Corporation
Like it says in the abstract, this is always one of the highest rated sessions of the conference. These guys put out tons of useful information via their respective blogs throughout the year, and this session is a great opportunity to come and pick their brains.
EUC1455 – VMware Horizon Deep Dive and Best Practices
This session will discuss best practices for VMware Horizon™. Topics will include example reference architecture, scalability, workflows and Horizon APIs.
Andrew Johnson, VMware, Inc
Jared Cook, VMware, Inc
Horizon is one of the up and coming products from VMware in the end-user computing (EUC) space. I, for one, am very excited to get a deep dive into the reference architecture. Details were a little hard to come by at VMworld 2011, so this is a very welcome session from my perspective.
OPS-CSM2975 – Orchestrating the Cloud: From API to Workflow
In this presentation we’ll showcase the possibilities to customize and extend VMware vCloud Director® way beyond its out-of-the-box functionality. From orchestrating IPAM and Active Directory integration to dynamically scaling vApps based on load, it’s all possible with the right combination of AMQP, API scripts, and Orchestrator workflows. This session aims to inspire listeners to go out and explore those possibilities for themselves.
Alex Mittell, VMware, Inc
This one isn’t going to be every attendee’s particular area of interest, but for those of you out there deploying vCloud in the field, this session looks to be a great one. The most often heard requests from vCloud customers I see are always around orchestration and automation of the environment, and this session tackles those subjects head on.
Have fun out there!