Between VMworlds 2014 ... See you in Barcelona?

Unless you have been living under a rock during the last two weeks you will know that VMworld 2014 US took place in San Francisco. I have not been there, but enjoyed the summer vacation with my family in a rural area of Germany with very poor mobile network coverage. Anyway the constant never-ending stream of VMworld news and buzz could not completely elude my attention ...

Again, this was a great conference with exciting announcements - No worries, I will not repeat here what the crowd of well-known virtualization bloggers has already shouted out. But I am somewhat concerned that there is no more good news left for the yet upcoming VMworld 2014 Europe conference in Barcelona (Oct 14th to 16th) that I will be happy to attend again.

Anyway I'm looking forward to exciting keynotes, informative breakout sessions, and interesting discussions with vendors, VMware staff and all the other people attending the event. During the last days I went through the VMworld 2014 Schedule Builder and selected the breakout sessions that I plan to attend. Here is my preliminary list:
  • MGT1431 - Global vCenter Operations - One Place to Operate them All!
  • STO2554-SPO - Zooming In: How VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) Will Provide Shared Storage with X-ray Vision (vVols will finally come to life - this was one of the VMworld US big announcements!)
  • BCO1893 - Site Recovery Manager and vCloud Automation Center: Self-service DR Protection for the Software-Defined Data Center (I planned to take a closer look at vCAC for a long time ...)
  • VAPP2979 - Advanced SQL Server on vSphere Techniques and Best Practices
  • EUC1289 - What's New in End User Computing: Full Desktop Automation and Self-Service (Yeah, everybody wants Self-Service!)
  • MGT2470 - Milcobel: Experience and Best Practices with vCenter Log Insight (I'm using Log Insight in the lab - it's great, but I have the feeling that I can get even more out of it.)
  • INF3014-SPO - Scripting and Programing Cloud Automation - How To Power Hour (A live whiteboard Twitter session ... I wonder how this will work out.)
  • MGT2003 - What's New and What's Next in vCenter Operations Management Suite and Log Insight (Can you say vRealize ...?)
  • EUC2025 - Why Migrating to Horizon 6 from XenApp is a Zen-Like Experience (Is Horizon 6 a decent alternative to Citrix XenApp, for everyone?)
  • STO2997-SPO - The vExpert Storage Game Show EMEA
  • BCO1916 - Site Recovery Manager and Stretched Storage: Tech Preview of a New Approach to Active-Active Data Centers
  • BCO1168 - Maximize Uptime with a Stretched Cluster
  • SDDC1337 - Technical Deep Dive on EVO: RAIL, the new VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance (the most hyped topic of VMworld US: VMware's hyper-converged appliance)
  • EUC1653 - Horizon 6 Hosted Applications Technical Deep Dive
  • STO1963 - Virtual Volumes Business Overview
  • MGT2487 - Built to be Extended: vCloud Automation Center
  • EUC1727 - Technical Deep Dive on Delivering Shared Sessions, Apps, and Virtual Desktops from the Cloud with Horizon DaaS.
I could not pick all the sessions that I wanted due to scheduling conflicts, sessions already being full or other reasons. Here are some other sessions that are on my interest list:
  • EUC2035 - Horizon 6 Technical Overview
  • INF2336 - Separating Fact from Fiction - ESXi Hypervisor Security
  • TEX1991 - vCenter Orchestrator - What's Next?
  • TEX1967 - vSphere Web Client HTML5 Plugins in Action ("plugins built in a few minutes" ... sounds awesome!)
  • INF1601 - Taking Reporting and Command Line Automation to the Next Level with PowerCLI (the must-attend session for anyone you has not yet started using PowerCLI)
  • VAPP2635-SPO - Best practices for managing your VMware environment with HP integrations (Should be interesting for HP shops)
  • INF1469 - Extreme Performance Series: Monster VM Performance (What good is a monster when it's only crawling?)
  • STO1965 - Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive

This post first appeared on the VMware Front Experience Blog and was written by Andreas Peetz. Follow him on Twitter to keep up to date with what he posts.

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