My Summary of VMworld 2017!

VMworld 2017 did not disappoint! While spending an awesome week in Las Vegas I walked about 38 miles, attended a ton of great sessions, and did a lot of learning. I am glad to be back home and already looking forward to next year!

VMworld 2017 - Mandalay Bay Conference Center
Mandalay Bay Conference Center

VMworld Announcements:

There were some great VMware announcements this year. In my opinion here are the top three:

  • HCI Acceleration Kit: This kit This kit includes vSphere Standard and vSAN Standard for three-node, unlimited VM cluster of single socket servers for $7,850 limited to a single site installation. That is a 25% discount over list pricing. Read More Here

  • VMware AppDefense: General availability of VMware’s new security solution. AppDefense aims to secure virtual machines in vSphere environments by learning what is normal behavior and taking action if something deviates from that. Read More Here

  • VMware Cloud on AWS: The flagship announcement this year is generally available for customers. VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service that enables you to run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of AWS services. Read More Here


Around VMworld:

I arrived in Las Vegas on Saturday to allow time for flight delays and issues due to previous experiences. Luckily none occurred! A extra night in Vegas, nothing wrong with that! Below is my photo collection of the conference. I figured the more pictures, the better.

Registration: Went to registration on Sunday to pick up my badge and the 2017 VMworld Backpack. Check-in was a tad confusing, there were signs but you could still get in the wrong printer line. I’m sure it would be difficult to have a perfect process for 23k attendees!

VMware General Sessions: The opening on Monday was visually amazing. They had dual cellists playing cello with rock music. There was an artist onstage painting with VR. Amazing, I tell you! Business-wise: One of my favorite announcements was AppDefense and VMware Cloud on AWS. You can watch the Monday and Tuesday General Sessions here (Sadly they didn’t get the opening I described above)

Solutions Exchange: I really enjoy walking the floor and talking with the various vendors to see how existing and new solutions could improve my environment.

Around the Conference: Random pictures from around the conference

VMworld Party: Located at T-Mobile Arena a few miles away from Mandalay Bay. There were shuttles running from the Luxor and Mandalay Hotels to the arena. The performers were The Bleachers and Blink-182. Both were great, Blink-182 brought me back to high school days. 🙂 Overall, this was a fun way to end the conference. Many lessons learned, many memories made, looking forward to next year!

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