It has been awhile since VMworld 2014, but again, in 2019 B-Critical (@BCriticalonIT) is attending VMworld, and again in Barcelona, Spain. This time not as an Alumni, but as a VMware Partner. So, we’re also joining all pre-conference Partner Sessions on Monday, November 4, 2019.

A busy week ahead with 4 days about tech, virtualization, education, people and community networking.

Join us this week: Ronald Grobben (@rgrobben1), Bart Lievers (@brtlvrs) and Jan Smits (@jan_smits1309), follow this blog and keep up with us to learn all new goodies from VMware!

Day 1 Partner day Monday, November 4, 2019

Getting up at 3 AM, going to Schiphol Airport at 5 AM is one thing, but we’re also joining VMware Partner General Session, VMware Partner Networking Reception, SoftwareONE Kickoff Event and VMworld 2019 EUC Europe Welcome Reception, all before 10 PM in the evening. A busy day!

Everything at VMworld is impressive, the venue Fira 2 Gran Via with 6 halls to cover (and walk…), the Registration Desk, VMvillage with Partner Lounge, Hands-On Labs, the amount of sessions and presenters and even the amount of receptions and festivities to attend. The Partner Day was for partners only. But with 5.300 of 12.000 attendees, even Partner Day was already crowded.

The only session one of us attended was “Supporting Machine Learning (ML) Workloads and GPU’s on vSphere”. A quite difficult area about (lots of) data, training with data and running ML on Nvidia GPU’s. ML coding for the data scientist was explained with Jupyter Notebook and R Studio.  A Neural Network Playground using TensorFlow.js was put together by Reiichiro Nakano. Try it yourself!

https://reiinakano.com/arbitrary-image-stylization-tfjs/

Neural Network Playground

After this session, the Partner Forum General Session was in the main hall for all Partner attendees. In this session almost all topics, to be announced at the Keynote on Tuesday, were presented by Pat Gelsinger himself, CEO of VMware, and Sanjay Poonen, COO.

In the evening we attended the VMworld 2019 EUC Europe Welcome Reception which was held in the city of Barcelona, just a 10 min. walk from our hotel, in Poble Espanyol. This open-air museum hosted over 6 of welcome dinners.

Poble Espanyol, Barcelona

Day 2 Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Day 2, or in fact day 1 for ‘normal’ attendees was a day of the General Keynote and lots of breakout sessions. Some beta’s were announce like Project Galleon (an App Marketplace with a customized Bitnami catalog). Bitnami has been recently acquired by VMware. Use Bitnami to accelerate application delivery for multi-cloud and Kubernetes. Project Pacific extends vSphere to all modern apps by uniting Kubernetes and vSphere. It empowers IT Operators and Developers to accelerate innovation by converging containers and VMs into the vSphere platform. It’s claimed that containers gain 8% in performance, compared to bare metal. VMware Tanzu Mission Control was demonstrated to manage Kubernetes by developers and IT Operators. Tanzu combines the built using technology from Bitnami, Pivotal and Spring. The goal of Tanzu is to run the apps on the core, the edge or cloud on any cloud with intrinsic security. For this intrinsic security on endpoints, VMware acquired CarbonBlack. Another topic on the General Keynote was the evolution from Cloud, Hybrid Cloud towards mastering the Multi Cloud. VMware showed it is one of few vendors to acquire and manage technology in the Telco industry. Uhana by VMware AI-analyzes streaming data to provide mobile operators in 4G and 5G networks with real-time customer experience metrics, allowing mobile network operators to understand call quality and data performance on a per subscriber basis, in real-time.

Project Pacific

One of the breakout sessions attended was the Innovation Program from the Office of the CTO, OCTO. The Innovators and R&D department of VMware. The presentation explained how VMware is controlling innovation for all employees using TechTalks, Borathon, Radio, Flings and XLabs.

The Office of the CTO Innovation Programs

Then a showcase session about Windows Virtual Desktops (WVD) and what VMware can add to this: VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure with WVD

During lunchtime we attended the VMworld Inner Circle Panel & Luncheon. The event, hosted by Scott Bajtos, VMware’s Chief Customer Officer, is an opportunity to talk with VMware senior leaders and is on an invite-only basis. Panelists included the following VMware leaders:

  • Kathy Chou – Vice President, R&D Operations;
  • Laurie Clough – Vice President, Cloud Solution Engineering and Customer Success;
  • Rick Franke – Vice President, Global Services and Support;
  • Ryan Knauss – Vice President, Pricing and Licensing;
  • Steve Wehrend – Vice President, User Experience and User Interface.

The showcase session Digital Workspace Solutions was presented by Shawn Bass, EUC CTO from the Office of the CTO (OCTO) and @E2EVC community-friend. Digital employee experience is a major influencer to attract and retain employees. Employees want to contribute from day 1, have choice and flexibility and want secure remote access. The Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub helps with this. It has a personal IT assistant, powered by IBM Watson. With the announcement by Microsoft at Ignite to combine System Center Config Manager (SCCM) with Intune into Endpoint Manager, VMware announced the support for Microsoft Endpoint Manager with Workspace ONE integration.

In early evening until 8 PM we attended 5 sessions of 15 minutes, hosted by Brian Madden. Five speakers from the community addressed different topics: VMware Certification, the Dutch Cancer Institute project and VMware Flings.

Brian Madden

In the evening we went to Fabrica Moritz, Ronda de Sant Antoni in Barcelona. This is the Moritz beer brewery in an old redecorated brewery. It hosted the VMware Benelux Party. While watching the sockergame Chelsea-Ajax some nice beers and food were served.

Fabrica Moritz watching Chelsea-Ajax
Fabrica Moritz beer brewery

Day 3 Wednesday, November 5, 2019

General Session 2 on Wednesday, again at 9 AM, with key takeaways:

  • Blockchain development continues;
  • BitCoin is bad technology says Pat Gelsinger (VMware CEO);
  • VMware focuses on “Tech for Good”;
  • The Partner Program is completely redesigned around “skills” rather than partner types.
  • A great session with personal stories presented by Bear Grylls.

Later on this morning, with beautiful sunny weather in Barcelona with 20 degrees, we attended a session about SD-WAN Services:

SD-WAN Services

A new VMware Fling was announced and going live by @lamw for Event Driven Automation:

A VMware Fling for Event Driven Automation

Up next: the Solutions Exchange Hall Crawl. Besides drinks and bytes, the Solution Exchange offers lots of vendors. Cohesity, Rubrik, Carbonite, Veritas for backup solutions, HPE, Dell/EMC, Hitachi for hardware solutions, Liquidware for workspace management and of course lots of VMware booths. And all offered great goodies, prices and giveaways, like the great 3D scan at Cohesity.

Solutions Exchange: Cohesity 3D Scan

In the evening the VMware Fest – Work Hard, Play Hard. The General Sessions hall was converted in one big playground, buffet and concert hall. Two great bands performed during the evening: Rick Parfitt Junior Band (RPJ Band) and the Stereophonics.

VMware Fest
Rick Parfitt Junior Band (RPJ Band)
Stereophonics

Day 4 Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thursday was a day of Sessions, like “Customer Panel: What you need to know about HyperConverged Infrastructure” and Hands-On Labs like “VMware Dynamic Environment Manager (Formerly known as User Environment Manager)” and “VMware App Volumes”.

Customer Panel: What you need to know about HyperConverged Infrastructure

At 4 PM while shutting down the last VM from the Lab, the figures showed the total delivery:

Hands-On Labs Total Delivered
Hands-On Labs

VMworld 2019 Europe in Barcelona was a great experience!

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