JUNE 11, 2020







About the Event

Virtual Connect transports attendees to a highly interactive, 3-D virtual environment for in-depth learning and networking opportunities. Prepare for breakout sessions, keynotes and subject matter experts covering an array of topics across VMware products and solutions, as well as an virtual tradeshow experience to network with a variety of solution providers. And the best part is you can experience without leaving your home or office!

Exciting features you can expect from Virtual Connect:

Join us to learn more about use cases, updates and insights from subject matter experts covering all the latest in VMware technology. Our agenda will be live soon so be sure to check for more details!


Pat Gelsinger - CEO, VMware

Pat Gelsinger has been serving as CEO of VMware since September 2012, doubling the size of the company during his tenure. He brings almost 40 years of technology and leadership experience. Before joining VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO. A respected IT industry veteran, he was at Intel for 30 years becoming the company’s first CTO and driving the creation of key industry technologies including USB and Wi-Fi. He led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor – while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor. Gelsinger earned a master's degree from Stanford University in 1985, his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude), and an associate degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, all in electrical engineering. In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and that same year awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from William Jessup University. He holds seven patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications.

Michael Dell - Chief Executive Officer, Dell Technologies

Michael Dell is chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Technologies, an innovator and technology leader providing the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important information.
With revenues of $92B and 157,000 team members, Dell Technologies is one of the world’s largest IT companies serving the needs of global corporations and governments to small businesses and consumers. The company's unique structure allows innovative, fast-moving startups to co-exist with, and leverage, the global reach and trusted reputation of the large enterprise.
Michael’s story started when he founded Dell Technologies with $1000 in 1984 at the age of 19. Notably quoted as saying that “technology is about enabling human potential,” Michael’s vision of how technology should be designed, manufactured and sold forever changed the IT industry. In 1992, Michael became the youngest CEO ever to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500. Known and admired for his astute business vision and bold moves, Michael took Dell Technologies private in 2013, setting the stage to architect the largest technology deal in history with the combination of Dell, EMC and VMware in 2016 and the subsequent relisting of Dell Technologies on the public markets in 2018.

Karen Quintos - Chief Customer Officer, Dell Technologies

Karen Quintos is Dell Technologies' Chief Customer Officer (CCO), leading a global organization devoted to customer advocacy and experience. Under Karen’s leadership, the CCO organization deepens customer relationships through driving greater engagement, trust and loyalty.
Karen is also responsible for Dell Technologies social impact strategy and programs focused on sustainability, inclusion, and applying Dell Technologies technology and innovations for good, which have become critical elements to both the employee and customer experiences. In addition, she is a passionate advocate for women, including the advancement of women in the technology industry. Karen was founder of Dell Technologies Women in Action Employee Resource Group and continues to serve as co-chair today.
Previously at Dell Technologies, Karen served as senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer; vice president of Public Sector Marketing and North America Commercial; and she also held executive roles in services, support and supply chain management. Karen joined Dell Technologies in 2000 from Citigroup, where she was vice president of Global Operations and Technology. She spent 12 years with Merck in marketing, operations and supply chain leadership positions.

Deepak Patil - Senior Vice President & General Manager, Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms & Solutions

Deepak Patil is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms & Solutions. In this position he leads the cloud business strategy, planning and engineering teams to provide customers with a consistent and effortless way to operate and manage across all cloud operating models – whether on-premises, in public cloud environments and/or at the edge. Deepak is a proven leader in the cloud space with more than 20 years of experience creating and scaling cloud platforms and services. Prior to his current position, Deepak served as Virtustream’s Senior Vice President of Cloud Platform and Services where he led engineering, services and infrastructure organizations. Prior to Virtustream, Deepak spent three years at Oracle where he built and delivered Oracle’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform and led engineering investments for Oracle’s industry verticals. Deepak joined Oracle from Microsoft where he served for 16 years in various engineering leadership roles. He was one of the founding members of Microsoft Azure where he led engineering efforts focused on infrastructure design, global expansion strategy, capacity and capital planning as well as strategic customer engagement. Deepak is a graduate of the College of Engineering in Pune, India.

Alex Honnold - Professional Adventure Rock Climber

Alex Honnold is a professional rock climber whose audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. A gifted but hard-working athlete, Honnold is distinguished for his uncanny ability to control his far while scaling cliffs of dizzyingly heights without a rope to protect him if he falls. His humble, self-effacing attitude toward such extreme risk has earned him the nickname Alex “No Big Deal” Honnold.
This Sacramento, California-native’s most celebrated achievements include the first and only free-solos of the Moonlight Buttress (5.12d, 1,200 feet) in Zion National Park, Utah, and the Northwest Face (5.12a) of Half Dome (2,200 feet), Yosemite, California. In 2012 he achieved Yosemite’s first “Triple Solo”: climbing, in succession, the National Park’s three largest faces—Mt. Watkins, Half Dome and El Capitan—alone, and in under 24 hours. In 2017 Alex completed the first and only free-solo of El Capitan’s “Freerider” route (5.13a, 3,000 feet), a historic accomplishment which has been hailed by many as one of the greatest sporting achievements of our time. This achievement was captured in the Oscar-winning film Free Solo.
Whether climbing with a rope or without, Honnold believes climbing is a fantastic vehicle for adventure, an opportunity to seek out those high-test moments with uncertain outcomes in which you’re forced to push through to survive.
Though Honnold often downplays his achievements, his rope-less climbs have attracted the attention of a broad and stunned audience. He has been profiled by 60 Minutes and the New York Times, featured on the cover of National Geographic, appeared in international television commercials and starred in numerous adventure films including the Emmy-nominated “Alone on the Wall.” Honnold is sponsored by The North Face, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, and Goal Zero. He is the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an environmental non-profit. And to this day, he maintains his simple “dirtbag-climber” existence, living out of his van and traveling the world in search of the next great vertical adventure.


All Day

  9:00 AM CT


  9:10 - 9:30 AM CT - Cloud Management Auditorium

Virtual Connect Keynote Introduction: Pat Gelsinger

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will kick of the event with his perspective on how to navigate the current stressful and traumatic period. Pat will review the phases of this worldwide transition and discuss how VMware’s capabilities will help customers enable employees to: work remotely, maintain productivity, increase connectivity, and provide for continuous secure access to applications regardless of the endpoint.

Pat Gelsinger | CEO | VMware

  9:30- 9:35 AM CT


  9:35 - 10:05 AM CT - Cloud Management Auditorium

Keynote: Empowering Companies to Thrive in a Multi-Cloud World

Companies are digitally transforming. Current circumstances have accelerated those efforts. As workforces, commerce and learning all go virtual, organizations are running workloads across multiple clouds – private, public and edge. Join Deepak Patil, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms & Solutions, to hear how Dell Technologies is eliminating multi-cloud complexity for companies with co-engineered VMware and Google Cloud solutions.

Deepak Patil | Senior Vice President & General Manager of Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms & Solutions | Dell Technologies

  10:05- 10:15 AM CT


  10:15 - 11:00 AM CT - Cloud Management Auditorium

The Times They Are A-Changin’ - The Backup Market in 2020 (a Veeam Perspective)

Technology has continued to have a transformative impact on businesses and communities. How will cloud impact deployment and disaster recovery? How are the issues of cybersecurity and data privacy, which remain top concerns, affecting decisions and business critical data? What key technology trends will businesses look to take advantage of over the course of the year? Join Jeff Reichard, Senior Director Enterprise Strategy at Veeam for further insight regarding these topics and other trends expected throughout 2020 and beyond and how they affect your VMware infrastructure.

Matt Lloyd | Senior Global Alliance Manager | Veeam

Jeff Reichard | Senior Director, Enterprise Strategy | Veeam

From Legacy to Low Code Cloud-Native and Beyond

Abstract: Enterprises are building modern applications and deploying them to cloud-native platforms like Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry, so they can deliver more of what their customers want, faster. However, most of the enterprise application portfolio is tied to legacy oriented back-end systems, making it difficult to modernize and benefit from these powerful platforms. In this session, we will cover how Boomi can addressing this challenge with data challenges in app modernisation and connecting beyond into SaaS and other cloud-based services e.g Bots, AI etc.

  • Why Apps modernisation is key for success today
  • Tips and considerations to integrating business data in apps modernisation
  • How you can quickly "connect" your cloud native applications to legacy or SaaS services

Mike Kiersey | EMEA Principal Technologist | Boomi

How Everyone Can Instantly Recover Their Workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS

Come and join Simon Long from Datrium to watch a demonstration on how ALL VMware vSphere customers can failover and failback reliably and easily with VMware Cloud on AWS. In this session you'll learn:

  • Proven strategies to recover from ransomware
  • How to use public cloud to eliminate a second datacenter for DR
  • How to connect to VMware Cloud on AWS using networking options, from AWS DX to 3rd party VPN solutions

Simon Long | Senior Solutions Architect, OCTO (VCDX) | Datrium

  10:15 - 11:00 AM CT - Digital Workspace Auditorium

Optimize End-User Experience with ControlUp for VMware Horizon

Now that your workforce is remote, being in full control of your VMware Horizon deployment is more crucial than ever. During this session, you'll learn how ControlUp can help you effectively monitor your remote workforce, enhance end-user experience, and fine-tune VMware Horizon infrastructure performance from one unified real-time console. See how easy it is to integrate ControlUp with Horizon, witness the power of automated management capabilities using native, Horizon-specific Powershell scripts, and dive into comprehensive historical reporting and analytics to help you optimize resource utilization and correctly provision your machines. Join ControlUp and EUC experts Tom Fenton and Trentent Tye to discover how ControlUp can help you cut costs, eliminate downtime, and increase ROI while taking charge of your VMware Horizon environment. We believe that ControlUp will make your life easier, and to prove it, we’ll send you a full ControlUp swag kit with a t-shirt, socks, and a mug once you’ve activated your ControlUp free trial.

Trentent Tye | Technical Specialist | ControlUp

Tom Fenton | Technical Marketing Manager | ControlUp

A Brief History and the New Era of vSphere Data Protection

For years, backup administrators have been dealing with backup and restore policies that really haven't changed with the times. While the concepts of recovery are not new, the game has changed with VMware and virtualization, and how we do it. Today, there are better ways to manage this traditionally cumbersome process in vSphere environments. Join us to learn about our own real world data nightmares and success stories from the enterprise. We will also discuss backup and recovery features that you must have to ensure your enterprise is ready for any data protection situation related to vSphere. Lastly, uncover the best way to be prepared for any recovery from something like ransomware, even at 3am when you are on call.

Chris Colotti | Principal Technologist | Cohesity

  10:15 - 11:00 AM CT - Software Defined Data Center Auditorium

vSphere Stretched Clusters, an Architectural Overview

This session will discuss the business and technical benefits of vSphere Stretched Clusters and Active-Active data center designs. Various replication and storage technologies will be described, and their native or third-party integrations documented. A short demo of site failure and the vSphere interactions will also be shown.


  • Key benefits to Active-Active vSphere stretched clusters
  • Design requirements and challenges to implementing stretched clusters
  • An understanding of the supporting storage landscape, including VSAN and third party storage

Andrew F. Nelson | Principal Architect | Insight

The Perfectly Matched Data Center: Physical & Virtual Infrastructure Automation for DevOps

What if you could always keep your physical and virtual infrastructure perfectly matched to the workloads that ran on top of them? VMware and Dell Technologies make this possible today with full-stack automation of physical infrastructure that matches the agility you get with vSphere. See how autonomous operations of the new physical infrastructure in the new Dell EMC PowerOne System delivers clusters-on-demand and rapidly migrates physical assets from under-utilized clusters to those experiencing peak demand. Learn how vRealize Automation through Code Stream speeds the delivery of applications and workload domains including all elements of the physical infrastructure to achieve end-to-end DevOps agility. Jonathan Toulon (JT), Sr. Director of Infrastructure Architecture & Enterprise Storage, InComm and President, CONVERGED User Group Board of Directors, will share his feedback and insights from the end-user perspective.

Robin Querin | Global Lead for VMware’s Cloud Management Technologists | VMware

Ted Streete | Distinguished Engineer | Dell Technologies

  11:00 - 11:30 AM CT - Lounge

Meet the Experts: How to Get the Best Out of VMware Cloud Foundation and Avoid Pitfalls

Mariya Miteva is a Sr. Software Developer in VMware. She spent the last 5 years working on VMware Validated Designs and VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) for providing the best-integrated solution of VMware products. Mariya strongly believes that VCF makes infrastructure management simple, easy and reliable and is here to help you discover more about it.

Mariya Miteva | Senior MTS | VMware

  11:00 - 11:15 AM CT


  11:15 AM - 12:00 PM CT - Cloud Management Auditorium

VMware Cloud on AWS: Deployment, Operations, and Workload Management

This session teaches you about how to deploy and manage a production SDDC in VMware Cloud on AWS. Learn how SDDCs are deployed, and what options are available. We'll then show you all you need to know about running actual production workloads, covering topics such as network connectivity, compute and storage policies, considerations for availability, and workload migration. We will also touch on other key operational tasks, such as lifecycle, logging, and monitoring. You will leave this session with an understanding of how management of a VMware Cloud on AWS SDDC should be approached for production workloads.

Eric Gray| Senior Technical Marketing Architect | VMware

Introduction to VMware Cloud Foundation

Welcome to VMware Cloud Foundation, a next-generation private cloud infrastructure platform that enables customers to succeed in their data center modernization and hybrid cloud journey. You will hear firsthand about this solution, and view product demonstrations of its latest features and capabilities.

Heath Johnson | Senior Technical Marketing Manager | VMware

Making Blockchain Real with Boomi and VMware

Most people assume it's an all-or-nothing endeavor to adopt technologies like VMware Blockchain, or any distributed ledger for that matter. It doesn't have to be. In this session, you'll learn how customers are using Boomi mobile app development in a real use case that bridges traditional systems like Salesforce and Oracle and emerging technologies like blockchain and AI. If you're new to Blockchain, don't worry. This session is designed to give you a technical introductions of blockchains--distributed ledgers, smart contracts, consensus, and more. Further, we survey use cases for a variety of industries so that you can learn where the next instance of a distributed ledger could be deployed for your organization and why.

Mike Bachman | Principal Technologist and Global Architect OCTO | Boomi

  11:15 AM - 12:00 PM CT - Digital Workspace Auditorium

Easily Implement Hybrid VDI to Scale Remote Work Across the Multi-Cloud

See how to deploy VMware Horizon Service across on-premises and public clouds to meet your business continuity and remote worker needs.

  • An overview of Horizon Service and Hybrid VDI
  • What are the different Horizon platforms
  • Reviewing Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure and support for Windows Virtual Desktop
  • Horizon VDI on-premises and use cases
  • Brokering Physical Desktops

Colby Mooney | Solution Engineer-II | VMware

When Tech Meets Tough: From RUGGED to Precision to Giving Back

Have you ever wondered what it is like to go on an assignment to the most challenging expeditions in the world and bring home stories for National Geographic? Join Nat Geo Explorer and DELL Ambassador, Mike Libecki, as he takes us on a journey to some of the most remote climbing expeditions possible. Come along as Mike embarks on unexplored Greenland for paddle boarding with polar bears, surviving sea ice, and climbing one of the biggest towers in the world. Onto the deepest jungles to battle rain and immaculate mayhem to climb one of the most jungle towers on the planet. And finally, Mike will share his passion for giving back though this humanitarian expeditions, exploring us to ask ourselves: what can we do to make the world a better place? As a Dell Ambassador Libecki will share how he uses Dell Technologies in the field, as well as a behind the scenes editing session with Dell Precision for 8K footage, VR and 3D and more.

Mike Libecki | Dell Ambassador | Nat Geo Explorer

  11:15 AM - 12:00 PM CT - Software Defined Data Center Auditorium

Upgrading to vSphere 7

Whether you're running older versions of vSphere or you just want to take the step from vSphere 6.5 or 6.7 to vSphere 7, this session is for you. We'll take a deeper dive into some of what vSphere 7 has to offer such as vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM), vCenter Server Update Planner, and a simplified consolidation process for external PSCs. Also discussing upgrade considerations when planning and executing a successful upgrade to vSphere 7.

Nigel Hickey | Technical Marketing Architect | VMware


This session will focus on taking a closer and deeper look at the new Bitfusion feature and the value of hardware acceleration delivered by sharing resources like a GPU across a network. Our time will be focused on covering installation and deployment settings, tips/tricks, working with containers, etc. The tech experts will also use real-world Bitfusion customer examples.

Jim Brogan | Senior Solutions Architect | VMware

Mike Adams | Senior Director, Product Marketing | VMware

Work from Home Happened... What’s next?

A reflection on the journey from Response to Redefine the Distributed Workforce.

  • Review of Response… What’s already happened
  • Reflect is the New Now… A look at short-term improvements
  • Redefine your approach to resiliency … Architect for Adaptability

Cale Fogel | Senior Staff Domain Architect, EUC | VMware

Erik Hinderer | Staff Cloud Solutions Engineer | VMware

  12:00 - 12:05 PM CT


  12:05 - 12:35 PM CT - Cloud Management Auditorium

Afternoon Keynote: Fireside chat with Michael Dell and Karen Quintos

While there is no denying the detrimental impact the COVID-19 global pandemic is having on society, healthcare, the economy and the tragic loss of many jobs and businesses, there is another story about the role technology has played in helping the world digitally transform and enable a new path forward in just days—not months or years. Join Michael Dell and Karen Quintos, Chief Customer Officer, Dell Technologies, as they discuss the accelerated evolution of how (and where) we work, how organizations around the world are planning for the future, and the silver lining that will emerge post-pandemic.

Michael Dell | CEO | Dell Technologies

Karen Quintos | Chief Customer Officer | Dell Technologies

  12:30 - 1:00 AM CT - Lounge

Meet the Experts: Using VMware Skyline to Get Proactive and Reduce Risk

Nick Fritsch, Technical Marketing Manager, VMware

Nick Fritsch is a Technical Marketing Manager within VMware. In this role, Nick is responsible for creating blog articles, whitepapers, videos as well as presenting at various community and industry events. Nick also collects feedback from customers and VMware field employees, providing that feedback to Product Management and R&D to help shape current and future solutions. You can follow Nick on twitter @nfritsch.

Kelcey Lemon, Technical Marketing Manager, VMware

Kelcey Lemon is a Technical Marketing Manager for the Cloud Management Business Unit at VMware, where his primary focus is VMware Skyline and its adjacent solutions. Over the last 25 years, Kelcey has worked with software and hardware solution providers, training technical their specialists, enabling their sales teams, and helping them transform their business models to include SaaS-based delivery and cloud computing services to better serve their customers. An accomplished speaker and presenter, Kelcey has spoken all over the world at various conferences, where he particularly enjoys speaking with customers to understand their business challenges and how the solutions that they’ve adopted are solving them.

  12:35 - 12:45 PM CT


  12:45 - 1:30 PM CT - Cloud Management Auditorium

The Importance of Data Services

IT leaders today have an immense responsibility to ensure the lifeblood of the business, applications, and data, have the proper capacity, scalability, resiliency, and security to provide what ultimately is the applications job, to provide business outcomes. After all, business do not run applications just for the fun of it, they run applications that are critical and necessary for the operations of the business. Not only does the application itself need to be available, its dependencies on other applications and data sources and the business processes they collectively support are equally as important. In this session, we will cover how Boomi’s intelligent, flexible, and scalable platform quickly and easily unites everything and everyone in your digital ecosystem across organizations, channels, devices, and platforms.

Scott DesBles | Principal Technologist | Boomi

Supporting Unpredictable Demand and Business Uncertainty with HPE Nimble Storage dHCI

In today’s environment, businesses are being asked to shift their employees to a virtual office environment. This places new, urgent requirements on IT to quickly enable a remote workforce. During these uncertain times, when capacity is strained and costs need to be controlled, HPE provides businesses with solutions that can help IT optimize their infrastructure to deliver secure, reliable remote access.

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI overcomes the limitations of traditional infrastructure with intelligent management and provides the simplicity that VM admins need when it comes to managing their unpredictable workloads. Hyperconverged control collapses storage and compute silos with policy-driven automation and native vCenter management. As an edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company, HPE is here to help our clients bring together the right expertise and technology solutions to meet their most immediate challenges and unexpected demands. HPE and VMware’s combined expertise delivers the industry’s most complete portfolio of integrated virtualization, cloud, and mobility solutions and services.

Ryan Harris | Product Marketing Manager | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Nick Dyer | Global Storage Field CTO & Technologist | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Easily Run Your VMware Workloads on the Cloud Today

Are you looking to quickly extend your on-premises VMware workloads to the cloud? IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions Shared leverages VMware vCloud Director to help enable customers to extend their data centers to the cloud with ultimate capacity, flexibility, and scalability at an affordable cost. Whether you are looking to get started with a dev/test environment, a disaster recovery site, or a full enterprise grade hybrid cloud transformation, this solution is designed to provide a cost-effective, self-service entry to the cloud within minutes. Join to learn more and redeem a $500 USD credit to get started.

Rajeev Saxena | Program Director, Product Management | IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions

Future-Proof your Backup and DR Strategy with the Cloud

With 90% of all IT employees working from home, many companies are having to reevaluate how they protect their hybrid cloud environments. Aside from being costly, in most cases manual, on-premises solutions are simply no longer a viable option. Druva’s cloud data protection for VMware Cloud on AWS environments should be your new business partner. Our SaaS platform reduces costs, increases business resilience and eliminates on-site visits by IT to monitor and maintain server and backup storage infrastructure.

In this presentation, you will learn how to:

  • Deliver cost savings to the business this year
  • Future proof your backup strategy by eliminating hardware dependencies
  • Strengthen business resilience with automated DR runbooks and tests
  • Immunize your data against malware and ransomware attacks

Peter Elliman | Director of Product Marketing | Druva

  12:45 - 1:30 PM CT - Digital Workspace Auditorium

Ransomware Reality

Arctic Wolf Platform simplifies security operations for VMware vSphere/ESXi environments. VMware’s portfolio of on-premises and cloud solutions provide incredibly flexible efficiency and scale. However, monitoring the security of your users and data both on-premises and in the cloud can be an overwhelming task, and that’s where Arctic Wolf can help.

Recent ransomware attacks have halted business operations, disrupted emergency services, and forced closures of business, schools, hospitals, and government entities.

In preparation for 2020, the FBI released a dire warning: prepare for increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, or risk losing business-critical data permanently.

In the face of mounting threats, organizations need to come to terms with the grim reality that ransomware is not likely to disappear in the foreseeable future. In light of advanced, persistent attacks, IT teams need to have strategies in place to combat the growing threats.

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • Why ransomware continues to be a growing problem
  • How to reduce your risk of ransomware by monitoring your vSphere and cloud environments
  • How to prepare your organization to respond to a ransomware incident

Brian Knopp | Senior Presales Systems Engineer | Arctic Wolf

Day Trippin' with Dell

Join us for an interview with Dell Ambassador, producer and show host, Chet Garner for a firsthand account of how the production company behind “The Daytripper” went from a devoted Apple shop to a full Dell conversion and took their production company to the next level.

Chet Garner | Dell Ambassador, Host, Producer | The Day Tripper

  12:45 - 1:30 PM CT - Software Defined Data Center Auditorium

Taming the Complexity & Compliance Beasts in your SDDC with Runecast Analyzer

Complexity is the enemy of security, and as your VMware and AWS environments grow there's a nasty tendency for complexity to be introduced. In this session, Kev Johnson will show how Runecast Analyzer can really help you to secure your environments, reduce risks, ensure security compliance, and help you to plan for the future. Strap in, it'll be rocket paced!

Kev Johnson | Systems Engineer | Runecast


What’s New with VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 on VxRail 7.0 | CONVERGED User Group

VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail is the foundation for Dell Technologies Cloud Platform. VCF on VxRail builds upon native VxRail and Cloud Foundation capabilities with additional unique Dell Technologies and VMware jointly engineered integration features to help simplify, streamline, and automate the operations of your entire SDDC from Day 0 through Day 2 operations. In this session, learn about the latest updates to the platform and how its full-stack integration of the VxRail HCI infrastructure hardware and software layers, together with native Kubernetes capabilities built into the stack, provide an automated and turnkey hybrid cloud experience needed to manage Kubernetes and deliver a developer experience that greatly reduces risk and increases IT operational efficiency.

Jason Marques | Sr. Principal Engineer Integrated Products and Solutions Technical Marketing | Dell Technologies

  1:00 - 1:30 PM CT - Lounge

Meet the Experts: vSphere 7 - Focus on Security

Bob Plankers is a Technical Marketing Architect at VMware, focused on vSphere security and compliance. Prior to VMware he spent 23 years in IT operations. He’s worn many hats, from support to developer to system engineer to team leader, and understands the challenges we all face trying to make IT simpler, secure, and more reliable. Bob is a speaker, writer, and blogger, both for VMware and on his own blog at

Bob Plankers | Technical Marketing Architect | VMware

  1:30 - 1:40 PM CT


  1:40 - 2:25 PM CT - Cloud Management Auditorium

Deploying vSphere with Kubernetes on VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0

In this session we’ll look at the changing application landscape and show why combining Kubernetes with vSphere is so critical for the modern enterprise. We’ll introduce you to vSphere with Kubernetes. We’ll show how Cloud Foundation 4.0 provides a fully automated solution for enabling vSphere with Kubernetes, complete with full NSX-T integration. We’ll wrap up by walking you through a deployment to demonstrate how VMware Cloud Foundation together with vSphere with Kubernetes is paving the future of modern IT.

Kyle Gleed | Group Manager | Technical Marketing | VMware

Comparing Kubernetes to Traditional Software Deployment Methods

This session will explain the 'Kubernetes' way of deploying software and how it compares to the 'traditional' way. The aim is to help VI Admins wrap their heads around why everyone won't stop talking about Kubernetes. This will not be a deep dive in to kubernetes architecture, but more a high level conceptual session about what Kubernetes brings to the table.

Stephen Carter | Staff Technical Content Developer | VMware

  1:40 - 2:25 PM CT  - Digital Workspace Auditorium

Building a Better (Virtual) Desktop

Windows 10 has brought many changes to the Windows desktop when it was released nearly five years ago. The new release cycle brings ongoing challenges to the deployment and management of virtual desktops. Learn how to overcome these challenges to deliver a Windows 10 desktop that provides a good user experience.

Sean Massey | Staff Cloud Solutions Architect | VMware

Shaping the Employee Experience to Enable Happy, Inspired Employees with Dell Technologies

Our organizations, the customers we serve and of course revenue all thrive on happy, inspired employees. How can you leverage technology to best optimize the employee experience? We’ll discuss how the end user computing experience is changing and ways we can use technology for integrated, intelligent solutions to make this experience more seamless, worry free and productive.

Ian Hayes | Product Marketing Manager | Dell Technologies

  1:40 - 2:25 PM CT - Software Defined Data Center Auditorium

What's New with NSX-T

VMware NSX-T™ 3.0, a major release of our full stack Layer 2 to Layer 7 networking platform that offers virtual networking, security, load balancing, visibility, and analytics in a single platform. NSX-T 3.0 includes key innovations across cloud-scale networking, security, containers, and operations that help enterprises achieve one-click public cloud experience wherever their workloads are deployed.

In this session, Paul Mancuso will discuss the groundbreaking innovations that make it easier to replace legacy appliances that congest data center traffic, achieve stronger security posture, and run virtual and containerized workloads anywhere. He will discuss the key features in NSX-T 3.0 such as global policy consistency, AWS and Azure gov cloud support, VMware NSX® Intelligence enhancements, Layer 3 EVPN, and powerful networking and security services for vSphere with Kubernetes, superseding features in NSX-V.

Paul Mancuso | Technologist Director, Network & Security | VMware

What's new with vRealize Operations

Each release of vRealize Operations gets bigger and better with more features, smoother user experience and tighter integration with the SDDC. With self-driving operations, powered by vRealize Operations, you can automate, optimize, and simplify SDDC and multi-cloud management.

Brandon Gordon | Staff Technical Marketing Architect | VMware

Matt Bradford | Senior Technical Marketing Manager | VMware

The VMware-ization of Mission Critical Workload Platforms: SAP, Oracle & more

According to recent IDC research, the most popular data center platform for SAP, the quintessential mission critical workload, is three-tier, fibre channel storage based converged infrastructure. Learn how VMware vSphere 7.0, NSX-T 3.0, and full-stack VCF (VMware Cloud Foundation) are the next big thing for this class of infrastructure. This session will explain how vSphere 7.0, the most exciting release of vSphere in years, will bring true multi-endpoint support for containers and VM’s in one consolidated package; how deploying NSX-T in an enterprise-grade, three-tiered systems meets the requirements of emerging cloud and software-defined use cases; and how to extend the VCF hybrid-cloud to fiber-channel data center environments leveraging VMware vRealize and SDDC Manager workflows to automate mission critical workload operations. Use cases will be illustrated with the popular Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 converged infrastructure system.

Martin Hayes | Technical Product Manager | Dell Technologies

  2:00 - 2:30 PM CT - Lounge

Meet the Experts: Step Up Your Learning Game and Take Advantage of Our New Promotion with Free Access to Our Premium Learning Zone Offerings

Damian Wraa is Senior Manager of Education Services Americas Delivery Team.
He has 30 years of experience in Education and Training and 22 years in IT.
This is Damian's 16th year @ VMware in which he has served as a Senior Technical Instructor, Lead Instructor for vSphere, and leader for the customer education team in the Americas.

Damian Wraa | Senior Education Delivery Manager | VMware

  2:25 - 2:35 PM CT


  2:35 - 3:20 PM CT - Cloud Management Auditorium

Backup Your VM Every 5 seconds, CDP for Kubernetes Applications, and More!

In this session, Zerto will update you on all the latest and greatest announcements that we're making at our ZertoCON 2020 virtual event and more! Learn how you can architect your VMware environment, so you'll never have to take a backup again. Furthermore, you will get an exclusive sneak peek on how Zerto will help you protect and recover your Kubernetes applications regardless of their underlying platform!

Gijsbert Janssen van Doorn | Director, Technical Marketing | Zerto

Lessons Learned from Implementing VMWare Cloud Director and Cloud Availability to Achieve VCloud Verified Status

Join mindSHIFT Technologies, a Ricoh USA company to review lessons learned from implementing VMWare Cloud Director and Cloud Availability to achieve VCloud Verified Status to help manage workloads in any environment from a single pane of glass. mindSHIFT engaged with VMWare on unique initiative called Project Presto to implement the full VMWare stack of technologies to be positioned as a unique cloud service provider that can offer the management of workloads across multiple clouds from a single pane of glass and to create the ability to offer DRaaS and BaaS through the same environment.

John Stewart | Vice President IT Services Sales and Strategy | MindSHIFT

Data Center Extension with VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware Cloud on AWS enables companies to quickly and easily adopt the cloud while leveraging existing skills, investments, and processes. One of the many benefits of VMware Cloud on AWS is the ability to extend your data center into the cloud easily and cost-effectively.

With VMware Cloud on AWS, you can gain immediate global reach and infinite scale for your VMware workloads, and take advantage of public cloud services that work with your existing VMware-based applications. You keep the same processes and technology, so your team doesn’t need to re-train to take advantage of the scale and geographic reach of AWS.

In this session, we cover the following aspects of moving or extending infrastructure to the cloud and how you can benefit:

  • Geographic expansion and moving/extending workloads to have happier customers
  • Leveraging AWS native services for your cloud-bursting environments
  • Test/Dev and how you can empower your developer teams and have a happier team
  • Saving money with infrastructure flexibility to deal with seasonal workloads

Nathan Mills | Consulting Cloud Architect | Faction

Leverage GitOps to Deploy and Protect VMware infrastructure with Ansible and Rubrik

Imagine a world in which your VMware infrastructure is provisioned and managed by a few lines of code. This session will walk through the principles of Git and GitOps, and how they can be used to automate your vSphere environment with Ansible. Learn how to leverage the power of Rubrik’s robust APIs by integrating protection into this workflow, which will ensure any new workload deployed is immediately protected.

Matt Elliott | Developer Advocate | Rubrik

  2:35 - 3:20 PM CT  - Digital Workspace Auditorium

Simplify Hyper-Convergence Deployments, Accelerate Performance & Lower TCO with Next Generation Supermicro Solutions

As hyper-convergence sees a higher number of deployments into enterprise and mission critical workloads, the requirements for high performance, optimized solutions is rapidly growing. At Supermicro, the partnership with Intel® and VMware® results in out-of-the-box solutions which deliver exceptional performance while greatly cutting down on the time to deployment.

In this session Supermicro's Sr. Director of Solutions Enablement Sim Upadhyayula will highlight the key features of the next generation technologies incorporated in their design and discuss why these solutions can provide exponential benefits to your business and workload applications.

Sim Upadhyayula | Sr. Director of Solutions Enablement | Supermicro

  2:35 - 3:20 PM CT  - Software Defined Data Center Auditorium

Dell Technologies VDI on VxRail | CONVERGED User Group

This session will provide an overview of Dell Technologies’ VDI and Remote Work solutions for VxRail. We will provide an overview with some detailed examples.

Cameron Chehreh | VP, Commercial Pre Sales | Dell Technologies

  3:20 - 3:30 PM CT


  3:00 - 3:30 PM CT  - Lounge

BOOMI User Group Meet the Expert: Enhancing Scalability, Security, and Self-Service for Enterprises with Boomi API Management

Rahul is a product manager at Boomi, for the API Management element of the larger unified Boomi platform. He is responsible for defining the product vision, delivering the product roadmap and executing global go-to-market for API Management. Before Boomi, Rahul worked at Sequoia Capital backed start-ups in India and SE Asia, where he helped build and launch new technology based (such as e-commerce, on-demand, mobile apps) and retail/FMCG products.

Rahul Agarwal | Product Manager | Boomi

  3:00 - 3:30 PM CT  - Lounge

Dell Client Community Meet the Expert: Explore All the Possibilities the New Dell Optimizer, the Most Intelligent PC with Built in AI

Amit Bhaga is representing the Client Technologists from the Northern part of North America. He is born and raised in ‘the 6ix’ aka Toronto, Canada. Amit has been with Dell since 2006, serving as a subject matter expert in Microsoft licensing, Virtualization and end-user computing. Interesting facts: Amit graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BSc in Health & Disease. He went from studying the human body to the computer chassis. Amit is also a photographer and self-proclaimed music hacker. You can follow him on social media @AmitBtheCT or his alter ego @bhagatriks

Amit Bhaga | Dell Client Technologist | Dell Technologies

  3:30 - 4:15 PM CT - Cloud Management Auditorium

Kubernetes for the VI Admin - New for 2020!

In 2019, we learned some introductory Kubernetes concepts as well as building Kubernetes the hard way. In 2020, we're turning it up to 11! Getting Kubernetes clusters up and running on vSphere has never been easier. In this introductory level session, we will examine some of the key Kubernetes infrastructure components and map them back to our vSphere infrastructure. Then we will look at all the new tooling that is making rolling out Kubernetes clusters on vSphere as simple as a few commands. It's turtles all the way down. After this session, you will be able to get Kubernetes up and running within just a few minutes!

Kendrick Coleman | Sr. Technical Product Line Manager | VMware

Tanzu Kubernetes Grid: Accelerating our Journey to Cloud Native Apps

Agility is key in today’s world, where every team is gravitating toward quicker turnaround times—from initial configuration and release cycles to doing root cause analyses RCA. VMware IT achieved the agility goal by sailing full steam ahead with VMware products, leveraging vSphere, vSAN, NSX, TKG, Bitnami, Wavefront, TMC, vROPS, and Log Insight. Each product brings value to the complete operation lifecycle, and this presentation will illustrate how together, our products helped us accelerate our Tanzu journey. In addition, we will address how these products help in running resilient enterprise production operations.

Jason Hutson | Senior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer | VMware

Manas Singh | Senior Applications Administrator | VMware

Swapnil Hendre | Director of Solutions Engineering and Design | VMware

Data Discovery & Prep with Boomi DCP (Formerly Unifi)

Did you know that analysts estimate 60% of data is unknown, dormant, or underutilized? Research indicates that 63% of IT leaders claim to have between 4 and 15 copies of the same data. Imagine giving your business the power of discovering that data and having a complete end-to-end view of all business critical information to drive your transformation through a modern Self Service approach to data managemnt. Join us for this session to learn about Boomi's newest family member, Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation (formerly Unifi Software) expands opportunities for you to:

  • Explore data silos and applications to catalog and identify metadata from across your business and speed up your Boomi Integration project.
  • Discover where you have data
  • Enable your organization for Self Service data integration and ELT approach to solving Big Data challenges

Carlos Castro, Field CTO, Boomi Data Catalog and Prep

  3:30 - 4:15 PM CT - Digital Workspace Auditorium

Best Practices for Enabling Zero Trust Conditional Access with Workspace ONE

Join our technical experts discuss best practices in implementing the Workspace ONE platform’s intrinsic Zero Trust approach.

  • Understanding the core tenets of Zero Trust
  • Enabling a Zero Trust architecture with Workspace ONE and other VMware solutions
  • Enabling a frictionless employee experience no matter the app type – native, cloud, web, virtual
  • Use Case: Securing Office 365 application access

Heba Awdi | EUC Solutions Engineer | VMware

How a 1-Year Complete EUC Overhaul with Workspace ONE and Horizon on VMware Cloud Foundation is Allowing Nol-Tec to Continue Business during Covid-19

Learn how a small engineering business in Lino Lakes, Minnesota is managing 3D CAD and knowledge worker desktops using Workspace ONE and a VMware Cloud Foundation private cloud to provide Horizon workspaces to their employees. This combination is enabling full business continuity using a mix of Corporate and Home endpoints, secured by Workspace ONE Access’s Zero Trust model.

Tony Harmelink | Endpoint Engineer | Nol-Tec

  3:30 - 4:15 PM CT - Software Defined Data Center Auditorium

Secure Your East-West Data Center Traffic with Service-Defined Firewall, NSX IDS/IPS, NSX Intelligence

With the rise in distributed application architectures, organizations need to adopt a new strategy to secure their applications against lateral movement of threats. The VMware Service-defined Firewall, part of the NSX platform, is a distributed stateful L4-L7 firewall purpose-built to protect east-west traffic across multi-cloud environments. It includes deep application visibility and automated policy recommendations through the NSX Intelligence capability and enables advanced threat detection and Layer 7 inspection at each workload via the NSX Distributed IDS/IPS. You will learn how leveraging this Intrinsic Security approach helps security teams mitigate risk, ensure compliance and lower costs with a vastly simpler operations model of inspecting every packet at every workload.

Vivek Bhandari, Director of Product Marketing, VMware

vSphere Security: News You Can Use (June 2020 Edition)

vSphere 7 brings all sorts of new and improved features to data center infrastructures. Let’s talk about what’s new and improved, security news from the rest of the ecosystem that impacts vSphere environments, answers to common questions we’re getting, and resources for moving forward.

Bob Plankers, Technical Marketing Architect, VMware

  4:15 - 4:30 PM CT


  4:00 - 4:30 AM CT - Lounge

CONVERGED User Group CI/HCI Experts Answer your Questions

Jeremy Merrill | VxRail Engineering Technologist | Dell Technologies

Jeremy is a veteran VxRail expert, with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Have a question about VxRail? Jeremy has your answers. Jeremy started his technical career at EMC in 2000 in MA, working with the Education Services Team and the Integrated Solutions Team. After moving to Raleigh, NC with EMC’s SMS (Storage Managed Services) team, Jeremy supported the storage environment for General Motors. Jeremy then left EMC in 2005 and spent the next 5.5 years at NetApp in the Data Protection Group as a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer responsible for SnapVault, Open Systems SnapVault (OSSV), and cluster-mode replication. In 2011, he returned to EMC as a Unified Sales Specialist, which turned into the Mid-Tier SE team (supporting Isilon and VNX). Looking to expand his knowledge, Jeremy then joined the Global Solutions Engineering team as the DPAD architect for the various solutions being developed, including EHC.

Daniel Barnette | Principal Systems Development Engineer | Dell Technologies

Daniel Barnette is Principal Engineer in the Converged Systems Architecture team at Dell Technologies, where he collaborates with engineering teams to design and configure virtual infrastructures for current and future converged systems. He joined VCE from storage vendor and partner EMC in 2015, where he supported engineering development labs and cloud infrastructures for internal customers at EMC's first ever US-based Center of Excellence.

Justin Jones | Senior Consultant, Product Marketing, | Dell Technologies

  4:30 - 5:00 PM CT - All Auditoriums

Closing Keynote: Alex Honnold

Join our end of the day presenter, Alex Honnold, an American rock climber best known for his free solo ascents of big walls. You don’t want to miss this!

Alex Honnold | Professional Adventure Rock Climber

  5:00 PM CT


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