TIME/LOCATION
SESSION/ABSTRACT
SPEAKERS

8:00am - 8:30am
Registration | Breakfast
8:30am - 8:45am
Fieldhouse Main Floor
Leader Welcome
8:45am - 9:30am
Fieldhouse Main Floor
Keynote | Automation is Not Enough! | VMware
Automation is one of those skillsets that can either be extremely powerful or completely intimidating. Think about the process: learning a scripting and/or programming language, writing code, testing code, and (the most dangerous part) applying that code to production! Those can be very daunting tasks. What if I told you that all of those things, and automation in general, wasn’t enough? Configuration Management and Infrastructure as Code are the answer to this dilemma. These two concepts have moved from being futuristic “nice-to-haves” into being a requirement for every aspect of a datacenter, whether physical or software-defined. This session is going to take a look into what these concepts are, how they can be applied, and the minimal coding experience needed to get started.
Kyle Ruddy
9:30am - 10:00am
vSolutions Hub | Lightning Sessions, Networking & Giveaways
10:00am - 10:45am
Lexus Loft
Integrating vRealize Automation and Ansible Tower | SovLabs | Integrate
VMware vRealize Automation is a popular cloud management platform with the ability to blueprint infrastructure components and provide self-service provisioning. In this technical session, Brian Baggett of SovLabs will walk through several common use cases and best practices for integrating vRealize Automation with Ansible Tower. In this session we will cover four use cases: Requesting a workload deployment from any platform (Ansible) vRealize Automation with Static Inventory vRealize Automation with Dynamic Inventory vRealize Automation CM Framework
Brian Baggett
Cloud Automation Architect

Bennett Ford
Account Executive

10:00am - 10:45am
Lightbound Courtside Club
Advanced vSphere Backup Tips, Automation and Practices by Veeam | Veeam | Integrate
One of the most important things about a vSphere environment today is having data and systems available in the event of any situation. In this VMUG session, hear from a Senior Veeam Technologist who will outline advanced tips for backup, recovery and testing of vSphere environments. Leveraging scripts, advanced vSphere constructs and VMware Cloud on AWS will be covered in this session. Takeaways: - Tips for backup design of vSphere environments - Tips for leveraging scripts in vSphere and Veeam environments - Tips for leveraging VMware Cloud on AWS for backup, DR and migration
Matt Lloyd
Matt Lloyd is a Senior Global Alliance Manager at Veeam Software and based near Chicago, IL. Currently, he supports partnerships with Dell, VMware, and other strategic alliance partners. Matt's experience includes planning, designing, and implementing solutions for virtual environments, working with channel partners, and sales; with virtualization being the central theme throughout his career.

10:00am - 10:45am
Media Work Room
Why VMware Cloud on AWS is Important to Your Business and Career | Faction | Integrate
VMware is evolving the cloud landscape with VMware Cloud on AWS and this is driving huge value and opportunities for those with VMware skills. This session was created to help you navigate this cloud journey and we'll be outlining key differentiators for VMware Cloud on AWS and show how you can leverage this platform to boost your Cloud and Disaster Recovery strategies.  We'll also walk through specific use cases and match these to business and career improvements along the way.
Eric Larson
As a Solutions Engineer with Faction, Eric engages with partners and clients to deliver highly functional VMware driven cloud solutions for a multitude of use cases. Eric came to Faction with 13 years of experience administering, engineering, and management of complex data center environments His diverse technical background includes a focus on providing solutions to meet client's requirements while also helping modernize environments in a multi-cloud world.

10:00am - 10:45am
Pacers Square
Virtual Cloud Networking Academy | How NSX has Transformed Business – Real World Examples | Part 1
In this session we will go beyond use cases for NSX and explore how businesses have been transformed thanks to VMware Network Virtualization technologies. From faster mergers and acquisitions to rapid branch office deployment, and all the way to keeping lifesaving applications secure and available for patients. Check out how VMware and 27 Virtual have changed the way organizations think about networking and security.
10:00am - 10:45am
Team Room 1
Building a VMware Private Cloud with NetApp HCI | NetApp | Integrate
Your users need you to be more responsive, but when your hardware is keeping you from responding quickly, you look like the big roadblock. With development teams reminding you every day that they can get resources from the public cloud immediately, you are pressured to bridge the gap. VMware Private Cloud for NetApp HCI delivers a win-win option by enabling public cloud-like self-service via vRealize Suite that can drive dynamic usage of infrastructure resources including NSX on NetApp HCI, a flexible yet performant and scalable hybrid cloud infrastructure. HCI is the fastest growing infrastructure market segment and it is no wonder with its typical administrative advantages.  However, NetApp HCI also gives you enterprise features you need like multi-tenancy, independent scaling of resources for real world workload optimization and application performance guarantees.   Come to this session to learn how to build a VMware's modern private cloud feature set on top of NetApp HCI that delivers users with easy, predictable results at cloud speed and IT with complete configuration, monitoring, and bill-back capabilities.  
Andy Banta
Andy is currently a Principal Virtualization Architect at NetApp SolidFire, focusing on VMware integration and Virtual Volumes.  Andy was a part of the Virtual Volumes development team at SoldiFire.  Prior to SolidFire, he was the iSCSI Tech Lead at VMware, and authored a patent on VMware cache technology. He's also been on the engineering teams at DataGravity and Sun Microsystems. Andy has presented at numerous industry conferences, such as  VMworld, NetApp Insight, SNIA and Flash Memory Summit. as well as several VMUGs and other local events. Outside of work, and enjoys racing cars, hiking and wines. Find him on twitter at @andybanta.

10:00am - 10:45am
Team Room 4
Dell Technologies Cloud Platform powered by integrated Dell EMC & VMware | Dell Technologies | Integrate
Information Technology systems have been on a steady evolution from physical to virtualized to cloud operations. VMware is the leader in virtualization and presents the most comprehensive and mature hybrid cloud software stack to help IT organizations achieve the next level in agility and efficiency of operations. Dell EMC is focused on creating the best platform for VMware - which depends on effective use of the underlying hardware deliver on that promise. By tightly integrating hardware and VMware software Dell EMC delivers rapid start-up and streamlined ongoing operations across the solution lifecycle. The ultimate result is a unified hub for IT operations that is a seamless platform for delivering IT Services which is easier to stand up and configure, simpler to manage and operate and less costly to own.
Craig Herring
10:00am - 10:45am
Varsity Club
Horizon Cloud on Azure: Technical Deep Dive | Microsoft Azure | Integrate
Take a deep dive into VMware Horizon Cloud on Azure. Get a demo of useful features, dive into the nitty-gritty details from a technical perspective, and discuss best practices and helpful hints for being successful.
Jeramiah Dooley
10:45am - 11:00am
Session Break
11:00am - 11:45am
Lightbound Courtside Club
Swapnil Hendre
11:00am - 11:45am
Media Work Room
vRealize Operations - Tame the VM | Community | Manage
- Architect vRealize Operations to efficiently and reliably gather information from VM resources.
Craig Herring
11:00am - 11:45am
Pacers Square
Virtual Cloud Networking Academy | How NSX has Transformed Business – Real World Examples | Part 2
In this session we will go beyond use cases for NSX and explore how businesses have been transformed thanks to VMware Network Virtualization technologies. From faster mergers and acquisitions to rapid branch office deployment, and all the way to keeping lifesaving applications secure and available for patients. Check out how VMware and 27 Virtual have changed the way organizations think about networking and security.
Andrew Grismore
11:00am - 11:45am
Team Room 1
Answering the Question of What to Automate | VMware | Automate
Learn best practices to help organizations on their automation journey. Hear practical advice in identifying the most valuable tasks, the role communication and culture play in automation, and common failure prone areas organizations should avoid. Learn how to build your organization's stamina and effectiveness in preparing for the automation journey.
Matt Popovich
11:00am - 11:45am
Team Room 4
Jeff Wong
11:45am - 12:45pm
Lunch & Networking
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Main Floor
Women ROCK STARS in Technology – Panel discussions | Lunch Panel | Professional Development
Our mission for vLadies is a VMUG community focused on leadership development and the empowerment of women within the VMware community. Our goal is to bring awareness and participation to local user groups giving a place to gather and talk in a friendly and supportive environment. It provides inspiration thru networking and social events, build confidence, and become visible in the community. vLadies encourage and influence young women's interests in VMware and partner technologies. We strive to inspire the next generation of girls to follow technology-based education paths giving them equal opportunities in the technology field and be treated with respect. We provide support and encouragement to lead and shape next generations of technology.
12:45pm - 1:00pm
Session Break
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lexus Loft
Learn How Presidio Can Design/Build/Support Next Gen SDDC's and Go Beyond Traditional Data Center | Presidio | Integrate
"“VMware’s Software Defined Data Center strategy, known as VMware Cloud Foundation, makes it easy to deploy and run a hybrid cloud. VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (compute, storage, networking, and security) and cloud management services to run enterprise applications in both private and public environments. Deploying a hybrid cloud Data Center has been simplified using the VMware Cloud Foundation methodology. Presidio Architects will discuss how a software defined Data Center is deployed to meet their most prominent strategic initiatives as they move out of traditional data center architecture. These initiatives include modernizing the Data Center, integrating into the public cloud, transforming network and security, and how to harness the digital workspace. With SDDC, automation, orchestration, and centralized management become the focal points within the data center. Join us to discuss how Presidio architects and engineers can design, build, and support next generation software defined Data Centers to take your environment to the next level beyond traditional data center architecture."
Joe Tarin
Solutions Architect Manager IN/IL

Matthew Ludwig
Solutions Architect

1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lightbound Courtside Club
Integrating VMware Cloud on AWS with the Enterprise | AHEAD | Integrate
"This session will focus on basic use cases of VMware Cloud on AWS for your business objectives as well as taking a deeper dive into integrating VMC with your corporate environments. During this session you should gain an understanding of: - What VMC is and how it can be leveraged for your business - How to connect your on-premises environment with VMC - How to integrate your AWS environments with VMC and run them side by side We’ll look at the options for connecting your VMware Cloud on AWS environment through the use of HCX, VPN, Direct Connect and ENIs as well as the nuances of firewalling between your AWS infrastructure."
Doug Evans
Pre Sales Virtualization Engineer

Marshall Radwin
Sales Engineer Specialist

1:00pm - 1:45pm
Media Work Room
VMware Cloud Management: Simplify & Automate Your Org’s Data Protection | Dell Technologies | Integrate
Digital Transformation has changed the landscape of what data is to an organization and a multi-cloud strategy that encompasses private and public cloud gives you the control and flexibility to deploy workloads where they fit best in terms of cost, resilience, performance and security. Dell EMC Data Protection offers the deepest integration for VMware users with automation and orchestration across the entire VMware stack, simplifying management and lowering costs on-prem or in the cloud.
Kenon Ewing
Account Executive, Alliances

1:00pm - 1:45pm
Pacers Square
Virtual Cloud Networking Academy | NSX Micro-segmentation Whiteboard Design – From Blank Slate to Zero-trust
Take a look at how 27 Virtual designs the NSX Distributed firewall to achieve granular security while maintaining manageability and scalability of the security policy to achieve micro-segmentation of critical applications. Going from rules that allow all traffic to a zero-trust model requires a framework that is easy to consume and will scale as applications are added to environments. As a bonus, all drawings created will be sent to you at the end of the day!
Andrew Grismore
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Team Room 1
Cost-effective Backup for your VMware Workloads with Veeam and IBM Cloud Object Storage | IBM Cloud | Integrate
Regulatory requirements and the hyper-growth of data have created demand for more cost-effective data retention strategies. Veeam’s native support of IBM Cloud Object Storage helps reduce overall IT budget strains and eliminate the seemingly never-ending need for on-premises storage. Join to learn how to deploy a multi-tiered storage strategy to protect your VMware workloads.
Andy Jones
STSM, Senior Solution Architect, IBM Master Inventor

1:00pm - 1:45pm
Team Room 4
Troubleshoot and Optimize VDI User Experience with ControlUp’s New Automation Solution | ControlUp | Integrate
Attend this session for a chance to win Apple air pods! Discover how to leverage granular real time host & in guest metrics with ControlUp’s new automation capability to provide automatic user experience optimization. Learn how contextual on demand data gathering can help you accelerate troubleshooting and minimize outages time for common and complex Horizon View issues. See How ControlUp can help you smoothly operate and tune your Horizon View deployment, providing a unified view of all hosts, datastores, virtual machines, user sessions and processes with detailed real time UX metrics for Blast & PCoIP protocols, application load time, user input delay and more.
Rodger Colvin
Pre-Sales Engineer

1:00pm - 1:45pm
Varsity Club
Optimizing the Caching Tier in Your vSAN Deployment | Intel Corporation | Integrate
Abstract Want to be able to run more VMs on your existing infrastructure?  Looking to upgrade your vSAN deployment and not sure where to start?  Come hear Vivek Sarathy, Enterprise Architect at Intel explain you can optimize your installation to get the best ROI for your investment.  Learn how you can add a caching tier, including Intel Optane DC SSDs to your vSAN deployment to optimizes your configuration, increases your VMs per node and offers cost efficiency.  Also learn about the latest Intel technologies that can add even greater efficiency to your installation.
Vivek Sarathy
Vivek Sarathy is an Enterprise Architect at Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Solutions Group at Intel, specializing in software-defined & hyper-converged infrastructure, hybrid cloud and traditional storage. He works with leading software vendors on architecture and advises IT decision makers about best practices around storage and hybrid cloud technologies.

1:45pm - 2:00pm
Session Break
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Lightbound Courtside Club
The Science Behind Creating a VMware Validated Design (VVD) | VMware | Design
- Understand the architecture of the VVD for the Software-defined Datacenter (SDDC)
Phil Balfanz
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Media Work Room
Innovate to Power Your Career | Community | Professional Development
To succeed in the world today, we need to innovate in all that we do. Innovation can be intimidating and difficult when going it alone. Therefore, a lot of great ideas go unexplored. Evidence shows that teams are better at solving problems than individuals. In taking a collaborative approach, you can combine creativity with execution to deliver amazing results. Joining forces with a few other people will allow you can become a great innovator and accelerate your career growth. Come learn about a new approach to small team innovation with real-life examples of success and how you can apply this to your own life.
Mandy Botsko-Wilson
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Pacers Square
Virtual Cloud Networking Academy | NSX Networking Whiteboard Design – Scalability and Availability
In this whiteboard session, we will explore what virtualized networks look like within a single site or across multiple sites, and the design considerations that get us there. In a setting that is free of any PowerPoint slides and open to discussion, we can dive deeper into what NSX could mean to your environment, whether it be automating network creation or stretching networks across sites.
Andrew Grismore
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Team Room 1
The Reality of DIY Kubernetes vs PKS | VMware | Automate
Kubernetes, one of the most highly organized open source software projects, is slowly becoming the backbone of the industry and is driving change in how applications are deployed. Have you taken the time to see how to install Kubernetes and build your own cluster? How hard is it to do that 10 times over? What steps are involved? What about security and networking and storage concerns? And just because it can be built, is it still easily manageable or scalable? This session will cover what it takes to get a Kubernetes cluster operational for Day 1 use vs using PKS. You will see the benefits PKS delivers using automation at its core.
Kendrick Coleman
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Team Room 4
VMware Horizon: What's New & Best Practices | VMware | Operate
What's New in Horizon, App Volumes and User Environment Manager - Get technical details on new features - why we have them and how they work - See demos on the biggest features - Learn why you would want to use these feature and how they can fit into your deployment Design, Deploy and Operate Horizon - Learn the latest design concepts and best practices - Discover tips, tricks and best practices for deployment based on VMware recommendations and customer installs - See the latest in operational guidance for VMware and other solutions - Walk away with information on how to find and use the latest Technik content produced by EUC experts
Jen Slabaugh
2:45pm - 3:15pm
Main Concourse
vSolutions Hub | Lightning Sessions, Networking & Giveaways
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Lexus Loft
Simplifying Multi-Cloud Automatin with Morpheus Data | Trace3 | Integrate
With enterprises now using multiple clouds and trying to improve the speed of service delivery, automation is at the center of many conversations.  Morpheus Data was named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management and won Best of VMworld for Automation in 2018.  This VMUG session jointly presented by Trace3 and Morpheus will introduce this next-generation platform and cover how organizations can quickly unify the orchestration of over 75+ enterprise tools, turn vSphere into an elastic private cloud, and standardize delivery of App Stacks, VMs, and Containers across VMware, Kubernetes, AWS, Azure, and more.
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Media Work Room
Dell Technology's VDI solutions: A different type of virtual reality | Dell Technologies VDI | Integrate
Certainly VR/AR is an exciting emerging technology space.  But there’s an older idea that is suddenly new again – Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI).  By shifting computing complexity from the endpoint to the datacenter, today’s VDI technologies are purpose built to be highly secure yet highly flexible and deliver a rich computing experience while dramatically reducing IT complexity and endpoint management costs.
Rob Guynon
“Rob is a 20+ year IT veteran, he cut his teeth like many in the industry doing helpdesk support for everything from PC’s, Printers, Scanners, and even ATM’s. He managed teams and supported infrastructure for a number of large companies and became an early adopter of Virtualization and VDI technology. Rob has always had a passion for technology and enjoys the role that he has been able to play in the development of strategies for the companies that he has worked for, and now the companies he works with. In 2013 he joined Dell and began to use his industry knowledge to help customers develop and configure their own Virtualization strategies. During Rob’s career with Dell he has had the opportunity to work with a customers from a number of different industries, everything from the SMB to large enterprise. Rob constantly strives to use his skills and abilities to help develop sound technology strategy and a positive IT experience.”

3:15pm - 4:00pm
Pacers Square
Virtual Cloud Networking Academy | Q&A with an NSX Expert
Andrew Grismore from 27 Virtual (and xxxxx from VMware) will be hanging out and answering your questions about NSX! Feel free to ask about anything NSX related from licensing to services to specific use cases and how it has the potential to transform your business.
Andrew Grismore
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Team Room 1
Storage vMotion is Great - But How Can We Make it Better? | Tintri | Integrate
Over 15 years has passed since the release of vCenter 1.0 and the introduction of vMotion, which forever changed the way we run our IT infrastructure. In this session we will take a closer look at Storage vMotion, understand how it is orchestrated and discuss best-practices related to migration operations. We will also explore a new Tintri innovation that allows virtual machines to migrate between storage arrays at a fraction of the time, and with zero impact to our infrastructure.
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Team Room 4
Changing Data Protection from Nightmares to Sweet Dreams | Cohesity | Integrate
For years, backup administrators have been dealing with backup and restore policies that really haven't really 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 some better ways to manage this always 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 situation, even at 3am when you are on-call.
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Varsity Club
Enabling a Zero Trust Framework with Okta and VMware Workspace ONE | Okta | Integrate
Companies struggle to maintain the security and compliance posture they require while looking to provide end users with the experience they desperately want. Learn how VMware and Okta, through their partnership and product integrations, enable organizations to do both seamlessly with ease. Learn more at [bit.ly/Okta_VMware]bit.ly/Okta_VMware.
Vikramjeet Singh
4:00pm - 4:15pm
Session Break
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Lightbound Courtside Club
No vSphere, No problem! VMware Cloud Services to the Rescue! | VMware | Design
Do you run applications completely in AWS, Azure, GCP? VMware encourages a strategy of any app anywhere. This session covers the next generation of multi-cloud operations where vSphere is not the underlying hypervisor. In this session, we will cover multi-cloud operations using our VMware Cloud Services Cloud Operations platform. We'll showcase use-cases for Governance and Cost optimization to ensure security compliance and overall cost savings. We'll also touch on real-time event notification, security data model and some emerging use-cases.
Tim Davis
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Media Work Room
The Benefits of the vCommunity are Global!
Ariel Sanchez
Kaz Igarashi
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Team Room 1
Using vRO to Remediate Potential Issues Discovered by Skyline | VMware | Automate
- How VMware is transforming the customer support experience, from proactive support, to self-service communities, to in-product support, and more.
Nick Fritsch
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Team Room 4
How to Care for Your vCenter Server on Day 2 | VMware | Operate
Your vCenter Server is deployed, your environment is updated, so now you're ready to rock n roll right? Well not so fast there. What about converging those external PSCs over to Embedded, setting up your VCSA backups, joining the AD domain, configuring VCHA or even basic Firewall rules, even setting Syslog targets? These are just a few of the important Day 2 Operations action items that are often overlooked but can provide added value when properly completed.
Nigel Hickey
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Main Concourse
vSolutions Hub | Community Hour & Giveaways