VMworld Europe 2017 – Day 3

Posts in the series:

  1. VMworld Europe 2017 – TAM Customer Day
  2. VMworld Europe 2017 – Day 1
  3. VMworld Europe 2017 – Day 2
  4. VMworld Europe 2017 – Day 3


After 2 full days in Barcelona, the final day of VMworld Europe 2017 was a lot quieter and after packing all the vendor swag into my case, checking out from the hotel and having to navigate through heavy early morning traffic I headed back to Fira Gran Via.

Since there was no General Session, I decided to catch up on some e-mails and work before heading into my only breakout session for the day which was entitled “How vSphere with Operations Management Made Our Environment Run Lean and Mean” this was presented by Kyle Ruddy, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, VMware and David Stamen, Senior Virtualization Engineer from Avast Software.

The reason why I attended this session is because I wanted to hear from a customer how they are using vRealize Operations to manage and monitor their vSphere estate.  Hearing from a customer always provides a different perspective and they can be more candid than a VMware led presentation.

During the presentation we saw several ways how vROps helped Avast to run their environment in a more efficient manner.  We also learnt how vROps helped reduce MTTR (Mean Time to Resolution) by custom tuning alerts as well as accurately forecasting workload trends within their environment.  At the end there was some tips / tricks and Q&A from the audience.

As I was listening to some of the questions being asked it became apparent to me how a lot of customers are not using vROps within their VMware environment and therefore are not taking advantage of the benefits that it can bring.

Once the session was over I grabbed a few minutes with David to just get some additional feedback about vROps which I could take back to discuss internally with Product Management.

You can now watch the session online here.

After this session I headed back to the VMVillage area and met up with VMware R&D folks, grabbed some lunch and then said my goodbyes.  Fortunately VMworld had laid on coaches from Fira Gran Via to the airport so it was a breeze to catch my flight home.


This was my 1st VMworld and what a great experience it was, being a part of TAM Customer Day and TAM Customer Central (Coffee with an SME) was a privilege and I was very grateful for the opportunity, I hope to follow it up again next year.  It was also good to catch up and network with old friends but at the same time making new ones in the process.

I am already planning to submit multiple breakout sessions for 2018 and will definitely work to get on the ticket for VMworld US and Europe.

Dates for VMworld 2018:

VMworld US,
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center
Las Vegas
Aug 26-30

VMworld Europe
Fira Gran Via
Nov 5-8

Thanks for reading and please feel free to leave a comment or message me on twitter (@lukaswinn) if you found this article useful.

— Lukas

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