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Ready for anything at this year's VMworld

VMworld is just a few weeks away, and it’s never too early to start getting excited for all the networking, parties, boxed lunches, and of course, sessions that await us this year.

So what can we expect at VMworld 2015? The show, taking place in San Francisco Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, always has a cryptic theme emblazoned on its website. This year’s is “Ready for Any,” which aside from its questionable grammar doesn’t tell us much about the conference’s direction. Matched with an image of interconnected lines and dots, however, there’s a good chance that connected networking topics such as the Internet of Things and the software-defined data center will see top face time.

I’ll be on the lookout for the biggest end-user computing news and trends. In addition to attending the keynotes with all the bleary-eyed others, I’ve chosen some interesting sessions to check out from the online session builder.

A session called “VMware’s end-user computing strategy into 2015 and beyond” should provide some more technical insight into that “Ready for Any” slogan. Speakers include four of VMware’s top product directors and vice presidents, including VP of products Harry Labana, who recently shared more about the company’s Immidio acquisition and where it’s going with app management across mobile, virtual and cloud environments. This session teases information about the “upcoming Workspace Enterprise Management platform,” so I’m hoping to hear more about updates to VMware’s user environment management product.

VMware is also really pushing AirWatch among many of its sessions this year. There’s one about enabling Office 365 applications, which more organizations are trying to do on mobile devices to help employees access and edit corporate documents on the go. Another session hints at an upcoming release of AirWatch 8.1, the latest version following the introduction of AirWatch 8 – the biggest release since VMware acquired the company.

On the desktop virtualization side of things, I’m interested in a session hosted by Dell, “VDI: Complex, costly and challenging. Or not?” There has been a lot of talk in the past year about the ultimate viability of virtual desktop infrastructure and whether it’s the right path for organizations that need more than just desktop access in the mobile-first age. And now, VMware’s EVO:RAIL and EVO:RACK are in the mix. I’m looking forward to hearing how these hyper-converged offerings can help IT build out VDI and how Dell’s version stands out – or doesn’t.

So aside from being “ready for anything,” what has you pumped up for this year’s VMworld? Share in the comments.

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