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VMworld 2021 To Remain Online-Only

Even though some big tech events are starting to return to in-person attendance or hybrid in-person/online formats, VMworld 2021 in October will be online-only, just like last year, the virtualization king announced.

While the conference used to attract in-person audiences of more than 25,000, VMworld 2021 will be a global online event, taking place Oct. 5–7, the company announced as the United States is seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases caused by large numbers of Americans who refuse to get vaccinated.

"This year's theme, 'Imagine That,' encapsulates the breadth of opportunities that VMworld 2021 offers attendees to learn and connect," the company said in an Aug. 4 news release. "Attendees will learn about innovative new solutions, hear perspectives on multi-cloud challenges from industry experts and VMware executives, dive into educational and technical content, and engage with experts across the industry ecosystem."

The event's content catalog shows more than 600 sessions, and eight learning tracks, with hands-on labs and access to experts added in. General passes are free, but a "Tech+ Pass" will provide enhanced technical offerings for $299.

While the Americas event will run Oct. 5-6, the Asia Pacific and EMEA events will be Oct. 6-7.

Before those dates, a new DevOps Loop at VMworld segment will be held Oct. 4, described as a collaborative, one-day event for DevOps practitioners to share and discuss how DevOps is evolving in a world of modern apps and Kubernetes.

For the subsequent general sessions, learning tracks include App Modernization, Multi-Cloud, Security, Networking, Edge and End User Services.

Last year, Virtualization & Cloud Review's Tom Fenton detailed his five main takeaways from the 2020 event:

  1. VMware is continuing its big bet on Kubernetes (K8s)
  2. Tanzu support for VMware Cloud: VMware updated its support for Tanzu on VMware Cloud on AWS, previewing Tanzu on Azure VMware Solution and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution
  3. SaltStack automation acquisition
  4. Project Monterey, a forward-looking initiative that will further abstract the compute hardware layer by offloading networking CPU activity to a new hardware technology called SmartNIC
  5. VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery

Expect a new "Take 5" from Tom in early October right here.

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.

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