This went up a couple of days ago and it was quite a big surprise. In fact, the physical event thoughts were already leaking from a couple of months ago. Now confirmed, this year VMworld's are held in San Francisco and Barcelona, like pre-covid years !! At the same time, there are free online events as well for those who cannot attend. However, a big news, VMware has renamed VMworld to VMware Explore. So this year's VMworld 2022 is named VMware Explore 2022.
VMware trying to position itself as a multi-cloud leader with app transformation and governance. “we need to revolutionize the VMworld experience as the center of the multi-cloud universe—VMware Explore”.
To me, it makes sense. We needed something new and the “old-fashioned” VMworld was still kind of the same. The true is that at VMware, they use to change the product names so why not VMworld. For the audition, IT admins, and fans, we hope to find fresh content, fresh technology, and good tech contacts that we want to follow and learn from.
There will be new content and also non-VMware-led content and speakers…..
VMware Explore will show you how to build and operate your cloud native platform, accelerate your cloud transformation, and secure your hybrid workforce.
VMware Explore will remain familiar to previous attendees in many ways-but will offer numerous new opportunities for discovery. There will also be more non-VMware-led content and speakers—fresh, distinct voices and points of view—gathered in one place like never before. You’ll hear from community leaders, developers, executives, VMware customers, and VMware partners in keynotes, breakout sessions, small group sessions, gamified sessions, hands-on labs and more.
August 29 – September 1, 2022
San Francisco, California
November 7 – 10, 2022
Fira Gran Via
“I’m super excited about VMware Explore 2022. It’s going to be a unique event—a ‘gathering of the tribes’ for the multi-cloud community. I can’t wait to welcome all the innovators who are leading the way in defining the multi-cloud era, including our customers, our ecosystem partners and influencers from around the world.”
Raghu Raghuram, CEO, VMware
In addition to those cities, VMware is planning run the same event also in other cities. The plans are to go to Brazil, Singapore, Japan and China, but those cities and countries are not confirmed yet.
Interesting from FAQ:
Will my VMworld alumni status carry over to VMware Explore?
VMware Explore is being presented as a new event, therefore your alumni status will not carry over in 2022. We will assess the program for the 2023 event and inform past registrants of their status accordingly.
What health and safety measures will be in place for VMware Explore in-person events?
VMware is committed to the health and safety of our customers, partners, employees, and team members. Below you will find the current COVID-19 guidelines for VMware Explore. We encourage you to return to the website regularly for updates. Revisions will be made in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and federal, state, country, and local requirements as well as requirements set forth by the specific venues and cities.
Health and safety guidelines
Up-to-date vaccination or COVID-19 testing is required.
Indoor and outdoor masking is recommended.
Enhanced cleaning will be performed throughout the venue and program areas.
Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the program.
Do not attend if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
How do I participate in the VMware Explore Call for Proposals?
If you are passionate about solving today’s multi-cloud challenges, building the future of multi-cloud, and wrestling with multi-cloud challenges, and want to speak, please take a few minutes to fill out this form to be considered as one of our prestigious speakers. If you have any questions, please contact the event content team at [email protected].
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Changing the well recognized VMworld brand to the generic Explore seems definitely an epic marketing fail.
Vladan SEGET says
I don’t think that it’s a bad move from VMware. In the past, they changed many times their product names, and acquired tons of startups. They’re like fish in water with changes, and it (almost) always works for them -:).