August 05, 2016

VMworld 2016 Q&A: SolarWinds Will Showcase Virtualization Manager for VMware and Hyper-V at Booth 535

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What Does SolarWinds Have Planned for VMworld 2016? 

As part of VMblog's live VMworld 2016 coverage coming up in a few weeks, we're in the process of working up our schedules to make sure we can see and learn as much as possible when the show kicks off.  VMworld is the leading virtualization event, and there is no shortage of great information coming out of the keynotes, the breakout sessions, the networking and more.  But every year, one of the key places to learn a lot in a short amount of time is the Solutions Expo where valuable vendors from the VMware ecosystem and beyond set up shop to display their wares. 

Over the years, VMworld has always had a large turnout of vendors sponsoring the event.  And the expo floor always seems massive!  With so many vendors exhibiting, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your schedule?

One of those companies on my schedule is SolarWinds.  They are known in the IT industry for providing powerful and affordable IT management software.  Virtualization administrators know or need to know about Virtualization Manager, a monitoring and management solution that helps with optimizing, identifying and remediating VMware and Hyper-V issues.  Definitely get them on your must see list to learn more about this virtualization management software and their other cloud and IT related tools that you might want to include in your toolkit. 

SolarWinds provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. We are committed to focusing exclusively on IT Pros, and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. Regardless of where the IT asset or user sits, SolarWinds delivers products that are easy to find, buy, use, maintain, and scale while providing the power to address all key areas of the infrastructure from on-premises to the Cloud.

Read this exclusive pre-show interview with SolarWinds to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2016 event.

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VMblog:  How can people find you this year at VMworld 2016?

SolarWinds:  As a Silver sponsor this year, the 20x20 SolarWinds booth will be #535 - to the left of the Solutions Exchange entrance and on the third row back from the meeting rooms. We'll have roughly 20 booth staff ready to share all the great things happening at SolarWinds and answer questions.

VMblog:  Is there anything interesting or unique about this year's booth setup?  

SolarWinds:  We have a brand new booth this year that we're very excited about. With more demo stations than ever, state of the art digital touch screens and larger monitors, our product demos and in-booth presentations will be truly next-level.   

SolarWinds Booth

VMblog:  Why should a VMworld attendee add you to their MUST SEE list?

SolarWinds:  In addition to all the great giveaways and the really cool booth (not to mention the friendly SolarWinds employees, many of whom are VMware vExperts and Microsoft MVPs), we'll be demoing SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, an award-winning tool for comprehensive virtualization management for VMware and Hyper-V. We'll also be ready to demo SolarWinds Server & Application MonitorSolarWinds Storage Resource MonitorSolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer and the rest of our exciting product lineup. Included in that is the very latest version of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor featuring NetPath, which provides dynamic and visual hop-by-hop analysis of critical paths and devices along the entire modern network delivery path-on-premises, in the cloud or across hybrid IT environments.

VMblog:  What do you like most about sponsoring VMworld? 

SolarWinds:  We sponsor VMworld because we love meeting SolarWinds customers and other conference-goers. SolarWinds solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our THWACK online community to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Many also attend events such as VMworld, so the face-to-face interaction with them as they come by our booth is truly valuable to us.

VMblog:  I've come to identify SolarWinds as a great giver of trade show tchotchke!  What are you giving away this year at VMworld?

SolarWinds:  SolarWinds gives out the best trade show tchotchkes, hands down. We'll have our famous SolarWinds buttons and t-shirts (plus can koozies, stickers, magnets and luggage tags). And if conference-goers pick up one of our t-shirts and visit our booth again while wearing it, they'll get a custom SolarWinds Google Cardboard!

SolarWinds Buttons Giveaway

SolarWinds t-shirt

VMblog:  Do you have any speaking sessions during the show this year?

SolarWinds:  Yes! SolarWinds Head Geeks Kong Yang and Thomas LaRock will both be presenting sessions at VMworld this year.

Here are the details:

Who: Kong Yang

What: "Hybrid IT: The Final Countdown"

When: August 29, 2:20-2:40 p.m.

Where: Solutions Exchange Theater B


Who: Thomas LaRock

What: "SQL Server on vSphere: A Panel with Some of the World's Most Renowned Experts (VIRT7654)"

When: Tuesday, Aug 30, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: TBD


Who: Thomas LaRock

What: "Performance Tuning and Monitoring Virtualized Database Server (VIRT7511)"

When: Wednesday, Aug 31, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: TBD


Make sure to get SolarWinds on your must see list at VMworld 2016 - Visit them at booth #535 and learn about Virtualization Manager and other IT related software tools.

Last modified on August 05, 2016
David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, And co-founded, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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