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VMware Explore 2023

Gearing up for VMware Explore and a big year for VMware

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Jason Kotsaftis
Jason Kotsaftis

How the time flies. It feels like yesterday we were at last year’s VMware Explore in San Francisco making our major joint announcement with VMware for new, industry-leading hybrid and multicloud solutions. Over the past year, we’ve seen the exciting new ways customers are leveraging VMware Cloud services at AWS, Azure, and Google with NetApp® cloud services.

Fast-forward and we’re now downhill to VMware Explore 2023 (August 21 to 24 in Las Vegas), and there’s a lot going on with VMware—the company, its products, and our customers.

NetApp will be back at VMware Explore to showcase new modern, all-flash solutions for vSphere 8, VMware Cloud Foundation, and VMware Tanzu, as well as sharing some exciting announcements with our mutual partner AWS around VMware Cloud. We’ve also been hard at work adding new VMware-specific solutions into the NetApp BlueXP control plane to help govern and orchestrate VMware data management in concert with VMware Aria.

We can’t wait to showcase our deep integrations with VMware. Any workload, any app, anywhere! See what’s new!

Meet up with NetApp! Booth #307

NetApp’s booth will be staffed by all our leading VMware experts and feature our innovative VMware solutions and demos to help you build your hybrid multicloud IT environment. We’ll also be welcoming VMware and many VMware partners to present with us. These are the business partners you rely on today—they have built practice areas around VMware optimized on NetApp infrastructure.

Some of the topics we’ll cover include:

  • Optimizing the full value of vSphere 8 and new flash/NVMe and Virtual Volumes (vVols) capabilities designed by VMware using NetApp ONTAP® software and all-flash technology.
  • Accelerating new modern application development by using VMware Tanzu with NetApp all-flash systems for maximum performance while improving Kubernetes lifecycle management and availability with NetApp replication software.
  • Transforming data-intensive hybrid multicloud VMware workloads. Cloud services based on ONTAP offer new, flexible ways to right size VMware Cloud compute and storage. Today, ONTAP is the only third-party certified and supported platform to enable supplemental VMware Cloud datastores on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

Partners and customers we talk to are moving toward IT automation for greater business agility and better resource optimization. Automation starts with a consistent architecture, and that’s what NetApp and VMware have continued to enhance. Today, ONTAP is the only modern, cloud-connected, and complete data management platform for VMware—from vSphere to Tanzu to VMware Cloud Foundation, from on-premises environments to AWS, Azure, and Google—able to support VMs, containers, and file services, all from a single common platform.

And with the combination of NetApp BlueXP and VMware Aria, which includes NetApp ONTAP aware management, customers can govern and orchestrate their VMware and NetApp estate with simplicity and ease.

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Set up a VIP meeting

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with NetApp VMware specialists. No matter where you are in your journey with vSphere 8, VMware Tanzu, VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware Aria, or VMware Cloud services, NetApp can help you optimize your enterprise data management.

Schedule your meeting today. 

VMware Explore sessions

Come and hear from our customers directly regarding their architectures:

Tuesday, August 22

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Level 4, Marcello 4403​

Modernize Hybrid Multicloud Environments – NetApp Customer Case Studies [CEIB2924LVS

Are you trying to maximize enterprise data management with VMware workloads on premises and in the cloud? In this session, featuring real customer scenarios, we’ll dive into hybrid multicloud customer use cases for VDI with Microsoft Azure, cloud migration with Microsoft Azure, and easy vSphere 8 upgrades with ONTAP tools. NetApp is the only external storage provider that can migrate your storage-intensive VMware workloads to AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.


Jason Kotsaftis, Alliances Director, NetApp
Mark Sahadeo, Team Lead, IT Engineering, Home Trust Company
LeRoy Vanek, Sr. Enterprise Architect, Baptist Health South Florida

Tuesday, August 22

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Level 2, Hall B, Expo Theater 2​

Performance and Simplicity – NVMe & Virtual Volumes [VI2923LVS]

Are you looking to optimize VMware on NetApp? In this session, you will learn best practices on how to reduce CPU utilization and gain performance and reliability with NVMe coupled with Virtual Volumes on NetApp for scalability, simplicity, and automation.


Jason Massae, Staff Technical Marketing Architect, VMware

Chance Bingen, Technical Marketing Engineer, NetApp

Hands-on Lab: VMware Cloud on AWS – FSx for NetApp ONTAP [SPL-HOL-2487-07-ISM]

This demo provides hands-on experience of the VMware Cloud on AWS integration with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP. The demo offers opportunities to follow the flow for configuring the integration: provisioning an AWS VPC and FSx for ONTAP file system, configuring VMware Cloud on an AWS SDDC Group, and configuring connectivity between these services.

View all the NetApp sessions.

Learn more

We can’t wait to see you at VMware Explore 2023. If you want to learn more about our innovations with VMware, visit our NetApp and VMware page.

Jason Kotsaftis

Jason serves as the VMware Global Alliances Director at NetApp. His 20+ year career spans engagement with leading database, application and enterprise infrastructure technologies and the development of new, industry-leading solutions . Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has previously held senior product management, product marketing and alliances roles at Rimini Street, Dell, and EMC.

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