VMworld rebrands to VMware Explore

VMworld - the global VMware conference that has been running since 2004 is changing to “VMware Explore” and after a 2 year virtual stint is back in-person for 2022.

Where and When?

VMworld VMware Explore 2022 is going to be a global event with two main conferences in San Francisco, US and Barcelona, Spain plus a number of 2-day events in other global markets. The US and Europe events are also featuring online content for those not able to travel- some sessions will be freely available on-demand or as replays.

Location Venue Date
San Francisco, US Moscone Center 29 August - 1 September
Brazil tbc 19-20 October
Barcelona, Spain Fira Gran Via 7-10 November
Japan tbc 15-16 November
Singapore tbc 15-16 November
China tbc 17-18 November

It’s too far in advance for the content to be confirmed (and there’s a call for proposals online at the moment), but VMware are advertising this event as the “center of the Multi-Cloud Universe” so expect plenty of cloud, containers, and hybrid workplace technologies to be on display.

The rebrand to VMware Explore has sparked some discussion amongst the #vCommunity of VMworld regulars - I saw a similar mix of concern and excitement back in 2014 when Microsoft reorganised/rebranded the ever-popular Tech-Ed conference into Ignite. In VMworld’s case thankfully the event won’t be switching to a US-only format and will be returning to Barcelona in the Autumn.

Tell me more!

Registration opens June 28th for the European event, and May 3rd for the US leg. For all the details check out vmware.com