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VMware has released the content catalogue for VMworld San Francisco, and it offers a hint or three about what the company might announce at the event.

Perhaps the most tantalisingly-named session is titled Preview the Latest Release from AirWatch.

"Previewing" suggests, at least to us, that you should rule out a major launch for AirWatch at the show. Of course it could also mean that a new version of the product will be announced as a beta at the show, but will not go on sale for a while. VMware used that tactic for VSAN at last year's show.

Whatever the true meaning of the talk's title, there's another curiosity in the content catalog as many AirWatch speakers are listed as “AirWatch Expert - TBD, AirWatch”, which hardly bespeaks rapid integration between VMware and its mobile device management prey.

Lots of VMware people and speakers from third parties are already known.

AirWatch has contacted The Reg to point out that some sessions, like the one we link to above, now do have named speakers. In the case of the preview session, none other than AirWatch CEO John Marshall.

Other sessions that hint at new products or directions include:

  • What's new in vSphere. It would be an odd VMworld without a new vSphere release and this session is billed as “A VMworld staple”, but its mere existence means it appears sensible to ink in a new vSphere at the event;
  • Software Defined Storage - What’s Next? that promises to consider “emerging technologies in the space of “information persistence" – and an eye towards Virtual Volumes”;
  • Session BCO2701 promises a preview of “… new developments in implementing VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance (VMware FT) for multiprocessor virtual machines. This new technology allows continuous availability of multiprocessor virtual machines with literally zero downtime and zero data loss, even surviving server failures, while staying completely transparent to the guest software stack, requiring absolutely no configuration of in-guest software”;
  • Session BCO1916 asks “Have you ever wondered why you couldn't use SRM in a Stretched Cluster deployment?” and goes on to promise that “In future, you will no longer have to choose between SRM or Stretched Clusters” as VMware will “preview a new hybrid model where you can benefit from the key capabilities of both solutions”;
  • vCloud Automation Center Overview and Glimpse into the Future;
  • Any session that promises “a glimpse into future capabilities” gets us interested, so we like the look of DRS: Advanced Concepts, Best Practices and Future Directions too;
  • Session number SDDC2277, titled “A New Way of Evaluating VMware Products and Solutions - VMware Hands-on Labs” promises “a peek under the covers … on how we bring to you the Hands-on Labs”.

Of course VMware can find ways to slot in extra sessions about new products: it literally owns VMworld. Moreover, San Francisco's Moscone Centre is not exactly short of space for a short-notice session. Whatever VMware has cooked up for its big show, there'll be sessions for it. ®

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Yes, we did search the content catalog for vSphere 5.6 through to 6.0, with no results. We also searched on Marvin , again fruitlessly.

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