VMworld 2018 is right around the corner! I look forward to this event every year, and I am especially pumped about the event this year. CenturyLink has a lot of exciting events planned for the week. Here are some of the highlights!

Catalyst Club

Sunday night, we will be presenting awards to the inaugural members of the CenturyLink and VMware Catalyst Club. The Catalyst Club represents a distinguished group of business and IT leaders from various industries and geographies – and each using a combination of CenturyLink and VMware solutions and services to stay ahead of the competition. The first Catalyst Club members have been selected, and we will be presenting their awards Sunday, August 26 in booth 1436. Join us at 6:30 to raise a glass and hear inspiring stories about how CenturyLink and VMware are helping the winners drive business innovation.


There is plenty of fun to be had in Vegas, but what we’re really there for is to spend time really digging into the way VMware technologies are changing business outcomes. CenturyLink will have three breakout sessions, designed to show you exactly how CenturyLink can make your VMware aspirations a reality.


Everyone appreciates the power of the global internet while still understanding its performance and latency limitations as a best effort system.  Although many organizations understand that direct connectivity into the public cloud helps ensure network consistency, it’s not always clear how integrated combinations of backbone, routing and orchestration can optimize cloud applications.  In partnership with VMware and AWS, CenturyLink presents a number of innovative approaches to optimizing application deployment through control of the underlying network infrastructure.

Dave Shacochis (@DaveShac) will lead a team of experts for a demonstration of emerging workloads, and the difference your cloud connection can make when Milliseconds Matter.


In the Digital Economy, delighting customers means providing frictionless, intuitive experiences that meet them precisely where and when they want products and services. Providing meaningful, positive customer interactions requires rapid development cycles onto complex systems. Selecting the best execution venue for your cloud applications can make all the difference in your customer experience and the ability to innovate to meet the needs of your business. CenturyLink experts will discuss the “barriers” the hold up your enterprise applications, how the VMware portfolio can help your organization.

As a VMware Cloud Verified provider, CenturyLink will provide a deep dive on emerging use cases and successes from our many engagements in the VMware Cloud.


CenturyLink and VMware have joined forces to create a powerful and easy-to-consume hybrid cloud infrastructure with software-defined network and storage. Join us as we dive into the components that make up VMware Cloud Foundation and the common add-on options available from CenturyLink. Find out how adding monitoring, management, and automation products enables IT organizations to realize the benefits of self-service together with the secure, rapid delivery of infrastructure, applications, and services across a hosted private cloud. Learn how CenturyLink uses software-defined networking to simplify your infrastructure that, in turn, saves you time and money.

Steve Nolen, Hosted Private Cloud Product Manager for Century Link, and David Liang, Senior Product Manager for VMware will help you understand the value of moving to a hosted private cloud versus doing it yourself.


We’ll have plenty of experts on hand in Booth 1436 to talk to you about our Hybrid Cloud, Managed Services, Network and Security solutions. Stop by for demos, conversation, and when that conference fatigue sets in, snacks! The thing we’re most excited about at the event is connecting with everyone there are talking about how we can solve your technology challenges together.

See you in Vegas!

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