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I’d like to highlight that VMware’s largest virtual IT event is coming up on October 18thvForum Online Fall 2017. vForum Online is a MUST-ATTEND event for IT professionals who want to learn how to lead their digital transformation by:

  • Modernizing data centers
  • Empowering digital workspaces
  • Transforming security

Agenda is here. Register here.

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Virtual Blocks

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VMware Cloud Management

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