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Here are a few video interviews with our VMware team on theCUBE:

For more interviews and highlights, visit our YouTube playlist: VMware at EMC World

For photos from EMC World, browse: EMC World Facebook albums

VMware at #Interop 2016


Connecting the IT Community – VMware at Interop 2016

View the listing of VMware sessions during the week

If you’re at Interop, don’t miss these key spotlight sessions:

Interop Theater Session
Automating Security Workflows: The SDDC Approach  Bruce Davie, CTO Networking
Wednesday, May 4 – 11:30 – 11:45 AM
Location: Interop Theater in Exhibit Hall
Abstract: Security in the data center today involves mapping policies to the network topology.  This results in imperfect security (the network is under constant change), which is slow to deploy, and even slower to adapt when change is required.  But what if it were possible to move away from the traditional source/destination way of describing policy?  What if you knew deep information about every element in the data center and could take advantage of this “total inventory” to create better security policies that adapt automatically to changing conditions?  With VMware NSX and its SDDC approach to network security, you can. This session will help you start this approach and start your journey to the SDDC.

Storage Vendor Tech Session
The Easiest Path to Hyperconvergence – Virtual SAN and VMware Hyper-Converged Software – Rawlinson Rivera, Principle Architect, Storage & Availability
Wednesday, May 4 – 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Location: Mandalay Bay L
Abstract:  The ubiquitous use of server virtualization and the emergence of the cloud has increased end-user expectations for performance and responsiveness, while adding pressure on IT to lower costs and increase efficiency. Join us in this session to learn how you can easily and cost-effectively extend your virtualized datacenter into a hyper-converged architecture using VMware’s market-leading hypervisor, vSphere, and the hyper-converged storage solution, Virtual SAN.  We’ll specifically examine how Virtual SAN is helping solve traditional IT and storage challenges through a flash-optimized, high performance architecture, unified management and the simplicity of consuming, operating and scaling infrastructure.

VMware Booth #405 in the Expo Hall
Explore the VMware product demos, Theater presentations and meet the VMware team!

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Social Media Stream for VMware at #Interop 2016
Click the thumbnail (below) to open the social media stream in a new browser. Engage directly with Twitter and Facebook posts in the stream.


VMware at #EMCworld 2016


“Software-Define Your Future” with VMware at EMC World 2016
If you will be attending EMC World 2016 in Las Vegas (May 2-5), join us for a value-packed agenda of VMware keynotes, sessions, demos and labs for SDDC, Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud and Cloud-Native Apps.

Visit our VMware booth (Solutions Expo) for theater presentations every 20 minutes and meet our technical staff in person at any of the booth pods for product demos and Q&A.  The VMware booth team will be offering fantastic raffle prizes for attending booth demos and instant prizes for participants in other activities.

VMware Keynotes (General Session Theater):
Tuesday, May 3rd, 10am – Ray O’Farrell – VMware Management & Orchestration
Wednesday, May 4th, 10am – Kit Colbert – VMware Cloud Native Apps

VMware Breakout Sessions & Booth Theater Presentations:
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Social Media Stream for VMware at #EMCworld 2016
Click the thumbnail (below) to open the social media stream in a new browser. Engage directly with Twitter and Facebook posts in the stream with a Reply, Retweet, Favorite or Like.


Follow VMware and EMC World Twitter updates:
Twitter list for EMC World 2016
VMware Twitter directory

Watch LIVE and recorded video coverage online:
theCUBE video (interviews, highlights)
EMC TV (keynotes, interviews, highlights)

EMC World 2016 Mobile App:
Available for iOS, Android or Web App

Questions about VMware products or solutions?
Ask our team onsite at the VMware Booth or in sessions
Explore our VMTN Community Forums for Q&A
Explore the Everything VMware at EMC Community

Hope to see you in Las Vegas for EMC World 2016!

VMworld 2016 US & Europe Blogger Passes


Each year we provide blogger passes to both the VMworld US and the VMworld Europe conferences. The program is simple: if you are a blogger or have a publication then you should apply for a complementary blogger pass to one of the conferences. We provide the pass, you provide the transportation and hotel accommodations. The blogger passes are full conference passes so you will still be able to register for sessions just the same as a regular conference pass difference is these are free of charge.

Since passes are limited, we will only provide one pass per person per year. Meaning you can go to either VMworld US in Las Vegas or VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Keep in mind that in the past we have always had more passes to Las Vegas then Barcelona and both are limited. U.S. Limit is 50 blogger passes while the Europe conference is limited to 35 blogger passes.

The deadline this year for VMworld US is May 6th at Midnight PDT. Deadline for TBD, which is only a couple of weeks away so hurry and get the application in. If you want to attend VMworld with a blogger pass, please fill out the form right away so we can allocate passes. The email will drop on May 31st to the bloggers who will receive passes for the Las Vegas show.

Not everyone will be chosen for a blogger pass since the passes are limited and I’m sure we will see a tremendous response this year. If plans change please email cromero at vmware.com with the cancelation so we can allocate the blogger pass to another person.

This is going to be a great year once again at VMworld!

Register for the blogger pass at VMworld Blogger Pass Application (VMware employees are excluded)

vExpert Blog Articles Covering Virtual SAN, Horizon 7 and Workspace One

With the announcement of VSAN 6.2, Workspace One and Horizon 7, our vExpert community released some in-depth insight into these announcements. The articles mentioned in this post are written by VMware vExperts who are the best IT professionals in the virtualization space. Throughout the day we will update this blog with new highlighted blog articles from additional vExperts.

vExpert Blog Articles

Christopher Kusek – CTO at @Xiologix – EVP of Engineering, Technology Evangelist, vExpert, EMC Elect, Cisco Champion, Brocade Distinguished Architect (BDA), CISSP, MCT, Cloud, Ninja, Vegan, Single, Father, Cat, Humorist, Author. Follow Christopher Kusek on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16

Eric Siebert – an IT industry veteran, speaker, author and blogger who runs and maintains vSphere-land.com. Siebert is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events including VMworld and has been recognized as a vExpert by VMware each year since the programs inception in 2009. Follow Eric Siebert on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16

Gregg Robertson – VCDX #205 is a Senior Consultant, EMEA vBrownbag host & Saffa geek working for Xtravirt Limited in the UK. Gregg has been awarded the vExpert designation from 2011 to 2015. Follow Gregg Robertson on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16

Anthony Spiteri – Architectural lead of award winning Australian vCloud Provider ZettaGrid, VMware vExpert, vChampion. Hosting and Cloud Professional since 2002 doing great things with great technology. Follow Anthony Spiteri on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16

Vladan Seget – Vladan is as an Independent consultant, professional blogger, vExpert 2009/2015, VCAP-DCA/DCD, VCP. Follow Vladan Seget on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16

Andrea Mauro – works in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (VCP-*, VCAP-*, VCIX-NV, VCDX-DCV, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA). And he’s also a VMware vExpert (2010-2016). VMware Italian User Group founder and board member, VMTN Community Moderator, #vBrownbag and passionate blogger, runs his personal blog on vinfrastructure.it (both in Italian and English). Follow Andrea Mauro on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16

Cédric Quillévéré – is a senior IT Architect for more than 10 years now working in a great regional hospital in France. He’s also an IT blogger since 2013, author of vBlog.io, A French speaking blog about virtualization technology, storage and more generally talking about production experience and strategic orientations. Follow Cédric Quillévéré on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16

  • Les trois mousquetaires : Horizon 7, Workspace One et Horizon Air -Les annonces de VMWare ce mardi 9 Février 2016 feront sans doute date. En effet, ce ne sont pas juste des généralités et de la continuité dans l’effort auquel nous avons eu droit aujourd’hui, mais ni plus ni moins que 2 nouveaux produits et une mise à jour majeure. Avec Workspace One, Horizon 7 et Horizon Air, la société frappe fort et affiche très clairement ses ambition dans le poste de travail virtuel partout, tout le temps, avec son accroche marketing « The Digital Workspace Strategy ». En effet, on comprend désormais parfaitement le rachat de Air Watch à la lumière de cette orientation.
  • VMWare VSAN 6.2 ! – Après une journée particulièrement chargée et très riche en annonces autour du « Digital Desktop », hier, VMWare remet le couvert ce Mercredi pour présenter la nouvelle version de VSAN qui passe de 6.1 à 6.2. Derrière cet progression d’indice relativement modeste ce cache en réalité des avancées MAJEURES tant en terme de fonctionnalités pures qu’en terme de technologie. Faisons le tour des nouveautés.
  • VSAN vient-il d’écraser ses concurrents ? – L’annonce récente de VSAN 6.2 provoque actuellement un petit ras-de-marée au sein de la communauté Twitter VMWare. Nul doute que les nouvelles possibilités offertes par cette version rende ce composant de la suite « Enteprise Virtualization » de plus en plus attirante et de plus en plus crédible, en comparaison de … de beaucoup de monde en fait. Cela m’amène à quelques réflexions au sujet des 3/4 ans à venir, qui me paraissent difficiles voir sombre pour certains, de mon point de vue.

vExpert 2016 Award Announcement


First we would like to say thank you to everyone who applied for the 2016 vExpert program. I’m pleased to announce the list 2016 vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, CloudCred task writing, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

I want to personally thank everyone who applied and point out that a “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. If you feel like you were not selected in error, that’s entirely possible.

The judges may have overlooked or misinterpreted what you wrote in your application. Email us at vexpert@vmware.com and we can discuss your situation as well as provide feedback and guidance on what you can do to receive the award. We looked at all of the 2015 activities to determine the voting results. We will open the second half 2016 applications around May / June which will only allow for two voting periods this year.

If you were selected as a vExpert 2016, we will be conducting the on-boarding throughout the next few weeks so hold tight and expect future communication from us soon. To be listed in the vExpert Directory, you must have a VMTN Community account. We will provide instructions on how to create your own directory listing as well as how to gain access to the private forum in the next communication. We will send the welcome email to the email address provided in your vExpert application. Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning and we’re looking forward to working with you.

Command + F away and find your name if you can’t wait for the welcome email. The 2016 vExpert welcome email will go out Monday, February 15th along with access to the vExpert private community.

Thank You,

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

First Name Last Name Twitter
Abdullah Abdullah do0dzZZ
Dee Abson deeabson
Mark Achtemichuk vmMarkA
Kyle Aebischer kyleaebischer
Rotem Agmon RotemAgmon
Bilal Ahmed Dark_KnightUK
shabbir ahmed secrate4u
Umesh Ahuja
Pietro Aiolfi aiolfip
Yoga Bayu Aji Pranawa YBPranawa
Hakan Akkurt hakkurt46
Stephen Asare Akuffo
Eiad Al-Aqqad VirtualizationT
Mohammad Dosoukey Al-Ashqar vShadow_Man
Cesar Alcacibar calcacibar
Urs Stephan Alder
Ebrahim Aldesouky Elmehsnawy EbrahimAldesouk
Boris ALEXIS balexis971
Pedro Luis Alfonso plalfonso
Will Allred wallred
Miguel Angel Alonso MiguelAAlonso
Faisal AlSamaani fsamaani
khalid alshafee vdify
Magnus Andersson magander3
Herceg Andras Konflikt_
Denis Andreev
Joshua Andrews SOSTech_WP
Garnier Anthony Anth0G
Ariel Antigua aantigua
Tim Antonowicz timantz
Christopher Apostolof vanayr
Andres Felipe Araque Duran covirtualizada
Tim Arenz timarenz.
Adil Arif adilarif001
Mike Armstrong virtsouthwest
Michael Armstrong m80arm
Kalen Arndt Kalenarndt
Richard Arnold 3ParDude
John Arrasjid vcdx001
Metin Arslan https://twitter.com/cse_metinarslan
Henk Arts vmhenk
Tolga ASIK
Erkal Aslankara erkalaslankara
Naufal Assegaf NaufalAssagaf
Stephane Asselin VirtualStef
Steve Athanas steveathanas
Brian Atkinson vmroyale
Joshua Atwell josh_atwell
Josh Atwell TheJoshAtwell
Aram Avetisyan how2vm
Mehmet AYDIN vmwaremantr
Luis Ayuso layuso
Burke Azbill TechnicalValues
Ahmed Badawy ahmed_wdr
Martijn Baecke baecke
Doug Baer dobaer
Kees Baggerman kbaggerman
Jaison Bailley penlem166
Stephen Baker stephenbaker0
Ahmad Bakr
Sudhir Balasubramanian vracdba
mauro balbiani
Iain Balmer Balmeri
Erin Banks banksek
Dan Barber dancbarber
David Barclay davidbarclay99
Mark Barker markerbarker
David Barker davidbarker223
Andrew Barnes VMadm1n
Daniel Barr vDanBarr
Sanjay Basu sbasu777
Tomas Baublys bauttt
Bonnie Bauder BonnieBauder
Robert Bauer rotbau
Eric Beach vm_beach
David Beasley vBeaz
Stephen Beaver sbeaver
Ulises Becerro
Nathan Beck nateb72
Chris Beckett ChrisBeckett
Rob Beekmans robbeekmans
Ivo Beerens ibeerens
Ather Beg AtherBeg
Daemon Behr daemonbehr
Christopher Bell chrisbell76
Roie Ben Haim roie9876
Netanel Ben-Shushan
Jason Benedicic jabenedicic
Patrick Benson SinisterForces
Daniel Berkowitz berkowitzdan
Emmanuel Bernard _ebernard
Paul Berndt vpaulcb
Jason Bertini jlbertini
Gourav Bhardwaj GouravUSA
firoze Bhorat firozeb
Sachin Bhowan sbhowan
Ryan Birk
Sascha Bitzer virtualsabi
Peter Bjork thepeb
Jayson Block JaysonBlock
Rick Blythe vmwarecares
Jason Boche jasonboche
Kurt Bohman kurtbohman
Merlin Boissonneault merlindb
Lance Boley LanceBoley
Aaron Bolthouse Bhouse563
Dean Bolton vlssllc
Mauro Bonder
Francesco Bonetti fbonez
Matthew Boone Machivellimoo
Matt Boren mtboren
Niclas Borgström nicke_borgstrom
Daniel Boring virtuallyBoring
Rene Bos rbos3
Mandy Botsko-Wilson
Kim Bottu Kim_Bottu
Nick Bowie nickbowienz
James Bowling vSential
Jeremy Bowman jeremyjbowman
Richard Boyett rickboyett
Emre Bozlak emrebozlak
Matt Bradford VMSpot
Michael Bradley mjbradley88
Konrad Brandemuhl
Paul Braren paulbraren
Dennis Bray DennisBray
Matthew Brender mjbrender
John Brescia JohnBrescia
Steven Bridle virtuallyeuc
Jeremie Brison J_Brison
Marco broeken mbroeken
Mark Brookfield virtualhobbit
Vincent Brown vin_zen
Douglas Brown Douglasabrown
Mike Brown VirtuallyMikeB
James Brown virtuxperts
James Brown jbcompvm
Thomas Brown thombrown
Mike Brown vMikeBrown
Curtis Brown curtisbrown01
Luke Brown Luke_Br
Stephen Bruck vColossus
Bjoern Brundert bbrundert
Marcel Brunner CloudJ0ckey
Alessandro Bruno
Thomas Bryant kix1979
Sandy Bryce sandybryce
Andrew Brydon sidbrydon
Petr Buchmaier
Ray Budavari rbudavari
Ronald Buder Str0hhut
Mathieu Buisson TheShellNut
Donn Bullock donnbullock
Matthew Bunce virtualisedgeek
Cody Bunch cody_bunch
james burd TheBurdweiser
Michael Burgard
Stuart Burns redhat_addict
Erik Bussink ErikBussink
Nathan Byrne VM_Nathbyrne
Rick Byrne rickrbyrne
Xavier Caballé screenshotsit
Michael Cade MichaelCade1
Christophe Calvet ccalvetTCC
Mark Campbell DrMarkCampbell
Ersin CAN eerrsincan
Shawn Cannon rolltidega
Nick Carbone vCarbs_
Rafael Carneiro rafaelinsc
Brian Carpenter intheDC
Andre Carpenter andrecarpenter
Tim Carr timmycarr
Dale Carter vDelboy
Hersey Cartwright herseyc
Ryan Cartwright ryandcartwright
Valdecir Carvalho homelaber
Andrea Casini andrea_casini
Florian Casse florian_casse
Darryl Cauldwell potato_heads
Patricio Cerda patote83
Samuele Cerutti samuelecerutti
Kenneth Chan midusfx
Peter Chang virtualbacon
Gabriel Chapman Bacon_Is_King
James Charter DavesRant
Gus Chavira GusChavira
Ivan Chee erase1001
Denny Cherry mrdenny
Benham Chia hamamao
Danilo Chiavari danilochiavari
Fabio Chiodini FabioChiodini
Michael Chouinard chewievt
Anthony Chow vCloudernBeer
Brad Christian vhipster
Christopher Chua ikiris
Federico Cinalli FCinalliP
Chris Clancy vmw_clancy
Konrad Clapa clapa_konrad
Joe Clarke elgwhoppo
Troy Clavell troyclavell
Ben Clayton grob4ever
Ashley Clements ashleywclements
Gary Coburn coburngary
Chuck Cocker chuckrox_canada
Josh Coen joshcoen
Kursad Cokyaman kcokyaman
Fabrice COLAS colasfabrice
Kendrick Coleman kendrickcoleman
Chris Colotti CColotti
Mike Colson mike_colson
Nick Colyer vnickc
Shawn Conaway sconaway
Luis Concistre luisconcistre
Mark Coney VmugGnv, GatorVi
Jason Conine jason_conine
Dave Convery dconvery
Michael Conway mt_conway
Alastair Cooke demitasseNZ
Barry Coombs virtualisedreal
Jonathan Copeland VirtSecurity
Michael Corey michael_corey
Raul Coria Rawlcoria
Alex Correa vAlexCorrea
Taner Cort tanercort
Carlo Costanzo CCOSTAN
Cedric Courteix ccourteix
Jirah Cox vJirah
Paul Cradduck pcradduck
Stephen Crafton
Matt Crape MattThatITGuy
Marc Crawford uber_tech_geek
Celia Cristaldo Cantero celiacri
Tom Cronin Virtual_Tom
Sean Crookston
James Cruce jamescruce
Pablo Cruces virtualshocks
James Cruickshank vcrooky
Esau Randall Cruz Vega ercruzv
Tim Curless timcurless
Ed Czerwin eczerwin
Valentin Czuczumanov czuczumanov
Todd D’Amore virtual_todd
Lieven D’HOORE ldhoore
Sander Daems sanderdaems
Benjamin Daggett BenDaggett3
nemtallah daher nemtallahdaher
Andrea Dainese adainese
Kellan Damm kellandamm
Sreejesh Damodaran sreejeshd
Luigi Danakos NerdBlurt
tony dancona
Andy Daniel vnephologist
Joseph Dantoni jdanton
Kelly Dare vkdare
Andrew Dauncey daunce_
Paul Davey PaulDavey_79
Simon Davies EV_Simon
Alaric Davies alaricdavies
Tim Davis ALDTD
Dave Davis VirtualizeStuff
John Davis johnnyadavis
Ron Davis
David Davis DavidMDavis
Michael Davis michael_edavis
Scott Davis shd_9
Eelco de Boer de_eelco
Marc De Grasse marcpcd
Josh De Jong EuroBrew
Jorge de la Cruz jorgedlcruz
William de Marigny
Rob de Veij rvtools
Chris Dearden chrisdearden
Christophe Decanini vcoteam
Romain Decker woueb
Lawrence Dee
Tayfun Deger tayfundeger
Luc Dekens LucD22
Steve DELASSUS SteveDelassus
Kimberly Delgado KCDAutomate
Luca Dell’Oca dellock6
Philippe Dellaert pdellaert
Frank Denneman frankdenneman
Joe DePasquale DepasqualeJoe
Jagadeesh devaraj rdjagadeesh
Amitabh Dey AmitabhPancham
Simone Di Mambro sidimam
Jason Dion virtualdion
Kevin Divine kevindivine1
Animesh Dixit animesh41
Jeramiah Dooley jdooley_clt
Tony Doval tonydoval
Richard Dowling virtRich
Thomas Drilling tdrilling
Sunny Dua sunny_dua
Sean Duffy shogan85
Aaron Dumbrow adumbrow
Steven Dunne stevied_82
Donovan Durand donovanjd
Marek Duris duris0
Simon Eady simoneady
Adam Eckerle eck79
Magnus Edh vTerahertz
John Edwards
Robert Edwards bobbygedwards
Corey Ehrenwerth ehrenwerth
Matthias Eisner matthiaseisner
Chanaka Ekanayake s_Chan_EK
Oivind Ekeberg oekeberg
Fouad EL AKKAD vroomblog
Ricky El-Qasem rickyelqasem
Mohamed Elamin networkabby
Khaled Eldesouky vmmanco
Mark Elliott eggme1
Scott Elliott Fulcrum72
Mike Ellis v2mike
Shady ElMalatawey ShadyMalatawey
Anne Jan Elsinga elsinga / vmguru
Robert Elwertowski BElwertowski
Niels Engelen nielsengelen
Ercan Ergen ergenerc
Alexander Ervik Johnsen ervik
Frank Escaros-Buechsel fbuechsel
raymundo escobar elnemesisdivina
Vladimir Eskin eskinv
Marc Esmiley MarcEsmiley
Mohamed Amine ESSFALI ma_essfali
Christopher Evans chrismevans
Niran Even-Chen niranec
Muhamad Fahrul aarulfirst
Frank Fan frankfan7
Nicholas Farmer vmnick0
Joe Farri joefarri
Chris Fendya ChrisFendya
Argenis Fernandez DBArgenis
Bruno Fernandez brunofernandz89
Norman Fernandez normanfs
Massimo Ferrari virtinfo
Kirill Filin kirhy
Zachary Filstrup
Andrew Firth
Rebecca Fitzhugh rebeccafitzhugh
Shannon Fitzpatrick shanfitz
Steven Flanders smflanders
Ron Flax ronflax
Pete Flecha vPedroArrow
Michael Fleisher michaelfleisher
Pete Fluty Petefluty
Mads Fog Albrechtslund Hazenet
Tomas Fojta fojta
Mike Foley Mikefoley
Victor Fondevilla vFondevilla
Chris Forbis Chris_Forbis
Matthew Ford mattfordvcp
Victor Forde victorforde
Morten Werner Forsbring forsbring
Simon Forster sifors
Stephen Foskett SFoskett
Tony Foster wonder_nerd
Eric Fourn efourn
Liselott Foverskov LFoverskov
Liselotte Foverskov LFoverskov
Michael Francis
Jonathan Frappier jfrappier
Roy Freeman
Edwin Friesen edwinfriesen
Dan Frith penguinpunk
Nick Fritsch nfritsch
Manlio Frizzi mfrizzi
Yusuke Fujita yusuke__fujita
Nick Furnell nickfurnell
THIRUKUMARAN G gthirukumaran
Rod Gabriel ThatFridgeGuy
Mark Gabryjelski MarkGabbs
Sumanth Kumar Gadige sumanthgadige
Steve Galbincea vZeroG
Alex Galbraith alexgalbraith
Lorenzo Galelli Virtually_LG
Simon Gallagher vinf_net
Javier Galvez theguate
Javier Galvez JavierTroubleV
Raul Gamez Gamez aodbc
Alexander Ganser alexganser
Ricardo Garcia rigamarti
Dave Garnar davotronic5000
Ryan Garner RyanG_TheRG0
Marc Gaub mgaub
Jason Gaudreau jagaudreau
Earl Gay earlg3
Abhilash GB abhilashgb
Chris Gebhardt chrisgeb
Xavier Genestós sysadmit
mohammed saqib ghani svsaq
Arash Ghazanfari arashg_
Gomaa Ghoneem
susham ghose https://twitter.com/sushamghose
Justin Giardina jgiardina
Jarian Gibson jariangibson
Joel Gibson empiricvirtual
Livada Gica glivada
Paul Gifford pauldgifford
Rocky Giglio rockygiglio
Charles Gillanders cgillanders
Andrew Gilman andrewgilman
Sammie Ginger sammieginger
Rob Girard robgirard
Kyle Gleed Kyle_Gleed
Tim Gleed timgleed
Arif Goelammohamed agoelammohamed
Nathan Goh agentnath
Jose Luis Gomez pipoe2h
Markus Gommel mgommel
Jesus “Tony” Gonzalez SouthFLVMUG
Jose Maria Gonzalez jose_m_gonzalez
johan gonzalez
Larry Gonzalez virtualizecr
Harold Goodwin vHaroldGoodwin
Sergey Gorlinsky SGorlinsky
Kevin Gorman Kev_McCloud
Sivaprasad Govindankutty kgsivan
Brian Gracely bgracely
Brian Graf vBrianGraf
Daniel Graf
Ted Grandpre tedgrandpre
Brandon Graves brandong08
Luke Gray VirtualLukeG
Eric Gray eric_gray
Myles Gray mylesagray
Jeff Green
James Green jdgreen
Jason Greenback lastmanout76
Chris Greene orchestrationio
Florian Grehl virten
Paul Grevink paulgrevink
Jason Grierson JasonTweet7889
William Hugh Griffin AbolishedJoker
Joseph Griffiths Gortees
James Griffiths jimg2112
Edward Grigson egrigson
Kevin Groat kgroat
Jonas Groth Jakobsen jonesg_online
Christopher Grubbe cgrubbe
Jeremy Gruenke grinks311
Sebastian Grugel sebastiangrugel
Erick Gubi callmegubi
Susan Gudenkauf SusanGude
Giuseppe Guglielmetti gguglie
Craig Gumbley _chelnak
Curtis Gunderson cagunlabs
Kenneth Günther
Rahul Gupta vragup
Anil Gupta meaj9
Christopher Gurley cmgurley
Bill Gurling vDingus
Martin Gustafsson
Nathan Gusti Ryan nathan_gt_ryan
Forbes Guthrie forbesguthrie
Trond Eirik Haavarstein xenappblog
Stephen Hackers StephenHackers
Patrick Häfner
Takahiro Hagiwara shadowhat
Takahiro Hagiwara shadowhat
Niels Hagoort NHagoort
Brandon Hahn brandonhahn
Andrew Hald vmxl
Edward Haletky Texiwill
Paul Hall macjunkie
Chris Halstead chrisdhalstead
Valentin Hamburger vhamburger
Simon Hamilton-Wilkes sjhwilkes
Russell Hamker butch7903
David Hanacek SD_Cloudy
Andrew Hancock einsteinagogo
ulli hankeln sanbarrow.com
Kenneth Hansen VirtualizeDK
Fred Hantelmann
Olafur Helgi Haraldsson olafurh
Chris Harney csharney
Jon Harris ThevCACGuy
Ryan Harris vRyanH
Michael Hart mthart69
Justin Hart jghartin
Bilal Hashmi hashmibilal
Rasmus Haslund haslund
Abhilash HB abhilashhb
Matthew Healy matt232h
Ray Heffer rayheffer
Stefano Heisig
Pascal Heldoorn Pheldoorn
Matt Heldstab mattheldstab
Jens Hennig hennig_jens
Drew Henning DrewHenning
Dave Henry davemhenry
Paul Henry phenrycissp
Adam Hensley athensley
Joachim Heppner joachimheppner
Jose Manuel Hernandez Benitez jos3mhb
Hector Herrero nheobug
Stephen Heuer steve_heuer
David Hewett davidahewett
Antone Heyward thehyperadvisor
Nigel Hickey vCenterNerd
Minako Higuchi mihiguch
Jon Hildebrand snoopj123
Chris Hildebrandt childebrandt42
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Michael Wilson IT_Muscle
Mike Wilson milsonian
Mark Wilson markwilsontech
George Winter vmxgeorge
Bertram Woehrmann
Frances Wong frances_wong
Clement Wong kenshi08
Jeff Wong jumpyjw
Steve Wood stewud86
Andrew Wood gilwood_cs
Julian Wood julian_wood
Travis Wood vTravWood
Paul Woodward Jr ExploreVM
Darren Woollard dawoo
Avram Woroch AvramWoroch
Todd Wright toddw
Eric Wright DiscoPosse
Chi Kin Wu umacboyvictor
Brian Wuchner bwuch
Clint Wyckoff ClintWyckoff
Ross Wynne RossWynne
Tayfun Yaban Tayfunyaban
Kazuma Yamabe virtapp_life
Reimi Yamaguchi
Takehiro Yamamoto
Yoshimasa Yamamoto vYamamoty
Miho Yamamoto mihochannel
Yoshie Yanagida
Kong Yang kongyang
Stuart Yerdon NotesofScripter
Adem Yetim ademyetim
Cemalettin YILDIZ YildizCYZ
Cahit YOLACAN cyolacan
Naotake Yoshida
Dane Young youngtech
Emad Younis Emad_Younis
Recep YÜKSEL rcpyksl
Preetam Zare preetamzare
Marek Zdrojewski MarekDotZ
Scott Zemke zemkes
Anton Zhbankov antonvirtual
Wu Zheng wilber822
Jarosław Zieliński vJZielinski
Ondrej Zilinec https://twitter.com/CievoSVK
Dennis Zimmer opvizor
Bo Bo Zin bebezet
Calvin Zito calvinzito
dave zylyk bcvmuglead

vExpert 2016 Applications are Now Open

Applications for the 2016 vExpert program are now open. Applications will be accepted until December 18th at midnight PDT. The vExpert 2016 announcement will be on February 5th 2016. Current 2015 vExperts need to apply through the fastrack application only. 


The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

Apply for vExpert 2016

Questions & Updates

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send email to  vexpert@vmware.com. Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2016 vExpert program.

Thank you to all who have participated in years past,
Corey Romero & the Social Media Team


vExpert 2015 Second Half Announcement


Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2015 Second Half vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

I want to personally thank everyone who applied and point out that a “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. If you feel like you were not selected in error, that’s entirely possible.

The judges may have overlooked or misinterpreted what you wrote in your application. Email us at vexpert@vmware.com and we can discuss your situation. We looked at all of the 2014 and some of 2015 activities to determine the voting results.

If you were selected as a vExpert 2015 Second Half, we will be conducting the on-boarding after VMworld so expect the vExpert Welcome Email in early September. In the welcome email we will explain the entire program and what you need to do to be enrolled in our private vExpert community as well as listed in the vExpert directory. We will use the email address provided in your vExpert application. Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning.

We’re looking forward to working with you. Command + F away and find your name if you can’t wait for the welcome email

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team


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Steve Wood @stewud86
Nick Bowie
Michael Cade @MichaelCade1
Scott Norris
Trevor Smith
Jeff Wong @JumpyJW
Clement wong kenshi08
Michael Wilson @m1kew1lson
Jeremy Wheeler @whitezombie2000
Don Ward ward8124
Hank Pike HankPike
Peter von Oven @PVO71
Paolo Valsecchi @nolabnoparty
Carlos Tronco @ctronco
Sean Thulin @sthulin
Lino Telera @linotelera
Davoud Teimouri @davoud_teimouri
George Strother
Jonathan Stewart @virtuallyanadmi
Patrick Stasko @PatrickStasko
Ram Pratap Singh
Jim Silvera @jimsilvera
Rocco Pierpaolo Sicilia @roccosicilia
Ryan Sheldon
Jonathan Schulman @vaficionado
Jonathan Schulman @vaficionado
Ariel Sanchez @arielsanchezmor
Christiaan Roeleveld @vChrisR
Joerg Riether @joergriether
Nataraj P
Dan Ricks @vmDan
Jon Retting
Jose Ramon Ramos Gata
Cédric QUILLEVERE @cqchu
Trevor Pott @cakeis_not_alie
Matt Popovich @matt_popovich
Kalle Pihelgas
martin perez @virtualMartin42
Christian Parker @crispyire
Arunkumar Pandey @arunpande
Adam Osterholt @osterholta
Børre Nygren @borrenygren
Ian Noble iannoble
John Newman vm2atv
Suresh babu Nekkalapudi
David Murray @DavidMsDesk
Heri Muhrial @heri_tico
Potheri Mohan @itvista
Noor Mohammad @noor2122
Manu Mishra
Theresa Miller @24x7itconnect
Saša Mašić @EdoTorp
sander martijn @slmartijn
Carel Maritz @carelmaritz
Juan Ernesto Manrique Mendez @jemanriquem
Enrico Laursen @EnricoLaursen
Gregory Laub @GregLaub
Ziv Klempner @ZivKlempner
Ralf Klein
Ben King @benking84
Joel Kaufman @thejoelk
Roshan Jha @jharoshRoshan
Sonal Jain @mouseonthecloud
Jeff Jackson @JeffMJackson
Dennis Hoegen Dijkhof @vDennisHD
Jens Hennig Hennig_Jens
Ryan Harris @vRyanH
Jonas Groth @jonesg_online
Kevin Groat @kgroat
Sivaprasad Govindankutty @kgsivan
Xavier Genestós @sysadmit
Alexander Ganser @alexganser
Matthew Ford mattfordvcp
Mohamed Amine ESSFALI
Donovan Durand @donovanjd
Esau Randall Cruz Vega @ercruzv
Cedric Courteix @ccourteix
Chuck Cocker @chuckrox_canada
Denny Cherry @mrdenny
Dale Carter @vdelboy
Ersin CAN eerrsincan
Christophe Calvet @ccalvetTCC
Stuart Burns @redhat_addict
Daniel Boring @virtuallyBoring
Sascha Bitzer
Giuliano Bertello @GiulianoBerteo
Netanel Ben-Shushan
Tomas Baublys @bauttt
David Barker davidbarker223
Stephane Asselin @VirtualStef
Henk Arts @vmhenk
Ebrahim Aldesouky Elmehsnawy @EbrahimAldesouk
Mohammad Dosoukey Al-Ashqar
Hakan Akkurt @hakkurt46
Yoga Bayu Aji Pranawa @YBPranawa
Dee Abson @deeabson
khalid alshafee vdify
Nihat ALTINMAKAS @vmwaretr
Mehmet AYDIN vmwaremantr
Ahmed Badawy
Nathan BEck @nateb72
Dean Bolton @vlssllc
John Brescia @JohnBrescia
Matthew Bunce @VirtualisedGeek
Marc De Grasse @marcpcd
Ercan ERGEN @ergenerc
Jason Fiset @jfiset
Ron Flax @ronflax
Fred Hantelmann
Gorka Izquierdo @gbizkarrondo
Peter Learmonth @titaniumlegs
Erick Marshall @erickbm
Niraj Naidu @mr_champy
Narendrakumar Padmani @npadmani
johnpaul pflaum @jppflaum
Stefan Renner @rennerstefan
Fabio Ribolla @FabioRibolla
Tim Robinson
Javier Rodriguez @dadowistef
Brendan Rose @mrrose007
David Schneider @schneiders_d
Constantin Soeldner
Guido Söldner @gsoeldner
Arron Stebbing @ArronStebbing
Andrew Sullivan @andrew_ntap
Mammo Tesfaye @mtesfaye
Tadao Tsuchimura @sakuryupapa
Mark Ukotic @originaluko
Eirik Vada @vVadster
Johan van Amersfoort @vhojan
Marco van Baggum @vMBaggum
Jon Waite @jondwaite
Mike Wilson @it_muscle
Akemi Nakagawa @nkgwakemi
Mitsutaka Ohisa @m_ohisa
Motonori Shindo @motonori_shindo
Tadao Tsuchimura @sakuryupapa

vExpert Sessions at VMworld 2015

vExpert With VMworld San Francisco just around the corner and schedule builder on July 21st we’ve put together a list of the session being presented by VMware vExperts at both San Francisco. If you are interested in hearing from some of the best in IT be sure to register for VMworld and on July 21st start signing up for sessions. See you at VMworld! VMworld US vExpert Breakout Sessions:

Session Title Speakers Session ID
VMware & IBM: Optimized to Manage Oceans of Data in a Digitally-Driven World Paul Braren STO6671-SPO
Best Practices for Running Virtualized Workloads on All-Flash Array Itzik Reich VAPP6646-SPO
Harnessing the Power of vStorage APIs for Data Protection: Lessons Learned and Best Practices Developed from Benchmarking Backup Solutions George Winter, Abdul Rasheed STO5475
Veritas Technologies: How to use vSphere 6 and Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) the right way George Winter, Abdul Rasheed STO6263-SPO
Advanced Network Architecture in SDDC to deploy highly automated IT Service Delivery based on NSX Dennis Bray NET6256-SPO
Incorporating VMware NSX in your DevOps Toolchain – Network Programmability with Python and Ansible Yves Fauser NET4972
How Did VMware’s Internal IT Upgrade 200,000 vm’s, 2,000 vSphere Servers and 100’s of vCenter Servers to vSphere 6.0? Tom Ralph Zaigui Wang INF5680
Harnessing the Power of Storage Virtualization and Site Recovery Manager to Provide HA and DR Capabilities to Business Critical Databases Sudhir Balasubramanian Marlin McNeil VAPP4634
VMware Workspace Environment Management (WEM) Technical Deep Dive Stephane Asselin Chris Halstead EUC4517
App Volumes Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting Stephane Asselin EUC5921
Architecting Horizon for VSAN, the VCDX way! Simon Long Travis Wood EUC4509
Building a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure with EVO:RACK and NSX Integrations Roberto Mari NET5640
Horizon for Linux Technical Deep Dive Ray Heffer EUC4825
Beyond the Marketing: Horizon 6 Technical Deep Dive Ray Heffer Jim Yanik EUC5052
Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRA Ray Budavari Francesco Vigo MGT5360
Enabling Automated Network & Security Services with NSX and vRealize Automation Ray Budavari Andrew Voltmer NET5362
Virtual Volumes Technical Deep Dive Rawlinson Rivera Ken Werneburg STO4649
Application Lifecycle Management with VMware Horizon Peter Bjork Matt Coppinger EUC4561
How Can Business Critical Applications Like SAP HANA, Oracle & Microsoft SQL Benefit from All Flash Storage? Mohan Potheri Ravi Venkat VAPP4799
VMworld 2015 – vSphere Security – Fact .vs. Fiction Mike Foley Yuecel Karabulut INF5177
Database Virtualization: Doing IT Right with vSphere 6.0 Michael Corey Jeff Szastak VAPP5129
vCloud Air API 101 Massimo Re Ferre HBC4521
Automating Everything VMware with PowerCLI – Deep Dive Luc Dekens Alan Renouf INF5211
SRM Technical Walk-through Jeff Hunter GS Khalsa STO6085
Starbucks Case Study: Self Service Provisioning of VMs with NSX Micro-Segmentation Jason Horn Justin Jones MGT5973
Ask the Cloud Experts Panel Discussion Jad El-Zein Tim Gleed Steve Kaplan MGT4837
5 Functions of Software Defined Availability Frank Denneman Duncan Epping INF4535
Top 10 Thing You MUST Know Before Implementing Virtual Volumes (VVols) Eric Siebert STO5888
vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Technical Deep Dive David Hill HBC5008
Conducting a Successful Virtual SAN 6.0 Proof of Concept Cormac Hogan STO4572
A ROBO Technical Deep Dive, Understanding Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) Best Practices Brian Graf Rick Terlep INF4790
Managing vSphere 6.0 Deployments and Upgrades – Part Brian Graf Salil Suri INF5123
‘Zero Touch’ ESXi Deployment, Configuration & Upgrades with AutoDeploy and Host Profiles Brian Graf Salil Suri INF5800
Defining Your Future With NSX Certification Ben Lin Chris McCain NET4468
Deploy Hundreds of VMs Instantly via Forking Alan Renouf Li Zheng INF5803
When it Rains it Pours: Protecting Your VMware Based Cloud. Aidan Dalgleish Matt Vandenbeld STO4510
vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) Best Practices & Tips/Tricks William Lam INF4528
How to Integrate VMware Hybrid Clouds with Your Enterprise Wade Holmes Ken Lamoreaux HBC5579
A Technical Deep Dive into VMware Integrated OpenStack Trevor Roberts Jr INF5094
Turning Distaster Recovery into a Reality with NSX Thomas Kraus John Whitman NET4907
Mastering Performance Monitoring and Capacity Planning Sunny Dua Iwan Rahabok MGT4973
Boosting Tier 1 Business Critical Oracle Applications Storage Performance Using vSphere 6.0 Virtual Volumes(vVOLs) Sudhir Balasubramanian Mohan Potheri STO4452
Becoming a vRealize Automagician: Why Automation isn’t Automatic Steve Kaplan Trent TeSelle MGT5318
Data In-Sight! Experiences Running VMware’s Private Cloud with Log Insight Steve Flanders Caleb Stephenson MGT4579
Horizon at Point of Sales – We Did It so Can You! Stephane Asselin Steven Tupponce EUC4919
Using VMware NSX in Your Open Source Environment Scott Lowe NET5422
VMware NSX Integrations with a Converged Infrastructure Solution Sai Chaitanya Nikhil Kelshikar NET5553
Integrating Physical Workloads and Infrastructure with a NSX Virtual Network Roberto Mari NET4995
WestJet – Fast and Simple Security Using NSX and VCO Richard Sillito SEC4488
VDI Sizing Deep Dive – The Horizon Sizing Tool Ray Heffer EUC4827
Connecting Remote Sites with VMware NSX Ray Budavari Francesco Vigo NET5352
NSX and vCloud Director – The Missing Guide Ray Budavari NET6007
Using VSAN to Maximize Database Performance Rawlinson Rivera STO4544
Improved Availability, Disaster Recovery and TCO by Migrating from Unix to Virtualized Linux Mohan Potheri INF4808
vSphere 6 Security Update Mike Foley INF4758
Enterprise Hybrid Cloud – Federal Case Study Mike Colson Travis Howerton OPT5069
VMware Validated Reference Designs – A Reference Architecture for the SDDC Mike Brown Karthik Narayan SDDC5440
Managing Users: A Deep Dive Into VMware User Environment Manager Michael Bradley Dale Carter EUC4630
Resource Management Using Storage IO Control and Storage DRS Matthew Meyer Mustafa Uysal INF5251
Architecting Disaster Recovery of Tier 1 Applications (SAP, Oracle, SQL & Exchange) using SRM and vSphere 6 Kannan Mani STO4525
A Practical Introduction to DevOps for VMware Administrators Josh Atwell Chris Sexsmith Egle Sigler Yvo van Doom INF5116
vSphere Distributed Switch 6.0 – Technical Deep Dive Jason Nash Chris Wahl NET4976
Putting VVOLs to Work – Storage Best Practices for vSphere 6 and Beyond Howard Marks STO5822
Your DevOps Transformation. Culture, Technology or both? Ed Hoppitt OPT4868
Ask the Expert vBloggers Duncan Epping Scott Lowe Chad Sakac Chris Wahl SDDC4593
Will it Blend and Scale? Monster Database Virtualization Techniques David Klee Thomas Larock VAPP4696
Designing for Mass Failover with Site Recovery Manager: Lessons Learned from a Customer Deployment Christopher Chua STO4856
Day to Day Automation of VMware Products to Increase Productivity and Efficiency Brian Graf INF4793
Design Advice for Small and Midsize Business Brian Atkinson Jason Gaudreau Jason Langer Harley Stagner INF4448
VMware Certificate Management for Mere Mortals Adam Eckerle Ryan Johnson INF4529

VMware Communities (VMTN) and Jive 7 Upgrade

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On June 5th at 6pm PDT we will begin our VMTN upgrade from Jive 5 to Jive 7. The upgrade will take around 30 hours to complete and we expect to be completed by June 6th around 10pm PDT. During this phase, VMTN will be in read-only mode. You will not be able to post discussions or documents but you will be able to read the discussions and documents. Also during the upgrade period, VMTN account creation through my.vmware.com will be suspended since the db will be in read-only mode.

Jive 7 release notes can be found at https://community.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-103485

Preview of what communities.vmware.com will look like once we are complete.

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Look at feel will remain the same with this release but features have changed slightly. Noting major but there have been some enhancements which I will cover below.

Feature List

Discussion & Documents:
There’s a new option when creating a discussion or document which I find pretty cool. Rather then just drafting a discussion or document you can now draft the content or just share with specific users and then decide later to post to the community. The default option is chosen which in this case is ESXi 5 since we created this in the ESXi 5 community. You can see there are a few options here to choose from including “Specific People” which will be useful when drafting documents or joint discussions.

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New Groups Widget for communities:
Jive 5 introduced groups which are like communities but have the ability to be open to all users, request to join and invite only which allows silo teams or groups to work. The open groups allowed any user to come into and have a discussion.  Jive created a widget that goes and finds the duplicate groups and displays the content on the related community overview page. We will start to see these come into play after we launch Jive 7.


Mobile Experience – New iOS app: 
Jive has a new mobile app for iOS and Android users. While this is an upgrade and a step in the right direction it does take some tinkering and getting use to. There are a couple great use cases for the Jive mobile app and some things to avoid or watch out for. The jive mobile app is great for finding content in communities you are following. To follow a community, click the “Follow” button in any of the VMware Communities and the content will start to appear in your “All Activity” stream in the mobile app.


Jive allows users to post a discussion to a personal location where the questions can easily be lost since it’s not created in a community and not easy to find. To avoid this, when using the mobile app to create a discussion make sure to change “Visibility” from “Everyone” to a community of your choosing.



Making this change will allow the content to be created in a community where others will find your content and will not be lost in your own personal conversation space.


User Profile
The new user profile is pretty nice, Jive moved from a simple user profile to a more linkedIn style. Here is the old Jive 5 user profile (never mind my bald head!)

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Now for the new profile and as you can see, there are now skills, contact info and several other new cool informations ares I can populate and share info with the community.

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Be sure to check out the new Jive 7 community platform early next week as we plan on releasing Jive 7 on the night of Sunday June 6th.