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Invite your colleagues to apply for vExpert 2012

The vExpert 2012 applications are open, and I am glad to say that we are getting a steady stream of applications in. Hundreds of people who are helping others be successful with VMware technology are applying, with contributions ranging from blogs to books, from speaking gigs to slides, and from tutorials to free tools.

This year is a little different from the past, because we are also inviting contributors who may have been sharing their knowledge and expertise away from the public limelight, namely our customers and partners, as well as VMware employees, to apply as well. If you have been following the announcements, you already know that the two new paths to become a vExpert still lead to the single title, and once qualified and selected by the judges, all vExperts are entitled to full participation in all of the exclusive offerings of the program.

I am sure many of you have a colleague or two who would make a great vExpert, but who may not have qualified last year due to the requirement that all contributions be public. This year, let your brilliant colleagues know you value them, and invite them to apply and be recognized for all the great work they do helping their customers or internal organizations succeed with VMware.

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #176 – Chris Wolf: Trends in Private Cloud and Virtual Desktops

Hosts
John Troyer
Alex Maier

Guests
Chris Wolf, Gartner – @cswolf, Blog

Link to Audio Recording
Chris Wolf: Trends in Private Cloud and Virtual Desktops

Virtualization News (From the VMTN Blog)
VMware Partner Exchange 2012 was hugh success, 4300+ strong on attendance
Three new solution competencies: Virtualization of Business Critical Applications (VBCA, available today), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS, available today), Management (available later in Q1)

  • New specialization for the SMB vertical
  • Lucrative advantage+ and Solution Rewards optimizations
  • Launch of the VMware Solution Exchange
  • New Consulting and Integration Partner Program (CIPP)
  • 

vCloud Director Client for iPad now available!
vExpert 2012 applications now open

Show
…. Year of the Virtual Desktop Again, as was, 2011, 2012…2013

Gartner Numbers – VDI has 2% penetration currently, 8-13% by the end of 2014

Storage still a work in progress for VDI  - costs more than it should for VDI deployment

Personalization and layering tehnology is starting to mature

The cost if end point client is coming down – e.g. Wyse ships ARM based client 

Cost savings in OPEX 10-15% range – VDI

Vertical adoption for VDI – Healthcare, Financial, Public sector, Higher Education

Microsoft Licensing for VDI –  Still a challenge

Connect users to applications and Data

Apps – Life-cycle management is important – Company App Store (end vision)

VDI Security – become transparent to the end user

Private Cloud – self service is important, IT central broker for services

Private Cloud attributes – automation & rapid deployment also important

2012 outlook – Performance Management software (vCOps) is starting to pick up with customers, Capacity Management

Chris Wolf - Hybrid Cloud Mobility: Converting the VM is the Easy Part

Additional Links

VMworld 2011: TECH PREVIEW – Introducing Projects AppBlast and Octopus – Delivering Universal Cloud Access

A week in virtualization

VMware Partner Exchange, also known as PEX was the big news last week, with more than 4,300 partners, employees, press, and industry analysts (including representatives from CRN, eWEEK, Gartner, IDC and TechTarget) getting together in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the course of four days, attendees had access to over 190 unique breakout sessions, 20+ hands-on labs, and 91 sponsors and exhibitors who were present in the Solutions Exchange. As usual, there were plentiful networking opportunities at lunches, dinners, receptions, and other special events.

To help its partners grow and differentiate themselves, VMware has developed a number of special programs, incentives, and enablement tools which were introduced at PEX:

  • Three new solution competencies: Virtualization of Business Critical Applications (VBCA, available today), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS, available today), Management (available later in Q1)
  • New specialization for the SMB vertical
  • Lucrative advantage+ and Solution Rewards optimizations
  • Launch of the VMware Solution Exchange
  • New Consulting and Integration Partner Program (CIPP)

Also last week, we’ve made available vCloud Director client for iPad. Designed for the consumer of a vCloud Director environment, this app provides the ability to manage your cloud with your fingertips.

Some key features of the app include:

  • Ability to create new vApps
  • Through the use of a third party app, you can access the VMs within your vApp via RDP, VNC, or SSH.  Note:  The supported 3rd party apps are:
    • For SSH: iSSH and Remoter
    • For RDP: Jump Desktop and Remoter
    • For VNC: Mocha VNC, Screens, and Remoter
    • It also provides the ability to perform common tasks, such as powering on a VM.
    • And of course all settings can be visualized and modified

You can read the details and watch a demonstration video on the vSpere blog at blogs.vmware.com/vsphere

And exactly week ago, at PEX we have opened the vExpert applications for the year 2012. As you know, vExpert titles are given out each year to the most excellent of VMware enthusiasts out there, those who go above and beyond their daily jobs to share their experience and expertise with others. This frequently takes the form of blogs and books, public speaking, podcasts, and video, help on VMTN and other forums, as well as creation of free tools for the community to use.

This year we’ve had a change in the program, to allow people who do their work away from the limelight of the internet, such as our customers and partners, to be able to apply as well. So this year applicants have the choice of applying in one of three categories: Evangelist, Customer, or VPN Partner.

Because contributions of people applying in the Customer and Partner paths are frequently non-public, we require an internal reference from a VMware employee to verify just how awesome the individual’s contributions were.

You can apply yourself, or invite an awesome colleague of yours to apply, at vmware.com/go/vexpert2012

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #175 – Live from VMware Partner Exchange!

Hosts
John Troyer

Guests
Keith Norbie
Tony Foster – @wonder_nerd
Stephen Foskett – @sfoskett

Link to Audio Recording
Live from VMware Partner Exchange!

Virtualization News
It Starts Here – VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2012
Atos, EMC and VMware to form an open cloud computing strategic alliance
VMware and Mitel Bring Desktop Virtualization to the Contact Center
Virtualization Field Day 2 – Silicon Valley
PEX 2012 Day 1 Recap
PEX 2012 Day 2 Recap

Show
General Discussion about PEX

Reflections on the tone at PEX – calm & competent – confident energy

4000 people attending PEX

People are moving toward automation and scaling it up

SQL/Exchange bootcamps – best practice takeaways were awesome

Virtualization of Teir1 apps have increased over the past year Going virtual gives you better tools to see

What is going on with your Teir1 apps

Success Key to get DBAs on side – its how you present it to them 

VCA Certification for a small bussiness would be great

VMware GO – great for SMBs – Try it now

Virtualization for Small and Midsize Business

vExpert 2012 applications now open

New Pathways for vExpert 2012 – Evangelist Path – Customer Path – VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path

Additonal Links

vExpert 2012 applications now open

It is this time of the year again, and the applications are now open for the vExpert 2012 selection.

In the years past, the program has attracted the most enthusiastic and active VMware users to become vExperts and help us spread knowledge and expertise about VMware technology. vExperts got access to software licenses, betas, and early access programs, as well as exclusive events at VMworld in Las Vegas and Copenhagen.

What’s next? Of course, more of the same. More licenses, more betas, and more VMworld. But starting in 2012, we will also have more vExperts, to include more VMware enthusiasts who may be doing their work of sharing the know-how away from the limelight of the Internet and public events.

Our vExperts in the past have for the most part fallen into two implicit groups: bloggers/writers/evangelists and VMUG leaders. This year, we are making explicit three different paths to becoming a vExpert.  As always, the common theme for the established and the new vExpert paths will be going above and beyond your day job to help others be successful with VMware solutions.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, 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 now also apply via the Evangelist path.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for internal evangelists and community leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have contributed to success stories, customer references, or public interviews and talks, or were active community contributors, such as VMUG leaders.

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 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.

Although we’re making the three pathways explicit this year, as always, there will remain a single vExpert designation; we aren’t splitting the program into sections. The only change is that now you will be able to select which application path to take, depending on where your main contributions lie.

You will find more details and a link to the application form at vmware.com/go/vexpert2012

The vExpert 2012 page also has a link to an invitation form that you can use to encourage your friends and colleagues who did not previously qualify for a vExpert designation as an Evangelist to apply in the other paths.

VMware vExpert Benefits:

  • Public recognition of the vExpert award with a certificate, gift, permission to display a logo, and inclusion in any public vExpert listing

  • Access to a private vExpert community of your peers

  • Free subscription to conference session materials on VMworld.com

  • Access to exclusive events, beta programs, software licenses, and other exclusive opportunities to participate in activities with VMware. vExperts do not represent VMware and are not required to participate in any activities

Applications are now open for the vExpert 2012 title. Use the vExpert 2012 form to submit your application, and the invitation form to encourage your peers to apply.

 

 

vExpert Spotlight: Lars Troen

LarsTroenName: Lars Troen
Twitter Handle: @larstr
Current employer: Atea
Blog URL:   http://core-four.info/ http://vmfaq.com/ http://watchingpaintdryminutebyminute.com/ 

How did you get into IT in the first place?

I've been a computer enthusiast since I was 13 years old when I first started coding simple games on my 8 bit Acorn Electron micro computer. I wanted to play games like my classmates did with their C64's, so I bought a book about game programming on the BBC B (I later also had a BBC B).

During army service (EW) I had my first contact with Unix. HP UX. A new world revealed itself and I tried to learn as much as I could

After college I started working as a consultant and since I had *ux experience I was given a lot of security related tasks, since the best supported operating systems for hosting firewalls were HPUX and SunOS (mainly CheckPoint & Eagle/Axent/Symantec Raptor). During (or maybe near the end of) the dot com era I joined a company as a programmer and did low and high level programming on different projects before I started working with ESX in 2003 as a consultant and sysadmin. I later started as a consultant with a VAR.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

As mentioned above, I started out with ESX 2.0 in 2003 and was quickly familiar with the VMware newsgroups where I met other people who had discovered VMware's products.

I wrote some graphical performance tool and later I was active in the new web based forums and also other forums on the internet. After the horrible VMTN upgrade in the autumn of 2007 I moved much of my forum activity to Experts-Exchange, but I also used IRC quite a bit at the time. I started blogging on the VMTN Community blog

(http://communities.vmware.com/people/larstr/blog) and I've later moved to my own domain (http://core-four.info/). I'm also contributing to an unofficial knowledgebase at http://vmfaq.com/ and I have a site for my web app at http://vmktree.org/

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

1. It's better to know a lot about everything than a little bit about nothing. However: "Jack or all trades, Master of none" may not be optimal so learn to master at least _one_ technology well.

2. Keep your eyes & ears open to other's ideas and emerging technology.

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else {forget(fade_away);}

 

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes – #174 Business Critical Apps

Hosts
John Troyer
Alex Maier

Guests
Neal Mueller, VMware
Anthony Kolar, VMware

Link to Audio Recording
Business Critical Applications

Virtualization News (from the VMTN Blog)
NEW – VMware vCloud Integration Manager to Help Service Providers Accelerate the Delivery of vCloud Services
Increase – 90 service provider partners in our ecosystem, who now offer services called “VMware vCloud Powered”
SlideRocket Challenges Nonprofits To 'Make An Impact' For A Chance To Win $30,000 in Donations
One on One: Paul Maritz, VMware Chief Executive – (The Bits blog of the New York Times)
Recently published a Desktop modernization toolkit – Grab your kit today. 

Show
Live Sessions – Broadcast live on livestream – Coming Soon!
Combine the best of live discussions, presenations and chat.

Share your ideas about what you want to hear on the Live Session – @jtroyer @vmwarecommunity

Business Critical Applications Blog

Virtualizing Business Critical Enterprise Applications – Resources and Insights

VMware Business Production Bundle – Maximize the benefits of virtualizing business critical applications by enabling fully automated disaster recovery, dynamic security & automated operations with one convenient bundle.

Download Exchange 2010 on VMware – Best Practices Guide

Microsoft Exchange Server Profile Analyzer (32 bit)

Microsoft Exchange Server Profile Analyzer (64 bit)

VMware Provides Virtualization Technology for SAP Global IT Infrastructure

vShield App, vCOps, Site Recovery Manager – important add-ons to Business Critical Apps 

Fun Note – ESXing is now a verb!

Additional Links
Virtualization for Small and Midsize Business

VMware SMB Social Media Channels

Twitter – @VMwareSMB
Facebook – VMware SMB
VMware SMB Blog

My VMware: This is your chance to join the Beta, and have your say!

Upcoming VMUG Local Meetings

2012 VMUG User Conferences – Mark Your Calendar!

Green Mountain Power – Vermont-based utility company virtualizes Oracle applications, including databases.

 

A week in virtualization

Yesterday, we have introduced the VMware vCloud Integration Manager which will help service providers to accelerate delivery of cloud services. The Integration Manager will allow service providers to quickly create and deploy cloud service offerings, operate at maximum efficiency and scale to meet customer demand in a reliable, repeatable and cost-effective manner.

The vCloud Integration Manager will be tightly integrated with VMware vCloud Director, VMware vSphere®, VMware vShield™ Edge and VMware vCenter™ Chargeback Manager to automate and accelerate the provisioning and delivery of infrastructure and associated services. It will provide a REST-based API to integrate with a service provider’s back office systems (CRM, billing, etc.), and a Web-based administration portal.

It will also include Web-based portals to streamline and automate service plan, customer lifecycle and reseller management. With the click of a button, service providers will be able to standardize product configuration and delivery, manage customer lifecycles from sign-up to decommission, and reduce the time and overhead involved in transacting with resellers.

In the same news, we now have nearly 90 service provider partners in our ecosystem, who now offer services that meet the criteria to be called “VMware vCloud Powered,” which is almost three times as many as we had six months ago.

And today, SlideRocket announced the “Make an Impact” contest for non-profit organizations, in which prize money of $30,000 will be split up between the winners whose SlideRocket presentations will receive the most views, and are judged by the panel to have the best stories.

The Bits blog of the New York Times has published an interview with our CEO Paul Maritz last week, in which he talks about how cloud computing will transform the information technology industry. Paul goes into some detail explaining the meaning of the cloud era in computing, and how he sees our company’s role in moving IT from client-server to big data and cloud environments.

Recently, we have also published a Desktop modernization toolkit, containing analyst reports of VMware View, to learn how our customers have benefitted from virtualization. Grab your kit today.

Join the VMware Community Circle on Google+

You probably have heard about Google+, but most people haven't really checked out this new social network. Google+ has some of the good qualities of both Twitter and Facebook, and it could turn out to be quite a nice way for IT professionals interested in VMware, virtualization, cloud computing, and IT transformation to hang out.

Google+ has some of the nicer qualities of Twitter, in that you can follow your interest graph, not your social graph. If you're reading this blog, that means you can follow fellow IT professionals and talk about jumbo frames without Aunt Helga asking how you're going to attach them to the wall.

However, if you've ever played with Twitter, you probably quickly realized that with everybody's tweets zipping by 140 characters at a time, it's hard to actually have a conversation, say about enabling jumbo frames on your management network, especially with more than two people or over a few days. Google+ solves this, like Facebook, by having threaded comments that let you go back and forth about a topic.

Google+ also shares some of the downsides of both Facebook and Twitter. Like Facebook, you get a lot of funny pictures being shared in your stream. And like Twitter, you have to build your own network to actually see anything being shared.

1000px-Moire_CirclesTo solve that last problem, we've started the VMware Google+ Community Circle. It's a circle of people interested in VMware, virtualization, cloud, and IT transformation. It's completely opt in: only the people who want to connect and talk with each other are in the circle.

To get started, once you have a Google+ account, go over to this Google+ post and click the "Add Circle" link inside the circle. You can make a new circle or add it to one of your existing circles. Boom! You now can start to see what these folks are posting and start sharing to them as well. 

To get added to the circle, first you have to "circle" the VMware page on Google+ — add us to your circles. This is a Google+ rule to prevent us from spamming anybody. Then add a comment on the Community Circle Post to let us know you'd like to be added! It's as simple as that. Every week or two we'll re-share the Community Circle — just add it again to your circles and it'll add all the new people. When we get up to the limit of 500 people, we'll just make a new circle!

We'll see you all over at Google+! We'll be sharing some exclusive content over there as well as having live video hangouts now and then.

–John & the VMware Social Media Crew

 

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes – #173 vCenter Infrastructure Navigator & Chargeback

Hosts
John Troyer
Alex Maier

Guests
Hemant Gaidhani, VMware
Hassen Abdu, VMware
Shrikam Goplaswyami,VMware

Link to Audio Recording
vCenter Infrastructure Navigator & Chargeback

Virtualization News
VMTN Community Platform Layout – New Tabs (Google+LinkedinGroupsPodcasts)
The Cloud Vendor Landscape – The VMware Advantage According to the Taneja Group
Preserving Multi-Cloud Choice and Flexibility with Cloud Foundry “Open PaaS”
LonVMUG Best Community Presentation of 2011 Awards
John Troyer Google+ Virtualization Circle
Toronto VMUG User Conference – Feb 7, 2012 Join the conversation on twitter #tovmug

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VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator – Visualize Dependencies - enables application-aware management of infrastructure and operations to better understand the impact of change, provide more complete disaster recovery protection and minimize downtime.

Download your eval NOW - VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator

VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator Documentation

VMware Infrastructure Navigator discussion forum

VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator - Delivered as a virtual appliance, vCenter 5.0 is a requirement

VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager - Improve utilization of virtual infrastructure with accurate visibility into the true costs of virtualized workloads.

Download your eval NOW - VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager

VMware vCenter Chargeback discussion forum

VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager Connector For IT Business Management Suite

VMware IT Business Management Suite (ITBM) - gives you the right level of visibility into the costs, utilization and service levels of IT services, CIOs can plan, manage and optimize the cost, value, and alternatives in the emerging world of dynamic IT.

vCenter Orchestrator plugin for vCenter Chargeback Manager – coming soon!

Additional Links

VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator Videos