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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #185 – Becoming a VMworld Speaker

Hosts
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Guests
Lauren Thelen, VMware
Jim Senicka, VMware 
Chris Colotti, VMware @ccolotti
Jason Boche, Dell Compellent @jasonboche

Link to Audio Recording
Becoming a VMworld Speaker

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
SlideRocket has announced that it now works with Google Drive
My VMware service has launched April 14 – Very successful first week!
My VMware webinar – learn about the new features and functionality
Follow @vmwarecares on twitter for updates and helpful links, and continue to send us feedback!
Register for the End-User Computing Virtual Conference on May 3
Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register 

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VMworld 2012 – call for papers

150 papers submitted to date – great start!

Four main tracks – InfrastructureOperationsApplicationsEnd-user computing

We are looking for strong customers stories

If selected as a speaker – Free pass to VMworld!

Success factors for being chosen as a speaker at VMworld 

  • Pick a good topic
  • Develop a good abstract
  • Provide a great presentation outline 
  • Provide compelling take-aways

Sessions count is not increasing this year – provide you flexibility with your schedule

People attend 6-8 sessions on average

Did you know – VMware team can makes changes on the fly to accommodate popular sessions!

Largest session ever – 1000 people – vSphere 5.0 update

Knowledge experts program is ON this year

The VMworld is going to be the best party to date!

For first time speakers – VMware works to pair up speakers

Good practice for presentations - Present at your local VMUG

 

A week in virtualization

Yesterday, SlideRocket has announced that it now works with Google Drive to help people create, collaborate and share stunning, media-rich presentations from their Google Drive. Google Drive users now have direct access to all SlideRocket features and applications. They can easily share presentations with other Google Drive users and any audience at any time.

Google Drive users can initiate presentation creation with SlideRocket through Google Drive and are automatically provisioned to use SlideRocket whenever they are invited to collaborate on a presentation. From within a SlideRocket presentation, users can collaborate with Google Drive users and manage presentations and applications from a single location to access documents and materials—presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, photos, videos and presentation resources on the web.

If you use Google Chrome, you can install SlideRocket directly from the Chrome Web Store. You can learn more about this new integration on SlideRocket blog.

As you know, My VMware service has launched on the 14th, and we’ve had a successful first week with customers across the globe logging in and using all functionalities of the site, including downloading products and evaluations, submitting Support Requests, generating license keys, creating folders and more. Early in the week, customers experienced some issues with access and stability of the environment due to high-volume traffic. We have resolved these issues and are committed to providing an exceptional experience.

Please join My VMware team for an upcoming webinar training series to learn about the new features and functionalities of My VMware. The webinar series will help customers understand the basics of logging in and navigating the site, account management, managing license keys and Support Requests, and downloading and evaluating products. The first session was today, but there are many more dates available. Visit vmware.com/my_vmware/webinars.html to see the schedule and to register.

The input from customers is helping us target specific areas of concern and guiding our improvement roadmap. Follow the customer support team on Twitter @vmwarecares for updates and helpful links, and continue to send us feedback!

The End-User Computing Virtual Conference is going to take place in a couple of weeks on May the 3rd. It is free to attend for anyone who registers in advance. This virtual conference will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Attend a keynote from the VMware leadership team
  • Learn about the latest innovations in the VMware End-User Computing portfolio
  • Chat with VMware End-User Computing product experts
  • Network with peers 

Visit the End-User Computing blog for more details and the link to register: blogs.vmware.com/euc

Finally, there will be six full-day VMUG conferences happening in May: Connecticut, Carolinas, Central Ohio, San Diego, Western Pennsylvania, and Denver. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #184 – vCloud Ecosystem

Hosts
John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Guest
Mathew Lodge, VMware @mathewlodge

Link to Audio Recording
vCloud Ecosystem

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
My VMware was released on April 14th. My VMware is the new integrated self-service account based site. 
Follow @vmwarecares on twitter for updates and helpful links. 
My VMware Update – Blog update (from the VMware Support Insider Blog
VMware View Bootcamp – free training series of currently thirteen videos covering everything from setup and configuration best practices, to storage, networking, and persona management. 
Congratulations everyone! results of this year’s vExpert applications – 400 title holders this year. 
End-User Computing Virtual Conference May 3rd. It is free to attend for anyone who registers in advance. 
2012 VMUG User Conferences – Mark Your Calendar! 

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vCloud ecosystem – over 8000 service provider partners

VMware Service Provider Program – Get started today

It’s All About Prince Charming, Not The Ugly Sisters – VMware passed the 100 vCloud service provider mark

vCloud Data Center – globally consistent infrastructure as a service delivered by different partners around the world

vCloud Powered – Specialized cloud offering for a particular marketplace – service based on vCloud Director, full API available

NYSE Technologies Introduces the World’s First Capital Markets Community Platform

Find a vCloud Services Provider Today

Upcoming Podcasts Topics 04/25/2012 – Becoming a VMworld Speaker

Upcoming Podcasts Topics 05/02/2012 – End User Computing

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A week in virtualization

The biggest news of the week is the release of My VMware on April 14th. My VMware is the new integrated self-service account based site. We want to thank our customers for helping us shape this site with feedback and suggestions, and your continued involvement will be instrumental in making it great.

For example, we heard we needed to refine some of our customer alerts and improve messaging on some pages. While there’s still progress to make, we’re happy to report these issues have been resolved.

We have been facing some intermittent slowness and access issues during peak times, and some download links have not been working and some specific functionality has not worked on all browser versions. We are working on these issues and will continue to monitor and stabilize the environment.

If you are experiencing difficulties or just want to share your feedback or ideas for future enhancements with us, you can always contact us at customerfeedback@vmware.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @vmwarecares for updates and helpful links.

For more details about this release, go to the Support Insider blog at blogs.vmware.com/kb

A refresh of the VMware View bootcamp has launched this week with four new videos. As of right now, two of them have been released already, and there are two more to go. We release them daily, so go to vmware.com/go/viewbootcamp to watch the new content and to revisit the existing videos.

If you have not yet taken advantage of the View Bootcamp, it is a free training series of currently thirteen videos covering everything from setup and configuration best practices, to storage, networking, and persona management. It is entirely free to watch, and if you have questions, you can ask the experts right there in the public forum. At the end of the series, all slides get compiled into a free e-book, which you can sign up for to receive by filling in a simple form.

Once again, the URL is vmware.com/go/viewbootcamp

As if the week hasn’t been busy already, we have also announced the preliminary results of this year’s vExpert applications on Sunday. As the list stands right now, we have about 400 titleholders this year.

As the program grew over the years, we went from just over a hundred vExperts in the first year back in 2009, over 300 in 2010, to 325 last year. We have received more than 500 applications, and our judges went through each and every one of them to make sure to pick the most enthusiastic and active VMware users who help us spread knowledge and expertise about VMware technology.

As always, we saw a large number of evangelists, such as bloggers and public speakers apply. But 2012 was also the first year, in which we have invited people whose contributions were non-public, such as partner and customer company employees, also to apply. The common theme for all of them was going above and beyond your day job to help others be successful with VMware, and once accepted into the program, we will make no distinction between the vExperts, no matter which path they chose.

We will continue updating the list as we finalize the results, and everyone should be receiving a notification email from us before the end of the week. You can view the current preliminary list of vExperts 2012 at blogs.vmware.com/vmtn

Congratulations everyone!

The End-User Computing Virtual Conference is going to take place in a couple of weeks on May the 3rd. It is free to attend for anyone who registers in advance. This virtual conference will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Attend a keynote from the VMware leadership team
  • Learn about the latest innovations in the VMware End-User Computing portfolio
  • Chat with VMware End-User Computing product experts
  • Network with peers 

Visit the End-User Computing blog for more details and the link to register: blogs.vmware.com/euc

Finally, there will be six full-day VMUG conferences happening in May: Connecticut, Carolinas, Central Ohio, San Diego, Western Pennsylvania, and Denver. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.

 

Announcing vExpert 2012 title holders: Final

We are very happy to announce that the judging for the vExpert 2012 title is now complete and we have the results available.

vExpert 2012 list – final

If your name is on the list, you can begin celebrating.

Due to the large number of applications, the list is still not complete, and we will be adding a couple dozen names to it over the next week or so. If you have not yet received an email from us, please have a little patience. We will make sure to let you know the results as soon as possible.

The on-boarding process for the new vExperts will start during the week of April 16th. You will receive an email notification from Alex or John with the explanation of the next steps.

Congratulations to all the vExperts! Thank you for your ongoing contributions to help your fellow VMware users be successful with virtualization technology!

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #183 – Live from Silicon Valley VMUG

** Special Live Broadcast from the Silicon Valley VMware User Group – April 11, 2012 **

Hosts
John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Guests
Alan Renouf, VMware @alanrenouf 
William Lam, VMware @lamw 
Calvin Zito, HP @HPStorageGuy 
Mike Laverick, @Mike_Laverick 
Angelo Luciani, Toronto VMUG Leader @angeloluciani
Robert & Leigh, Community members
Mariano Maluf, President of VMware User Group @mjmaluf 

Link to Audio Recording
Live from Silicon Valley VMUG

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
VMware (CP&C) Releases PCI 2.0 FREE Compliance Checkers!
Another VMware Cloud: Oxford University Runs Their Hybrid Cloud on VMware
VMware Forum 2012
Springone on the Road
Cloud Foundry Open Tour – You don't want to miss this!
vExpert applications have closed and – final results announced on April 15th

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** All presentation material can be accessed through the vmug.com website

 

A week in virtualization

Yesterday, we have released two downloadable tools that help you get started on the journey to achieving PCI 2.0 Compliance. The compliance checkers are free and are available for both Linux and Windows operating systems. The Compliance Checkers run an assessment on 5 Guest systems at a time, and the assessment is based on a predefined subset of the PCI 2.0 content that currently exists in vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM), which is part of the vCenter Operations Manager Suite. The results for each guest include the rules, rule descriptions, and success or failure of each rule. Read more and download the tools at blogs.vmware.com/security

Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, with over 900 years behind its belt and 40 world-class leading universities to boot. For a university system renowned for its research, the ability to efficiently manage data for all 40,000 of its users is of the utmost importance. For the past nine years, Oxford University has been using VMware technology to virtualize their infrastructure. This week, the vCloud team has published a video about how VMware together with the vCloud Provider, Colt helped Oxford University to realize their Database-as-a-Service goal, and created a self-service project that enabled users to quickly fire up a database within a central service. Read more at blogs.vmware.com/vcloud

While we’re talking about videos, the vSphere team has been quite busy and released not ten, not eleven, but thirteen videos covering main features of VMware vSphere, from vCenter Server, over ESXi, to High Availability, Storage, and Migration—hot and cold. Check them out at youtube.com/vmwaretv

In addition, we have a whole bunch of shows on the road this month.

First, there’s the VMware Forum 2012, which kicked off today in Dubai, and will continue the tour all around the world. From start finish in November, the VMware forum will visit dozens of cities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

If you attend in person, they will have hands-on labs on-site for you, and also an opportunity to network with more than 1,000 local colleagues. Our top partners will be sharing best practices and advice in numerous breakout sessions.

We also have a VMware Forum online scheduled for tomorrow, where you will be able to view a live video broadcast with VMware leadership team, chat with experts who’ll answer your questions live, and navigate a 3D show floor staffed by our industry-leading partners. We will have the online Forum available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Go to vmware.com and click on the green and blue box with “VMware Forum 2012” in it for a list of all VMware Forum events online and around the world.

In just another week, the Spring community members are invited to attend the SpringOne On the Road events in Kiev and Moscow in April, and London in May to learn about the newest innovations for the framework. The forum has three parallel tracks covering Essential Spring, Cloud Foundry, and Groovy & Grails. Visit springsource.org/springone-on-the-road to learn more and to register.

These developer-focused one-day events will be co-hosted with the Cloud Foundry Open Tour, which is visiting Austin, TX; Washington, DC; Kiev, Moscow and London over the next four weeks.

There will be sessions covering Spring, Java, Ruby, Node.js, Python, PHP and other Cloud application development tips, and you will also have an opportunity to learn how to use MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Postgres, and RabbitMQ on Cloud Foundry, and build your in-house Platform-as-a-Service.

And of course the attendees will enjoy networking with the experts and other developers behind the leading open source cloud platform for enterprise applications, discuss the latest innovations, and expand your professional opportunities.

Visit opentour.cloudfoundry.com for more information.

In closing, I wanted to mention that the vExpert applications have closed and the judging of the applicants is currently ongoing. We will have the final results announced on April 15th. Good luck to everyone who applied!

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #182 – Backup of the cloud (vCD & SRM) – Duncan Epping & Chris Colotti

Hosts
John Troyer, @jtroyer
Alex Maier, @vmwarecommunity

Guests
Duncan Epping, VMware @DuncanYB
Chris Colotti, VMware @ccolotti

Link to Audio Recording
Backup of the cloud (vCD & SRM)

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
VMware Forum 2012
VMware Forum online scheduled for April 12
Spring community members are invited to attend – SpringOne on the Road
Cloud Foundry Open Tour – sessions covering Spring, Java, Ruby, Node.js, Python, PHP and other Cloud application development tips
VROOM virtualization performance – This week’s episode will focus on vMotion
VMware VROOM! Blog
vExpert applications have closed and the judging of the applicants is currently ongoing. Final results announced on April 15
Silicon Valley VMUG User Conference – April 11, 2012 – VMware CTO – Steve Herrod and Author/Blogger Mike Laverick will be giving Keynotes
VMware Technical Journal – Download Now
Registration for VMworld 2012 – Register NOW

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Update: VMware vCloud Director DR paper available in Kindle / iBooks format! (via  Duncan Eppings Blog)

VMware vCloud Director

VMware vCloud Director Infrastructure Resiliency Case Study paper published! (via  Duncan Eppings Blog)

vCloud Director infrastructure resiliency solution (via  Duncan Eppings Blog)

[INFO] vCloud Director 1.5.1 Released! (via Chris Colotti Blog)

vCloud Director 1.5.1 Release Notes

[PDF] vCloud Director 1.5 Evaluation Guide

Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)

Cisco OTV Video

Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization – (Q & A)

[INFO] The Right vCloud Allocation Model For Catalogs (via Chris Colotti Blog)

VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit

VMware tackles enterprise personal cloud (via Infoworld blog)

Additional Links

 

A week in virtualization

We have a number of shows on the road this month.

First, there’s the VMware Forum 2012, which is kicking off Wednesday next week in Dubai, to continue the tour all around the world. From its start on April 11th to the conclusion in Florida on November 15th, the VMware forum will visit dozens of cities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

If you attend in person, they will have hands-on labs on-site for you, and also an opportunity to network with more than 1,000 local colleagues. Our top partners will be sharing best practices and advice in numerous breakout sessions.

We also have a VMware Forum online scheduled for April 12th where you can view a live video broadcast with VMware leadership team, chat with experts who’ll answer your questions live, and navigate a 3D show floor staffed by our industry-leading partners. We will have the online Forum available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Go to vmware.com and click on the green and blue box with “VMware Forum 2012” in it for a list of all VMware Forum events online and around the world.

In two weeks, the Spring community members are invited to attend the SpringOne On the Road events in Kiev and Moscow in April, and London in May to learn about the newest innovations for the framework. The forum has three parallel tracks covering Essential Spring, Cloud Foundry, and Groovy & Grails.

  • Essential Spring Track covers how to use the latest developments in Spring technology and gives you a preview of what is coming in Spring 3.2. Focused sessions on Spring Data, Spring for Apache Hadoop, and Spring Integration will prepare you for the most challenging problems in dealing with enterprise data as well as help you build rich, multi-client platform web applications.
  • Cloud Foundry Track offers detailed discussions about the industry's first open source platform as a service (PaaS). The sessions cover all the basics for enterprise Java developers, provide analysis of the Cloud Foundry architecture and also give you practical introductions to using other languages and technologies for the true polyglot cloud developer.
  • Groovy & Grails Talks provide an update on the latest versions of Groovy and Grails, practical information about tuning Grails for best performance and cloud platforms as well as a tutorial for creating domain specific languages with Groovy.

Visit springsource.org/sprinone-on-the-road to learn more and to register.

These developer-focused one-day events will be co-hosted with the Cloud Foundry Open Tour, which is visiting Austin, TX; Washington, DC; Kiev, Moscow and London over the next four weeks.

The Open Tour events begin with a bootcamp to get started. In it you will learn how to deploy your applications on both the public and micro Cloud Foundry.

There will be sessions covering Spring, Java, Ruby, Node.js, Python, PHP and other Cloud application development tips.

You will also have an opportunity to learn how to use MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Postgres, and RabbitMQ on Cloud Foundry, and build your in-house Platform-as-a-Service.

And of course you will enjoy networking with the experts and other developers behind the leading open source cloud platform for enterprise applications, discuss the latest innovations, and expand your professional opportunities.

Visit opentour.cloudfoundry.com for more information.

This Friday, April 6th, at 10am Pacific Time we will premiere the fifth episode of the weekly VROOM virtualization performance show on livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv This week’s episode will focus on vMotion. All episodes are hosted by Todd Muirhead of the Vroom performance blog with a little help from John and me.

There is no need to register, simply go to livestream.com/vmwarecommunitytv at 10am Pacific Daylight Saving Time this Friday. See you there!

In closing, I wanted to mention that the vExpert applications have closed and the judging of the applicants is currently ongoing. We will have the final results announced on April 15th. Good luck to everyone who applied!

vExpert Spotlight: Kong Yang

KongYangName:           Kong Yang
Blog URL:       www.DellTechCenter.com
Twitter:        @KongYang

Employer:       Dell Inc.

How did I get into IT?

I got into IT for the love of the games- single player, multi-player, shooters, sports, RPGs, MUDs. It started with my first system, a 12MHz x86 16-bit white box. It was supposed to be used for schoolwork but it was re-purposed for gaming. I continued on this path by taking computer science programming classes in high school to get access to the networked labs for “coding” purposes, where coding equals gaming. During my undergraduate years, I became a lab admin of the Mechanical Engineering lab so that I could play networked Warcraft II. And I really haven’t stopped doing IT since. 

How did I get into working with VMware & becoming a 2011 vExpert?

I was member of the technical staff in the Dell OCTO when I had my first exposure to VMware GSX and ESX Server. My responsibilities in the Dell OCTO included performance analysis of x86 systems and application solution stacks. So when an opportunity arose to architect and deliver Dell’s first virtualization advisor tool, I transitioned into the Global Virtualization Solutions Engineering team to lead the effort. My focus was to study and understand the performance overhead of running Tier 1 applications on VMware ESX Server on Dell Solution stacks. The results culminated in Dell’s first reference architecture technical whitepaper and a VMworld presentation in 2007 around Microsoft Exchange on ESX with my friend, Todd Muirhead. Currently, I am a Dell TechCenter evangelist. I converse with and create meaningful technical content for customers about Dell and VMware Solution stacks.

What would I tell someone who wanted to get a job like mine to do?

  1. Do what you love and love what you do – be passionate about IT, technologies and socializing with people.
  2. Know your IT and do IT – there is no substitute for experience and know-how.
  3. Build your trusted network of techie friends, peers, colleagues and resources – know whose info you can trust; and if you don’t know something around IT, how quickly can your network help bring you up to speed on IT.
  4. Strength and honor – policies, processes & people-in-charge change; but your principles should never waver.

Finally, I believe that if you have meaningful conversations and create compelling technical content tailored to customer needs and pain points, customers will be shaking your hand more often and less likely to look at your throat to choke.