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vExpert 2013 awardees announced

We’re pleased to announce the list of vExperts for 2013. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. We are blown away by the passion and knowledge in this group, a group that is responsible for much of the virtualization evangelism that is taking place in the world — both publicly in books, blogs, online forums, and VMUGs; and privately inside customers and VMware partners. Congratulations to you all!

We have named 581 vExperts, which is the largest group yet in the 5-year history of the program. For many, this is the first year they’ve been a vExpert, yet they’ve been working with virtualization and VMware products for years. We’ve also seen a large group come in from emerging markets and non-English-speaking regions of the world.

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. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named as vExpert this year. We’ll be reaching out to you to discuss the program and ways to successfully increase your community involvement.

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. In addition, we used the sophisticated Big Data Platform called Microsoft Excel for much of our analysis, and there was some cutting and pasting, so we could have introduced discrepancies. Email us at vexpert@vmware.com and we can discuss your situation.

If you were selected as a vExpert 2013, we’ll be conducting the on-boarding throughout this week, so hold tight and expect future communication from us soon. You must successfully be enrolled in our private vExpert community to be listed in the vExpert directory and to be alerted to opportunities like the beta programs and complimentary licenses that we offer to vExperts.

Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning. We’re looking forward to working with you this year.

John Troyer, Corey Romero,
and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

 

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Abdullah Abdullah @do0dzZZ
Mark Achtemichuk @vmMarkA
Rotem Agmon @RotemAgmon
Pietro Aiolfi @aiolfip
Niklas Akerlund @vNiklas
Eiad Al-Aqqad @virtualizationT
Ashraf Al-Dabbas @azdabbas
Cesar alcacibar @calcacibar
Urs Stephan Alder
Alex Amaya Alex_Emulex
Nick Anderson @speakvirtual
Magnus Andersson @magander3
Joshua Andrews @SOStech_WP
Daniel Ang
Tolga ANIT @tolgaanit
Tim Antonowicz @timantz
Gonzalo Araujo @gonzaloaraujoc
Michael Armstrong virtsouthwest
Michael Armstrong m80arm
John Arrasjid @vcdx001
henk arts @vmhenk
Erkal ASLANKARA @erkalaslankara
Steve Athanas @steveathanas
Brian Atkinson vmroyale
Josh Atwell josh_atwell
Burke Azbill @TechnicalValues
Martijn Baecke @baecke
Doug Baer @dobaer
Kees Baggerman @kbaggerman
Iain Balmer balmeri
Erin Banks @banksek
David Barclay @davidbarclay99
Sanjay Basu @sbasu777
Bonnie Bauder @BonnieBauder
Stephen Beaver @sbeaver
Ivo Beerens @ibeerens
Ather Beg @AtherBeg
Kanuj Behl @vmwise
Gunnar Berger @gunnarwb
Daniel Berkowitz @berkowitzdan
Emmanuel BERNARD @veemanuel
Jason Bertini @jlbertini
Ryan Birk ryanbirk
Vincent Blue @vinceblue
Jason Boche @jasonboche
Karol Boguniewicz
Mauro Bonder
Matt Boren @mtboren
James Bowling @vSential
Jeremy Bowman @jeremyjbowman
Jeremie Brison @J_Brison
Marco Broeken @mbroeken
Mike Brown @VirtuallyMikeB
James Brown @vegasvmug
Douglas Brown @douglasabrown
Mike Brown @vMikeBrown
Steve Bruck @vColossus
Damien Bruley @virticfr
Marcel Brunner @VirtualBrunner
Sandy Bryce @sandybryce
Andrew Brydon
Petr Buchmaier
James Burd @TheBurdweiser
Erik Bussink @ErikBussink
Rick Byrne @rickrbyrne
Richard Caldwell @nrcaldwell
Shawn Cannon @rolltidega
Andre Carpenter andrecarpenter
Hersey Cartwright @herseyc
Patricio Cerda @patote83
Samuele Cerutti samuelecerutti
Joe Chan @virtuallyhyper
Mark Chandler
Peter Chang @pupo888
Gabriel Chapman @Bacon_Is_King
Gus Chavira
Fabio Chiodini @FabioChiodini
Brad Christian @bchristian21
Pornpol Chunchadatharn @ThaiVirt
Chris Cicotte @chris_cicotte
Troy Clavell @troyclavell
Ben Clayton @grob4ever
Fletcher Cocquyt @cocquyt
Josh Coen
Kendrick Coleman @KendrickColeman
Mike Colson @mike_colson
Chris Colotti @ccolotti
Alastair Cooke @DemitasseNZ
Barry Coombs @virtualisedreal
Jonathan Copeland VirtSecurity
Michael Corey @michael_corey
Carlo Costanzo @CCOSTAN
Matt Cowger @mcowger
Stephen Crafton
Celia Cristaldo Cantero @celiacri
Tom Cronin
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Lieven D’hoore @ldhoore
Sander Daems sanderdaems
Luigi Danakos NerdBlurt
Andy Daniel @vnephologist
Paul Davey pauld_xtravirt
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Simon Davies @EV_Simon
David Davis @davidmdavis
Ron Davis
Hans De Leenheer @hansdeleenheer
Rob de Veij @rvtools
Chris Dearden
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Desh Deepak @contact_desh
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Peter Del Rey @PeteDelRey
Luca Dell’Oca @dellock6
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Amitabh Dey @amitabhpancham
John Dias @johnddias
Philip Ditzel @philditzel
Kevin Divine @kevindivine1
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Geoff Douglass @geoff_douglass
Sunny Dua @sunny_dua
Sean Duffy @shogan85
Adam Eckerle @eck79
Robert Edwards @bobbygedwards
Ricky El-Qasem @rickyelqasem
Karim Elatov @virtuallyhyper
Khaled Eldosuky vmmanco
Scott Elliott @Fulcrum72
Mike Ellis @v2Mike
Niels Engelen nielsengelen
Raymon Epping @repping
Duncan Epping @DuncanYB
Vladimir Eskin @eskinv
Frank Fan @frankfan7
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Christopher Forbis @Chris_Forbis
Stephen Foskett @SFoskett
Tony Foster @wonder_nerd
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Andy Fox
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Manlio Frizzi @mfrizzi
Yusuke Fujita
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Alex Galbraith @alexgalbraith
Lorenzo Galelli @Virtually_LG
Simon Gallagher @vinf_net
Evgeny Garbuzov @_EGarbuzov
Marc GAUB @mgaub
Jason Gaudreau jagaudreau
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Tim Gleed @timgleed
Jose Luis Gomez Ferrer de Couto @pipoe2h
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Jose Maria Gonzalez @jose_m_gonzalez
Larry Gonzalez @virtualizecr
Jesus Gonzalez SouthFLVMUG
Ben Goodman @benontech
Sergey Gorlinsky
Anton Gostev @gostev
Brian Gracely @bgracely
Eric Gray @eric_gray
Luke Gray @VirtualLukeG
Florian Grehl @virten
Paul Grevink @paulgrevink
Edward Grigson @egrigson
Stephane Grimbuhler @sgrimbuhler
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Christoph Harding @cdommermuth
Jon Harris @JonHarrisNM
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Michael Hart @csilouisville
bilal hashmi @hashmibilal
Rasmus Haslund @haslund
Archie Hendryx Archie_Hendryx
Drew Henning @DrewHenning
Dave Henry @davemhenry
Paul Henry phenrycissp
Joachim Heppner joachimheppner
Hector Herrero @nheobug
Minako Higuchi @mihiguch
Shigeru Hihara
Bill Hill @virtual_bill
David Hill @davehill99
Larus Hjartarson @lhjartarson
Cormac Hogan @VMwareStorage
Tom Hollingsworth @networkingnerd
Wade Holmes @wholmes
Rodney Hope @RodHope
Cody Hosterman codyhosterman
Tom Howarth @tom_howarth
Nick Howell @that1guynick
William Huber @huberw
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TORU IIJIMA @hamboxes
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Mohamed Jamal-Eddine MouhamadOnline
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Duco Jaspars @vConsult
Christophe Jauffret @tuxtof
Steve Jin sjin2008
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Phillip Jones @p2vme.com
Ryan Johnson @tenthirtyam
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Steven Kaplan @ROIdude
Damian Karlson @twitter
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Manabu Kato @mankatou
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Kevin Kelling @blueshiftblog
Joe Kelly @virtualtacit
Mostafa Khalil @mostafaVMW
Gurusimran Khalsa @gurusimran
Elias Khnaser @ekhnaser
Craig Kilborn @vmfcraig
Charles Kim @racdba
Brian Kirsch @bckirsch
Clinton Kitson @clintonskitson
Gert Kjerslev @gertkjerslev
David Klee @kleegeek
David Klem @davidklem
Brian Knudtson @bknudtson
Daniel Koeck
Pete Koehler @vmpete
Kenichiro Komai
Askar Kopbayev
Mikael Korsgaard Jensen @jekomi
Julius Kovac @JPerformer
Matthew Kozloski
Artur Krzywdzinski @artur_ka
Masaomi Kudo @interto
Andrew Kuftic @ajkuftic
Bryan Kuhn btkuhn
Grzegorz Kulikowski psvmware
Akihito Kumagai @vakuma00
Christopher Kusek @cxi
William Lam lamw
Yendis Lambert @yendislambert
Jason Langer @jaslanger
Henry Langner @hanky_q
Jason Langone langonej
THOMAS LAROCK @SQLRockstar
Javier Larrea @javichumellamo
Shafay Latif Shafay2000
Justin Lauer @Justin_Lauer
Jarret Lavallee @withoutmoop
Mike Laverick @Mike_Laverick
Dave Lawrence @thevmguy
Eric Lee @ericblee6
Michael Leeper @mleeper
Matthew Leib @mbleib
Andre Leibovici @andreleibovici
Maciej Lelusz @maciejlelusz
Leandro Ariel Leonhardt leonhardtla
Andreas Lesslhumer @lessi001
Dwayne Lessner @dlink7
steve lester @stevelm33
Michael Letschin @mletschin
Joerg Lew @joerglew
Todd Lewey @tlewey
Matt Liebowitz mattliebowitz
Ferry Limpens @Ferry_virtual
Ben Lin @blin23
Simon Long simonlong_
Tomislav Loparic
Gabriel Lowe @gabeontap
Scott Lowe otherscottlowe
Scott Lowe @scott_lowe
Angelo Luciani @angeloluciani
Roger Lund @rogerlund
Tony Lux tonylux
Todd Mace @mctodd
Mario Mack @vMario156
Mahmoud Magdy @_busbar
Ryan Makamson @virt_pimp
Munishpal Makhija
Agustin Malanco
Lauren Malhoit @malhoit
Michael Malizhonak
Brad Maltz @bmaltz
Kannan Mani @kantwit
Howard Marks @DeepStorageNet
David Marshall @vmblogcom
Nick Marshall @nickmarshall9
Frederic Martin @vmdude_fr
Piotr Masztafiak @pmaszt
Andrea Mauro @Andrea_Mauro
Andrew Mc Daniel vmskills
Ryan McBride RyanMcBride81
Jason McCarty @jasemccarty
Dan McGee @VMVernak
Sam McGeown @sammcgeown
Stuart McHugh @Stu_mchugh
Matt McLaughlin @matthewmcl
Jack McLeod @mccloudoncloud
Bruce McMillan @BruceMcMillan
Paul McSharry @pmcsharry
Jonathan Medd @jonathanmedd
Cedric Megroz @cmegroz
Roy Mikes @teovmy
Remigiusz Mikula @remik72
Jim Millard @millardjk
Andrew Miller andriven
Scott Miller scottalanmiller
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Chuck Mills @vchuckmills
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Eric Mitchell @EricSMitchell
Tsuneyuki Mitsugi @tunemicky
Christian Mohn @h0bbel
Eric Monjoin @emonjoin
Massimiliano Mortillaro @darkkavenger
Massimiliano Moschini @maxmoschini
Julien Mousqueton @JMousqueton
Alex Muetstege @amuetste
Kyle Murley @kylemurley
Matt Murray @mattmurray
Alex Musicante @AlexMusicante
Chris Nakagaki @zsoldier
Shigeyuki Nakamoto @shnakamo
Jason Nash @TheJasonNash
Ayan Kumar Nath
Vladimir Nazarov
Suresh Babu Nekkalapudi
Mike Nelson @nelmedia
Andreas Neufert @AndyandtheVMs
John Nicholson @Lost_Signal
Mike Nisk
Rickard Nobel
Keith Norbie @keithnorbie
Robert Novak @gallifreyan
Karel Novak @novakkkarel
Mikko Nykyri @BackupMikko
Geoffrey O’Brien @geoffreykobrien
Bryan O’Connor @bryanoconnor21
Josh Odgers @josh_odgers
Daichi Ogawa @ogawad_jp
Keiichiro Okada
Hirokazu Onishi
Roberto Orayen @elblogdenegu
Grant Orchard @grantorchard
Tim Oudin @toudin
Olivier PARCOLLET @DS_45
Manish Patel @mandivs
Matt Patterson @usrlocal
Justin Paul @recklessop
Frank Brix Pedersen @frankbrix
Andreas Peetz @VFrontDe
Ernesto Pellegrino @vmugonline
Ivan Pepelnjak ioshints
Robert Petruska
Andre Pett @ap_unleashed
Daniel Pfuhl @pfuhli
Didier Pironet @dpironet
Joep Piscaer @jpiscaer
Tony Pittman @pittmantony
Robert Plankers @plankers
Gregory Plough
Andrey Pogosyan @and_mv
Marco Pol @mrpol
Eric Pond @eric_pond
Evgeny Ponomarenko
Michael Poore @mpoore
Trevor Pott @cakeis_not_alie
Valentin Pourchet @vpourchet
Mike Preston @mwpreston
Alexander Prilepsky @vmworld5
Jason Puig
Brent Quick @brent_quick
Diego Adrian Quintana @daquintana
Bas Raayman @basraayman
Iwan Rahabok @e1_ang
Faisal Rahman
Conrad Ramos @vNoob
Fabio Rapposelli @fabiorapposelli
Abdul Rasheed @AbdulRasheed127
Massimo Re Ferre’
Itzik Reich @itzikr
Alan Renouf @alanrenouf
Michael Requeny @requenym
Juan Manuel Rey @jreypo
Phillip Reynolds @philvirtual
Brandon Rice
Brandon Riley @BrandonJRiley
Jane Rimmer @Rimmergram
Dominic Rivera @virtualdominic
Rawlinson Rivera @PunchingClouds
Trevor Roberts Jr @VMTrooper
Gregg Robertson @greggrobertson5
William Robertson @robertson_texas
Jake Robinson @jakerobinson
Josep Ros @josepros
Samir Roshan @kooltechies
Jonas Rosland @virtualswede
Michel Roth @michelroth
Ethan Rowe @rowe_ethan
Kyle Ruddy @ruddyvcp
Peter Rudolf @prudolf
Christian Rudolph @ChrisRu82
Maish Saidel-Keesing @maishsk
Chad Sakac sakacc
Alexander Samoylenko @vmcompany
Nicolai Sandager @nsa42
Jim Sanzone @theSANzone
Herry Sarip @athlon_crazy
Prasenjit Sarkar @stretchcloud
Mundakkal Satyajith
Scott Sauer @ssauer
Tim Scheppeit
Rick Scherer @rick_vmwaretips
Erik Schils @erikschils
raphael schitz @hypervisor_fr
Rick Schlander @vmrick
Erik Scholten @scholten + @vmguru_nl
Mike Schubert
Greg Schulz @storageio
Andrew Scorsone @ascorsone
Derek Seaman @vDerekS
Simon Seagrave @Kiwi_Si
Anil Sedha @anilsedha
Vladan SEGET @vladan
Adam Sekora asekora@trace3.com
Philip Sellers @pbsellers
Yuri Semenikhin @YuriSemenikhin
Takao Setaka @twtko
Dave Shackleford @daveshackleford
Eric Shanks @eric_shanks
Frank Shepherd @fgshepherd
Ichiro Shibutani
Greg Shields @concentratdgreg
Akio Shimizu shmza
Jason Shiplett @jshiplett
Takayuki SHIROYAMA @tshiroyama
Anthony Siano @advistorTony
Rocco Pierpaolo Sicilia roccosicilia
Maqsood Siddiqui @Maqsood_s
Maria Sidorova
Eric Siebert @ericsiebert
Herman Silva BigHermWPB
Josh Sinclair
Aravind Sivaraman @ss_aravind
Eric Sloof @esloof
Timothy Smith @tsmith_co
Dennis Smith @DennisMSmith
Brian Smith bsmith9999
Larry Smith @mrlesmithjr
Marcelo Soares @mtsoares42
Jens-Henrik Soeldner
Nicolas Solop @nsolop
Preeda Somabut @Tvirtualization
Piergiorgio Spagnolatti @drakpz
Stephen Spellicy @spellicy
Rynardt Spies @rynardtspies
Anthony Spiteri anthonyspiteri
Ruben Spruijt rspruijt
David Stafford @dstafford
David Stamen @iamddavee
Bobby Stampfle @BobbyFantast1c
Michael Stanclift @vmstan
Arron Stebbing @ArronStebbing
Chris Sterner @sternerc
Vaughn Stewart @vStewed
Christian Strijbos @vChrisSt
Hugo Strydom @hugo_strydom
Greg Stuart vDestination
Reuben Stump @ReubenStump
brian suhr @bsuhr
kirill sukhostavskiy @k_sukhostavskiy
Don Sullivan @dfsulliv
Vijay Swami @vjswami
Yusuke Takahashi @v_takahashi
Wee Kiong Tan tanwk3
Takayuki Tanaka
Florent Tastet @sccyul
Stuart Thompson virtual_stu
Arjan Timmerman @Arjantim
Brian Tobia @btobia
Tolga Tohumcu @tolgatohumcu
Joshua Townsend joshuatownsend
Keith Townsend @virtualizedgeek
Mark Trimble @metrimble
Benjamin Troch @virtualb_me
Lars Troen @larstr
Tommy Trogden @vTexan
George Trujillo @GeorgeTrujillo
Tadao Tsuchimura sakuryupapa
Rinat Uzbekov
Martin Valencia @ubergiek
Paul Valentino @sysxperts
Ilann Valet @ivalet
Wil van Antwerpen @wilva
Herco van Brug @brugh
Marcel van den Berg @marcelvandenber
Viktor van den Berg @viktoriousss
Peter Van den Bosch @petervdnbosch
Robert van den Nieuwendijk @rvdnieuwendijk
Frans van Rooyen
Kenneth van Surksum @kennethvs
Alan van Wyk @bulletprooffool
Gabrie van Zanten @gabvirtualworld
Matt Vandenbeld @vcloudmatt
Rick Vanover @RickVanover
Mark Vaughn mvaughn25
Ravindra Venkat @ravivenk
Riccardo Ventura @hypervise
Matt Vogt @mattvogt
Constantin Vvedenskiy @ConstantinV
Yohan Wadia @yohanwadia88
Christopher Wahl @ChrisWahl
Rob Waite rob_waite_oz
John Walsh @jwalsh2
Wei-Ren Wang
Joseph (Joey) Ware Joey_vm_ware
Tim Washburn @mittim12
Craig Waters @cswaters1
Michael Webster @vcdxnz001
Edwin Weijdema @Viperian
Shane Weinbrecht @shizrah
Jay Weinshenker @aus_effendi
David Weinstein @virtualrx
Christopher Wells @vsamurai_com
Paul Whitman
Humphrey Widjaja
Jerry Wilkin @jerrywilkin
Shane Williford coolsport00
Michael Wilmsen @wilmsenit
Michael Wilson @m1kew1lson
George Winter @vmxgeorge
Bertram Wöhrmann
Julian Wood @julian_wood
Darren Woollard dawoo
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Eric Wright @discoposse
Brian Wuchner @bwuch
Kazuma Yamabe @virtapp_life
Yoshimasa Yamamoto @vYamamoty
Miho Yamamoto @mihochannel
Kong Yang @kongyang
Adem Yetim @ademyetim
Emad Younis emad_younis
Wen Yu @wensteryu
Erik Zandboer @erikzandboer
Preetam Zare @techstarts
Marek Zdrojewski @MarekDotZ
Anton Zhbankov @antonvirtual
Dennis Zimmer vmachine_de
BO BO ZIN @bebezet
Calvin Zito @hpstorageguy
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What was your favorite VMworld session?

This year will be the 10th yearly VMworld event. (Have you registered for VMworld yet?) In the run up to the event, we’ll be running some features talking about the previous nine years of what I like to think of as the World’s Best (And Most Intense) Technology Conference.

Photo: Peter Tsai/Dell

One of the best parts of VMworld is the deep set of breakout sessions. Deeply knowledgable VMware employees, partners, and customers share their experiences in hundreds of sessions over the week. Some of us go to many sessions; some of us wait until afterwards, but the week is always filled with deep technical conversations during every waking hour. Although the conference is now very large and securely based in San Francisco, even in earlier years the conference team shared with us that it was hard to find locations to hold VMworld US and Europe because, unlike other events, we needed a venue with dozens of large breakout rooms!

So here’s the question – what’s been your favorite session or lab at VMworld over the years? Have any stuck in your head years later? And what makes it stand out in your mind? Was it the speaker, the new idea, or even the funny running commentary from your neighbor? Or was it how you had just the right answer when you got back to work and your boss thought you were a psychic genius? Or were you watching the right video presentation at the right time after the event? You can share stories about waiting in line or not getting the sessions you want, but those tend to be less fun.

Leave your story here in the comments and watch out for our series ont the VMworld Blog recapping the history of VMworld and getting ready for this 10th Annual VMworld 2013 in San Francisco where we will, once again, “Defy Convention.”

Everything VMware at #Interop 2013

At Interop in Vegas? VMware has brought out a great team and a full set of breakout sessions,  keynotes, and demos. Want to find out more about Network Virtualization and VMware Hybrid Cloud? You’ve come to right place.

Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, May 7

SDN  Workshop panel sessionLagoon H, 1:55 – 2:30pm
What Is Software Defined Networking and What Impact Will It Have on Your Network? SDN: A Vendor’s Perspective
Hatem Naguib (with participants from Microsoft and Broadcom.)
Moderator: Jim Metzler

In this session, one or more vendors will answer questions about their perspective of SDN. This includes why they think SDN is important, what they see as the primary benefits of SDN, what they see as the technical and organizational impediments to broad adoption and what they see as the short-term future of SDN.

Wednesday, May 8

SDN Keynote panel 9:13-9:46am
Next Generation Networking Architecture
Martin Casado, Chief Architect, Networking, Nicira R&D (with participants from Microsoft and Broadcom)
Moderator: by Eric Hanselman of the 451 Group

How to Build your Cloud of Choice 12:00- 12:45pm, Mandalay Bay J
Mathew Lodge  Vice President, Cloud Services, VMware

Businesses have an ever-growing need to respond to market forces almost immediately. IT organizations implement private clouds, while users procure resources from public cloud vendors. Mathew will help you solve infrastructure bifurcation by bridging the benefits of a Software-defined Datacenter with on-demand access to a secure public cloud to build your hybrid cloud of choice.

Practical Steps from Virtualization to the Software-Defined Data Center 2:30 – 3:30pm
Neela Jacques

There are two trends leading to the next transformation of the datacenter – First, the proliferation of virtualization across datacenter hardware and software is modernizing the datacenter. Second, changing business needs are demanding faster response from IT. These trends are leading to a new approach – the software-defined datacenter – where all IT infrastructure services are virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this datacenter is entirely driven by software. But how do you go from virtualization to full achieving a software-defined datacenter? What are the necessary steps organizations need to take to realize this transformation? What does the journey look like? What are the operational challenges and roadblocks, and the major decisions that business will need to make? What are the right investments and when is the right time?

How to Select a Public Cloud Provider 3:45 – 4:45pm, Breakers D
Moderator: David Linthicum, SVP Cloud Technology Partners
Mathew Lodge  Vice President, Cloud Services, VMware

Looking for a public cloud computing provider? You have many questions to consider. First, does the provider offer the services you need to support the solution? Second, what’s the cost of using that provider over time? Third, can you get the right level of security and governance from your provider? Finally, will the provider stay up-and-running, and in business over the long haul.

In this panel, we’ll leverage top experts in the world of cloud computing to provide practical and sound advice around the process of evaluating and selecting a public cloud computing provider. This includes understanding your own requirements, searching out the right public cloud computing provider, and evaluating that provider before making the final selection.

Lessons Learned on the Road from Server Virtualization to Private Cloud 3:45 – 4:45pm
Mike Leeper, Columbia Sportswear (VMware customer) speaking on customer panel

Most IT organizations are already using server virtualization, and most are or will soon start down the road to private/hybrid cloud and the delivery of IT-as-a-Service. Although this journey can seem complicated and overwhelming, it is a path now well-traveled by a growing number of organizations. This session will discuss real world lessons gathered over the past few years to illustrate the journey, pitfalls and success criteria for making the transition from virtualization to the cloud.

Thursday, May 9

Virtualization & Cloud for SMB/SME organizations – How Do They Apply? 10:15 – 11:15am
Mike Adams, Product Marketing, VMware

Virtualization has clear benefits for enterprises along with widespread adoption. But what about small-to-medium businesses? Do those benefits apply? How are the solutions the same/different for SMBs? Are the steps to virtualization and private cloud the same/different? Should SMBs do it themselves or should they look to service providers to take over? How does virtualization relate to private/ public/hybrid cloud and how should SMBs view the journey?

How to Manage Your Cloud of Choice   2:00 – 2:45pm, Mandalay L
Kit Colbert, Chief Architect and Senior Strategist, The Office of the CTO, VMware

Hybrid cloud sprawl is making life challenging for IT admins. Different environments, different functionalities and capabilities, different interfaces. Kit will discuss how the next generation of management tools will abstract over differences in heterogeneous environments to allow for a consistent approach to private, public, and hybrid cloud management.

Great Debate: Managing Mobile Applications and Data 2:30 – 3:30pm
Srinivas Krishnamurti, Sr. Director, Enterprise Mobile Solutions, VMware

Manage the mobile device? Mobile apps? Mobile data? What about mobile expense management and policy specification and management? While mobility is now essential to organizational success, the solutions required are anything but standardized. This session will examine and debate alternative solutions and discuss how to integrate mobility with the remainder of IT management overall. 

What Workspace Choices (Virtual, Cloud, Mobile, BYOD) Do We Really Need? 3:45 – 4:45pm
Scott Davis, CTO, EUC VMware

Workers today want choice – the ability to use their own tablet, smartphone, laptop… to access corporate applications and desktops remotely, search the Web without restriction and download data using any device. A few years ago, this was considered the exception but today, it is essential if companies want to attract the best and brightest in their industry. But how do you support this brave new world, and balance security and control of corporate assets vs. end-user demand choice and a changing workplace culture? Building and managing the right infrastructure for today and tomorrow may seem daunting and fraught with challenges so how do you know if your organization is ready? This session will explore key considerations to ponder when planning your workspace strategy for desktops, applications, cloud and BYOD.

VMware Booth

We’ve got an awesome booth with a full range of demos, short theater presentations and giveaways. Stop by Booth #1551 and say hi. Demo stations include:

  • NSX & Cloud Infrastructure, featuring the
    • vCNS Suite (vCloud Networking & Security, Nicira Network Virtualization Platform)
    • vCloud Suite & SDDC (vSphere, vCloud Director, vCenter Operations Management Suite, vCloud Automation Center)
    • BCDR (vCenter Site Recovery Manager, vSphere Data Protection Advanced)
  • Cloud Management
    • vSphere with Operations Management
    • vCenter Operations Management Suite
    • Cloud Provisioning (vCloud Automation Center, vFabric Application Director, vCenter Orchestrator)
  • Public/Hybrid Cloud
    • vCloud Services
    • vCloud Director & vCloud Connector
  • End User Computing
    • Horizon Suite (Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, Horizon Workspace)
    • vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View
    • Horizon View Mobile Secure Desktop
    • Anywhere Desktop

Theater Schedule

Date / Time Presentation Title
Tuesday, May 7
5:00pm The VMware Cloud Evaluation
5:30pm Cloud Management for the SDDC
6:00pm IT Resiliency with VMware – Better than Physical
6:30pm vSphere with Operations Management – Maximizing the Value of Virtualizaiton
7:00pm VMware Horizon Suite
Wednesday, May 8
11:00am vSphere with Operations Management – Maximizing the Value of Virtualizaiton
11:30am IT Resiliency with VMware – Better than Physical
12:00pm The VMware Cloud Evaluation
12:30pm
1:00pm VMware Horizon Suite
1:30pm Cloud Management for the SDDC
2:00pm vSphere with Operations Management – Maximizing the Value of Virtualizaiton
2:30pm
3:00pm Cloud Management for the SDDC
3:30pm
4:00pm The VMware Cloud Evaluation
4:30pm
5:00pm VMware Horizon Suite
5:30pm
Thursday, May 9
11:00am vSphere with Operations Management – Maximizing the Value of Virtualizaiton
11:30am Cloud Management for the SDDC
12:00pm The VMware Cloud Evaluation
12:30pm IT Resiliency with VMware – Better than Physical
1:00pm VMware Horizon Suite
1:30pm
2:00pm vSphere with Operations Management – Maximizing the Value of Virtualizaiton
2:30pm
3:00pm Cloud Management for the SDDC
3:30pm IT Resiliency with VMware – Better than Physical
4:00pm The VMware Cloud Evaluation
4:30pm
5:00pm VMware Horizon Suite
5:30pm

Community & Social Media Activities

Wednesday, May 8, 10 pm until:Tech Field Day’s Buzzword Bingo Bash! What could be more fun that coming out to apply all the terms you’ve used and abused during the week? Another event organized by the community, this is a crossover event for everybody attending either EMC World or Interop. Come on out and meet your fellow geeks who have been working on the other side of the Strip!

As you can see, it’s going to be a full week! Follow the #Interop hashtag for everything from everybody, @Interop for show news, @VMwareEvents for these VMware-related events, and connect with me at @jtroyer to say hi!

Everything VMware at #EMCWorld 2013

At EMC World 2013 this week? There will be plenty of VMware-oriented content about virtualization and cloud all across the show, but here are the sessions, booth theater schedule, and other events that the VMware team will be involved with.

General Session

Tuesday, May 7, 2:30-3:30pm
Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer, VMware
The Software-Defined Data Center: The Foundation for IT in the Mobile/Cloud Era

CIOs today are looking to data center and cloud innovations for new ways to deliver more value to their people and organizations through on-demand access to any application on any device. The Software-Defined Data Center expands the virtues of server virtualization to the entire data center—compute, networking, storage and management—providing a foundation for IT in the Mobile/Cloud era. By delivering infrastructure for cloud services to all devices, this new platform offers the path to IT-as-a-Service—providing efficiency, control and agility, without sacrificing choice. Please join Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, as he arms you with perspective on your role in this multi-year journey and outlines VMware’s technology strategy to radically simplify IT in this new era.

VMware Booth

You can find us at Booth #201 with a full set of informative activities. This year we’ll be offering a full Hands-On Lab experience with access to the full VMware labs, hosted in the cloud, that are available at VMworld and VMUGs around the world. A 13-seat theater with presenters from VMware and its partners give you insight into a variety of topics (schedule below). And demo stations at the booth include:

  • The Software Defined Data Center, featuring vCloud Suite, and including vSphere, vCloud Director, vCenter Operations Management Suite, and vFabric Application Director
  • Cloud Service Provisioning, featuring vCloud Automation Center, vCenter Orchestrator, and vFabric Application Director
  • Cloud Operations Management, featuring vCenter Operations Management Suite
  • The Platform for Workplace Mobility, featuring Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, and Horizon Workspace
  • Disaster Recovery and Data Protection, featuring vCenter Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Data Protection Advanced
  • Run Business Critical Applications on VMware with Confidence, featuring vSphere, vCenter Operations Manager, and vCenter Site Recovery Manager

Twitter Contest: What’s Your Path to the Cloud?

Grab a picture of yourself and a VBlock, tweet it out with the hashtag #ShowYourPath, and win. I’m not exactly sure what you’ll win, but it looks like a pair of nice in-ear headphones.

VMware Breakout Sessions

Session ID Title Speaker Day Start Time End Time Room
bof.15 Birds-of-a-Feather: Evolution of Storage Architecture & Benefits for Desktop Virtualization Narasimha Krishnakumar Wed 01:00 PM 02:00 PM Palazzo G
vmware.02 VMware: Oracle Database Best Practices on VMware vSphere 5 .1 and EMC Storage Kannan Mani Thu 11:30 AM 12:30 PM Palazzo L
vmware.02 VMware: Oracle Database Best Practices on VMware vSphere 5 .1 and EMC Storage Kannan Mani Wed 08:30 AM 09:30 AM Delfino 4003
vmware.03 VMware: SAP on VMware Best Practices Vas Mitra Mon 04:00 PM 05:00 PM Marcello 4401 A
vmware.03 VMware: SAP on VMware Best Practices Vas Mitra Wed 08:30 AM 09:30 AM Palazzo B
vmware.06 VMware: Software Defined Datacenter & VMware vCloud Suite Alberto Farronato Wed 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Delfino 4003
vmware.06 VMware: Software Defined Datacenter & VMware vCloud Suite Alberto Farronato Mon 04:00 PM 05:00 PM Palazzo L
vmware.08 VMware: vSphere 5.x Storage Enhancements & Improvements Rawlinson Rivera Tue 04:00 PM 05:00 PM Palazzo J
vmware.08 VMware: vSphere 5.x Storage Enhancements & Improvements Rawlinson Rivera Wed 04:00 PM 05:00 PM Marcello 4403
vmware.12 VMware: Simplifying & Automating Disaster Recovery with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager & EMC Storage Replication Andrew Nelson Wed 04:00 PM 05:00 PM Palazzo K
vmware.12 VMware: Simplifying & Automating Disaster Recovery with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager & EMC Storage Replication Andrew Nelson Mon 11:30 AM 12:30 PM Lando 4201 A
vmware.14 VMware: End-User Computing Vision for the Post-PC Era and VMware EUC Product Update Scott Davis Mon 01:00 PM 02:00 PM Palazzo G
vmware.14 VMware: End-User Computing Vision for the Post-PC Era and VMware EUC Product Update Scott Davis Tue 05:30 PM 06:30 PM Palazzo G
vmware.15 VMware: Quantifying the Business Value of Horizon View & Best Practices for Successful Deployment Ridwan Huq Tue 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Murano 3203
vmware.15 VMware: Quantifying the Business Value of Horizon View & Best Practices for Successful Deployment Ridwan Huq Wed 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Palazzo B
vmware.16 VMware: Desktops-as-a-Service with VMware View & EMC Andre Leibovici Thu 01:00 PM 02:00 PM Palazzo D
vmware.16 VMware: Desktops-as-a-Service with VMware View & EMC Andre Leibovici Tue 11:30 AM 12:30 PM Lando 4201 A
vmware.18 VMware: EMC and VMware’s Joint Cloud Management & Orchestration Solutions Ramzi Nahas Tue 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Murano 3201 A
vmware.18 VMware: EMC and VMware’s Joint Cloud Management & Orchestration Solutions Ramzi Nahas Thu 08:30 AM 09:30 AM Palazzo E
vmware.19 VMware: VMware vSphere – How to Troubleshoot Virtual Performance Mark Achtemichuk Wed 02:30 PM 03:30 PM Palazzo J
vmware.19 VMware: VMware vSphere – How to Troubleshoot Virtual Performance Mark Achtemichuk Thu 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Palazzo O
vmware.21 VMware: IaaS with VMware vCloud Automation Center Josh Gwyther Mon 02:30 PM 03:30 PM Marcello 4405
vmware.21 VMware: IaaS with VMware vCloud Automation Center Josh Gwyther Wed 11:30 AM 12:30 PM Palazzo G

VMware Booth Theater Schedule

Come by the booth for the following presentations

Monday, May 6 Presentation Title Company Speaker
6:45  -7:00 SDDC VMware Chris Romano
7:00 – 7:30 ITaaS – EMC Global Services EMC Ted Newman
7:30 – 8:00 EMC & VMW Joint Management & Orchestration Offering VMware Ramzi Nahas
8:00 – 8:30 VPLEX – application Availability and BCDR EMC Ashish Palekar
8:30 – 9:00 BCA ORCL VMware Don Sullivan/Kannan Manni
Tuesday, May 7 10:00am – 5:00pm Speaker
10:15 – 10:30 BCA SAP VMware Vas Mitra
10:30 – 11:00 FEDEX  – Virtualization Journey FEDEX Chris Greer
11:00 – 11:30 ITaaS – EMC Global Services EMC Ted Newman
11:30 – 12:00 VCE – Vision Intelligent Operations VCE Jerry Mayfield
12:00 – 12:30 EMC ESA – VNX EMC Sooraj Prasannan (EMC)
12:30 – 1:00 EUC Horizon VMware Chris Romano
1:00 – 1:30 BCDR – IT Resiliency with VMware VMware Jeff Hunter
1:30 – 2:00 SAP VMware Richard Lichtenstein
2:00 – 2:30 SDDC VMware Chris Romano
2:30 – 3:00 EUC – Win Migration – EMC Services EMC Brandt Hummel
3:00 – 3:30 EMC & VMW Joint Management & Orchestration Offering VMware Ramzi Nahas
3:30 – 4:00 SAP VMware Richard Lichtenstein
4:00 – 4:30 Management & Orchestration Services EMC Travis Grant
4:30 – 5:00 SDDC VMware Tom Stephens
Wednesday, May 8 10:00am – 5:00pm Speaker
10:00 – 10:30 SDDC VMware David Ward
10:30 – 11:00 EMC Services – ITaaS EMC Ted Newman
11:00 – 11:30 VCE – Vision Intelligent Operations VCE Jerry Mayfield
11:30 – 12:00 EMC ESA – VNX EMC Sooraj Prasannan (EMC)
12:00 – 12:30 VSPLEX Application Availability and BCRD EMC Ashish Palekar
12:30 – 1:00 EUC VMware Chris Romano
1:00 – 1:30 Management & Orchestration Services EMC Travis Grant
1:30 – 2:00 EUC – Win Migration – EMC Services EMC Brandt Hummel
2:00 – 2:30 FEDEX  – Virtualization Journey FEDEX Chris Greer
2:30 – 3:00 BCA -ORCL VMware Kannan Manni
3:00 – 3:30
3:30 – 4:00 BCDR – IT Resiliency with VMware VMware Jeff Hunter
4:00 – 4:30 EMC & VMW Joint Management & Orchestration Offering VMware Ramzi Nahas
4:30 – 5:00 ITaaS – EMC Global Services EMC Ted Newman

Evening Community Activities

There’s a great list of community meetups and tweetups at EMC World 2013 here on the EMC Community Network, but I’d like to highlight:

  • Monday, May 6, 9:30-11:30 pm:Geek Whisperers Out Loud. Not an official event, but join Matthew Brender (EMC), Amy Lewis (Cisco), and me, John Troyer (VMware) for an informal non-sponsored Tweetup (BYOWallet). We podcast as The Geek Whisperers, a show about all things Social Media in Enterprise IT. Social is a part of all of our careers these days, and we’d love to hear what it means to you. Come out and say hi.
  • Tuesday, May 7, 8:00-10:00 pm: EMC Community Network Appreciation Event. If you’re a member of ECN, or if you’ve ever used this great community site to solve a problem, come on by the Zebra Lounge in the Palazzo.
  • Wednesday, May 8, 10 pm until:Tech Field Day’s Buzzword Bingo Bash! What could be more fun that coming out to apply all the terms you’ve used and abused during the week? Another event organized by the community, this is a crossover event for everybody attending either EMC World or Interop. Come on out and meet your fellow geeks who have been working on the other side of the Strip!

As you can see, it’s going to be a full week! Follow the #EMCWorld hashtag for everything from everybody, @EMCWorld for show news, @VMwareEvents for these VMware-related events, and connect with me at @jtroyer to say hi!

vExpert 2013 deadline extended to April 22, 2013

We’re extending the vExpert 2013 application deadline to from tonight to April 22, 2013 at midnight PDT. More information on the vExpert Program is available at the original announcement: vExpert 2013 applications are now open.

Here is the vExpert 2013 application form.

We’d like to encourage first-time applicants to go ahead and put in an application. It just takes a few minutes to apply.

If you’re passionate about virtualization, cloud, and building the new software-defined data center, you’ve probably shown it in some way just by doing your job with passion. For some of us, that’s building out a blog to record our observations on a current project. For others, it’s speaking at a VMUG, leading a certification study group, or working with VMware as a reference customer. We want people in the vExpert Program who have given back to your colleagues and the community — however you do it. You don’t have to be a book author, you don’t have to be a famous speaker, and you don’t even have to be the smartest person you know. The vExpert Program is a great experience for the participants. Our job is to help you succeed in your career and to help you continue to contribute to the community.

If you know someone who you think should apply — someone who has contributed their expertise to others, who would enjoy hanging out with the most passionate pros in IT, and who we’d like to hang out with too! — then please use this vExpert Recommendation Form to reach out to them and encourage them to apply this year.

This deadline extension is not related to today’s terrible tragedy in Boston, but our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected.

vExpert 2013 applications are now open

[Update: the deadline for applications has been extended to April 22, 2013 midnight PDT.]

Applications are now open for the vExpert 2013 Program. The deadline for application is April 15, 2013 update: April 22, 2013 at midnight PDT.

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. They are, quite frankly, the most interesting and talented group of people I’ve ever been in a room with.

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, and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

As with last year, there are three paths to being designated a vExpert. Each path takes into account the accomplishments and activities over the last year. You must apply to indicate your interest in the program.You do not need to be nominated by someone else, but in some situations a VMware employee reference is recommended. This year we don’t have a “nomination” form, but we are offering a form with which you can “recommend” that someone else apply. Some VMware programs will also be sending emails to recommend that you apply.

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.

Recommend that someone apply for vExpert 2013: http://bit.ly/vExpert2013recommend 

Apply for vExpert 2013: http://bit.ly/vExpert2013application The deadline for applications is April 15, 2013 April 22, 2013 at midnight PDT.

The existing VMware vExpert 2012 directory is at http://communities.vmware.com/vexpert.jspa.

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, use the comments below or email vexpert@vmware.com.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the program over the years,
John Troyer & the vExpert Program Team

[Update: the deadline for applications has been extended to April 22, 2013 midnight PDT.]

 

Unofficial Official VMworld Community Tweetup and #vFlipCup Tourney

For the last several years, the community has gotten together at VMworld and thrown themselves a party. The party is Unofficial, because it really isn’t an official part of VMworld itself, but it’s Official, because we, the Communities & Social Media Team of VMware, anoint it as our primary community gathering. And the invites are spread via Twitter, so we call it a  Tweetup. Thus, the “Unofficial Official VMworld Community Tweetup.”

Last night we gathered once again to socialize, reconnect, and decompress after a hard day keeping up with our VMworld schedules. New this year was a FlipCup tournament, which evidently is some new-fangled drinking game that the kids are enjoying. [Note! Alcohol was not mandatory for our version of FlipCup! We wanted people to be able to make it to the Tuesday morning keynote!]

Teams from across the IT spectrum gathered at the Cable Car City Bar, the trash talk flew, and good fun was had by all. Check out the action in our gallery below. Congratulations to the winning team of VMware Interns! All that time at college paid off!

Great thanks to our primary sponsor Actifio (@Actifio) for organizing the tournament, and thanks as well to Tintri (@TintriInc), Train Signal (@TrainSignal), Veeam (@Veeam), and Clearpath Solutions Group (@ClearpathSG) for making it a memorable evening and for your continued support of the community.

Social media marketing for the IT channel?

VMware obviously works with a lot of partners. Channel partners drive much of our business, and they range from two guys in a garage to the largest systems integrators, resellers, and OEMs on the planet.

I’m working on a project with VMware’s channel partner team to figure out how we can help our partners get up to speed on social media marketing. Given that social media is an extremely broad topic, and that we’re talking about everybody from Two Guys, Inc. to IBM, I don’t think we can put some pdfs together and call it a completed project.

So as a first start, we’re working on gathering goals and requirements within VMware and in our partner community, and also on assembling a set of Social Media Marketing 101 tools. I think there will be both general social media material that will be relevant, as well as some resources tuned specifically for IT consulting and VARs.

To start us off, I asked for recommendations on Twitter today about this, and these are some of what my network on Twitter suggested:

 


@jtroyer Seth Godin : Tribes (not that I am an expert, but changed my perception)less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply



@jtroyer Sounds funny, but the pop economics book Moneyball is something I apply to social media marketing e’ry day.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply



RT @jtroyer: IT Consultant/VAR suggestions for links/books on Social Media Marketing 101? < @eileenb ‘s book? http://amzn.to/mPXDn1less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply





@jtroyer: IT Consultant/VAR suggestions for links/books on Social Media Marketing 101? <Anything by Godin, @GuyKawasaki, or Garr Reynolds.less than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply



@jtroyer Less abstractly, the @timoreilly @sarahm Twitter Book addresses the fragile topic of best practices. http://amzn.to/jERbKnless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply



@jtroyer I would recommend @thebrandbuilder‘s new book Social Media ROI as a great starting point. He’s even from our industry.less than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply



@jtroyer “Engage!” by Brian Solis an excellent read…less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

But I don’t think the conversation stops here! Put your two cents into the comments: what tools, books, links, blog posts should we be looking at as we try to help our resellers and channel partners better utilize social media to connect with customers and bring people along the journey to the cloud?

A short note on vExpert awards, which are not coming out today

Just a quick note on the vExpert Program Notifications. Originally I had given us two weeks to go through all 1000-odd nominations and applications. This was too aggressive given travel and other commitments. I'm resetting the clock on this for another two weeks to make sure we don't leave anybody out. Sorry for any inconvenience or upset stomachs. Again, I'm completely blown away and humbled by your efforts and accomplishments. Leaving the specifics of VMware's situation aside, I can't think of another industry where people are so eager to teach and help each other out than our own IT industry. I know we talk a lot about "journeys" and New Ways To Work and 10-year paradigm shifts in how IT departments will be run; but given what I'm reading in these vExpert applications, I am very optimistic that we will all get wherever we're going just fine.

So that you don't walk away empty handed this weekend, I'd like to leave you with a few words of wisdom from the Most Interesting Man in the World.

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Stay virtual, my friends.

Virtualizing Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server (and a free book contest!): VMware Community Podcast #139

Our podcast topic this week on the VMware Community Roundtable (#139) was Virtualizing Business Critical Applications on vSphere. Our guests were two of VMware’s Technical Solutions Architects. Alex Fontana specializes in Microsoft Exchange, and Wanda He in Microsoft SQL Server. Both also contribute to the relatively new blog, Business Critical Applications. As usual, you can listen to the podcast via the widget on the right, via the mp3, or via iTunes. 

Some of the pages and blog posts we discussed:

Alex is a co-author of the book Virtualizing Microsoft Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere 4 with Charles Windom and Hemant Gaidhani. Charles and Hemant were both on Podcast #107 last August. Since Charles was nice enough to give me a copy of the book, I would like to pay it forward by sending it to one of you via a contest here. In the comments to this post, tell your story about virtualizing a business critical application. You don’t have to make it a long story, and you don’t even have to identify your workplace. Just lay out an interesting detail, funny incident, something you hadn’t anticipated, or best of all, how well everything went. Be sure and put your real email in the comment (it won’t show up on the page, but I’ll need to contact you.) I will take all the entries on the comment form – one entry per person – by next Wednesday’s podcast and we’ll pick a random entry to send the book to. 

Thanks and good luck!

John

p.s. We’re live every week at noon CA time. You can join us live on our podcast platform Talkshoe every week and join in the chat and ask questions. Please come by — we have a good time! Next week I’ll be doing the podcast live in New York at the VMware Forum. To follow all the latest virtualization podcasts, whether you listen to them at your desk or on your commute, come over the VMTN Communities Podcast Group and see the latest content!