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VMware Opens Its “Campus in a Forest” to the Community

VMware people came together on-site at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California on Tuesday, May 27, to welcome neighbors, community officials, customers, and partners to celebrate the completion of VMware’s campus expansion project. Dubbed the “campus in the forest”, VMware’s headquarters encompasses over 105 acres with roughly 1,500 trees in the Stanford Research Park making VMware the largest company in the Park and within Palo Alto, as well.ls3_9820

To kick off the campus opening festivities, employees enjoyed breakfast from VMware’s Off the Grid food trucks located around the Hilltop, Promontory, and Creekside neighborhoods (mini-campuses). Some of the favorite breakfast treats included waffles from The Waffle Roost and chicken longanisa from Cluck It Up.

It wouldn’t be a celebration without a way for our people in Palo Alto to remember this piece of VMware history. To mark the occasion, a variety of colorful t-shirts were handed out to VMware people to keep as a memento. Hues of green and blue were spotted throughout campus all day. Employees were also encouraged to sign a “handprint canvas” mural by choosing a bold green or blue paint color to spread across their hands to make an imprint on the canvas. The handprint canvas was a fun way to celebrate our unique people community.img_9276

Later in the day, people were “all ears” as VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, Stanford President John Hennessey and Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd shared their unique perspectives on this milestone for VMware and the IT community by helping kick off the ribbon cutting. Roughly 2,000 employees joined in to cut a seed-paper ring, helping plant the seeds of VMware throughout the Valley.

Following the ribbon cutting, employees enjoyed an Employee Bash at the Hilltop Café patio. From mini burgers and veggies to cupcakes adorned with trees, employees were able to relish on the late spring afternoon and celebrate this momentous occasion with their VMware family.cm1_1765

LindaMarie Santiago, Director of Real Estate & Workplace at VMware shared, “As a docent for the event, I had the unique perspective of being able to stand next to the stage and look up at all of the people surrounding the Campus Green with their colorful blue and green t-shirts. The feeling gave me one of belonging… to a company and a community about which I am proud to be a part.”

A big ‘thank you’ to all of our people who have worked together to drive this growth and help achieve what’s next for our company and the wider community. It was a great day and one that will surely go down in the VMware history books.

 

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They’re Back! Student Innovators Take VMware for Summer 2014

It’s that time of year again!

Intern season is upon us in the United States and the VMware University Relations team is busy preparing for our student interns to join us onsite at VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California, as well as our other locations throughout the United States for the 2014 summer.Intern_Leader_Speaker_2

Driving What’s Next in Information Technology

Like our fulltime employees, VMware strives to make sure our interns get the most out of their internship experience. From day one, VMware interns have the opportunity to gain real life practical experience by engaging with highly intelligent people who are solving real-life complex problems. Our interns work on challenging projects that make a difference within the company year after year. Did you know that VMware’s Horizon Suite was essentially created out of a summer internship project? Pretty cool, right?

Working for a Fast Growing Market Leader

As one of Universum’s Top 100 IDEAL Employers for students, VMware has attracted some of the brightest talent across the United States. One of VMware’s interns last year said, “It feels great when one works for a company with ‘leadership’. And yes, VMware is THE leader in virtualization technology.”  Our interns acquire a new set of skills and an expanded perception of what their future career could be at VMware. Each summer, VMware interns receive the chance to experience our culture first hand by attending our Intern Speaker Series. These internal tech talks give interns the opportunity to engage with some of our top executives and learn about their role at VMware, their thoughts on industry trends, and how they can grow professionally in the IT industry. The execution of the intern’s summer projects and the accomplishments that they achieve at VMware prepare these students for life after graduation.Intern_SL_1

Giving Back in the Community

Just like our employees, VMware interns receive the opportunity to give back in the community during a specific service learning event planned for interns. Last summer, our Palo Alto interns helped host a job shadow day for middle and high school students, who are part of the Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology (BFOIT). Our interns mentored and provided knowledge and guidance to help them pursue higher education in technology. The BFOIT students were also able to job shadow our interns for an afternoon and saw what projects they were working on and what they might be interested in pursuing in the future.  BFOIT’s takeaway from their visit to VMware was extremely positive. Executive Director of BFOIT, Orpheus Crutchfield said, “Our field trip to VMware was one of the best rated that we’ve ever offered and we are excited to participate again.” We’re looking forward to bringing the BFOIT students back to Palo Alto this summer for another visit with our 2014 interns.Volleyball

Work-Life Integration

And, what would a summer internship be without a little fun? Throughout the summer we like to mix things up with some fun and meaningful events for our interns such as a movie night, intramural sports league, and an intern hackathon. One of our most popular events, our intern kickoff at our headquarters in Palo Alto, gives our interns in the United States the opportunity to hear from VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, welcoming them to VMware.

VMware offers its interns one of the best experiences they can ask for in an internship. Driving what’s next and working for a fast growing market leader in information technology has helped our interns grow and develop to prepare them for their future careers. Being able to experience our company’s culture by giving back to the community and participating in our intern events gives them an experience that they will never forget.

On behalf of the VMware University Relations team and the rest of our employee community, I’m excited to welcome many bright innovators to VMware sites across the United States this summer.

 

 

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A Community that Inspires Ashot Nalbandyan to Drive What’s Next for VMware Customers

At VMware, our people are passionate about pursuing the seemingly impossible together to make things better for our customers. Hear from Ashot, Member of Technical Staff at VMware Armenia and see how he and his team work together to shape what’s next for the community.

 

 

Ashot_Nalbandyan_3Name: Ashot Nalbandyan

 

Role: MTS3 in the vC Ops-platform team

 

Office Location: Yerevan, Armenia

 

Years at VMware: 4

 

Favorite Tech Innovation: In general I would have to say the Hybrid Cloud, but in scope of my work, I would say the Scalable Management System.

 

 

What is your role? Which products and solutions do you work on?

 

I’m working on vCenter Operations Manager, aka vC Ops, which provides integrated performance, capacity and configuration management for highly virtualized and cloud infrastructures. It collects and analyzes performance data, correlates abnormalities and identifies the root cause of performance problems. The new generation of vC Ops, which we are currently working on, is powerful and scalable management system. Currently I’m working on the core of that system, which we call vcops-platform. It is very rewarding to work on vC Ops and to be a a part of a team that is playing an important role in cloud systems. 

 

Why did you choose VMware?

 

I chose VMware because it is the industry-leading virtualization software company. As an employee at VMware, I’m empowered to work in one of the fastest growing areas of current (and why not, future) information technology.

 

How do VMware’s shared values (execution, passion, integrity, customers and community) come to life at your site?

 

My team strives for execution excellence. It is a core value that all of my team members adhere to because of our burning passion for our work and our desire to deliver what’s next for our customers. However, our product focus does not impede us from being an active part of our community. We believe, as a team, that our community has had an important role in shaping who we are and as such believe that the community is also part of the company.Ashot_Nalbandyan_1

 

Is there a particular value that resonates the most with you?

 

The value that resonates the most with me is passion. I cannot imagine achieving what my teammates and I have accomplished at VMware without passion. It is the driving force behind all innovation, which is what VMware is famous for.

 

What perks or benefit is most notable for you at VMware? Why?

 

The most important benefit for me is that I’m surrounded by capable professionals who challenge me to pursue the seemingly impossible. VMware is a great place to grow your professional skills, to apply your abilities and to be involved in solving tough technological challenges. For me personally this is very important, and I think this is the best thing for any IT specialist who wants to grow his or her professional skills, do something important, and feel proud of his or her work.Ashot_Nalbandyan_2

 

What types of people are successful at VMware Armenia?

 

People who love working, are inspired to continuously improve their professional skills, and who enjoy working in a team environment and feel responsibility for a product’s success. Being a good professional and having a good knowledge of technology is not enough to be successful at VMware. VMware people are always striving to be their best selves and a support for their teammates.

 

How is fun and camaraderie a part of the Armenia site?

 

The VMware Armenia site and its employees are always organizing various team-building parties. From biking, dancing, outings in nature, to dinners and strike ball games. It’s never boring at VMware Armenia – I feel like we’re one big happy family.

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VMware is Proud to be a 2014 Universum Top 100 IDEAL Employer

From day one, student interns are empowered to make an impact and grow at VMware. Our teams are intent on creating an innovative, flexible, fun, and dynamic community that fosters and supports the growth and development of our interns.Universum_2014_Badge

It’s because of this focus on creating a meaningful, robust and fulfilling experience that brings us great honor to be #26 in the Universum 2014 Top 100 IDEAL Employer list among Computer Science students in the United States. The rankings are based on a survey of over 46,000 undergraduate students, and reveal which employers have the most effective employer brands.

Betsy Sutter, SVP of People at VMware shares, “It’s an honor for VMware to be recognized as an ideal employer amongst students and interns. Every year, I look forward to the surge of emerging student talent that comes through our doors. They bring an energetic thirst to apply their skills to the challenge at hand and a zest to learn that is invigorating. In turn, we put a lot of heart and soul into providing a top-notch experience for our interns and college grads that is filled with development, growth, fun and community. A big thank you goes out to the students who rated us an IDEAL employer!”NYU_photo

Each year, the VMware University Relations team partners with universities across the globe to connect with the next catalysts of change – students. “VMware’s University Relations specialists have made it a priority to plan events that demonstrate the true essence of VMware. We host events on campus that speak to the students about our culture and values,” shares Amber Daniels, Manager, University Relations Specialists. “Our informal panel sessions with VMware engineers have proved to be beneficial in recent semesters as they provide students with the chance to further map out their career interests and how they want to grow professionally.”

“Prior to accepting an offer at VMware, students have the opportunity to learn exactly what projects they’re going to work on. This allows students to see if the project is in line with their degree, program, and career interests,” says Meagan Shannon, VMware Intern Program Manager.

Once onsite, student interns are immediately immersed in a culture that invests in their goals and interests to live a balanced and fun life. Some key aspects of their experience include: one-on-one mentorship, meaningful projects that are shaping what’s next in the Software-Defined Data Center, End-User Computing and Hybrid Cloud, service learning with local nonprofits, as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy our campus amenities.IPS4_blurred_2013

“Interns are actually responsible for some of the more innovative projects at VMware,” says Charles Fan, SVP of R&D, Storage and Application Services.

This is because students come with a fresh perspective that pushes boundaries on technology and the latest academic knowledge. Did you know that VMware’s Horizon Mobile project essentially started from a summer internship project? It’s pretty cool to think that student interns where on the ground floor driving what’s next in mobile cloud computing at VMware.

So a big “Thank you!” to our student innovators for choosing VMware and making it a great place to work! Your passion to envision what’s next inspires each and every one of our people.

 

 

*Thank you to our post contributors: Amber Daniels, Meagan Shannon, Judy Phung, Charles Phan, and Betsy Sutter

 

 

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Bike to Work Day at VMware – where wellness, environment and passion converge

Have you heard the news? May is National Bike Month in the United States!

National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, is celebrated in communities across the U.S. to highlight the many benefits of bicycling. And this week, on May 8 to be exact, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is hosting Bike to Work Day in California, a time-honored tradition for 20 years running. The annual kick-off for “bike commuting season” takes advantage of the longer days and the favorable weather which brings out more people  inclined to try it out.Bike_to_Work_Day_logo

Riders who take to their bikes instead of their cars are treated to a variety of benefits including numerous “energizer stations” hosted throughout popular bicycling routes. The event and energizer stations are made possible by sponsorships from and participation by local communities. Our people had so much fun hosting a station last year – did we mention that employees dressed as a chicken and a banana were involved – that we’re excited to be back at it again, sponsoring a VMware energizer station.

With more than 450 employees who live within biking distance (less than 5 miles), converting these commuters to bike commuters can have a dramatic impact on our environment and our people’s well-being.Bike_To_Work_Day_6

Did you know?

  • For every 1 mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly 1 pound of CO2 (0.88 pounds) is saved
  • Palo Alto’s population doubles every day  – think about the carbon impact from all of that traffic
  • Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3.9 billion gallons of gas per year in the United States
  • Bike commuters are fitter, have better triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and insulin levels
  • Happiness & stress reliever: active commuting delivers an overall 11% reduction cardiovascular risk*

How it Started

The manner in which VMware became involved in Bike to Work Day is fairly unique. As a marketing manager in our services group, I didn’t have commute programs for coworkers in my job scope. However as an avid cyclist, bike commuter, and bike safety educator, I saw an opportunity for VMware to raise its profile, improve its surroundings, and enhance the employee experience. With a proposal in hand, I approached the VMware workplace team (responsible for infrastructure, transit, commuting programs, and more) and asked for their support.Bike_to_Work_Day_5

By the end of the meeting, I had the budget allocated, support from a variety of groups, and a willing team of volunteers to pull it off. It’s the “can do” attitude, the spirit of inventiveness, and the freedom to experiment and participate outside the scope of your job that makes VMware special. I’m able to bring my experience and volunteer activity into the workplace and contribute to the VMware community. And, this year, I’m doing it again!

What’s Next

Bike to Work Day is part of a grand effort I have to improve and enhance the experience for VMware employees who bike to work. To date, our Palo Alto campus has 133 bike lockers, over 200 external bike racks/posts, five indoor bike rooms with lockers and racks for 120 bikes, and one covered outdoor area with racks for 20 bikes. There’s more to be done and I’m excited about the future! It’s pretty cool that I’m empowered to help drive this change at VMware!

Come Visit Us

Come join us this Thursday, May 8th, between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at our VMware tent on the corner of Arastradero Road and Foothill Expressway. We will have “What’s Next” water bottles, energy bars, and fresh fruit available for all bicyclists. Sports Basement will also have a tent set up to provide any needed bicycle services. We’d enjoy connecting with you!

 

*Stats from Bikes Belong, 2010 and the City of Palo Alto, California

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Passion Inspires VMware Teachers to Lead the Growth of IT Students

In honor of National Teacher Day, a day that recognizes the hard work that teachers put in each day to educate our future, we are recognizing a few of our very own teachers – VMware Instructors – and sharing how they pursue their own educational growth while empowering the development of others in the information technology community. Hear from Evelyn, Raminder, and Jerry and see what inspires them to work together to make an impact in the VMware Education Program.

 

Lady_Teacher_1Name: Evelyn Baymon

Role: Learning Consultant

Home Office: Houston, Texas

Years at VMware: 8 

Favorite VMware Education Course to Teach: Optimize & Scale

 

How did you get into teaching?

I always knew that I wanted to teach, but for some reason I thought that I would be teaching math. I came upon technical training by teaching technical topics in what was called “Lunch Time Brown Bags.” A friend of mine owned a training business and had accidently doubled booked one day. He sat in on one of my technical trainings and was impressed with the lunch brown bags that I delivered, so he asked if I could take one of the classes for him. When I delivered the training for him I was so elated by watching the light bulbs go off for people as they learned that it made the transition into training very easy. I really stumbled into my passion.

What do to maintain your knowledge?

I read a lot of materials on VMware’s blogs, VMware employees such as Duncan Epping and Mostafa Khalil, and by non-VMware employees like John Hales who wrote Administering vSphere 5. Working hands on is really the best reinforcement. Thankfully I have access to internal labs, so I practice often. I also listen to presentations from VMworld and VMware’s Global Support Services. GSS delivers training for Technical Support too. Sometimes I find this training to be more in depth because you have to know more about how the product works to be effective at troubleshooting.

What does the phrase “Inspiring Passion” mean to you? How do you inspire passion with your students?  

I am of the belief that passion inspires passion. When you bring passion into the class as your truth it becomes contagious in the classroom, bringing excitement and enthusiasm for learning.

What is the best advice that you’ve received in your instructor career? 

Laugh at yourself first. I remember one time using an analogy to describe a topic but when I finished I realized the end of the analogy had several different meanings so I paused, laughed at myself and said, “Umm. I don’t think I will use that one anymore.” The class laughed along with me. Humor in class is a good technique and when you laugh at yourself first students appreciate your transparency.

What would you tell someone who is interested in becoming an instructor?

Being an instructor is not just transferring knowledge, but it is about being able to recognize the diverse needs of the audience and being able to make adjustments to your own style to accommodate those in the classroom. Patience is a victor in the classroom and confidence is imperative. Being selfless is an art, which allows you to bring out as much information from the students as you give information to them. The exchange allows everyone to be a part of the learning process and it is a lot more fun when we are all learning together. Never be afraid to say I don’t know something because in reality there is so much to know that one person will NOT know it all, but be willing to find out and grow, as you too continue to learn.

 

Male_Teacher_1Name: Raminder Singh

Role: Technical Instructor

Home Office: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 2 years 11 months 

Favorite VMware Education Course to Teach: vSphere Optimize & Scale and vCloud Automation Center

 

How did you get into teaching?

From the time I got introduced to virtualization in 2006 I was intrigued by changes that were brought in by VMware in the Data Center. Around that time my past employer was looking for a VCI (VMware Certified Instructor) and asked me if I could step up to the challenge. I was quite happy to take on this role since I liked talking to people and discussing technology. That was the first time I travelled out of India to co-teach my first ever VMware class. I got lucky to have Asif Rafiq from VMware Australia as my Mentor Instructor and since then I’ve never looked back. Being a VCI empowers me to be an agent of change while talking about the game changing technologies within the Data Center and Cloud space.

What do to sharpen your knowledge?

I’ve built myself a home lab, which I religiously login to every week. I encourage students to bring up topics and product features that they have seen or implemented in their environments. I also pick up problems from different forums and research them, regularly Interact with co-workers and subscribe to VMware blogs and communities to get the latest news. But I must say the best way to maintain knowledge is to share it with others – it grows automatically.

What does the phrase “Inspiring Passion” mean to you? How do you inspire passion with your students?  

We need success and happiness to lead a better life. Passion is the driving force that helps individuals to be successful and happy. If you are passionate then you have a very powerful force that can help you accomplish anything that you set your mind to, and more importantly you can experience satisfaction in the work you do. The students coming to VMware’s Educational classes get skilled on the most innovative technologies and stand out from the crowd. As an instructor, I work to ignite passion within my students by bringing various scenarios to the discussion like how VMware customers have utilized different features of our products in innovative ways. I also try to adapt my teaching style based on the students so that everyone is involved in our meaningful discussions.

What is the best advice that you’ve received in your instructor career?

Be passionate to learn.

What would you tell someone who is interested in becoming an instructor?

For someone aspiring to be an instructor, one should really be passionate about educating students. It shouldn’t be just another job to earn money. The success of training depends, to a great extent, on the abilities, skills and personal qualities of the trainer who carries out the training. For anyone interested in becoming a VCI they must ask themselves the following questions: “Do I desire working with people?”, “Do I enjoy communicating with them?”, “Am I ready to learn how to prepare and conduct trainings?” and more importantly, “Am I passionate about VMware?”.

 

Male_Teacher_3Name: Jerry Davis

Home Office: Indianapolis, Indiana

Years at VMware: 8

Favorite Course to Teach: vCloud Director 5.5: Install, Configure, and Manage

 

 

How did you get into teaching?

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I began my IT career as a C-programmer in a company that built UNIX-based trusted operating systems. As a professional programmer, I initially sought and felt the same rush that comes from a program compiling… and working… as I did when I was a student programmer. After a while, however, I grew weary of staring at thousands of lines of C-code looking for that proverbial semi-colon.

As I became restless for a change in roles, the CTO, who happened to be the company’s only instructor, asked if I would be interested in training. He had heard a tape of me speaking in church and figured those public speaking skills might be transferrable. 15 years later, it appears they were.

What do you do to maintain your knowledge?

Some time ago, my father-in-law dropped off an HP DL380 and a Dell PE 2950 to my house. While my wife is not crazy about the noise these servers make, they are invaluable to undergirding the nested ESXi environments I need to stay sharp on vSphere, vCloud Director, and other technologies.

I also make sure to ask more questions of my students than they ask of me in every class I teach. The pain points and best practices they share with one another and with me guide my study and practice in between deliveries.

What does “Inspiring Passion” mean to you? How do you inspire passion with your students?  

The desire of the student to learn is just as important as the ability of the instructor to teach. Passion bridges any gaps that may exist between the two. Passion cannot be faked. Either you have it or you don’t. My classes are filled with endless references to food, pop culture, and family life along with references to real world applications. I think that blend of technical and nontechnical analogies sparks in others the same passion that drives me to learn and explain our technology in a way anyone can understand it.

What is the best advice that you’ve received in your instructor career?

Begin every answer to a question about best practices with the words, “It depends”.  Early on during my tenure at VMware, I asked my manager if I could take time to develop my own Rolodex of best practices to share with my students. He responded by telling me that such a project would amount to a second full-time job. Needless to say, I went back to the drawing board.

I decided to come up with a short list of factors that can be trusted to distinguish between best and bad practices. Whenever my students ask me best practices questions, I simply begin my response with the words, “It depends” and explore the ramifications of pursuing a wide range of approaches to whatever scenario has been presented. This approach empowers my students to make the most of our technology even as they learn changes that emerge in our dot- and first-digit releases. 

What would you tell someone who is interested in becoming an instructor?

Those who can, do. Those who can do it better, teach.

 

 

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