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Hi folks,

I have some fantastic news for you. Starting tomorrow, we are launching a new blog post series – David Davis on vCenter Operations!

This new blog series will be authored by David Davis, an industry personality known for his focus on virtualization and cloud technologies.

David will share his experiences and opinions on various topics, including cloud operations management, his conversations with real world customers, as well as technical blog posts about VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite evaluation, installation, configuration, use cases and various real world application scenarios. This promises to be a blog post series that you will find both interesting and useful.

Here’s some information about David, for those of you who don’t already know him.

David Davis is a technology industry expert who likes to juggle many things at one time.He authors video training courses for Pluralsight, where he specializes in virtualization and cloud topics.He holds several certifications including VCP5, VCAP-DCA, and CCIE #9369. He has been awarded the VMware vExpert award 5 years running.David also speaks regularly at major technology conferences, including VMworld, and has authored hundreds of articles for websites and print publications, mostly around virtualization.Previously an IT Manager and VMware customer, today David spends his time evangelizing virtualization and blogs at his new blog – VirtualizationSoftware.com.You can contact him at his blog or via Twitter where he is – @davidmdavis.

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Here’s a bit about the upcoming series, in David’s own words.
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Welcome to my new blog series on vCenter Operations! This series will cover my first-hand experiences and quest for knowledge while using VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite. Inspired by Mike Laverick’s vCloud Director Journey, in my “journey” (as Paul Maritz liked to call virtualization) with VMware’s vCenter Ops, I will cover topics such as:

  • What makes virtual infrastructure management tools so important
  • What makes vCenter Operations different from the alternatives
  • vCenter Operations badges, metrics, and other core concepts
  • How to evaluate and create a proof of concept for vCenter Operations
  • Installation step by step and deployment best practices
  • Configuration, monitoring, and vSphere management with vCenter Operations
  • Performance and capacity management
  • Troubleshooting, faults, and alarms
  • and many more topics (including advanced topics like the custom UI)

I’ve been using vCenter Operations Management Suite since it’s initial release and I really like the product. In fact, I authored the whitepaper Stop the Finger-Pointing: Managing Tier 1 Applications with VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite.

My goal with this series is to open the eyes of  “newbies” to how powerful vCenter Operations is and to really educate existing vCenter Operations admins on maximizing their value in this product.

I’m honored to be asked to blog here, on the official VMware Cloud Management blog! To get started – please read my first post – “David Davis on vCenter Operations: Why Do You Need More Tools?

Stay tuned for my next post in this series! Follow @vCenterOps and @DavidMDavis on Twitter! Have you tried the latest edition of vCenter Operations? If not, download the free trial here.

Are you a virtualization admin who has a vCenter Operations success story to share? If so, post a comment below or email me at DavidDavisBlog@VMware.com and you may be featured in an upcoming blog post. If you truly end up being part of a blog post – I’ll buy you a coffee at the next VMworld!

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So folks, watch this space for David’s new series, coming tomorrow!
– Himanshu (@himanshuks)