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Upgrade to vSphere 6.5 Partner Deployment Incentive – Extended to 4 May

Take advantage of this important incentive now. End of general support of vSphere 5.5 will occur in September 2018 and vSphere 6.5 is needed to sell SDDC and Cloud solutions. Learn more.

Registration is OPEN for EMPOWER 2018 Europe

Due to the popularity of EMPOWER 2018 Global Conference and to ensure we action the needs of our partners worldwide, the program has been extended to Europe. EMPOWER 2018 Europe will commence 2-4 July in Vienna, Austria.  It will leverage content and technical sessions from EMPOWER Global Conference to provide EMEA partners with EMPOWER’s in-depth training. Replay and share this webinar, hosted by Joe Baguley, to hear his take on how EMPOWER will transform your business and if you are in a technical role, register today!

VMware Receives 5-Star Rankings in CRN’s 2018 Partner Program Guide

CRN’s 2018 Partner Program Guide offers the information solution providers need to evaluate IT vendors they work with or are considering working with. The guide is based on detailed applications submitted by over 270 vendors, outlining all aspects of their partner programs. As part of the Partner Program Guide, CRN designates some programs as 5-Star Partner Programs and we are happy to announce that VMware’s programs received the 5-Star vendor ranking in 5 key technology spaces: Networking and Unified Communications, Cloud, Security, Software, and Storage.

Provisional Status for NV and HCI Solution Competencies Expire on May 11

Complete the refreshed VSP and VTSP courses for Network Virtualization (NV) and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Solution Competencies to maintain your Solution Rewards benefits and the new HCI accelerator. Losing these Solution Competencies may also impact your program level and other related benefits. Partner University courses are free and available in multiple languages.

Double the Punch with Lenovo’s VX Series with vSAN

Read up on how to help businesses modernize their IT environments and start the journey to a SDDC. The VX series pairs ThinkSystem, the industry’s most reliable server platform, vSAN to deliver a pre-installed, pre-configured, and pre-tested hyper-converged appliance that speeds time-to-value.

New VMware Cloud Foundation Pricing and Packaging

Help your customers modernize data centers by implementing a fully automated Software-Defined Private Cloud, as well as integrate public clouds by consuming the VMware Cloud Foundation stack as a service – the best and easiest way to deploy a modernized data center. Learn more as the new pricing and packaging can help accelerate your sales opportunity.

Building on the Momentum from last month’s Cloud Briefing Event…

We have launched a brand-new Cloud Consumption Incentives Program to motivate you to drive utilization of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cross-Cloud services. To be eligible for this incentive, take the necessary steps to achieve the VMware Cloud on AWS Solution Competency among other requirements. Replay this vmLIVE to learn more about how you can benefit from the VMware and AWS partnership.

We are also happy to announce the VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Campaign. The first wave of AWS demand generation materials are now available in English. Download these assets from the Partner Demand Center to start building your VMware Cloud on AWS practice today.

VMware Announces New Worldwide Channel Chief

Today VMware announced the appointment of Jenni Flinders as vice president, Worldwide Channels. In this role, Flinders will serve as VMware’s worldwide channel chief and be responsible for developing and executing overall VMware channel strategy and programs for VMware’s global ecosystem of solution providers, distributors, OEMs, and telecommunications partners.  Flinders will report to Brandon Sweeney, senior vice president, Worldwide Commercial and Channel Sales, VMware. Read more.

Winning vSAN Deals is Now More Profitable

Partners can now earn financial partner incentives on top of your current HCI Solution Rewards. To qualify for the Solution Rewards Accelerator Bonus, you need to be HCI competent , have two additional HCI VSPs (4 total), and have an approved Advantage+ opportunity tied to your vSAN order. Learn more.

There’s Still Time to Register for EMPOWER 2018 Global Conference in April

EMPOWER 2018 Global Conference is the new, ultimate partner training event that replaces Partner Exchange and it’s is almost here.  Access the Content Catalog to view the very best of our internal technical training that will be available to you throughout the conference. Note that if you register by March 30, 2018, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win one of three VMworld 2018 Full Conference Passes. Reach out to our EMPOWER Team with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you in April at VMware’s top technical partner event of the year!