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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Next Wednesday’s Wisdom Series Focuses on vRealize CMP

Register now and join us on February 8th at 8am PST for this technical session: Using Log Insight and vRNI with NSX.

This month’s webinar will focus on exploring the fundamental capabilities of vRealize Cloud Management Platform (CMP) and how the components work together to solve customer business and IT issues. You’ll also learn how Log Insight and Network Insight work together to help you plan, operationalize, and manage NSX.

VMware Horizon Named Top in IDC Marketscape Report on Virtual Client Computing

Download the report from the press release to find out why VMware scored on top in both Strategies Capabilities categories. For the 2nd year in a row, VMware came out on top in Virtual Client Computing – ahead of both Citrix and Microsoft and amongst others. Now is the time to leverage this great momentum with your customers – share the report, press release, and the blog post today.

Federal & Academic Specializations Sunset on 24 February, 2017

Review these guidelines to help you understand more about how this impacts your organization. Note that after 24 Feb., partners will no longer be required to complete a Specialization Training to gain access to the Federal and/or Academic SKUs and pricing. Partners currently holding the Specializations will be able to continue transacting, however we ask that you remove the VMware Federal or Academic Specialization badges or any other descriptors from all of your company websites and content by the retirement date.

We are Shifting to a 4-4-5 Fiscal Calendar on February 4, 2017

February 4, 2017 is the first day of Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). To prepare, visit the 4-4-5 Fiscal Calendar Partner Central Page and reference the FAQs.

Order Submission for January 2017
To ensure a smooth transition to FY18, please submit your orders early. All orders need to be submitted to the order management team by 6 PM Cork local time (for international orders) and 6 PM PST (for orders in the Americas) on January 31, 2017 to ensure processing. All orders submitted after these times will be processed beginning February 4, 2017.

System Impacts
From February 1-3, 2017, some systems will be unavailable or have limited functionality. Look for in-tool notifications explaining timing adjustments in the following systems: EPP/HPP,Cloud Credits, vCAN, ISV, OEM Portals, SDP.

Get Exclusive Access to Quarterly Product Launch Announcements

On 26 January, 2017, the Quarterly Launch Briefing portal will go live for partners. We have exciting End-User Computing releases to share with you. The Briefing’s five minute videos will cover what’s new, what’s in it for partners, and will provide important calls to action.  Mark your calendar today, so that you don’t forget.

Coming Soon: Annual Partner Relationship Survey

Your feedback is important to making positive change to our VPN program. Stay tuned for an email invite from Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Partners and Alliances, Ross Brown, by 8 February, 2017. It just takes a few minutes to lend your voice to how we can enhance our business with you. Don’t hesitate to respond – make your voice count.

RoundTower Announces their Triple-VCDX Recipient

RoundTower Practice Manager, Rene Van Den Bedem, successfully defended for his 3rd VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) title, to obtain the highly regarded Triple-VCDX: VCDX-DCV, VCDX-NV and now, VCDX-CMA. Only two other people presently hold this title. This achievement also makes RoundTower one of the top six VMware partners with respect to VCDX credentials. Read the press release for more detail and/or visit our certification page to learn more.

Take Note – Changes to the Server Virtualization Solution Competencies

Access Partner University to ensure your company is armed with the most up to date training to build a datacenter-to-desktop virtualization practice. Partners with Solution Competencies continue to drive higher value deals with greater frequency.

Beginning March 1, 2017, we’ll be asking Desktop Virtualization (DV) and Server Virtualization (SV) Solution Competency partners to update their training to the most recent versions. Partners will have a six-month provisional period from March 31 – August 31, 2017 to complete training. Please view the Solution Competency dashboard in Partner Central to check your company’s status.

DV Solution Competency: We’ve eliminated the Horizon Design and Mirage post-sales training requirements, which reduces the cost and time commitment from 12 days to 5 days. Review the FAQs.

Server Virtualization Solution Competency: On January 2, 2017, the vSphere Design Accreditation (VCAP-DCD certification or course equivalent) is no longer required. Changes are effective now in the Solution Competency Dashboard in Partner Central. New SV competency training will be available in first half of 2017. Review the FAQs.