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Weekly virtualization news, as featured on the Community Roundtable podcast.

Yesterday, we launched VMware Horizon App Manager™, a user-centric management service for accessing cloud applications. It is the first component of our “Project Horizon” that was previewed at VMworld last year. Future releases of VMware Horizon will broker user access to a variety of application types, virtual Windows desktops and data resources.

You can learn more at vmware.com/go/horizonappmanager

Once you have established an account, you can download the connector at vmware.com/go/horizon-manager-download

For questions or purchase info you can contact the right folks at vmware.com/go/horizon-customer-contact

Last week, VMware vCenter Operations Standard 1.0 won the Best of Interop award in the Cloud Computing & Virtualization category; and VMware View Client For iPad took the Wireless & Mobility category.

VMware is at the SAP Sapphire Now conference today, and we're having a drawing for a BlueLounge Refresh charging station in the 4pm session about Virtualizing SAP in Production. This is a real customer story with Paula Neil, IT System Manager at Mazda.

Today is also the last day to vote on VMworld sessions. We have dozens of sessions for you to vote on at vmworld.com

Last week, we opened community moderator elections on VMTN forums. We elect moderators twice a year for 6-months terms. The voting will continue through the end of the month. If you want to nominate someone, or yourself, the details are posted on VMTN blog at blogs.vmware.com/vmtn

Looking forward, the world of virtualization will continue to excite and thrill us over the next days and weeks.

Tonight, I am flying out to Anaheim, to cover the VMWare Forum held there at the Hyatt Orange County tomorrow. We will be making some videos on the show floor and I will live-tweet from sessions. You can follow my adventures on Twitter @VmwareCommunity.

If you can't make it to Anaheim in person, you can join tomorrow's Forum event online as well.

More VMware Forum events are taking place this month in Edinburgh, Milan, Manchester, Zürich, Mexico City, Moscow, and Budapest.

The VMware Forums web page with details is linked straight from vmware.com – in the box that says “VMware Forum 2011” on the lower left.

We also have a webinar today on Virtualizing Microsoft and Oracle on VMware vSphere: Benefits and Best Practices. Next week, on the 24th of May, we offer the Series Part 2 on VMware vCloud Director QuickStart: Architecting Your Cloud.

The following day, you can learn When Java EE Is Overkill: Lightweight Application Server Use Cases.

Also on the 25th, we got a Spanish-language webinar on controlling physical and virtual infrastructure with help of vCenter Configuration Manager.

To find out more and register, head over to webcasts.vmware.com

There are a number of full-day regional VMUG conferences happening over the next couple of weeks, starting with Palo Alto, in Silicon Valley, today, Farmington, Connecticut, tomorrow, and finally Western Pennsylvania, on the 7th of June.

Additionally, the following VMUGs are meeting over the next seven days: Warsaw, Hamburg, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Maryland, Toledo, Little Rock, and two Tasmanian VMUGs in Hobart and Launceston. You can find more details and registration links for all the VMUG meetings at myvmug.org by clicking on “Events.”