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First off, today we released vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.0
This release delivers on the vision of a new approach to virtual and cloud infrastructure management announced at VMworld Copenhagen last October. The VMware  vCenter Operations Management Suite together with vFabric Application Management Suite, and IT Business Management Suite allows our customers to remove the complexity of managing IT across all layers. The three management suites deliver on our mission to simplify and automate IT management in the cloud era and achieve the vision of IT as a Service. Read more on Rethink IT blog.

Also, Last week, Macworld has chosen VMware Fusion for the best way to run Windows on your Mac. And just because they’re so awesome, the Fusion team has announced that they will make the promotional pricing of $49.99 permanent. That is a nice deal for an unlimited personal use license. You can read more on the Fusion Blog.

The VMware Solutions Exchange has opened today, which is a single destination for partners to share their compatible VMware applications and cloud infrastructure products. 

The VMware Solution Exchange (A.K.A. VSX) allows customers to discover, evaluate and expedite the buying process.  You can easily explore VMware partner solutions and developer-provided virtual appliances in a single location, get free trials, watch a demonstration, rate & review, and engage directly with the partner or developer.

For the partners, the VSX will allow to list VMware products or solutions, upload marketing information, and set up free trials through a self-service portal.

All in all, the VSX is awesome for everyone. Go check it out at solutionexchange.vmware.com 

Finally, in our previous podcast, we ran a poster giveaway, where our international listeners could win two awesome vSphere and PowerCLI posters. Here are the winners, who have commented on our thread on Google+

  • Angelo Luciani from Toronto
  • Mourad Boubchir from London
  • Andrew Dauncey from Melbourne
  • and Mike Preston from Belleville

Congratulations, folks! To claim your posters, send me a message on Plus or DM me on Twitter with your shipping address, and the packages will be on the way!