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A week in virtualization

Yesterday, we have released two downloadable tools that help you get started on the journey to achieving PCI 2.0 Compliance. The compliance checkers are free and are available for both Linux and Windows operating systems. The Compliance Checkers run an assessment on 5 Guest systems at a time, and the assessment is based on a predefined subset of the PCI 2.0 content that currently exists in vCenter Configuration Manager (vCM), which is part of the vCenter Operations Manager Suite. The results for each guest include the rules, rule descriptions, and success or failure of each rule. Read more and download the tools at blogs.vmware.com/security

Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, with over 900 years behind its belt and 40 world-class leading universities to boot. For a university system renowned for its research, the ability to efficiently manage data for all 40,000 of its users is of the utmost importance. For the past nine years, Oxford University has been using VMware technology to virtualize their infrastructure. This week, the vCloud team has published a video about how VMware together with the vCloud Provider, Colt helped Oxford University to realize their Database-as-a-Service goal, and created a self-service project that enabled users to quickly fire up a database within a central service. Read more at blogs.vmware.com/vcloud

While we’re talking about videos, the vSphere team has been quite busy and released not ten, not eleven, but thirteen videos covering main features of VMware vSphere, from vCenter Server, over ESXi, to High Availability, Storage, and Migration—hot and cold. Check them out at youtube.com/vmwaretv

In addition, we have a whole bunch of shows on the road this month.

First, there’s the VMware Forum 2012, which kicked off today in Dubai, and will continue the tour all around the world. From start finish in November, the VMware forum will visit dozens of cities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

If you attend in person, they will have hands-on labs on-site for you, and also an opportunity to network with more than 1,000 local colleagues. Our top partners will be sharing best practices and advice in numerous breakout sessions.

We also have a VMware Forum online scheduled for tomorrow, where you will be able to view a live video broadcast with VMware leadership team, chat with experts who’ll answer your questions live, and navigate a 3D show floor staffed by our industry-leading partners. We will have the online Forum available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Go to vmware.com and click on the green and blue box with “VMware Forum 2012” in it for a list of all VMware Forum events online and around the world.

In just another week, the Spring community members are invited to attend the SpringOne On the Road events in Kiev and Moscow in April, and London in May to learn about the newest innovations for the framework. The forum has three parallel tracks covering Essential Spring, Cloud Foundry, and Groovy & Grails. Visit springsource.org/springone-on-the-road to learn more and to register.

These developer-focused one-day events will be co-hosted with the Cloud Foundry Open Tour, which is visiting Austin, TX; Washington, DC; Kiev, Moscow and London over the next four weeks.

There will be sessions covering Spring, Java, Ruby, Node.js, Python, PHP and other Cloud application development tips, and you will also have an opportunity to learn how to use MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, Postgres, and RabbitMQ on Cloud Foundry, and build your in-house Platform-as-a-Service.

And of course the attendees will enjoy networking with the experts and other developers behind the leading open source cloud platform for enterprise applications, discuss the latest innovations, and expand your professional opportunities.

Visit opentour.cloudfoundry.com for more information.

In closing, I wanted to mention that the vExpert applications have closed and the judging of the applicants is currently ongoing. We will have the final results announced on April 15th. Good luck to everyone who applied!