A week in virtualization

The vCenter Operations "Tell Your Story" Contest Ends today. We are seeking the most compelling story on how you used vCenter Operations Manager to help solve, or predict any issues in your environment – it’s that easy! Once submitted, your story will be judged by a panel of experts both from VMware and the VMware community.

We have two first prizes: a Ticket to VMworld 2012 ($1,800 value) and a chance to Co-present in a VMworld session, as well as have dinner with your fellow panelists – on us! The other first prize is a Ticket to VMworld EMEA 2012, a co-presentation in a session there, and a dinner with the panelists.

We also have two second prizes: someone in Europe and another person in the US will get a $500 Amex Gift Card and a bag of VMware Swag each. Visit vmware.com/go/vcops-story to find out more and to submit your story before the contest ends.

On Monday we announced the availability of VMware Certified Advanced Professional on vSphere 5 for Datacenter Administration (VCAP5-DCA), giving VCP5s a way to demonstrate expertise with VMware vSphere 5, as well as ability to use automation tools and implement virtualized environments.

The VCAP5-DCA exam is a unique, lab-based exam where you will perform tasks using actual equipment to verify your skill at installing, configuring, and administering large and complex virtualized environments. Visit our training and certification blog at blogs.vmware.com/education to find out the exam requirements and the link to the registration page.

Last week, we have launched our first vCloud certification beta, which focuses on VCP Infrastructure as a service. The VCP IaaS will focus on installing, configuring, and administering infrastructure as a service clouds based on vCloud Director, it is expected to be launched in late July. It requires that you already have a VCP so it’s the second form of the VCP with the VCP-DT being the other. Go to the vCloud blog at blogs.vmware.com/vcloud to find out more.

The free on-demand training bootcamp for VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop starts on July 16th. In this ten-part bootcamp we will show you how to get started and how to successfully roll out and deploy virtual desktops and applications and infrastructure to securely support mobile users. Everyone who registers for the bootcamp will also receive a free e-book with all the presentation slides from the series. Visit communities.vmware.com and click on the orange button that says View Bootcamp on it to see the listing of all the scheduled presentations and to register.

And finally, there are a number of VMUG full-day user conferences happening next month. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.


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