Today we have announced the vCloud Service Evaluation, an online service for customers to test-drive a cloud built on the VMware vCloud platform. The vCloud Service Evaluation will provide a quick and easy way for users to learn about the advantages of a vCloud through hands-on testing and experimentation. It also will provide a simple way to see VMware vCloud Director® software in action and prepare customers to make the journey to the public cloud through the world’s largest network of service providers.

The vCloud Service Evaluation will be available at, an online destination where customers can find vCloud service providers and learn about their capabilities and coverage. vCloud Service Evaluation customers will be able to register with a credit card and receive access within minutes to their own vCloud Director-based cloud environment.

To read the full announcement, and find out more go to

Last week, we have announced keynote speakers for the VMworld San Francisco, which will feature more than 230 unique breakout sessions from VMware and its community of partners and customers that are driving innovation in the virtualization and cloud computing industry. More than 250 sponsors and exhibitors are supporting the conference including Global Diamond Sponsors Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp.

VMware executives will lead two general session presentations during the event.

On Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. PDT the event will kick off with a keynote presentation featuring VMware CEO Paul Maritz, incoming VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and VMware CTO Steve Herrod detailing how VMware is helping customers and partners thrive in the cloud era with key announcements, discussions and demonstrations of the solutions at the heart of the software-defined datacenter. The Aug. 27 keynote webcast will be available live and on-demand at VMware Now, the new online destination for breaking news, product announcements, videos and demos:

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. PDT VMware CTO Steve Herrod and several VMware partners will take the stage to demonstrate the state-of-the-art technology that is transforming IT and enabling the mobile workforce. The presentations will be available via webcast at

Head on over to to register for the event. I know you want to.

And while we're talking about VMworld, which of course is the dominant topic this time of the year, let me remind you that our training team will host special sessions just before the event, that are 25% off the regular price and come with a free exam voucher for the course and 30 hours or 30 days of extended access to our new labs environment, running in the cloud. Go on to to find out more and to register for your class!