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vExpert Cloud 2017 Award Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert Cloud. We had a lot of applications for this program and we are pleased to announce the list of 2017 vExperts who received the vExpert Cloud award.

Each of these vExperts has demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, scriptwriters, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

If you were selected for the vExpert Cloud program, we will be sending out the welcome email early next week with access to the private community as well as access to the #Slack channel for vExpert Cloud.

Thank You,

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

 

First Name Last Name
Shahnawaz Ahmed
Ebrahim Aldesouky
Jurgen Allewijn
khalid alshafee
Antonio Amoroso
Nick Andreev
Christopher Apostolof
Ricardo Conzatti
John Arrasjid
Aram Avetisyan
Giuliano Bertello
Martijn Baecke
Manish Jha
Cory Barker
Graham Barker
Tom Howarth
Sanjay Basu
Ivo Beerens
Ather Beg
Arie-Jan Bodde
Brandon Bolen
Olivier Bootsma
Mark Brookfield
Gilad Broun
James Brown
Matthew Bunce
Tim Carr
VALDECIR CARVALHO
Federico Cinalli
Konrad Clapa
Josh Coen
Jason Conine
Paul Cradduck
Rick Crisci
Sreejesh Damodaran
Fabrizio de Luca
Tim Davis
Cody De Arkland
Dimitri de Swart
SAJAL DEBNATH
Tayfun Deger
Ryan Johnson
Jon Schulman
Kim Delgado
Frank Denneman
Dennis Derks
Sunny Dua
Matthias Eisner
Oivind Ekeberg
Fernando Escobar
Ron Flax
Tomas Fojta
Jonathan Frappier
Raul Gamez Gamez
Earl Gay
Brian Gerrard
Justin Giardina
Jose Gomez
Kevin Gorman
Brian Graf
Thom Greene
Joseph Griffiths
Sebastian Grugel
Edward Haletky
Valentin Hamburger
Abhilash HB
Ray Heffer
Dave Henry
Jose Manuel Hernandez Benitez
Kevin Howell
Kyle Jenner
Brett Johnson
sandeep kaushik
Ruurd Keizer
Brian Kirsch
Tibor Kiss
Brian Knutsson
Markus Kraus
Bryan Krausen
Anjani Kumar
Christopher Kusek
Jeffrey Kusters
Todd Leavitt
Matthew Leib
Leandro Ariel Leonhardt
Joerg Lew
Christopher Lewis
Ramy Mahmoud
Rajendra Marlapati
David Marquina Jerez
Piotr Masztafiak
Sam McGeown
Paul McSharry
Michael Merritt
Wences Michel
Ed Morgan
Julien Mousqueton
shaswati mukherjee
Jason Nizich
Bryan OConnor
Russell OConnor
Caio Oliveira
Narendrakumar Padmani
UmaSankar Panda
Chris Porter
Anupam Pushkar
Gregg Robertson
Carlos Andrés Robles Lascarro
Daniel Romero Sanchez
Michael Rudloff
Michael Ryom
Alex Samoylenko
Erik Scholten
greg schulz
Nicholas Scuola
Kanishk Sethi
Eric Shanks
Greg Shields
Dennis Sigmond
Heino Skov
Eric Sloof
Martijn Smit
Anthony Spiteri
Sujith Surendran
Tolga Tohumcu
Kunal Udapi
Marco van Baggum
Peter van de Bree
René van den Bedem
Viktor van den Berg
Robert van den Nieuwendijk
Laurens van Gunst
Constantin Vvedenskyi
Jon Waite
Jeff Westphal
John White
Chris Williams
Adem Yetim
Emad Younis
Jaroslaw Zielinski
Chip Zoller

Congratulations to VMTN Community Warrior, @rcporto

Submit a nomination for the next VMTN Community Warrior. In 2017, this program will be recognizing users who commit time and energy to engaging in the VMTN community. Learn more.

This week’s Community Warrior burst into the VMware Technology Network community program from left field at the end of last year, and has made his mark. Congratulations to the newest Community Warrior, @rcporto!

@rcporto originally joined communities in 2011, became a vExpert in 2014, and came to my attention late last year, when he won a prize in the CloudCred VMTN Challenge. This was a raffle around the VMTN Badge on VMware’s gamification platform, CloudCred.

Not a month later, he reached out with interest in becoming a VMTN Community Moderator. Today @rcporto is not only a User Moderator, he’s a global moderator, who owns and manages the Brazilian Portuguese community.

Thank you for all that you do @rcporto. VMTN would not be the same without your commitment.

Learn a little bit more about @rcporto

What was the first VMware product you ever used, where and when?

The first VMware product that I used was the vSphere ESXi 3.5, back in 2009, to virtualize some workloads for a client of my company.

What inspired you to become a VMTN Community Moderator recently?

The VMTN community had a lot of great moderators doing a wonderful job to keep the threads clean and in the correct location, but I noticed that a lot of messages, mainly from other languages, like Brazilian Portuguese, do not get the same attention from moderators. I decided to become a moderator to keep my eyes mainly on Brazilian Portuguese messages, since this is my native language, but I spread my attention to English threads as well.

You sure do… Check it out.

How do you work with VMware day-to-day?

I work for a VMware partner, and my main role in my job is to implement, administer and troubleshoot VMware vSphere environments, the vRealize suite products and vCenter Site Recovery Manager, as well as others.

Although I am very experienced with VMware, becoming active in VMTN by replying to user’s threads contributed a lot to my knowledge on real world issues and best practices. I’ve found the VMware KBs and documentation are awesome, and if you search correctly, there is a good chance you’ll find the answer to your problem. Many times when I reply, I don’t know the solution, but since I am familiar with these resources, I can search a solution and reply to the user.

Are you working on any projects you think the VMTN community would be interested in?

Right now, I am busy with my full-time job tasks, but my personal project regarding the VMTN community is to achieve the Guru status in the next six months, so I would like to invite VMTN users to post your questions. It would be my pleasure to try to answer them.

How can people follow/get in touch (Twitter,etc)?

Twitter: @richardsonporto | VMTN: @rcporto

Thanks @rcporto!

This is wise advice from a hard working community warrior: answer questions and ask questions to become a better professional. Get involved and get to know your resources.

Do you see someone frequently answering questions in your favorite forums? Did someone provide support to you recently at a VMUG or over Twitter? Any community involvement counts. Head to the Community Warrior page to nominate a user, or email katieb@vmware.com.

 

Congratulations to #VMTN Community Warrior, @sreec

Submit a nomination for the next VMTN Community Warrior. In 2017, this program will be recognizing and rewarding users who commit time and energy to engaging in the VMTN community. Learn more.

The VMTN Community Warrior program is back and better than ever after a brief break during what may go down in history as the best, and busiest, VMworld season of all time. Thank you to our last Warrior, @firestartah, for keeping the throne warm.

 

Congratulations to @sreec – our newest community warrior!

What makes @sreec a community warrior?

  • He is on the top participants list for three communities on VMTN: vCloud Director, NSX, vCloud Networking and Security.
  • He has achieved vExpert and vExpert-NSX based on community contributions, like the NSX book he wrote and published in 2016.

The list goes on from there… Thanks for all that you do, @sreec.

Needless to say, with NSX adoption growing every day it was exciting to be able to ask this Community Warrior to weigh in on what drew him to network virtualization, VMTN, and his upcoming projects.

Check out what @sreec had to say….

How did you get involved with VMTN?

When I was working with VMware from 2011-2016 I focused on a wide range of VMware products like vRealize Configuration Manager, vSphere, vCloud Director, vCloud Networking and Security, vCloud Connector, NSX, and more.

VCD is one of the products which I worked extensively with, and that’s where I started liking network virtualization. Considering the complexity of troubleshooting in VCD, I used VCD labs and I started looking at vCloud Director communities to better understand customer queries and then contributing to them as much as I could.

Over a period of time, I realized VMTN is by far one of the best technical hubs for VMware technologies and every day I spend 1-2 hours and follow the NSX & VCD communities.

Why are you passionate about NSX?

VMware NSX is at the forefront of the software-defined networking revolution. I come from a storage background and I switched my job to the virtualization field. I knew this was the right track to focus on and the last 8 years have been truly remarkable for me. I worked with the vCloud Network Security solution during its early days and I liked the concept of network virtualization.

My immediate focus was to clear VCAP-CIA and I achieved it very shortly followed by VCAP-DCA & DCD. I’m a strong believer of learning a technology in a way that makes people understand it very easily. If one cannot explain a feature/design, that shows a lack of knowledge in that area.

After spending a lot of hours in labs and reading blogs/books, I started training candidates on VCD, VCNS & NSX. For me this is where my passion for software-defined networking started. A few months back, I cleared VCAP6-NV and achieved VCIX track.

Having seen the technology transform all the way from VCNS to NSX for all types of workload all I want to say is NSX is a cherry on top of VMware product portfolio. It’s because of the large ecosystem, coupled with the fact that customers can leverage NSX in Private/Public and build a true network hybrid platform. We don’t need to chase a use case for implementing NSX. This product fits in extremely well for all types of workloads & environments and that is why I’m passionate about this technology.

Are you working on any projects you think the VMTN community would be interested in? 

Having learned a few things about NSX, I decided I should give something back to the community. My first contribution was the NSX book – VMware NSX Network Essentials. The focus is on core components of NSX, how to deploy, and manage it effectively.

Thank you for the time, wise words, and great community contributions.

To connect with @sreec for regular updates, follow him here:

Twitter: @sreeec ; VMTN: @sreec ; LinkedIn

Do you see someone frequently answering questions in your favorite forums? Did someone provide server saving support to you recently at a VMUG or over Twitter? Any community involvement counts. Head to the Community Warrior page to nominate a user, or email katieb@vmware.com.