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Community Warrior Nominations

This program continues to recognizing users who commit time and energy to engaging with peers in the VMTN community. Learn more.

It is time to nominate the next VMTN Community Warrior! This is your chance to choose a commendable member who has devoted a great amount of time and insight to help others in the community. These people are high point earners due to their helpfulness in answering questions and sharing their contributions across multiple social media platforms.

A Community Warrior will be chosen through this nomination process every quarter, starting this July. Don’t worry if you or your nominee are not chosen for this quarter; there will always be next time. You still have a few weeks left to step up and nominate a deserving warrior!

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 jenniferg@vmware.com.

vExpert 2018 Second Half Applications are Now Open!

The wait is over and the second time to apply for vExpert 2018 is here! Applications will stay open from June 18th and will close on July 13th for a August 9th announcement. 

  • June 18th- vExpert applications go live.
  • July 13th – All vExpert applications close (no late entries this year).
  • August 9th – vExpert Award Announcement

How to apply for vExpert 2018

  • New vExpert applicants – You can apply at vexpert.vmware.com.
  • Current 2018 vExperts – You do not need to apply for this period.

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

How to apply for vExpert 2018

  • New vExpert applicants – You can apply at vexpert.vmware.com.
  • Current 2018 vExperts – You do not need to apply for this period.

Questions & Updates

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send email to  vexpert@vmware.com. Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2018 vExpert program.

Thank you to all who have participated in years past,
Corey Romero & the vExpert Team

vExpert vSAN 2018 Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert vSAN. The vExpert team and the VMware Storage Business Unit are pleased to announce the list of 2018 vExperts who received the vSAN award. This elite group includes bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. This group of individuals have passion and enthusiasm for technology, but more importantly, have demonstrated significant activity and evangelism around vSAN.

Please join us in congratulating them and welcoming them to the vExpert vSAN program. We couldn’t be more excited to partner and work with both the Storage BU and the vExpert program!

The Official 2018 vExpert vSAN list can be found below.

Thank you!

The vExpert Team & VMware Storage Business Unit

First Last
Ebrahim Aldesouky
Mohamad Alhussein
Aram Avetisyan
Dan Barr
Brian Beeler
Firoze Bhorat
Justin Bias
Niclas Borgström
Kim Bottu
Aaron Buley
Erik Bussink
Matt Callaway
Victor Camacho
Jack Cherkas Cherkas
Federico Cinalli
James Cruickhank
Fabrizio de Luca
Chanaka Ekanayake
Pablo G. Arango
Florian Grehl
Niels Hagoort
Jens Hennig
Martin Hosken
Marc Huppert
Ezzeldin Hussein
Sungho Hwang
Naoyuki Inaba
Mariusz Kaczorek
Steve Kaplan
Mostafa Khalil
Jens Klasen
Brian Knutsson
Nick Korte
AJ Kuftic
Anjani Kumar
William Lam
Leandro Ariel Leonhardt
Christopher Lewis
Scott Lowe
Matt Mancini
Johan Marais
Frederic Martin
Andrea Mauro
Sam McGeown
Paul McSharry
Christian Mohn
Ken Nalbone
Ivan Nekrasov
Michael Noone
Kevin O’Brien
Masayuki Otsuka
Changju Park
Luciano Patrao
Michael PERES
Anthony Poh
Chris Porter
Erwan Quélin
Mohammed Raffic
Tony Reeves
Steven Rodenburg
Steffan Røstvig
Yamato Sakai
raphael schitz
Eric Sloof
Anthony Spiteri
Kerem SUGLE
Herco van Brug
Go Watanabe
Michael Wilmsen
Chi Kin Wu
Paul Wynne
Josef Zach

It’s time to play! #CloudCred, VMUG Virtual JUNE

Everyone loves a good virtual event – especially one with great prizes, too!
So, join the upcoming VMUG Virtual JUNE Event 

Thursday, June 7 – 9am – 5pm CT and compete to win at CloudCredibility.com.

First:
Sign up to play at CloudCredibility.com  This process is incredibly easy. 

Next:
Register  From all verified event registrants, two will be selected at random to WIN an Amazon Echo Dot.

Then:
Complete the CloudCred event tasks to earn the Virtual JUNE Badge

Once your badge is complete – you’ll be entered to WIN this Grand Prize!

Don’t miss this VMUG virtual event to explore the latest in NSX management, and take a deep-dive into vCloud and vSphere. Plus, you’ll find an entire crew of VMware experts who are ready to share their knowledge & help you succeed!

Topics include:

Apple in the Enterprise Business; What’s New with vRealize Operations; Deep Dive – Security in vSphere; Introduction to Cloud-Native Technologies – what are containers and why should we care?; and many more.

Keynote Speaker: Duncan Epping

So sign up now (JOIN CloudCred here) and get in the game. Pre-event tasks are live, so play today. See you there!