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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 31st for a August 9th announcement. 

  • June 18th- vExpert applications go live.
  • July 31st– 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

vExpert 2018 Applications are Now Open

Applications for the 2018 vExpert program are now open. Applications will be accepted until January 19th at midnight PDT. The vExpert 2018 announcement will be on February 23rd 2018. 

vExpert

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.

 

New for vExpert 2018

New this year is a completely new vExpert website for applications, data management, vExpert directory. vExperts will be able to manage your own data (email address, employer, and many others), update your applications, download your license keys and download your vExpert Certificate. Apply at https://vexpert.vmware.com

Returning vExperts, you have a different process. Please check your email for a password recovery link to reset your password for vexpert.vmware.com. If you do not have an email to reset your vexpert.vmware.com account, please use this URL to reset your password. https://vexpert.vmware.com/recover-password. Use the same email address you use to receive email for the vExpert program.

 

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.

 

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,
Corey Romero and the Social Media Team

 

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

vExperts, Thank You for a Great VMworld U.S.

Thank you to the vExpert community for coming out to join us for our annual vExpert Party at VMworld U.S.

Each year we host the vExperts at a private event to provide a night of fun and entertainment. For this party we had food trucks, dessert truck, drinks, quarters, food & fire entertainment as well as great conversations and networking.

We held the event at the famous Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame featured on the History Channel. Each year we select a location for the event and this year we were approached by Carolynn Santos from VMware with the idea for Pinball and we instantly said YES, book it!

The Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame donates .90 on the dollar to local charities to help fight MS, Lupus and many other diseases. We were very proud this year knowing that all of the dollars we  spent last night went to charity.

Some photos of the vExpert Party at VMworld U.S. in Las Vegas.

Nine Year vExperts!

The vExpert program has been around for 9 years and approaching our 10 year anniversary. I wanted to honor some of the 9 year vExperts and say THANK YOU! Thank you for your dedication to community and helping others. There are a couple that aren’t represented here that we will honor at the 10 year. Edward @texiwill, thank you for pulling everyone together for the photo.

Now this is dedication, Christopher Kusek @cxi, he will do anything to get the right shot!

vExpert Swag Bags

Thank you Gina Minks @gminks  and the vSphere team for putting these together and all of your hard work. The vExpert swag bags were excellent and were a huge hit at the show. vExperts, please be sure to thank @gminks for the vExpert Swag Bags.

Swag Bag included:

  • Battery pack
  • Phone cable
  • Stickers
  • Water bottle
  • Branded vExpert bag

 

NSX Community Leader Summit

Thank you to the vExpert NSX Community as well as the NSBU at VMware for putting together this amazing event for NSX Community leaders. Chris McCain @hcmccain kicked things off in the evening and leads our VMware NSX Ninja Program.

Here was the agenda for the evening:

  • Welcome & Opening with Chris McCain, 30 minutes
  • NSX Everywhere / Modern Apps with Pere Monoclus & Milin Desai, 30 minutes
  • NSX for On-Prem, Cloud Native Apps and Clouds “Quick Dive” with Andrew Voltmer, 30 minutes
  • Break, 30 minutes
  • App Defense / Security with Chris Corde & Vijay Ganti, 30 minutes
  • AMA vExpert with Wade Holmes, Paul Mancuso, Suresh Thiru, Brian Lazear, 30 Minutes
  • Closing with Jeff Jennings, 15 minutes
  • Meet & Greet 30 minutes
  • NSX Summit Closing

vExperts, thank you again for such a great show and for allowing me to be part of this amazing community!

 

Corey Romero & the VMware Social & Community Team

vExpert NSX 2017 Award Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert NSX. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2017 vExperts who received the NSX 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, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

The program is built upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware NSX. We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.

If you were in the program previously and no longer, you may have missed the application window. Please email vExpert at VMware.

Thank You,

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

First Last
Brandon Bazan
Cody De Arkland
Ron Fuller
Wojciech Marusiak
Robert Verdam
Jason Meers
Caio Oliveira
Tomas Fojta
Mikael Korsgaard Jensen
Dwayne Sinclair
Paul Meehan
Nick Scuola
Ronald de Jong
Joe Clarke
Jonathan Copeland
Niels Hagoort
Ray Budavari
Ian Walker
Chris Neale
Brandon Seymour
Ted Spinks
Trevor Pott
Fabrizio de Luca
Michael Rudloff
Petr McAllister
Jason Nash
Eric Sloof
Scott Lowe
Nicolai Sandager
Karel Novak
Andrea Mauro
Tom Howarth
Edward Haletky
Ather Beg
Sebastian Grugel
Ron Flax
Cahit YOLAÇAN
Chi Kin Wu
Matthew Leib
Mike Armstrong
Abdullah Abdullah
Rawlinson Rivera
Matthias Eisner
Yves Sandfort
Chris Clancy
Marc Huppert
Kalen Arndt
Mariusz Kaczorek
John Statt
Sander Martijn
sandeep kaushik
Matthew Bunce
Brian Ragazzi
Ranjit Singh Thakurratan
Luis Concistre
Andrew Brydon
Brad Christian
Darryl Cauldwell
Javier Galvez
Marius Sandbu
Patricio Cerda
Niran Even-Chen
Tolga Tohumcu
Paul McSharry
Yoshimasa Yamamoto
Sateesh Thupakula
Elver Sena Sosa
Aram Avetisyan
Ivo Beerens
Go Watanabe
Chanaka Ekanayake
Kyle Jenner
Fernando Silva
Marco van Baggum
Sjors Robroek
Brandon Hahn
Johan van Amersfoort
Daemon Behr
Jose Maria Gonzalez
Bilel KAMMOUN
SREEJITH C
Manish Patel
VALDECIR CARVALHO
Masanori Nara
Florian Grehl
Myles Gray
Eric Sloof
Joep Piscaer
Robert Bauer
Manish Jha
Igor Zecevic
Marc De Grasse
Heino Skov
Jarosław Zieliński
Matthew Larson
Luke Huckaba
Saurav Issar
Rushdi Rizvy
René van den Bedem
Chris Wahl
Michał Iwańczuk
Marc Vincent Davoli
Fabian Lenz
Clinton Prentice
Carlos Andrés Robles Lascarro
James Cruickshank
Rich Dowling
Ebrahim Aldesouky
Takahiro HAGIWARA
Russ OConnor
Christian Strijbos
Chris Forbis
mauro balbiani
Kohei Matsumoto
Gomaa Ghoneem
Christian Parker
Joshua Sims
Peter van Roosmalen
Anthony Spiteri
Chestin Hay
David Espejo
Tim Davis
William de Marigny
Romain Decker
raymundo escobar
Nathan Goh
Joseph Griffiths
Ryan Johnson
Anjani Kumar
Ariel Sanchez Mora
Manny Sidhu
Martijn Smit
Kazumi Takata
Steve Wood
Ross Wynne
Waleed Akl
Manfred Hofer
Bo Bo Zin
Gabriel Maciel
Dave Davis
Pablo Scheri
Christopher Kusek
Giuliano Bertello
Sam McGeown
Simone Di Mambro
Justin Bias
Karthik Varadaraja
Joshua Andrews
Jeffrey Kusters
Erik Verbruggen
Brian Kirsch
Trevor Smith
Bayu Wibowo
James Streit
Christopher Lewis

vExpert 2017 VSAN Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert VSAN. Myself and VMware Storage Business Unit are pleased to announce the list of 2017 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.

The program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware VSAN. We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.

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!

Thank You,

Corey Romero and the VMware Storage Business Unit

First Last
Ebrahim Aldesouky
Puneet Arora
Aram Avetisyan
Dan Barr
Brian Beeler
Ivo Beerens
Justin Bias
Ryan Birk
Niclas Borgström
Joseph Roy Barker
Paul Braren
Mark Brookfield
Matthew BUnce
Erik Bussink
VALDECIR CARVALHO
Christopher Chua
Ricardo Conzatti
James Cruickshank
Tim Davis
Marc De Grasse
Fabrizio de Luca
Tayfun Deger
Lee Dilworth
Chanaka Ekanayake
Rebecca Fitzhugh
Gomaa Ghoneem
Brandon Graves
Myles Gray
Florian Grehl
Sebastian Grugel
Niels Hagoort
Krzysztof Hermanowski
Martin Hosken
Luke Huckaba
Marc Huppert
Sungho Hwang
Timothy Ingalls
Saurav Issar
Kyle Jenner
Ryan Johnson
Mariusz Kaczorek
Steve Kaplan
Jens Klasen
Brian Knutsson
Anastasis Ksouzafeiris
AJ Kuftic
Anjani Kumar
Christopher Kusek
William Lam
Jason Langer
Matthew Larson
Fabian Lenz
Leandro Ariel Leonhardt
Scott Lowe
Matt Mancini
Johan Marais
Frederic Martin
Tiago Martinez
Jason Massae
Andrea Mauro
Sam McGeown
Paul McSharry
Jason Meers
Christian Mohn
Dave Morera
Chris Nakagaki
Kevin O’Brien
Michael PERES
Anthony Poh
Tony Reeves
Kiran Reid
Rawlinson Rivera
Roger Samdal
Yves Sandfort
raphael schitz
Greg Schulz
Vladan SEGET
Eric Sloof
Anthony Spiteri
Benjamin Ulsamer
Marco van Baggum
Herco van Brug
Rene van den Bedem
Manh Luan Vo
Wei-Ren Wang
Michael Wilmsen
Jeff Wong
Chi Kin Wu
Yoshimasa Yamamoto
Emad Younis
Bo Bo Zin

vExpert 2017 Second Half Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2017 Second Half vExperts. Each of these vExperts have 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, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

I want to personally thank everyone who applied and point out that a “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. If you feel like you were not selected in error, that’s entirely possible.

The judges may have overlooked or misinterpreted what you wrote in your application. Email us at vexpert@vmware.com and we can discuss your situation. We looked at all of the 2015 and some of 2016 activities to determine the voting results.

If you were selected as a vExpert 2017 Second Half, we will be conducting on-boarding this week. You should now have the welcome email in your inbox which will explain the entire program and what you need to do to be enrolled in our private vExpert community as well as listed in the vExpert directory. We will use the email address provided in your vExpert application. We will extend the vExpert Reception invite to you for both VMworld US in Las Vegas as well as VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning.

We’re looking forward to working with you. Command + F away and find your name if you can’t wait for the welcome email.

Corey Romero, and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

Note: The list below are the newly added vExperts only. This is not the complete vExpert list.

First Name Last Name Twitter
Max Abelardo @mabelard
Charles Adams @whitehattechs
belal adel
Hammad Alam @vcdx248
Muhammed Ali muhammedali275
FERNANDO ALVAREZ MARTINEZ @bolooo
Aidan Thomson thebigbluebin
Mehmet AYDIN diaboliksword
Adrian Begg @AdrianBegg
Uma sanker Panda @UmaPanda81
Preben Berg @poulpreben
Julien BERTON Julien BERTON
Rob Bishop @rob_a_b
Christiaan Brinkhoff @Brinkhoff_C
Yamato Sakai
Hans Kraaijeveld @hanskraaijeveld
Joseph Roy Barker
JOHN DE ARAUJO @johncostaaraujo
Gilad Broun @giladbrown
Douglas Brown @douglasabrown
Brian Bunke @brianbunke
Saurabh Chandratre SC_vNextGen
Luis Chanu @LuisChanu
Todd D’Amore
Noel Lacayo @noel_lacayo
Saadallah Chebaro @s_chebaro
Jack Cherkas @jackcherkas
Chris Colotti @CColotti
Manuel Serrano de Haro
Alex Schenck
Celia Cristaldo Cantero @celiacri
Barry Schiffer @barryschiffer
Rhian Cross @rhiancohen
David Davis @DavidMDavis
Ivan de Mes @ivandemes
Prabhu Barathi @prabhu_b
Mike Dent @mikedent13
Dillon Doxey VCDX229
Pawel Drazkowski @_Drazkowski
Hamza El Fajjaj
Jad El-Zein @virtualjad
Peter Flecha @vPedroArrow
Mike Gelhar @mikegelhar
Andrew Gerrie aegerrie
Matthieu GIOIA @notmg
Joao Grade @j_grade
William Grismore @grizzamore
Brett Guarino @Brett_Guarino
John Hague @jhague10
Jeremy Hall VMjhall
Rhys Hammond @HammondRhys
Faisal Hasan @FaisalHasan80
Derek Hennessy @derekhennessy
Jorge Luis Hernandez @swatcat666
Jose Manuel Hernandez Benitez jos3mhb
Todd Horne @RVAVMWARE
Joseph Houghes @jhoughes
Kevin Howell @kevhowla
Alton Ingram
Yohei Ishihara
Darshana Jayathilake @darshanajayathi
QIYAN JIANG
Britton Johnson vcixnv
Spas Kaloferov @SpasKaloferov
Byounghee Kim
Arron King @cybersylum
Nick Korte @NetworkNerd_
Deepak koshal @deepakkoshal
Veli Kadir KOZAN @velikadirkozan
John Kozej @vcdx245
Vijay Kumar @jaysheezzy
Rajeev Kumar @rajeevc64867759
Michael Leahy @mikeleahy1234Ba
Ariel Liguori aliguo
Naresh Madiraju
Dukagjin Maloku DugiDM
HEURTIN Manuel @manul63
Wesley Martins Silva @wesmrt
Ángel Muñoz Guerrero @AngelMGTech
Ken Nalbone @KenNalbone
Michael Noone Yinzvirtual
Paul Parmentier
Mark Plettenberg @MarkPlettenberg
Alexandro Prado https://twitter.com/alexandroprado
John Putnam @putnajoe
James Rankin 0
Martez Reed greenreedtech
Joerg Roesch oergman
Rodrigo Rovere @blogciscoredes
Hussam Sawaged @HussamSawaqed
Michael Schroeder @Microlytix
Romain Serre @RomSerre
Ryan Shellenberger
Herman Silva bighermWPB
Harjit Singh @pmlogs
jitendra singh @jitendra12singh
Jitendra Singh @Jitendr87037334
Gerard Slotboom @slotboom
Dennis Smith @DennisMSmith
Iakov Sovluk
Christian Stankowic @stankowic_devel
John Statt @john.statt
Andy Syrewicze @asyrewicze
Dusan Tekeljak @mavatko
Aung Zaw Zaw Tun
Paul Twomey
Colin Westwater @cwestwater
Gary Williams @garyw_
Geoff Wilmington Geoff Wilmington
Bram Wolfs @bramwolfs
Paul Wynne @vdiallstar
Tayfun Yaban @tayfunyaban
Chip Zoller @chipzoller
Mischa Buijs BeVirtualnet
Christopher Frenz
Akira Koda

Applications for vExpert 2017 Second Half , NSX, vSAN are Now Open!

Applications for vExpert 2017 Second Half, vExpert NSX, vExpert vSAN are Now Open!

The wait is over and the second time to apply for vExpert 2017 & is here. Applications for the 2017 vExpert, vExpert NSX and vExpert vSAN are now open!

vExpert

Key dates to be aware of:

  • June 7th, vExpert applications go live.
  • July 7th – All vExpert applications close (no late entries this year).
  • August 18th – vExpert Award Announcement

How to apply for vExpert 2017 as well as the vExpert NSX & vExpert vSAN Sub-Programs

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 2017 as well as the vExpert NSX & vExpert vSAN Sub-Programs

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 2017 vExpert program.

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

VMworld 2017 US & Europe Blogger Passes

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Each year VMware provides blogger passes to both the VMworld US and the VMworld Europe conferences. The program is simple: if you are a technical blogger or have a publication around Virtualization then you should apply for a complementary blogger pass to one of the conferences. We provide the pass, you provide the transportation and hotel accommodations. The blogger passes are full conference passes so you will still be able to register for sessions just the same as a regular conference pass difference is these are free of charge.

Since passes are limited, we will only provide one pass per person per year. Meaning you can go to either VMworld US in Las Vegas or VMworld Europe in Barcelona. Keep in mind that in the past we have always had more passes to Las Vegas then Barcelona and both are limited. U.S. Limit is 50 blogger passes while the Europe conference is limited to 35 blogger passes.

Key Dates:

  • April 12th – Blogger Pass Applications Open
  • May 12th – Blogger Pass Applications Close
  • June 2nd – Blogger Pass Allocation & Announcement
  • June 12th – Early Bird Registration Closes

Not everyone will be chosen for a blogger pass since the passes are limited and I’m sure we will see a tremendous response this year. If plans change please email cromero at vmware.com with the cancelation so we can allocate the blogger pass to the next qualified blogger.

Apply for a VMworld Blogger Pass (VMware Employee Are Excluded)

See you at VMworld!