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A week in virtualization

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 vcloud.vmware.com, 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 vmware.com/company/news

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: vmware.com/go/now

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 vmworld.com

Head on over to vmworld.com 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 vmworld.com/blogs/vmworld to find out more and to register for your class!

A week in virtualization

It’s all about VMworld around here with just three weeks to go until the event.

The VMworld schedule builder is now live for the conference in San Francisco. If you want a guaranteed seat in a session of your choice, you must pre-register online, like we did last year. So hurry up and pick your sessions at vmworld.com

To help you with the choices, session preview videos keep coming out on the VMworld YouTube channel. Go to youtube.com/vmworldtv to watch and subscribe, so you don’t miss any previews.

vSphere and vCenter team want to know what you think about our products, and they made a survey to get your feedback. It is linked from blogs.vmware.com/vsphere and should take no more than five minutes of your time.

The SMB blog has been publishing guest contributions from the user community, including Jeremy Hall, Jeff Eberhard, and Mike Laverick, to mention but a few. Topics span the gamut from tips and suggestions for people who are just starting their journey to the cloud, to advanced techniques such as high availability and malware protection. Check out blogs.vmware.com/smb to read them all.

Why did you choose VMware?

We need your help. We're looking for a few people to share their stories with us. But we ask for people to share their stories all the time — heck, we even have a customer reference program to help you share your experiences. How is this different?

For one, we don't need a lot from you right now. We're not looking for a long commitment or permission from your management to do a formal case study. We're actually just looking for you to jot down a few words.

  • Why did you choose a VMware solution?
  • Why did you come back to VMware after trying a competitor’s offering?
  • What impact did VMware solutions have on achieving your company’s objectives?

We'll look at all the stories. If you submit something that we'll use, we'll publish it on our newest site, Get the Facts. There's a lot of FUD out there, so we're trying to shine some light and provide some real-world perspective from VMware's 350,000 customers on how they are tranforming their IT and their business using VMware.

You don't have to write a long essay. Just check in with yourself, think about your history using VMware sofware, and write something true. (For those of you on Twitter, I've read a lot of your tweets, and I know you have some funny and tragic stories. If you're in the midst of a traumatic experience, try to take a deep breath and not be too mean about broken software. But if, for example, VMware Storage vMotion just saved you a weekend in the office, now is a good time to jot down your thoughts.)

We'll probably just pick a few sentences that sum up your point the best. If we print it, we'll just print your first name and last initial — I'd be John T. — and we won't mention your company name. You, of course, have to assert that you're telling us a true story.

If we do publish it, we'll send you a small gift as a token of our appreciation. We've got a choice of two exclusive VMware-branded gifts: one's a Powerstick charger — just charge up the battery using a USB port and charge any phone or device with it when you're out and about. The other is a nice backpack for your laptop and gear.

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If that sounds interesting, go on over to the Get The Facts website, scroll down, and click on the "Share your Story" button. Terms & Conditions are all listed over there. We appreciate you sharing your experiences with us and with your peers.

Thanks and Best Regards,
John Troyer

A week in virtualization

Last week we have announced our plans to acquire Nicira, which is a pioneer in software-defined networking space, and a leader in network virtualization for open source initiatives. The deal has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and is expected to close in the second half of this year.

Cloud computing is about agile, elastic, efficient, and reliable services, and it is achieved through sophisticated software that abstracts hardware resources, pools it into aggregate capacity, enabling automation to safely and efficiently dole it out as needed for applications. Tenants or customers utilizing the software-defined datacenter can have their own virtual datacenter with an isolated collection of all the compute, storage, networking, and security resources that they are used to. Furthermore, this virtual datacenter can grow and shrink to efficiently utilize physical resources.  This is what the software-defined datacenter is all about, and it is the architecture for the cloud.

Managing networks and network services to support cloud architectures is complex, time consuming and limits the achievement of full application mobility across clouds.  Nicira is at the forefront of software-defined networking, which enables the dynamic creation of virtual network infrastructure and services that are completely decoupled and independent from the physical network hardware.  Many industry leaders, including AT&T, DreamHost, eBay, Fidelity Investments, NTT and Rackspace are using the Nicira Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) to accelerate service delivery from weeks to minutes and dramatically reduce complexity and cost. To read more, head on over to vmware.com/company/news

The VMware View team announced today that their View Client 1.5 now works with Mac OS X Mountain Lion; it is already signed and is compatible with Gatekeeper. If you don’t know, the Gatekeeper is a security feature that verifies the identity of a software developer and ensures that the package you are about to install isn’t malware or hasn’t been tampered with. For all the details, visit the End User Computing blog at blogs.vmware.com/euc

Team Fusion has also announced that VMware Fusion 4.1.3 now works with Mountain Lion release also, just in time for the operating system’s general availability. They have published some FAQs on their blog at blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion – go check that out!

The VMworld schedule builder is now live for the conference in San Francisco. As last year, all attendees must pre-register for the sessions to guarantee that you’ll have a seat in the session of your choice. So giddy-up and select your sessions at vmworld.com

Speaking of which, the VMworld team has been busy putting teaser videos for different sessions up in their YouTube channel. So far, I am counting about a dozen, but there will be more, so go to youtube.com/vmworldtv and subscribe to the channel if you don’t want to miss any previews.

Join the VMware Community Circle on Google+

You probably have heard about Google+, but most people haven't really checked out this new social network. Google+ has some of the good qualities of both Twitter and Facebook, and it could turn out to be quite a nice way for IT professionals interested in VMware, virtualization, cloud computing, and IT transformation to hang out.

Google+ has some of the nicer qualities of Twitter, in that you can follow your interest graph, not your social graph. If you're reading this blog, that means you can follow fellow IT professionals and talk about jumbo frames without Aunt Helga asking how you're going to attach them to the wall.

However, if you've ever played with Twitter, you probably quickly realized that with everybody's tweets zipping by 140 characters at a time, it's hard to actually have a conversation, say about enabling jumbo frames on your management network, especially with more than two people or over a few days. Google+ solves this, like Facebook, by having threaded comments that let you go back and forth about a topic.

Google+ also shares some of the downsides of both Facebook and Twitter. Like Facebook, you get a lot of funny pictures being shared in your stream. And like Twitter, you have to build your own network to actually see anything being shared.

1000px-Moire_CirclesTo solve that last problem, we've started the VMware Google+ Community Circle. It's a circle of people interested in VMware, virtualization, cloud, and IT transformation. It's completely opt in: only the people who want to connect and talk with each other are in the circle.

To get started, once you have a Google+ account, go over to this Google+ post and click the "Add Circle" link inside the circle. You can make a new circle or add it to one of your existing circles. Boom! You now can start to see what these folks are posting and start sharing to them as well. 

To get added to the circle, first you have to "circle" the VMware page on Google+ — add us to your circles. This is a Google+ rule to prevent us from spamming anybody. Then add a comment on the Community Circle Post to let us know you'd like to be added! It's as simple as that. Every week or two we'll re-share the Community Circle — just add it again to your circles and it'll add all the new people. When we get up to the limit of 500 people, we'll just make a new circle!

We'll see you all over at Google+! We'll be sharing some exclusive content over there as well as having live video hangouts now and then.

–John & the VMware Social Media Crew


Last two days: vote for your favorite blogs

The deadline is fast approaching – Tuesday, February 7. The bloggers that talk about VMware, virtualization and cloud computing (see a subset over at Planet V12n) work hard and bring a lot of value to their readers. 

If you're a blog reader, head over to Eric Siebert's joint at vote.vsphere-land.com and put down some votes for your favorite read! 

Voting now open for the top VMware & virtualization blogs | vSphere-land

Uncle_sam_voteThere are over 180 blogs dedicated to VMware virtualization, here’s your chance to pick your favorites and determine the top blogs. The last voting was over a year ago and new bloggers are springing up every month. When casting your votes please keep the following in mind about the blogs.

  • Longevity - Anyone can start a blog but it requires dedication, time & effort to keep it going. Some bloggers start a blog only to have it fall to the wayside several months later. Things always come up in life but the good bloggers keep going regardless of what is happening in their life.
  • Length - It’s easy to make a quick blog post without much content, nothing wrong with this as long as you have good content in the post that people will enjoy. But some bloggers post pretty long detailed posts which takes a lot of time and effort to produce. The tip of the hat goes to these guys that burn the midnight oil trying to get you some great detailed information.
  • Frequency - Some bloggers post several times a week which provides readers with lots of content. This requires a lot of effort as bloggers have to come up with more content ideas to write about. Frequency ties into length, some do high frequency/low length, some do low frequency/high length, some do both. They’re all good and require a lot of time and effort on the bloggers part.
  • Quality - It all comes down to whats in the blog post regardless of how often or how long the blog posts are. After reading a blog post if you come away with learning something that you did not previously know and it benefits you in some way then you know you are reading a quality post. Good quality is usually the result of original content, its easy to re-hash something previously published elsewhere, the good bloggers come up with unique content or put their own unique spin on popular topics.


VMware Cloud Infrastructure online event

The July 12th VMware Cloud Infrastructure online event is less than a day away — Register now
And don’t forget, you may win a pass to VMworld 2011!

Here is a brief video from VMware CTO, Steve Herrod, talking about the event:

There will also be a series of on-demand sessions for viewing after the live webcast where you can learn more about the industry’s most trusted virtualization and cloud infrastructure products and services. This is an opportunity for Q&A with VMware experts and the VMware community. A virtual environment will be offered to you to explore the on-demand sessions, technical resources/materials and a networking lounge to share conversations and social media with other attendees and visitors.

Here is a preview of the virtual event (snapshot only):


During the event, follow coverage on Twitter at http://vmware.com/twitter and Blogs at http://blogs.vmware.com.
The Twitter hashtag for the event is #vmwarecloud.

Who’s got the golden ticket? Win a free VMworld pass at our July 12 online event

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Not signed up yet for our July 12 online Cloud Infrastructure event? You should take care of that right now before you forget, because if you register and attend the event this Tuesday, you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE pass to VMworld 2011 in either Las Vegas or Copenhagen. Onsite registration for VMworld is $2195, but if you're a winner you'll be attending VMworld — for FREE — with thousands of other IT innovators as you learn how to unlock the full power of virtualization and cloud computing for your organization.

It's not to late to register for this free, online, live event. You'll get an email telling you how to attend the event starting at 9am Pacific time on Tuesday, July 12. Join VMware CEO Paul Maritz and CTO Steve Herrod live as they introduce the next generation of cloud infrastructure. A virtual conference with in-depth breakout sessions and a live Q&A chat with VMware experts will finish out this 3 hour experience.

Register today and then join us at the online event on July 12 to be entered into a drawing for the free VMworld pass. Even if you don't win the free pass, we hope you'll be joining in person us in Las Vegas on August 29 or Copenhagen on October 18. 

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(Have you noticed a new feature on this blog? The new buttons up by the title of this entry will let you share this news with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Share the news and then go register today!)

p.s. If you've already registered, you don't need to register again. Just attend this Tuesday!

Register now for “Raising the Bar, Part V” — online event

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July 12, 2011
9am-Noon Pacific Time

VMware CEO Paul Maritz and CTO Steve Herrod will be presenting on the next generation of cloud infrastructure. Join us and experience how the virtualization journey is helping transform IT and ushering in the era of Cloud Computing. 

9:00-9:45 Paul and Steve present – live online streaming
10:00-12:00 five tracks of deep dive breakout sessions
10:00-12:00 live Q&A with VMware cloud and virtualization experts

The event is free — if you sign up today you'll get an email reminder. This is a not-to-miss event!

These vExperts will be on-site at the event in San Francisco and will be covering the event live! (Also watch for live-tweeting from @VMwareEvents and @jtroyer with the #vmwarecloud hashtag)

After the event, you'll still be able to ask questions on Twitter. And on Wednesday, we'll be recapping the event on our VMware Community Roundtable — join us for an hour of live Q&A.

Here's a personal invitation from Steve Herrod – he is not above make a bad joke to convince you to attend!

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I'm looking really forward to the day — we've been working hard here at VMware and this online event is the culmination of all that work — please join us for what will be a very interesting and informative event. Register today.

See you there!

vExpert 2011 Update

The first batch of vExpert 2011 designations have been sent out. A small second batch of designations and decline notices will be sent out within the next few days.

Congrats to all the vExpert 2011 designees, and sorry to make a few of you wait. The quality of the candidates and their work were extremely high this year. In some areas, such as VMUG qualifications, we raised the bar substantially to require more sustained year-long activity. 

I'll update this post when the final mailings go out. All non-employee notifications have been sent out.

This year, VMware employees are eligible to be designated as vExperts. However, they were omitted from this initial judging pool to ensure fairness. We'll announce employee vExperts shortly.

I'd like to thank the judging committee for their contributions and for the seriousness in which they took their work.

Thanks to everybody who submitted applications for all your hard work, whether you were designated a vExpert or not. In many cases, the judging was very difficult, and I'm sure went the wrong way a few times. 

Finally, while I do appreciate all the warm thanks and messages from the vExpert designees, I'd like to point out that you guys are doing all the work, spending your nights and weekends on writing and organizing and coding when you could be doing something else. I just get to hand out the awards, which is the fun part.

Best regards,