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Talk Techy – The VMTN Podcast Program

Do you host a podcast around virtualization, storage, networking, or a key VMware subject area? Do you have a favorite podcast about technology? Would you like to explore relevant podcasts around technical topics?

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VMware Technology Network would like to help further connect our 3 million+ members by building and publishing a comprehensive list of favorite community podcasts, for your enjoyment. We are working to build our Podcasts community into said list, but we need your help.

If you host a podcast, or know of a technical podcast involving key VMware topics and would like to share it with the community, you only need to provide the following:

  • Name of podcast
  • Link to podcast
  • A 2-sentence abstract explaining the subject matter
  • Host information
  • Specific topics covered

This information can be submitted here: https://goo.gl/forms/GgM8kuEllYw8gVcL2. Any podcast submitted may be subject to promotion through VMTN and vExpert social channels.

Go ahead, take a minute and submit now; contribute to the education and entertainment of the VMware community.

Follow these channels for updates:

Please reach out to katieb@vmware.com with any questions.

VMTN Gets virtuallyGhetto: Community Warrior #4

With the below announcement, nominations are now open for winner #5

It is my pleasure to announce the newest VMware Technology Network Community Warrior Badge is being awarded to one of VMware’s very own, William Lam.

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Congratulations William! @Lamw is well-known for his blog, virtuallyGhetto, but has also been actively contributing to VMTN for almost 10 years. He has earned nearly 25,000 points in this time and attained the Guru badge, consistently supporting others in their endeavors to achieve automation. He has been instrumental in helping the VMware {code} developer program take-off, presents at VMUGs all over the world, and has been a vExpert since the start of the program.

In exploring his online presence, and reading the wonderful nominations I received for him from @LucD, @arielsanchezmor, and @Nscuola, who described William’s following as “cult-like,” I decided I needed to find out more about the man behind the scripts first-hand.

I had the chance to ask him a few questions…

K:   William, you are a very decorated community member, you were just named one of the Top 50 Overall VMware Influencers this year, and you’ve been a vExpert for all 8 years – why and how did you start as a VMware evangelist?

W: The evangelism was really a by-product of the work I had been doing over the years rather than a specific goal I had in mind. Like many in the VMware Community, my career started out as a regular Systems Administrator and at the time, I was supporting a mix of Linux/UNIX and VMware-based infrastructures. Having worked for several large Enterprises, I was exposed to a multitude of challenges which gave me a great opportunity to learn about news things and solve some really hard problems.
I am a huge believer in sharing what you have learned so that others can build on top of that knowledge and do even greater things. This constant learning and sharing of VMware knowledge has always been something I enjoyed and as I mentioned earlier, the evangelism for VMware and their solutions just sort of happened naturally.

K: Very cool! I’m sure a lot of our readers can relate. How did you get to where you are today – with almost 17,000 followers on Twitter and one of the most popular blogs in the community?

W: To be perfectly honest, I still ask myself that every day. I think for me personally; I have always enjoyed learning about new things and sharing that back with the community whether that is explaining a complex topic or building creative solutions to solve real customer problems. I think being passionate about what you do really helps, regardless if you are the #1 blogger or 2,013th blogger. Find that one thing you really love and just keep at it, you may not see it right away, but it will pay dividends in the future in ways you cannot even imagine.

K: That’s great advice. What has your passion led you to lately… What are you currently working on?

W: I had just recently finished a fun little project with my good friend Alan Renouf called USB to SDDC which we also got to present for the first time in public at both the Sydney and Melbourne VMUG a couple of weeks ago. The idea is quite simple, how cool would it be if you could simply plug in a USB key into a server and have automatically provision and configure ESXi, the vCenter Server Appliance and vSAN without any additional user interaction? That is what Project USB to SDDC is all about. You can find more details in this blog post here: http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2017/04/project-usb-to-sddc-part-1.html

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Do you have questions for William?  Reach out to him:

Over Twitter: @lamw

On VMTN: @lamw

Check out his blog: http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/

And for fun, his video of a 109-mile bike ride for charity he participated in: https://vimeo.com/106775852

Then be sure to submit your nominations for Community Warrior #5. Who has stood out in your favorite community lately? What warrior has been knocking down questions left and right? Contact the Community Manager @KTbradley on VMTN or through email at katieb@vmware.com to nominate.

Discover VMware Technology Network – Series 1

Discover VMTN is a blog series that will bring to light the features and functionality within the communities platform that are lesser known, but incredibly useful. This week we start with…

VMTN Global Forums by Language

VMware has offices in 20+ countries, vmware.com has 30+ localized sites, but last month, VMware Technology Network had only a few scatted forums dedicated to enabling peer-to-peer conversations for our global customers.

That gap has been filled with the launch of VMTN Global Forums.

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Communities are an integral part of being a VMware customer. When a customer buys, deploys, or builds on a VMware product, they become a part of the VMware Technology Network, or as our bigger community ecosystem is sometimes called, the vCommunity. VMTN Global Forums by Language now provides a platform to share knowledge, resources, opinions, and gain support, for customers worldwide.

These Forums each have a committed moderator who regulates content to ensure that there is no third-party advertising, and that VMTN’s Code of Conduct is maintained. Check out our list of new Forums and their moderators:

French: @LucD ; @FranckRookie

Italian: @ldelloca

Polish: @inleo

Russian: @AntonVZhbankov

Spanish: @dquintana

Brazilian Portuguese: @rcporto

Japanese: @gowatana

Arabic: @MRoushdy

German: @wila ; @peetz ; @schepp ; @a.p.

Turkish: @ademyetim

Indonesian:@bayupw

So now it comes down to this… Did you deploy a VMware product today? How? Are you upgrading your vSphere from 5.5 to 6? Have you? Head to the forums and engage, whether it’s answering discussions or starting them – from where ever you are in the world.

A Dynamite and Dynamic Community Warrior

*With the below announcement, nominations are now open for winner #4!*

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I am happy to announce the newest recipient of the Community Warrior badge is Ariel Sanchez Mora. Congratulations Ariel! Ariel is truly an embodiment of what he refers to as the vCommunity. He encourages, enables, and emphasizes the success of others through his involvement with not just VMTN, but VMUG, vBrownBag, and vExpert.

I received various nominations for Ariel, but there was one that truly stood out. Check it out:

@nscuola: He’s the reason that I and many others are vExperts in the first place. His contributions are not just related to the VMware community. He’s a VMUG leader and a d*mn good one at that. He’s an integral part of vBrownBag. He should basically have a blue check mark on Twitter since he’s always on there promoting community and virtualization as a whole. Ariel is also one of the more genuine, positive people that I know and encourages everyone who he meets to get more involved in the VMware family (not just community). He’s always pushing for people to give presentations at VMUGs, apply for vExpert, take a certification exam, and just try to do more.

@Nscuola, was then able to announce Ariel’s award at the NY/NJ local VMUG meeting – Ariel’s last before moving to Pittsburgh, PA:

As a community enthusiast, I wanted Ariel’s Community Warrior blog to be dedicated to sharing his passion for the different organizations he is committed to. Learn what he gains through his involvement, and how you can gain the same:

 

VMUG (VMware User Group) (https://www.vmug.com/)

This is where you find people that talk VMware to hang out with. I like to show up early and make sure I meet at least two people I have never talked to before, and I stay around when the event ends. It’s also a great idea to talk to the leaders and ask if you can help, whether presenting or helping do something for any future event. The key here is learning about the day’s topics, but also take the opportunity to make local connections. I’ve been extremely lucky and was able to grab lunch, coffee or a drink with people I met at a VMUG with whom I shared certification targets, VMware design questions, or common setups. 

After years of being a participant, I asked to become a leader, and Mike Martino accepted me in NYC. You can see stuff we do at nycvmug.blogspot.com for ideas (and every VMUG has their own ideas) so your focus should be on what you can do for your local one. And if going to an event is difficult, save a PTO day and at least go to the UserCon – these are one day mega events which you just can’t miss!

 

vBrownBag (http://vbrownbag.com/)

This is where you learn about the latest in tech or get additional help for certification exams. These are 80% online and 20% real life. vBrownBag is a volunteer organization of people trying to help others learn virtualization technologies. Most known for publishing free YouTube videos on all sorts of topics, they are sometimes sponsored to organize live TechTalks at major conferences, such as VMworld. I found this community through word of mouth, fell in love with the format and general vibe, and became a presenter, and later crew member. Getting involved with vBB has been one of the greatest experiences of my life – it’s a lot of positive energy all around. This is where you can not only get better, but also make friends all over the world!

BONUS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6EXOppwAOM – Ariel’s vBrownBag interview with me in my first month working as VMTN Community Manager at VMworld.

 

vExpert (https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vexpert)

This is what you get for helping others – and being a vExpert is awesome! The vExpert program is directly run by VMware to recognize champions for VMware technologies. Those that attain the award get access to perks such as home lab licenses, vendor perks (the Pluralsight subscription is my favorite) but most importantly access to a lot of folks who in many ways are on the bleeding edge of VMware technologies. I love helping people aspiring to make vExpert – reach out on twitter and I will be more than glad to help you! Check out a more thorough explanation of vExpert, including my past submissions, here: https://sites.google.com/site/arielsanchezmora/home/vmware/vexpert

Want to see what the vCommunity looks like? Ariel shared some awesome photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B0f3j2qpiltMZGJqOGFQUXBseVU?usp=sharing

 

Thank you, Ariel! To get in touch with our newest Community Warrior, follow him:

On Twitter: @arielsanchezmor

On VMTN: @arielsanchezmor

On his blog: arielsanchezmora.com

And don’t forget to submit your nomination for the next valiant Community Warrior by reaching out to me on VMTN, @KTbradley, or emailing your nomination to katieb@vmware.com.

Congratulations to our New Community Warrior!

*With the below announcement, nominations are now open for winner #3!*

Maybe I’m a sap, but again I found it extremely difficult to sift through all of the fantastic nominations I’ve been receiving and select our next Community Warrior.  What swayed me was the nomination from our first warrior @LucD, which was just one of many I received for this individual:

“For my nomination, I would propose Wil (wila).

He’s an active, friendly and knowledgeable Community member/moderator.

Wil has a very keen and analytical mind.

Imho, it’s people like Wil that make VMTN a success with users.”

In my honest opinion, I agree. Congratulations, @Wila on receiving the second Community Warrior Badge Award this year! Also, check out the new, spiffy Community Warrior badge…

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What’s striking about the Community Warrior Badge Program is the opportunity to glance into the dynamic use cases happening daily within VMTN. @LucD was sharing scripts and fulfilling his passion for automation by helping others. @Wila is an End-User Computing expert and also an inventor who taps into a completely different side of communities. Learn a little bit more about @Wila:

K: After spending 10+ years on VMTN, and 7 years moderating, what is one moment that stands out as the most memorable?

W: I’ve tried to think about it, but I could not single out one moment that stands out for me, instead there are many. When a user comes to the forum for help with his/her problem then the moment that stands out for me is when the user comes back with the answer on what helped fix their issue. This is what it is all about as far as I’m concerned. The answer to a problem, one that also helps others.

Either by googling and finding an answer to their issue that way or by us volunteers trying to help out as it helps in learning what eventually fixed their issue.

K: As a community veteran, in your opinion what is the most underrated function offered within communities?

W: The overview page of each forum has a bunch of links to great articles that answer quite a few problems people have. Sometimes they refer to older products, but most often what is stated there is still relevant. In addition, the official documentation for the products that I spent most of my time helping out – VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation – have great tidbits and are well worth bookmarking.

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K: Tell us one or two fun facts that we would not know about you from your community involvement.

W: Most people in the VMware community have a day job in virtualization. In my case, I’m just a user (*) of VMware Workstation/Fusion. At my day job my income comes from writing source code as a consultant for other software companies, mostly business and/or database oriented software. Most of that is done in a programming language called DataFlex, which happens to be very unknown, but powerful. I also run an Open Source website for that programming language and have helped to built a variety of software and components for it. For example, the code editor I write most of my source code in – not just DataFlex – was written using DataFlex and some sprinkles of C++ here and there.

(*) That was correct until October last year, I have since launched a product called Vimalin. Vimalin can be used for backing up VMware Fusion virtual machines, so I finally stepped a bit beyond the line of “just user” of VMware products. The reason for me in building that product was that I saw quite a few people depending on Time Machine for backups, only to find out that Time Machine is not reliable for that kind of backup (large binaries files changing over time). Apologies for the sales speech, however it is also an attempt in me helping out, the free version of Vimalin can still backup/restore your important VMs. The commercial variant has a few more features and helps me in being able to dedicate more time and improve Vimalin and add features.

K: What is the best way to connect with you?

http://www.twitter.com/wilva

http://www.antwise.com

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It’s inspirational to see users who not only gain from the community, but spend an equal, likely larger amount of time giving back. Reach out to @Wila to congratulate him, follow him, and try out Vimalin.

Then be sure to submit your nominations for Community Warrior #3. Who has stood out in your favored community lately? What warrior has been knocking down questions left and right? Contact the Community Manager @KTbradley on VMTN or through email at katieb@vmware.com.

Congratulations to the Inaugural Winner of the VMTN Community Warrior Badge

As nominations rolled into my inbox these past 2 weeks, I knew I was going to have a difficult time determining who to select as the first winner of the VMTN Community Warrior Badge. The nominations I’ve received have been inspiring, as they captured two elements that drive our community perfectly: giving back and gratitude. In the end, it was simple because I could not fight the flood of emails I was receiving around one particular user: @LucD

I’m excited to announce that @LucD is the first winner of the VMTN Community Warrior Badge.

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Thank you to everyone who submitted. This is an example of one of many glowing nominations I received for @LucD:

@BenLiebowitz: LucD – Luc is constantly replying to posts in the PowerCLI Community.  If you post a question, he has a reply for you within 30-60 minutes, EVEN ON THE WEEKENDS!  Everytime I go into that community to try and answer some posts, I’m too late, and Luc has answered them all.  I’ve subscribed to the forum and see throughout the day that he’s replied and answered questions.   – Luc is also a vExpert and active in the VMware {code} arena as well.

I had the opportunity to get to know this Community Warrior a little better. Check it out:

K: How did you first get involved with VMware Communities and what inspires you to stay involved?

L: Like most users I guess. I subscribed to the VMTN communities when our company started using VMware products. For me that was way back in 2005, when we started to officially virtualize our server environment. At that time I was what could be considered a “lurker”. Reading and learning from the entries in the VMTN communities.

When I was accepted to the PowerCLI beta, late 2007, I started to contribute, primarily to the PowerCLI VMTN community. Mostly questions at that time 🙂

When PowerCLI went public in 2008, the PowerCLI community became a very active place. Since I had the good fortune to have been involved with PowerCLI from early on, I felt it only normal to give back to the community, by replying to threads from new users.

My motivation to stay active in the VMTN community is of course my love for automation and the appreciation for this wonderful, free product VMware invests in.

K: Which communities do you spend the most time on and why?

L: The PowerCLI community, including all its sub communities, and the Onyx community. Because of my love for all things automation, these communities could be considered as my natural habitat J

To a somewhat lesser degree in the ThinApp and Workstation communities. Primarily because I’m a user of both of these products, not only at work, but also in my Home lab. And my job, but also my moderator tasks, take me to several other communities. These include SDDC Management, End User Computing and Best Practices, and all their child communities

K: What do you consider the most underrated function offered within communities? (private messaging, option to follow, RSS feeds, etc…?)

L: The Search function. Perhaps not the most obvious functionality, but it is the ideal way to explore the wealth of information that is available in the huge VMTN repository. I often see questions from users, which could have been answered in a couple of minutes with a decent search. I find the “Restrict results by Place” and the “Sort By” fields very useful. I would love a way to save and share searches.

K: Tell us one or two fun facts that we would not know about you from your community involvement.

L: The way I got onto Twitter was quite funny. In 2008 I won, to my surprise, the VI Toolkit Scripting contest. The price consisted of an all-expenses paid trip to VMworld in Las Vegas. While I was there, I was talking with Pablo Roesch, while having a beer (I’m Belgian after all J). He suggested that I should start sharing some of my PowerCLI community answers/scripts with a bigger audience, and that a blog would be the ideal way to do that. Thanks to the IOT, yes, they had Internet access in casinos way back in 2008, I immediately tried to create a Twitter account to get things going. Unfortunately, the obvious handle LucD was already taken. We added the suffix 22, which is the day of my birthday, not my age. I’m pretty sure, I have one of the few Twitter handles that was created in a bar, in a casino, in Las Vegas.

And now you all know why the 22 is in the handle.

Thanks @LucD and congratulations!

Follow @LucD on VMTN, Twitter (@LucD22), and check out his blog http://lucd.info. He is also very active on Slack as @lucd in the VMware {code} and vExpert teams.

With that, I open nominations. Who will be the next VMTN Community Warrior Badge winner?

Message @KTbradley on VMTN or email katieb@vmware.com to submit a community member. Nominations do carry over from previous weeks if your original nominee was not selected. For more program details, go here.

VMTN Community Warrior Program Launch

Starting TODAY, VMTN is making it a mission to pay homage to customers who are committed to making the community the well-oiled support and conversation machine that it is. These users will be awarded as Community Warriors. These unsung heroes devote their time and expertise to providing support to other community members, they are high point earners due to their answers being marked as correct or helpful frequently, and often share their contributions over social media.

Community Warriors will be selected through a nomination process (nominate someone!) bi-weekly. The following is the timeline the contest will routinely bi-weekly, starting today:

  • Monday Feb 13th: An announcement is made to internal VMware stakeholders and an alert is made on VMTN that nominations are open, as well as on social media
  • Friday Feb 17th: Nominations are closed
  • Monday 20th: Community Warrior is selected
  • Tuesday 21st: Community Warrior is contacted
  • Monday 27th: Announcement is made and awards are given through the VMTN blog and social media

You cannot self-nominate. To nominate a user:

  • Private message @KTbradley (community manager) on VMTN
  • Include the following information on your nominee:
    • VMTN handle
    • 2-3 examples from VMTN that show your nominees’ contributions
    • Any other community activity (VMUG, CloudCred, vExpert, {code}, blogs, social) that you feel capture their commitment to community
    • When nominating a user, please specify whether or not you’d like the nomination to be anonymous
  • Nominees with a history on VMTN will not be favored – this is a bi-weekly prize and judgements will be made around recent activity.
  • Moderators and VMware Employees can be nominated and elected.

Community Warriors will be awarded with the following:

  • A surprise VMTN gift will be shipped to their home
  • A blog post will be published on the VMTN blog around their community contributions and promoted over VMTN and VMware social channels
  • A Community Warrior badge will be added to their profile permanently
  • The Community Warrior is awarded the opportunity to make the first and most favorable nomination for the next election

Reflect on your recent interactions on VMTN. Think back to a time when you needed support and a community member was there to provide it. Remember relationships that began on this platform.

Then, head to VMTN to send your nominations to @KTbradley.

For updates on elections, follow these channels:
Twitter: @VMTNcommunity ; @vKTBcommunity

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VMTNcommunity/

Coming December 19: CloudCred vExpert Badges

Coming December 19, 2016 to CloudCredibility.com:

Three vExpert Badges – vExpert Engagement 2017, vExpert Readiness 2017, & vExpert 2017.

Each CloudCred badge has a different goal, with the overall purpose of helping players move toward vExpert status.

Engagement: Tasks included within the vExpert Engagement badge require players to engage with vExperts & vExpert content in the community. Engagement can be achieved by consuming the resources of current vExperts, by becoming active on Twitter, by taking part of Forums, and by sharing your knowledge back to the community. Completing the vExpert Engagement badge means a player has a good overview and understanding of the vExpert program. He or she understands whether vExpert status is something he wants to pursue.

Readiness: Tasks included within the vExpert Readiness badge require players to produce technical content in line with what is required of vExperts, to assume leadership roles in line with what is required of vExperts, and to complete the current vExpert application. Once a player has completed these tasks, they are then ready to apply for vExpert.

  • Content Creation & contribution, in the form of blog posts, public speaking, forum posts, videos, books, podcasts, magazine articles and so on.
  • Leadership, including VMUG leadership.
  • Application, requiring a completed application for vExpert status.

Once a player has earned the vExpert Readiness badge, he or she should be ready to apply for vExpert.

vExpert 2017: This is a one-task badge, and cannot be completed and earned without vExpert status, awarded through the traditional application process. Once vExpert status is confirmed, the final CloudCred badge is awarded.

Look for these badge sets of tasks beginning Monday, December 19 at CloudCredibility.com.

25 Tasks – 9 Prizes – 2 Communities Colliding

Join us Monday, October 10th at CloudCredibility.com for the official release of the VMTN Community CloudCred Badge

VMware Technology Network is a platform made up of almost 3 million users, 4,797 total forums, and resources like documents and blogs that are beyond count, touching on all VMware topics. CloudCred is VMware’s gamification platform – motivating users to learn all that they can about virtualization and cloud through numerous tasks, prizes, points, and competition!

With VMTN providing the information, and CloudCred providing competitive drive, this union is something to celebrate. As these communities come together, we urge users to Get Connected with Community.

 Why? Because earning this badge just might pay off…

To WIN: Earn your VMTN Community CloudCred badge between October 10 and October 28th.

All VMTN Badge winners as of October 28th will be raffled at random for the chance to win:

1 of 5 VMTN black embroidered polo shirts

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1 of 3 My Passport Ultra Hard Drives

1 Bose SoundLink Color

And every winning package comes with a CloudCred bumper sticker, pen, and button!

Don’t miss out – Get Connected with Community October 10th.

See you at www.CroudCredibility.com

Top 5 Planet V12N Posts – Aug 11th 2012

Another great week and blog posts out there. There is so much great content being written each week. If you are on Twitter be sure to follow PlanetV12N.

Wahl Network by Chris Wahl- From The Bad Ideas Department: Unlimited VM Migrations

Chris talks about why using Unlimited VM Migrations is a bad idea for a comparison between Hyper-V and vSphere.

Microsoft has a Server Virtualization Tool website up that allows you to compare the costs of Hyper-V to VMware as a free service. The goal is to understand the cost of running both solutions, so that you can make an informed decision. Simply enter in your total VMs and your CPU-to-VM ratio, and viola! Pricing spits out.

This seems like a rather dubious way to get to the bottom of an environment, as my day job is helping clients do exactly this (and I don’t just ask for VM / core counts and fire off a design). However, one thing continues to catch my eye as a highlighted comparison item on the checklist: VM Migrations

Read the full article here

 

NTPRO.NL by Eric Sloof-  VMware Community Podcast – Behind the scenes

Join in on the podcast each week? Check out what actually happens during these calls from behind the scenes.

I was able to capture John Troyer and Alex Maier on video during this week's VMware Community Podcast.

Read full article here

 

VMware End-User Computing Blog by Tina de Benedictis- VMware View Client with Local Mode: Curious about how it works?

I've always had questions about VDI and what happens if you can not connect to the Network. In this article Tina does a great job explaining how Local mode works in VMware View.

Do your virtual desktop users need to disconnect from the network, travel with their laptops, and use their virtual desktops offline? Or do you have a bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) program and want to install a corporate virtual desktop on users’ computers? VMware View Client with Local Mode is the answer for these user scenarios.

Read full article here

 

Cloud-Buddy by Bilal Hashmi – New Book – Building VMware EUC Solutions with VMware View

Bilal talks about Mike Laverick and Barry Coombs new book on VMware View. The best thing about this is that the authors are giving back to the community! 

I am not a VMware View expert by any means, I have deployed it in small environments but I really havent spent a lot of time with it. Knowing that is an area that I need to spend some time on and considering that much of the world still needs to get  on View, I try to spend some time keeping up with whats happening with View.

Read full Article here

 

 vExperienced by Edward Grigson – VMworld 2012 – what will we see?

This is a first of many good posts talking about the upcoming conference VMworld. Edward not only talks about the US show but touches on the EMEA side as well.

With VMworld rapidly approaching I’ve been wondering what to expect from this year’s shows in San Francisco and Barcelona. My first thought was ‘not much new’ based on the fact that vSphere5 was released at last years show and products such as vCOPs and vCloud Director have already had major updates recently. Upon reflection however I’ve realised that this year will be no different – trying to keep up with all the announcements, new technology, product launches and social gatherings will be nearly impossible.

Read full article here

 

That is all for this week. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to write something yourself!