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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.

5 Can’t Miss Features: VMTN on Jive 8

VMware Technology Network has sprung into Spring 2017 with a successful platform upgrade from Jive 7 to Jive 8. This was a team project and credit must be given where credit is due – internal and external teams (vExperts & VMTN User Moderators) contributed to User Acceptance Testing, Jive provided ample support, and the VMware IT team did a spectacular job executing on this in the final hour. This was a community effort and I commend you all!

With this advancement, we are bringing our community new and improved features and functionality. Check out these 5:

Mobile Responsiveness

Communities now supports a clean, simple, and responsive design on mobile, including small width for phones, and medium for tablets. Visit communities.vmware.com on your mobile device to test it out for yourself.

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Search has been redesigned and upgraded to Spotlight Search. You can access Spotlight Search by clicking the magnifying glass on the top right corner of any communities’ page. Spotlight provides suggestions, your history, and any pages you have bookmarked, prior to you entering keywords. Once keywords are entered, Spotlight provides relevant content, people, and places.

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Search 2 Improved Performance

Prior to the Jive upgrade, the team collected data from users all over the world around page load times. We determined the control variables that needed to be maintained by each participant, the intervals in which we would collect data, and our hypothesis’, which were proven true. We hypothesized that isolating certain communities from the VMTN umbrella and moving content to reduce the number of sub-communities would increase page-load times. We also hypothesized that a platform upgrade would increase performance. This is what we saw:

  • Forum content (discussions/documents) – global average page-load times (seconds):
    • Jive 7 – pre-data movement: 17.77
    • Jive 7 – post-data movement: 6.63
    • Post Jive 8 upgrade: 4.07

VMTN Forums by Language

The demand was clear in Jive 7; people need a place to find peer-to-peer VMware support in their native language, and that is what we’ve provided. We created 12 forums under the parent community VMTN Forums by Language, where users from all over the world are encouraged to come engage. Each forum has a dedicated moderator. Join the conversation here.

News (Formerly Activity)

Visit the News tab on the top of every page immediately next to “Browse” or visit https://communities.vmware.com/news?channel=discovery now to explore. The News page features tiles to help direct you towards the most active people, places, and content quickly. This page also provides quick access to your Connections Stream, what’s Top & Trending, and the Most Recent content streams.

News can be personalized by every user. Users can make multiple streams by selecting “New Stream” and customizing which Places, People, and Tags they would like to appear there. They can name the stream accordingly, and select whether or not they would like email updates on said stream.

For an in-depth visual tour of the new News interface click here.

Visit communities.vmware.com yourself to see what else Jive 8 has to offer. While you’re exploring, head to CloudCredibility.com, where completing VMTN tasks will gain you 3x the points on Triple Point Tuesday this Tuesday (3/21).

And finally, don’t forget to come back and leave us feedback, what do you think of Jive 8? Are these features helpful?

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.

Workstation 12 documentation

Fusion 8 documentation

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
  • Friday 24th: 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/

VMTN Community & CloudCred Badge Winners

On October 10th, VMTN and CloudCredibility came together to challenge users to dive into the VMTN platform, complete a collection of 25 tasks to earn their badge, and Get Connected with Community.

Today, CloudCred and VMware Technology Network would like to extend enthusiastic congratulations to the winners of the VMTN Community CloudCred Badge Contest. Please join us in congratulating the following players:

 5 VMTN black embroidered polo shirts

Mohammed Sadiq – “Mohammed Sadiq”

Markku Mariaalto – “rixu”

Ben Liewbowitz – “BLiebowitz’

Geoff Neish – “Geoff Neish”

Sebastian Szumigalski – “Sebastian”

3 My Passport Ultra Hard Drives

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Mohammed Elamin – “Mohammededelamin”

Andre Pett – “a.p.”

Doug Taliaferro – “Doug T”

1 Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker

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Richardson Porto – “Rcporto”

  Congratulations!

– Thanks for playing – 

For those of who played but did not win, thank you for your participation. The badge is still up and available for earning! In the future we will continue updating tasks, running contests, and strengthening our partnership. Look out for updates.

Don’t forget to Connect with your Community and Stay Connected!

vExpert 2016 VSAN Announcement

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Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert VSAN. Myself and VMware Storage Business Unit are pleased to announce the list of 2016 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. Applications for 2017 will open around February of 2017.

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

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Aram Avetisyan @how2vm
Brian Beeler @bmbeeler
Nick Bowie @nickbowienz
Mark Brookfield @virtualhobbit
Erik Bussink @ErikBussink
James Cruickshank @vcrooky
Zach Dickinson
Lee Dilworth @leedilworth
Myles Gray @mylesagray
Florian Grehl @virten
Martin Hosken @hoskenm
Marc Huppert @MarcHuppert
Steve Kaplan @stvkpln
Anastasis Ksouzafeiris @anksos
AJ Kuftic @ajkuftic
William Lam @lamw
Jason Langer @jaslanger
Leandro Ariel Leonhardt @leonhardtla
Scott Lowe @otherscottlowe
Matt Mancini @vmexplorer
Frederic MARTIN @vmdude_fr
Jason Massae @jbmassase
Andrea Mauro @Andrea_Mauro
Paul McSharry @pmcsharry
Christian Mohn @h0bbel
Kevin OBrien @testlabnut
Anthony Poh @anthony_poh
Mohamed Roushdy
raphael schitz @hypervisor_fr
greg schulz @StorageIO
Eric Sloof @esloof
Anthony Spiteri @anthonyspiteri
Michael Wilmsen @WilmsenIT

Questions & Updates

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send an email to vexpert@vmware.com. Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2016 vExpert program.

VMworld 2016 U.S. – vExpert Sessions

vExpert: Dennis Bray
Twitter: @dennisbray
Blog: vminstructor.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Mike Brown
Twitter: @vMikeBrown
Blog: vcdx71.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Denny Cherry
Twitter: @mrdenny
Blog: dcac.co
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Nick Colyer
Twitter: @vnickc
Blog: 2ninjas1blog.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Tom Cronin
Twitter: @Virtual_Tom

Sessions(s):


vExpert: John Davis
Twitter: @johnnyadavis
Blog: vloreblog.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Romain Decker
Twitter: @woueb
Blog: cloudmaniac.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Luc Dekens
Twitter: @LucD22
Blog: lucd.info
Session(s):

vExpert: Joe DePasquale
Twitter: @DepasqualeJoe
Blog: blogs.vmware.com/tam/tag/joe-depasquale
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Adam Eckerle
Twitter: @eck79
Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/author/aeckerle
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Steve Flanders
Twitter: @smflanders
Blog: sflanders.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Rob Girard
Twitter: @robgirard
Blog: linkedin.com/in/robgirard/
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Chris Gurley
Twitter: @cmgurley
Blog: thegurleyman.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Forbes Guthrie
Twitter: forbesguthrie
Blog: vreference.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Niels Hagoort
Twitter: @NHagoort
Blog: cloudfix.nl
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Chris Halstead
Twitter: @chrisdhalstead
Blog: chrisdhalstead.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Jon Harris
Twitter: @JonOnDaCloud
Blog: virtumaster.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Ryan Johnson
Twitter: @tenthirtyam
Blog: tenthirtyam.org
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen
Twitter: @vmwarearena
Blog: vmwarearena.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Ryan Kelly
Twitter: @vmtocloud
Blog: VmtoCloud.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: GS Khalsa
Twitter: @gurusimran
Blog: vbrowncoat.com
Session(s):

vExpert: Thomas LaRock
Twitter: @SQLRockstar
Blog: thomaslarock.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Matt Liebowitz
Twitter: @mattliebowitz
Blog: thelowercasew.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Simon Long
Twitter: @simonlong_
Blog: simonlong.co.uk
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Kannan Mani
Twitter: @kantwit
Blog: vmoracle.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Vinith Menon
Twitter: @vinithmenon28
Blog: virtualize-automate.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Adam Osterholt
Twitter: @osterholta
Blog: datacenter.ninja
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Raffaello Poltronieri
Twitter: @raffapol
Blog: vaddicted.wordpress.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Lakshmana Prakash
Twitter: @VMAppDelivery
Blog: blogs.vmware.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Soeren Reinertsen
Twitter: @SorenReinertsen

Session(s):


vExpert: Alan Renouf
Twitter: @alanrenouf
Blog: virtu-al.net
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Kyle Ruddy
Twitter: @kmruddy
Blog: thatcouldbeaproblem.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Sachin Sharma
Twitter: @sachin_d_sharma
Blog: www.blogs.vmware.com/euc
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Vaughn Stewart
Twitter: @vStewed
Blog: vaughnstewart.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Matt Vandenbeld
Twitter: @vcloudmatt
Blog: cloudmatt.com
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Kong Yang
Twitter: @KongYang
Blog: http://bit.ly/KongYangGeekSpeakBlog
Sessions(s):

vExpert: Emad Younis
Twitter: @Emad_Younis
Blog: emadyounis.com
Sessions(s):

VMworld 2016 US & Europe Blogger Passes

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Each year we provide blogger passes to both the VMworld US and the VMworld Europe conferences. The program is simple: if you are a blogger or have a publication 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.

The deadline this year for VMworld US is May 6th at Midnight PST. Deadline for VMworld Europe is June 17th at Midnight PST, which is only a couple of weeks away so hurry and get the application in. If you want to attend VMworld with a blogger pass, please fill out the form right away so we can allocate passes. The email will drop on May 25th to the bloggers who will receive passes for the Las Vegas show.

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 another person.

This is going to be a great year once again at VMworld!

Register for the blogger pass at VMworld Blogger Pass Application (VMware employees are excluded)

vExpert Blog Articles Covering Virtual SAN, Horizon 7 and Workspace One

With the announcement of VSAN 6.2, Workspace One and Horizon 7, our vExpert community released some in-depth insight into these announcements. The articles mentioned in this post are written by VMware vExperts who are the best IT professionals in the virtualization space. Throughout the day we will update this blog with new highlighted blog articles from additional vExperts.

vExpert Blog Articles

Christopher Kusek – CTO at @Xiologix – EVP of Engineering, Technology Evangelist, vExpert, EMC Elect, Cisco Champion, Brocade Distinguished Architect (BDA), CISSP, MCT, Cloud, Ninja, Vegan, Single, Father, Cat, Humorist, Author. Follow Christopher Kusek on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Eric Siebert – an IT industry veteran, speaker, author and blogger who runs and maintains vSphere-land.com. Siebert is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events including VMworld and has been recognized as a vExpert by VMware each year since the programs inception in 2009. Follow Eric Siebert on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Gregg Robertson – VCDX #205 is a Senior Consultant, EMEA vBrownbag host & Saffa geek working for Xtravirt Limited in the UK. Gregg has been awarded the vExpert designation from 2011 to 2015. Follow Gregg Robertson on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Anthony Spiteri – Architectural lead of award winning Australian vCloud Provider ZettaGrid, VMware vExpert, vChampion. Hosting and Cloud Professional since 2002 doing great things with great technology. Follow Anthony Spiteri on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Vladan Seget – Vladan is as an Independent consultant, professional blogger, vExpert 2009/2015, VCAP-DCA/DCD, VCP. Follow Vladan Seget on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Andrea Mauro – works in IT since 1996 and held several technical certifications (VCP-*, VCAP-*, VCIX-NV, VCDX-DCV, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, CCA). And he’s also a VMware vExpert (2010-2016). VMware Italian User Group founder and board member, VMTN Community Moderator, #vBrownbag and passionate blogger, runs his personal blog on vinfrastructure.it (both in Italian and English). Follow Andrea Mauro on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16


Cédric Quillévéré – is a senior IT Architect for more than 10 years now working in a great regional hospital in France. He’s also an IT blogger since 2013, author of vBlog.io, A French speaking blog about virtualization technology, storage and more generally talking about production experience and strategic orientations. Follow Cédric Quillévéré on Twitter twitter-bird-16x16

  • Les trois mousquetaires : Horizon 7, Workspace One et Horizon Air -Les annonces de VMWare ce mardi 9 Février 2016 feront sans doute date. En effet, ce ne sont pas juste des généralités et de la continuité dans l’effort auquel nous avons eu droit aujourd’hui, mais ni plus ni moins que 2 nouveaux produits et une mise à jour majeure. Avec Workspace One, Horizon 7 et Horizon Air, la société frappe fort et affiche très clairement ses ambition dans le poste de travail virtuel partout, tout le temps, avec son accroche marketing « The Digital Workspace Strategy ». En effet, on comprend désormais parfaitement le rachat de Air Watch à la lumière de cette orientation.
  • VMWare VSAN 6.2 ! – Après une journée particulièrement chargée et très riche en annonces autour du « Digital Desktop », hier, VMWare remet le couvert ce Mercredi pour présenter la nouvelle version de VSAN qui passe de 6.1 à 6.2. Derrière cet progression d’indice relativement modeste ce cache en réalité des avancées MAJEURES tant en terme de fonctionnalités pures qu’en terme de technologie. Faisons le tour des nouveautés.
  • VSAN vient-il d’écraser ses concurrents ? – L’annonce récente de VSAN 6.2 provoque actuellement un petit ras-de-marée au sein de la communauté Twitter VMWare. Nul doute que les nouvelles possibilités offertes par cette version rende ce composant de la suite « Enteprise Virtualization » de plus en plus attirante et de plus en plus crédible, en comparaison de … de beaucoup de monde en fait. Cela m’amène à quelques réflexions au sujet des 3/4 ans à venir, qui me paraissent difficiles voir sombre pour certains, de mon point de vue.