Monthly Archives: April 2014

News Roundup

I have a number of news updates to share with you this week.

New VMUG Website

VMUG has updated their website with a new look, but also with some overdue enhancements to help members, sponsors, and leaders to access information easily and improve collaboration. Please visit http://www.vmug.com to view the new site.

VMUG announces the Game On program

VMUG has announced the Game On program to boost membership and engagement with its members. The membership base stood at 80,000 at the beginning of 2014, and the target is reach 100,000 members by VMworld 2014. Please note that VMUG counts only active members, defined as those that attended a meeting or event within the past year.

Members can win prizes for signing up other members, including an iPad Air, and a trip to VMworld. The VMUG chapter that gets the most new members during this period also wins prizes. Sign in for the Game On program here

VMware announcement on vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware announced on April 15, 2014 that the vCloud Hybrid Service would be available to customers starting from $835 a month for up to 1TB of storage, with a 15 minute RPO. This is a critical resource for many organizations that do not protect their mission-critical applications. The press release from VMware can be viewed here and the blog post by Bill Fathers can be viewed here.

My guest post on VSAN

VMware announced on March 12, 2014 that its VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) product was moving out of beta and would be generally available to customers. A much anticipated product, VSAN offers a huge list of features and addresses a number of customer use cases.

Is VSAN just a great storage product, or does it have greater potential? Read my entire post at Greg Stuart’s vDestination site.

Why should you attend a VMUG User Conference during 2014

VMUG User Conferences are a great resource for customers, partners, and VMware to get product information, stay in touch with current technologies and best practices, as well as networking with industry peers. More information and details in my post in VMUG Voice

Information on the Silicon Valley VMUG User Conference

The Silicon Valley VMUG User Conference will be held at the San Jose Convention Center on April 23, 2014. Some of the highlights of the agenda are a keynote by Ben Fathi, CTO at VMware, a panel session on End User Computing trends, and a number of VMware and partner sessions.

If you will be in Silicon Valley on April 23, 2014, I would like to meet you. The link to register is http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=4864 , hoping to see you there.

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Congratulations to the 2014 vExperts

The list of 2014 vExperts was announced on April 1st – no, this was serious, not meant as a joke. There were 754 vExperts on this list, making it the largest one ever. In addition, there will be more announcements on a quarterly basis during the year as well. The formal announcement and the entire list of 2014 vExperts can be viewed here.

So what is the qualification to become a vExpert, and how do to earn their stripes? As Corey Romero mentioned in his blog post, vExpert is not a “technical certification”, and does not measure the technical aptitude or capability of the applicant. Rather, it is a method of identifying people who were particularly engaged with their community, and had substantial influence within those communities. This award is particularly apt in the age of social media, that it identifies and rewards the influencers who spread the word about benefits of technology platforms.

I was one of the vExperts anointed this year (my first vExpert award), and I consider this a great honor, and a recognition of my support to this community. This award energizes me to serve the VMware user community in roles beyond my existing ones as Board Member at VMware User Group (VMUG), Chairman of the VMUG Partner Council, and Leader of Silicon Valley VMUG. I look forward to ideas from the community on additional roles.

On a related note, if you will be in Silicon Valley on April 23, 2014, I would like to meet you at the Silicon Valley VMUG User Conference at the San Jose Convention Center. The link to register is http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=4864, hoping to see you there.

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