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.