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10 years of Defying Convention

To celebrate our 10th annual VMworld, each week we'll be looking at a different facet of our event, from the evolution in VMware technology to our place as one of the world's largest IT conferences. For updates on VMworld 2013, please follow @VMworld on Twitter.

 

The rapidly changing pace of IT industry has made IT certifications invaluable for validation of technical knowledge and career advancement.

In light of technology and product advancements, VMware’s Education and Certification Team implements updates to corresponding certifications to keep skills current. Check out ten “Did You Know?” facts below regarding VMware certifications and their history since training and testing have been introduced at VMworld. As long as IT continues to transform and innovate, VMware will continue to evolve and defy convention:

 

1.    VMware Certification exams have been made available since June 2003.

 

2.    The first VMware Certified Professional (VCP) exam was based on ESX 1.5. It was a written test consisting of multiple choice and write-in answers.

 

3.    Susan Gudenkauf, currently a Senior Program Manager in the Office of the CTO at VMware, is VCP #1 (the first person to ever be awarded the VCP status in the world).

 

4.    The VCP and VCDX titles have gone through a breadth of renaming changes to better highlight specialization, complement evolution of VMware virtualization platforms and to adhere to industry standards.

 

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5.    The most popular certification is VCP5-DCV, and there are currently over 100,000 VCPs worldwide.

 

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6.    Onsite testing services were first made available at VMworld US 2009 due to high customer demand. The VCP, VCDX Enterprise Administration and Design exams were offered at the Certification Lounge.

 

7.    VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification was introduced on May 24, 2010 to differentiate and acknowledge professionals that develop more cognitively complex skill sets beyond the VCP certification, while also serving as a stepping stone to the VCDX level. VCAP exams debuted at VMworld US 2010.

 

8.    At VMworld 2012, VMware Education and Certifications Team debuted a major shift in the program: to help test takers decide which exams will best help them in their careers, product-based certifications have shifted to more role-based certifications.  “We have become more focused to help test takers in the world that they’re in, whether they are designers or administrators or engineers.” – Jon Hall

 

9.    VMware’s first cloud certification, VCP-IaaS (VCP-Infrastructure as a Service) launched last year in 2012 and the exam was made available at VMWorld San Francisco 2012.

 

10. VCDX5-DCV (VMware Certified Design Expert) is the highest level of VMware certification, requiring an in-person panel defense.  John Arrasjid is VCDX #001 and has continued his involvement with the program. As of now, there are 116 VCDX holders worldwide.

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VMworld 2012 is just a few weeks away and the opportunities for education, collaboration and networking are better than ever for VMware Partners. Here’s a preview of what we have planned for you at this year’s event:

Partner Track – Attend one or more of the 20 unique sales or technical presentations to hear our experts discuss how to accelerate VMware technology adoption, increase loyalty and improve selling strategies.

Certification Exams – Get 50% off the cost of many VMware certification exams, including advanced certifications, exclusively onsite during VMworld 2012. Be sure to register in advance for each exam.

Cloud and Virtualization Education – Don’t miss our recommended business, technical and advanced technical general sessions and labs. We’ve outlined them by partner type in the Partner Guide.

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Partner Lounge – Want to hear about new partner initiatives, book a meeting room, network with peers, or just recharge your batteries? This lounge is just for VMware Partners, so take advantage of it at Moscone West, 3rd Floor Atrium Lobby.

Video Blogging Room – When you head to the Partner Lounge, be sure to book an appointment to record a video for the VMware YouTube channel. One winner’s video will be featured in a future VMware blog entry.

Booth Partner Pods – Stop by the VMware booth to learn more about strengthening our sales and marketing partnership with you. We’ve got new ideas and we’re sure you do, too!

New Hands-on Labs – Explore how virtualization and cloud computing can make a powerful impact on your organization by choosing from Hands-on Labs covering topics like PaaS, DBaaS and vSphere. As you can see, there will be lots to do during our week together. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time. We look forward to seeing you at VMworld 2012.
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The VMworld Infrastructure track focuses on the industry-leading VMware vSphere platform and the compatible solutions for business continuity, networking, security, storage management and more that are setting the standard for today’s virtualized and software-defined datacenter.  You will learn how these solutions can provide your business and IT organization with unparalleled flexibility, control and efficiency while leveraging your existing investments and preserving your freedom of choice.

Please use Twitter Hashtag #vmworldINF for conversations on sessions in this track. Visit http://vmworld.com/community/twitter for a Twitter stream on Infrastructure sessions.

Infrastructure sub-topics include:


Business Continuity
Take a closer look at how to improve application service levels and overall availability of virtual infrastructure using VMware virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. Learn more about local availability solutions, such as Fault Tolerance, High Availability (HA), application-aware HA and stretched clustering. Hear how disaster recovery (DR) solutions, such as Replication, VMware vCenter™ Site Recovery Manager™ and DR to the Cloud can prevent data loss, and how data protection solutions from VMware help prevent downtime.  

Networking
Focus on enabling efficient, agile and extensible logical constructs that meet the performance and scale requirements of virtualized datacenters. Discover best practices for virtual and cloud networking, including how to enable software-defined networks, logical network services and network management.


Security and Compliance
Learn about all things related to security and compliance in virtualized and software-defined datacenters. Learn how to harden and protect your virtual infrastructure, applications and endpoints; review perimeter- and edge-protection solutions and services; understand how to achieve compliance with virtualized deployments; and learn why virtualized datacenters can offer ‘better than physical’ security. 


Storage
Focus on enabling and managing new storage structures. Learn how industry trends are optimizing for virtual storage, creating a standard unit of measure defined by software. Hear how VMware is leading the industry in virtualized storage, lowering costs and reducing complexity.

vSphere
Learn best practices and deployment tips for core components of the VMware vSphere® platform. Understand more about networking, storage, availability, the vSphere (ESXi) hypervisor, automation and performance. These sessions will also go into technical detail about VMware vCenter™ Server and VMware vCloud Director®.


Key sessions include:
INF-BCO2655 Multiprocessor Fault Tolerance - Technical Preview and Best Practices
INF-NET1927 vCloud Networking: an Extensible and Open Platform
INFNET2207
vSphere Distributed Switch - Technical Deep Dive
and more….


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New IT Transformation Track at VMworld examines how to successfully operate in the cloud era

VMware recognizes the unprecedented challenges facing IT organizations today to successfully operate in the cloud era. With this in mind, VMworld will showcase the new IT Transformation track (breakout sessions begin Monday), which will help organizations develop a strategy for how to build, operate, staff and measure the efficiency, agility and reliability improvements delivered through cloud computing.

Across these sessions, VMware’s experts, along with leading customers, will help you examine organizational structures, core processes and financial models and measures with the goal of successfully leveraging cloud for the greatest impact to IT and to your business. Key sessions include:

ITT1186: Accelerate Transformation Assessment Overview
ITT1918: Is My Organization Ready to Reap the Benefits of the Cloud?
ITT2558: IT as a Service Makes the IT/Business Relationship Work in the Cloud Era
and more….


Please use Twitter Hashtag #vmworldITT for conversations on sessions in this track. Visit http://vmworld.com/community/twitter for a Twitter stream on IT Transformation sessions.

Look forward to seeing you there.

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Looking to attend VMworld, but couldn’t get the budget for a full conference rate approved; don’t worry as we just launched our 1-Day Conference and Expo Only passes for the US event.

The 1-Day Conference pass is only valid for all activities on day of purchase (except for Solutions Exchange which will open for you throughout the week). During the registration process you will select the day you would like to attend (Monday – Wednesday). Note that once you made your selection and purchased your pass you will not be able to change your day.
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The Expo Only pass allows you to visit the Solutions Exchange, attend General Sessions and network with thousands of peers during the 4-day event Solutions Exchange features more than 250 companies showcasing the latest virtualization and cloud infrastructure products, services and solutions. You'll be able to talk with experts from leading companies in the virtualization industry and get hands on experience with the newest tools and technologies. It's the perfect place to network, learn and explore.

Solutions Exchange hours are:
Sunday, August 26  4:00pm – 7:00pm
Monday, August 27 - 10:30am – 6:00pm
Tuesday, August 28 – 10:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 29 – 10:00am – 5:00pm


General Sessions are a great opportunity to get inspired by speakers who are changing the future of how we interact with computers. VMworld offers a great line-up that will set a clear vision for where the technologies of virtualization and cloud computing can take us today and where they will go in the future.

General Sessions will be held:
Monday, August 27 – 8:30am – 10:00am
Tuesday, August 28 – 8:30am – 10:00am
Thursday, August 30 – 9:00am – 10:00am


We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco. Register today.

---The VMworld Team---

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You already know how important VMworld 2012 is for your organization. Take advantage of this exceptional educational opportunity for IT and business technology professionals.

The new world of cloud computing can be daunting and requires the confidence to push system and software delivery to the next level. The business impact of your VMworld participation, including increased simplicity, agility and cost efficiency, makes this one of the best IT investments your company will make all year.

To help your boss understand the importance of sending you to VMworld, as well as the return on investment it will bring, we've put together a justification email for you to use. Feel free to add or edit to fit your own situation—for example, by referring to specific issues, concerns or initiatives within your organization for which VMworld will be especially valuable. Do this today as the Advance rate of $1,995 ends Friday.

Download the attached U.S. Letter

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Did you know that the VMworld US Advance Rate ends July 27?

Don’t miss your chance to save $400 and attend VMworld to get the tools and training you need to master the new cloud landscape, with the speed, security and control you’ve come to expect.  We are ready. The technology is here. And the partners are in place.

- Learn about this year’s 300+ expert led breakout sessions and hands-on labs with Content Catalog

- Network with knowledge experts for information sharing

- Hear from VMware leaders in General Sessions

- Engage with over 250 technology partners showcasing the latest innovations

- Collaborate and share best practices with the VMware community

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Discover how VMware will help you face the boldness of an industry that is constantly moving. Right Here. Right Now. Register by July 27 to save $400. Don’t miss out and we look forward to seeing you there.

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The VMworld 2012 Hands-on Labs team has been working feverishly to prepare great content for this year's conference. There is some exciting news to share including an expanded lab catalog, a modular content approach and new ways to take labs.

The lab catalog has grown this year to include topics across the entire cloud spectrum. You will interact with the latest versions of VMware's software solutions in cloud Infrastructure, operations, end-user computing and applications. From vSphere and vCloud Director to vFabric; from View and vCOps to Socialcast and Zimbra; you will have the chance to experience VMware products that are new to you and see them in action, solving real-world problems.

Have you found it challenging, in the past, to carve out an hour and a half from your busy VMworld schedule to take a lab? This year we are making two important changes that will make it easier to fit the Hands-on Labs into your schedule. First, each lab topic can be completed in 60 minutes or less. While we are retaining the successful scenario-based approach from last year, the content is more succinct and will allow you to learn the key takeaways in less time.

We are also excited to introduce the concept of Lightning Labs at VMworld 2012. Some lab topics will be broken into smaller 15 or 30 minute modules to make the Hands-on Labs fit better into your schedule. If you only have 15 minutes before lunch, you can drop in, take a Lightning Lab and get a complete story in a bite-sized format. You can come back later and complete the other modules in the same lab topic or move on to other topics as you see fit. It is our hope that Lightning Labs will make the entire Hands-on Labs content catalog more flexible and accessible to all VMworld 2012 attendees.

For the first time, at VMworld 2012, you can bring your own device (BYOD) to the Hands-on Labs. The BYOD delivery model will demonstrate a new way to access and complete Hands-on Lab content on your own tablet or laptop. A separate area will be provided where you will connect to wireless, login to the portal and take labs from your own device. Please be sure to bring your gear with you so that you can try out the new site.

We hope that you will join us this year at the VMworld 2012 Hands-on Labs. There is new content to be discovered and easier ways to get at it.

Register to attend VMworld and stop by to see us!

 

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The new cloud computing landscape requires greater innovation, performance and confidence to push system and software delivery to the next level. Master this at VMworld, where you will gain the necessary tools and training across hundreds of unique breakout sessions and hands-on labs. This is the time to enter the new cloud era. Right Here. Right Now.

Learn about this year’s sessions and speakers in the US or Europe Content Catalog. Discover how the power of VMware will help you face the boldness of an industry that is constantly moving.

We are ready. The technology is here. And the partners are in place.

Register early for the best rates.
VMworld Europe Early Bird Deadline is July 20 (save €500)
VMworld US Advanced Deadline is July 27 (save $400)

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Are you registered for VMworld 2012? Were you planning to register? Don't delay as rates will be increasing for VMworld Europe on July 20 and the US on July 27.

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Plus, why not invite some of your colleagues to join you in either Barcelona or San Franciso this year. As a full conference registrant at VMworld 2012, you can earn great rewards for referrals – from a VMware Store gift card, to a Kindle or iPod Touch (your choice), to the latest Apple iPad!

When your referrals register and pay for a VMworld full conference pass, you'll qualify for one of these rewards:

  • - At least 1 paid referral: One $25 VMware Store gift card (All referrers will earn this and be distributed onsite.)
  • - 5-9 paid referrals: One Kindle or iPod Touch (your choice)
  • - 10+ paid referrals: One Apple iPad

Also, new this year the top referrer from VMworld US and VMworld Europe will earn a free VMworld 2013 Full Conference pass (good for either event in 2013).

It's easy – tell your colleagues to use the link in the referral email (generated by our Refer-a-Colleague tool found during registration or within your account post-registration), register for either a VMworld US or Europe Full Conference pass and have a settled payment status.

Entries must be received by October 11, 2012, so get your referrals in today! Get more information on the US or Europe program

Only one reward (except for VMware Store gift card) and one entry per person. Referral rewards will be distributed post VMworld Europe and you will be notified by October 31 to confirm shipping information.

To qualify for a reward, you must be fully paid. If you cancel your paid registration, you will not qualify for a reward. Offer not valid for VMworld 2012 group discounts, government or VMware employees, and is not retroactive.

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Thank you to everyone who is playing our “Who will be playing at the VMworld party this year?” game.

Your second hint is: The artist has been on People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" list at least once in the history of that list.

In case you forgot the first hint it was: The artist has won at least one Grammy Award.

Share your thoughts on who might be playing and the "first" correct guess will get the opportunity to attend the sound check live, taking place on Wednesday, August 29.

How do you submit your guess? 
By tweeting your guess and including #VMworldBand

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However, there is a catch...

Each person is only allowed 1 “official” guess per hint (provided on June 12, 14, 19 and 21) AND must add the word “official” to the guessing tweet.

To redeem the prize, you must BE:
- A registered VMworld 2012 US attendee
- A "Follower" of our http://twitter.com/vmworld account

Remember VMware employees -- you are not eligible to win

We'll announce the winner and REVEAL the band on June 22.

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So, you are registered and attending VMworld 2012 US in San Francisco...or for some reason you are still waiting to register.

The big question on people's mind is “Who will be playing at the VMworld party this year?”


Last year, we brought you The Killers...this year???

Now is your chance to share your thoughts on who might be playing, with an incentive.  The "first" correct guess will get the opportunity to attend the sound check live, taking place on Wednesday, August 29.

How do you submit your guess? 
By tweeting your guess and including #VMworldBand

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However, there is a catch...

Each person is only allowed 1 “official” guess per hint (provided on June 12, 14, 19 and 21) AND must add the word “official” to the guessing tweet.

To redeem the prize, you must BE:
- A registered VMworld 2012 US attendee
- A "Follower" of our http://twitter.com/vmworld account

The first hint is “The artist has won at least one Grammy award.” You didn’t think we were going to make this easy, did you?

Oh, and sorry VMware employees -- you are not eligible to win

We'll announce the winner and REVEAL the band on June 22.

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We are in the final days of two very important deadlines: early bird registration rates and the opportunity to vote on sessions submitted to call for papers end on June 8.

Expand your knowledge, bring value to your company and meet with your peers at VMworld 2012 US. Register by next Friday to save $600 on the Full Conference pass. VMworld 2012 Europe registration will open within 2 weeks. At VMworld plan to take the next step in your journey to ITaaS.

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We are inviting everyone to participate in the Call for Papers voting session by June 8. During this time, all complete session proposals will be voted on and allows us to poll the general public on which sessions they want to see presented. Vote today!

 

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IT is undergoing a top to bottom transformation…Are you ready?

You must take advantage of the best educational opportunity to expand your knowledge, maximize your investments and gain greater competitive edge with cloud and virtualization solutions at VMworld 2012—register now.

VMworld enables you to:

• Choose from over 300 expert led breakout sessions and hands-on labs highlighting key trends and strategies to help empower your organization
• Collaborate with knowledge experts and share experiences in focused group discussions and one-on-one meetings
• Leverage, network and share best practices with the VMware community
• Engage with more than 250 technology partners showcasing leading innovations

Register by June 8 for the best rates and learn how to transform the way you work.

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The VMworld Knowledge Experts program are VMware employees who specialize on one specific topic (Technical or Non-Technical) and are available to attendees in One-on-One meetings, Group Discussions or during Breakout Sessions.

 

Group Discussions allow VMworld attendees to meet with Knowledge Experts in an informative and interactive session to gain insight from like-minded colleagues in similar industries. Topics include: Cloud Security, Storage, Memory Management, Data Protection, Applications Management and Network.

 

Schedule 15 minute One-on-One Meetings with an expert of your choice in an open dialogue based on your specific questions.

 

Knowledge Experts include:

Charu Chaubal: Compliance
Kit Colbert: Memory
Chris Colotti: vCloud
Lee Dilworth: Site Recovery Manager
Ford Donald: vCloud and vSEL
George Gerchow: Compliance/vCenter Configuration Manager
Cormac Hogan: Storage
Andrew Johnson: Horizon
Ravi Kumar: Security
Matthew Lodge: Cloud Computing
Kannon Mani: Virtualizing Oracle on VMware
Dave McCrory: Cloud Foundry
David Overbeek: vCenter Operations and vCenter Configuration Manager
Massimo Re Ferre: vSphere and vCloud Director
John Robb: Zimbra
Tom Stephens: vSphere HA and FT
Thomas Walker: VMware View and ThinApp

 

Don't miss this opportunity by registering for VMworld today.

 

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