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The following is a guest post from VMware partner, Hitachi Data Systems.


As your IT department evolves into a services business, the alliance between Hitachi Data Systems and VMware adapts to bring IT Efficiency, Control, Agility and Choice.

VMware did a great job of virtualizing the server and now it is doing the same for network. What if you could programmatically provision any network to allow you to place any workload anywhere? And that workload could be moved anywhere and is independent of any physical hardware? This would allow you to deploy any of your complex applications within minutes, providing tremendous operational efficiencies. That is the goal of network virtualization, and what the latest VMware and Hitachi Data Systems collaboration is all about.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere is a converged infrastructure built with the IT administrator in mind. It features Hitachi Data Systems servers, storage, and network integrated into a pre-validated, pre-configured platform with VMware vSphere and an orchestration layer—UCP Director software that is embedded into VMware vCenter. In the software-defined data center, all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. Compute, storage, networking, security, and availability are pooled, aggregated, and automated by UCP Director software.

And you manage everything—from anywhere and at any time—through your familiar VMware vCenter interface.

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We're excited to bring something new and valuable to attendees and the VMworld community. Inside the Community Lounge within the Hang Space, we are offering a VMware Community Bar, staffed by team leaders and social media managers from the VMware programs listed below.  Meet and network with subject experts to discover a variety of programs and social media channels for engaging with their communities. Don't miss this great opportunity all week during VMworld and for a chance at great giveaways & prizes!

Global Support Services:
Learn about VMware Support social media resources available at any time: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and the Knowledge Base at kb.vmware.com.

Education and Certification Services:
Meet Linus Bourque and Joshua Andrews, two of the active VMware education and certification community members. Both are active on communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/certedu/certification/vcp answering questions and providing guidance. Be sure to connect with facebook.com/vmwareeducation or twitter.com/vmwareeducation.

TAM Services:
TAMs advocates your needs inside VMware. Drop by to meet VMware TAMs and learn more about the benefits of the TAM Service. Connect with our channels:

Beta Program:
Members of the VMware Beta Program will be on hand to talk with you about product betas and how they are structured today.  We ca share the recent changes in the beta program and additional enhancements that are being investigated to build better products. Not part of the Beta Program? We can help you to get involved.  Visitors will also have a chance to learn about the customer team behind the Onsite and Hosted Betas.  They will be on hand to talk with you about how we've built the environment that supports these portals. 

The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes it’s members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events. Join our 80,000+ members world-wide taking advantage of the training and networking opportunities available through the VMUG community. Drop by to learn about exclusive member benefits or visit vmug.com.

Are you inspired by working on innovations that imagine, define and deliver what’s next? Have you thought about what’s next for you? See how our talented and diverse teams work together to radically simplify IT through software virtualization. For a limited time during VMworld, when you follow @vmwarecareers and tweet #whatsnext for you, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a free Fitbit. Don’t delay; we have several of the latest versions to give away!

CloudCred is the hub for all things cloud related, and it is your gateway to building your cloud expertise, broadening your professional network and earning rewards and certifications. Through CloudCred, you can improve your knowledge, get recognized, build your network and much more, and tere are opportunities to compete both as an individual and as a team.  At VMworld, we will be running multiple contests with over $10,000 worth of prizes to give away, including Xboxes, iPads, Roku Boxes, and more. We will have a contest for each of the main threads of VMworld 2013: Software-Defined Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, and Mobility, as well as as a team contest. Visit cloudcredibility.com.
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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.




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




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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It's almost that time again, as VMworld 2013 approaches for it's 10 year anniversary in the U.S. and 6th year in Europe.  There are several ways attendees can participate in social media and community, both onsite and online.

Onsite social media and community activity will be centered at the Community Lounge located within the VMworld Hang Space.  Be sure to stop by and say hello to our team and the rest of your industry peers.  The Community Lounge will bring the VMworld Community together for networking, blogging, community programs, video/podcast creation and social media collaboration .  The Lounge will offer a VMware Community Bar, staffed with Community Managers for VMTN, Support, Education, Consulting, Careers, VMUG and Cloud Cred. The Lounge will also offer Blogger tables, a video/podcast "bring-your-own-gear" studio and digital big screens for streaming social media and conference highlights.  There will also be community gatherings throughout the week to continue networking each evening.

Online, VMworld will be active on Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, Flickr and other social networks.  We encourage use of hashtags for Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram. Tag your posts with #vmworld or tweet your most creative 3-word tweet using #vmworld3word.  Sessions & Labs will have their own designated hashtags to filter through the noise and create conversations around specific topics and tracks that others everyone can follow.  On vmworld.com, our team will be aggregating blog coverage and Twitter streams so you can follow along from any location online.

For a summary of all offerings, please visit vmworld.com/community/social

Or download our VMworld 2013 Social Media & Community Guide
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Twitter takes center stage once again at VMworld 2013.  With global audiences tuning into VMworld, Twitter can provide realtime information for announcements, show highlights, trending conversations and insights.  Be aware of how to connect with VMworld information on Twitter for quick access to knowledge, resources and networking with other Twitter users.
Conference Hashtags
#vmworld > add to your tweets for max reach
#vmworld3word > add to creative 3-word tweets
Session & Lab Hashtags
This year, you can tweet about specific VMworld Sessions & Labs, using individual hashtags.  Just add a # in from of any SessionID or LabID and add it to your tweets.  Or search Twitter for these same hashtags.  These hashtags will also be listed within Sessions & Labs abstracts in the Content Catalog and Schedule Builder.  View Session & Lab hashtags by track/topic.
Signup to be a Twitter Contributor
If you plan to provide VMworld 2013 coverage on Twitter, you can signup for the San Francisco Contributors List or the Barcelona Contributors List.
Live Twitter Streams
You can watch live VMworld Twitter streams online or visit the Hang Space at VMworld and watch live streams on the Digital Big Screens.  We are pulling VMworld hashtags into all of our streams, so you can tweet content and see it displayed (usually realtime, depending on traffic load and activity at that time).
Twitter Name on Attendee Badges
If you want your Twitter name printed on your badge, be sure you have added this in your registration w/ opt-in checked.  If you missed this, you can go back into registration to edit.

To view realtime VMworld Twitter activity and all details above, visit: http://vmworld.com/community/twitter
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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 Solutions Exchange is undoubtedly the most action-packed part of VMworld.


The industry’s most forward-thinking IT solution providers convene in the expo space every year to showcase their products and meet their customers and partners. The Solution Exchange is the place to check in with your current vendors and check out the hottest technologies to add to your IT toolbox. It's also not a bad place to get schwag.


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Booths range from the small pods to entire palazzos on the show floor. This year, over 300 exhibitors will be there for you to visit. The VMware booth will include technology demos, and expert bar, and theater presentations.

Do You Remember?


Do You Remember… when VMworld US 2004 had 30 sponsors in the Solutions Expo? Last year, VMworld US 2012 boasted over 250 sponsors in Solutions Exchange.

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photo: Maish Saidel-Kensing at Technodrone


Do You Remember … when the Expert Bar had a different name? It's a part of the VMware booth for attendees to have one-on-one face time with a VMware technology expert.




Do You Remember ... the BattleBots competition at the first VMworld in 2004?


Do You Remember ... the Tiki-themed booth from Foedus at VMworld 2006 in Los Angeles, complete with conga line and steel drum band?

Photo: Glen Cochran


Do You Remember… the gigantic (16 x 60 feet) chalk mural by New York artist Brian Rea outside Solutions Exchange at VMworld 2007?  Bonus fun fact: There are pieces of the mural framed and hung around VMware’s HQ in Palo Alto.


Do You Remember… when VMware first brought white boards to the Expert Bar, drawing in a crowd? Since VMworld US 2007, white boards have either cover the surface of the bar or on a swivel for effective learning.


Do You Remember… when the first Refueling Lounge was introduced at VMworld 2012, stocked with coffee carts and a smoothie bar for a quick recharge of mind, body, and device?


Do You Remember… the first Solutions Exchange “Hall Crawl” at VMworld 2010? Beverages and food were sponsored by six vendors. Last year, the Hall Crawl was sponsored by 21 vendors.



Do you remember your favorite booth at VMworld Solutions Exchange? Share with us in the comments below:

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VMworld 2013 Bloggers

Posted by tdunn Jul 2, 2013

Blogging at VMworld has become an exceptional way to amplify announcements, deep-dive into technology, provide key insights & editorial or just follow show highlights and share the VMworld experience.  But blogs are just the tools... 'Bloggers' are the heart of our VMworld community.  We really appreciate our community of bloggers who contribute year after year, including vExperts, alumni, new attendees and many followers who are unable make it onsite.

If you will be contributing to blog coverage of VMworld 2013 for either venue (San Francisco or Barcelona), please visit VMworld 2013 Bloggers and signup to be a contributor.  This page offers a feed of blog posts from our VMworld 2013 contributors as well as links to our official VMworld Blog and VMware & Industry Blog Rollup.

We will have dedicated blogger tables within our Community area of the VMworld Hang Space, adjacent to the Solutions Exchange.  If you are a blogger onsite at the conference, please plan time to meetup with fellow bloggers and other social media peers at this location to blog, charge devices, record video or podcasts, or just to relax & network.  Aside from being where the "cool kids hangout", the Hang Space will feature many perks such as a VMware Social Media & Communities Bar (support, certification, consulting, careers, etc.), self-service community video space, social media jumbo screens, recreational games, charging stations, lounge seating and drinks & snacks.  Reserved blogger tables will also be setup at the front of General Sessions.

Be sure to bookmark: VMworld 2013 Bloggers

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Make the most of your time at VMworld San Francisco, and take advantage of all of the educational options available. Advance your knowledge with pre-conference training courses and prove your skills with certification exams at discounted rates.


Plan to arrive early to VMworld 2013 and take advantage of a 20% discount off regular course pricing. Hone your skills with VMware solutions, meet the experts behind VMware products, and exchange ideas and best practices with IT professionals from around the world.  Check out the entire list of special discounted pre-conference courses now. All VMware Certification exams, including advanced professional certifications, will be 75% off the regular price, when taken on-site at VMworld San Francisco. Validate your cloud and virtualization skills today.


Check out the list and take advantage of discounted promotion codes.


Space is limited, so reserve your seat soon!

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VMworld is coming soon, this year for the 10th anniversary in the U.S. and 6th in Europe. VMworld is loaded with valuable knowledge, instruction & experiences.  But as many of the returning attendees can confirm, a big part of the conference is the official/un-official gatherings that happen during the week of the show.

Back for another exciting year, here is the infamous VMworld 2013 Gatherings list for community gatherings, tweetups, parties and all other activities. This list includes both the official VMworld Conference events as well as all other unofficial VMworld Community organized events.  And this includes separate lists for both VMworld 2013 San Francisco and Barcelona.  If you are organizing or managing any gatherings during either conference, please submit your details for consideration to add to the listings.  Please check back often for updates.

VMworld 2013 Gatherings

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the conference, and hopefully, at many of these gatherings!

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Save $500 Off Onsite Registration - Early Bird Rate Ends 6/10

Time is running out to register for VMworld 2013 at an early bird discount rate! Join us in San Francisco on August 25–29 for the 10th annual VMworld and learn how to extend the benefits of virtualization to all data center services.



At VMworld 2013, you’ll gain the tools you need to transform conventional remedies into seamless, agile solutions that dramatically simplify your operations by taking advantage of:

    • More than 350 in-depth sessions
    • 26 Hands-On Labs
    • 275 sponsors and exhibitors in the Solutions Exchange
    • Networking opportunities with industry experts and other IT professionals



Still on the fence? VMworld’s content catalog will launch June 7th so you can learn more about the unique education opportunities. The content catalog is your guide to sessions and speaker information, giving you the ability to customize your calendar and plan out each conference day.



Register before June 10th and save $500 off onsite registration pricing. Together, we can evolve from the ordinary and leave the pitfalls of legacy computing behind. This is VMworld 2013 – 10 years of Defying Convention.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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VMworld 2012 Barcelona

Posted by tdunn Sep 17, 2012
Barcelona_next.jpegVMworld 2012 is coming to Barcelona, Spain this October 9-11.  Not only is this an exceptional networking experience and real-world training for anyone in the IT industry, but this year's Europe event will offer new announcements and highlights for all audiences.

Be sure to register today, book your transportation & hotel and prepare for VMworld 2012 in a premier location -- Barcelona!  Do you need to convince your manager to let you attend? Try the VMworld Europe ROI Letter to help your boss understand the importance of sending you.

Once registered and booked, be sure to plan and build your schedule using schedule builder and content catalog.  And share your questions and comments with other attendees using VMworld discussion threads or social media channels.

For a full video recap of VMworld 2012 San Francisco, read the VMworld 2012 Video Roundup
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VMworld 2012 Video Roundup

Posted by tdunn Sep 6, 2012

VMworld 2012 was packed with great video content. As many of you are writing blogs and doing summary reports, I'd like to highlight some of this content available now.  Please spend time on VMworld TV, where we have most of this content hosted for your one-stop destination.

keynote.jpgGeneral Sessions / Keynotes

Day 1 (Monday): Paul Maritz and Pat Gelsinger shared how VMware is helping customers and partners thrive in the Cloud era. Steve Herrod discussed and demonstrated technology at the heart of the software defined datacenter.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Steve Herrod and VMware partners took the stage to demonstrate state of the art technology that is transforming IT and enabling the mobile workforce.

CEO Roundtable: Panel of executives discussing the future of technology at work.

VMware NOW and the new VMware vCloud Suite

Visit VMware NOW, our new year-round site for VMware product announcements, currently featuring the new VMware vCloud Suite announced Monday, Aug 27th at VMworld. Watch dozens of overview videos highlighting vCloud Suite, including new features of vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Director 5.1.



video1.jpegVMworld San Francisco Highlights from the VMworld TV Crew

Watch the up-close series of videos from the VMworld TV crew as they shared conference highlights, interviews and demos from Moscone Center in San Francisco. If you didn't get to attend the conference, these videos offer a bit of the VMworld experience -- or if you did attend, these videos should help summarize the epic week we all shared.

Watch the conference highlights on VMworld TV


video2.jpegtheCUBE Interviews

Watch the in-depth series of VMworld interviews presented by theCUBE (via SiliconAngle and Wikibon).  These interviews include key executives, thought-leaders, technologists, community experts and industry panels.

Watch theCUBE interviews on VMworld TV


video3.pngVMware Community Tech Talks

Whether unable to attend VMworld, or unable to spend time in the Hang Space during the conference, the Tech Talks were one of the best offerings to get up close and in-depth with technical experts in the community.  Watch this series of quick sessions that were recorded on LiveStream.

Watch the Tech Talk recordings | View the topics & original schedule


Top 10 "Most Popular" Sessions

We've posted the top 10 sessions (most popular based on schedule builder demand) for viewing on vmworld.com.

View the Top 10 Sessions with Slides


VMworld Community and Partner Videos

We have collected and aggregated over a hundred videos from attendees, community members and partners during VMworld so far.  Take some time to browse through these videos that share the experiences, interviews, testimonials and demos from the conference.

Watch the community & partner videos on VMworld TV


There is much more content to discover on VMworld TV, including archives from past conferences.  So be sure to spend some time on our YouTube channel.  And get set for more videos coming soon from VMworld 2012 Barcelona!

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Join your fellow VMworld attendees in a special bike ride and fun run on Wednesday, August 29 at Crissy Field (just steps from the world famous Golden Gate Bridge). You will enjoy a nice 5k run/walk taking in the sights of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and historic Fort Point.

You will start the day meeting everyone at 5:00am, yes that is really early, in front of Moscone West and be shuttled to the starting point. From there the groups will head out and be returned to Moscone West by 8:00am, with time to shower and prepare for VMworld.

This is a great opportunity for you to meet some colleagues and network while getting the education and all that VMworld has to offer.

There is a cost associated with the Fun Run to cover basic costs, but a portion of the fee will be donated to Save the Bay; an organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and enrichment of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento/San Joaquin Estuary.

Visit the sign-up page for more information and we look forward to seeing you on the roads.

--The VMworld Team—

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Make sure you have VMworld with you while at the conference with the official VMworld 2012 mobile application. It is a show program, breakout session schedule builder and Solutions Exchange guide for attendees of the VMworld conference. The application is compatible with all smartphones.
With the mobile application, you can:


- View sessions by day and track
- Schedule Breakout Sessions
- View Hands-on Labs
- Participate in polling at CEO Roundtable and Tuesday’s General Session
- Browse exhibitor listings by name
- Find your way around the expo
- Create a personal agenda containing the Breakout Sessions you pre-registered for
- Complete session surveys
- Follow the event’s Twitter stream
- Receive the latest conference news

Visit www.vmworld.com/mobile on your phone to access the official VMworld mobile application.

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Get Certified at VMworld!

Posted by clotspeich Aug 23, 2012
VMworld San Francisco 2012 is just days away. And, along with the countless sessions, networking opportunities and labs, we are offering VMware Certification exams on-site this year. Delivering exams on-site is no small task, but with the release of VCP-IaaS and the always-expanding demand in the market for VMware certified professionals, we knew it was important to make it easy for you to either upgrade your current certification or achieve your first.

The VMware Exam Center, Marriott Marquis 4th floor Pacific B, will be open all day, every day for the four-day conference. All of the exams will be available on-site. Even better, exam fees are 50% off.

No time to sit your exam?

If you aren’t able to take an exam on-site, we are extending the 50% discount to anyone that registers at the Self-registration Kiosk at the Certification Lounge, Marriott Marquis 4th floor Pacific C, during the event. In order to take advantage of the savings, you have register at the event and sit your exam before November 30, 2012.

With the great savings and the new certification, take advantage of this unique opportunity and get certified at VMworld San Francisco. Seats are filling up very quickly. Don’t delay, get VMware Certified at VMworld San Francisco!
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Create Your Own Personal Blog

To create a personal blog on VMworld.com, sign into your account, click on "Manage Account" in the top right corner of any page, click on the "Blog Posts" tab and then click on "Create a Personal Blog" or "Write a Blog Post" from within your account profile.

Note: All blogs will be monitored and reviewed for content. Any blogs not related to virtualization or considered to be spam or offensive will be removed.