vExpert 2012 Programme Announced

As you may recall, last year VMware very kindly designated me as a vExpert 2011. I couldn’t be any happier about that although at the time it fazed me for the whole day! Yesterday at VMware Partner Exchange 2012 in Las Vegas, VMware announced some of the detail about their vExpert 2012 programme. For those who aren’t familiar with it, the vExpert award is not about technical ability it’s about sharing knowledge, experience and helping to grow and encourage the VMware virtualisation community. The award is given to the most active and enthusiastic VMware users and community members each year and benefits the recipient in a number of small ways: They get to use the vExpert logo They get year long NFR trial licenses for much of VMware’s products set They get the opportunity to join beta and early access programmes They […]

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What’s happening with P2V?

Recently Quest Software announced the End of Life (EOL) of vConverter. They will stop selling it at the end of this month and stop offering support a year after that. Here’s a copy of the announcement to partners: So, is there a new product on the horizon or are Quest seeing / foreseeing a decline in the market for P2V? It’s a legitimate entry point into virtualisation although whenever possible I’d recommend re-platforming applications or migrating data instead of using P2V as you get a clean, optimised server out of it. Time will tell, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to PlateSpin, vCenter Converter etc.

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CloudCamp London 25/01/2012

Where has the time gone? It was over a month ago that I was at CloudCamp but it feels like only last week. Now the date of the next event has been published – Wednesday 25th January 2012. The theme of this event – which should provide some interesting talking and discussion points – is “Big Data“, a bit of a departure from the norm. As the the last two events it is being held in the Crypt at St James’ Church, Clerkenwell. This is great for me as it’s just around the corner from my office. Register Here…

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UKVMUG – There’s Still Time (03/11/2011)!

Next week sees the UK’s first national VMUG taking place and there’s still time to register for it.

For anyone who hasn’t been to one before, VMUGs (VMware User Groups or Virtual Machine User Groups depending on who you ask) are regular meetings of virtualisation users held around the world. I’m a regular attender of the London VMUG (Twitter: @LonVMUG or hashtag #LonVMUG) and have been for a few years now. For a while now though there have been rumours of a UK-wide VMUG and it’s happening for the first time on Thursday 3rd November 2011 in Birmingham. (more…)

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VMware View 5 Now GA

As well as the other products that they’ve released today, VMware have managed to pump out View 5. This might explain in part the number of View / Desktop focused sessions at VMworld Europe next month. But, let’s not forget, people keep saying that this is the year when Desktop Virtualisation is going to take off. 🙂 Check out what’s new in View 5 here.

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