Can’t make it to vForum Live Near You? Tune in to vForum Online Nov 3rd!


We get it, you can’t physically make it to the vForum Live nearest you. However, you can still take the latest deep dives through VMware solutions across the software-defined data center, end user computing and the hybrid cloud at vForum Online! Sign up to attend vForum Online on November 3rd and you will have access to over 60 VMware experts across 9 content tracks to answer your questions in real-time!

When you tune in to the virtual VMware campus for this half-day online event, you’ll start the morning off listening to keynote presentations from the Office of the CTO in the Cross-Cloud CTO Panel. Afterward, attend up to 21 technical breakouts across software-defined data center, end user computing and the hybrid cloud, interact with our experts via live video during 14 Chat with Experts sessions, and test drive VMware solutions for yourself in up to 11 expert-led Hands-on Labs.

Don’t miss the Education Services’ sessions:

Education Services’ Breakouts

  • Automating Your Network Services Deployment with VMware NSX and vRealize Automation

Education Services’ Chat with Experts

  • Troubleshooting VMware NSX: Tips & Tricks for the Real World

You don’t want to miss this chance to gain insight, expand your knowledge, and leave with practical steps to apply to your IT plans – all without leaving your desk! From the comfort of your own home or office, you’ll be able to view unique product demos led by VMware system engineers, get unlimited access to eBooks, tech tips, and solution-related resources.

Plus, win a variety of awesome prizes! Did we mention you could win the newly released iPhone 7? Sign up for vForum Online on 11/3 now and it could be yours!

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New Course Option for Expired VCPs

VCP merchFor candidates who hold an expired VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification, we are adding another option for earning a new VCP.

In addition to the option to take the same course as any new candidate, if you have an expired VCP certification, you now have a new option to take a What’s New class to meet the training requirement as well. The What’s New course must be in the same track and level as the certification you are pursuing: for example, for VCP6-DCV, you would take the vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6] course.

You still need to pass both the vSphere 6 Foundations exam and the VCP elective exam in order to regain VCP status.

Please note, your expired VCP will not be reinstated. So, we strongly encourage you to recertify before your two-year term ends. To look up your recertification date, log into your VMware Certification Manager account.

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VMware on AWS: Thoughts, Wins, and Challenges

vchs-therockVMware did what many would have thought would never be the done.  They announced the upcoming launch of VMware on AWS.  Frank Denneman did a great write up (thanks Frank!) that covers the first announcement and some of the details.  There have been lots of opinions on the announcement, the value to customers, and the impetus of the product launch that have already come out.  This is a little of my view from what I’ve seen and some general industry knowledge from my own experience.

Some quick thoughts on why this happened

This could be a post that would go on for 10 pages.  Let’s just keep it simple.  Here are the first things that I go to as reasons around the announcement.

  1. AWS doesn’t want to deal with on-premises – this gets the best of both worlds.  AWS gets revenue, and someone else supports it.  They get margins, and only deploy as needed.  They already own the datacenters, and dedicated hosts is an easy business to grow for them.  It’s like running AirBnB for the VMware team.  AWS just has to own a bunch of hardware (they already do) and make it available easily (they already do).  Voila!
  2. VMware in AWS makes a nice hybrid model – hybrid is about being able to handle workloads across different deployments.  That could be different underying architecture, or just public and private clouds running the same thing.  I’m assuming that the requirement for this will be VMware Cloud Foundation in the ideal scenario.  Bridging to the on-premises data center will be the easy part once they have like-for-like on the hosting bits at and above the hypervisor.   Frank does indicate that it contains core features that we know (vSphere, NSX, VSAN), but it will not be the traditional vSphere platform we see in data centers today.
  3. AWS is eating many tech vendor’s lunch.  Why not take a taste? – If you know that the schoolyard bully wants to meet you in the parking lot at recess, you can either run away and just delay the inevitable, or you can take a run at it with them.  AWS has a distinct model that cannot be replicated by most tech vendors.  VMware may as well get some revenue and not have to deal with the hardware.  I won’t go on about the multi-billion dollar addressable market, and all that stuff.  Let’s just think of it in the context of what we know of today.
  4. Moving to the next VMware release will be forced by the adoption – Not just in the AWS offering, but to truly leverage all the feature sets, you’ll most likely need the same bits back in the data center.  This is a great way to drive upsell of the new platform to on-premises customers.  It becomes a limitation to the new goodness if you don’t.  Again, this is based on some assumptions about how the connectivity and co-management of on-premises and on-AWS will work.
  5. Microsoft Azure Stack  is here 2Q of 2017 – It looks very cool, and is right up the alley of customers who are already deeply entrenched in Microsoft ELAs.  Much of today’s VMware hosted guest are most likely a Microsoft majority.  That’s the enterprise and SMB to mid-market menu.  We complain about Microsoft a lot, but the reality is they own the desktops, the productivity apps, and much of the on-premises server environment.  Azure Stack has the chance to bridge to the gap to make Microsoft your partner for every layer of the IT stack.  It is in technical preview already, and is set to launch to general availability in the second quarter of 2017.
  6. AWS is converting VMware workloads – There are products today which are chipping away at the VMware guest environments.  AWS has the CLI version already, and also a vCenter plugin.  Many other vendors have similar offerings as well.  AWS may have been “kind” in offering the vCenter plugin, but the reality is that it is there to show you how easy it is to get your workloads in the AWS cloud.

There are lots of other reasons, but those stand out as top ones in my opinion.

Winning with VMware on AWS

Familiar APIs, a single Enterprise License Agreement that you can easily re-up every year, and of course the proverbial “one throat to choke” with support.  That’s what many enterprise audiences seek when they look towards embracing a new platform.  This isn’t a new product as much as it’s a new way to consume the same old comfortable thing you’ve know up to this point.

VMware will win because it is the checkbox they have been missing.  Having the backing of AWS as the data center alleviates some of the previous concerns around how vCloud Air (nee vCloud Hybrid Service) evolved.  See a great post by John White on that evolution from a service provider’s view here.

Customers will enjoy the warm embrace of that comfy blanket they’ve learned to love since VMware effectively defined the virtualization scene for enterprise, mid-market, and SMB customers.

Challenges with VMware on AWS

This slows down the buying cycle for everyone else.  It is more of a challenge for competitors than it is for VMware customers when that is the primary effect.  The other thing will be readiness of the customer to consume the new platform.  vCloud has not taken hold like any of the VMware suite of tools has.  There were technical and business challenges in taking it on.  Let’s hope that the onramp to VMware Cloud Foundation will be a smoother one.

Pricing is the next one.  It may actually be the biggest one for many.  You’re going to have to pay for VMware platforms, and somehow, the price of AWS is buried inside of that number.  Will it be a VPN connection to your environment offered as a part of the VMware toolkit, or will it require the traditional AWS VPN (requires hourly spend), or a direct connect (requires a contracted commitment with your line provider).  Features may be there, but if the cost is prohibitive, it will deter or delay adoption.

Final Thoughts

Nothing happens overnight.  If you think that this was developed during the last few weeks to respond to something, you’ve probably not seen how VMware designs and develops enterprise solutions.  They tend to take years, if not many, many months at the very least.  The products we see launching today have been in the pipeline for quite some time.

If this was really a response to anything, I would bet that it is a response to the Microsoft Azure Stack.  At the same time, VMware were due for a new approach.  vCloud Air was close.  Perhaps it was just the right iterative step needed to get us to the next thing.

I’m looking forward to seeing more as the technical details are released and the product becomes generally available.

Interop ITX – Call for Presentations

Interop has gotten a new name, some new branding, and I’m proud to announce that I’ve joined the Interop ITX Review Board for 2017!  There are lots of things happening to make the Interop conference a true destination for both technical and business IT consumers which will get you information and interactive experiences at all layers of the IT stack.

Interop ITX will be from May 15-19, 2017 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Call For Presentations Open until October 31 – 10 Days Left!

At the time this publishes, there are 10 days remaining to submit a call for proposals which can be done here.  That gives you a chance to contribute your voice to the speaker lineup at a strong, community-focused event.  This is the chance for us to shape what we want Interop ITX to be for us, and for our community at large.


The content streams are very exciting, so you won’t want to miss this if you have the chance to attend.


Before you go, here are the links that help you find out about the event and to submit your CFP:


These are the key links you’ll need to get started:

I hope to see you at the event!

2017 VCDX Application & Defense Schedule

VCDX merchHere it is – the new calendar with VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) application deadlines and defense dates for 2017! The calendar will have the most current information soon. Be sure to always confirm the deadline dates as you prepare to submit your application.

The dates listed below apply for every region. Locations include the Palo Alto, US office, the Staines, UK office, and the Sydney, Australia office. Depending on panelist availability, some tracks may not be available on all dates. That detail will be listed in the official calendar, so always be sure to confirm the information there.

We will also be releasing v6 of all tracks, starting with VCDX6-DCV – look for that information to be live soon.

The schedule is:

Dec 2, 2016 – applications due
Feb 13-17, 2017 – defenses

Mar 10, 2017 – applications due
May 22-26, 2017 – defenses

June 9, 2017 – applications due
Aug 21-25, 2017 – defenses

Sep 22, 2017 – applications due
Dec 4-8, 2017 – defenses

Note:  Dates may be subject to change based on physical location availability or other unforeseen issues. Candidates should never book travel until they have received an invitation to defend for the confirmed defense week. Actual physical locations and dates will be updated in the calendar and on the invitations to defend.

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#vDM30in30 November 2016 – It’s On!

Because you didn’t already have too much in your backlog, let’s add another 30 things to do! It’s super simple to be involved.  Just follow these simple steps.

How to #vDM30in30 in 4 easy steps

  1. Add a comment to this blog indicating you’re participating and include a link to your blog
  2. Write 30 pieces of content to publish in November
  3. Tweet each blog with the #vDM30in30 hashtag on Twitter
  4. Cheer on your community colleagues by sharing their content with your social streams

Things to think about when creating #vDM30in30 content:

  1. Keep it enjoyable, meaningful, and fun
  2. Your content may span across multiple sites (e.g. I write for 2 blogs, so there will be 15 articles per site)
  3. You don’t have to do all 30. The point is that it’s about trying to push ourselves in a positive way
  4. Seriously, just have fun with it

Yes, this is a lot of content to create and publish in a month.  Yes, you may even be criticized a little because quantity doesn’t equate itself to quantity.  The goal is to push ourselves a little bit to spur on the creative juices.



OpenStack Day Montreal – November 22, 2016

Imagine that feeling of the first ever OpenStack Day in Canada.  You can experience it first hand right in the heart of beautiful Montreal, Quebec on November 22nd.  I know that I will be there, so now is your chance to come join in the community goodness and learn about all things OpenStack and more!

The event day website has been kindly created and hosted by Jonathan Le Lous right here:

Registration link is here:

Seriously, you need to be there.  Montreal = awesome, and OpenStack in Montreal = 2x awesome 🙂

What to Expect at OpenStack Day Canada

We have a great lineup of speakers which are being finalized in the coming days.  The day will be filled with knowledge sharing and user stories that tell the true value of embracing OpenStack and other technology partners to help enable the growth of your business by using the open private cloud platform which is growing in popularity every day.

I’ll be there as one of the event organizers, and we have a packed schedule for every type of audience.

The day begins at 8 AM for registration with the official start at 8:30.  Breakout sessions will be featured at 9:30-10:45, 11-12:30, and 2:45-4:45, so you won’t miss any opportunities to get lots of good content under your belt.

Expect a great lunch, and also the Barcamp from 5PM-9PM that evening.

Register for the event here and I look forward to meeting lots of you there!


Accelerating Business-Critical Applications

HCS for BCAs BriefThe performance of Business-Critical Applications (BCAs) such as database processing, email servers, and Web 2.0 workloads can help separate your company from the competition. But as you move to more virtualized systems keeping them running smoothly comes with its own set of challenges.

  1. BCAs are increasingly more complicated to manage than non-critical applications.
  2. BCAs demand high levels of availability and reliability that have traditionally required expensive storage systems.
  3. BCAs can have higher cost of ownership expenses due to dedicated hardware.

This free brief from the VMware Hyper Converged Infrastructure team explores these issues in more detail, along with:

  • Benefits of Running BCAs on VMware Hyper-Converged Software
  • Why VMware Hyper-Converged Software?
  • What is VMware Virtual SAN?
  • Delivering Scalability for Microsoft Exchange
  • Boosting Performance for Web 2.0 Applications
  • Shouldering Workloads for SAP IQ
  • Improving Application Performance with VMware Virtual SAN

Download your copy today.

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