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vExpert applications for the 2017 program are now open!


I have been a proud member of the vExpert program for the last 3 years and I hope to prolong my membership for 2017. As a vExpert you get invites to special Webex meetings by VMware and 3rd parties, you’re entitled to swag at VMworld (always nice) and in general it is a recognition for all the free publicity you have been generating for VMware, virtualization, euc and cloud computing.

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap. The awards are for individuals, not companies, and last for one year. Employees of both customers and partners can receive the awards. In the application, we consider various community activities from the previous year as well as the current year’s (only for 2nd half applications) activities in determining who gets awards. We look to see that not only were you active but are still active in the path you chose to apply for. Read the announcement & apply at


If you are interested in becoming a vExpert the criteria is simple. Th eprogram, led by Corey Romero, is looking for IT Professionals who are sharing their VMware knowledge and contributing that back to the community. They see the term “giving back” as defined as going above and beyond your day job. There are several ways to share your knowledge and engage with the community. Some of those activities are blogging, book authoring, magazine articles, CloudCred task writing, active in facebook groups, forum (VMTN as well as other non VMware) platforms, public speaking, VMUG leadership, videos and so on.Read the announcement & apply at

How to apply for vExpert

The process to apply is easy, twice per calendar year VMware opens applications for a period of 30 days. Once the 30 days are over VMware closes the applications and move into voting mode which takes 45 to 60 days. Applications open for each calendar year are opened in November and results are announced in early February. VMware opens applications again which they refer to 2nd half applications in June with an August announcement. Every vExpert, VCDX as well as any new applicants must apply at least once per year. Read the announcement & apply at

PernixData Architect 1.1 and FVP version 3.5 are general available

PernixData, the leader in analytics-driven flash storage, announced today the general availability (GA) of Architect version 1.1 and FVPversion 3.5, the premier platforms for infrastructure analytics and server-side storage acceleration. Based on extensive analysis of data collected from PernixData’s comprehensive installed base of over 800 companies who are optimizing over 500,000 VMs, several new features were added to the products that facilitate the deployment, usability, and reporting features of FVP and Architect software.  These include a new management server, support for Raw Device Mapping (RDM), and performance charts and views that easily demonstrate the benefits of PernixData software for storage design, management, and optimization.

“PernixData is constantly showing how a data-driven approach to storage saves money while maximizing performance and scale,” said Bala Narasimhan, vice president of products at PernixData.  “We take a similar approach to product development, where data collected from our extensive installed base lets us constantly enhance our product to deliver the best insight, fastest performance, and unsurpassed user experience.”

Key features of the latest Architect and FVP software releases include:

  • Virtual Appliance based Management Server.  PernixData now offers a Virtual Appliance with integrated database for management of PernixData FVP and/or Architect installations.  The new virtual appliance eliminates the need to purchase, deploy and manage separate Windows and Microsoft SQL Server instances, which simplifies deployment and eliminates configuration issues for better operations and maintenance.  In addition, it allows PernixData to provide a single control point for data collection and management for a consistent and predictable customer experience.
  • RDM Support.  With the latest software release, FVP supports both physical and virtual RDMs.  (A RDM is a mapping file in a separate VMFS volume that acts as a proxy for a raw physical storage device.)  As RDMs are often used by tier 1 workloads like databases to merge VMFS manageability with raw device access for enhanced performance, this new functionality expands FVP’s ability to be deployed in even more enterprise application environments.
  • New Performance Views and Reporting tool. Architect and FVP now include predefined performance views that highlight the benefits of acceleration for specific use cases.  For example, a “Read Analysis” view shows the benefits of running FVP for write through acceleration in a quick and clear manner.  Similarly, a “Write Analysis” view shows the numerous benefits FVP is providing when performing Write Back acceleration.  IT administrators can easily select these predefined views for a quick breakdown of performance in various scenarios.

In addition, Architect now includes a new performance-reporting tool to show the benefits of analytics-driven storage over time.  The user can select monitored VMs, accelerated VMs by FVP cluster, or all VMs and export performance charts for various time intervals.  This is a quick and easy way to quantify the benefits of analytics and acceleration software, and to share the results with colleagues for fast and easy ROI justification. (A quick snapshot of some of the cost savings provided by PernixData FVP and Architect software can be viewed here.)

Interesting PernixData stats:

  • PernixData has over 800 paying customers, 43 of which are in the global 2000.  A partial list can be viewed here.
  • A single customer has PernixData software deployed on over 700 physical hosts.
  • Architect first shipped in mid-November, 2015.  Since then, approximately one new Architect customer has been added per day.
  • It is estimated that approximately 500,000 VMs are optimized using PernixData FVP software.
  • Top applications being accelerated by FVP are SQL server, General purpose, VDI, Oracle, MS Exchange, MS SharePoint, and Cassandra.


Both FVP version 3.5 and Architect version 1.1 are generally available now. To start a free trial of PernixData software, please visit:

VMware vSphere: Design and Deploy Fast Track [V6] – a review

In line with the new VCIX6-DCV certification a new course has been launched, a 5-day fast track training delving into designing and deploying vSphere 6. A couple of weeks ago I took the course in Nieuwegein at Global Knowledge. Design courses rank among my favorite ones, I just love to share experiences, thoughts and ideas about designing vSphere infrastructures, looking at functional and non-functional requirements, trying not to add an interpretation, talking about constraints, limitations, business demands and risks.


This extended-hours training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design and deploy a VMware vSphere 6.0 virtual infrastructure. You follow a proven approach to design and deploy a virtualization solution that is highly available, agile and scalable, manageable, and secure. This course discusses the benefits and risks of available design alternatives and provides information to support making sound design decisions. In this course, you practice your design skills by working with peers on a design project. You also deploy components of a completed vSphere design. This course is based on VMware ESXi 6.0 and VMware vCenter Server blueprint

Over the five days of the course the following topics are addressed:

  • infrastructure assessment,
  • core management infrastructure,
  • virtual data center infrastructure,
  • compute infrastructure,
  • storage infrastructure,
  • network infrastructure,
  • virtual machine design,
  • infrastructure security,
  • infrastructure manageability and
  • infrastructure recoverability.

Our instructor reminded us that we should avoid the term “best practice”, but we ought to use “common practice” in stead. And that makes sense, as the business requirements of the customer dictate the what and why of design decisions. There fore a “best” practice doesn’t exist. Remember this when you want to attempt the VCDX-certification.

It is a great course I think, we had the added benefit of a very experienced trainer, and five days is barely enough to cover all the topics and the labs. Mainly because we tend to get distracted form the course by our own experiences. Unfortunately there is no lab covering Autodeploy. It is a pity that the deploy exam is not yet available and won’t be available for another two to four months…

Minimum prerequisites for this course imho are a VCP-status (or equivalent experience and knowledge) and preferably a couple of years of experience with (the VMware approach to) designing, deploying and managing vSphere, finally some scripting knowledge will come in handy.

Top Ten things to consider when moving Business…

Top Ten things to consider when moving Business Critical Applications (BCA) to the Cloud (Part 1 of 3)

Top Ten things to consider when moving Business…

The cloud transformation is now for real. Customers have a stated long-term goal of running a majority of their applications in the cloud. Gartner predicts that public cloud services to grow by 16.5% in 2016. The highest growth area is cloud infrastructure, which is projected to grow at 38.4% in 2016. Today’s CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is a critical component of managing their information technology needs.

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VMware Horizon 7 Has Been Released – Instant…

VMware Horizon 7 Has Been Released – Instant Clones, Blast Extreme ++

VMware Horizon 7 Has Been Released – Instant…

When few weeks back we reported on VMware Horizon 7 we did not know when this product will finally hit the GA state. It’s now! You can download Horizon 7 now. It’s a major release which allows scaling up to 10 Horizon PODs across 4 sites with up to 500 000 desktops. So VMware Horizon 7 Has Been Released – Instant Clones, Blast Extreme and more features are in.

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VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done!

VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done! (via

VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done!

Creating Stretched Clusters could not be easier with VSAN. In fact the process of configuring different types of VSAN clusters, with features like deduplication and compression enabled is now a snap in the new Configuration Wizard.

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vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight: ISO 9001

vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight: ISO 9001

vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight: ISO 9001

Previously, in our vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight series, we’ve discussed: SSAE 16 PCI-DSS HIPAA ISO 27001 In this month’s edition, we focus the compliance spotlight on ISO 9001. Not to be confused with ISO 27001, which is based around information security, ISO 9001 focuses its standards on quality. ISO 9001 sets the requirements for […] The post vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight: ISO 9001 appeared first on VMware vCloud Air Blog .

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