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VMware Education – Product vs Solution

VMware Training has alway been important to me and I encourage a lot of people to attend training as this always improve us as individuals in our profession. Training done on product has been relevant in the past as we focused on the product and understand the capabilities and feature sets within the product.

As VMware has evolved with many acquisitions to their portfolio, it becomes difficult to do product training. VMware should introduce solution based training, this will allow individuals to pull the products together to be able to understand how these products put together will provide a solution for the business.

Solution training should be for both sides of the fence, end-user & partner. I believe that more focus should be aimed at the partner community as they are the extended sales force for VMware and are delivering the vision to the end-user (client/customer). When partners understand how all these products work together, the easier it will be for the client to adopt these technologies and allowing the business to benefit and reach some of their digital transformation journey.

Solutions, such as VCF are becoming more & more a discussion with clients and it’s important to be able to deliver the message around the solution.

So hopefully if the near future this will become more available to everyone.

VMware Learning Zone

It has been out for a while…but I thought I would just share this cool place to get your knowledge fix. There are different subscriptions that you can sign up. There is a Basic  subscription that is free…this will give you a feel of what type of content you can receive and its really good place to start and they go all they way up to Premium subscription.

You have the following

Basic Learning Subscription

“Free, 24/7 online access for 365 days to over 1300 technical videos, 65 short self-paced courses, and VMware Certified Associate (VCA) training.” – VMware website

Standard Learning Subscription

“Get everything in the Basic subscription PLUS access to an additional 200+ videos and 15 eLearning courses, giving you more than 60 hours of new training (including walkthroughs, demos, and tutorials).” – VMware website

Premium Learning Subscription

“Get everything in the Basic and Standard subscriptions PLUS access to 9 Certification Exam Prep courses (including more than 560 videos). You can review the latest technical content and get help to prepare for some of VMware’s most popular certification exams” – VMware website

Check out the link below for more information around VMware Learning Zone.

VMware Education

As being part of the VMware Certified Instructor Community, I have a very committed to encourage individuals to attend VMware Training as this is a key part of gaining new skills and keep yourself relevant in todays ever changing IT landscape. The traditional training courses that was provide by VMware Education has always been informative.

The courses have been captivating for beginners as well as experienced individuals. VMware has acquired many organisations and thus meaning that the list of products in their stable has grown immensely, which mean VMware partners have let more to sell to the industry. Engineers will have to up-skill their selves as they will need to manage these new technologies.

With that said they way froward is get some good training and get your self familiar with these new and great products.

So VMware Education has a lot of ways to deliver training:

Classroom – Instructor-Led Training – This is my all time favourite as I get to meet the trainer in person and have a room of like-minded individuals. This allows for me to learn from others in the industry and get to network, as well as have an instructor at your finger tips to assist you.

Live Online – In this method, you will connect to a training session with an instructor and other delegates to have the course presented to you over the internet. No need to travel to the training venue, but rather jump online and continue with the training.

Self-Paced – These are pre-recorded training material that you watch at your own pace and get to cover the content and labs.

I guess that there are different ways to approach the training and there are several ways to consume the training. As always the benefit is that which ever way to get the training done, you are improving yourself as an individual.

So when you have a chance check out the link below:

Here’s to another 20 years VMware…Celebrations @ VMworld 2018

I know that this post is rather late…but I’m sure you have all the juicy information of what went down at both VMworld in the US & Europe. I’m just posting a high-level overview of my experiences and takeaways from the event.

As usual the VMworld event was held in Barcelona for the Europe conference. To be honest I have mixed feeling about the place. The good, most attendees are familiar with the city so logistics and navigating around the city is great, on the other hand change is good. Having a new venue for VMworld will give a breath of fresh air and new scenery for those traveling to the conference. That’s just my opinion.

So, let’s get into the key topics at VMworld 2018!

  • Heptio
  • vSphere Platinum
  • App Defense
  • Edge Computing
  • Kubernetes
  • VMware Blockchain
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • Project Dimension (Beta)

VMware Feature Walkthrough…Go try it out!

I know of many individuals out that would like to play around with some of VMware cool features that are out with the new releases.

Understanding and trying out some of VMware features tends to become difficult for individuals, that don’t have access to a lab environment. Most individuals would like to try it out and don’t want to touch their production environment.

VMware has the “Feature Walkthrough” that will allow you to navigate and sample the features with shorts notes for you to understand before you try the feature out in your environment.

Below is the link to the Feature Walkthrough…Go try it out!

Let’s get real – vSAN

Been interesting how technology has been evolving and how VMware is part of the forefront of things. Software Defined Storage (SDS) is fast becoming conversations in this industry and people are trying to get to grips of understanding what is this. The fact that we are able to use local storage to provide shared storage has dramatically changed the way we approach presenting solution to clients. I’m not saying that this technology will entirely replace “The SAN” but rather work for certain use cases.

First things is having an understanding what is vSAN and how this technology will be able to work in your environment.

Below is a link to the vSAN 101:

VMware has also introduced a vSAN certification. This will prove your knowledge of this amazing piece of software that will help you achieve your Software Defined DataCenter.

Below is link if you are interested in obtaining this certification:

That’s a wrap – VMworld 2017 (10 Years Strong – Europe)

Long Overdue…. but here goes my mini wrap up of VMworld 2017. As usual there is a lot that we know from the US VMworld and quite excited about getting more information around the new releases.

What’s New – VMworld 2017.
 vCloud Suite 2017
 VMware Cloud on AWS
 vRealize Automation 7.3
 vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition
 Horizon Cloud
 vRealize Suite 2017
 VMware Cloud Foundation
 Workspace ONE
 VMware AppDefense
 Horizon 7.3
 VMware Pivotal Container
 VMware Cloud Services
 VMware vSphere Integrated Containers 1.2
 VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0

So, this is a lot of new and old faithful products that have been released/updated. Below you will find a link that will take you to abundant information to give you a better understanding around the above mentioned.

I extremely love the solutions exchange as you get to meet some amazing vendors with amazing technologies. You get time to mingle and understand their technologies and how it may benefit you in your organization.

Here is the link to the list of vendors:

The social scene was great. Great networking opportunities, the best for me was attending the vExpert Party. Got to meet the program team and network with fellow VMware enthusiast.

Till VMworld 2018!!!

It’s that time of year again for….VMworld!

VMworld is one of the largest Virtualization & Datacentre conference that is held in USA and Europe by VMware. It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of great and new announcements made at the conference showcasing the future for VMware. Many vendors are sponsors and will be at the Solution Exchange centre showcasing their latest and greatest technology as being part of VMware’s Ecosystem.

Whilst this is a wonderful opportunity to attend as many sessions as you can, it’s important to choose wisely. Getting into sessions where are discussions and speaking to the experts are the best opposed to just attending a PowerPoint presentation. Try out the hands-on labs and visit the Solution Exchange centre, chat to the vendors and find out what’s new within their portfolio. Best part is the networking and growing your professional network with likeminded people and enjoy all the parties hosted by vendors and especially the VMworld Party.

The conference will fly by fast, so take a step back and enjoy the atmosphere and being part of such a wonderful event and enjoy every moment.

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