VMworld 2017 here we go! I am so happy to be back this year, flying in on Friday this time to sit on the PEX Workshops. I am refreshing all my NSX knowledge this Saturday.
As a technology enthusiast, I like to write about what I do, the things I design, implement and especially those problems that I find and that there is no official documentation on how to solve them.
Here I have a few study guides, some tricks of the trade and from time to time I share my opinion on current topics. When I learned that VMware had a program called VMware vExpert, I decided to apply. This program helps me sharing my knowledge and multiplies my effort in contributing back to the community.
The VMware community is something special; you can request assistance from a lot of great engineers out there. There is a certain camaraderie among all the users, vExperts, employees and everyone that in some form is related to VMware that feed the community and brings it all together. One of my favorites is the vBrownBag (https://vbrownbag.com/) community that meets weekly and is a great contributor during VMworld each year.
For me, VMworld provides a stage to grow as a professional. Each year I select the sessions that will provide me and ABS the most advantage taking into consideration our current client base, my knowledge gaps and what we think is the direction and possible adoption of new technology.
The VMware vExpert program supports the community by providing access to the software via evaluation licenses. It helps with private channels and forums, and honestly, it is cool to have a group that gives you the feeling that you belong and that you are giving something back. The program provides a lot of training not only about VMware products but also about the integration with everything the different companies use every day on to of their vSphere environment.
To apply to be a vExpert the most notable feat is to have a hunger for learning and sharing. If you feel awesome when you write a blog about the things that you do then in your heart you are good prospects.