VMware vExpert program recognizes people that have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, CloudCred task writing, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

The primary reason for becoming vExpert certainly should not be related to any possible benefits of the program. And once confirmed you have to think more about what you can give rather to what is to be expected. But I’d be a hypocrite to deny that there are also practical advantages in being a vExpert!

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Veeam will provide a free NFR (Not for Resale) license (for 1 year up to 10 users) for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 to all VMware vExperts, Microsoft MVP, VTEC members, Certified Engineers and Trainers. This license allows for non‑production use of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in your home lab without any feature limitations.

Registration page is available at this link.

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Platform9 is a company founded by VMware engineers (with several years of experience) who have taken a fundamentally new approach to creating and managing private clouds. Their management SaaS solution (or MaaS) went GA two years ago and as grow really faster and moving from the managing of on-prem resources (KVM and vSphere environments) with the all stack (including storage and networking) to public clouds and containers.

Platform9’s model makes it easy to run hybrid clouds across any infrastructure, using leading Open Source cloud frameworks based on OpenStack for VM and IaaS management and Kubernetes for Container Orchestration.

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VMware has updated their supported Products list with a new version (updated at February 1,2017) of VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix document.

Finally this document has become smart and short, with few pages and highlighted in a right way both the products version is within 6 months of End of General Support or End of Technical Guidance and also products version that has gone past its End of General Support.

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Next VeeamON conference is approaching fast: it will take place at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at New Orleans (Louisiana) during May, 16-18 2017. If you are working with Veeam products or simple you are interested about data protection and availability you can miss this event (for more information on why attend at VeeamON 2017 see also this post: Don’t miss VeeamON 2017 event).

But it’s not a free event, so there are some costs related to it, like the travel expenses, the hotel and also the event pass.

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Uila Application-aware Infrastructure Performance Management is an end-to-end solution available as a public cloud service or also as an on-prem solution.

The overall architecture is similar to other SaaS monitor and anlysis solution  but with some interesting difference: first the possibility to have and on-prem infrastructure, second the ability to monitor not only infrastructure related countes (like from vCenter) but also applications related counters, third the UI and its capabilities.

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Is the right time to invest in some new certifications cloud oriented? Probably yes, but which one? There are different types of cloud computing, with different types of services but also in different way to consume them.

All private cloud services are already covered by exisiting product certifications and does not change too much (maybe just in the name of the certification). The only difference is that private clouds are not just an on-prem virtual infrastructure (virtualization is not cloud computing) but has management tools to provide better automation, agility and self provisioning.

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Like the vExpert 2016 announce, also this at the beginning of February the vExpert 2017 list has been announced. Also this time I’ve been confirmed as a vExpert.

The list is available on this VMware blog site: vExpert 2017 Award Announcement.

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Veeam has announced the Veeam Vanguard 2017 list with several renewal and some changes. The Vanguard program represents Veeam brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities. It’s a program around the community of Veeam experts that truly get our message, understand our products and are our closest peers in IT.

For several aspects, like the VMware vExpert or Microsoft MVP program, where the communities contribution is one of the main aspect.

In this first round there where 31 individuals. Now (in the third year) there are 40 people chosen for their acumen, engagement and style in their activities on and offline.

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Data protection products are evolving faster in those years and regarless of the technologies behind those products (depending mainly on the hystorical era on when the product born) we can found a common set of capabilities and trends.

Two main recent trends are basically the primary (and maybe also the secondary) storage native integration and also the (public) cloud integration.

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Arcserve is an historical company in data protection: first emerged in 1990 as Cheyenne Software, and then quickly flourished as a backup software provider with their flagship ARCserve BACKUP product.

They have announced the new release of Unified Data Protection (UDP) solution that accelerated cloud and on-premise capabilities, and support for AWS Cloud, Nimble Storage, HPE 3PAR and Office 365.

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