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The primary motivations for becoming vExpert certainly should not be related to any possible benefits of the program. And once confirmed (for me is the fourth year in a row) 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!
Officially, VMware according with the FAQ say that the biggest benefit of the award is the public recognition as a VMware vExpert Award winner. But benefits also include:
- Award certificate and gift (this was the the one of the previous year)
- vExpert logo to display on website or email signature
- Access to a private vExpert community
- Free subscription to conference session materials on VMworld.com
- Access to exclusive online events and other opportunities to participate in activities
- Inclusion in public vExpert directory
Unofficially, there are, sometimes, also the access to VMware beta programs and/or products license. Note that VMworld pass are not listed… so it could be, but also not!
And there are also different groups and lists:
- vExpert official list
- 2013 vExpert group, by the numbers
- Google+ vExpert group
- Linkedin group
- Twitter lists: Maishsk, Jdooley, Aravind
And finally there are also 3rd part benefits (for a NFR license list see also this post).
- Over 1,500 hours of IT pro video training
- Over 200 hours of VMware video training
- 30 VMware courses that include topics like vSphere 5.1, vSphere Advanced Networking, vCenter Operations Manager, vCloud Director 5.1, vSphere Performance, vSphere Troubleshooting, vSphere Design and new courses on the way (including VCAP-DCA5, EMC Storage Essentials, and more)
- Certification practice exams (including the VCP)
- Offline viewer (Win/Mac)
- iPad compatible streaming
Like previous year, Tintri recognize vExpert guys with a nice shirt. The one of previous year was really cool and also this year seem nice (and with the news of the number of starts related to the number of years in vExpert program).
August update: shirt are in production, so is no more possible fill the request form.
For more information see this post.
Note that this does not apply only for VMware vExperts, but also for VMware Certified Professionals (VCP), Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialists (MCTS) and Most Valuable Professionals (MVP).
If you are a VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Professional or VMware Certified Instructor, you can get free two licenses of Symantec Backup Exec V-Ray Edition along with 12 months of essential support to use in production or non-production environments (e.g. evaluation, demonstration or training purposes).
If you are a VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Professional or VMware Certified Instructor, DataCore Software is offering a free 1 year NFR license for DataCore’s SANsymphony-V Storage Hypervisor Software.
If you are VCPs, VCIs, vExperts, MVPs, MCPs you can protect 2 sockets and 2 physical servers with Unitrends backup solution. Note that you have also phone, e-mail and online support with 1-year expiration (renewable along with certification).
The Login VSI VIP program builds on these programs and offers a number of special benefits to all active Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP), to all VMware vExperts, and to Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) for App-V, Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Machine:
- A free (for non-commercial use) Login VSI Pro license (12 months, 100 user sessions)
- Your relevant blog posts featured on our website
- Login VSI goodies (like the “I love a good performance” T-shirt) when we meet in person
- Direct access to our support, product marketing and development team
If you are interested to a NFR license of HP StoreVirtual VSA (that can also be used to testing the storage integration of Veeam Backup & Replication), just ping (and thanks) Calvin Zito:
Here’s a ChalkTalk I have on updates to HP StoreVirtual VSA: http://t.co/Eljnk2PT9z If you’re a vExpert and want an NFR license, ping me
— Calvin Zito (@HPStorageGuy) August 13, 2013
VSS Labs is releasing a new product, called vCert Manager, which will vastly improve the SSL certificate management experience for VMware customers. VSS Labs has a free NFR license available for home lab usage, with a special bonus for current fellow VMware vExperts. The tool will discover all of your components, even if they exceed your license, but you can only actively manage the number up to your licensed threshold (2 vCenter, 10 hosts).
For more info see this post.
- As written in this post, you can have a vExpert URL Shortener with the prefix vexpert.me! (thanks @dawoo)
- VMware vExpert sticker for free! (thanks @dawoo). This is what you get:
— Andrew Mauro (@Andrea_Mauro) July 19, 2013