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The primary reason for becoming vExpert certainly should not be related to any possible benefits of the program. And once confirmed (for me is the fifth 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 vExpert 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
- 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 (usually each year it was, but please don’t ask for it, just follow the official vExpert community for any news)!
Added on May 23: For VMworld blogger passes (so not only limited to vExpert) see this link.
But there are also a lot of other benefits (this was the 2013 related list) offer by third part people or companies.
There are also different groups and lists:
Also it was the first to announce the confirmation of the vExpert (and MVP) benefit also for 2014:
- one year of free, unlimited dev and IT training
- 1,400+ courses
- on the latest technologies including topics ranging from virtualization and security, to SQL Server and .NET.
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)
- 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
Just fill out the online form.
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 is the post on Google+.
Devolutions is offering vExperts a free license of their flagship remote desktop management solution. Remote Desktop Manager lets you centralize, organize and securely share all your remote connections, credentials, passwords and documents throughout your entire team. Learn more about Remote Desktop Manager on SlideShare.
If you are interested and would like to obtain the free license, please send an email to email@example.com along with a link to your VMTN profile. Devolutions will not add you to any email lists, databases or share your information.
Royal TS give a NFR license for Microsoft MVPs, Citrix CTPs and VMware vExperts of Royal TS or TSX, a powerful tool for server admins, system engineers, developers and IT focused information workers who constantly need to access remote systems with different protocols.
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).
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.
Like previous year, Tintri recognize vExpert guys with a nice shirt. The one of previous two years (it’s becoming a tradition) were really cool and this year seem similar of the past one (with the the number of starts related to the number of years in vExpert program).
To request your shirt use this form: vExpert Shirt Offer 2014.
Note: Supplies are limited. Must be a 2014 vExpert to participate. Requests must be received by June 30, 2014.
Tegile want to thank the VMware vExpert 2014 for contributing to the VMware community. All vEXPERTS attending VMworld 2014 in San Francisco are eligible to receive an exclusive vEXPERT gift package, which includes:
- A fleece pullover customized with your name, Twitter handle and vEXPERT logo
- A portable USB charger
- An exclusive invitation to the Tegile Party @ Roe on Monday, August 25th
Not sure if the first two are also available for vExpert at the VMword EU edition (just register and choose that you cannot attend at VMworld US, they will send you the pack to home). Anyway for more information see this page.
Past year there was an awsome gift (an embedded system). This year there is a coffee presses:
— SimpliVity (@SimpliVityCorp) 3 Agosto 2014
VMware has setup a process for vExperts to get access on a rolling basis to vCloud Hybrid Service. For more information see:
- Blog post about this opportunity
- Program Information Post on Community Forums
- Program Guide
- Participant Calendar
- Sign Up Form
- As written in this post, you can have a vExpert URL Shortener with the prefix vexpert.me! (thanks @dawoo)
- In the same post there also also part 2, related to the vExpert stickers (of past year). Click here to complete the form.
See also those posts:
- vExpert 2014 benefits
- vExpert 2014 NFR and VIP License Programs
- Why it is worth to have vExpert award
- vExpert Freebies 2014