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According to Microsoft, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award is given to “exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others”.

The awarded are people who “actively share their … technical expertise with the different technology communities related directly or indirectly to Microsoft”. An MVP is awarded for contributions over the previous year.

Is more than an award (or accreditation) instead of certification and is quite similar (in the concept) like other “community” award, like the VMware vExpert.


This 1st July I’ve was reconfirmed, for the 3rd year, by the MVP team with the notification that I’m again a MVP on Cloud and Datacenter Management technologies also for the year 2016.

On late 2015 the different MVP’s competencies has been reduced and the Microsoft Hyper-V one has been interegrated in the Cloud and Datacenter Management.

It was a surprise three year ago (when I gain for the first time the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award), but was a big surprise also this year, because I’ve not done so much (considering that the main product will be released on late 2016).

So, thanks very much for this recognition and I hope to do my best to deserve it also this year.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2375 Posts)

Virtualization & Cloud Architect. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). PernixPro 2014. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014. MVP 2014. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.