Check out Odyssey

After having great fun doing the Odyssey challenges at both VMWorld US & Europe this year, they have now been released to the wild.


Check out the official article about the European event here

All the challenges are 30 minutes but the aim is to complete them as quickly as possible, many teams at VMworld completed them way faster.

It’s great to see that they are now available for everybody, go give them a try.

Huge thanks to all at HOL for this great innovation.

#VMworld 2019 – Day 1

img_20190825_130229-1As always it’s a slow build-up on Sunday, the Square (VMVillage) is starting to fill up. Some sessions are open and of course, Hand On Labs is packed! make sure you check out Odyssey and Cloud Credibility in the HOL area.

If you’re in the Square make sure you talk to all the community groups

  • VMware community
  • VMware Champions
  • Listening Post

VMworld 2019 is OPEN




vExpert 2019 Second Half Award Announcement

vExpert 2019 Second Half Award Announcement

vExpert 2019 Second Half Award Announcement

Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert and thank you to the vExpert PRO’s for doing their part in this process. We are pleased to announce the list of 2019 Second Half vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. The post vExpert 2019 Second Half Award Announcement appeared first on VMware vExpert Blog.

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VMworld 2019 Session Invite from Michael Gandy

VMworld 2019 Session Invite from Michael Gandy

VMworld 2019 Session Invite from Michael Gandy

Do you want to learn how has VMware kept innovating for the past 21 years? How does VMware think about sustaining and disruptive innovations? What differentiates VMware from others in the market? What are the most valuable lessons learned? This session is a unique chance for VMworld attendees to look behind the VMware innovation curtain and see how VMware nurtures innovation. We will look at the processes that VMware has put in place

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You thought you could rest!

A quick reminder that following the end of support for ESXi 5.5 last year, time moves on end of support for ESXi 6.0 is March 12th 2020.

Now that might be ages away for most of you but this is a horrible date for me. The company I work for operates on a calendar year basis and as such this date falls within  year end reporting, which for me means no major changes allowed in the IT estate.

Due to festive change freezes in December I have to upgrade any ESXi 6.0 hosts by 30th November 2019. It’s probably also worth mentioning that ESXi 6.5 & 6.7 go end of support 15th November 2021, at least that gives me a rest for two years!

I have four months, better start planning now.

HPE Discover 2019

It’s another hot day in Las Vegas and HPE Discover is just about to start.


I’m lucky enough to be here attending the event and I will also be a panellist in a storage session and looking at the agenda storage is big at this year’s event, with the tagline “Storage is entering a new era” being seen on the main splash screen of the mobile app. As a speaker and member of HPE Insiders I was invited to a reception event last night were is was great to meet my fellow presenters and especially the team behind the great HPE Insiders program.

Here are some of the things ill be looking out for

Monday 17th

  • HPE Proliant Gen10 iLO5 and security, this was a great overview of what’s new in iLO5 and good use of my time prior to the event officially starting today and kept me off the tables!

Tuesday 18th

  • Preparing for exponential and the next wave of the digital business,
    (SL9844) In the Innovation Theatre
  • Keynote by Antonio Neri
  • Transform your business with the Intelligent Data Platform (SL8619) In the Innovation Theatre This will be live-streamed online to watch here.

Wednesday 19th

  • Breakthrough Innovation in Primary Storage (B8572) in Marco Polo 702
    I hear rumours that we can expect some new shiny stuff to be discussed during this session!
  • The power and intelligence of HPE 3PAR and HPE Nimble Storage (B8589) in Marco Polo 703 and I one of the speakers!
  • The FBI’s most nefarious cybercriminal trends and lessons from companies that outsmarted the hackers (SL9749) Spotlight session
  •  Leveraging Hybrid Cloud for your Containerized Workloads (T8587) in Theatre 5

Thursday 20th

  • HPE Insiders Round Table, sorry invite only
  • Achieving record-breaking performance on HPE ProLiant DL using Intel CoFluent technology (IS9653) Innovation session

And of course, during the whole of the event, there’s the Transformation showcase and sponsor stands.

It all wraps up at 3:00PM on Thursday so I’ll see you all next week and tell you more


VMware Reaches 100% Renewable Energy

VMware is going 2 for 2! Last year we achieved carbon neutrality two years ahead of our vision. Now we’re powering our operations with 100% renewable energy – one year ahead of our goal! #RE100 #Sustainability #GlobalImpact

VMware Reaches 100% Renewable Energy

At VMware, we’re optimistic about the power of technology to help solve big societal problems and are committed to leading responsibly. One of our key focus areas is about changing our relationship with energy. According to the U.N.’s report, as a society we need to shift 70-85 percent of electricity to renewable energy sources by 2050 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Data centers are responsible for two percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions—roughly the same as global air travel. Our virtualization technologies make IT infrastructure dramatically more efficient, fundamentally changing how our customers use power. Through our technologies, we’ve helped customers avoid putting 540 million metric tons of carbon…Read More

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