I’m proud to be part of the vExpert family since 2014. I will maintain this page as a memo, with useful links and resources about the vExpert program.
The annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The title is awarded to individuals (not employers) for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirements.
You can apply for the vExpert program using 3 different paths:
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.
VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.
vExpert over the years
|2017 H2||vExpert 2017 Second Half Announcement||N/A|
|2017 H1||vExpert 2017 Award Announcement||N/A|
|2016 H2||vExpert 2016 Second Half Announcement||N/A|
|2016 H1||vExpert 2016 H1 Award Announcement||N/A|
|2015 H2||vExpert 2015 H2 Announcement||N/A|
|2015 H1||vExpert 2015 H1 Announcement||N/A|
|2014 Q3||vExpert 2014 Q3 Announcement||N/A|
|2014 Q2||vExpert 2014 Q2 Announcement||N/A|
|2014 Q1||vExpert 2014 Q1 Announcement||2014 vExpert Group, By the Numbers|
|2013||vExpert 2013 awardees announced||2013 vExpert Group, By the Numbers|
|2012||Announcing vExpert 2012 title holders: Final||2012 vExpert Group, By the Numbers|
Note: I intentionally omitted previous years because I did not find enough information about vExpert for the years before 2012.
A public listing of current vExperts can be found in the vExpert Directory page. Please note that you need to register yourself with the “Actions > Create new vExpert entry” link.
…and some legacy resources:
The vExpert NSX program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware NSX. There will be an application once per year for each of the sub-programs.
|2017||vExpert NSX 2017 Award Announcement||N/A|
|2016||vExpert NSX 2016 Award Announcement||N/A|
The vExpert VSAN program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware VSAN. We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.
|2017||vExpert 2017 VSAN Announcement||N/A|
|2016||vExpert 2016 VSAN Announcement||N/A|
Besides the public recognition of being a vExpert and the benefits that VMware offers to that community (private forum, access to beta, etc.), some vendors grant additional benefits to vExperts, like free subscriptions, NFR licenses and so on.
|Altaro||Free NFR key of Altaro VM Backup (unlimited edition) valued at €520, to back up your Hyper-V or VMware virtual machines.||Free Altaro VM Backup NFR license for IT pros|
|Aomei||AOMEI Free Not-For-Resale (NFR) licenses||AOMEI Free Not-For-Resale (NFR) Program|
Contest is open to all current vExperts and NetApp A-Team members. Winner will be announced at VMworld 2015 and need not be present to win.vExpert fleece
|ControlUp||ControlUp Free license||ControlUp Free license|
|DataGravity||NFR license for non-production use of DataGravity for Virtualization - Essentials Edition in your home lab for up to 2 VMs without any feature limitations for one year||Free DataGravity for Virtualization NFR license|
|Devolutions||NFR Remote Desktop Manager & Password Vault Manager Enterprise license||Devolutions RDM License|
|HP||HP StoreVirtual VSA NFR licenses (3 years).||NFR HP StoreVirtual VSA|
|ITDiversified||Free Sticker with vExpert 2015 badge (opened for US addresses only).||vExpert 2015 Sticker|
|Kemp||NFR License for LoadMaster VLM-2000.||LoadMaster NFR|
|Liquidware Labs||25 licenses VDI Essentials + 1 Flex-io server license - perpetual license||Send an email from company address along with date certified vExpert to sales [at] liquidwarelabs.com|
|Login VSI||A free (for non-commercial use) Login VSI Pro license (12 months, 100 user sessions).|
Direct access to our support, product marketing and development team.
|Login VSI VIP Program|
|Nakivo||FREE two-socket Not For Resale (NFR) license of NAKIVO Backup & Replication for your home or work lab.||Free NFR Licenses
for VMware Pros
|Nexenta||NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN 1-yr promotional license for up to 8 CPU Sockets.||NexentaConnect NFR|
|Opvizor||Opvizor predictive Analysis NFR license.||Opvizor predictive Analysis NFR|
|PernixData||Free NFR PernixData FVP software licenses.||PernixPro Program|
|Pluralsight||Unlimited and free access to the entire Pluralsight training library for one year.||Pluralsight Free Annual Subscription|
|Proximal Data||Link dead|
|Ravello||1,000 free CPU hours per month to run VMware ESXi labs or VMware workloads in AWS or Google cloud||Ravello Free Lab Service|
|Royal TS||Free NFR license for Royal TS/X.||Royal TS/X NFR|
|Runecast||NFR license of Runecast Analyzer||Runecast NFR (put vExpert as the company name)|
|Sonar||Sonar NFR license||Sonar NFR license (use promo code VEXPERT15)|
|StarWind||StarWind V8 NFR|
|Symantec||Free 1 TB license of Backup Exec 15 Capacity Edition Lite to use in production or non-production environments (e.g. evaluation, demonstration or training purposes) along with 12 months of essential support.||FREE License of Backup Exec 15™ Capacity Edition Lite|
|Synergy (Mouse & Keyboard sharing software) NFR||Free NFR Copy||Synergy NFR|
|Tintri||Tintri PUMA Polo Shirt|
|Veeam||Veeam is giving away NFR licenses for 2 sockets of Veeam Availabilty Suite 9.5 for your home or work lab (non-production use) without any feature limitations for 1 year. The license works for both VMware and Hyper‑V environments.||Veeam NFR|
|VMware||vCHS (vCloud Hybrid Service) free access for 30 days.||vCHS Access for vExperts|
|VSS Labs||Free vCert Manager NFR for Home Lab.||vCert Manager NFR|
|URL Shortener||vExpert URL Shortener with vexpert.me domain.||vExpert URL Shortener|
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