VMware VExpert Resources & Benefits

I’m proud to be part of the vExpert family since 2014. I 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:

Evangelist Path - 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.

Customer Path - 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.

But why applying to vExpert? As a vExpert, you have the following benefits:

  • Network with over 2,000 other vExperts and VCDX’s
  • Invite to the private vExpert #Slack channel
  • Opportunity to apply for 10 product BU led vExpert sub-programs
  • vExpert certificate signed by our CEO
  • Permission to use the vExpert logo on cards, website, etc. for one year
  • Exclusive gifts from various VMware partners
  • Private webinars with VMware partners as well as NFRs
  • Access to private betas (subject to admission by beta teams)
  • 365-day eval licenses for VMware products for home lab / cloud providers
  • Private pre-launch briefings via the blogger briefing pre-VMworld (subject to admission by product teams)
  • Featured in a public vExpert online directory
  • Access to vetted VMware & Virtualization content for your social channels
  • Yearly vExpert parties at both VMworld US and VMworld Europe events
  • Identification as a vExpert at both VMworld US and VMworld EU

Be sure to also check the various benefits that other vendors and editors grant to vExperts in the table at the bottom of this page.

vExpert Over The Years

Period Number Announcement
2021 H1
2205
vExpert 2021 Award Announcement
2020 H2
2054
vExpert 2020 Second Half Award Announcement
2020 H1
1785
vExpert 2020 Award Announcement
2019 H2
1895
vExpert 2019 Second Half Award Announcement
2019 H1
1739
vExpert 2019 Award Announcement
2018 H2
1837
vExpert 2018 Second Half Award Announcement
2018 H1
N/A
vExpert 2018 Award Announcement
2017 H2
1623
vExpert 2017 Second Half Announcement
2017 H1
1508
vExpert 2017 Award Announcement
2016 H2
1483
vExpert 2016 Second Half Announcement
2016 H1
1359
vExpert 2016 H1 Award Announcement
2015 H2
1164
vExpert 2015 H2 Announcement
2015 H1
1034
vExpert 2015 H1 Announcement
2014 Q3
971
vExpert 2014 Q3 Announcement
2014 Q2
887
vExpert 2014 Q2 Announcement
2014 Q1
768
vExpert 2014 Q1 Announcement
2013
581
vExpert 2013 awardees announced
2012
435
N/A
2011
N/A
N/A
2010
N/A
N/A
2009
300
N/A

Note: I intentionally omitted previous years because I did not find enough information about vExpert for the years before 2012.

vExpert Resources

A public listing of current vExperts can be found in the vExpert Directory page.

VMware vExpert 2021 Badge VMware vExpert 2020 Badge VMware vExpert 2019 Badge VMware vExpert 2018 Badge VMware vExpert 2017 Badge VMware vExpert 2016 Badge VMware vExpert 2015 Badge VMware vExpert 2014 Badge

VMware vExpert 2019 VMware vExpert 2018 VMware vExpert 2017 VMware vExpert 2016 VMware vExpert 2015 VMware vExpert 2014

Medias Resources

…and some legacy resources:

vExpert NSX

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.

Period Number Announcement Statistics
2018
171
vExpert NSX 2018 Award Announcement N/A
2017
155
vExpert NSX 2017 Award Announcement N/A
2016
122
vExpert NSX 2016 Award Announcement N/A

vExpert vSAN

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.

Period Number Announcement Statistics
2018
72
vExpert 2018 vSAN Announcement N/A
2017
90
vExpert 2017 vSAN Announcement N/A
2016
33
vExpert 2016 vSAN Announcement N/A

vExpert Cloud Management

The vExpert Cloud Management program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware Cloud Management Solutions (vRealize Operations, vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Network Insight, vRealize Automation and VMware Skyline). We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.

Period Number Announcement Statistics
2017
134
vExpert Cloud 2017 Award Announcement N/A

vExpert Cloud Provider

The vExpert Cloud Provider program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware Cloud Provider Solutions (VMware Cloud Director and Cloud Director Service, VMware vCloud Availability, Cloud Provider Hub, Usage Meter / Usage Insight and vRealize Operations Tenant App). We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.

vExpert End User Computing

The vExpert End User Computing program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware End User Computing Solutions (such as Workspace ONE, Horizon, App Volumes, and Dynamic Environment Manager). We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.

vExpert HCX

The vExpert HCX program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware HCX or workload mobility and migrations. We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.

vExpert Security

The vExpert Security program is build upon the vExpert program. To apply you must be a current vExpert as well as evangelizing VMware Security products (like VMware Carbon Black Cloud, Workspace ONE, NSX, Secure State and beyond). We will open applications once per year for each of the sub-programs.

vExpert Pro

The idea behind the development of vExpert PRO program is to create a network of vExperts around the world who are willing to identify and recruit new vExperts in their local communities and be mentors for these new vExperts.

Period Number Announcement Statistics
2018
46
vExpert PRO Program Launch N/A

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vExpert Program Benefits

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.

Editor/Vendor Description Benefit!
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
ControlUp ControlUp Free license ControlUp Free license
Devolutions NFR Remote Desktop Manager & Password Vault Manager Enterprise license Devolutions RDM License
Easyvirt One-year free license for 50 VMs for the DC Scope solution DC Scope free license
HyTrust Free one-year KeyControl license for vSphere and vSAN Encryption Free HyTrust KeyControl for VMware vExperts
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
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
Pluralsight Unlimited and free access to the entire Pluralsight training library for one year. Pluralsight Free Annual Subscription
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)
StarWind Special free license that contains all the features of StarWind Virtual SAN for Hyper-V and/or StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere StarWind Virtual SAN for VMware Experts
Synergy Free NFR Copy (Mouse & Keyboard sharing software) Synergy NFR
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
Vembu Free NFR (fully-functional license), includes 2 CPU socket licenses for VMware/Hyper-V Environment (Unlimited VMs), 1 Physical Windows Server License, Unlimited Windows & Mac Workstations Backup Free NFR license for Vembu BDR Suite
Vimalin Free Vimalin 2.0 license for VMware Fusion & VMware Workstation virtual machines backup tool Free Vimalin 2.0 license for for vExperts
VirtualMetric Free NFR VirtualMetric key (including 10 sockets for one year). Free NFR VirtualMetric key
Zerto NFR license Zerto NFR
 
URL Shortener vExpert URL Shortener with vexpert.me domain. vExpert URL Shortener

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