Aug 172012
 

We are excited to announce the new VMworld Community powered by VMware's private social networking platform, Socialcast. This was built to help you get the most out of the biggest technology conference of the year.

By activating your free VMworld Community account you will be able to:

  • Connect with customers. Reach out to your customers and prospects through the many groups segmented by solution area and interest. You can also join the conversation by providing answers to product or session questions for all to see.
  • Promote and access session content and presentations. Why wait to share presentation that you just gave? Use the VMworld community to access and share presentations in near real-time.
  • Get an overview of something you missed. You can’t be everywhere at once, but you can learn about sessions and events you can’t attend in person.
  • Connect with your peers. Reach out to people in your sessions, ask a question of a presenter, or stay in touch with someone you have met during a demo.
  • Get questions answered… fast. If you have a question about a room location, lab start time, or speaker name from a session use the #Help hashtag.
  • Stay connected, wherever you are, on any device. Be sure to download the iPhone, iPad or Android app to get connected.

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Join the VMware Partner Network Group to get all of the latest news and updates while at the show. Partners, please keep in mind that this community is for attendees to connect and learn from each other. Add value by engaging on-topic, but please keep overt commercial conversations off of the VMworld Community site.

- The VMware Partner Network Team

Aug 162012
 

As you set your VMworld 2012 schedule, here are a few more sessions that Technology Exchange (TEX) and Small and Midsize Business (SMB) partners won’t want to miss. Best of all, these sessions are in addition to the 20 unique Partner Track sessions.

Featured TEX Sessions

TEX3000 – Package, Integrate and Deploy Solutions with VMware's Emerging Cloud Application Provisioning & Management Products – This interactive session for ISVs and Systems Integrators will feature panelists from cloud Infrastructure, cloud application management and end-user computing solutions. Hear more about opportunities to package, integrate and deploy your solutions with VMware cloud application and management software. Learn how you can take advantage of new services, APIs and integration programs.

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TEX1278 – How to Jump-start Your vSphere Web Client Plugin Development Using the New VMware Ecosystems Developer Center – While breakout session “INF-VSP2749 - Get Up and Running Quickly with the Latest vSphere Web Client” will discuss using the client and the panel “INF-VSP1392 - Storage Partners Integration with VMware's Cloud Suite” will showcase vSphere Web Client plugins from partners, if you are a developer, you won’t want to miss “TEX1278.” Hear about the process of developing custom plugins. Go on a journey, learning about the overall architecture of the vSphere Web Client, previewing available training modules and advanced developer tools, developing plugins from end-to-end in the cloud, and learning about tips, tricks and best-practices. Engineers also will be standing by to answer questions, resolve issues and even fix your code. See the session preview video now.

View all of the TEX Sessions.

Featured SMB Sessions

PAR3211 – License to Win: How to Successfully Acquire New Customers – During this breakout session, learn strategies and best practices to find, engage and convert new prospects into loyal, profitable clients. Hear how to generate and sustain new prospects to grow your sales pipeline; how to use effective discovery techniques that uncover critical customer business issues; how to position your company as an industry expert that gives relevant advice; and more.

PAR1895 – Creating a Highly Profitable Virtualization Practice with VMware Go Pro – In this session, get an overview of the business opportunities and profitability models that will help you grow a sustainable virtualization business with VMware Go Pro. A software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering hosted by VMware, VMware Go Pro is designed for partners and IT admins in companies with fewer than 1000 employees to make it easy to adopt and manage a virtualized environment, protect and secure IT assets, and increase the reliability of SMB IT infrastructures. Learn how to provide a wide array of virtualization and IT management services leveraging VMware Go Pro cloud service and in the process tap new cloud-based recurring revenue opportunities.

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View all of the SMB Sessions.

If you are a TEX or SMB partner, mark your calendar today for these must-attend sessions.

-The VMware Partner Network Team

Aug 152012
 

Partners, this one’s for you. New this year, we will have a recording studio set up in the Partner Lounge with ALL the equipment and set-up you need to create your very own VMworld video.

Think about it. This could be the coolest tchotchke / swag item you walk away with from the event.

There are 4 simple steps you can take to book the room, create the video, and share your clip on our VMware Partner Network social network sites and your own.  

Here’s how it works:

  • First come, first serve, so book early by showing up to the Partner Lounge located on the Moscone West 3rd Floor Atrium Lobby on Monday morning.  You’ll have access to the Video Blogging Room, equipment AND on-site assistance should you need help. The room will be available Monday through Wednesday from 11:00am-3:00pm. Please note that we can only allot 1 video per partner.
  • Set aside about 30 minutes for the set-up and video recording.
  • The subject is up to you with potential talking points being: What will you be demoing at your booth? Is it your first time at VMworld? How have you innovated with VMware? How has VMware changed your business?
  • After you have completed your video clip, we will edit the video and send the final file to you shortly after VMworld for you to leverage on all of your sites. We will also add it to a playlist on VMware Partner TV.

Start thinking about your topic now and don’t forget that the early bird gets the worm with this opportunity. Stop by the VMware Partner Lounge Monday morning to reserve your spot.

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-The VMware Partner Network Team

Aug 132012
 

VMworld 2012 is only two weeks away and the opportunities for education, collaboration and networking are better than ever for VMware Partners. Here’s a preview of what we have planned for you at this year’s event:

Partner Track – Attend one or more of the 20 unique sales or technical presentations to hear our experts discuss how to accelerate VMware technology adoption, increase loyalty and improve selling strategies.

Certification Exams – Get 50% off the cost of many VMware certification exams, including advanced certifications, exclusively onsite during VMworld 2012. Be sure to register in advance for each exam.

Cloud and Virtualization Education – Don’t miss our recommended business, technical and advanced technical general sessions and labs. We’ve outlined them by partner type in the Partner Guide.

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Partner Lounge – Want to hear about new partner initiatives, book a meeting room, network with peers, or just recharge your batteries? This lounge is just for VMware Partners, so take advantage of it at Moscone West, 3rd Floor Atrium Lobby.

Video Blogging Room – When you head to the Partner Lounge, be sure to book an appointment to record a video for the VMware YouTube channel. One winner’s video will be featured in a future VMware Power of Partnership blog entry.

Booth Partner Pods – Stop by the VMware booth to learn more about strengthening our sales and marketing partnership with you. We’ve got new ideas and we’re sure you do, too.

New Hands-on Labs – Explore how virtualization and cloud computing can make a powerful impact on your organization by choosing from Hands-on Labs covering topics like PaaS, DBaaS and vSphere.

As you can see, there will be lots to do during our week together. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time. We look forward to seeing you at VMworld 2012.

 - The VMware Partner Network Team

Aug 092012
 

Check out the video below where Toni Adams, VP of Channel and Alliances, shares the best ways for you to stay connected with the VMware Partner Network. Our robust social media channels enable you to stay connected virtually for the latest news and information.  And, with VMworld US on the horizon, we look forward to connecting with you live through our strong line-up of partner activity.

        

As Toni mentioned, you can get all of our latest news and have collaborative discussions with the VPN team and your peers on our Social Media Channels:

VMworld US in San Francisco kicks off on August 26th and is a great venue for you to connect with VMware experts to gain the latest information on the new cloud computing landscape. The Partner Track has over 20 sessions and will delve into topics ranging from solutions and competitive selling to business development and marketing. Check out the complete list of Partner Track Sessions and begin to build your schedule today.

A great way to connect with your partners and share the great information you learned at VMworld would be to leverage the new social media content syndication tool. Learn more about this offering today to see how your company can benefit.

Innovation is fueled by sharing information and ideas, and we like to think that you can never be too connected. Be sure to check back regularly to this blog for the newest programs and tools to help you engage with your peers and partners.

- The VMware Partner Network Team

Aug 082012
 

Doug SmithI just spent a fews days in Las Vegas catching up with my fellow Channel Chiefs at the CompTIA Breakaway 2012 conference. CompTIA is an organization that acts as the voice for the IT industry and its members are from companies at the forefront of innovation. Its mission is to  advance industry growth through educational programs, research, professional certifications, and networking events like the conference in Las Vegas.

 A conference highlight was when CompTIA President and CEO, Todd Thibodeaux, opened the Tuesday discussion with a view of where CompTIA is providing leadership; in education, certification, advocacy and philanthropy.

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Education and certification were hot topics that  came up again and again. This is where CompTIA shines, helping partners and vendors work together to solve problems that are common to all of us. They are leading the way developing learning paths and communities that we can all leverage. From Healthcare, to SMB, to Security, CompTIA has organized communities that are market relevant to the customer, partner and vendor. The Cloud/IaaS community is also starting to get some attention.

At the Channel Chief Power Panel session, I joined Janet Schijns from Verizon, Sheila O’Neil from Panasonic, and Raja Sundaram from Cisco to discuss what trends we are seeing in the partner community. The big points of discussion were 1) the altercated movement to the cloud and 2) the consumerization and proliferation of end points. End points aren't just phones, tablets, and laptops - they are any device that uses an IP address - often machine to machine devices. Overall the panel felt that both partners and vendors need to focus on deepening the relationships they already have in order to achieve their goals in these areas. 

The next industry event on my agenda is the CRN XChange conference in Texas, August 18 – 21.  After that, my focus will be on our biggest customer event of the year, VMworld San Francisco. Although VMworld is a customer event, our partners can get tremendous value by registering for the Partner Track, as well as taking advantage of  great discounts on training

- Doug Smith, VP, Partner Strategy & Operations, Channel Chief

Jul 302012
 

If you are thinking about taking VMware certification exams, we’ve got some unbelievable deals for you. And, signing up is easy—right here, right now.

For a limited time, attend a VMware delivered VMware Certified Professional (VCP) prerequisite course in the Americas and receive a FREE VCP5 exam voucher—it’s a $225 value. Prerequisite classes must be taken between July 2 and September 28, 2012 to qualify. Learn more about qualifying for your FREE VCP exam today.

When you attend VMworld in San Francisco, you’re automatically eligible to get 50% off a variety of VMware certification exams, including advanced certifications.

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During VMworld, from August 27-30, you can sit for any of the following exams:

  • VMware Certified Professional (VPC)
  • VMware Certified Associate (VCA-DT)
  • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop (VCP-DT)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Design (VCAP-DCD)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration (VCAP-DCA)

So take advantage of these great deals to further your professional development and increase your success selling and supporting VMware solutions. Register today for half-off VMworld certification exams or stop by the Certification Testing Center at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. But space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

- The VMware Partner Network Team

Jul 232012
 

Psst… Want to know how you can impact your bottom-line sales strategies? We’ll tell you at a local VMware Partner Briefing this summer. If you’re in sales or business development, register for our free, half-day Sales Briefing to get the latest news about VMware products, programs and the competitive landscape. If you’re technical, be sure to attend our free, half-day Technical Briefing, featuring deeper dives into VMware products and solutions. Visit Partner University to view the summer briefing schedule in your area and reserve your spot today.


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And, with the end of August and VMworld San Francisco fast approaching, don’t forget to register for pre-conference training and receive a 25% discount. Several courses are designed to help you meet competencies, and all registrants will receive a free VMware Certified Professional (VCP5) exam voucher. Classes are open to the public and VMworld registration is encouraged, but not mandatory. Two of the VMworld training classes, vSphere: Optimize and Scale 5, and Fast Track are being offered as vFlex-ILT courses, so you can attend these sessions virtually if you aren’t able to get to VMworld – and the same benefits apply. Registrations for vFLEX-ILT classes are managed through the myLearn education portal.

But, if you can’t wait for VMworld to learn more about VMware vCloud Director, register today for vCloud Director QuickStart Technical Training. We’re offering a five-part webinar series, beginning the last week of July, in regions across the world. If you’ve already attended a vCloud Overview, vCloud Essentials or vCloud Fundamentals course, we’ll quickly show you how to stand up a private and public cloud with vCloud Director. This training is sure to be the easiest and fastest way to learn everything you need to know about vCloud Director—from installation to cloud management.

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Don’t miss these great opportunities to get the VMware scoop.

- The VMware Partner Network Team

Jul 172012
 

Doug SmithOperations management disciplines are converging in the cloud. Performance and capacity management are becoming inseparable due to the dynamic nature of converged infrastructure. Traditional tools and processes designed for siloed, static physical infrastructures don’t provide the automation and control needed to effectively manage highly virtualized and private cloud environments. Partner demand for VMware vCenterTM Operations Management solutions continues to grow at a rapid rate.  

We’re pleased to announce our new VMware Partner Network Management Solution Competency is now available to help our partners address growth in this area, and to introduce two terrific Early Achiever Incentives.

Our newest Solution Competency enables you to sell and deliver vCenterTM Operations services and take advantage of a huge whitespace opportunity within the existing vSphereTM customer base.

97% of vSphereTM customers that could benefit from a management solution are not using one today—that’s a $1.4B opportunity.1 

Additionally, here is what we heard from in our most recent VMware Partner survey:

  • 75% of Partners believe transaction size will increase by 20% or more
  • $1 in license will drive up to $5 in services: 69% of Partners believe that the services opportunities for vCenterTM Operations are greater than they are with competitive vendor solutions
  • Drive private cloud adoption: 83% of Solution Providers see the use of virtualization management software as a prerequisite to get their customers to private cloud

Getting Started Now – Take Advantage of our new Early Adopter Incentives!

Two new early achiever incentives are in place to give Solution Providers a jump start toward earning the new Management Solution Competency.

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40% Discount on Training:

Take advantage of a 40% discount on post-sales training required for the Management Competency. Purchase one course at regular price - vCenterTM Operations Manager: Analyze & Predict (2-day ILT) Receive a 40% discount on second class - vCenterTM Operations Manager: Introduction (3-day ILT)

$1,500 in MDF Reimbursement:

To generate customer demand for vCenterTM Operations Management, Partners who make progress toward completing competency requirements are eligible for up to $1,500USD subsidy reimbursement for demand creation activities. Activities must be pre-approved in advance and partners must demonstrate a return on investment.

Learn more today or if you are already a VPN Partner, you can get started on Partner Central.

1 VMware Customer Study, April 2012 2 Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. (ESG), April 2012

- Doug Smith, VP, Partner Strategy & Operations, Channel Chief

Jul 162012
 

Please join us for the Q3 Americas SMB Town Hall Meeting on July 26th at 9:00am PST. This event is a part of a quarterly series where our executives have a collaborative discussion with our partners who sell into SMB accounts or are interested in doing so. This online webcast will be hosted by Brandon Sweeney, VP, US Midmarket and SMB Sales and our new VP of Americas Partner Organization, Frank Rauch.

Our hosts will kick off the event by reviewing the Q2 2012 sales results. They will discuss the state of VMware SMB business and will outline the latest organization structure and resources to support you. And finally, we will review effective techniques and best practices that our SMB team has uncovered to prospect and sell VMware solutions.

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Our executives hope to have a collaborative discussion while sharing best practices from the field. There will be an opportunity for Q&A, so please come prepared with your questions and comments. VMware was recently was named as the 2012 Winner Best in Virtualization for SMB and we are looking forward to hearing from you and sharing our joint successes.

Register today.

-The VMware Partner Network Team

Jul 122012
 

Customer meetings. Networking opportunities. Peer interactions. There are plenty of good reasons why you should sign up today for VMworld 2012, but I’ll give you one more: VMware Partner Track.

Count ‘em. We’ve got over 20 partner sessions for you. This year, we’ll delve into topics ranging from solutions and competitive selling to business development and marketing. In these one-of-a-kind sessions, we’ll give details about how to accelerate the adoption of VMware solutions and technologies, increase loyalty, and launch key initiatives and competencies. And, the only way you’ll hear this valuable information is by attending VMworld 2012 Partner Track sessions. Check out the whole list of sessions here.

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If that’s not enough to get you there, here’s one more reason to attend: The VMware 2012 Party. This year’s event will feature three Labs—a Sports Lab with old-time bar games, a Hi Tech Lab for video gaming, and a Music Lab starring Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia.

So, don’t delay. Register for VMworld 2012 today.

-The VMware Partner Network Team

Jul 062012
 

There has never been a better time to work with VMware.

VMware is positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure.* Part of a full research report, the quadrant was released by the analyst firm last month.

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In today’s technology-driven marketplace, we all know that businesses can only be as agile as their IT infrastructure. This makes running the right server virtualization infrastructure critical to business success.

As our customers look for complete virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions to solve their business requirements, we are there to serve them—thanks to you, our rapidly growing partner network. You are helping us to provide the complementary infrastructure, application, end-user computing and professional services solutions driving IT transformation, and we are proud of our accomplishments.

There really never has been a better time to work with VMware. To learn more visit the official VMware News Release or view the full research report.

* Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

The Magic Quadrant graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research note and should be evaluated in the context of the entire report. The Gartner report is available upon request from VMware.

- The VMware Partner Network Team

Jun 292012
 

Doug SmithI spent a few days at the Mitel Business Partner Conference in San Diego last week delivering a keynote presentation and learning about the future of Unified Communications (UC). A major focus for VMware and our partners this year is virtualization of business critical applications; like Oracle or Microsoft Exchange. A major focus for Mitel this year is virtualizing UC. Can you think of a more business critical application than your communication system?  

 The 1,500 Mitel Partners that descended upon San Diego last week learned how VMware and Mitel are working together to virtualize UC. From the virtualization of server based applications like voice mail and call recording; all the way to desktop applications like Mitel UC360 Collaboration Point, we are working together on end to end virtualization of UC.

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Mitel is a strategic VMware partner and a longstanding VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP). We collaborate on development to create innovative virtualized solutions for the UC market. In the field, Mitel leads with virtualization when selling their UC solutions, and drives VMware through mutual VMware resellers.

As an example, the CEO for Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Rona Curphy, revealed how the company moved from a dated physical PBX to a new Mitel system built on Casa Grande's VMware foundation. Not only did the new solution lower their costs, it added enhanced functionally to their communications systems that they had not envisioned.

If you are an IT infrastructure solutions provider or a communications solutions provider the message from Mitel executives and industry luminaries like Gartner’s Tiffani Bova is clear. There is massive convergence between the infrastructure and communications platforms and virtualization is the foundation to make this happen. A huge opportunity is in front of all of us to help our customers virtualize their unified communications and other business critical applications. Make 2012 the year to seize this opportunity.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the CompTia Breakaway conference in Las Vegas, July 30 – Aug 2.

- Doug Smith, VP, Partner Strategy & Operations, Channel Chief

Jun 262012
 

Partners, we know that everyone loves a great bargain and we’ve got a deal for you.  For a limited time VMware is offering complimentary licenses for 5 managed VMs of vFabric Data Director with 1 year of corresponding Basic Support and Subscription when your Enterprise customers purchase one of the following:

  • vSphere Enterprise
  • vSphere Enterprise Plus
  • Support and Subscription renewal

This is a great opportunity for you to help your customers accelerate their database virtualization at no charge. Act quickly because this deal is only available until August 31st. Be sure to visit the VMware Promotion Application from your browser or on your mobile phone or Partner Central for more information and full details.

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- VMware Partner Network Team

[Video] VMware Consulting and Integration Partner Program – More Information

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Jun 222012
 

Looking for more information on the VMware Consulting and Integration Partner Program? Check out the video below where Scott Aronson, VP of Channel and Alliances Sales introduces the program and shares how it will allow you to capitalize on the huge cloud-based services opportunity. Michelle Hodges, Sr. Director, WW System Integrators/Outsourcers joins to give more depth on the rewards CIP Partners can obtain, such as:

  • Optimized enablement and IP sharing
  • Provide go-to-market and solution development
  • Differentiation from other partner types
  • Increased rewards

Analysts predict that global IT spending is projected to grow to $41.5 B by 2015. CIP Partners are uniquely positioned with differentiated expertise and trusted advisor status with their customers. Learn more at VMware.com or see the blog post from last week that was published by Doug Smith.

-The VMware Partner Network Team