December 3rd, 2014 by NerdBlurt

If you haven not done so already there is still time to apply for vExpert 2015. If you read Corey’s post here 



 Deadline- December 12th 2014 Midnight PST

Announcement on selectionFebruary 5th 2015 (subject to change)

From VMware Post

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

2015 vExpert Voting Periods
This year we will have two voting periods for the vExpert program. This first period and then  second voting period in Q2.

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.

Apply for vExpert 2015

Questions & Updates

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send email to  [email protected] Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2015 vExpert program.

Thank you to all who have participated in years past,
Corey Romero & the vExpert Team

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There have been a couple changes to the 2015 selection process where they are only voting for selection into the program two times, in Q1 and Q2. This is a change from last year where they had it rolling through every quarter. I still feel it should be selected once in the beginning of the year.

The second I noticed is in the application as you can see in Fig 1, they have the options of selecting specific areas of VMware. I’m not sure I understand why and if they are going to be designating you by the area you select in the future.

vExpert changes

Fig 1. Addition to vExpert Application

Nerd’s Blurt

I love the vExpert program and have been gracious enough to have been selected the last 3 years. Hopefully it will continue on to another year.  So what are you waiting for click through and apply!

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September 30th, 2014 by NerdBlurt

The time has come for the first BlurtCast!! Please join me and other community members to feel more comfortable presenting! If you missed my last post, be sure to read it and send a presentation for us to use! You can choose to help mentor those wanting improvements. Chris Colotti is planning on helping mentor us during some BlurtCasts, so can you!

What is BlurtCast?

BlurtCast is the thought I had of taking Toastmasters and introducing it to Pechakucha (20×20) and thrown in with some virtual love of the interwebs technology. Attendees of BlurtCast will present 15-20 slides of a presentation, while the other attendees take notes to help the presenter to better themselves. It’s not about content or being right with information, it’s about perfecting the feeling of comfort while presenting to a crowd. To help each other one slide at a time.


How is it going to work?

Really wonderful question. In honesty, I’m not 100% on the flow but the concept is pretty simple. I will start a Google On Air Hangout (these are recorded by Google and published to YouTube) I will invite people that either

  • Fill out form below
  • Tweet or DM me @nerdblurt include #blurtcast and your gmail address. By doing this you agree to be added to the BlurtCast Invite Circle

Once there is a minimum of 2 people I will begin the broadcast (live portion people can watch, comment etc)

I will then pull up a presentation (this is where community donating presentations helps!) The first person selected to present selects on my name or whoever is going to control the presentation. This will make it so the person presenting can read the presentation. (this is work in progress remember that, it might change some as we go)

Then they start having 15-20 slide presentation and you can spend only 20 seconds per slide.

You MUST have a webcam!! This is to help us feel more comfortable speaking in front of people.

We provide feedback and some tips to work on after each presentation.

Now note here that you DO NOT need to be in the technology industry so please spread the word!

I plan on doing BlurtCast on the 1st Tuesday of every Month (was going to do Mondays but that cuts into Monday night football) If demand is there I will increase it to bi-weekly. I can also do an earlier one if the demand from EMEA area generates such.


I want to participate form


Every 1st Tuesday of the month.

Starting 7th October 2014 9pm EST length is at least an hour but could go longer or shorter depending upon number of people who join the BlurtCast.

Will be view able on Google+ page live and on YouTube Channel afterwards, as well as a blog post recapping the BlurtCast afterwards.

Nerd’s Blurt

I am really excited for this, not only because I am hoping to have a lot of fun with it but for me to grow. I know others in the community are interested in the same thing. To better oneself is to better the community. We are going to do that one slide at a time. Also please note if you are preparing for VCDX defense I would gladly let you present to get comfortable with your presentation to a group. I would not record that presentation as we don’t want judges getting wind prior to your defense.

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May 21st, 2014 by NerdBlurt

firehose        My first couple of months at HP have been exciting, fueled with more knowledge then one can ever consume. It is like drinking water from a Battalion of NYPD  Fire Stations hoses. I am very excited to be learning about the full capabilities of HP Data Protector offerings and where it is visioned to go. More importanly, my coworkers are just awesome. Stephen Spellicy is in the top spots of bosses for me. We all have had a bad boss, Stephen is one who would kick that boss around. He believes in each of his team members and let’s them be who they are. Not asking them to conform to a set way, especially today is huge. He genuinely cares for not only the company but your own personal goals. This is huge for me seeing how I do things differently then most, knowing my boss believes in letting me be me and loves me wanting to learn more is AWESOME!


What Have I been up to

I can write a lot about how awesome my boss is, but that is only a subset of what I have bee doing.  When I talk with my friends I can’t help but show the joy and passion I have for my job. Where else can you get to play with a lot of technology and get to share that information with others? I love, love, love it! passport

Over the last couple of months I have help build out a few labs in which we will run various configurations and test numerous scenarios with-in our HP Data Protection portfolio. I get to play with VMware, Microsoft whenever I want. I am also networking with many other organizations. Many of you know I love meeting people and making great contacts both personally and professionally. I also have some insight into getting us more involved with the community. That alone is something I love, but having a team understand you are a social person and not getting limited is a win for me. I have traveled to Europe finally!! Getting my first stamp in my passport was exciting.

I am also starting a regular blogger call/ briefing, I don’t forget my roots and establishing a great relationship with Bloggers is key for me.  Along with being active on Twitter and in the community attending events.

Tweet Chat

I am participating in my 1st Tweet Chat from a vendor side.  HP holds a #BackupChat so get involved and ask some questions, answer questions. (May 22nd at 2pm EST)


I attended TechEd 2014 and performed my 1st ever vendor booth duty. This was a huge change for me as I normally don’t set a schedule at conferences, but I enjoyed getting to know the other members from various HP teams.

Philly VMUG – Speaking is something I love to do, I jumped at the chance to do this at the Philly VMUG. I realize some, ok a lot of areas I need to work on but hey if we aren’t trying to improve what are we doing? It was a great experience and a wonderful event.

SAP Sapphire – I am going to be attending SAP Sapphire in Orlando

HP Discover – This will be my 1st HP Discover and I will be manning a demo station in the software booth. My goal will be to become presenter at future events.

Boston VMUG – Schedule permitting I will be attending this.

PVD VMUG – Schedule permitting I will be attending this.

VTUG Summer Slam – I will be attending this

Nerd’s Blurt

If you can’t tell I am really excited for my new adventure. The amount of technical information I have exposure to is AWESOME! I will be writing more blogs in the coming weeks.

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April 1st, 2014 by NerdBlurt
In the next installment in our  Six Questions on various Community Influencer programs we talked with Jane Rimmer from Hiviz-Marketing. Jane is currently working with PernixData, she is no stranger to the community being an intricate part of the London VMUG.
Six Questions
Hey Luigi.  Got your answers for you, compiled by the PernixPro program owners at PernixData – Frank Denneman and Jeff Aaron.  Hope this helps, will look out for the publication and thanks for engaging with me on this!
1.     Why did Pernix choose to start the program?
We wanted to create an exclusive community of respected virtualization experts who are interested in being part of the next big thing in storage.  Through the PernixPro program, these individuals assist PernixData in building a world class product, foster the adoption of new technology, and expand an already robust virtualization community into new areas of exploration and dialogue.

 2. What is the purpose behind the PernixPro™ program?

PernixPros have early access to beta product, which enables them to give feedback to our product management and engineering teams. This feedback is critical to our goal of building world-class solutions, so having a formal program to facilitate this was a main driver for creating the PernixPro program. In addition to the above, PernixPros are passionate about our technology and welcome the opportunity to influence and improve our products.  This passion is contagious, and something we wanted to channel through a formal PernixPro program.

 3. What makes this program special?

It is a very exclusive group.  We only accept community leaders with a proven track record using social media to express opinions and engage peers in meaningful dialogue.  Once accepted, these individuals have exclusive access to PernixData people and resources, including early releases of software.


4. What is the process for becoming an Pernix Pros?  

Applicants can submit any time here:  Every 6 months we review the list and accept a new round of PernixPros.  At the time of review, we also look at the previous 6 months social media activity to ensure existing members are living up to program expectations.

 5. What are some of the benefits?

  • Early access to software
  • NFR licenses
  • Online forum to interact with other PernixPros and PernixData technical staff
  • Regular newsletter and webinars
  • Exclusive PernixPro apparel and other giveaways for program participation

 6. What tips would you give to someone thinking of becoming Pernix Pro?

It is a simple 2 part recipe.  1.  Be a leader who is not afraid to express your opinions.  2.  Show your enthusiasm for PernixData in social media.

Nerd’s Blurt

PernixData is a fairly new company, with some interesting technology. They realized quickly that there is power with a great community.

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September 16th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

I know this all to well as I under went chemotherapy personally and have had positive results thus far. I don’t hate many things but I have lost family to cancer and have friends fighting this with loved ones or themselves. If you are reading this and have never had cancer impact your life yet, I hope it stays that way.

So you are probably wondering what sparked this movement? Great question.

Community member Gaberial Chapman aka Bacon_is_King sent a tweet

“Just a year after losing Dad to cancer, Mom’s has now spread from lung to other areas. Too soon for this shit.”

The community reacted and quickly came to our friends side, the Podcasting for Cancer event was organized. I am here to share that with you all and in hopes you all will partake in the event and give a donation or spend time with someone going through the battle with cancer.


podcasting for cancer

Goto – 

After this unfortunate tweet an idea was bounced around the vBlogging community: vExperts and vBloggers will get together with vBrownbag and VMUG folks to put on a series of top-notch podcasts on relevant upcoming technologies that affect the virtualization industry.  We would stand up a fundraising site with the proceeds going towards a cancer donation in the Chapman family name.


The response to this idea has been overwhelmingly positive.


Nerd’s Blurt

I try and support cancer awareness initiatives. I hate cancer. Let’s help a great cause and hopefully this is the 1st of many of these events.


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