Help a Good Friend, Stephen Hunt

Many of you know that we lost a good man last week in a tragic accident, James Ruddy.  Unfortunately Stephen Hunt was also in the vehicle at the time, he sustained major injuries and is still in the ICU of the local hospital. A fund has been created in his name to help with the enormous amount of costs coming up and together we can help. Please find it in your heart to help Stephen during these difficult times, you can contribute here; https://www.crowdrise.com/stephenchuntfund/fundraiser/erinbanks


Created on July 28, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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RIP James Ruddy – Godspeed

**UPDATE: VMworld 2014 is coming up, and to show support for our fallen team member we’ll be wearing special bracelets in his honor. You could get your bracelet at the #v0dgeball game on Sunday afternoon, or throughout the week by finding me at the show.

Late Wednesday night (July 23, 2014) the world was robbed an amazing man. James Ruddy was one of the most intelligent, loving and respectful men that I had the pleasure of knowing. I had the amazing opportunity to work with him as a member of Team 1 of the vSpecialist team, here is a great photo of us upon the completion of our Geek Week.

Jim, you will be missed. My prayers to your family and friends during this tragic time. You are a true friend and Godspeed.

A memorial fund in Jim’s name has been create to assist his lovely wife Stephanie as she now faces the challenges that come with raising their children. Stephanie and Jim shared a love for life and for each other. This is our chance to show her how much the community loves and supports her in this difficult time.
Please find it in your heart to help, https://www.crowdrise.com/jimruddymemorialfund/fundraiser/crystallowe

For those who want to pay their respects to Jim, the Wake is from 4-8PM Wednesday at Spear Funeral Home 39 South Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824. (just off the post rd by the Bobs shopping center). The Mass is at St Thomas Church 1719 Post Rd, Fairfield CT 06824 on Thursday at 10:00am.

 

EMC vSpecialist Team 01 – Geek Week – Irvine, California


Created on July 25, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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Top VMware Blog 2014 Voting Now Open

Ok, so not as critical as political voting but still just as exciting is the yearly vSphere-Land top blog voting that happens each year.

Well, it’s that time of year again. The vLaunchPad Top 50 on vSphere-Land is up for grabs and I really hope that I get to stay in the running!  I know that my content has declined over the past years, but hopefully the readers still out there enjoy the resources that I continue to deliver.  Also, there are a TON of exciting other blogs out there that deserve the recognition.

So, what will happen? Will Duncan keep his #1 title for another year? Will someone else in the top 5 drop out of the running? Will a newcomer be presented into the top 10?
The decisions are up to you! I just hope that you vote for me, and also check out some other great blogs while in the process.

Vote Early and Vote Often!  Voting ends on March 17th and results will be revealed on a special live podcast.
For full details visit vSphere-Land.com

To Vote, click here.


Created on March 4, 2014 by Rick Scherer

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vSphere-Land Voting for Top Blogs 2013

As most of my vFriends would know, I’m a huge fan of blogging and social media in general. I think it’s a great mechanism to reach out to the masses for the means to educate, and to push out messaging in a wide scale. I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for blogging and social media, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today professionally (thanks Chad).

With that said, my good buddy Eric Siebert over at vSphere-land has opened up voting for his top blogs lists called the vLaunchPad, and I’d like to reach out to my readers and frequent visitors to please go out to his site and vote for me along with your other favorite virtualization focused blogs. When you go vote you’ll be asked to choose your top-10 favorite blogs and boy is it going to be difficult to choose, the blogosphere has blown up in 2012 and there are new blogs popping up almost daily so it may take you some time to choose.

Regardless of who you vote for, even if it isn’t me, please be sure to vote… as I can attest, blogging is almost like having another job as it is extremely difficult to find content to write on as well as develop. The people that are behind the great sites you’ll be voting on really put some great effort (typically at the expense of their families) to provide us with great information. Voting closes on 3/1, so please Rock The Vote as soon as possible! :)

Results will be presented on a special vChat Episode featuring Simon Seagrave, David Davis, John Troyer and of course, Eric Siebert.

Click here to vote!


Created on February 20, 2013 by Rick Scherer

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Win Access to VMworld 2012 Sessions

Attention all VMware Junkies!  For those of you that were unable to attend VMworld 2012, here is your chance to get access to all of the content available from VMworld 2012!  Valued at $699 I’m giving away one voucher that will provide FREE access to all of the sessions and their content, including associated MP3’s and PDF’s! Experience all presentations online just like actually being at VMworld!

Sessions and labs are available on-demand at your own convenience in the following formats:

  1. Videos (general sessions and super sessions)
  2. Flash presentations w/ audio over slides (all breakout sessions)
  3. PDF downloads (all sessions and labs)
  4. MP3 podcats (all sessions)
  5. Demo videos and scripts (select sessions and labs)

No gimmicks to win, just submit an easy to enter entry form! That’s it!  Winners will be announced on November 2nd!
Just a final note, attendees to VMworld 2012 already get full online access but if you didn’t attend here’s a chance to get a full access pass!

Congratulations to Nikola Bravo of New York! They’ve just won a free pass to the VMworld Online content.


Created on October 27, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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More Great Jobs Posted!

Just wanted to send out a blast that some new great job opportunities have been posted to the Virtualization Job Marketplace. These are job postings that I receive via email and forward on to my readers for their benefit. If you’re in the market, or simply looking for a good contract gig, be sure to check out these jobs!


Created on October 22, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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Virtualization Job Marketplace

Fortunately for those of us in IT there really isn’t a shortage of job listings on the market. I’m constantly receiving email about new VMware, Cloud and Software Defined Data Center focused jobs. Because I’m extremely happy with where I am currently at in my life, I wanted to pass along these great opportunities to my readers, so as I receive job postings I will forward them as posts on the blog. To find them you’ll need to visit the Job Listings page which could be found here. I’ve also created a link on the header of the website.

Thanks for following my blog!
-Rick


Created on October 5, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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VMware Press – Win a FREE BOOK!

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to VMware Press, they made VMworld 2012 San Francisco a lot of fun by providing a bundle of their books for some giveaways. For those of you that don’t know, Pearson and VMware formed a publishing alliance in 2011 which makes VMware Press the official publisher of VMware books and training materials that provide guidance for the critical topics facing today’s technology professionals and students.

From the VMware Press website;

VMware Press is a publishing alliance between Pearson and VMware, and is the official publisher of VMware books and training materials that provide guidance for the critical topics facing today’s technology professionals and students.

With books, certification and study guides, video training, and learning tools produced by world-class architects and IT experts, VMware Press helps IT professionals master a diverse range of topics on virtualization and cloud computing, and is the official source of reference materials for completing the VMware certification exams.

Read the complete VMware Press announcement

So, VMware Press, thanks again for providing some great reading material to my followers. As another thank you to my followers, I actually have a couple extra books that I’d like to give away to you! All you have to do is enter to win, by submitting this form (click here) and if you’re one of the lucky winners you’ll receive the book of your choice! It’s that easy!

Check out what VMware Press titles are available on their website.

Our contest is closed! Congratulations to our winners, Hersey Cartwright, Eric Krejci and Munteanu Rares! Each one of them will receive the book of their choice!


Created on September 20, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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I Love The Cloud Stickers

I went ahead and had some stickers made for VMworld and I wanted to give my readers the first chance to obtain some of these wicked pieces of art! These are high quality full color stickers printed on premium 70lb label stock with a high gloss UV coating applied. They’re oval in shape and are 3.5″ wide x 2″ tall, they’ll fit perfectly on your laptop or anywhere else you want to stick them.

I’m not try to get rich quick with stickers, I actually did them more as a Thank You back to the Community. If you’d like some all I’m asking for is $1.50 (in the US) and $2.50 (worldwide) donation to cover the cost of materials, shipping and my time. I’ll send you out (5) of them as soon as possible! Thanks and I hope to see you at VMworld!

Click here to order if you’re in the United States

Click here to order if you’re outside the United States

UPDATE 09/20/2012:
**SPECIAL OFFER – IF YOU ORDER (2) SETS OF STICKERS I’LL ALSO THROW IN A COUPLE FREE BUTTONS!**

Please leave me comments if you’d like to see this design on other items, like buttons, shirts, mugs, etc.  Thanks!


Created on August 14, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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Big Regime Changes at EMC and VMware Coming

I typically do not post articles related to headline news stories, but this is one of the biggest announcements made by EMC and VMware since Diane Greene was booted from the VMware CEO position.

I’ll spare you some reading and hit the highlights;

EMC Q2 2012 financials were announced and they’re up 10% (~$5.31 Billion) from Q2 2011.

EMC today also announced a series of senior executive appointments to further position the company for its next phase of growth. The appointments highlight the depth and breadth of EMC’s executive management team and mark the next step in the implementation of the company’s long-standing executive succession plan.

“EMC and VMware have delivered strong results over the past decade and have developed world-class management teams,” said Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and CEO.  “Today we are witnessing an extraordinary transformation in the IT industry unlike anything we have seen before – a major shift to Cloud Computing, Big Data applications and delivering IT-as-a-Service.  To capitalize on this tremendous opportunity we are positioning our executive talent so that we can benefit from their exceptional professional strengths with the goal of further advantaging EMC and VMware to deliver long-term value to our respective shareholders.”

Key among the executive appointments to drive future growth, EMC announced that:

  • David Goulden, Executive Vice President and CFO, has been appointed President and COO of EMC Corporation, reporting to Tucci.
  • Pat Gelsinger, EMC President and COO of Information Infrastructure Products, has been appointed CEO of VMware (VMW), effective September 1st, and will also join the VMware Board of Directors.
  • Paul Maritz, VMware’s present CEO, is joining EMC as Chief Strategist, reporting to Tucci, effective September 1st.  Maritz will remain on the VMware Board of Directors.

Tucci said, “With these changes, David will assume responsibility for EMC’s Information Infrastructure business, Pat will now lead Cloud Infrastructure at VMware, and Paul will look across our technology strategy with a particular focus on Big Data and the next generation of cloud-oriented applications that will be built on top of these foundations.”

More information and the full detailed article can be found here; http://finance.yahoo.com/news/emc-announces-preliminary-q2-financial-200500244.html


Created on July 17, 2012 by Rick Scherer

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