VMware Education has opened a new site that contains a series of free educational videos introducing important VMware technology and products. Each video lasts 10-15 minutes and covers one aspect of the featured product.
VMware Learning Videos
The site, vmwarelearning.com, debuted this week (October, 2012) with over fifty videos covering the following VMware products or technology:
VMware plans to add versions in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish by the end of the year.
The videos are a great way to get some basic familiarity with a VMware product. You can download an evaluation copy to try it out, and if it makes sense for your organization to deploy the product, then you can pursue additional, VMware-authorized training to quickly ramp up your IT staff to deploy and manage the technology.
Data ONTAP 8.1.1 introduces several new features including Flash Pools, Infinite Volumes and an increase in the number of SAN nodes with Cluster-Mode to six (6). You may not be familiar with Flash Pools or Infinite volumes so we will take this opportunity to describe these features and their benefits. Read the rest of this entry »
I spent some time yesterday at VMworld in the Hands-On Labs room. This year, there are two ways to take the labs: “traditional,” which means you use a VMware-provided keyboard and two large monitors plugged into what looked like a Wyse thin client, and “BYOD,” or bring your own device. The lab room was truly impressive. According to VMware, there are 400 traditional seats, and one hundred BYOD spots. I took a blurry picture through the glass with my iPhone, and it really does not do the room justice, but it looks like something right out of Star Trek (yes, I’m dating myself):
You can only see one small part of the room; it’s actually about five times as large as you can see in the photograph. There are eight sections with 50 workstations, plus numerous living room (as seen in the picture), airport lounge, and gaming seats for the BYOD lab users.
Even with all of that seating capacity however, there was still a 60-minute wait for a traditional lab seat when I went on Wednesday afternoon. The waiting area was equally pleasant (and geeky), with numerous chairs, couches, and tables, large-screen PCs where people were playing some sort of first-person shooting game, and more than a few folks sitting on the floor along the walls, plugged into the nearest electric outlet with their laptops. Read the rest of this entry »
In a previous post, I told you how Fast Lane is sponsoring both the Certification Lounge and the Exam Center here at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. The Certification Lounge is on the fourth floor of the Marriott Marquis on 4th Street. It’s a bit out of the way, but it’s worth stopping by. They’re giving out a treasure trove of study materials on a USB stick, you can get a discount code for 50% off a certification exam (valid through November, 2012), as well as buttons, stickers, and other assorted swag. The Fast Lane table has some nifty little cell phone holders as well, and there’s soda, coffee, and snacks. It’s a nice quiet place to relax before your exam, or just on your way to or from the hectivity (I know that’s not a word) of the main conference areas.
If you don’t believe me, look how peaceful it is:
Watching the keynote in peace in the Certification Lounge at VMWorld 2012 San Francisco
One of the neatest features in the Certification Lounge this year is the VCAP Test Track. You can take timed VCAP practice questions using the same interface you will find on the actual VCAP exam. There are four scenarios/day:
- Monday – Storage
- Tuesday (today) – Networking
- Wednesday – VMs
- Thursday – Generic
There are four scenarios/day and you can take them one after another, or throughout the day. Your first attempt is timed; you have 12 minutes to complete the configuration. The fastest times for each scenario each day win a prize. You can take the scenarios again (but I think not for the prize) and you can take preceding days’ scenarios as well, although again, not for the prize. Still, it’s a great way to practice for your VCAP and to get a little bit of the flavor of the exam so be sure to stop by when you have a few minutes to spare, even if you’re not taking an exam this week.
To try your hand, talk to the guy wearing one of these: