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HP VMware vExperts for 2014!


CJZ Headshot fixed 150 x 150.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vExpert 4 years.jpg


Today is my birthday and as I get older, celebrating a birthday really isn't a big deal.  But this year, I got some great birthday news that I've been selected as a VMware vExpert again!  And so have a number of HP colleagues of mine so I wanted to take a moment to recognize all the 2014 vExperts at HP. 


I've been putting that icon next to my name in my blog posts for several years ago, though you can see I've added my own touch to show the years I've been a vExpert - but you might not know what a vExpert is.  So before I share with you this years HP vExperts, I'll tell you a bit about what it is. 


What is a VMware vExpert?

Here's a really good description I found on


VMware vExpert is an honorary title VMware grants to outstanding advocates of the company's products.

VMware recognizes vExperts with a certificate. The certificate and title give vExperts special privileges such as access to such private betas, free licenses and exclusive events. Currently, VMware has three paths to become a vExpert: the Evangelist Path, the Customer Path and the VMware Partner Path.

The Evangelist Path is for bloggers, authors, tool builders, public speakers and contributors to the VMware Technology Network discussion boards. The Customer Path is for people who promote the use of VMware products in their companies or by taking other actions such as helping to run a VMUG (VMware User Group) or speaking at a conference. The VMware Partner Path is for employees (of partner companies) who have acquired accreditations and certifications and assist other VMware users by image003.jpgsharing their technical proficiency.


Here's a picture of fellow HP vExpert Eric Siebert and I with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at a recent vExpert party we attended at VMware Partner Exchange - a perk of being a vExpert is meeting VMware execs.


Introducing the 2014 vExperts at HP

There are several returning vExperts on the team here at HP.  First, here are the "returning

  • Eric Siebert - @ericsiebert on Twitter.  Eric was a customer for a long time and a huge contributor on the VMware community forums.  He manages HP Storage Solutions for VMware; on nights and weekends he also manages, one of the top VMware-focused blog sites.  Eric has been a vExpert since the program began in 2009.
  • Andre Carpenter - @andrecarpenter on Twitter.  Andre works as a solution architect in Australia and is focused on VMware and storage solutions.   He's had several guest blogs here on Around the Storage Block blog but I wish he had time to write a blog a week for ATSB.  He has his own VMware-focused blog as well,  Andre reached out to me shortly after starting at HP and I consider him my friend. 
  • Stephen Spellicy - @spellicy on Twitter and he manages the HP Data Protector team.  Stephen built quite a social media following and is well known among many in the VMware community.  You can find he and his team blogging on the HP Autonomy blog. When we have storage briefings at events like VMworld or HP Discover, I always work to get Stephen a seat at the table - he's knowledge and expertise run deep!
  • Rotem Agmon - @RotemAgmon – is a VMware focused Technical Consultant in Israel.  He blogs at VMware Pro
  • Ramesh Geddam – Ramesh has written a new book vSphere high performance cookbook v2 and had previously co-written VMware View Virtualization How-to. He works in our Converged Systems and Solutions Engineering team as a VMware Technical Lead and is pursuing a PhD in Virtualized Systems!
  • Daichi Ogawa - @ogawad_jp – is a solution architect focusing on HP ProLiant, VMware and Hyper-V solutions and also has a Japanese language blog.
  • David Weinstein - @virtualrx - David focuses on virtualization for Enterprise Services, and like Eric, has been a vExpert every years since the program’s inception. He's worked with VMware since 2004 both as a consultant/architect and as an instructor working for different partners as well as VMware.

 Here are the new vExperts at HP:

  • Aaron Dumbrow - @adumbrow - is a storage solution architect and an HP vChamp.  vChamps are an exclusive group of HP's best VMware solution architects.  Aaron has his own blog - which I didn't know and now that I'm looking around it, it's fantastic so check out his VirtuallySimple blog.
  • Luigi Danakos - @nerdblurt - just recently started at HP and actually works for Stephen Spellicy.  Together they are elevating backup/recovery for HP to tackle virtual, physical and cloud data protection.  He also has his blog, Luigi was a contestant a few years ago in our "Blogger Reality Contest" that we fashioned a bit after American Idol - and America crowned him the winner!  (I told Luigi should be giving me bonus checks!)
  • John Reed is not active in social media but is responsible for the day to day activities of our VMware presales champions program - the vChamps I previously mentioned.   They help empower the VMware on HP story.

Congratulations to all the HP vExperts!

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I have worked at HP and now HPE since 1983, all of it around storage but 100% focused on storage since 1990. I blog, create videos, and podcasts to help you better understand HPE Storage.

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