VMUG Advantage: Its Not a Sales Pitch When You Love the Product

My final post of #Blogtober2018 is going to be about a program I love and a must have for anyone who works on VMware technology, VMUG Advantage. My transition to IT is almost entirely self taught. I depended extensively on my home lab as a method to generate experience. Looking for demos, NFR, free trials and home lab licensing became an art form for me. To this day I have never found a better source than VMUG Advantage.

VMUG Membership

Note the red arrow. EVALExperince gives you access to practically the entire VMware product line. You don’t have to signup for VMware Advantage to enjoy the benefits of VMUG itself. You can join the VMUG community for free here. This will get you access to meetings and UserCons which are invaluable for networking and just plain fun. But the icing on the cake is EVALExperience.

Financial benefits

The financial benefits for test takers cannot be understated. At the time of this writing the VCAP exam cost 450$. One test will almost pay for Advantage itself. If you currently do not have a VCP or greater, then you will most likely need a training class before you can sit for the exam. These classes can be thousands of dollars. The 20% discount that EVALExperience gives on training classes can quickly become no small sum.

Learning and Experience

But more to the point, I want to emphasize the main benefit of Advantage is not  financial. What was and still is important to me is experience. This is experience that you might never be able to gain access to on your own. When I started out in IT, I put experience gained by the EVALExperience program on my resume. When asked about it by potential employers, I explained that it was in my home lab. I would challenged the interviewer to put me in front of a console and see what I could do based solely on experience I gained from my home lab. “If I can do it, it really does not matter where I learned it from, ” I would say. I would never have been able to say that without EVALExperience.

I’ll leave you with a list of the benefits below. Save money. Get experience. Join VMUG Advantage.

EVALExperience

Discounts

20% Discount on VMware Training Classes
20% Discount on VMware Certification Exams
35% Discount on VMware Certification Exam Prep Workshops (VCP-NV)
35% Discount on VMware Lab Connect
$100 Discount on VMworld Attendance

Licensing

Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure
VMware vCenter Server v6.x Standard
VMware vSphere ESXi Enterprise Plus with Operations Management

Networking & Security
VMware NSX Enterprise Edition
VMware vRealize Network Insight

Storage and Availability
VMware vSAN
VMware Site Recovery Manager

Cloud Management
VMware vRealize Log Insight
VMware vRealize Operations
VMware vRealize Automation 7.3 Enterprise
VMware vRealize Orchestrator
VMware vCloud Suite Standard

Desktop & Application Virtualization
VMware Horizon Advanced Edition
VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon

Personal Desktop
VMware Fusion Pro 11
VMware Workstation Pro 15

Sources: Licensing Discounts Signup