Not too long ago I saw a tweet from fellow virtualization blogger Gabe Van Zanten that said the following:
“Today 10ppl on vSphere course all very knowledgeable & working @ VMware partners though none of them knew about any of our blogs Reality check :-)”
It really surprised me that people who are really into VMware virtualization wouldn’t look to the Internet for information on technology that they use everyday. After all, what you know and learn is generally limited to what you read about and what you experience, both of which can be constrained based on the amount of time that you have to do them. Imagine multiplying that with very little effort simply by reading and benefiting from other peoples knowledge and experiences. Instead of spending hours or days trying to learn the intricacies behind VMware’s High Availability feature why not instead spend minutes learning from someone else who took the time to do so. It’s almost impossible to be an expert at every little thing when it comes to virtualization, some guys focus on storage, others on networking and so on. Learning from others is a great and easy way to expand your knowledge. It’s all about working smarter instead of harder.
Which brings me to the point of this post — VMware has an incredibly rich ecosystem of bloggers, authors and evangelists that write about their experiences with VMware technology everyday. To ignore this vast stream of valuable information is like walking through a gold mine and not picking up gold nuggets that lay on the ground. You’ll find information and tips on blogs that you will never find in any class or documentation. There are so many blogs I have a hard time keeping up with them myself, so I made it easy for anyone to find them all by creating my vLaunchpad where I maintain them all, including the top 20 blogs.
So here’s my challenge to you. If you’re reading this post you most likely know about VMware blogs and websites, why not help get the word out to others who may not know by taking the time and spreading the word? I see the same lack of awareness at local VMUG events; people are ignorant to all the great information available on the internet. I made a presentation at two of them that was all about resources for learning VMware where I highlighted all the great blogs and websites that are available.
Why not take your game to the next level and learn from masters like Chad Sakac, Duncan Epping and Scott Lowe. There is a lot of great information available out there and it can be yours with very little effort and no cost. If you’re serious about virtualization there’s simply no excuse for ignoring some of the best information available. If you want to make it even easier, check out Planet V12n.