Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VMware
It’s the holiday season again and last year I wrote about stocking stuffer ideas for VMware administrators, so I thought I would do the same this year. Do you need some ideas on what to get a dedicated hardworking VMware administrator for Christmas? Well here’s a few:
Of course I’d love it if you got them my book but there are some other great books out there that they would appreciate also:
- Mastering vSphere by Scott Lowe
- VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing the Virtual Environment by Edward Haletky
- VMware vSphere 4 Administration Instant Reference by Scott Lowe, Jase McCarty and Matthew Johnson
- vSphere 4.0 Quick Start Guide: Shortcuts down the path of Virtualization by Duncan Epping, Alan Renouf, Bernie Baker and Thomas Bryant
- VMware vSphere 4 Implementation by Mike Laverick
- Managing VMware Infrastructure with Windows PowerShell TFM by Hal Rottenberg
- VCP VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410 by Brian Perry, Chris Huss and Jeantet Fields
VMware admins play with bare-metal virtualization products all day but having a desktop virtualization product like Fusion or Workstation is nice also. Is that big data center in your living room or basement driving you crazy? Using Workstation, admins can run ESX on their desktops and laptops eliminating the need for a data center in your house. Got lots of money to spend? I’m sure they would appreciate an upgrade of their Enterprise licenses to Enterprise Plus or some Cisco Nexus 1000v licenses.
Every admin wants to learn as much as they can about the products they support. You might consider getting them a classroom training course or if you’re on a budget consider a lower-cost alternative such as this vSphere DVD training course from TrainSignal. This gift could benefit you also, because the smarter your admin is the better the chance that they could find a higher-paying job.
You can never have too much storage, flash drives are great but home network storage units are much better. Consider getting them one of the cool new low-cost network storage units from Iomega, Buffalo or Drobo. Or if you want to combine the two than check out this cool gadget that lets you turn flash drives into network storage.
Every VMware admin wants to show off his love for VMware so what better way to do that than with some VMware-branded apparel. From caps to shirts to backpacks to pens you can be sure to find something to please them at the VMware online store.
Almost every VMware admin is a geek at heart, so what better way to please their inner geek with some cool gadgets. Check out some of these gadgets that are sure to please any admin.
- JuiceBar Portable Solar Charger – You’re already saving lots of power using virtualization, why not save more using a solar charger to harness the power of the sun to charge your mobile devices.
- Flux Capacitor Replica – Want to have the coolest looking datacenter on the planet? Try putting one of these in it to really dress it up, you can tell everyone that virtualization is so great you can run your whole data center with only one of these.
- Cable Monkey Cable Organizer – Messy cables behind servers drive most admins crazy, you can use these cool organizers to straighten up the mess and add some cuteness to your server racks.
- Optimus Maximus Keyboard – If you have more money than you know what to do with, this cool keyboard is sure to make any admin drool. This OLED keyboard is the ultimate computer gadget and the keys can be programmed to display any image and run scripts. Think how cool it would be to have a vMotion key right on your keyboard.
Well that’s just a few suggestions for some great gifts for the VMware admins in your life. If nothing else you might consider expressing your appreciation for their hard work and dedication which is something most administrators often do not hear enough.
Happy holidays too all!