Last week VMware announced its VMware vExpert Awards, which will be given to those people who have contributed to the VMware virtualization community through their efforts either virtually (i.e. online) as VMware Communities members, bloggers, and evangelists, or physically as VMware Users Group members and leaders.
The vExperts may not get many material things, but they will get the recognition they deserve for their contributions from VMware and the community as a whole. If I was to grant the vExpert Awards I would possibly include invites to VMworld conferences at no cost, vouchers for future VCP exams, not-for-resale product licenses, and reduced cost training. What the real vExpert Award will entail is unknown at this time.
The number of awards is limited and an exact number or individuals to be rewarded has yet to be released. It is possible to nominate those you think should get the reward, but multiple nominations will not have much effect according to John Troyer of VMware in a Twitter response. You can also nominate yourself.
vExperts Award titles last one year only — you can claim to be a vExpert ’09, ’10, ’11, etc. I expect that some of the awards may be given sometime at VMworld Europe, but definitely before VMworld 2010 in San Francisco.
Good luck everyone, I look forward to seeing the first class of VMware vExperts!