VMware Cloud Foundation Public Cloud-Hosted Services

In the past few months, there has been a surge in public cloud providers announcing their hosted VMware Cloud Foundation services. Here are a few examples:

In an attempt to try and keep up with the various cloud services that are becoming available, I’ve created the following page: Comparison: Public Cloud-Hosted – VMware Cloud Foundation Services to help me learn more about each individual service offering. Data on each service has been collected in order to have data points from all service providers available in a single place.

At the moment, the table includes information from the following cloud services:

The page will evolve over time as new services/features become available, so follow me twitter @Simonlong_ for updates. If a cell is empty it’s because I haven’t been able to find the information yet. If you notice any incorrect information, please contact me via twitter @Simonlong_ and I will do my best to update ASAP.

EP11 – It’s Not Just About VMware Technology

In episode eleven of The VCDX Podcast, My special guest talks about how the skills they gained throughout their VCDX journey, has helped their career, even in a job that isn’t using VMware technologies.

News & Updates

The forthcoming online VCDX Workshop

June Defense Application Entry Opens on Thursday 30th April. Don’t wait until the deadline to submit!!

Interview Notes & Links

This week’s special guest is  Faisal Hasan (VCDX #254)

Q&A

As always, if you have any questions you want answering on the Podcast, please send them to me via the two options below:

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What Is The VCDX Podcast?

Hey guys, I just wanted to bring to your attention a new project that I am working on called The VCDX Podcast. Yep, another Podcast.

As a VCDX panelist, I get asked a lot of questions related to the VCDX certification and the overall process. So I decided, instead of answering every question individually, I would answer them on a Podcast for all to hear and learn from.

The Podcast currently consists of 4 sections and this will probably change as the Podcast matures.

  1. VCDX News and Updates
  2. Special Guest Interview – With a mixture of VCDX panelists, mentors, and certification holders
  3. Common VCDX Mistakes
  4. Q&A

Episode 1 – Welcome To The VCDX Podcast was released last week and can be listened to or downloaded below.

The Podcast should be available where ever you get your Podcasts. Here are some quick links to the common platforms.

The VCDX Podcast on Apple Podcasts

The VCDX Podcast on Spotify

The VCDX Podcast on Google Play Music

As with everything I write about, please provide feedback or ideas on how to improve the Podcast. If you have questions that you want answering, you can either message me on Twitter: @SimonLong_ or you can send me an email via my Contact Simon page

EP10 – Learn From Previous Mistakes

In episode ten of The VCDX Podcast, My special guest will share some of the common mistakes that they see regularly as a VCDX panelist, in the hope that future candidates don’t make the same mistakes as those who went before them.

News & Updates

Congratulations to the newly minted VCDX’s since our last episode:

  • VCDX #286 – Igor Zecevic – France (DCV)
  • VCDX #287 – Katsuhiko Niino – Japan – (NV)
  • VCDX #288 – Phoebe Kim – US – (NV)

The forthcoming online VCDX Workshop

Interview Notes & Links

This week’s special guest is Paul McSharry (VCDX #234)

Talking Points:

1. Risk Management & Mitigation – “Risk is accepted by the business”
2. Too many constraints that limit the ability to show design expertise
3. Not enough logical design
4. Lack of diagrams both in design and in whiteboard for defense
5. Looking for a slide that answers the question, when a answer or drawing helps.
6. “I would use this tool (ie vROps,vRNI)“, without the how , why and impact.

Q&A

AS always, if you have any questions you want answering on the Podcast, please send them to me via the two options below:

I’m always looking for feedback and ways to improve the podcast, so please, contact me with any thoughts and feedback you might have. If you enjoyed this episode, please remember to subscribe (using the links below) and let others know about it on social media.

EP9 – There Is More To Networking Than Networking

In episode nine of The VCDX Podcast, My special guest will be answering some of our listener questions around the VCDX-NV certification.

News & Updates

Up and coming VCDX Application deadline

  • January 3rd – Deadline for March 2020 defense applications

Interview Notes & Links

This week’s special guest is Joe Silvagi (VCDX #175)

Q&A

AS always, if you have any questions you want answering on the Podcast, please send them to me via the two options below:

I’m always looking for feedback and ways to improve the podcast, so please, contact me with any thoughts and feedback you might have. If you enjoyed this episode, please remember to subscribe (using the links below) and let others know about it on social media.

EP8 – Expect The Unexpected

In episode eight of The VCDX Podcast, we’ll be hearing from our special guest about their recent VCDX defense experience and how it was actually quite a bit different from the experience they were expecting.

News & Updates

Congratulations to the 2 new VCDX’s:

Up and coming VCDX Workshops

Interview Notes & Links

This week’s special guest is Veronica Davis (VCDX #280)

Common VCDX Mistakes

  • “That was planned for phase 2 of this project” or “That was out of scope for this projcet”

Q&A

AS always, if you have any questions you want answering on the Podcast, please send them to me via the two options below:

I’m always looking for feedback and ways to improve the podcast, so please, contact me with any thoughts and feedback you might have. If you enjoyed this episode, please remember to subscribe (using the links below) and let others know about it on social media.

EP7 – If At First You Don’t Succeed

In episode seven of The VCDX Podcast, we’ll be offering some advice on ways to recover from failing your latest VCDX certification attempt.

News & Updates

Interview Notes & Links

  • This week’s special guest is Mike Brown (VCDX #71)

Q&A

AS always, if you have any questions you want answering on the Podcast, please send them to me via the two options below:

I’m always looking for feedback and ways to improve the podcast, so please, contact me with any thoughts and feedback you might have. If you enjoyed this episode, please remember to subscribe (using the links below) and let others know about it on social media.

EP6 – Neon Pens At The Ready

In episode six of The VCDX Podcast, we’ll be discussing everything VCDX related that we can expect to see at VMworld 2019 which is just around the corner. And in our guest interview, I’ll be finding out about a new Lightboard series that’s aimed to help you prepare for your VCDX.

News & Updates

  • This week’s special guest was Karl Childs
  • There will be a VCDX Workshop just before VMworld US on Sunday, August 25th. Register here for the VCDX Workshop
  • There will be a VCDX Panel session during VMworld US in the Certifications area – Preparing for Your VCDX: What You Need to Know [EDU3683U] – Wednesday, August 28, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Interview Notes & Links

Q&A

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EP5 – Slacking Is Encouraged

In episode five of The VCDX Podcast, I’ll be chatting to my special guest about the VCDX Prep Slack Team, finding out what it is and how you can use it to help yourself or others prepare for their VCDX.

News & Updates

There will be a VCDX Workshop at the Indianapolis VMUG on Tuesday, July 16th. Register here for the Indy VMUG

Interview Notes & Links

Common VCDX Mistakes

  • There are too many constraints in some VCDX designs, which limits the panelist’s ability to score the candidate in certain areas.
  • Provided by VCDX panelist Paul McSharry

Q&A

If you have any questions you want answering, please send them to me via the two options below:

I’m always looking for feedback and ways to improve the podcast, so please, contact me with any thoughts and feedback you might have. If you enjoyed this episode, please remember to Subscribe (using the links below) and let others know about it on social media.

EP4 – So Many New VCDX’s!

In episode four of The VCDX Podcast, we recognize the newly crowned VCDX’s and I’ll be chatting to my special guest about their VCDX defense experience. What things went well, and what didn’t go so well.

News & Updates

Congratulations to the 5 new VCDX’s:

  • #279 – Dmitri Tanurkov (NV)
  • #280 – Veronica Sherin David (NV)
  • #281 – Chris Porter (DCV)
  • #282 – Syed Adeel Qamar (NV)
  • #283 – Fouad EL Akkad (DCV)

And a special congratulations to Jeffrey Kusters #252 – who got his second VCDX (NV).  You can see the full list of VCDX’s on the VCDX Directory

There will be a VCDX Workshop at the Indianapolis VMUG on July 16th. Register for the Indy VMUG

Interview Notes & Links

  • This week’s special guest is Chris Porter
  • Toggl – Time tracking software Chris used in his defense prep

Q&A

If you have any questions you want answering, please send them to me via the two options below:

I’m always looking for feedback and ways to improve the podcast, so please, contact me with any thoughts and feedback you might have. If you enjoyed this episode, please remember to Subscribe (using the links below) and let others know about it on social media.