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Feb 28 2016

vBlogger Spotlight: Duncan Epping

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Top vBlog 2016 is about to kick off so I’m continuing my vBlogger Spotlight series that I started last year to shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on Duncan Epping, the un-disputed king of the bloggers and voted #1 top vBlog for 7 years straight. Duncan sets the bar pretty high for how a virtualization blog should be run and has demonstrated all the characteristics of a great blogger when it comes to longevity, frequency and quality. Over the 7 year history of Top vBlog nobody has come close to knocking him off that #1 spot and as he is showing no signs of slowly down it’s unlikely that anyone ever will. So without further ado enjoy a Q&A session with Duncan Epping, you can read the other vBlogger Spotlight series here.

What year did you start your blog?

[Duncan] I started my blog in December of 2007. Had been playing around with a theme and a logo though for a couple of weeks. First article was on 18 December, 2007.

What inspired you to start a blog?

[Duncan] I’d been active with regards to writing for a long time, but on a completely different topic: hardcore punk / metal core. I was working for a consultancy company in the Netherlands and needed a place to document my finding, share my problems and solutions. I was an avid reader of Mike Laverick and Scott Lowe’s blog and figured that I could do something like that. Considering I would normally write multiple CD reviews a week and do interviews, I figured when I stopped with the online community that this tech blogging would be a nice way to fill that gap. I never expected it to take off like this though.

So what inspired the blog name?

[Duncan] When I started blogging most people had a “vSomething” name. None of them really stood our for obvious reasons. I wanted something different, something that stood out, something that sounded cool and was easy to remember. Simply looked at my fav. bands and song titles, and this name came out. (Based on Old Yellow Bricks by Arctic Monkeys)

Describe your early blogging experiences and how you have evolved over the years?

[Duncan] To be honest, I’ve always blogged about the things that I am passionate about and things I encounter. Whether that was an issue discovered at a customer site, a new product or something cool I learned. I don’t think that has changed. My blog is still my blog and usually reflects what I am working on, or what I am thinking about. The big change over the years probably has been moving from shorter “I had this problem and this is how you fix it” articles to more “educational” pieces where I explain (short or long) how something works. But still, I very much enjoy doing the “problem/solution” articles.

What has kept you blogging over the years and not quitting at it?

[Duncan] Some seem to think that blogging is part of my job, it isn’t. Sure VMware highly appreciates all that I do, but there are no goals or even expectations when it comes to blogging. To be honest, it is who I am. I’ve been writing for such a long time now, I need it to stay sane.

When you are not blogging or working what do you enjoy doing?

[Duncan] I do many different things, but typically: running, watch my kids practice taekwon-do, crossfit/weightlifting, day trips to cities / museums etc. Basically a lot 🙂

What was your best experience or fondest memory related to blogging?

[Duncan] Don’t really have a fondest memory or “best experience”, but I can tell you that it is an awesome feeling when you walk through the VMware headquarters and you see an engineer reading your blog… Or you see your blog being referenced on an internal engineering wiki page. It is great to see that it doesn’t only help users / architects, but also helps people internally. I guess the biggest compliment though was when the HA and DRS team bought a bunch of copies of the HA/DRS deep dives and gave them to new employees and interns… they could not ask any questions until they finished the book. That was definitely the best compliment ever, and Frank and I smiled from “ear to ear” 🙂

If you had to choose a theme song for yourself what would it be?

[Duncan] You really had to ask me this question, man there are so many great songs I wouldn’t even know where to start. I also listen to so many different styles of music it is very hard to pick a song. But if I have to pick one, State of Love and Trust by the almighty Pearl Jam. Probably my all-time fav. song. I can listen to that one a million times in a row and it doesn’t bore me and I find myself always singing along the words “And I listen for the voice inside my head Nothin’, I’ll do this one myself…”

Any advice for others who are new to blogging?

[Duncan] Just do it, but if you start… Don’t do it because you want to be a vExpert, or because many others are doing it. Do it because you enjoy writing, you enjoy sharing knowledge / experience, do it because you want to learn. If you do it for other reasons chances are big you won’t last long, as it is a lot of work.

What’s your favorite tech gadget?

[Duncan] Not sure I have one really, I spend a lot of time on my phone checking the different social networks and keep up to date, but not sure it is my favourite as it also causes me to sometimes forget what is happening around me. I try to stay away from my phone as much as possible in the evening, but it is very tempting. Love/Hate relationship I guess.

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Apr 26 2015

vBlogger Spotlight: Jason Boche

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Top vBlog 2015 is over but I’m still continuing my vBlogger Spotlight series to shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on Jason Boche, a good friend of mine from way back to the days when we were VMTN moderators together. Jason is one of the only bloggers that I know that has a full fledged data center running in his basement to power his home infrastructure services and serve as his home lab for blogging at boche.net. Jason mentions VMworld 2008 were I convinced him to start blogging, here’s a pic of some of us doing the Community Roundtable podcast way back in the early days live from VMworld and also a pic of Jason after he tried to explain what vMotion is to Danica Patrick.

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Jason has a fondness for cigars so if you ever run in to him at a VMware event be sure and pack a few stogies to smoke with him. So without further ado enjoy a Q&A session with Jason Boche:

What year did you start your blog?

[Jason] I started my blog in the year 2008.

What inspired you to start a blog?

[Jason] I gained a lot of knowledge and experience working with VMware products in a large corporate environment as well as in my home lab. I had also spent a lot of time sharing the knowledge that I had gained early on with others in the VMware community forums. Blogging and other forms of social media was gaining popularity as output channels for content and after a discussion with my Eric Siebert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2008, that seemed to be the next logical step.

Describe your early blogging experiences and how you have evolved over the years?

[Jason] When I got my blog started up in my home lab, my brain was overflowing with blog articles I wanted to get out. Early on I think I was producing many blog articles on a daily basis. That eventually slowed down to a more reasonable and digestible rate but managing an enterprise datacenter with VMware and other infrastructure products still gave me plenty to write about in the coming years. Four years ago I transitioned out of a customer role and moved to the VMware partner side of the world where I work for a storage vendor. My blogging output has dropped considerably during this period. Part of this is due to the lack of operational day in day out hands on VMware products that I used to have, and part of it is due to a personal shift with more time and focus spent on my growing family. Sharing and giving back to the community what I can was and still is very rewarding but it comes with a cost which is a time component. Over the last few years my priorities have shifted from community to family. It’s evident in my blogging and my participation in other social media avenues. I haven’t given up completely, it’s just a re-balance.

What has kept you blogging over the years and not quitting at it?

[Jason] Datacenter architecture and technology is in a perpetual state of evolution and transformation. I still have plenty to learn and in turn share with others. Blogging is one of many facets of community. Community is important to me and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been wired to support others and give back which I have done in many ways throughout my lifetime. The name Jason translated from Greek literally means “healer”.

What was your best experience or fondest memory related to blogging?

[Jason] Positive feedback from others that I’ve helped them or saved their weekend in some way. I’ve been there and I know the feeling of mental and physical exhaustion and eventually overwhelming relief when a problem is solved.

Any advice for others who are new to blogging?

[Jason] Your blog therefore you are in control with your own rules. Don’t get caught up by others telling you what you should and should not do with your blog in terms of content or frequency. When a blog becomes a job, the fun and passion will be sucked right out of it. Monetization may or may not come. Don’t force it. It shouldn’t be a the primary goal if you already have a day job. Use it to cover expenses, not get rich. A genuine, friendly, and modest personality will draw readership. Be approachable but maintain boundaries for life/family balance. Blog output requires just as much or more input – continue learning and the sharing part will come easier.

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Apr 05 2015

vBlogger Spotlight: Eric Sloof

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Top vBlog 2015 is over but I’m still continuing my vBlogger Spotlight series to shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on Eric Sloof, aka Mr. Scoop due to his keen ability to post news about VMware before anyone else is aware of it. Eric is another one of the OG bloggers as well as Godfather of the Dutch vMafia and also one of the hosts of VMworld TV that broadcasts live from VMworld events. Eric’s blog is NTPro.nl and has consistently been one of the Top 10 blogs. While other bloggers were all getting scooped up by VMware and it’s partners he’s chosen to remain as one of the few very independent bloggers left in the Top 25. Eric is one of the very early VMware Certified Instructors and remains one too this day. So without further ado enjoy a Q&A session with Eric Sloof:

What year did you start your blog?

[Eric] I’ve started my blog nearly 10 years ago. it was September 2005 to be more specific.

What inspired you to start a blog?

[Eric] The inspiration for my blog came from Mike Laverick – He was running the RTFM-Education blog for his own training company and I was really enjoying reading his articles.

Describe your early blogging experiences and how you have evolved over the years?

[Eric] My first blog articles were in Dutch and related to selling Vizioncore vRanger licenses. Back then I was the only reseller in Europe and my blog was used as part of my company ntpro.nl. When Vizioncore was going to an event or I was able to get a new customer, I posted an article about it.

After some time I switched to English and started blogging more about VMware. My first big event was the TSX in Nice 2007. I’ve covered that event with interviews, videos and photo’s. I think back then I was one of the first bloggers who was using multimedia to cover an event. I still have a picture of young Mike and me 🙂

What has kept you blogging over the years and not quitting at it?

[Eric] At the start of 2007 I also became a VMware certified instructor. I kept on blogging because I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from my students and I’ve always used my blog as and extension of the training material. I was able to show an extra demo or screen dumps and dive a little bit deeper than the official material which resulted in good evaluation scores.

After all those years I’m still working as a trainer and I simply can’t quit as long as I experience the enthusiasm of my students.

What was your best experience or fondest memory related to blogging?

[Eric] The best experience because of blogging was being asked as a host for VMworld TV. Me and Jeremy are presenting VMworld TV for tree years in a row now and we’re doing both San Francisco and Barcelona. It’s so great to meet people worldwide who know you from your blog, just incredible. We had a lot of fun recording all the interviews and I felt as a big honour to be part of the VMworld TV crew.

Any advice for others who are new to blogging?

[Eric] My advice for people who are new in blogging is try to be unique. It doesn’t really matter if you’re doing one two or three posts a week as long as you have good content – content is king.

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Mar 25 2015

vBlogger Spotlight: William Lam

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While we wait for the Top vBlog results I thought I would shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on William Lam, automation wizard extraordinaire and voted last year as the #2 vBlogger in the world. Let’s face it we all have a lazy side and automation makes an admins job so much easier. Thanks to William and his great tips and scripts we can all become big fat lazy vSphere admins. After all wouldn’t we rather be working smarter than working harder and the great content that William posts on his Virtually Ghetto blog makes that possible. William debuted at the #25 spot in the 2011 Top vBlog voting and quickly moved up into the top 10 in 2012 before rising to #2 last year. William is also a genius when it comes to nesting ESXi and getting ESXi to run on a Mac Mini to help out all those home labs out there. So without further ado enjoy a Q&A session with William Lam:

What year did you start your blog?

[William] virtuallyGhetto was started in 2010

What inspired you to start a blog?

[William] In the early days when I was a system administrator, I spent quite a bit of time on the VMTN Community Forums helping answer questions related to VMware automation and scripting. As part of my day job, I did a lot of Automation and I found that many of the questions that were being asked were things that I had done before or things that I was currently working on. I figured that I could help others by sharing some of the solutions and experiences that I had so that the greater community could benefit overall. With my replies, I usually ended up providing a fully functional script that exercised the task or operation so the OP gets the information they needed but also got a working example so that it helps them out in their current situation. All of this was done on the VMTN Community forum and some static HTML pages that I was manually updating which kept track of all the scripts that I had written. As you can probably guess, this made searching and notifications of new content pretty challenging.

I eventually decided to start a blog after multiple comments from my friend Duncan Epping who really encouraged me to give this blogging thing a try. He had always been a mentor/supporter of my content and had even blogged about my scripts on more than several occasions. I figured by having a blog, I could make it easier for people to search for solutions to their questions and help foster a community around VMware automation and scripting which did not really exist back then.

Describe your early blogging experiences and how you have evolved over the years?

[William] I had initially only focused on vSphere Automation as a topic for my blog. However, being a technologist and loving to learn about new things and solving problems I quickly expanded beyond just vSphere Automation. I started to explore other areas and products in VMware’s portfolio such as storage, networking and management. Other popular topics that I have been writing about are Nested Virtualization, Mac Mini for home labs and just doing cool and sometimes not supported things with VMware products. I definitely enjoy variety and you can see that with the content over the years.

What has kept you blogging over the years and not quitting at it?

[William] For me personally, it is the continue sharing of information with the community and the constant learning of new things that really keeps me going. I really enjoy learning about new technologies and in turn I can share that knowledge which can help someone solve a problem. You get this circular effect that only makes our community stronger.

What was your best experience or fondest memory related to blogging?

[William] Honestly, there are so many it is hard to just pick one. For me, the best experience I could get from blogging is just a simple note from a reader saying how one of my articles or a script has helped them solve a particular problem. I really do enjoy reading those emails and makes it all worth it at the end. I guess a nice runner up is hearing from VMware Engineering and GSS Support that they use several of my blog articles on a regular basis 🙂

Any advice for others who are new to blogging?

[William] Do not start a blog to just start a blog. Write about something that you are very passionate about. There are still so many topics within the VMware and Virtualization community that have been unexplored in great detail, try to really differentiate yourself from what others have already done. Lastly, it is all about the content! The more unique and interesting content that you can produce the larger the reward in terms of readership, engagement and longevity of blogging.

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Mar 19 2015

vBlogger Spotlight: Mike Laverick

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While we wait for the Top vBlog results I thought I would shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on Mike Laverick, one of the OG bloggers who started his RTFM (Read The Frigging Manual) Education website way back in the early days of blogging. Mike was also one of the early book authors as a member of the Advanced Technical Design Guide rat pack that authored some of the first books on virtualization. Mike is the host of the Chinwag podcasts where he uses his laidback, informal interview style to chat with guests about virtualization. A former Certified VMware Instructor, Mike’s great passion for teaching and helping others is evidenced by his blog posts, articles, books, podcasts and his unselfish eagerness to share and give back to the community. So without further ado enjoy a Q&A session with Mike Laverick:

What year did you start your blog?

[Mike] RTFM Education started in 2003, but I flogged that to TechTarget, so I’m not sure if that really counts anymore! As for mikelaverick.com (such a pithy name dontcha think?) started in Feb, 2013…

What inspired you to start a blog?

[Mike] Back 2003 it was just an honest willingness to share what I learned, and help others. The plans for Dr Evil style world-domination came later…

Describe your early blogging experiences and how you have evolved over the years?

[Mike] I’m going to be a bit vain here. But I would like to my style has influenced others. I read other bloggers and think, “god, that’s just how I would do it”. I don’t feel ripped off, but slightly proud. I told you I was going to be vain! But I like to think my style is one that blends just right of theory with a big dollop of “getting it done”. My most popular posts have been ones that fix a commonly experience problem, that everyone runs up against in their time.

What has kept you blogging over the years and not quitting at it?

[Mike] Aside from a passion to share what I learn, I do generally love writing. I guess that comes from my liberal-arts background. You see I’m a bit of interloper who’s technical knowledge wasn’t gained through academic qualifications but via combo of experience, and training courses. One day someone is going to work out that this particular Emperor has no clothes. But to mix my metaphors I will keep on pulling the levers like the Wizard of Oz, until someone pulls back the curtain. It’s been a while since I undertook a big book project and do I kind of miss that. I tip my hat to colleagues of mine who have held down full-time jobs at VMware, and writing books. I don’t know how they find the time or motivation. As for myself I do a project that’s been cooking away since last year (or if I’m honest the year before) it looks ripe for launch. I hope to do the big reveal in the next couple of weeks.

What was your best experience or fondest memory related to blogging?

[Mike] I guess my fondest memory, is when people come up to me at VMUGs and say they laughed out loud – at something I wrote in a book or blog. Humour is rather under-rated virtue in IT, I don’t know how many of us get through the working day without being able to laugh at the end of it….

Any advice for others who are new to blogging?

[Mike] Blog about you – your experiences and what you learn. Most of start blogging as way of documenting what we learn. Its a bit odd how you end up searching your own blog for stuff you worked out 12 months ago, because your memory synapses have made room for some other data. As for ‘making a name for yourself’ – I would recommend finding a topic that is unloved, and becoming the GOTO guy/gal for that. Get a reputation for being a really nice person who helps other people. If you lucky, you’ll hit upon a technology that just explodes in popularity – and will put a rocket under your career. If it happens 99% of that will be pure luck, the other 99% will be sheer goddamn hardwork. Then, rest on your laurels and dine out on your veteran status until retirement. Well, that’s what I plan to do anyway… 😉

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Mar 18 2015

vBlogger Spotlight: Scott Lowe

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While we wait for the Top vBlog results I thought I would shine the spotlight on several prominent bloggers in the community to give you some insight into their experiences with blogging. Today’s spotlight is on Scott Lowe, not to be confused with the Other Scott Lowe or the gamer Scott Lowe (lots of Scott Lowe’s in tech). The original Scott Lowe is one of the earliest bloggers to write about virtualization having started his web log in 2005 and has been consistently ranked in the top 5 in my Top vBlog polls over the years. Scott was also one of the earliest book authors to write about virtualization with the release of his Mastering vSphere 4 book in 2009 and many other books after that. So without further ado enjoy a Q&A session with Scott Lowe:

What year did you start your blog?

[Scott] My first article was published in early May of 2005. At first I ran it on an internal-only installation of WordPress, but moved it to a public hosting provider within just a couple of months.

What inspired you to start a blog?

[Scott] Like others, my blog started out as a sort of “knowledge base” for myself. I would find solutions to these problems, but 6 months later when I ran into the same problem again I couldn’t remember how I’d solved it. The blog was an attempt to help with that problem.

Describe your early blogging experiences and how you have evolved over the years?

[Scott] If you go back and look at the early blog entries, they were more like journal entries. I talked about a technical project I’d started or a fix I’d found, but the posts were really more for myself. After about six months to a year, I “found my voice” and started speaking more to an external audience (even though the blog had hardly any followers at the time, it somehow felt natural to write that way—hence “finding my voice”). From there, my writing voice has evolved as I’ve grown and changed. I would even go so far as to say that my writing voice has, in some cases, been a contributing or driving factor in how I’ve grown and changed.

What has kept you blogging over the years and not quitting at it?

[Scott] I think it’s because I’ve always enjoyed being able to help others learn and understand new things. I enjoyed working as an instructor and trainer early in my career, and I think I’ve carried a fondness for “teaching” ever since. Writing about technologies, projects, products, and trends has been like an outlet for me to share both my passion for technology as well as my passion for helping others understand technology.

What was your best experience or fondest memory related to blogging?

[Scott] That’s a tough question! There have been some good experiences as well as some not-so-good experiences. I suppose if I had to pick only one experience it would be a story I heard from a co-worker when I was working for a reseller on the US East Coast (this was before I moved to Denver). A sales person and an SE went into an account to talk about winning the opportunity to do a virtualization project for this company. The technical guys at this company talked about this article they’d read online and how they wanted to use the architecture proposed by this article for this project. When the sales rep and the SE asked about the article, the customer responded with “It was written by this guy, Scott Lowe.” The sales rep and the SE just laughed and said, “You know he works for us, right?” Needless to say, we got the opportunity to do the project (and yes, I worked on the project). I think it was a bit of an eye-opener for me personally—I knew that others knew of me, but didn’t understand the potential impact my work might have.

Any advice for others who are new to blogging?

[Scott] I’m assuming since you used the phrase “new to blogging” that we’re talking about someone who has already started blogging. In that case, I’d have to say to keep this phrase in mind: “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” Your articles don’t have to be perfect. Your site’s layout doesn’t have to be perfect. Certainly strive for excellence, but don’t obsess over perfection to the point you don’t actually write. In the end, it’s OK to publish an article that may not be as complete as you’d originally planned, or may not be as in-depth as you’d first envisioned (this latter point is something with which I personally wrestle from time to time). It’s likely that someone will still find value in it, and over time you’ll learn how best to structure your content and writing.

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Jul 01 2016

Top vBlog 2016 Full Results

vsphere-land-top-vblog2016-logoSo the voting has ended, the results have been tabulated and here they are. There were 83 new blogs on the ballot this year, 12 new blogs made the Top 50 and and 7 new blogs made it into the Top 25. One blog fell out of the top 10 this year and the competition for the #1 spot was fierce. This year there was over 1600 votes compared to around 2200 last year. You can read more stats about this years voting here. Voters were asked to pick their top 12 favorite blogs and them rank them from 1 to 12. The votes are weighted so a #1 vote is worth 12 points, a #2 vote is worth 11 points all the way down to a #12 vote being worth 1 point. The total points for each blog were added up to determine the results.

If you missed the live results show be sure and watch the replay of the special Google Hangout results show that we recorded with John Troyer and Eric Wright from Turbonomic as we count up the Top 25 results with lots of color commentary. The vLaunchpad and Planet vSphere-land will be updated soon to reflect the new voting results. Thank you everyone who voted and congratulations to the bloggers that made the Top 25. With so many bloggers out there its a tough scene but I seriously encourage you all to keep at it, the longer you stick with it, the more people notice and will reward you with their vote. You guys are all winners, I know how hard it can be to find the time to blog but do know that your efforts are appreciated and your unselfish dedication makes a difference to a great many of people.

This year any blogger that made the Top 50 will get a special 2″ commemorative coin courtesy of Turbonomic, I’ll have a form where you can enter your shipping details up in a few days, those of you that will be at the Indy VMUG or VMworld let me know and I will deliver it to you there. Bloggers who make the Top 10 will get a gold coin, 11-25 a silver coin and 26-50 a copper coin. I’ll also be coming up with a new graphic that you can display on your website if you made the Top 50.

Next year I’m looking to change this process dramatically and make the public voting be a part of an overall bigger method of determining the top bloggers, more on that later. I will also be starting a new vBlogger Spotlight series soon that is geared towards highlighting some of the lesser known bloggers outside of the top 25, if you are interested in being one of those bloggers let me know.

Special thanks to Turbonomic for sponsoring this year and making the giveaways possible. 

Here are the overall voting results…

BlogRankPreviousChangeTotal VotesTotal Points#1 Votes
Yellow Bricks (Duncan Epping)1105444846112
Virtually Ghetto (William Lam)2205314723108
Cormac Hogan330403305417
Frank Denneman blog440320228115
Wahl Network (Chris Wahl)561350227025
ESX Virtualization (Vladan Seget)6137298224433
Scott Lowe blog75-234922269
NTPro.nl (Eric Sloof)891300194725
Virtu-al (Alan Renouf)910132419344
Derek Seaman's Blog107-3255172517
Virtual Geek (Chad Sakac)118-329516527
vSphere-land (Eric Siebert)12120248158216
Long White Virtual Clouds (Webster)1311-2214153917
My Virtual Cloud (Andre Leibovici)14140230147215
VCDX56 (Magnus Andersson)15172236143112
Punching Clouds (Rawlinson)1618221813889
CloudXC (Josh Odgers)1715-2189134224
VMGuru (Various)18257200129628
VCDX133 (Rene Van Den Bedem)193718167128424
IT Blood Pressure (Dwayne Lessner)20266157109411
Brian Madden2128716610667
Professional VMware (Cody Bunch)2229717610249
The IT Hollow (Eric Shanks)23351215798219
Pure Storage Guy (Vaughn Stewart)2419-51358864
My Virtual Vision (Kees Baggerman)2553281177695
Virtualize Tips (Brian Suhr)2661351497653
vNinja (Christian Mohn)2746191457654
2 Ninjas 1 Blog (Manley/Colyer)28NEWNEW11075912
Mike Laverick2916-131347362
vMiss (Melissa Palmer)303001187223
vInfrastructure Blog (Andrew Mauro)3121-1012871510
Virtuwise (Angelo Luciani)3271391376963
Virtual Jad (Jad El-Zein)3352191146721
Viktorious.nl (Viktor van den Berg)343621166016
vXpress (Sunny Dua)353839358614
Around the Storage Block (Calvin Zito)36415855834
Craig Waters375821755794
Notes from MWhite (Michael White)385921915764
DiscoPosse (Eric Wright)39401965749
Virten.net (Florian Grehl)4010363905737
Virtual To The Core (Luca Dell'Oca)414321015654
Justin's IT Blog4220-228055318
CloudFix (Various)434967154913
Virtualization is Life! (Anthony Spiteri)44105617754414
mwpreston dot net (Mike Preston)4531-14905021
SFlanders.net (Steve Flanders)46102566548813
Virtualb (Benjamin Troch)47139926348814
By The Bell (Steve Kaplan)487325854844
Running-System (A. Lesslhumer)4991425648312
Wojcieh.net (Wojciech Marusiak)5086366346914
Glick's Gray Matter (Neil Glick)51137864546416
The Lone Sysadmin (Bob Plankers)5250-2914531
Rays Virtual Exchange (Ray Hassan)53NEWNEW814522
Cody Hosterman545734944817
Datacenter Dude (Nick Howell)5522-33754371
Virtualization Evangelist (J. Boche)5627-29914251
NoLabNoParty (Paolo Valsecchi)576474542214
VMware Virtualization Blogs (Tayfun Deger)586795241914
TinkerTry (Paul Braren)5911556574157
VM Blog (David Marshall)6074145841215
Ray Heffer618423664091
Virtual Langer (Jason Langer)6247-15804073
Kendrick Coleman6333-30683871
The Virtual Horizon (Sean Massey)6414379573832
Perfect Cloud (Rasmus Haslund)657510603754
3PAR Dude (Richard Arnold)668317613723
Tom Fojta's Blog678215593712
Paul Meehan6856-12683650
VMwareMine69690573631
Virtualized Geek (Keith Townsend)70237167763571
The Storage Architect (Chris Evans)719019543424
Mind The Virtualization (Jan Schwoebel)72NEWNEW3933812
Planet VM (Tom Howarth)7311845673371
Chris Colotti's Blog7444-30643291
vCOTeam (Various)7554-21513291
Hypervisor.fr7610024503282
Virtual Red-dot (Iwan Rahabok)77299222473231
Penguinpunk.net (Dan Frith)78229151523202
vBrain.info (Manfred Hofer)79187108533182
Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat8010626553132
Rob Beekmans81NEWNEW443063
Virtual 10 (Manny Sidhu)82246164413037
Mike Tabor839613403006
I wish I could be a VM (B. Ulsamer)84111273929911
Why Is the Internet Broken (Justin Parisi)85NEWNEW432983
The SLOG (Simon Long)86893552940
Rob Steele87209122492890
Plain Virtualization (Wee Kiong Tan)88283195432873
Storage Mojo (Robin Harris)8911425512870
VMware Minds (Anjani Kumar)90207117352859
Technodrone (Maish)9139-52482822
Andy Nash92NEWNEW472782
Proudest Monkey (Grant Orchard)93985452781
vLenzker (Fabian Lenz)94NEWNEW382788
doOdzZZ's Notes (Abdullah Abdullah)9519095362777
vClouds (Marco Broeken)9616670502762
VirtAdmin (James Green)9712831552741
Orchestration.io (Chris Green)98204106522731
The Saffa Geek (Gregg Robertson)991089422701
Tim's IT Blog (Tim Smith)100253153402694
Settlersoman (Mariusz Kaczorek)10115756432697
VirtXpert (Jonathan Frappier)10278-24562680
Let's Virtualize (Kanishk Sethi)103NEWNEW352679
40 Cent Coffee (Josh De Jong)1041040452661
StorageIO (Greg Schulz)10515550452642
Tekhead (Alex Galbraith)106211105442613
vHojan (Johan van Amersfoort)107NEWNEW432613
VMwaretv (Cahit Yolacan)10814739332597
Vcdx181 (Marc Huppert)109331222432562
Steven Kang11016757412551
Adventures in a Virtual World (P. Grevink)1111198382541
IT Diversified (Bryan Krausen)112382270352531
Myles Gray113NEWNEW342535
NutzandBolts (Mark Jones)114276162412502
Ravi IT Blog (Ravi Kumar)115110-5412500
Emad Younis Blog1161204432491
WoodITWork (Julian Wood)11780-37482490
CloudManiac (Romain Decker)11818264362484
vDrone (Laurens van Duijn)119NEWNEW422461
vZilla (Michael Cade)120NEWNEW352465
50 mu (Rob Koper)12193-28392443
The Virtualist (The Virtualist team)12262-60362409
Storage Soup (Tech Target)123256133412350
All About Virtualization (Akmal Waheed)12422399442340
SOS Tech (Josh Andrews)12577-48362330
vExpertise (F. Lenz/M. Ewald)12622599402300
All Things Cloud (Steven Cortez)127NEWNEW462280
Willem ter Harmsel128NEWNEW402280
vRealize.it (Tomas Baublys)129NEWNEW352271
Jason Gaudreau's Blog130148183022111
VMware Arena (Mohammed Raffic)13197-34342212
Notes of A Scripter (Stuart Yerdon)132NEWNEW402192
Ivo Beerens13322087392180
vTagion (Brian Graf)13420167372181
VMware Tips (Rick Scherer)13514510422170
DBigCloud (Daniel Romero Sanchez)136152162521610
vGeek (Kunal Udapi)137125-12352142
Piszki Lab (Piotr Pisz)138NEWNEW342130
Virtual Patel (Manish Patel)13917738392131
RNelson0 (Rob Nelson)14016323352120
VMware Front Experience (A. Peetz)14163-78262116
Ather Beg's Useful Thoughts (Ather Beg)142326184312101
The vCenterNerd (Nigel Hickey)14381-62312101
Blog VMware (Leandro Ariel Leonhardt)144124-20272091
ITQ Blog145NEWNEW322082
VMware Guruz (Sateesh Thupakula)146NEWNEW242078
David Hill14722780302062
NerdKnobs (Chris Nickl)148NEWNEW342040
Cloud Architect Musings (Kenneth Hui)149NEWNEW312023
VMware & Veeam Blog (Karel Novak)15024191282025
Default Reasoning (Marek Zdrojewski)151113-38232018
My Cloud Revolution (Markus Kraus)152NEWNEW272005
Pragmatic IO (Brett Sinclair)15322471301994
vMBaggum (Marco van Baggum)154NEWNEW321994
MyVirtuaLife.Net (Andrea Casini)15551-104311982
SnowVM Bog (Rene Bos)15685-71361980
BK's Data Centre (Ben King)157NEWNEW261961
vDestination (Greg Stuart)15825799301952
VMTechy (Nathan Byrne)159NEWNEW281920
vTesseract (Josh Atwell)1601655401901
The Virtual Unknown (Anthony Poh)161NEWNEW291851
VDICloudn.nl (Arjan Timmerman)16224987341852
vJenner Blog (Kyle Jenner)163NEWNEW281845
VCDXpert (Luke Youngblood)164NEWNEW301830
There Be Dragons (Dee Abson)165NEWNEW311820
vHersey (Hersey Cartwright)166150-16391792
Virtual Chris (Chris Chua)167NEWNEW371790
Demitasse (Alastair Cooke)168269101271751
Scott Bollinger169NEWNEW291750
David Stamen170380210301731
vCloudnine (Patrick Terlisten)171133-38361731
yoyoclouds (Yohan Wadia)172129-43361720
Everyday Virtualization (Rick Vanover)173281108271711
VMware Training & Certification (S. Vessey)174303129311711
vTricks (Patrick Schulz)17521439331700
Poshoholic (Kirk Munro)176375199261690
TechHead (Simon Seagrave)17755-122321690
Federico Cocinalli17819113221681
ukotic.net (Mark Ukotic)179NEWNEW211664
vHorizon (Dale Scriven)180116-64351660
Rimmergram (Jane Rimmer)181NEWNEW291630
Andi Mann Ubergeek18221028291620
Virtualised Reality (Barry Coombs)183169-14261621
Virtual Allan (Allan Kjaer)184NEWNEW331600
Come Lo Feci (Pietro Aiolfi)18592-93171597
Learning to Virtualize (Gorka Izquierdo)186NEWNEW231591
Virtual Elephant (Chris Mutchler)187NEWNEW321590
VM-Ice (Larus Hjartarson)188302114251590
VM Storage Guy (Stefan Renner)189NEWNEW281572
VMpros.nl (Sander Daems)190364174271570
Marius Sandbu IT blog191NEWNEW281563
Virtual Me (Joseph Griffiths)192NEWNEW231561
This is Hyper-Awesome (G. Chapman)193NEWNEW241551
vSential (James Bowling)19429096331540
vTimD (Tim Davis)195NEWNEW311541
Messaging-Virtualization (A. Pogosyan)196NEWNEW211532
Sysadmit (Xavier Genestos)1972058281531
vExperienced (Edward Grigson)19827072261521
Todd Mace199149-50261511
Daily Hypervisor (Sid Smith)200144-56271500
GeekFluent (Dave Henry)20123130241501
Uber Tech Geek (Marc Crawford)202328126241501
Virtually Boring (Daniel Boring)203NEWNEW251503
vWud.net (Steve Wood)204NEWNEW231501
Hans De Leenheer205141-64251490
The Bitstream (Alain Geenrits)206NEWNEW241470
Educational Center (Dean Lewis)207197-10211464
ITPath (Paolo Torresani)208171-37241430
The Eager Zero (Michael Stump)209203-6251432
Blog.igics.com (David Pasek)210337127191420
VMware & Powershell (Greg Kulikowski)21126857281420
Virtual Admin Notes (Anton Zhbankov)21225442291411
Jonathan Medd's Blog213135-78261400
Musings of Rodos (Rodney Haywood)214319105201400
Amit's Technology Blog (Amit Panchal)215334119271391
Virtual Hike (Michael Wilmsen)216NEWNEW231392
My VMworld (Noham Medyouni)217NEWNEW231381
vCrooky (James Cruickshank)218NEWNEW231370
Koolaid.info (Jim Jomes)219344125211362
Port115 (Carel Maritz)220NEWNEW251350
The Virtual Way (Francesco Bonetti)2212309271350
vZare (Preetam Zare)22229472231350
Matt That IT Guy (Matt Crape)223NEWNEW241340
VMware Virtualization Blog (Hernan Paggi)224NEWNEW221340
Unix Arena (Lingeswaran)22531388221331
GestaltIT (Various)226357131211320
JBcomp (James Brown)227372145221310
Blog.bertello.org (Giuliano Bertello)228NEWNEW231290
Ray On Storage (Ray Lucchesi)22928556241270
Stretch Cloud (Prasenjit Sarkar)230168-62251270
Talking Tech With SHD (Scott Davis)23125019181270
Teimouri.net (Davoud Teimouri)232NEWNEW171264
vAddicted (Raffaello Poltronieri)233NEWNEW201260
vCrumbs (Josh Sims)234348114191240
Great White Technologies (Dave Morera)235398163161211
VCDX Blog (Will Huber)23626630201211
Virtualize Planet (Ricky El-Qasem)237180-57251211
VMware Admins (Eric Sarakaitis)238361123231210
VMFocus (Craig Kilborn)23960-179231201
Stankowic development240NEWNEW191192
V-IT.PRO (Kev Johnson)241NEWNEW181190
Virtual Brakeman (Tim Hynes)242NEWNEW201190
VirtualementVotre (Cedric Megroz)243140-103231182
Virtualization Team (Eiad Al-Aqqad)244151-93241171
Double Cloud (Steve Jin)24531671191160
UP2V (Marcel van den Berg)246121-125251160
filipv.net (Filip Verloy)247215-32191152
Homelaber Brasil (Valdecir Carvalho)248NEWNEW151156
The Lower Case W (Matt Liebowitz)249248-1201150
Virtual Potholes (AJ Kuftic)250379129251140
Vipin V.K.251134-117201131
Build Virtual (Ian Walker)2522619211110
Mind Judo (Laurens van Gunst)25326310211100
vBlog.io (Cedric Quillevere)254NEWNEW191091
Virtualization Blog (Shabbir Ahmed)255178-77181091
vPentathlon (Mordi Shushan)256NEWNEW151091
Virtually An Admin (Jonathan Stewart)257NEWNEW201080
vPirate (Abhilash HB)258200-58171080
Virtual Ramblings (J.Nicholson)259NEWNEW231070
vmby (Sergey Gorlinsky)260NEWNEW131074
IT Should Just Work (Chris Bradshaw)261NEWNEW181052
Virtual Bits & Bytes (Niels Engelen)2622675201050
Virtualisatieadvies (Eelco de Boer)263NEWNEW201051
vTerkel (Terkel Olsen)26433369151052
vSamurai (Christopher Wells)26576-189211040
Blue Gears (Edward Haletky)266370104191000
Storage Gaga (Chin-Fah Heoh)267235-32231000
DCIG Blog (Various)268NEWNEW15990
Virtual Wiki (Christian Wickham)2693498020991
Juanma's Blog (Juan Manuel)270179-9118980
vDelboy's View (Dale Carter)271NEWNEW17981
vThoughts of IT (Rob Beekmans)272NEWNEW19980
I'm Tellin' Ya Now! (Mike Foley)2733235019960
Techazine (Philip Sellers)2743123815950
Vroom Blog (Fouad El Akkad/Alban Lecorps)275185-9018930
vBrainstorm (Roger Lund)276275-117920
vRevealed (Amit Rathod)277NEWNEW15921
DefinIT (Sam McGeown/Simon Eady)278228-5018901
vAficionado (Jon Schulman)279NEWNEW14901
VirtualXpress (Prashant Rangi)280NEWNEW17900
Just Another IT Blog (Eduardo Meirelles)281183-9816893
Storagebod (Martin Glassborow)282217-6517890
Virtual Management (Marco Giuricin)283278-514880
Virtual Sketchpad (Luis Ayuso)284NEWNEW19880
Got Dedupe? (Eric Hagstrom)285245-4013870
Virtual Pharaohs (Shady El-Malatawey)286226-6015870
The HyperAdvisor (Antone Heyward)2873364914860
vPourchet (Valentin Pourchet)288264-2414860
ITuda (Lieven D'hoore)28940611715840
Michael Ryom2903607018841
Cosonok's IT Blog (David Cookson)291243-4811830
Everything Should Be Virtual (L. Smith)2923101815830
Virtual Fabric (Chris Beckett)293218-7519820
Robert Jensen294NEWNEW13790
Just My 2 Cents Worth (Dan Raymond)295NEWNEW14780
Sysblog.dk (Jonas Groth)296NEWNEW12780
Virtually Everything (Phillip Jones)2973818418780
Virtual Notions (Derek Hennessy)298NEWNEW16770
Virt ES ()299194-10514751
Everything Virtual (Simon Davies)300172-12816740
Virtually Benevolent (Michael Stanclift)3013969514740
VMexplorer (Matt Mancini)30240710510720
Digital KungFu (Vuong Pham)303NEWNEW15700
VSpecialist (Michael Poore)304271-3313700
Northtech Consulting (Yendis Lambert)305159-14613690
Virtually Speaking (Dan Kusnetzky)306306016680
Hu's Blog (HDS - Hu Yoshida)307188-11910670
M80ARM - Virt. Warrior (M. Armstrong)3084009212670
Techbrainblog (Ganesh Sekarbabu)309NEWNEW10670
VM Spot (Matt Bradford)3103403014661
Linux Coding (Herwono Wijaya)311136-17513650
vSpace (Parthasarathi)312213-9914640
vCloud Info (Carlo Costanzo)313193-12013620
Inspired By Digital Tech (S. Kaushik)314NEWNEW12610
vSkilled (Karl Nyen)315NEWNEW15600
Sundar Cloud Architect (R.S.Sundar)316NEWNEW10580
Substructure Networks (Daemon Behr)317NEWNEW11570
vTechnology Notes (S. Grugel)318NEWNEW15560
Virtual VCP (Rynardt Spies)319258-6112550
Tecnologías Aplicadas (Patricio Cerda)320284-369500
Dervirtuellewirt (Daniel Baby)321410896330

And here are the Category voting results…

Favorite Storage BlogVotes
Cormac Hogan299
CloudXC (Josh Odgers)118
Virtual Geek (Chad Sakac)107
Punching Clouds (Rawlinson)84
3PAR Dude (Richard Arnold)72
My Virtual Cloud (Andre Leibovici)68
Cody Hosterman54
Around the Storage Block (Calvin Zito)47
The Storage Architect (Chris Evans)46
Pure Storage Guy45
StorageIO38
VM Storage Guy (Stefan Renner)35
Why Is the Internet Broken (Justin Parisi)34
Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat33
Paul Meehan26
vTricks (Patrick Schulz)26
Ruptured Monkey (Nigel Poulton)22
Vipin V.K.22
Penguinpunk.net21
GeekFluent (Dave Henry)20
Great White Technologies (Dave Morera)17
This is Hyper-Awesome (G. Chapman)16
Pragmatic IO (Brett Sinclair)15
Hus Blog6
Favorite Scripting BlogVotes
Virtually Ghetto (William Lam)395
Virtu-al (Alan Renouf)176
Wahl Network (Chris Wahl)158
vCO Team81
Jonathan Medds Blog53
That Could Be A Problem (Kyle Ruddy)53
DBigCloud (Daniel Romero Sanchez)52
Double Cloud (Steve Jin)49
My Cloud Revolution (Markus Kraus)43
Orchestration.io (Chris Green)42
Steven Kang42
Michael Ryom39
vLenzker (Fabian Lenz)36
Favorite PodcastVotes
vBrownBag (Cody Bunch)245
Geek Whispers (Troyer/Brender/Lewis)120
Datanauts Podcast (Ethan Banks & Chris Wahl)106
Nutanix .Next Community Podcast (Angelo Luciani)101
VMware Communities Roundtable (Various)71
In Tech We Trust Podcast (Farley/Poulton/Vanover/Chapman/Malhoit)62
StorageIO60
Veeam Community Podcast (R. Vanover)60
Virtually Speaking (J. Nicholson/P. Fletcher)58
Virtualization Security (Edward Haletky)49
GC On Demand (Eric Wright/VMTurbo)46
vChat (Siebert/Seagrave/Davis)43
vSoup (Dearden/Mohn)37
The CloudCast (A. Delp & B. Gracely)35
Tech On Tap (NetApp/Justin Parisi)31
Favorite New BlogVotes
Matt That IT Guy (Matt Crape)119
Rays Virtual Exchange (Ray Hassan)111
VM Storage Guy (Stefan Renner)111
vTimD (Tim Davis)103
VirtualXpress (Prashant Rangi)77
vMBaggum (Marco van Baggum)76
vLenzker (Fabian Lenz)75
Rob Beekmans72
Lets Virtualize (Kanishk Sethi)63
Learning to Virtualize (Gorka Izquierdo)56
VMware Guruz (Sateesh Thupakula)56
Homelaber Brasil (Valdecir Carvalho)50
vAddicted (Raffaello Poltronieri)47
vDelboys View (Dale Carter)47
Inspired By Digital Tech (S. Kaushik)36
vRevealed (Amit Rathod)31
Favorite Independent BloggerVotes
ESX Virtualization (Vladan Seget)115
VCDX133 (Rene Van Den Bedem)96
NTPro.nl (Eric Sloof)82
The IT Hollow (Eric Shanks)67
CloudFix (Various)44
vNinja (Christian Mohn)44
Virtualization is Life! (Anthony Spiteri)43
3PAR Dude (Richard Arnold)40
Come Lo Feci (Pietro Aiolfi)38
StorageIO37
VM Blog (David Marshall)28
NoLabNoParty (Paolo Valsecchi)25
ITQ Blog24
WoodITWork (Julian Wood)22
mwpreston dot net (Mike Preston)21
Mike Tabor20
Viktorious.nl (Viktor van den Berg)20
Virtual Patel (Manish Patel)20
VMware TV (Cahit YOLACAN)19
doOdzZZs Notes (Abdullah Abdullah)18
My VMworld (Noham Medyouni)18
Running-System (Andreas Lesslhumer)18
vLenzker (Fabian Lenz)18
VMware Front Experience (A. Peetz)18
DBigCloud (Daniel Romero Sanchez)17
Myles Gray17
Settlersoman (Mariusz Kaczorek)17
Matt That IT Guy (Matt Crape)16
Rob Beekmans16
VMware & Veeam Blog (Karel Novak)16
GeekFluent (Dave Henry)15
Pragmatic IO (Brett Sinclair)15
Tims IT Blog (Tim Smith)15
The vCenterNerd (Nigel Hickey)14
Marius Sandbu IT blog13
Great White Technologies (Dave Morera)12
Lets Virtualize (Kanishk Sethi)12
ITPath (Paolo Torresani)11
vAddicted (Raffaello Poltronieri)11
Michael Ryom10
The Virtual Horizon (Sean Massey)10
vBlog.io (Cedric Quillevere)10
Vipin V.K.10
Federico Cocinalli8
ukotic.net (Mark Ukotic)8
vCloudnine (Patrick Terlisten)8
Virtualization Blog (Shabbir Ahmed)8
Homelaber Brasil (Valdecir Carvalho)7
Virtually An Admin (Jonathan Stewart)7
VMFocus (Craig Kilborn)7
RNelson0 (Rob Nelson)6
Port115 (Carel Maritz)5
vMBaggum (Marco van Baggum)5
Inspired By Digital Tech (S. Kaushik)3
Learning to Virtualize (Gorka Izquierdo)1
Virtualisatieadvies (Eelco de Boer)1
Favorite VDI BlogVotes
Brian Madden316
The Virtual Horizon (Sean Massey)171
My Virtual Vision (Kees Baggerman)156
Virtualize Tips (Brian Suhr)156
vHojan (Johan van Amersfoort)87
Rob Beekmans84
Marius Sandbu IT blog81
Come Lo Feci (Pietro Aiolfi)72
vDelboys View (Dale Carter)45
Favorite News/Information WebsiteVotes
The Register (Various)249
vSphere-land (Eric Siebert)209
CRN (Various)106
Petri IT Knowledgebase (Various)96
VM Blog (David Marshall)78
Virtualization.Info (Various)60
InfoWorld (Various)57
Tech Target53
Virtualization Admin (Various)52
Cloud Cow (Various)51
Virtualization Software (Davis/Lowe)46
Silicon Angle (Various)45
Virtualization Review (Various)38
Network World (Various)32
The Virtualization Practice (Various)32
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