Well I finally took the plunge and invested my cash into the VMware VMUG Advantage subscription for a year. If you are unsure what that is let me provide you with some links and short descriptions below.
As per their own ‘About’ section –
Officially launched in August of 2010, the VMware User Group (VMUG) is an independent, global, customer-led organization, created to maximize members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events. VMUG Advantage is the best way to gain the technical skills to accelerate your success with exclusive access to VMware applications and discounts on training, certifications, VMworld registration and more!
VMUG Advantage Includes:
- 20% Discount on VMware Training Classes
- 20% Discount on VMware Certification Exams
- 35% Discount on VMware Certification Exam Prep Workshops (VCP-NV)
- 35% Discount on VMware Lab Connect
- $100 Discount on VMworld Attendance
- Exclusive NSX Training & Certification Package
Now while those are some nice offers the part that excites me the most is EVALExperience which provides you with downloads and licensing for the following –
- vCenter Server v6.x Standard
- vSphere ESXi Enterprise Plus with Operations Management (6 CPU licenses)
- vCloud Suite Standard
- vRealize Operations
- vRealize Log Insight
- vRealize Operations for Horizon
- Horizon Advanced Edition
- Workstation Pro 12.5
- Fusion Pro 8.5
- NSX Enterprise Edition (6 CPU licenses)
- vRealize Network Insight
- vRealize Automation 7.3 Enterprise
Just take a moment and consider what is included in this – you essentially have the entire SDDC suite of products! It’s going to take me a while to deploy everything but I’m really looking forward to building this all out and not having to worry for the next year about doing it all over because trial licenses have expired. I should of course say that everything has a price and in this case it is usually $200 which you’ll need to convert into your currency of choice. Perhaps you are lucky and your employer will cover such things but in my case as with my home lab it comes from my own pocket. I feel this is an investment in myself and my future but it still stings when I think of what else I could spend that cash on. Regardless, this is definitely something you should look into if you spend a lot of time working on VMware products or plan to implement/support any in the future.