This is what makes VMware a great company other than the products
This week was a pretty crazy week, it’s nearing end of the 4th quarter and year so as a partner it gets no busier. Also this week I published a post that drew a larger amount of interest inside of VMware and I’m sure I ruffled more than a few feathers.
On a positive note is that I was reminded why I am such a strong believer in VMware products and their people. Lets face it while I feel my write up was well written and neutral, the folks at VMware could have taken a different stance then they did. The teams could have tried to get me to change or take down my blog post, they could have tried to call my employer and demand that they do something.
None of those things happened, well there were a few phone calls made to my work. But nothing that was negative and only wanted to talk and get details. Out of all this, I was invited to have a meeting with the director of product management at VMware for EUC products. He put out the invitation in good faith and wanted to start a process of ongoing communication between his teams and myself on their EUC products and futures.
I think this is great and could have been handled much worse, instead the VMware teams rose above being petty and started on the path to building something better. For this I have a lot of respect, lets face it I’ve been in IT for a few decades and have never experienced the level of community involvement that VMware offers. I work with Microsoft, Citrix and many other storage and hardware vendors and most do not even come close to what VMware is doing with the community.
I do think that this has been recognized by some and they are seeking to change things. With recent programs starting up from Cisco and EMC to help with community involvement and I hope more are coming. Other vendors can learn a lot from what VMware has done over the last 5 years or so.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design