After a wonderful 5 months in action, the CloudCred Grand Prize winner has been chosen!

Congratulations to user AndreTheGiant for winning the Grand Prize!

Who is he?

AndreTheGiant, known in the professional world as Andrea Mauro, has worked in IT for the past 17 years. Andrea is a virtualization and storage architect specialized in VMware solutions, with experience in Microsoft, Citrix, and Linux solutions.

Andrea has earned numerous technical certifications including VCP, VCAP, VCDX, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, and CCA as well as being a vExpert from 2010-present. Currently, Andrea works for an Italian IT company, Assyrus Srl, founded in 2000.

Additionally, Andrea is the VMware Italian User Group founder and board member, VMTN Community Moderator, #vBrownbag and Backup Academy contributor, and a passionate blogger. Be sure to check out his technical mastery, as displayed in his blog,

In the CloudCred realm, Andrea has maintained his position at the top of the leaderboard, currently in first place and leading by more than 13,000 points. Andrea has completed a whopping 966 tasks, earning 13 badges along the way. Check out his CloudCred profile for more details on how he has excelled.

He will be awarded 2 passes to VMworld Europe 2013, 2 round-trip airfares to Barcelona for the event, 5 nights of accommodation in a hotel, and some spending money. This prize is valued at $10,000! Congratulations Andrea!

Disappointed you didn’t win? Don’t worry—you’ll have another shot at the new Grand Prize, which we will be announcing in September. Don’t let it keep you from attending VMworld either! Register for VMworld US or VMworld Europe, and earn some major CloudCred points that could help you towards winning the new grand prize. Check out these tasks for more information:

Task 583: Register for VMworld US (San Francisco) 2013

Task 584: Register for VMworld Europe (Barcelona) 2013

Congratulations again to Andrea/AndreTheGiant, and good luck to all CloudCred players. Keep building your CloudCred and you could be the next Grand Prize winner!