please bring bacccccccccccccccck VMTN...
I am excited about the prospect of VMTN subscriptions being available again. I think it's important to "play" and test out VMware tehnologies and see how they integrate together. I have a test environement at work and also at home (as I know many others do). I also have a Microsft TechNet subscription that I purchase for use at home. Having the VMTN subscription available would enable me to learn and evaluate upgrades and new products without being on a forced 30-60 day trial window.
Absolutely bring back VMTN subscriptions.
Today (a week later than I wanted) I posted my thoughts on how VMTN could be implemented on my blog. Blog post is below, I would love feedback and thoughts, My thoughts are a variation of a proposal listed by Josh Atwell.
I replied to Mike Laverick's forum post as soon as I saw it and now that I have had a chance to think about it, I posted a blog on the topic on Friday, with specifics about how to possibly structure the revamped VMTN. I would love to hear some community feedback...
This might be a good idea.
I can't really justify the VMUG Advantage subscription but could a VMTN.
It's critical that it include all functionaltiy as others mentioned, not a subset of trivial stuff.
I would like to see this too. Throwing in my support.
I'm in. Bring back VMTN. I'll buy it in a heartbeat. And don't skimp on features, options and size. All products, no timebombs with reasonable limits. A robust home lab means a robust advocate for your platform and products. With HyperV now in our shop because its "free" I wish I had VMTN so I didn't have the problem of time limited demo versions. Technet is essential. Now its time for the same status with VMTN!
As a charter subscriber I miss the VMTN subscription component, even as a TAP elite partner it is difficult to get support from VMware. A formal subscription with a support channel is something I am very willing to make a case for. The current partner programs are more for sales enablement, developers need the products that support the technology in a separate technical program. Please listen to your tech base, VMware.
For what it's worth, I just want to chime in my support for this idea as well.. I had a subscription the last 2 years it was offered and can safely say that i may have never gotten into VMware at all if it wasn't for that - especially given my heavily biased Microsoft background (both from working there and using/deploying in other jobs.)
Having access to full versions of the various software is absolutely invaluable not only for professional growth, but evangelization as well - I can't even count how many times over the years that I, or my colleagues, have expanded/moved into new ms technologies merely because we could play with versions from MSDN. You guys really need to look at this as an investment, especially with the expansion of your software suite and consideration that a good chunk of your VCP base also probably has access to competing products on MSDN - you want it easy and convenient for the people using the technology/driving acquisitions, the 3mo single-use on an email trials just don't cut it for this..
What an awesome idea! Everyone could benefit from this. I've been whising there was something like this for a while.
My official declaration of support: http://whomademeanexpert.com/2011/11/16/vmtn-subscriptions-anyone/
13 pages of (as far as I can see) unanimous agreement that this is a good idea.
We love your products.
We want to learn them.
We want to evangelise about them, and we're not going to charge you for the privilege. In fact, we want to pay you for them.
Sweet Jesus, how hard can it be for you to organise taking money from people for your products???
Sort it out.
I sympathise with your frustration - over the years I've turned the air blue a couple of times... But I think we have to be reasonable. It's not like VMware can re-instate the programme over a matter of days, week or even a quarter...
As far as I know VMware are listening - but I think in the mean time we need to keep on collecting the evidence to demonstrate OVERWELMING support for the project.
John Troyer has shown us what one person (or small team) can do. I think VMware with thousands of employees can bring the subscription program back in a quarter. And it should not be limited to vExperts, it should be provided to all technical users for a reasonable fee.