2014 Top vBlog Results

Eric Siebert has yet again pulled through, and organized his annual top VMware & virtualization blogs vote, and the results are now in. Congratulations to everyone involved, be it bloggers, podcasters or otherwise engaged in making this possible.

This year, Eric hosted a live Google Hangout session with John M. Troyer, David M. Davis and Rick Vanover where the top lists were revealed, be sure to check it out:

As far as results go, I’m very happy that you guys voted vNinja in at #43, of a total of 320, up a whopping 30 places since last yearThis is the first year that vNinja breaks into the top 50, something that is very much appreciated.  vNinja was also listed in the independent category, where it was placed at a very, very, respectable 18th place!

What is even more fun though, is that vSoup was voted the 2nd best Virtualization Podcast, only beaten by those pesky vBrownbag guys. 

As an added bonus, I even won a Google Chromecast for voting, and whats even better is that I get to give away one to one of vNinja’s readers as well!

So, if you want a free Google Chromecast, shipped directly your way, you have to send in a photo of yourself, your wife, kids, grandma, cat or dog, dressed as a ninja. That’s right, dress up someone as a ninja, snap a photo and send it my way either via Twitter or as a comment on this post, and I’ll pick the best one. The winner gets the Chromecast. Entries sent in before April 30th will be judged, so get to it!



Podcasting for Cancer

Some times all it takes is one single tweet to set things in motion:

This started a spiral of tweets, discussions and ideas being thrown around and has now resulted in Podcasting for Cancer.

The current goal is to raise $5000 USD by November 12th – Let´s absolutely crush that goal!

It`s Not Your Average Data it`s vOpenData

vOpenDataSo, what is the average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

As we all (should) know, that is very much a trick question.

Now, consider this little non-trick question:

I wonder what the avg disk size is for your virtual machine these days. I do most math with 60GB on avg, but wonder if that has changed

@DuncanYB / March 28th 2013

And now, guess what? Just 16 days later, a brand new data mining tool has emerged based on that initial question.

vOpenData is now live, in an attempt to answer these kinds of questions.

Simplistically put, this site gathers anonymous data from your virtual infrastructure and puts it into a global dataset ready for analysis and presentation.

As data is contributed from various sources, the public dashboard is updated.

vOpenData Public Dashboard

Another great community driven resource is born, this time by Ben Thomas and William Lam.

Announcement posts:

Check it out and help out by contributing your data if you can.