Many of you probably have participated in one of the many beta programs VMware has offered in the last couple of years. I personally have participated in various beta programs when I was a customer / partner and I always loved going through the various exercises. The challenging part for me always was finding the time to setup the environment.
Recently VMware started offering a new way to participate in the evaluation and feedback of VMware’s developing products. The VMware Beta Program is now offering a Hosted Beta; providing registered users access to pre-build online Lab environments with guided workflows to get a closer look at the latest and greatest VMware technologies without the need to build-out infrastructure onsite.
This hosted technology is based on the same technologies used for the Hands-On Labs (HOL) at VMworld, providing a fully built environment to explore intricate product features while requiring nothing more than an HTML5 compliant browser and the latest View Client.
In my opinion this is a great opportunity to test-drive products and provide VMware with your feedback on the features still under development. On top of that this will allow you to spend 1-2 hour blocks to get acquainted with new technology, without the need to be on-site. You can do this at the office, or at home with just a connection to the internet.
If you are interested and want to learn more about the VMware Beta Program you can go here: http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/beta
If you are interested in joining the VMware Beta Program you can either work with your VMware account team or submit a participation request form found here: http://communities.vmware.com/community/beta/betainterest
Thanks for information.
Sorry for my english
But I field all formular and I redirect to beta community is it normaly?
Duncan Epping says
Fill out this form, and if you are lucky you get selected 🙂
Ross Cavanagh says
Max, I had the same issue thing happen. I filled out the form http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/beta/betainterest and as soon as I clicked submit it just returned me to the beta community page. Not sure if this was normal either, and no confirmation email or anything was sent.
Same here…. don’t know if my info was successfully submitted or not
Hmmm…wonder if VMware is going to bring back VMTN and use these hosted services in some fashion. I bet a lot of people would be happy they wouldn’t have to shell out the dough or time to build a home server environment.
Andrew Mauro says
Hosted service is great and really useful to do lab and test products.
And, for other non beta products there are also the HOL (http://hol.vmware.com/).