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Does VMware have too many locations for technical materials

Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 | 1 Comment

Do you think that VMware have too many locations of important or relevant technical materials? Its starting to feel there are a lot of places where some good content has the potential to be isolated or fragmented.

Here are some of the places that I know of just off the top of my head which contains content.

  1. VMTN. Here you will find community documents but some VMware teams put their content here too, such as the performance group.
  2. VMware.com Resources - Technical Resources page. This page lists all of the technical papers, probably the most valuable resource.
  3. VMworld Community. This is a new space and vendor and VMware information is starting to appear scattered throughout.
  4. VMware Whitepapers page. More general white papers, and this does link to the Technical Resources list.
  5. VI:OPS. the Virtual Infrastructure Operations site.
  6. Documentation sets.
  7. Knowledge base. Certainly a specific type of content thats going to be seperate. 
There are most likely others and I know there are some more on the way. I am sure there is an argument that each of these is targeted to a particular audience and its great to see VMware using the comminity to expand and enhance IP in multiple ways. However it does feel like things are starting to get fragmented and there is certainly a lot to keep your eye on if you want to be on top of the space. 

I wonder if VMware have a strategy here or are we seeing simply seeing Web 2.0 at work?

Rodos

Comments:1

  1. Hi Rod,

    If you go to any product page on VMware.com, e.g. the VMware vCenter Lab Manager page at http://www.vmware.com/products/labmanager/, you will find most of the technical resources under the resources, community, and support tabs. This includes community documents (#1), technical resources (#3), whitepapers (#4), doc sets (#6) and knowledgebase (#7). This is new since Fall 2008.

    If you are a developer, you'll find all resources in the developer community at http://communities.vmware.com/community/developer. This is also new since Fall 2008.

    There is also a home for key technology areas, e.g. performance technical resources can be found at http://www.vmware.com/overview/performance/. We need to add cross-linking to the Performance Community.

    And it is our goal to integrate the VMworld Communities and VIOPS into VMware Communities.

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