Ben Thomas of Lightstream has been named a vExpert by VMware for 2015.
Although there is no certification required to be named a vExpert, the individuals selected have demonstrated their willingness to go above and beyond in sharing their knowledge and collaborating with others within the community.
VMware recognizes vExperts with a certificate. The certificate and title give vExperts special privileges such as access to such private betas, free licenses and exclusive events. Currently, VMware has three paths to become a vExpert: the Evangelist Path, the Customer Path and the VMware Partner Path.
The Evangelist Path is for bloggers, authors, tool builders, public speakers and contributors to the VMware Technology Network discussion boards. The Customer Path is for people who promote the use of VMware products in their companies or by taking other actions such as helping to run a VMUG (VMware User Group) or speaking at a conference. The VMware Partner Path is for employees (of partner companies) who have acquired accreditations and certifications and assist other VMware users by sharing their technical proficiency.
Many of the individuals selected to represent the vExpert award have shared their expertise by speaking at events, authoring books or even even collaborating with VMware to use technology to solve problems. This year, VMware recognized nearly 1000 qualified individuals from around the world to receive the award.