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Top vBlog 2017 Voting Now Open

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Top vBlog 2017 Voting Now Open

It is that time of the year again when Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert) over at vSphere-land holds his annual Top vBlog (e.g. VMware and Virtualization related) voting (vote here until June 30, 2017). The annual Top vBlog event enables fans to vote for their favorite blogs (to get them into the top 10, 25, 50 and 100) as well as rank them for different categories which appear on Eric's vLaunchPad site.

2017 Top vBlog Voting

This years Top vBlog voting is sponsored by TurboNomic (e.g. formerly known as VMturbo) who if you are not aware of, have some interesting technology for cross-platform (cloud, container, virtualization, hardware, software, services) data infrastructure management software tools.

Software Defined Data Infrastructure Management

The blogs and sites listed on Eric's site have common theme linkage to Virtualization and in particular tend to be more VMware focused, however some are also hybrid agnostic spanning other technologies, vendors, services and tools. Some examples of the different focus areas include hypervisors, VDI, cloud, containers, management tools, scripting, networking, servers, storage, data protection including backup/restore, replication, BC, DR among others).

In addition to the main list of blogs (that are active), there are also sub lists for different categories including:

  • Top 100 (Also top 10, 25, 50) vBlogs
  • Archive of retired (e.g. not active or seldom post)
  • News and Information sites
  • Podcasts
  • Scripting Blogs
  • Storage related
  • Various Virtualization Blogs
  • VMware Corporate Blogs

Top vBlog 2017

What To Do

Get out and vote for your favorite (or blogs that you frequent) in appreciation to those who create virtualization, VMware and data infrastructure related content. Click here or on the image above to reach the voting survey site where you will find more information and rules. In summary, select 12 of your favorite or preferred blogs, then rank them from 1 (most favorite) to 12. Then select your favorites for other categories such as Female Blog, Independent, New Blog, News websites, Podcast, Scripting and Storage among others.

Note: You will find my StorageIOblog in the main category (e.g. where you select 12 and then rank), as well as in the Storage, Independent, as well as Podcast categories, and thank you in advance for your continued support.

Which Blogs Do I Recommend (Among Others)

Two of my favorite blogs (and authors) are not included as Duncan Epping (Yellow Bricks) former #1 and Frank Denneman former #4 chose not to take part this year opening the door for some others to move up into the top 10 (or 25, 50 and 100). Of those listed some of my blogs I find valuable include Cormac Hogan of VMware, Demitasse (Alastair Cooke), ESX Virtualization (Vladan Seget), Kendrick Coleman, NTPro.nl (Eric Sloof), Planet VM (Tom Howarth), Virtually Ghetto (William Lam), VM Blog (David Marshall), vsphere-land.com (Eric Siebert) and Wahl Networks (Chris Wahl) among others.

Where to learn more

What this all means

It's that time of the year again to take a few moments and show some appreciation for your favorite or preferred blogs along with their authors who spend time to create content for those sites. Also check out Turbonomic as they are an interesting technology that I have kept an eye on for some time now and so should you. Thank you all in advance regardless of if you take part in the voting as I also appreciate your continued support by viewing these posts either at StorageIOblog.com site or one of the many downstream sites where you can also read the content.

Ok, nuff said (for now...).


Greg Schulz - Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert 2010-2017 (and vSAN). Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press), Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier) and twitter @storageio. Watch for the spring 2017 release of his new book "Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials" (CRC Press).

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Greg Schulz is founder of the Server and StorageIO (StorageIO) Group, an IT industry analyst and consultancy firm. Greg has worked with various server operating systems along with storage and networking software tools, hardware and services. Greg has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and storage and capacity planner for various IT organizations. He has worked for various vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO.

In addition to his analyst and consulting research duties, Schulz has published over a thousand articles, tips, reports and white papers and is a sought after popular speaker at events around the world. Greg is also author of the books Resilient Storage Network (Elsevier) and The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC). His blog is at www.storageioblog.com and he can also be found on twitter @storageio.