The winner is …

Thank you all for participating in the Cloud Contest. I must say it was very difficult to pick the winners as all most all entries were authentic and had potential to be the winner.

Unfortunately we still have to pick as the number of giveaways are limited. After reviewing all the entries, the judging panel has determined the following (please expect an email from me in the next 30 mins):

Winner – Manlio Frizzi

Runner up 1 – Josh Atwell

Runner up 2 – Ken Mazie

You are all winners here in my opinion but we had to pick three people due to the limited number of giveaways. Maybe we will have more next time around.

In the end, please take a moment to thank @cxi , @duncanyb and @jtroyer who made all this possible.

While this was a contest, I hope it still provided some insight to all of you on what to expect from cloud computing and see what others feel or have to say about it. Thank you for participating and congratulations to the 3 cloud contest winners.

Free vSphere 5 goodies for vGeeks – Cloud Contest

Considering we are now officially in the holiday season and to keep the holiday spirit alive I have with the help of some awesome people pulled together a free giveaway to 3 lucky winners. Welcome to the Cloud Contest!!

What will you get?


  1. 1 Workstation 8 license (sorry this is windows only)
  2. VMware vSphere 5  – Note – This is 365 day eval license that is NOT to be used in a production environment. (Thank you John)
    • vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus (16 CPU)
    • vCenter Server 5 Standard
    • VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Add-on for vCenter Server 5 Standard
  3. VMware vSphere 5 Administration Instant Reference (kindle edition)
  4. VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive (kindle edition)

Two runner ups:

Duncan Epping who needs no introduction has made this even better. He will be throwing in 2 paper copies of VMware vSphere 5 Clustering Technical Deepdive to two runner ups.

Christopher Kusek (cat ears) is another awesome person in the virtualization world as we all know. He will be giving away  2 paper copies of  VMware vSphere 5 Administration Instant Reference.

So now if you dont win the 1st spot, you can still walk away with two very good books that any VMware admin must have.

Since the runner up prizes will probably be sent by the co-authors of the books. I guess one can request for them to sign the copy. This makes the paper copies even better.

What do you do to win?

  1. Reply to this post with answers to the following: (please use your real email address or an address you would like your vSphere licenses to be associated with when replying below, don’t worry you will not get any spam)
    • Define a cloud. I am not looking for a textbook answer, but more about what you think a cloud is or should be.
    • How will cloud computing impact the Enterprise IT world.

If you want you can follow me on Twitter @hashmibilal and/or like my FB page. However this is absolutely not a requirement but feel free to do either one or both just to be nice 😀

How will a winner get chosen? 

Simple, the best answer wins. I know I know, there is not a right answer to the questions above. This is why a panel of about 5 vExperts will decide which one is the best and most appropriate answer. No, I am not announcing who will be in the judging panel, but they will all be vExperts.

How long do you have?

You have until Dec 31st 2011 11:59 PM Central Time to submit your entries for the contest. You will still be able to submit entries after that time, but your entry will not be included in the contest. This way we still leave the option for knowledge sharing open.

So make sure you have replied back to this thread with your answers before Dec 31st 2011 11:59 PM Central Time.

When/Where will a winner be announced?

Considering all the vExperts in the panel also have a life, please allow a couple of days for a winner to be picked. I will say the announcement will be made no later than January 3rd 2012 11:59 PM Central Time. It could happen sooner.

The winner will be announced here. I will create a new post with the winners name and response. I will edit this post and add a link to the bottom so that you know when the announcement is made. You can also subscribe to the blog (top right under the QR code) if you wish to be emailed when a new post is published. Don’t worry I don’t spam.

One request:

Please make sure you intend to use the products/books that are being given away. I would hate for all this to be given away only to sit in someone’s inbox and not be used. If you wish to answer the questions and don’t want to be included in the contest, please point that out and the judging panel will filter your reply. And finally, please dont copy and paste the answer from somewhere, it will be obvious and will be disqualified.

Thank you all. Good Luck to all of you and may the best response win all the awesome goodies included in this package 😀


Winners are announced here.