At June the 30th VMware announced the launch of the latest vSphere Beta Program. This program is now open for anyone to register and participate in the beta program. The Beta program used to be for just a select group, but with VSAN Beta VMware started to allow a wider group of participants. In my opinion this is good as the group of software testing participants is larger and the amount of feedback, learned lessons and experience will be greater. The community and it’s testers will make the product and it’s features even better. Hopefully more Beta’s will also be open to a larger group of participants.
A larger group will make it harder to keep information within the group and not publicly shared on for example the big bad Intarweb. As this Beta program seems open to everyone, it is still bound to NDA rules. Details are in the VMware Master Software Beta Test Agreement (MSBTA) and the program rules which you are required to accept before joining. After that share your comments, feedback and information in the private community that is offered with the program.
What can you expect from the vSphere Beta program?
When you register with a my VMware account, the participant can expect to download, install, and test vSphere Beta software for his or hers environment. The vSphere Beta Program has no established end date. VMware strongly encourages participation and feedback in the first 4-6 weeks of the program (starting on June 30 2014). What are you waiting for?
Some of the reasons to participate in the vSphere Beta Program are:
- Receive access to the vSphere Beta products
- Gain knowledge of and visibility into product roadmap before others.
- Interact with the VMware vSphere Beta team, a chance to interact with engineers and such.
- Provide direct input on product functionality, configuration, usability, and performance.
- Provide feedback influencing future products, training, documentation, and services
- Collaborate with other participants, learn about their use cases, and share advice and learned lessons of your own.
What is expected from the participants?
Provide VMware with valuable insight into how you use vSphere in real-world conditions and with real-world test cases, enabling VMware to better align the products with business needs.
Sign up and join the vSphere Beta Program today at: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere-beta.
– Go ahead, come out and play. Join the vSphere Beta program now!