Ever since I've had this blog I've tried to grab up some sponsors to run a New Years contest!  This year I've been lucky enough to get a couple of great sponsors with more prizes than ever!  So, if I'm lucky, that means your lucky as you could be the winner of some of the awesome vSphere material below.  

First up is VMware Press – partnered with Pearson they are the official publisher of VMware books and training material!  If you are a reader of this blog you no doubt are familiar with VMware Press.  They have a great library of material written by some of the smartest virtualization rockstar minds there is!  If you have some time definitely go check out their line up as it is fantastic!

And back again is TrainSignal, however this time in the form of Pluralsight!  I've used a ton of Pluralsight's material to prepare for my certifications, to prepare better for my day job, as well as just learn more in regards to VMware and vSphere.  But Pluralsight doesn't stop there – if it exists in technology then they more than likely have a course for it!  Again, go and check out their library for yourself.

Ok, enough enough – time for the prizes.  If one of your new years resolutions was to get certified or to simply just learn more about virtualization then you are reading the right blog post!  This year I've got more prizes than ever so I can really spread the joy around the community.  

Prize Pack 1 – The mother of all certification books

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The Official VCP5 Certification Guide The Official VCP5-DT Certification Guide The Offical VCP-Cloud Certification Guide The Offical VCAP5-DCD Certification Guide

Thats right!  You could get your hands on the official VCP5 DCV, VCP5-DT, VCP-Cloud and VCAP-DCD certification guides!  A wack of material for anyone looking to expand their certification resume!

Prize Pack 2 – The mother of all vSphere Administration books

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Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments vSphere 5 – building a virtual datacenter Virtualizing Microsoft Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere 5 VMware vSphere 5 Jumpstart (Video Training) (DVD)

Anyone that looks after a vSphere environment can definitely benefit from this group of prizes!  From building your virtualized datacenter, to optimizing it for performance and virtualizing those business critical applications – VMware Press has you covered!

Prize Pack 3 – The mother of all video training.

pluralsightIf you haven't had the opportunity to check out Pluralsights line-up of courses you can do so by signing up for a free 10 day trial on their website!  Well, I can do you one better!  I've got a total of 8 one month trial keys to hand out to the community compliments of Pluralsight!  That's 30 full days to experience the magic that is Pluralsight video training!

Entry is pretty simple – just leave a comment below to enter.  For extra ballots simply send out the tweet!  Again, I've decided to use Punchtab to run this so be sure to follow the instructions in the widget below!  This contest will close at 11 pm EST on Wednesday, January 15th –  Good luck and #HappyNewSphere 


VMware Press has graciously generated a promo code that will get all #HappyNewSphere entrants 35% off at checkout on vmwarepress.com – So I guess everybody wins!!!  Watch your emails for the code sometime after the contest has ended!!!