Being that this past week was a holiday week, I spent a lot of time with my family and extended family. Somehow the conversation always turns to “So what do you do for a living?” I usually try to let them down easy and simply reply, “I work on computers.” For most, that is an acceptable answer and we move on to the weather or kids or sports (Please come back soon Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers are hurting). However, there are a select few that just have to push and ask, “Ok, but what do you really do with computers…?” I attempt to explain to them server virtualization and how VMware works, which quickly prompts them to begin yawning through their noses, their eyes glaze over and some even quickly try to change the subject. I don’t think I’ve ever once been able to successfully explain VMware to someone who doesn’t understand anything about computers, so I’m turning to my readers for help.
Help Me Explain VMware and Win!
I have a copy of Train Signals awesome VMware Design course by Scott Lowe and I want to give it to the person who can come up with the best explanation of VMware. We all understand it and can explain it to ourselves or to other computer geeks, that’s not what I’m looking for. I want you to pretend you are speaking to Uncle Buck or Aunt Jenny and trying to explain to them how VMware works and what it’s all about. Try to keep it within 150 words or less (I’m just not going to read super long ones to be honest), and make it funny if you want, but make it understandable to the lay reader. I’m going to have an undisclosed family member read them and pick which one they understand the best and that will be the winner. I’ll also throw in one of Train Signal’s trendy vNerd 2012 t-shirts.
The contest is open now and open to anyone, anywhere on planet earth. The contest will close today, November 27th at 10pm EST and the winner will be announced via twitter tomorrow morning the 28th of November. Please make sure you leave your twitter handle so I have a good way to contact you should you win (if you don’t twitter, leave your email address in a creative way to avoid spammers). Good luck and use your creativity to come up with a winning explanation.