The VMware User Group (VMUG) is an independent, global, customer-led organization, created to maximize members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.
The VMware User Group is a user community - of the users, by the users, for the users. Through an independent global VMUG, we believe we can strengthen our collective VMware and VMUG value proposition through expanded collaboration, member programs, and benefits.
The independent global VMUG organization was officially launched in August of 2010. Prior to that point, VMUG chapters had operated locally with the support of VMware. These local groups grew rapidly – membership increased 234% in 2008-2009 alone. Because of this unparalleled growth, a decision was made to bring all of these chapters together under one global VMUG umbrella operating independently of VMware. The organization benefits the membership and VMware by:
Ensuring a consistent and high quality experience for all VMUG members - Providing a more effective interface between VMware and our customer base
Creating a cohesive network of VMware customers and partners with a collective voice capable of impacting VMware products and services
Establishing a support system and business model that allows the local VMUG leaders and VMware to move beyond tactical support into more strategic initiatives
In early 2010, a steering committee of VMUG chapter leaders was formed to chart the course for the launch and development of the global VMUG organization. From that steering committee, an inaugural volunteer Board of Directors was formed and the new global VMUG was launched to the membership at VMworld 2010.