Hi Cluster Fans,

 

The MVP program is a way in which we thank active members in the Cluster and HA community for their contributions towards growing and supporting our products (more info).  Our MVP program focuses on the Failover Clustering and Network Load Balancing technologies.  We are looking to grow our MVP program by adding Cluster gurus from all regions of the world, in all positions and expertise, with focuses on a variety of sub-areas (like Storage with Clustering, SQL clustering, Hyper-V clustering, multi-site clustering, etc.).

 

MVPs are people who are genuinely interested in and passionate about Clustering and High Availability.  They go out of their way to promote HA, help others, and make clustering a primary consideration with IT deployments and planning.  They get feedback from customers about what works, issues they are finding, and how we can improve our product.  Essentially our MVPs are our lead customers – we run numerous ideas by them to get their feedback and let them explore our future products in detail under our NDA, giving them exposure and the ability to influence our technology in ways which the public cannot.  Additionally our MVPs get a direct channel to the product team to troubleshoot issues, suggest improvements, and find solutions to problems which you would have otherwise needed to call support for. 

 

This past week was the annual MVP Summit where Microsoft brings together technical experts from around the world to our Redmond campus for a week to deep technical discussions and product planning. 

 

There are currently 12 Cluster MVPs:

·         William Bressette, Canada, http://www.horn-it.com/

·         Andrew Cheng, Singapore, http://andrewchengnh.spaces.live.com

·         Allan Hirt, USA, http://sqlHA.com  

·         Russ Kaufmann, USA, http://www.clusterhelp.com, http://msmvps.com/blogs/clusterhelp/Default.aspx

·         Joachim Nasslander, Sweden, http://www.nullsession.com/

·         Nail Own, Germany, http://www.cluadmin.de/

·         John Savill, USA, http://www.SavillTech.com

·         Robert Smit, The Netherlands, http://fiberman.spaces.live.com

·         Michael Steineke, USA, http://bighammer.com/

·         John Toner, USA, http://msmvps.com/blogs/jtoner/

·         Edwin van Mierlo, Ireland, http://msmvps.com/blogs/edwinvanmierlo/

·         Hans Vredevoort, The Netherlands, http://hyper-v.nu

 

 

To become an MVP we would need to see continual community involvement from you over about a 12 month period.  Just to set your expectations, this is not something you get ahead of time with the promise that you will be active in the community, this is something you get rewarded after you have been active as this shows that you genuinely have a passion in high availability.

 

So, what do we consider ‘community interaction’?  Well there are numerous ways in which you can get involved, including, but not limited to:

  • Activity and helping people in the forums and newsgroups:

·         2008 Forum: http://forums.technet.microsoft.com/en-US/winserverClustering/threads/

·         2008 R2 Forum: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsserver2008r2highavailability/threads/

·         2003/2008/R2 Newsgroup: https://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/newsgroups/dgbrowser/en-us/default.mspx?dg=microsoft.public.windows.server.clustering

  • A blog about the topic (you can see our MVPs’ blogs listed above)
  • Give training
  • Give presentations
  • Write articles, books, training guides, whitepapers
  • Anything else where you help others by sharing you expertise with the public to help build their clustering knowledge

 

If you are interested, and whenever you do something in the community (such as give a talk or training), please let me know and I can start tracking your contributions.  Simply send an email to   ClusMVP (at) Microsoft (dot) com   and I will add the information.  No contribution is too small!

 

Please let me know if you have any further questions and thanks for your interest.

 

Sincerely,

Symon Perriman
Program Manager II & MVP Lead

Clustering & High-Availability

Microsoft