Thursday, November 13, 2014

First Post - About Me - Why not start now right?

First Post.  I figure I would start off on this blog by getting some detail about myself posted.  As many of you may know, I have been working at VMware for 9 years as of the end of November, 2014.  It definitely has been a journey, to say the least.

I started my journey at VMware in 2005 (yes...seems so weird to say that...crazy how time flies) after having previously worked for Microsoft for a couple of years.  At the time, ESX (I think it was version 2.5...can anyone say MUI) was not really something that was widely used or known in the industry.  I, in fact, started out working with VMware Workstation 4.x as well as GSX 3.x (good old GSX), back when the virtualization technology spectrum was much smaller.

Within about a year of me starting at VMware I had been moved over to the enterprise side of the house supporting ESX and VirtualCenter.  Back in those days, there was no specialties at all, merely fellow engineers who knew storage, or were proficient at networking.  Definitely talk about being thrown into the deep end of the pool.  I remember distinctly being blown away when I saw my first VMotion, so much so that I decided to go more of the Management side of technology rather than the infrastructure side.

Eventually the team was broken up into specialties, of which I ended up being part of the System Operations side of the house, supporting vCenter, ESXi, Certificates, VMotion, DRS, just name a few of the different technologies.

This lead me to a program that allowed me to feed back all of the data from customers into the development teams, and greatly improve the issues which I saw.  Although this was great and I truly enjoy troubleshooting these things to this day, I was eventually offered my current position in the VMware Global Center of Excellence, and subsequently Professional Services Engineering.

Although we are still under the same senior leadership, we have a completely different focus in that we are focused on developing designs, collecting and curating knowledge, and enablement for Professional Services here at VMware. In particular, I am focused with core virtualization elements, including vSphere, Virtual SAN, and Health Check Services.

Though I have only been here for a year and a half now, I have truly grown to appreciate the complexities of all the different products.  From Cloud, to Operations Management the amount that I see about the different offerings that VMware has, is crazy and I truly sometimes even now feel lost in how big it actually all is.

In this blog I intend to discuss anything interesting that I come across,  I hope you enjoy it.

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