Professional Development

vExpert 2019!

Thanks to all 5 of my avid readers, I've been awarded vExpert for 2019! What is vExpert? Taken from VMTN The VMware vExpert program is VMware's global evangelist and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware's marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware's roadmap. The awards are for individuals, not companies, and last for one year.

Back from VMware's World Wide Kickoff event

I'm back from VMware's internal Worldwide Sales Kickoff in Las Vegas! My first Kickoff and it was everything everyone told me it would be. What is Kickoff? It's VMware's internal networking conference for VMware staff that are in some way involved in the sales process. It's to equip them with the tools and knowledge to deliver real solutions to real world business problems (can you tell it's working??). The biggest highlight for me was hearing our CEO Pat Gelsinger during his keynote.

I'm now at VMware!

After many years of working with VMware products and having been on the receiving side of VMware's support and business development team, I can now hop the fence and make a difference directly with VMware! I was given the amazing opportunity to join the Brisbane office in Queensland, Australia as a Technical Account Manager and today was my first day! Without a doubt, there is plenty to learn and do over the next few weeks (maybe even months) and I expect this blog will take a temporary back seat until I've taken the reigns and settled into my new life.

My humble homelab - Version 1

Like many professionals in this industry, I have a homelab. Who would need a homelab anymore with the cloud as prevalent as it is? Well, someone who specialises in private on-premises clouds and the work required to make it a hybrid cloud. And to be honest, I love it. I get to build something that is truly mine with my own constraints and requirements and still try to reach maximum usefulness for the hardware.

Studying for the VCAP6-Design DCV

Here are some of the resources that I worked through as study material for the VCAP6-Design exam. A lot of these links and the discovery of these links can be attributed to a lot of others, and I'll try to credit them where I can. vBrownBag EMEA - VCAP6-DCV Design - vBrownBag YouTube channel Some great presenters here that highlight some of the key concepts and follow up with discussions vThing - VCAP Study Resources - Andres Herceg's blog https://vthing.

VCAP6-DCV Design certification achieved!

After months of studying and a Design and Deploy course for good measure, I passed the incredible VCAP6-DCV Design exam! This certification in combination with my VCAP5-DCA from 18 months ago has awarded me the VCIX6 title which I'm incredibly proud of. Here's the official link from VMware about the certification: https://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=89125&ui=www_cert To give you an idea of what the Design exam is about, take a look at www.virtualtiers.net. That exam simulator is a great representation of how the exam is formatted and how you're tested.