Name: Kris Walsh
Title: Associate Systems Engineer
Years at VMware: 5 ½
Years in IT: 17
Certifications: MCSE, VCP
Aliases: Spiceworks: KrisATX
Get to know Kris:
1) What have you done in your career at VMware and what do you do now?
- I started off in sales back in 2006, but gravitated back to my true calling as a Systems Engineer as soon as possible.
2) Why do you love working at VMware?
- It may sound corny, but I love having a positive impact in my customers' lives.
3) What did you do before coming to VMware?
- I was an SE and Technical Trainer at Dell.
4) What is your area of technology expertise?
- Expertise is a strong word in my opinion. I’m willing to tackle anything VMware.
5) What is your favorite VMware product or feature and why?
- vMotion – It just keeps getting better and better! Eight simultaneous vMotions. Long-Distance vMotion. It’s just cool.
6) What is the one accomplishment in your career that you are most proud of?
- Winning the first ever VMware People’s Choice Award.
7) What is your favorite/funniest/most unbelievable IT story?
- I had disaster recovery call scheduled with the IT Director of an NFL football team. Before the call my sales reps said, “This guy really likes VMware.” So I asked the customer, “I hear you’re a big VMware fan. Why is that?” He said, “VMware made my marriage better…” and just stopped.
“You can’t stop there!” I said.
“Well… some coaches come in at 4am… Some don’t leave until 2am and they’re all pretty hot headed. So if anything goes wrong, I hear about it real quick. I used to hear from them all the time. I was always nervous… Looking at my phone… Checking my email… My wife used to get mad at me, because even when I was with her, I wasn’t really there. Since we implemented vSphere with HA & DRS, my problems have lessened exponentially. I have more time & don’t have to worry like I used to. My wife says she hasn’t seen me this happy in a long time.”
8) What's the coolest thing that you have done (or helped a customer do) with VMware solutions?
- I’ve done it many times, but I think it’s cool helping someone start down the path of virtualization and cloud computing. New technologies can be daunting, so I appreciate being at the first part of that journey.
9) What's one piece of advice that you would give someone starting down the virtualization road?
- Follow best practices!
10) What is your best IT Hero quote of the day?
- There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.
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