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vExpert Spotlight: Rodrigo Gazzaneo

Rodrigo-gazzaneoName: Rodrigo Gazzaneo
Blog URL:  http://www.itweb.com.br/blog/conversas-nas-nuvens
Twitter handle: @vGazza
Current employer : EMC

How did you get into IT?
It is a family thing. My grandfather was a Computer Scientist and Consultant at IBM in the 60s and 70s. Later he started one of the first microcomputing training center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That was my playground as a kid.

My father is an engineer and IT Consultant since the 70s until today. I have always been around computers since my early days.
 

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?
 
 Passion. If you are passionate about what you do, it will be easy. If you love what you do, you will never have to work.
 

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?

My first experiences with VMware were around 20003 when I was working with EMC IP storage solutions and wanted to have different environments to demonstrate Windows and Unix/Linux interactions, and all I had was my notebook. It was love at first sight!
I was already playing with virtual machines when the EMC vSpecialists team came up and gave me the opportunity to help bring the IT transformation message. I joined the team on 2010 and since then I have been responsible for the Latin America region. Also, I have had the opportunity to work closer together with my regional VMware peers, VMware Partners and our joint customers. It was been a very rewarding journey.
Latin America is very challenging. It is growing fast and it is a complex geo. VMware technologies make all sense because all organizations need to do more with less.