How did you get into IT in the first place?
I've started when I was a boy as a self learner on a Commodore 16 and in the subsequent year I went “all Commodore”, going to a Commodore 64 and then to an Amiga. In these years I became the “IT-boy” for my friends and parenthood and I had the opportunity to play with all kinds of home and PC/MS-DOS computer. During University, I played with Solaris, HP-UX and Linux distributions and this gave me a better understanding of Operating Systems and networking.
How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?
I've started with VMware Workstation: for academic purposes, I needed a linux box and a windows box concurrently and I started looking for some way to have them on my (single) pc.
My first true virtualization project was with VMware ESX 3.0 and was about create a multi-OS source building system without having a rack full of roaring and aging servers 🙂 From that time I became more and more involved in virtualization and I became the virtualization specialist in my workplace.
About 1,5 years ago I decided to get really involved in the VMware community, in particular because I saw a lack in the Italian VMware
community: I started a blog, I opened a twitter account and I got in touch with other people not only from Italy (my native country) but also from other country. This probably has open new perspectives and I became co-founder and board member of the Italian VMUG! Finally, I applied for vExpert and now I have the honor to be among all these smart guys!
What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?
First of all: enjoy and love what you do. Never stop learning, be a self-starter and never stand still: the IT field is ever-evolving and there is a lot to do and a lot to know.
Secondly, get involved and collaborate with other people: nobody can know everything and you can learn something from everybody.