vExpert Spotlight: Henk Arts

Twitter Handle: @vmhenk
Blog URL:  http://vmstarter.nl
Current Employer: Veeam software

How did you get into IT in the first place?

Just always played with C64, Atari, Commodore Amiga etc.

Started at an local Amiga reseller, quickly after this I started for the Amiga Tast Force (ATF) for desktop video (now called Multimedia) at Commodore. After a few jobs and 10+ years, I  worked for a company OTG software (created virual filesystems (HSM)) Legato Systems acquired OTG, and EMC acquired Legato. A while later EMC acquired VMware and VMware did start in the same office-corner as “the Legato team” (in this time called EMC software).

Here I did “learn” the potential of VMware and felt in love with the virtual world.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

Through EMC (at that time my employer) I felt in love with the virtual world, and about 1,5 years ago I started to collect some tips and tricks on my blog vmstarter.nl

Some readers recommended me for vExpert, and to my big surprise, I received an email from John Troyer and his team that I was selected as a vExpert 2011 🙂

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

Follow your dream in finding a job that suits you. Never think you know enough, and learn every day (not so hard for virtualisation)

Don’t be afraid to get stuck into new things – accept that you will never know 100% of something and learn to apply old knowledge to new situations.

And also sorry: since THIS job is already taken, and I still love the ride every day 😉


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