How did you get into IT in the first place?
I have been playing with computers ever since I was a kid, and when it came to choose a career path – it came down to choosing between coming a teacher or going into something related with computers. Salaries for teachers in Israel are not that high, so I chose to go down the other path.
How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?
I started around 5 years ago with VMware Workstation to run multiple Operating Systems on my PC / laptop and moved up the stack through GSX –> Server –> ESX. I became a vExpert – because I filled in a form.. Seriously though, I maintain my blog on my spare time. I enjoy a challenge, and I like diving into a subject (clothes and all) to understand how it works. One of the best ways to check if I really got to the bottom of a problem – it to explain that to someone else, and there is no better place to share than with the virtualization community. I enjoy what I do, and I think that I have something that is of interest to the community. Oh yes and I wrote a book…. VMware vSphere Design
What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?
1. You have to enjoy what you do, so if you do not like playing with technology – then this is not for you.
2. Play around. Get your hands dirty with the technology, with the nuts and bolts, with the bits and bytes. You cannot learn from a book, or from a class. Of course these can help but only to a certain point. The hands-on is the best experience you will ever get.
3. Don’t be afraid to try new stuff out, and even more so DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL! No-one will be successful 100% of the time. You will win some and you will lose some. So share your successes with your family, and your peers, and learn from your failures and mistakes, they will be your best teacher.
4. You will not become the big kahuna in a day. This is a process, build yourself, bit by bit. If you are good at what you do, then the sky is the limit.