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vExpert Spotlight: Mike Brown

MikeName: Mike Brown
Blog URL: www.mabrown.net
Twitter handle: @vMikeBrown
Current employer: VMware
How did you get into IT?
I started out in life wanting to be a professional musician, I played drums in a fairly successful local band in Oklahoma but at some point I realized it just wasn’t going to happen.
I packed up and moved to Indiana, where I’m originally from, and enrolled in some tech college classes for NetWare. Technology had always been a big part of my life and the Internet was just starting to boom so I figured it would be a good move. At the same time I got really into Windows NT and setup a home lab and actually ran some websites and hosted email off an ISDN line for a couple clients.
After getting my MCSE and Novell CNE I decided school wasn’t providing much for me anymore so I dropped out and got a job working for a VAR in Muncie Indiana. We mainly served the SMB market putting in custom built NetWare and NT servers along with some desktops and networking.
In 2001 I moved to Houston to work for a managed datacenter playing the role of a pre-sales SE and post sales consultant for Microsoft Server and Citrix products. After five years of that I wanted my own environment so I moved on to an Oil Company.
This is were I was first exposed to VMware technology at an Enterprise level and was instantly hooked.  A year or so later I was the Virtualization Team lead in charge of around 140 hosts and 2500 VM’s, this was in 2007 or 2008. I became bored managing the same environment day in and day out so I looked at going to work for VMware.
At the time the travel schedule for PSO was too much for me so I took a position with a partner instead. Here I got to focus on all things VMware in addition to Cisco UCS, Nexus and Storage, mainly NetApp and EMC. After obtaining my VCDX in early 2012 and looking at the types of projects I was doing I decided it was time to look at VMware again as I was doing more and more UCS and Storage projects then I was VMware related ones and that’s just not where I wanted my career to go.
In April of 2012 I started with VMware PSO as a Senior Consultant on the Cloud Infrastructure and Management team. It’s been a great few months and I feel like I’ve finally found the place where I’m going to spend the rest of my career.  

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?
I love social media such as Twitter. I think I started making a name for myself while I was going through the VCDX process and started blogging about my experiences with the program. Since obtaining my VCDX I’ve been a little slow on blogging but that’s something I’m working on changing.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?
 Be prepared to always be learning. This industry changes constantly, which I love, but it takes a certain kind of person who has the capability and willingness to keep learning and question the way things have been done in the past. Virtualization changed everything and Cloud is looking to do it again and I couldn’t be happier to be along for the ride and hopefully shape it in my own little way.

vExpert Spotlight: Kyle Ruddy

KyleRuddyName: Kyle Ruddy
Blog: http://www.thatcouldbeaproblem.com/
Twitter: @RuddyVCP
Current Employer: Senior Systems Engineer with Aprimo, a Teradata Company

How did I get into IT?
Always had a fascination with computers since a kid and once I figured out how to make money while modifying, repairing, or just doing general upkeep to personal computers that eventually spread into websites, servers, and so forth.

Once I got in, the whole evolution of the state of IT got me hooked and showed me how it rewards those that can keep up with it.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?
I was in the right place at the right time and was able to take one of the VMware training courses which resulted in earning my VCP certificate. From there, I was inserted into a Systems Engineer position and eventually earned a trip to VMworld.

After VMworld and seeing how great the community was, I knew I had to get involved. Since that point I've been heavily involved in the local community, blogging all my experiences that could be helpful to others, and even joined the Indy VMUG as a leader.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?
Find something you enjoy and are pasionate about then strive to be the best you can. All your hard work will be rewarded.

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 35 – #tmupdate

I hope you guys have some spare time this week cause it is a long list.

Blog posts:

Enjoy, Duncan

Top 5 Community Blog Posts – Sept 10th 2012

Hello Everyone! I am Patricio Cerda, vExpert 2011 and 2012, and virtualization blogger.

Here I am again to write about the content of the Community Blogs and to provide you with the Top 5 recommended blog posts to read.  The last two weeks there were a lot of articles, so my apologies for the delay.

So, here is the selection for the last 2 weeks. (In no particular order).

Enhanced / Improved / X – vMotion in 5.1

In this post, Bilal talks about Enhanced vMotion which is included in the recently launched vSphere 5.1, and gives us a very good overview about all the improvements and  how Enhanced vMotion works.
Read the full article here


What is the Software-Defined Datacenter?

Here Mike give us a really great explanation about what is “Software-Defined Datacenter”.  This term has been used very often the last weeks, specially at the VMworld keynotes, so now we can better understand about what this term implies.
Read the full article here


PHD Virtual Backup 6 and Instant VM Recovery

Antone talks about a new feature in PHD Virtual Backup, which provides a quick recovery from backup, and explains how this works.
Read the full article here


Does software eliminate or move location of vendor lock-in?

Here Greg talks about the vendor lock-in, and the claim of software vendors about that their solution eliminates vendor lock-in.   Truth or half-truth?
Read the full article here


Part 1: What’s New vSphere5.1: The Web-Client

In this article, Mike gives us an overview about the new vSphere Web Client (Adobe Flex based), which replaces the traditional vSphere Client (C# based).
Read the full article here

Enjoy the reading!!!

vExpert Spotlight: José Luis Gómez

Foto-curriName: José Luis Gómez
Blog URL: http://blog.e2h.net
Twitter handle: @pipoe2h
Current employer: NEC Ibérica SLU

How did you get into IT?
I started programming BASIC on my Amstrad when I was 10 years old. Three years later, my parents bought me my first PC with Windows 3.11. This was the jump that fully introduced me in the IT world. I got my first job when i was fourteen years old in an Internet cafe, here I learned about networking, operating systems and policies… also about online gaming such as Counter Strike and Quake 🙂

At that time I studied consumer electronics devices and when it ended I started paracticing everything i had learnt on my company. There I learnt about Microsoft services as AD, DNS, … and Linux/Unix such as Red Hat, Mandrake and SCO. This was the era in which I started with virtualization, specifically with VMware Server.

I was changing jobs where I learned about BSD, virtualization (VMware and Citrix), storage, networking and wintel; I also started as a virtualization instructor. At this last stage, VMware gave me the vEXPERT 2011 award; It also was the year that I attended VMworld in Copenhagen.

Now, I work at NEC as a Systems Engineer in the EMEA Cloud Center of Competence where I deploy DaaS environments, IaaS and SaaS.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2012 vExpert?
I started in an end customer where they had one ESX 2.5.3 cluster with two nodes. I got this job because I had a deep knowledge on Linux. I upgraded the infrastructure to VI3 and began to make new deployments in other customers with vSphere 4.

In 2010 I became certified as a VCP4 (when Spain won the FIFA World Cup :-D) and I started to contribute in the VMTN Communities and wrote virtualization posts on my blog. The contributions helped me to achieved the vEXPERT 2011 award and also the vEXPERT 2012.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?
In this area there exists quite a load of competent people, the continuing development of knowledge is the key to a halfway decent job. This world is very hard and difficult to get into and so if you don't love IT, then this is not your world.

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #201 – VMworld Recap

John Troyer, VMware @jtroyer
Mike Laverick, VMware @Mike_Laverick

Stephen Foskett, @SFoskett
Josh Atwell, @Josh_Atwell

Link to Audio Recording
VMworld Recap

Virtualization News (VMTN Blog)
VMware Attracts a Record 21,000 Registered Attendees to VMworld 2012, Introduces Industry’s Most Comprehensive Cloud Infrastructure and Management Solution

Stu Radnidge – On the Software Defined Data Center

Massimo Re Ferrè – Cloud and the Three IT Geographies (Silicon Valley, US and Rest of the World)

Stephen Foskett – Storage Changes in VMware vSphere 5.1

vBrownbag – VMworld Wrap-Up

VMworld 2012 San Francisco – Top 10 Most Popular Sessions

Frank Denneman – vMotion without shared storage requirement, does it have a name?

Massimo Re Ferrè – VMware Distributed Storage – This is Where the (Cloud) World Collapses

Steve Chambers – HyperConvergence phase added to the Infrastructure Continuum

VMware Community TV – on Livestream

William Lam – Blog – VMware Scripts & Resources

YouTube – VMworld TV

VMworld Photos

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VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast – Show Notes #200 – Live from VMworld 2012

John Troyer, VMware @jtroyer
Alex Maier, VMware @vmwarecommunity

Stuart Miniman, Wikibon @stu
Cody Bunch,vBrownBag @cody_bunch
Michael Letschin, Nexenta Systems, @mletschin
Josh Atwell, Cisco @Josh_Atwell
Edward Haletky, @Texiwill
Tony Foster, EAGLE Software Inc. @wonder_nerd
Luc Dekens, VMware, @LucD22 
Andre Leibovici, VMware @andreleibovici
Steve Beaver, IBM @sbeaver

Link to Audio Recording

Virtualization News
VMware Introduces Enhanced Offerings for Small and Midsize Businesses
VMware Defines New Operating Model for the Cloud Era
VMware Unveils Industry’s Most Comprehensive Cloud Infrastructure and Management Solution
VMware Showcases Advancements in End User Computing at VMworld
VMware Announces VMware Workstation 9
VMware Announces VMware Fusion 5


Watch live streaming video from vmwarecommunitytv at livestream.com

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vExpert Spotlight: Hersey Cartwright

HerseycName: Hersey Cartwright
Blog URL: http://www.vhersey.com/
Twitter handle: @herseyc
Current employer : ABNB Federal Credit Union

How did you get into IT?

After serving in the Army as a communications equipment operator I had a job at a telecommunications company doing component level repair of digital pagers (man that was a long time ago). The pager repair techs also provided help desk support to desktop users. Before long I was administering the network infrastructure, servers, and phone system. My interest has continued to grow from there.

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

I have to be honest and say I have not always been a fan of server consolidation/virtualization. I was a "don’t like having all my eggs in one basket" hold out. The technology was interesting but at the time I definitely did not feel it was something I wanted in my production environment. Until the day I saw VMware HA in action. I saw a HA demo where they physically pulled the power on a host and after a few moments VMs began to restart on one of the remaining hosts. Back then that was some pretty impressive stuff and I have been hooked on VMware ever since.

A couple years ago I took and then started assisting with the VMware IT Academy (VITA) classes at Tidewater Community College. I spent a lot of time helping out in the lab, assisting the instructor by offering some examples from my experience, and helping students prepare for their VCP test. I was doing this in exchange for time in the TCC lab to practice and study for my VCAP-DCA. I am now an instructor in the program. I still really enjoy the time I get working with the TCC lab.

Teaching has really been a lot of fun. Not only do I enjoy it but I learn a tremendous amount from teaching others about VMware technologies.

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

I am a huge advocate for VITA at TCC and I think the classes are a great way to get started with VMware. If you are looking to learn more about VMware check with your local community college or technical school to see if they offer the VITA classes. It is a great way to get exposure to the technology. If you are in the Tidewater area of Virginia have a look at the virtualization program offered at TCC. I look forward to seeing you in one of the classes.

The VMware User Community is amazing. There are a ton of really smart folks out there willing to share their knowledge. Blogs, twitter, VMUGs, if you need help just ask are there is always someone willing to help.

Top 5 Planet V12N Posts – Sept 2nd 2012

This past week was VMworld US 2012 held out in San Francisco, it was great event and so much great content was written. This insurgence of great posts made it even harder to choose this weeks Top 5. If you are on Twitter be sure to follow PlanetV12N.

vNugglets by Matt Boren – Even Faster PowerCLI Code with Get-View, UpdateViewData() and LinkedViews

The need for speed we all crave is tremendous. Matt talks about how to achieve more speed in some PowerCLI scripts

We are always looking for speed, speed, speed in our PowerShell / PowerCLI scripts.  When properly used, the Get-View cmdlet is known to be far faster than using other PowerCLI cmdlets for getting info (such as Get-VM, Get-VMHost, Get-Datastore, etc.).  It can take quite a bit longer to write a script using Get-View versus using other cmdlets, but the speed payoff is usually well worth the additional upfront time investement.  VMware has provided a way to speed things up even more.

Read the full article here

Virtual BITS & BYTES by Niels Engelen – vSphere Data Recovery (VDR) is dead! Welcome vSphere Data Protection (VDP)!

Niels Engelen discusses the new backup tool vSphere Data Protection. Here Niels gives a nice overview on what it is and some of the benefits.

With the new release on vSphere 5.1 VMware also released a new backup tool called vSphere Data Protection (VDP). This will replace the previous tool called vSphere Data Recovery. With this tool VMware will compete with other third-party software vendors like Veeam and PHD.

Read full article here

Virtually Ghetto  by William Liam – Project Nanosphere

In this post William talks about one of the #notsupported community presentations, Project Nanosphere.

The #NotSupported event at the VMworld Community Lounge ended with a very special presentation by our very own Randy Keener about a project that a few VMware engineers have been working on called Nanosphere. For those of you who could not make the session or attend VMworld this year, here is some additional information about what Project Nanosphere is all about.

Read full article here

It’s Just Another Layer by Ian Koenig – Keynote Day 2 – Herrod and Future of End User Computing

Ian gives a nice incite into the announcement and the game the Premium partners were playing and what charity they were supporting.

Today’s Keynote is all about the End User Computing experience and the Battle of the Platinum partners.

Branch in a box through the View Rapid Deployment Program.   Take an appliance, some configuration and deploy as many workstations as you need.

Read full Article here

Virtualization Journey by Vittorio Viarengo – The VMware Horizon Suite is Here!!!

Vittorio talks about Horizon Suite and it’s release into alpha stages.

As I said before, code rules!!!! Today I am super excited to introduce the alfa release of the VMware Horizon suite, the Platform for Workforce Mobility.

Last year at VMworld, we unveiled our vision for End User Computing and in May we show progress across all axis of that vision, that is Desktop, Apps and Data, by shipping a new version of View, Horizon Application Manager and the beta release of Octopus for secure file syncing and sharing.

Read full article here

That is all for this week. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to write something yourself!

Technical Marketing Update 2012 – Week 34 – #tmupdate

VMworld was awesome, but what a crazy week. We had the launch of the vCloud Suite and with it of course vSphere 5.1, vCloud Director 5.1 and everything that comes with it. My colleagues and I spent a lot of time the last 6 months creating collateral and you can expect some great blog posts in the upcoming weeks!

I hope everyone enjoyed VMworld as much as we did, and we hope to see you in Barcelona again.


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