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Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself September 27, 2013

Posted by wholmes in Career, Uncategorized.
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After spending the last three years as a member of VMware’s Global Technology Solutions focusing mainly on the creation of various cloud infrastructure services offerings, I am excited to announce I will be embarking on a new journey within VMware as a Senior Technical Marketing Architect focusing on storage and availability reference architectures and solutions.

It will be great to work more closely with my esteemed Technical Marketing teammates Cormac Hogan, Ken Werneburg, Rawlinson Rivera, Jeff Hunter, Mike Foley and the soon to be joining Gurusimran Khalsa (yes Gurusimran, you will still have to sort the M&Ms, but don’t worry, I don’t eat candy so you can give my share to someone else 😉 ).

As many have noticed, there is a tremendous amount of excitement around VMware’s VSAN, and that excitement is well warranted and I believe will become a fever pitch as the solution approaches GA. This is a very transformative time in the IT industry, with multiple agents of change driving both technology and operational advances within the datacetner.  One of the primary change agents, the vision of the software-defined storage, and its tie into software-defined compute and network stacks, is being lead head on by VMware with technologies such as VSAN, vVOL,____, _____.

But, as with any change comes the need to properly understand how to fit this new enabling technology within your current or future datacenter. The need to provide reference architecture guidance on how these new technologies can be efficiently designed, integrated and deployed with complimentary technology will be greater than ever. I am excited to begin working with partners and helping customers along the journey into software-defined storage and ultimately the SDDC, addressing  the business needs of customers in the present, while also helping to drive forward what is to come.

Career Move February 20, 2011

Posted by wholmes in Career.
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No, I am not leaving VMware. Quite honestly, there is no technology company I can think of that I rather work for than VMware. As stated by my esteemed colleague Massimo, I find it very motivating to work for a company that is shaping the future of IT.

So what is this career move? After joining VMware a little over a year ago as a Senior Consultant in the Professional Services organization, I am transitioning into a new role, officially titled Technical Solutions Architect-Partner Cloud. This new role will allow much closer interaction with VMware product engineering, product management, and the cloud practice team. I will also be working closely with our friends over at Cisco. My main responsibility will be to work closely with the Cisco service provider business unit and VMware cloud practice teams in designing and validating cloud solution architectures. I will be responsible for working with both VMware and Cisco product management and engineering organizations to provide guidance, development and integration support for joint solution engagements.

This transition is very exciting to me, and a milestone in my career for many reasons. For the first 14 years of my career I have been a member of a services organization in one form or another. I started with IBM Global Services, where I spent 8+ years, then transitioned to a couple smaller consulting firms, and then to VMware Professional Services. So this will be the first time in my career that I will no longer be a billable consultant. While I loved working in VMware’s awesome NYC PSO group, it is exciting to be able to focus on developing new solutions that will impact the future of IT.

In reflecting on my IT career so far, I always feel grateful that I am actually in the career, and have a position that I always dreamed of having as a kid (yes, I suppose I was a nerdy kid). As a kid in the 80’s, I used to read Computer Shopper magazine (remember those huge 300+ page mags), wishing to buy an x86 computer. I could not afford one at the time, but I could spec out an 8086, 80286 or 80386 system like nobody’s business :-). When I finally did build my own PC, I immediately knew IT was the place for me. I dreamed of being in some type of IT architect position, building solutions and solving problems with the amazing capabilities provided by rapidly advancing technology. So yes, I feel very grateful because how many people can actually say they have the job they dreamed of having as a kid?

So were you a nerdy kid like me, and feel you would like to join the VMware team? Is your virtualization kung-fu strong? Want to join a winning team with really smart, motivated people? VMware is hiring for a number of positions worldwide. (if you are in the NY tri-state area, there may be an open PSO Consultant role available 😉 Checkout http://www.vmware.com/company/jobs/
If you have an questions, feel free to contact me on twitter, @wholmes.