It has been almost a decade since I started working at VMware. I can’t believe how fast the time has passed. In my time at VMware I’ve been presented with many incredible opportunities in different areas of the company and have been given the ability to work with and for some incredibly smart, dedicated, and passionate people.
I started at VMware in the education organization developing and delivering external and internal training around the world. While in that role I also worked on the development of VMware certification programs ranging from VCP all the way to VCDX.
A few year’s later, I was asked to join the professional services organization during the beginning of the internal cloud era and become part of a team leading those efforts. As an enterprise architect, I got the opportunity to work with some of the largest VMware customers and learn about their business challenges and how to address them with VMware technical solutions. Those were some great, fun, long and proud working days.
For the past few years, I have been working in different roles as a member of the Cloud Infrastructure and Storage & Availability technical marketing team. In my time in technical marketing, I have been responsible for multiple storage related products and solutions, and for the past two years, I’ve been the primarily responsible for VMware Virtual SAN and vSphere Virtual Volumes.
These past few years have been amazing with everything that has been going on in the storage world and all the new technologies VMware has brought forward. One notable achievement for me was a project I called “ProjectMagic,” a programmatic solution designed to abstract the knowledge storage infrastructures driven by the utilization of policies through a centralized service catalog.
The solution was demonstrated in a VMworld keynote by Raghu Raghuram, VMware EVP and GM, Software Defined Datacenter Division, and Ben Fathi, VMware Chief Technology Officer. It was a great honor and privilege to see that happen. I have to thank the people who enabled and supported my creative ideas and allowed me to take the time to do such projects. Thank you, Charu and Kaushik.
With all of that being said, the time has come to move onto something new and step away from my previous technical marketing responsibilities and take my passion and creativity to the next level. I’m excited to announce that as of this week I will be taking my talents to the bay area and joining the Office of the CTO in the Storage and Availability Business Unit. I feel privileged, and I’m extremely excited to be working with and reporting to a person whom I have a great deal of admiration and respect, and that is Christos Karamanolis. I can’t wait to get started.
I want to thank both Christos and Charles Fan for the consideration and incredible opportunity. I look forward to the great new challenges ahead. I will continue being one of Virtual SAN’s biggest advocates as well as a supporter of our other storage and availability products and solutions. And don’t worry, mics will continue to get dropped…
See you all at VMworld 2015 US and Barcelona.
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