@Kim_Bottu … Virtually Gung Ho
I am someone with a great deal of tenacity, someone who sees a problem and loses sleep over that problem until it is solved, someone whose passion is VMware and virtualization. So it was only natural that over time my work as a virtualization engineer has become my hobby and as with most people, I like to spend time on my hobby, I like to read articles and books about it, I like to test new features and settings in development and labs. But I also like to talk about my hobby and that is why I started this blog.
Why the community matters
Today I had a talk about ‘getting to an advanced level in the field you work at’ with one of my friends, he is the storage engineer in the company I work for. Now, before I continue you have to know that I really hate to open support tickets with VMware because I prefer to look for a solution myself. But my friend told me that opening a support ticket for vSphere related problems actually is the same as looking for the solution yourself on Google. I should feel lucky, he told me, because he doesn’t have such a big community to rely upon for all the storage issues he might face. He has a point. Some of the places I do look for a solution are the blogs I find through Google. In a way the VMware community reaches out a helping hand 24/7.
Over the years I have benefited tremendously from the blog posts about Virtualization from around the world. But looking at all the blogs I used to visit back when I started working with VMware products, I cannot help but notice that most of these blogs which I have consulted for years are become very expert-like and for some beginners these blogs might be bit challenging. With some blog posts I would like to reach out to those beginners who look for easy answers to sometimes not that easily addressed questions. Other blog posts will look into scripting, deploying new VMware solutions and all the little bits I think might help other people. Because that is what a community does.. we help each other.
For the last month I have played with the idea of applying for vExpert with my blog. We are here at last, applications are open and I am putting my blog on the line. For sure there are better blogs, but my passion for VMware drives me, so here I am.
I have attended VMWORLD in 2013, 2014 and 2015. VMWorld has been critical in my development. It opened my eyes to the Holistic view of VMware and to be honest.. if I hadn’t had attended VMworld at all.. I doubt I would be on this insane path to knowledge and sharing knowledge. VMWORLD has been en eyeopener to me and a huge reason why I want to be involved in the community.. people who are driven,, they inspire other people.
The community groups are a great drive to advance your skill set. VMUG and vBrownbag are two very good examples of this. So it has been my pleasure to give something back to the community by doing presentations and I will continue to do so of course.
For the first time in my life I have given a VMUG presentation. The idea was to show how an idea about data security can drive a whole design from network and storage to vSphere, PLVANs and VDI. All thanks and Kudos to Mike Laverick for helping me through VMUG’s program Feed4Ward.
A new presentation will be scheduled for next year.
I also am very pleased VMUG ADVANTAGE member. VMUG advantage has helped me explore new features for longer periods of time than the standard evaluation period. I hold the following VMUG badges: VMUG.com GURU, Virtual Mastermind, VMUG Advantage, VMUG Annual Badge 2015.
Amazing things happen when you get involved in the community. Three weeks before VMWorld2015 EMEA I asked vBrownbag if there would be vBrownbag presentations in Europe as well? I got a reply in the form of an answer: “Are you presenting?” After considering this question for 2 hours I did step up and the result is a presentation to help beginners to easily find the right path and information to VCP6 certification. The crux of the whole presentation is that community groups are as good a place to start looking as any, if not the best place.
At the end of January I will drive another presentation for vBrownbag. Section 8 of the VCP6-DCV track. The link will follow later.
My extended cluster calculator:
Originally this was a ten line spreadsheet but when office asked me if I could calculate the impact of 2000 – 3000 new VMs without giving me the initial configuration numbers I knew i had to change my original effort. Most of the online cluster calculators keep it very easy to use, but as a result do not give you enough parameters to calculate more complex environments. So I decided to spend some hours on it. Those hours quickly became more hours and even more hours.
The result I have presented is a xls sheet of aprox 130 lines. I have shared it with the world so hopefully other people will benefit from it as well. It is based on all the information I have gathered from reading lots of books and articles. The numbers in the excel sheet are examples and not recommendations.
The Extended Cluster Calculator:
The small guide I did create for it:
Google+ Community groups:
I try to give my share of personal advice to people in the community groups. I really like the google community groups because of the way how easily people give each other advice and share knowledge with each other. We all have a goal, the same goal and we drive each other forward.
Each time a great article about VMware technology appears online or when I have an idea which I think can help other people, I share it. When I have the time I also try to reply to people in the LinkedIn VMware dedicated groups:
you might find some replies from me in the following groups:
I do have a twitter handle: @Kim_Bottu which I use to share information or get into contact with my peers.
I am part of the team ‘Leaderboard VMotion’ we are currently ranked 11 on the team leaderboard. Currently I hold the rank of Level 2.
Our Cloud Cred Group: Leaderboard vMotion. You have to logon to see the group or any other details.
As a note I do want to thank Ariel Sanchez, Rich Diaz (VMware) and Ahmed Ragab (VMware) for verifying my extended cluster calculator and a special thanks to Ariel to give me ad hoc advice for my vBrownbag presentation.
Thank you and have a good day!