The very first time I read about VMware it was even before VMware was actually founded. It was autumn 1997 and, while reading the comp.os.linux Newsgroup, I run into a singular post. The message was fundamentally saying something like this:
We are developing a Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) that will let you run multiple OSes on the x86 hardware platform, pretty much the same way you can do on the mainframes. If you're interested in this project, let us know or follow this thread.
The Development Team.
It was only a few months later that, on January 1998, VMware Inc. was founded by Diane Greene, Mendel Rosenblum, Scott Devine, Edward Wang and Edouard Bugnion. Since when the Company exited the stealth mode in February 1999 and was officially launched at the DEMO Conference, I begun using their products: starting with VMware Workstation, then GSX Server - the hosted hypervisor - and finally moved to ESX (now ESXi) and Virtual Center (now vCenter) Server - the bare-metal hypervisor and centralized management platform products.
Since then, many things changed and improved, lots of new products were lunched and a large number of start-ups and established companies were acquired by VMware, leading to what the company is now, offering dozens of products and hundreds of technologies in the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) space organized into: Data Center Virtualization (DCV), Network Virtualization (NV), Cloud Management & Automation (CMA), and Desktop & Mobility (DTM) solutions.
In 2007 I started my own company: during the first three years, I took care of a number of VMware-based projects on behalf of some Italian VMware Business Partners. In the meantime I leveraged the opportunity to further improve my preparation to successfully pass my VMware Instructor Certification Workshop back in 2010.
In 2012, I've achieved the VMware Certified Mentor status. According to this role I can prepare and authorize - via the VCI Mentorship program - new VMware Certified Instructors.
Lately, in 2016, I earned the title of Certification Subject Matter Expert, when I started helping VMware to develop the VMware Certified Associate (VCA), VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exams. My name can be found among the list of the contributors in many of the Exam Preparation Guides published by VMware for the Data Center Virtualization (DCV) and Cloud Management & Automation (CMA) exam tracks.
Since I became a VMware Certified Instructor, in 2010, I trained a great number of professionals:
|Number of students trained||53||68||225||147||114||187||205||214||243||85||1.541|
|Number of 5-day courses delivered||3||12||30||23||16||21||23||30||34||12||204|
|The instructor's subject knowledge||4,79||4,88||4,85||4,88||4,92||4,90||4,95||4,88||4,91||4,91||4,89|
|The instructor's professional and presentation skills||4,83||4,78||4,83||4,84||4,87||4,91||4,93||4,86||4,89||4,93||4,88|
|The instructor encouraged participation and responded well to questions||N/A||N/A||4,82||4,82||4,84||4,91||4,91||4,85||4,88||4,85||4,86|
Last update May 17th 2019.
In 2003, I begun running the Avnet one-man VMware Business Unit as a Brand Manager, but also taking care of every other single aspect of the BU: pre-sales, sales, post-sales, marketing and on-site delivery and implementation. At that time there was no VMware subsidiary in Italy, therefore I autonomously developed a one-day localized seminar for evangelizing Italian Avnet Channel Partners about the technology and its benefits.
In 2005 I joined EMC² as a Partner and Sales Development Manager: during this period I created, managed and delivered the five-day European Channel Partners’ training program, called “EMC Partner New Hire Training”. I trained 200+ new Partners across the whole EMEA (with training centers in: Ireland, Austria, Poland, United Arab Emirates). This experience provided me with a much wider knowledge about storage technologies, complementing my previous SAN understanding, and fully prepped me as a public speaker and trainer.
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