Name: Magnus Andersson
Twitter Handle: @magander3
Blog URL: http://vcdx56.com
Current Employer : Nutanix
VCDX #: 56
How did you get into using VMware?
I start using VMware Workstation back in 2001 and the reason was to lower the number of physical desktops i had to use at the office. Worked for a service provider and different customers required different images when joining their network for administrative purposes.
I started with server virtualization about 10 years ago.
What made you decide to do the VCDX?
The reason for giving it a try all comes down to the personal challenge to see if i had what it takes to:
· Master the technical aspect of the VMware software, Virtual Infrastructure 3 at the time I started the VCDX journey.
· Putting my thoughts and decisions on paper in a structured way.
· Stand in front of a couple of very skilful persons and explain what i have done and why.
How long did it take you to complete the whole VCDX journey?
From the time I decided to give the VCDX certification a try it took 18 months before i completed the VCDX defence. I had already completed the VCP 3.0 so my first leg was the Enterprise-Level Systems Administration Exam, which is the VCAP-DCA these days. This was back in August 2009.
What advice would you give to people thinking of pursuing the VCDX accreditation?
Don’t rush and be prepared to put a lot a hours into this certification. In addition, take time to get experience in all the areas included in the VCDX path you’re interested in. Include as much customer facing activities as possible.
It’s not about creating the best design, it’s about showing you understand the customer needs and being able to explain why you chose one kind of component over another,”
If you could do the whole VCDX journey again what would you do differently?
Don’t think I would change much in the actual process but obviously in the design choices because other alternatives are available today. I would try to connect with other VCDX candidates, which I didn’t back in 2010, and join study groups or at least find someone to discuss my design with. Now, VMware also offers a VCDX mentor program, which I would definitely sign up for.
Life after the VCDX? How did your company respond? Was it worth it?
The VCDX journey was totally worth it, no question about that.
I think I’m a better architect now and during the certification I improved my skills to document, present and defend my thoughts. The VCDX certification was not that known in Sweden back in 2010 when I completed my first VCDX so it actually didn’t impact my daily job that much in terms of customer assignments. My company benefited from my VCDX certification a couple of times when a potential customer requested it.
After my second VCDX (Cloud) certification there was a lot more recognition via social media e.g. twitter and I was also interviewed by VMware Certification regarding my double VCDX.