Name: Todd Simmons
Twitter Handle: @trainingrev
Blog URL: http://nsxinsight.wordpress.com
Current Employer : VMware
VCDX #: 184
How did you get into using VMware?
Worked for Collective Technologies who partnered with Dell to deliver Infrastructure Consolidation Readiness Assessments – the goal was to help customers consolidate old hardware onto new Dell servers running VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3.
What made you decide to do the VCDX?
True story, I did it on a dare. See https://nsxinsight.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/preparing-for-the-vcdx-defense-panel-time-requirements/
How long did it take you to complete the whole VCDX journey?
What advice would you give to people thinking of pursuing the VCDX accreditation?
When someone tells me that they are going to pursue the VCDX accreditation my immediate response is, Go for it! You can do it! Today is a great time to defend, there is a lot of support for VCDX candidates. This is not a task I would advise you to go at alone however. I secured a mentor from VMware, immediately established a VCDX Success Study Group, participated in several VCDX Mock Study sessions, and had 11 colleagues peer review my work.
If you could do the whole VCDX journey again what would you do differently?
Nothing. Honestly. After being a consultant for 15-years and working with VMware products for the last 8-years (including attending 686.75 hours of VMware training) I was well prepared.
Life after the VCDX? How did your company respond? Was it worth it?
First thing you do after you become a VCDX is sleep 🙂 .I pulled far too many all-nighters preparing for the VCDX. I guess I could tell you that my company was incredibly excited about my achievement, but since I was self-employed, the reality is I gave myself a pat on the back. Was it worth it? Absolutely! I met a lot of great people during the journey that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.