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VCDX Spotlight : Joe Clarke

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Name: Joe Clarke

Twitter Handle: @elgwhoppo

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Current Employer: Rolta AdvizeX

VCDX #: 138

How did you get into using VMware?

Started leveraging it when the company I worked for started a P2V project in 3.X days.

What made you decide to do the VCDX?

The desire to become the first VCDX at my company, and a little bit of notoriety as well.

How long did it take you to complete the whole VCDX journey?

Start to finish, it probably took me 6 months. Writing that documentation definitely took several full Saturdays at the office.

What advice would you give to people thinking of pursuing the VCDX accreditation?

DO IT. You will learn more than you ever imagined, pass or fail. Get ready for a rough period of time however, you will be consuming a lot of personal time.

If you could do the whole VCDX journey again what would you do differently?

Thinking back, I probably would have perhaps relaxed on my documentation a little, but that’s only because I think I perhaps did too much. For example, I literally spelled out every single design consideration and rationale that I encountered with a full pros and cons matrix. That may have been a little over the top, but hey, it sure helped me make sure I knew why I had decided something.

Life after the VCDX?  How did your company respond?  Was it worth it?

The VCDX was a definite “market value adjustment” talking point in my yearly review. It also started a domino effect, and we now have 2 other VCDXs at the company in total, with several more studying currently for 2015 defenses. Completely worth it, highly recommend.

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