I joined Rackspace in 2015 as a Virtualisation Engineer Level 1 with no real-world experience with VMware or Virtualisation in general, I was lucky enough that the managers at the time (Hello Jay and Dan) took a chance on me and offered me the job. I started with builds then moved to the operational team which looked after one of the biggest private clouds in the world. Needless to say, that I did learn a lot and struggled a lot, however after the steep learning curve, I found myself enjoying the job and wanting to learn more. That’s where the certifications come in, I did my VCPs then moved on to the VCAPs. Now four years down the road, I am a Product Engineer within our VMware practice working with some outstanding people and responsible for all the VMware related products within the Rackspace portfolio. This includes design, architecture and system integration work.
Now I am at a stage where I want to learn more on an architectural level hence my decision to work towards the VCDX-DV. I know that it’s not going to be easy, I know that I am starting from scratch and that the level of effort required is considerable, however, I honestly feel that it’s worth it and I am willing to put the work and effort in. Let’s see how I get on.
My employer is aware, and my manager is on board and supportive (Thank you Dave). I also work with a VCDX (Per Thorn) who has kindly agreed to be a mentor so all pieces are in place and its all down to me now!
I will create a VCDX section and post some VCDX related content as I am learning. Keep an eye out!
A quote straight from the VCDX Boot Camp Book introduction that surely applies here…
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
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My name is Amine El Badaoui and I currently live in Aylesbury, a small town in the south east of England
I have been working in the IT industry for few years now and specialise in VMware virtualisation, data centre infrastructure and cloud technologies. Over the years I have obtained numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, Netapp and VMware.I currently work as a VMware Product Engineer @ https://www.rackspace.com/
This blog represents my random technical notes and thoughts. The thoughts expressed here do not reflect my current employer in anyway.