New Year, New Opportunity

There is always so much optimism at the beginning of a new year. That feeling of starting off with a clean slate and ability to make the changes you want to make. For me it is the chance to start off with a new opportunity. After working for my current employer for three years I have decided to move on and earlier this week accepted a position at Hitachi Data Systems as an Infrastructure Engineer working in there Unified Compute Platform team. This will allow me even more exposure to the things that are currently my driving force, VMware virtualization and storage.

I would have liked to say that branching out and moving my career another step forward was a new years resolution, but in fact it was something that started back last summer. At that time my goal was to learn more and dig deeper into VMware, go beyond my VMware VCP certification and obtain my VCAP-DCA certification. I scheduled the exam for August and set off on my studying. Long story short I had successfully passed the exam and was feeling good about the additional knowledge I had learned. But that was nothing compared to what happened later that month.

Even though I have been working with VMware for the last 4 years or so, I had never had the ability/option of attending VMworld. There had always been talk amongst managers about sending someone, but it never really seemed to pan out. This year that was all going to change, my boss had notified me that I would be attending VMworld 2011! For me this had to be the biggest eye opening event in my career. I had heard on podcasts, and read on blogs about experiencing it, but none of what I read or heard prepared me for what I was about to see. Between all of the sessions, the vendor displays, or just talking to and meeting new folks it was amazing! After soaking up as much as I could, it was at this point I knew I wanted to, better yet needed to take that next step.

So here I am, waiting for that new challenge, that new adventure to start. I got my bags packed and am ready to go!