My VCDX experience

Friday the 30th of October Rutger and myself got the great news that we both passed the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) defense! What a trip it was! In this blog post I would like to take you through my experience of the whole process…

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For the ones not familiar with the VMware VCDX program, here’s a quick introduction…

VCDX-DCV requires enterprise-class vSphere and data center virtualization skills. This elite group is comprised of design architects highly-skilled in VMware enterprise deployments The program is designed for veteran professionals who want to validate and demonstrate their expertise in VMware technology.

Certification is achieved through the unique design defense process, where all candidates must submit and successfully defend a production-ready VMware Solution before a panel of veteran VCDX holders. This process ensures that those who achieve VCDX status are peer-vetted and ready to join an elite group of world-class consulting architects.

All in all it is a pretty time consuming track which goes back to the days where I was learning for the VMware VCP5-DCV certification. After that I went ahead and aimed for both VCAP5 certifications (soon to be replaced by the VCIX exams). Just about a year ago, I actually decided to step it up a notch and go for the pinnacle of VMware certification being VCDX!

However, It did take me up to 6 months to actually start with my application. If I would do the whole thing again, I would definitely started way earlier with it than I did. Oh well, once up & running I managed to stay focused and put in the effort required.

I’ve talked to a fair amount of current VCDX holders over time and always knew I wanted to be part of this. I wanted to know if I could do this. What was the worst that could happen, right?! To fail perhaps? Then I would go for a second chance. No shame in that.

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Attending VMworld 2015

This August Rutger Kosters & myself will attend VMworld 2015 US where we will represent our employer YaWorks. We will fly in a bit early (on Wednesday the 26th of August) to check on the Valley before we will head to downtown SFO. We will hook up with a (near) local who is quite familiar with the Valley and SFO surroundings. 😉


Update 1: Our befriended near local inhabitant (Frank Denneman) arranged visits to some of the most interesting vendors out there. We will meet-up with the clever minds of the following vendors in their HQ prior to VMworld!


Flights booked, straight from Amsterdam to San Francisco. Some pretty cool residences booked in Palo Alto (first few days) and SFO. Gotta love Airbnb! Ford Mustang > check!!
Needless to say we are pretty damn pleased, to say the least, with the support from our employer who made this all possible for us. 😀

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Cloudfix colleague Robert Verdam will, almost certainly, attend VMworld 2015 EMEA in Barcelona. We will try to make it to Barcelona also… Time will tell.


Update 2: Robert and myself are among the few of many vExperts to have received a blogger-pass by VMware for VMworld Barcelona!! Rutger will wander the streets of Barcelona during day hours and will be available for dinner and parties! 😀


 

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Blog growth and VMware vExpert 2015!

Today we achieved the VMware vExpert 2015 status!! All three of us!! We are very happy with the fact we are being recognized as contributors to the VMware community.

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It is funny to see ourselves enthusiastic about blogging as we are! We used to make kinda fun of bloggers… don’t know why exactly, probably jealousy speaking back then. 😉
However, as we started Cloudfix in April 2014, we rapidly became more and more involved with each other as members of Cloudfix and the VMware community. Our hangouts chat, containing the three of us, is mega often used! We constantly discuss tech and other stuff with each other. Next to that, we track each others progress in our professional careers in an non-healthy competitive environment. I think we supplement each other. 🙂

So, setting up Cloudfix was a great idea and it’s really fun to do. It is time consuming, but worth it. We saw a growth in numbers of visitors we did not expect in the beginning. Heck, it even got better beginning 2015!! Pretty awesome for a beginning blog like ours…

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