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Chris is currently a Principal Technical Marketing Architect with the vCloud Air business unit at VMware. Chris is amongst the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#37), and author of multiple white papers. He spends much of his time working on customer facing collateral to help drive adoption and usage of VMware vCloud Air. Most recently Chris has become heavily involved with fitness as a Diamond Team Beachbody Coach using P90X and other Beachbody Programs. Although Technology is his day job, Chris is passionate about fitness after losing 60 pounds himself in the last few years. Now he spreads both the word of technology and fitness along with the Team Beachbody Business through both his blogs.

No VCDX Design Is Perfect

I wanted to quickly talk about something from my own personal VCDX experience that may help people a little bit that was in my head today.  There are very few IT Professionals that are NOT perfectionists.  It’s true, admit it, we are all very Type-A and with that comes a need to do everything as perfect as we possibly can. ... Read More »

Thoughts On The New Community VCDX Mentoring

Yesterday I posted on VMTN about the new VCDX Mentoring Process.  I wanted to post a quick not about this change and see what people are thinking.  Honestly I have not gotten any feedback, good, bad, or indifferent, so I guess no news is good news?  Here is some of my personal feelings on the change and why I truly ... Read More »

VCDX is About Validating Architects, Not Teaching Architecture

I am going to be a little controversial here in this post so I warn you.  I was actually reading This Post by new VCDX Rob Nolen and we also had a phone conversation that got me thinking a little bit.  There has been some conversations lately about obtaining “VCDX Enablement” and other VCDX “training” and there is something I ... Read More »

A Note About 2015 VCDX Defense Dates

People continue to ask about the 2015 VCDX Defense Dates.  Instead of answering each tweet, and VMTN Community post every couple of days I just want to let everyone know, it’s being worked on.  The new Program Manager Karl Childs is working on securing locations for the defenses, and you can make an educated guess about the time we are ... Read More »

My Opinion Of The VCDX Pass Rate

Let me strongly preface this with the fact it’s 100% my opinion only, but I wanted to just write quickly about my opinion on the “VCDX Pass Rate” or passing percentage, or whatever you want to call it.  Over the last few years there has been some discussion on this as more people are passing.  The “pass rate” may seem ... Read More »

VCDX Fear Of Failure – Fuggedaboutit

I’m a student of personal growth, and specifically of John C Maxwell.  If you’ve not read any of his stuff….well frankly, you should.  I have so many of his quotes in my head, on my laptop, and all around me.  One of the books I enjoyed by him very much was called Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success. ... Read More »

Presenting The VCDX Value To Your Boss

I love spending time at events with folks in the community.  Mostly because I am able to get some perspective from everyone as they see it from the outside looking in.  This week at VeeamON was no exception.  Although I was there to do my last presentation on vCloud Air, I was also able to have at least a dozen ... Read More »

VCDX Program Terminology

As with any new role you always get into the weeds on a lot of things.  In this case it’s the various names floating around and rumblings of what’s out there for programs related to VCDX.  I wanted to take a quite second to put just put some clarity around a few names and terms tossed out and where I ... Read More »

Conquering Your Fear Of The VCDX Panelists

I wanted to say I had such a great time at the Atlanta VMUG, and most of all the conversations with all the people about this new role.  I cannot believe the support for the program, the renewed excitement about it, and I am humbled by the personal support from all the people who I’ve talked to in the last ... Read More »

How To Give A vCloud Air Virtual Machine Internet Access

The most common initial task that I get asked for help on is connecting a newly deployed virtual machine in vCloud Air from the catalog to the internet so you can install other packages or update the operating system.  This post is probably long overdue considering the number of times I have explained the fairly simple process to people so ... Read More »

Time To Take On A New Challenge – VCDX Evangelist

Over the last nearly 7 years I’ve worked at VMware I have held positions in PSO, the original “Cloud Practice”, which then became the COE.  I’ve done a short time with the Nicira folks after the acquisition, and before the Networking BU was formed.  Then I went back to Global technology solutions, and finally to the vCloud Air Business Unit ... Read More »

New vCloud Air Security Roles

Since the launch of vCloud Air, one of the things myself and others have been asking for especially on dedicated clouds is the ability to control access to the various Virtual Data Center objects within a single subscription.  As of today there is now the ability to do so! NOTE:  These capabilities do not appear to be in the vCloud ... Read More »

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