Looking Back and Looking Forwards

Back in May 2015 I wrote about moving forwards and my decision to join Xtravirt as a Senior Consultant and push my career forward to a new level. It was a big jump of faith for me and I was worried I had made the wrong decision initial. Oh how wrong was I! 18 months later and I’m a Lead Consultant,  VCDX #222, VCIX-NV, NSX Ninja, vExpert 2015, 2016 and vExpert NSX. I’ve presented at VMUGs, participated in podcasts, presented vBrownBag sessions and spoke on a panel at VMworld Europe. None of this would have been possible without the support from Xtravirt, their management team and the amazing people who work for them. 

I set myself an 18 month plan – VCDX-DCV. Less than 12 months into that plan, on the 9th May 2015 I received an email “VCDX-DCV Defense Results” welcoming me to the VCDX programme and awarding me VCDX #222. I never thought I’d be able to achieve it in 18 months, let alone 12. Again, this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Xtravirt, my colleagues and my VCDX partner, Marco van Baggum.

As part of my journey to VCDX, I developed and gained the skills needed to become a Lead Consultant. Being able to show to my manager how I had met the criteria for the role and how it related to what I’d learned for my VCDX I was promoted to Lead Consultant alongside my colleagues Sam McGeown and Gregg Robertson (now since moved to Dell EMC).


Fast forward to today and it’s my last day at Xtravirt. I’m leaving behind a great team of people and it certainly wasn’t an easy decision. Joining Xtravirt was an incredible experience and has enabled me to take my career in directions I never thought possible in such a small amount of time. If anyone want’s to turbo charge their career and work with some of the smartest and most dedicated people in the Virtualisation community I would highly recommended getting in touch with Mike Jones.

On Monday 31st October I start a new role as Global Cloud Architect at Dell EMC. It presents my next challenge and one that I’ve spent the last several years working towards. It’s going to be a busy couple of months, getting to grips with everything the new job involves and preparing to defend the VCDX-NV, but I will make sure I stay active within the vExpert community, twitter and attend as many events, VMUGs, vBeers and everything else that I can going forwards. I’ll be working with a number of people as a VCDX mentor and part of the VCDX Study Group to help them achieve the goals just like I have.


2 thoughts on “Looking Back and Looking Forwards”

  1. So let me ask you, how in the world did you pull off a VCDX in 12 months, is it even possible?

    I have 3 hosts at home, Cisco and Brocade, vSAN and QNAP NAS’s; is that enough hardware for me to study for VCDX?

    I recently just let my VCP5-DCV lapse since I found out I need the foundations exam and I didn’t know this. so now to start the process all over again but I’ve been in the trenches now for 3 years; 6 full designed VMware DCV clusters with enterprises later, full designs not just VMware but I was the sole designer and deployer of networking, storage, servers, firewalls, VMware, Windows, VDI, you name it if VMware needed it I had to deploy it myself for companies ranging from 100 users to 5000 users all ahead of schedule and under budget. 🙂

    Now I work for a MSP doing the exact same thing.

    I’d love to get a VCDX, just need enticement if it’s possible in 2 years!

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