VMware Wavefront Acquisition

Yesterday’s VMware Communities Roundtable podcast centered around the VMware Wavefront acquisition. Bill Roth (@BillRothVMware), Director, Product Marketing at VMware’s Cloud Management Business Unit, was in studio to talk about what Wavefront’s product is and the thinking behind the acquisition. We (maybe just me) went down an interesting speculative path of what might be done with the product. Eric was especially interested in

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Reactions to WannaCry Ransomware

Here are some quick thoughts on the WannaCry ransomware threat that emerged this past Friday [L.A. Times, Bloomberg, etc], as I get ready for the work week.

  • I wouldn’t want to be the person in the office of the CISO who wrote a security exception for Windows XP this week
  • The Shadow Brokers disclosure of this vulnerability isn’t what enabled this attack, it’s the lack of disclosure from everyone who knew about it but didn’t tell Microsoft.
  • It sure would be nice to have an easy way to see what computers are and aren’t patched against the vulnerabilities swiped from the NSA toolkit. Or to work for a software company that sold a solution that could give you that information (I don’t).
  • PAN discussed how the attack spreads after getting past a perimeter. I’d encourage anyone with a micro-segmentation solution to make sure that they’re mitigating the methods of attack spread.

Angel Villar Garea, a VMware Systems Engineer, has a video out on how to block the spread using NSX.

How about physical machines? While platforms like NSX provide increased security via hardware VTEPs, I don’t think we yet have a mature way to push down security controls to the physical switch that the desktop is plugged into. Or the WiFi router. Again, in my view, the strength of a platform like NSX is it’s ability to integrate with next generation physical firewalls from other vendors to extend security policies to the physical world.

WannaCry is only the latest ransomware to come along. It’s probably only the first to leverage to tools from the Shadow Brokers leak of stolen US Government zero-day attacks. What are you doing in your organization to block the next one?

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VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 19

This week in VMware job listings, I’ve changed formats slightly. I dropped market segment [EDIT: and seniority or role type] as that was taking a bunch of time to generate. I managed to automate things enough to post a refreshed version of every job category I’m monitoring: SE, Sales, Consulting, and TAM in the US/Canada and EMEA. Each of those has it’s own page with it’s weekly, refreshed, complete listing. In this post, I’m going to highlight the new jobs posted in each section. Those listings are in the single digits, so I’m not going to bother having them in a table with a sort/filter function. Continue reading VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 19

VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 18

UPDATE 2017-05-13: I’ve added individual pages (wherever my navigation currently has menu structure, currently on the left) with a weekly refreshed, complete listing of all listed positions for SEs, Sales, TAMs, and Consultants in both USA/Canada and EMEA. Those tables will have filters and sortability. My weekly posts will have new listings without the complexity of sorts and filters.

This is my weekly Saturday update of new open positions at VMware. I’m hoping this helps anyone looking to start a VMware Career! There were no new Field Sales and TAM positions posted in the US, and only a single SE and two Consulting positions posted. At readers requests, I added the listings for EMEA sales, EMEA SEs, EMEA consulting, and EMEA TAMs. I must not know anyone in Canada, LATAM, APAC, or ANZ. There’s some Bay area local positions I want to highlight and a note about what the open position on Advisory Services is all about. Continue reading VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 18

Discounted VCP-NV – It’s Never Been Cheaper

Discounted VCP-NV Bottom Line Up Front

There’s a discounted VCP-NV promotional package right now; $2,200 gets you:

  • An exam prep course for the vSphere Foundations course
  • An exam voucher for vSphere Foundations
  • NSX Install, Configure, Manage On-Demand E-Learning course
  • A separate NSX exam prep course
  • An exam voucher for the VCP-NV 6.2
  • 6 CPUs of NSX Enterprise for non-production personal use (training)
  • A full year of VMUG Advantage, including eval licenses for almost all VMware products.

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Thoughts on VMware Certification and Education

Last week, I appeared as a guest-host on Episode 386 of the VMware Communities Podcast [TalkShoe | iTunes | PlayerFM]. It’s something I hope to do on a fairly regular basis, time permitting. We had a great discussion with Karl Childs, the Senior Manager – Certification Development on the topic of the VMware certification program. We talked for an hour about the state of VMware Certification landscape. I wanted to summarize my thoughts on the conversation and write about some follow-ups I did. Continue reading Thoughts on VMware Certification and Education

VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 17

UPDATE 2017-05-13: I’ve added individual pages (wherever my navigation currently has menu structure, currently on the left) with a weekly refreshed, complete listing of all listed positions for SEs, Sales, TAMs, and Consultants in both USA/Canada and EMEA. Those tables will have filters and sortability. My weekly posts will have new listings without the complexity of sorts and filters.

After receiving a lot of interest last week from my previous post on open jobs at VMware, I wanted to put up an update on Field Sales and Systems Engineering positions. I shouldn’t be surprised that there were 6 new requisitions posted, more than one per work-day. VMware is increasing the size and reach of it’s sales and systems engineering force on a pretty consistent basis. I don’t know if I can keep up a weekly cadence, but I’ll try as long as there’s interest in starting a VMware career.

In addition, I got asked about asked about implementation and other post-sales positions at the company, so I’ve included those. There are two kinds of positions I’ve listed here, Consultants and Technical Account Managers. If you want to see everything that was open for Field Sales and SEs as of last week, check out last week’s post. This is only the new SE and Field Sales jobs. As always, you can head to VMware’s recruiting site at Rolepoint and conduct your own searches. I’m watching the “United States” as a location and four types of positions: “Sales-Field Sales“, “Sales-Systems Engineering“, “Services and Consulting-Consulting“, and “Services and Consulting-Technical Account Management“.

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Jobs at VMware Sales/SE Saturday

UPDATE 2017-05-13: I’ve added individual pages (wherever my navigation currently has menu structure, currently on the left) with a weekly refreshed, complete listing of all listed positions for SEs, Sales, TAMs, and Consultants in both USA/Canada and EMEA. Those tables will have filters and sortability. My weekly posts will have new listings without the complexity of sorts and filters.

UPDATE 2017-04-29: I’ve got a new post with the newly posted jobs as of April 29th, 2017 (2017, week 17) here. In that post, I’ve included new SE and Field Sales jobs as well as post-sales jobs in the Consulting and Technical Account Management categories.

I’ve been tracking open jobs at VMware in enough areas for enough people that I decided to put up my findings for other people to search. Of course, you can head to VMware’s recruiting site at Rolepoint and slice and dice searches on your own. I’m watching the “United States” as a location and two types of positions, 38 in “Sales-Field Sales” and 41 in “Sales-Systems Engineering“.

One area that I haven’t had good luck in organizing for content is on the software development side. There are currently 130 open software engineering jobs at VMware (in the US) which doesn’t seem like a large data set to organize, but the question is how. For the Network and Security Business Unit, previous experience with network stacks is a constant theme. However, some specialties don’t sort that way (UX design, for example). Sorting by languages and tools doesn’t seem like a good idea, though an anlysis of what’s being used by Business Unit might be a separate, interesting task. At any rate, if you’re looking for a software development position at VMware, head to the recruiting site and choose “Engineering and Technology-Software Engineering” from the department drop-down.

Regardless of the type of role you’re looking for, I’m happy to chat about my understanding of the job roles and team structures, eyeball a resume for format and impact, and chat about what it’s like to work at VMware. I’m including a contact form at the bottom if you’d like to get in touch with me. And of course, I’m on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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VMware Cloud Foundation Basics – Why You Need VCF In Your Data Center

My past 18 months at VMware have been a whirlwind of training, customer relationships, and new product announcements. I’m starting to see a pattern of questions, especially about where new VMware products fit into the portfolio. This is the first of series of posts about the VMware portfolio in 2017, all my humble view of things, of course. First up, VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). In the future, I’ll take a look at VMware Cloud on AWS and vRealize Automation. Please let me know if you have a burning desire for my perspective on something else. *grin*

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vRealize Log Insight at VMworld 2016

Detective using vRealize Log Insight to find clues
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The continuing theme is “Technology I wish I’d paid more attention to before I came to VMware.” Of all those technologies at VMware, vRealize Log Insight might be the most overlooked by everyone. At the same time, it’s a great tool for the sneakers-on-the-ground IT personnel working hard to keep the lights on. At it’s core, Log Insight is a Continue reading vRealize Log Insight at VMworld 2016