This weeks winner is Gary, Heron – CONGRATULATIONS GARY!
I will be sending the TrainingSignal DVDs to Gary on my return to the UK, after VMworld
He’s been using VMware for 7 years. Last year he passed the VCP410 exam and he’s currently studying for the VCAP-DCA and then the VCAP-DCD. He’s been with his current employer for 12 years and works in a team of 5 who are responsible for the EMEA Data centre based in the UK. Being a small team they support all the server, storage and network hardware as well as the operating systems and applications. They also provide 3rd line support to the IT staff in EMEA. They have used VMware since ESX 2.5 and upgraded through 3.0.2 and 3.5.
Their current EMEA Data Centre environments run ESX 4.0 and 3.5 on ageing Proliant and EMC hardware. This hardware hosts ~100 virtual servers and they have now reached the maximum number of machines we can run. With physical servers still waiting to be virtualized we will be replacing the hardware next month with HP DL380 G7s and bigger EMC SANs.
They are also in the process of consolidating the servers in the larger European offices on to DL380s running ESXi 4. VMware has allowed us to replace all the servers (4 to 7 servers per site) on to a single machine. This gives them savings on replacing all the server hardware and maintenance support while making remote support and management much easier.