My vRA Journey Continues

Caution: Articles written for technical not grammatical accuracy, If poor grammar offends you proceed with caution ;-)

Many of you may have already heard after 6 years at VMware I decided to spread my wings and go back to the world from which I came.  I joined VMware when they acquired DynamicOps a little over 6 years ago, and after 6 great years at VMware I decided to move on to something new, but not so new.

If it doesn’t show from my blog I am very passionate about automation.   I’m even more passionate about helping organizations overcome all the challenges they face during their journey towards automation.  Having been working with vRA for over 10 years I’ve learned a lot.  I’ve learned the countless ways different organizations go about achieving the same end result.  I’ve learned the challenges with automation in the datacenter.  I’ve learned I could probably write endlessly about what I have learned Winking smile

There are two thing that I learned that applies to everyone who is on their journey to automation.  First simpler is always better, and perfect is the enemy of done.  I’ve watched so many try to automate unnecessarily complex processes, and I’ve seen so many try to achieve perfection.  Almost always both result in partial or complete failure.

Why am I sharing this?  Well a few reasons.  First I have moved on to a new role at a new organization, but I have not moved on from helping organizations achieve success with their automation journey with vRA.  Second I believe in my new role I can help everyone achieve a higher level of success when it comes to automating with vRA and I can help them do it in a much easier way.

I’ve been In my new role as a Principal Solutions Architect at SovLabs for roughly 2 months now and in that two months I realized something new.  No matter how awkwardly complex your environment and processes may be, our modules can help you make them easy.  Implementing vRA doesn’t have to take month or dare I say years, but it can be done in a matter of weeks.  You don’t have to trade countless man hours from manually building workloads to maintaining the 800 blueprints you now have in vRA.  You can achieve the goals you are trying to reach and actually re-task those man hours to other more rewarding tasks.

I know after reading all that you are just drooling all over yourself wonder how.  Well I’m going to tell you.  Soon I will begin publishing articles that will show you how the solutions we provide at Sovlabs can help you accomplish what you set out to do, and do it all without building any custom vRO workflows.  I’ll start by taking you on a journey or common challenges that I know plague many of you and show you how they can be solved.  Then I want to hear from you.  I want to hear what problems you would like me to solve and I’ll write about those and together we can make automation a reality for everyone.

Ok back to planet earth.  In all seriousness I am going to do everything I stated above, but probably without all the theatrics.  Simply put stay tuned for some really cool $h!t.  Until then,  happy automating.


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