Today a chapter closes on my career at CSC.
I’ve been working in the same office for 22 years, originally starting straight from Uni in the Unix Support team for the Post Office, looking after NCR and HP Unix servers around the country – much of which was on dial-up modem rather than IP networking.
While part of the Post Office/Consignia/Royal Mail I moved through NT Infrastructure and Internet Infrastructure teams, picking up Windows Server and Internet technology skills, then we were outsourced to CSC in June 2003.
I spent a short time in the Firewall management team in CSC, but then moved to the team looking after Windows server infrastructure for the NHS account. This team was almost entirely formed from ex-Royal Mail staff, and had set up a significant amount of automation and standardisation already. It was here that I was first exposed to VMware ESX, and it immediately resonated with me.
Due to the similarities with Unix, and because I could see the future benefits of virtualised infrastructure, I decided to try and become the team expert in VMware ESX. I learned a lot along the way, and I’m grateful to the TAM team at VMware for the learning opportunities they made available – Joshua Lory, Adrian Voss, Jesse Shapiro and Liam Farrell, I thank you all.
I was by no means the only VMware expert though, having colleagues with the same thirst for knowledge really pushed me along and we have been pretty competitive in our quest for certification and recognition. I wouldn’t even have thought to apply for vExpert if my colleague Darry Cauldwell hadn’t done so, and I believe my achieving double VCAP-DCV and VCIX-NV has pushed others along the certification path.
But 22 years is a long time to spend in one location, and I’ve felt for a while that it was time to find a new challenge, so I will be starting a new role on Monday, with Sky Betting and Gaming. It will be a very different working environment compared with a global outsourcer, but one I’m really looking forward to.