New Year, New Challenges, New Opportunities

I suppose there’s no sense in beating around the bush. As the blog post title indicates, I’m taking on a new set of challenges (and a new set of opportunities) in 2013—and the way to do that is in a new role with a new company. So, effective 2/8/2013, I am leaving EMC Corporation to join the former Nicira group at VMware, working directly for Martin Casado. I’ll be working with folks like Brad Hedlund (see his announcement here), Bruce Davie, and Teemu Koponen. I’m truly awed by the talent on this team.

My time at EMC over the last three years has been great, and my choice to leave was a difficult choice to make. The decision to leave does not reflect anything bad about EMC, but rather reflects the magnitude of the opportunities for personal and professional growth that lie ahead with VMware’s virtual networking group. There is a saying among my former team at EMC that goes like this: “Once a vSpecialist, always a vSpecialist.” I don’t agree with this statement, because it implies a sense of permanence—something those of us in IT simply can’t afford to have. You must change, you must evolve, you must become something more than what you were in the past, or you will become irrelevant. While I appreciate my time at EMC—both my time as a vSpecialist and my time within the ESG CTO’s office—the time for growth and evolution has come. This move will help me further evolve and grow. I’ve always been interested in networking, but this will be the first time it will be the primary focus for me, and I’m really looking forward to expanding my knowledge, learning new concepts and ideas, and leveraging my existing experience and expertise with virtualization in new and exciting ways.

Although there are great opportunities ahead, there are also a few challenges. I’m not relocating (I love Denver too much!), but my travel schedule will ramp up quite a bit. Travel has been down for me for the last several months (since I left the vSpecialist team), but in the new role my travel will go back up again as I’ll be meeting with the rest of the virtual networking team in Palo Alto, meeting with strategic customers and partners, supporting community events (expect to see me at VMUG events), and educating field sales resources on virtual networking and why it’s important. Undoubtedly the increased travel will have an impact on Crystal and the rest of the family, and I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers as we sort that out.

One other challenge will come from a shift in “allegiance.” I experienced a similar effect when I joined EMC. When I was with ePlus (it seems so long ago!) I was able to maintain reasonably good relationships with different storage vendors as well as different networking vendors. When I joined EMC, the other storage vendors no longer wanted to work with me. I suppose I can understand that. I was able, though, to continue maintain reasonably good relationship with various networking vendors (and even a few other virtualization vendors). I suspect now, though, that my shift to VMware will alter that landscape again. I can only hope the relationships I’ve established with colleagues at “competing” organizations (real or perceived competition) aren’t negatively affected too much.

Long-time readers know that several transitions have occurred over the nearly 8 years that I’ve been writing here. As I’ve done for the last 8 years, I’ll continue to post as much useful, relevant, and interesting content here as I’m able. Will there be a shift in focus? Possibly; I can’t promise there won’t be. Still, I’ll strive to keep sharing as much as I’m able as together we grow, change, and evolve along with the IT industry. Thanks for the support, and I hope that it continues.

Courteous comments are always welcome, so if you have questions or thoughts you want to share, feel free to speak up below.

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  1. Chris Wahl’s avatar

    Kudos on the move, Scott, and best of luck on your travel schedule. Sounds like an opportunity that would be difficult (at best) to decline. :)

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  3. Iben Rodriguez’s avatar

    Great news Scott! It’ll be great to have you working more with OpenStack and cloud.

  4. Jeff Thomas’s avatar

    Thank you Scott. We were lucky to have you at EMC. Jessica and I wish you and the family our best.

    I have participated in a couple of briefings at VMware recently. The customer reaction to what NVP brings to the table is very positive. It generates a lot of great discussion.

  5. John Troyer’s avatar

    Heyo and welcome aboard, Scott! We’ll all have a chance to ride on different buses with different seatmates during our careers. Glad you’ve chosen to ride with us on the next leg of your journey.

  6. Umair Hoodbhoy’s avatar

    Congratulations! Hope the posts remain of the high quality. I’ve learned a lot here. Thanks for having that contest for the OpenStack cookbook. I won a copy!

  7. Phii Bradham’s avatar

    Congrats Scott!
    Sounds like a great spot for you and I look forward to reading all about.
    Hope to see you at a VMUG or some other event in the future, and don’t forget to say ‘Hi!’ if your in the Hop/Bos area.

    Viele Gluck Wunschen!

  8. Duane Haas’s avatar


    “You must change, you must evolve, you must become something more than what you were in the past, or you will become irrelevant.”

    Feel like it should be a poster of some kind. Best of luck Scott.

  9. Rick Schlander’s avatar

    Congratulations Scott! This sounds like an awesome group to be a part of!


  10. Tim Antonowicz’s avatar

    Congrats on the move, Scott. Life is a series of challenges and opportunities. Those that meet them head on usually wind up the most successful and satisfied. Family and friends will always support you. Best of luck and I look forward to catching up with you and Crystal.

  11. Ernie Oporto’s avatar

    Best of luck to you and your family and many safe travels!

  12. Shane Williford’s avatar

    COngrAtS on the mOvE Scott! All the best in your new endeavor! Looking forward to the awesomeness that will be coming from VMware’s new acquisition.

  13. Manish’s avatar

    Hearty congratulations !!

    Nothing to say and good luck with your wishes !!

  14. Andrew Storrs’s avatar

    Congrats Scott, sounds like a great move!

  15. Cesare G. Rossi’s avatar

    Welcome aboard, Scott!

    “Scotty, beam us up!” :-)

  16. Juan Manuel Rey (@jreypo)’s avatar

    Congratulations Scott! VMware just got another great guy, welcome aboard :)

  17. David Davis’s avatar

    BIG CONGRATS Scott! I met and interviewed Martin at VMworld and he is inspirational! I am excited to hear about this new adventure as it unfolds. I know that you will bring huge value to that group, offering your own inspiration and expert insight. Keep us posted!

    Wishing you and your family all the best,

  18. Danny Ray’s avatar

    Congratulations Scott! Rock as always with more exciting stuff :)

  19. Chad Sakac’s avatar

    Congrats Scott – I know you’ll have a blast, and the mission of the team there is an exciting one!

    FWIW – the statement “once a vSpecialist, always a vSpecialist” isn’t intended (at least in my mind) to imply permanence – in fact, to me, it means change! The point is that what people think of as a “team” and any label attached to it is really not real. What **IS** real (again, just my opinion) are the basis of a team – which are shared values, shared beliefs, shared traits. Really, a team is a group of people that come together for some time for some mission, some shared purpose.

    The reality of life (and it’s a beautiful thing) is that change is constant, and pervasive. People get WAY too hung up on structures, orgs, functions – and these things often get in the way of them embracing change and opportunity.

    I’m glad you didn’t :-)

    Again – congrats – and as always – if there’s anything I can do to help – I’m here!

  20. vmcreator’s avatar

    Congratulations Scott, great news!
    VMware are assembling a great team there for Nicira advancement. Hope you get to write a book on it. Your vSphere books were awesome Scott.

    Brad and Scott working side by side……….my heroes.

    Kick NVGRE ass!

  21. Eric Siebert’s avatar

    Congrats Scott, glad you’re staying in Denver!

  22. Chris Cowley’s avatar

    Ummm – I’m confused!

    How can you be “leaving” EMC to go to VMware? Aren’t VMware a subsidary of EMC? Or have I missed something?

  23. slowe’s avatar

    Hi Chris, VMware operates as an independent entity, despite EMC’s ownership. Having worked with VMware from inside EMC for 3 years, I am quite familiar with this separation. :-)

  24. RickC’s avatar

    Congrats, Scott! Hope the transition is smooth and that you enjoy the new challenges. Thanks for all the great information you share with us!!

  25. Harsha Hosur’s avatar

    Congratulations Scott. Wish you all the very best in the new endeavour.

  26. Mike Laverick’s avatar

    This one slipped under my radar last week. Congratulations Scott, and welcome to VMware – I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I do!

  27. Graham Smith’s avatar

    Congrats on the move and good luck

  28. iwan rahabok’s avatar

    Having had the privilege to buy 40 copies of Mastering vSphere and got you signed them all for VCP in Singapore, now I’m looking forward to seeing Mastering SDN :-)

    Can’t wait to see Nicira integrated with vCloud SuiteE.


  29. Oded Rotter’s avatar

    Congratulations !!!
    Good luck.


  30. Zak’s avatar

    Awesome! Congrats Scott


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