vSphere Design Workshop

I’m just wrapping up my first delivery of the vSphere Design Workshop, it’s a very different experience to the usual VMware courses.  Usually it’s a lecture and lab deal, where I tell students stuff and then they use the things I told them about.  The Design Workshop is more of a discussion, we discuss the decisions that you need to make in a design and talk about why you might take different decisions.

The course suits people who are doing vSphere design work and will usually bring a whole world of possibilities they didn’t see before.  My delegates this week have all commented how much they have got out of the course, I’ve also learnt a lot and had a great time.  A large part of my role is to challenge students assumptions about their decisions and get them to think about alternatives.  The rest of my role is to point out “Best Practice” that they can use if there isn’t a reason to use anything else.

One of the hard parts is that after the course it will be impossible to answer the question “So, what did you learn?”   The skills of design don’t lend themselves to bullet points and regurgitation.  They pass by word of mouth between people who are doing the job.  It’s almost Osmosis, standing next to a good designer makes you a better designer.

Come to the vSphere Design Workshop and use Osmosis to become a better vSphere designer.  The next opportunity in New Zealand starts on May 17th and is already 3/4 full.  Book your seat today and I’ll see you there.

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About Alastair

I am a professional geek, working in IT Infrastructure. Mostly I help to communicate and educate around the use of current technology and the direction of future technologies.
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2 Responses to vSphere Design Workshop

  1. Ian Edwards says:

    Al, I am keen to register for the workshop but have a couple of questions.
    1. Does the workshop provide some creditation to the business in relation to partner status etc.
    2. I have registered and am about to start the vSphere What’s New (WN) course (online). Does this allow me to sit the exam or do we have to actually attend a physical ‘What’s New’ course?

    If No to question 2 then I will have to save the dollars for the WN course. There is one in Dunedin in June, are you taking this?


  2. Alastair says:

    Hi Ian,

    The Design Workshop is a requirement for a partner to retain the Infrastructure Virtualisation competency. Depending on the partner level there may be a requirement for multiple attendees, check with your local VMware Partner person.

    The online WN counts the same as the in person WN. I’m teaching the online one on May 20 & 21 (the days after the design workshop) http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/courses.cfm?ui=www_edu&a=det&id_course=63592

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