This was a multi-stage journey I started in September 2012 with the VMware vSphere 5 ICM course and the subsequent VCP/VCAP exams for VCDX-DCV. Part of that expedition was to provide a roadmap to VCDX, which resulted in the VCDX Deep-Dive series. We all have opinions on what works and what does not; this chronicles what worked for me – if it adds value, use it, if not, ignore.
VCDX and NPX sound great (how can so few letters be so difficult to achieve?), but it is very, very hard work with many hours of effort and stress, including juggling a day-job that bleeds into your personal life. I have to profoundly thank my wife and children for putting up with my passion (or obsession?) for knowledge and learning.
At VMworld US 2014, I first heard rumblings that Nutanix was planning an elite certification for HCI under the mentorship of Mark Brunstad. My opinion is that HCI is the future of data center infrastructure and legacy, three tier infrastructure will eventually die out, just like Token-Ring and Novell Netware (what is that?). Right there, I made the promise to myself that I would be one of the first to attempt (and hopefully pass) NPX once it became publicly available. And who better to align my efforts with than the inventor and leader of the HCI space?
I deliberately did not write my “VCDX journey” story last year, since there are a plethora of blogs with the same message (read the blueprint, it is about the journey, everything is under NDA, etc.). Instead I started the VCDX Deep-Dive Series to shed an “NDA-compliant” light onto the process and now 12 months later I am posting this unique spin on my “journeyman” story.