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Hi everyone, well I had a very interesting discussion this week. It was one that I haven;t had in depth for a while and with my VCP5 and VCAP5 completed quite a few years ago it turned out that I needed to ensure I was totally up to speed with things before I could provide the ideal solution. The discussion was around networking and more specifically a customer with a large environment who needs to re architect their networking on vSphere with an upcoming upgrade to 5.5. The discussion was of a very technical nature and I really enjoyed having it but I must admit that I did ensure that while we were discussing I had the latest most relevant documents to hand.

It is really great sometimes to just get back to basics and have a good deep technical chat about the fundamentals of a system. It made me draw on some skills that I have not used in quite some time and I really enjoyed the discussion and I hope I can do more of them in the future.

This week I am focusing on the future and hope to start delivering a number of Roadmap and VMware strategic presentations to my customers to help us align their business objectives and VMware's upcoming solutions and technology releases. This is something that is a critical part of the Technical Account Manager program and something my customers find very valuable in helping them plan for future services.

We are just a few weeks from VMworld. As usual I have included some of the more important BLOG posts for you right up front. If you are heading to San Francisco for VMworld drop me an email.

Have a fantastic week and I look forward to speaking to you again next week and bring you more VMware news.

Virtually Yours

Neil Isserow

Senior Technical Account Manager

VMware Australia

nisserow @ vmware . com


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