In episode 313, Douglas Brown interviews Johan van Amersfoort, the Bearded VDI Junkie! Together we discuss the VDI world today, VDI vs. SBC, VMware, Citrix, DaaS, Thin Clients and much more. This is indeed a fantastic interview.
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About Johan van Amersfoort
Since 1999 I am part of the IT world. The first few years as a field engineer working with SBC products like WinFrame and MetaFrame and later mostly with TS/RDS based solutions.
In 2005 I had my first experience with VMware products (Workstation) and since then I got hooked. Especially when I saw my first vMotion. All infrastructures I worked with from that moment on had VMware products as a core part of the infrastructure. Next to Server Virtualization, I focussed on Application Virtualization with both ThinApp and Softgrid/App-V.
Late 2013, it was time to make a career change. But what? Actually, it was kind of easy. Mix Server Virtualization with SBC and Application Virtualization and what do you get? The answer is simple, End-User Computing. I applied for a job at ITQ as a Virtualization Consultant, got hired and took my career to a next level. The 3 year after that were a rollercoaster. vExpert since 2015, VCIX/VCAP’s (5/6) on Data Center and Desktop & Mobility, VMware EUC Champion awards and I achieved my ultimate goal: VCDX-DTM.
I also enjoy being on a stage. The last 3 years you might have seen me on VMUGs (North West UK, Belgium), UserCons (Netherlands, Germany) and VMworld. I’m also one of the founders of the VMware EUC TechCon, a Dutch community-driven initiative to share knowledge at events and online platforms such as Slack.
As EUC is going through a revolution with a lot of new tech that makes it more agile, robust, scalable, secure, manageable and pretty awesome, I will focus mainly on EUC while blogging. You can find posts about new tech, EUC automation, my personal experience and much more.
Next to tech, I have a passion for scuba diving and specifically watching sharks in their natural habitat. Sharks are a perfect example of how evolution works and a showcase for these famous words by Charles Darwin: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.”. Sharks have lived on our planet for more than 420 million years and are still here. That means that they adapted to new circumstances when they needed to. Something that not all species were able to do.
This is something that reflects my career and the choices I made until so far as well. By accepting that change itself in inevitable, I have used it for my benefit. And I will continue to do so. While the year of VDI still (in my honest opinion) hasn’t been there yet, I’ll continue to focus on this and the ecosystem around it.
To stay healthy and fit, you might also find me at the local CrossFit club or training outside with my bootcamp buddies.
Visit Johan’s web site here: https://vhojan.nl
About Douglas A. Brown
Douglas Brown is the Founder and President of DABCC, Inc. Doug has more than 20 years of experience in virtualization, cloud, and server-based computing technologies and markets. DABCC is the first and most visited website dedicated to all elements of virtualization and features news and resources.
Prior to DABCC, Doug worked at Citrix Systems, Inc. as a Senior Systems Engineer from 2001 to 2004 where he developed the leading Citrix deployment system, “Methodology in a Box”, which has more than a million users. Additionally, his peers and management at Citrix named Doug Systems Engineer of the Year in 2002. From 2005 to 2016, Doug was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft Corporation for his contributions to the industry. He has also been acknowledged with the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and VMware vEXPERT awards for his continued support in the IT community. Doug speaks at leading industry events and has been a prolific author over the past 20 years.
Mr. Brown was awarded a US Patent relating to “social content management”, US#8903912.
Mr. Brown is also the host of the #1 rated virtualization and cloud podcast show, DABCC Radio.
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