Today is my last day at VMware.
Looking back, it’s been almost four and half years since I joined VMware in June 2007. At that time, VMware was still part of EMC, and two months later it went IPO (to be exact, spin off). Together with many of my colleagues I watched the historical moment for the company on a very early summer morning. I still remember there were quite a few sleeping tents inside the new offices.
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Over the years at VMware, I have been working on various projects like helping partners with vSphere Client Plugin, vSphere SDK, SRM Array Adapter, Clustering, porting orginal cloudfoundry.com from EC2 to vSphere and vCloud for VMworld keynotes, developing VMware Workbench, code2cloud.com demo, migration manager, HealthAnalyzer, etc., presenting at different conferences like TechExchange, VMworld. I am pretty sure I have missed some in the list.
In my spare time, I created the VI Java API open source project and led the community through several major releases. Today it’s the de facto Java API in the community. It had been the highest voted fling at VMware Labs and is stil the highest votes/views ratio today.
I also wrote the book VMware VI and vSphere SDK which is rated five stars at Amazon. It’s a long and stressful, but rewarding if done, journey to write a book. Besides the public comments, here is one from my colleague:
“I just saw a copy of your book, ‘VMware VI and vSphere SDK.’ Please accept my congratulations on a very well written book. In the years that I have been directly or indirectly associated with the API program, this is the first time that anyone has been able to capture the essence of the SDK so simply and succinctly. Chapter 3 and 4 (Hello VI and Using the Property Collector) were written very clearly and simply. This should be required reading for anyone associated with the API.”
After my book got published, I got more time so I took on blogging to evangelize vSphere API and cloud computing in general. DoubleCloud.org has now ac more than 300 in depth articles on vSphere and cloud computing. It’s ranked as top 50 blog on cloud computing by Cloud Journal, and top 50 must read IT blogs by BizTech Magazine.
Looking forward, I think I will need more challenges and broader perspectives both for my ever lasting technical curiosity and my career development. So I decided to take a short break and explore new opportunities.
It’s indeed a tough decision to leave a great company like VMware where so many extraordinary talents keep innovating every day. All I wish is the contineous success of VMware and my colleagues there.
Next week I will be jobless, and probably have more time to think and blog with my new super fast desktop…