How to Become a Solutions Architect

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Now that we've met the staff of Deltaware Data Solutions, we want to know how they got to where they are today!

Let's start with our Solutions Architect and VMWare expert, Roger Lund.


How did you get into IT?


It just fit. I started doing work-study in while in college and just loved it. I took six months off, without any computer exposure, and found I missed the work and the tinkering. I found that I love working with computers and therefore I love what I do.



How did you get into working with VMware Storage and Cloud Technologies?


I was fascinated with VMware when I saw the first releases of VMware ESX 1.0 (Elastic Sky X)  and VMware GSX 1.0 (Ground Storm X). I was amazed that software could so completely emulate bios, and that the operating system or systems sitting on it were so oblivious.


I knew then that virtualization was a possible factor in the future of computing, and I have been excited about the future of the virtualization technology space ever since. Storage by Nature was interesting to me. I looked at it as a challenge to tackle. Storage networking and backup technologies were later focuses as they were needed to build an infrastructure to run VMware or other clouds on.


It’s the experience of building the solution that is so exiting and develops your skill set. This is why I am so passionate about virtualization and cloud technology and love to talk about it. You will likely see me talking about every aspect of virtualization and emerging technology!


Right, back on track.


As soon as I had the chance, I co-founded a local Computer group based on general IT ( The group held quarterly meetings discussing all matters of IT. I wanted others to have the opportunity to network and to learn about technology. As soon as my knowledge about VMware grew (and the industry adoption grew), I found myself talking more and more about virtualization.


I was offered the chance to co-lead a VMware VMUG in Minneapolis MN and soon after, started one in St. Cloud MN. It was during this period that I was selected as a VMware vExpert.


For me it has been a fantastic opportunity to both increase my knowledge and to share my experiences.


This is also what lead up to my latest journey in the industry; becoming a partner. It was a validation for me to show that all the knowledge and experience I had gathered over the years was applicable to others..



What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?


Read Blogs!


Build a home Lab, install the products, and setup the software. Then start blogging about your experience.


Use twitter and reach out to those using VMware and start using VMware yourself.


Attend VMware User Groups or VMUG's. These are meetings for VMware users to see technology and talk to other users about technology.


Try to attend as many events as you can. The interaction with other users is key.


Buy books and training courses. These can be paramount in your path.


Questions for Roger? Leave a comment!

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