Who I am…
I’m a Global Cloud Architect at VMware working within the vCloud Air Network – Global Cloud Practice, a partner program consisting of over 4,200 cloud service providers world-wide. With over 19 years of experience in the IT industry I am a veteran of Unix and Linux and have managed data center environments for service providers, government sector and private organizations. In 2016 I moved with my family from the United Kingdom to North Carolina, USA.
I am certified as a Double VCDX #122 (Data Center and Desktop) since 2013, with 15 VMware certifications in total, and if you are one of the
unlucky ones you will see me as a panelist on the VCDX program!
What I do
I’m a thought leader for the entire end-user computing (EUC) technology stack and I am laser focused on driving technical innovations for both enterprises and cloud service providers. As lead architect for a select few of the largest vCloud Air Network service providers around the globe, I provide architectural guidance, design and technical leadership, driving adoption of the latest VMware solution portfolio.
As a public speaker I have delivered an average of 10 sessions every year to large audiences at VMworld US and Europe, and internal events in Indonesia, Australia and local VMware User Group (VMUG) conferences in the UK.
I love to write, design, code and innovate. I designed the Horizon Sizing Estimator, and continue with major contributions to End-User Computing (EUC) technical publications and white papers. I also contribute to the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) blog, and I’m part of the vCloud Air Network architecture review board.
Don’t forget to check out my other videos and VMworld sessions!
I’m a PC gamer so in my spare time I’m often on the Summoner’s Rift playing League of Legends, or relaxing in Azeroth playing World of Warcraft. As a father of two girls I like to take my health seriously too, so love to workout at the local gym trying to build those gains!
So yes, I’m also a bit of a nerd!
You can follow me on Twitter @rayheffer where I’ll provide regular blog updates and VMware news!
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