Martin Gavanda

Cloud Architect

My name is Martin Gavanda and I work as an independent VMware Cloud Architect. I have more than 10 years of experience with VMware vSphere and mostly I have worked for Service Providers building their VMware based Infrastructure as a Service offerings.

Over the years I have been responsible not only for design and implementation of VMware vSphere projects but as well internal education and support for our junior team members.

I have held dozens of presentations, workshops and labs all focused on improvement of VMware vSphere and related skills, so we can deliver best of breed services for our clients.

Why I have created this site?

I believe that VMware is great. I like the technology and based on my experience most of the enterprise companies use VMware. Either as a simple basic virtualization technology to consolidate their workloads or as a core Software-Defined Datacenter component with advanced technologies as VMware VSAN or VMware NSX.

I like teaching and I believe that on-line education is the future how people will expand their knowledge and skillset in the future.

I would like to provide comprehensive set of resources related to VMware technologies and generally Cloud solutions including broad range of blogposts, how-to videos, reference designs and courses that will help you to better understand this exciting world of datacenter virtualization.

Key professional experience

Tier III Virtualization engineer / Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Troubleshooting and problem management of large scale vSphere deployments over the world. I have been one of the four people around the globe who were responsible for most challenging incidents. Together with Tier I and Tier II engineers we war responsible for more than 9 000 ESXi servers deployed in dozens of datacenters around the globe (US, Europe, APAC). We as a Tier III engineers ware last point of contact within company before escalation to the vendor itself.

Core technology used

  • VMware vSphere 5.x, 6.x
  • Cisco Blade systems, C5100 enclosures, B200 server blades and UCS manager
  • NetApp storages
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 for core networking

Cloud Architect / Casablanca INT

I have designed first VMware based cloud offering in CEE Region where I was responsible for whole project lifecycle from initial design, vendor evaluation, implementation and on-going support. I was not only part of technical team but as well I work closely with Account Managers and designing specific solutions for key clients.

Core technology used

  • VMware vSphere 5.x for compute virtualization
  • Hewlet-Packard Blade systems, C7000 enclosures, BL460c blades and Virtual Connect technology
  • Hewlet-Packard 3PAR storage arrays
  • Hewlet-Packard networking based on FlexFabric 12500 switches
  • Hewlet-Packard TippingPoint IDS solution with vSphere integration

Your role

I hope that you will enjoy this site and you will find here all information you are looking for.

Feel free to contact me with any thoughts, feedback or request. I have learned that listening to the audience is the most important part of constant improvement. Without you and your feedback this site won’t be able to provide what I have dreamed for.


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