I am Michael White.    I started out in this industry with professional services at a Canadian partner a very long time ago.  It was a great time and I learned a lot.  I started with VMware products there as well.  I joined VMware in January of 2007 and left in December of 2013.  I finished with Integration Engineering in R&D which is the customer[0] organization that tries to build and test like customers to find issues before customers do.  In late 2007 I started a Notes from VMware private newsletter.  In 2013 when I left VMware there was approximately 1400 people on that list.  That newsletter has turned into this web site.  The goal of this web site, like the newsletter, is to share technology ideas and thoughts and make technology more accessible.

In January of 2014 I started with a start-up by the name of DataGravity that I think will do great things!  You can see more about that here. On February 3rd 2016 I left DataGravity and on April 18th 2016 I joined Veeam as a Global Technical Evangelist in the Global Marketing organization.  I will be working on a yet to be released product by the name of Veeam Availability Orchestrator (VOA). In June of 2017 I became a product manager at Veeam.  Very exciting.

In August of 2019 I joined NetApp HCI as a technical marketing guy. In July 2020 I left NetApp and retired.  I retied early due to me now having ALS. I can still walk, and do blogging, but it will get worse.

Incidentally this is where the blog name came from: Notes from VMware newsletter became Notes from MWhite blog.


The words and ideas from this website are mine, and mine alone, and not necessarily shared by my employer.

Certifications / Awards / Things of Importance

Febuary 11, 2021 I heard I was a vExpert again.  Wonderful and most excellent.

February 25, 2020 I heard I was a vExpert again.  Most excellent!

March 21, 2019 - I heard that I was number 17 on the Top vBlogs of 2018.  First time for me in the top 25 and I really appreciate it. The full list is here.

March 7, 2019 - I was awarded vExpert status for 2019 and I am most happy, and very much appreciate all the work that the program people put into it. I love talking to people about VMware, and this really helps me do that better!

March 9, 2018 - I was awarded vExpert status for 2018 and I am very happy indeed. This means a lot to me, and it happened near the end of the day!  So some suspense for sure. Here is the announcement.

January 30, 2018 - a few days before expiring, I renewed my VCAP6-DCV which is now - I think  - VCAP65-DCV. I did not enjoy this test as I normally do.  I had no course ware or lab guide to review but had to do with the nice work here, and the exam guide doc. And yes, this time, I forgot, and did not do the delta exam but the full one.  Lovely.  But I did pass so that is good. Here is a link to the VMware Acclaim stuff.

August 10, 2017, I found out I was number 31 - up from 38 - on the Top vBlog 2017.  I am very happy, and proud  too, that I improved.  It is a great pleasure that people voted and I quite appreciate it.  I will continue to try and do the very best work I can for my readers.  See the full list here, there is a lot of interesting and useful blogs on the list!

February 10, 2017, I was awarded vExpert 2017.  Very cool, and very happy to be part of it.  You can see the announcement of it in this article. Here is my vExpert Bio.

July 1, 2016, I learned I was #38 on the Top vBlog 2016.  Since I was #59 last year I am most impressed and happy that I improved.  Thanks to everyone that voted! You can find the full list here. A great list to find something new to read on!


June 27, 2016 passed my Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE).


Feb 5, 2016 - got my vExpert 2016 - very cool.  Three times now!


Feb 3, 2016 - Earlier this week passed my VCP6-DCV.  It was harder then I expected both to study and pass.  Story is here.

Feb 5, 2015 I was accredited with vExpert 2015 - I am very proud and happy about this.


April 3, 2014 I was accredited with vExpert 2014 - very cool and I am most impressed.


July 2012 - VMware VCP5

January 2010 - VMware VCP4 - Expired

March 2007 - VMware VCP3 - Expired

March 2005 - SANS GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst - GCFW - Expired

April 2004 - VMware VCP2 - Expired

April 2003 - Novell Master CNE - think Expired

August 2001 - SANS GIAC Security Essentials - GSEC - Expired

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