Hi, I’m Jane Rimmer and have been working in the virtualization industry since before it was called virtualization! I joined Citrix in 1997 and the abstraction we were doing then was called Server-Based Computing rather than virtualization. I joined VMware in 2003 and my career in virtualization really took off. I am proud to have worked for both companies, despite them being rivals today – when I joined VMware, Citrix had just announced them as a partner. Today, one of the most common enterprise deployments is Citrix Virtual Apps (previously named XenApp) running on vSphere.
Since leaving VMware in 2005 I have been running my own company, hiviz-marketing, a consultancy primarily aimed at helping US vendors enter the EMEA market. I have been fortunate enough to work with many virtualization and cloud eco-system partners in this time and in July 2010 was asked to join the steering committee of the London VMware User Group (VMUG). Since then I’ve been an active member of the VMUG community and have been a vExpert since 2011 – an achievement I’m very proud of, given all vExperts are uber-techie. Whilst not being a techie, I am a techknowlogist (as Michelle Laverick likes to refer it as!) and love seeing how technology can solve business challenges and issues.
Rimmergram – Virtualization marketing veteran, CTXS & VMW, London VMUG Leader 2010-2016, vExpert 2011-2021, owner of hiviz-marketing, 2 kids, 3 horses, 2 dogs & husband.