Bal Birdy

Bal is an Open Group Certified IT Architect, and VCDX #269, specializing in the network and security arena, with over 15 years experience in enterprise level network/system technologies. His goal has always been to maintain a holistic view of the architecture allowing him to understand how various technology streams may impact the networking/infrastructure space. Bal has a proven record of delivering on enterprise network designs, leading data center and site migrations as a result of business mergers and acquisitions, and vendor migrations e.g. Cisco to Checkpoint/Juniper. As part of this he worked across several business sectors: Utilities, Banking, Retail and Government, and can base designs around sector specific standards e.g. PCI-DSS, DSD and ISM. He is proficient in several technology areas including Cisco, Juniper, F5, VMware, Citrix and Microsoft. These skills are supported by non-technical certifications: Prince2 Project Management Practitioner, ITILv3, TOGAF 9.1 Certified and Open Group Certified IT Architect – Open CA. In addition to supporting the Livefire Team, Bal leads several innovation efforts within the VMware WRACE organization, including projects investigating the use of Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, AI/ML and Interactive 360, to support customer and partner enablement.Certifications: BSc (Hons) Computer Science CCNP/CCDP VCDX-NV #269 Open Group Certificated Architect Member of the Associated of Enterprise Architects

vIDM Authentication Overview Training (360 VR Mode)

We are pleased to announce that our content is now available via VMware Learning Zone for all users, and the first cab of the rank is a course on vIDM Authentication. See the link below. https://vmwarelearningzone.vmware.com/oltpublish/site/program.do?dispatch=showCourseSession&id=31cf7c40-aecb-11e9-a58e-0cc47a3505aa What sets this training apart is we are now taking advantage of 360 Video to provide a more immersive …

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NSX-T and Ansible – An Overview

I spent the last few blog posts covering the basics of the Policy API introduced in NSX-T 2.4. I will be back to that topic soon with more examples, but for now, I would instead move to a different tool that I have been heavily leveraging when automating NSX-T, Ansible.