Iwan Hoogendoorn

Staff Solutions Architect - NSX

Iwan started his IT career in 1999 as a helpdesk agent.  Soon after this, he started to learn Microsoft products that resulted in MCP, MCSA, MCDBA, and MCSE certification.  While working as a Microsoft Systems Engineer, Iwan gained an excellent basis to develop additional skills and knowledge in Computer Networking. Thus becoming a passion in life and resulting in learning networking with Cisco products.  Like most network engineers, one of his “dreams” was to work for Cisco. Before this could happen, he first needed to finish his bachelor’s degree in ICT, and was completed 2009.

Early 2010, he started working for his dream company Cisco. After finishing his Master’s degree (part-time) in Computer Science at the University of Amsterdam and becoming a CCIE (#13084) in six different technology areas, Iwan, as ambitious as he sometimes is, wanted to learn something new; Virtualization. Networking was something that ran through his veins and Network Virtualization became the next logical step, so he decided to learn VMware NSX.

Iwan got the opportunity to work for VMware in 2016 as a Senior NSX PSO Consultant.  In his time at VMware, he gained more knowledge on Private and Public clouds and the related products that VMware developed to build the Software Define Data Center (SDDC). As new technology is growing at a too high pace (especially within VMware and the VMware Cloud Space), Iwan is playing catch up all the time and is trying to keep up with the new VMware presents.

After working for four years as a Senior NSX PSO Consultant (primarily with VMware NSX-v and NSX-T), Iwan got promoted to a Staff SDDC Consultant, focusing on the full SDDC stack including: Hyperscaler offerings on the main public clouds like AWS (VMC on AWS), Microsoft (Azure VMware Solution) and Google (Google Cloud VMware Engine).

Iwan recently joined the Livefire team where he will assist in developing and teaching VCN related classes. He is certified on multiple VMware products, including NSX, and is actively working together with VMware Certification to develop network-related exams.  Next to his VMware certifications, Iwan is also AWS and TOGAF certified.