The author


This blog is maintained and owned by me, Joep Piscaer.

I am the CTO for OGD ict-diensten, a Dutch service and outsourcing provider. I work on various managed services (IaaS, DaaS, BaaS/DRaaS), the partnership ecosystem (VMware, Nutanix, Veeam, Ravello, ExaGrid, PernixData, Nimble, Microsoft, Citrix, etc.) and many other cool internal projects.

The opinions and views expressed on this blog are strictly my own. They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of my employer, nor does my employer have any control over this blog: OGD does not review or screen the content before publishing. I also blog on the corporate blog.

Technical Certifications

I have successfully passed both the VMware Enterprise Administration (VCE310) and VMware Design (VCD310) on VI3 exams. I have upgraded these to VCAP, and currently hold both the VCAP-DCD and VCAP-DCA certifications on both vSphere 4 and vSphere 5.
At VMworld 2013, I passed both the VCAP-CIA and VCAP-CID exams. Besides these, I also have the usual VCP (3, 4 and 5), VSP and VTSP certifications.


Finally, on the 10th of October 2012, I successfully defended my VCDX design. As of the 24th of October 2012, I am VCDX #101. Check out my blurb on the ‘Meet the VMware Certified Design Experts‘ page.

Industry Recognition

In February 2009, at VMworld Europe ’09, I’ve received the highest available recognition from VMware for my work in the community after only working in the field for a couple of years and starting this blog as recent as October 2008. I got awarded for vExpert in 20092011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Check out more details on the VMware vExpert Directory, or check out my profile here.

In 2015, both EMC and Nutanix have recognized my efforts in the storage industry by awarding the EMC Elect 2015 and Nutanix Tech Champion 2014 awards. Later in the year, Veeam has awarded me with the Veeam Vanguard award, which I’m pretty excited about!


Besides my regular job, I like to hang around at the Netherlands VMware User Group. I am a member of the NLVMUG Leadership team and organize both the smaller Meetings and the large yearly UserCon. I’m also a regular speaker at the VMUG, with presentations in 200720092012 and 2014.

Besides the VMUG Events, I also present at other events and seminars, like the annual OGD seminar and their Windows 10 Launch Event as a keynote speaker.
I also present together with OGD’s partners, such as the Datacenter Group and Insight.

I have written a whitepaper for Veeam, titled ‘Veeam Backup & Replication v7: A VMware Architect’s Favorite Features‘, hosted three Webinars (bi-directional DR, Windows 2012 Deduplication and backing up Zarafa) and presented a session during VeeamON 2014: Using Veeam B&R in an IaaS-environment with vCAC, Nutanix and NSX. I will present again during VeeamON 2015.

I have presented at the 2014 Nutanix NOW Partner Conference and will participate in various unconference sessions during Nutanix .NEXT. I have taken part in a certification roadmap session, talking about NPX and VCDX and presented on how to build your own home lab based on Nutanix Community Edition. During VMworld 2015, I presented a short booth theatre session on the same topic.

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