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Ian Jansen van Rensburg , Lead Technologist , VMware SSA
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Ian Jansen van Rensburg , Lead Technologist , VMware SSA

VMware is a software technology provider that works to solve IT challenges through disruptive technologies in order to drive innovation . We hear from Ian Jansen van Rensburg who discusses his career in the data centre industry and how he likes to relax and unwind outside the office .

wWhat would you describe as your most memorable achievement in the IT industry ?

My name is Ian Jansen van Rensburg and I ’ m the Chief Technologist at VMware Sub Saharan Africa . I ’ m responsible for building revenue and representing the VMware technology for 36 countries in Africa . There is a great , intelligent and innovative team of people working for VMware SSA . My most memorable achievement in the industry is when I consulted with several large financial institutions to implement compute virtualisation back in 2007 . We were at the start of a new software-defined era and saved companies millions . We also helped to lower the carbon footprint by reducing power consumption and cooling in data centres .
What first made you think of a career in technology industry ? of Windows 3.11 as the software component . In my current position as Chief Technologist and Senior Solutions Engineering Manager , it is crucial to listen to your staff and create a safe and open environment that they can thrive in .
What do you think is the current hot talking point within the data centre space ?
The current talking points in the technology space are Edge Computing , 5G , multi-hybrid cloud , Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning . Customers are already deploying , investigating or planning to deploy these technologies . A software-defined approach is a must and will form the foundation for the tech world moving forward .
How do you deal with stress and unwind outside the office ?
My career started with an interest in electrical engineering that led to IT . My very first ‘ touch ’ with IT was building a token ring network that made use
Sport , such as golf and pool , is a good way to take your mind off things , but I love spending time with my family and my French Bulldog , Maurice .
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