David Monteclaro’s first job was with US Robotics, then the #1 modem manufacturer in the world. He rode the hyper-growth all the way to Intel’s enterprise networking division.
How much of your career has been reacting to change vs. driving it?
I’ve always tried to stay ahead of technology changes, but it wasn’t until 2014 that I saw that the cloud model was going to change everything. I focused on learning VMware because the speed at which IT was changing was going to be directly related to the reduced provisioning time brought about with cloud computing. I knew the cost savings and performance increases through ESX and NSX would lead the way for IT infrastructure. Now I’m at Intel, working on NFV products that will accelerate the data center even more. I can look many years ahead and know that the boldest predictions will be surpassed.
What does NSX Mindset mean to you?
It means embracing and reshaping all of IT, because everything is moving to a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) model. If an IT professional doesn’t understand SDN connectivity of the future, they won’t appreciate that entire data centers now reside in code. The transition to that reality is happening at blazing speed, so having the NSX Mindset is preparing for that monumental shift.