How does one become IT director of one of Vermont’s largest credit unions? If you’re Scott Driver, you start by dropping out of college to man the help desk of the world’s biggest snowboard company. Then you get laid off.
How much of your career has been reacting to change vs. leading it?
Fortunately, I got laid off from my first job. And no, that’s not a typo. It taught me to never rest on my laurels, and that’s an invaluable lesson. I think a successful career takes a healthy balance of both reactive and proactive thinking, and there are gradients to both.
For example, PowerCLI had its 10th birthday, yet it’s not heavily used in my area. In that respect, I’m reacting to an industry wave of automation, while being proactive about trying to get my community to become more creative, engaged, efficient, and active.
What does NSX Mindset mean to you?
I personally take a step back and think of it more strategically as the Software-Defined Mindset. ESXi changed the game with compute virtualization. VMware vSAN has been making great inroads into storage virtualization, and VMware NSX is taking the next step with virtualizing network and security.
What these all have in common is that they obfuscate away a physical layer, making the stacks more portable and flexible. But for me, the largest benefit is that compute, storage, and network resources can now be deployed, configured, and managed via code, allowing for automation and a more efficient enterprise.