Virtual Slices is the personal blog of Andrew Richardson and is focused primarily on virtualisation and automation within the VMware Software-defined Data Centre (SDDC).


I’m a Staff Consulting Architect with VMware Professional Services, where I have been since 2017. I specialise in data centre virtualisation and automation. I’m based in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to my time with VMware, I was a virtualization and Wintel architect working for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (later HPE, then DXC) with similar focus areas.

I hold several industry certifications relating to my professional focus, including:

  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert – Data Centre Virtualization (VCIX6-DCV)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Cloud Management & Automation Design (VCAP7-CMA)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)
  • VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist
  • TOGAF 9 Certified
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional – Enterprise Administrator (Windows Server 2008)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer – Messaging (Windows Server 2003 / Exchange Server 2003)

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The views and opinions expressed anywhere on this blog are strictly my own and do not reflect those of my employer.